May 10, 2010

Equipped for success

When she read the letter congratulating her on winning one of five Sony Technology Awards, Rebecca Fonoimoana jumped out of her chair and started screaming.  The mother of the UH Mānoa junior, after finding out what her daughter won, started jumping for joy, too. Fonoimoana’s enthusiastic reaction was shared by all five UH Mānoa undergraduate winners of the prizes from Sony.

Sony executives came to Sinclair Library last week to hand out the awards, which included a VAIO E Series Notebook, Bloggie HD camera, Walkman S Series and an 8 GB memory card.

Lucky winners are Jessica Ayau (Secondary Education, 2011), Luke Dumaran (Elementary Education, 2012), Rebecca Fonoimoana (Natural Resources and Environmental Management, 2011), Filipe Palma (Architecture, 2017), and Jovana Shigetani (Nursing, 2013).

It took more than luck to win the award, it also took hard work. Criteria to apply for the laptops were maintaining a 3.5 minimum grade point average, being a member of an underrepresented group in higher education, some level of financial need, enrollment as a full-time undergraduate in a course of study leading to a degree, and contribution of significant service to the community and/or campus.

“The Sony Technology Awards recognize the key role of modern technology in the learning process – and is a truly welcome help during these challenging economic times,” said Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw.

Oh, and don’t worry about their old computers, say the students, they will be recycled. Dumaran, says he’s using his old computer as a carrot for his niece to get better grades. Fonoimoana is donating hers to her little sister.

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Sony executives, UH Mānoa chancellor and students display the Sony Vaio E Series Notebook, Bloggie HD Camera, walkman S Series and 8 GB memory card. From left to right: Naobumi Nomura, Karl Okemura, Jessica Ayau, Filipe Palma, Steve Zimmer, Jovana Shigetani, Rebecca Fonoimoana, UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, and Luke Dumaran.

Sony executives, UH Mānoa chancellor and students display the Sony Vaio E Series Notebook, Bloggie HD Camera, walkman S Series and 8 GB memory card. From left to right: Naobumi Nomura, Karl Okemura, Jessica Ayau, Filipe Palma, Steve Zimmer, Jovana Shigetani, Rebecca Fonoimoana, UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, and Luke Dumaran.