HawCC Phi Theta Kappa group receives awards at convention

Alpha Psi Epsilon members are pictured above: First row, from left to right, Advisor Donala Kawa‘auhau, Public Relations Secretary Kinda Stippert, and Alumni Member Antoinette Wilson. Second row, from left to right, are Regional Representative Chasity Hatori, Lead Advisor Kenoa Dela Cruz, VP of Service Cheryl Dias, Member Gin Tezuka, Recording Secretary Michael Breitwish Sr. and Co-advisor Karen Crowell. Missing: President Beth Luiz and Active Member Marcy Martinez.

Hawai‘i Community College’s Alpha Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recently attended the Pacific Regional Convention held at Windward Community College where they received awards for service completed in the 2012 calendar year.

These awards included: the Pacific Region Coordinator’s Award for the chapter that has served the Pacific Region with distinction; Four-star Chapter status; Distinguished Chapter Officer (Chapter President Beth Luiz), and Horizon Advisor Award (Kenoa Dela Cruz).  The chapter also came in third place for the Phi Theta Kappa Pineapple Bowl Competition.

Keynote Speaker Gavin Vinta spoke on “Competition and the Arts.”  He is the Co-Director of the American Renaissance Academy’s performing arts program: FAME. He spoke on maintaining integrity in the performing arts and his passion for teaching young vocalists. He is married to international star, Kristian Lei.

In keeping with Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Study Topic, “The Culture of Competition,” conference attendees also viewed a film about the Space Race between the United States and Russia at Windward Community College’s Hokulani Imaginarium.  The Alpha Psi Epsilon chapter had a fun and educational day.

Recording Secretary Michael Breitwish Sr. accepts the Four-Star chapter status award on behalf of the chapter from International Vice President Gail San Diego.

Vice President of Service Cheryl Dias accepts the Distinguished Officer Award on behalf of awardee, Chapter President Beth Luiz. Cheryl helped nominate Beth.

Lead Advisor Kenoa Dela Cruz accepts the Horizon Advisor Award.

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