Silversword 'Ohana Newsletter

Fall 2013 - Chaminade University of Honolulu

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New Academic Year

August was a welcoming time for both new and returning students here on campus. The New Student Orientation team, along with staff and faculty, joined in to help the newest members of our 'ohana feel welcome during the New Student Orientation program.

The welcome continued over the first two weeks of classes as students participated in various "Welcome Week" activities including our annual Welcome Back BBQ, Transfer and International Student Social, Outdoor Movie Night, Karaoke Night, our first women's home volleyball game, and finally Club Fest.

A new academic year also brought physical changes on campus. Construction of what was formerly known as the Henry Hall Courtyard is now known as the P.O.D (Provisions on Demand) Market where students may conveniently purchase meals or snacks on campus. One of the more popular updates is the washer and dryer that operates with the use of a credit or debit card and sends text messages when your laundry is done.

While most students are now in the swing of the semester, we recognize that challenges and opportunities present themselves throughout the year. Students (and parents!) are encouraged to contact our office at (808) 735-4724 with questions.

Health Clearance

Please check with your student to make sure she or he has completed all health requirements for Chaminade University of Honolulu. All incoming students are required to submit an immunization history and tuberculosis screening form. This information must be received to avoid a health hold on class registration for second semester. If you have any questions, please call the Student Support Services Office at 808-735-4724.

First-Year Parents: Transition from High School to College

As the proud parent of a college student -- perhaps for the first time or perhaps for the last -- you certainly know that there will be challenges ahead. Here are a few tips you might want to remember as your student embarks on this new adventure.

  • Do not ask your student if he or she is lonely. The first few weeks of school are action-packed;adjusting to new people and new situations takes up a majority of a first-year student’s time and concentration. Unless they’re reminded of it, they’ll probably get over the loneliness and homesickness.And even if they don’t tell you during those first few weeks, they do miss you.
  • If they do want to come home every weekend, encourage them to get involved on campus with clubs, activities, sports, etc. Involved and engaged students tend to be more successful students and have a richer college experience.
  • Expect them to change. Change is a normal part of the developmental process, and right now they are in the stage of adolescence in which they are trying to find and develop identities. Couple that with the fact that their brain is still developing and you have an opportunity for some role confusion. But don’t worry ... they WILL be home again ... with dirty laundry in tow!
  • Remember that even though they think they are an adult, they still want and need your support. Call occasionally. Text or email (they may actually respond!). Send a care package. But don’t drop in unexpectedly -- that would be WAY too embarrassing.
  • If they are a commuter, you will have similar issues, but they will play out under your roof. They will want their independence while still being dependent on you in so many ways. If they don’t appear to be engaging on campus other than going to classes –again, encourage them to get involved in groups,clubs, etc. It will make their experience much richer socially and academically.

Remember when you taught them to ride a bike? You removed the training wheels and held on while you ran beside them ... and you gradually let go as they learned to pedal faster and faster ... and then they soared on their own!

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“Our Mission is to Intensify our Catholic and Marianist identity throughout the campus community”

Aloha and welcome to Chaminade University. We at Campus Ministry aim to provide your child with the best spiritual support during their time here at college. Chaminade is a Marianist Catholic Institution, but we welcome and serve people of all faiths and traditions.

College is a wonderful time for personal growth and discovery. We aim to provide opportunities for your child to nurture their spiritual growth, and to especially embody the Catholic and Marianist Spirit. We welcome your child to play an active part in campus ministry and wish you a truly blessed experience during their time here at college.

We started off the semester with our Ice Cream Social Event during Welcome Week. This was an event where we get to share all that Campus Ministry has to offer as well as an opportunity to sign up for our retreats. Students also received free ice cream with a sprinkle of 'Aloha' from the Campus Ministry Staff. We encourage your daughter/son to take a risk and get involved in the various service projects we offer throughout the academic year. If they've been involved with community service projects during their years at high school or at their home parish, please share them with us. We'd love to hear of suggestions that would help improve our program. You can contact us at 808-735-4774 or 808-440-4289.

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The Fall ’13 athletics season is underway and the Lady Swords volleyball team has gotten off to a positive start. The team ended non-conference action at 3-2 and defeated Fort Hays State and Lewis University, a pair of Midwest teams which were 20-match winners from a year ago.

Also in action is men’s and women’s soccer. It’s a rebuilding year as both teams have new head coaches, but both programs have demonstrated potential just a few weeks into the season. The women dropped a pair of 1-0 losses to HPU and Cal State San Bernardino, both of whom are expected to contend in the PacWest and CCAA, respectively. The men have also not tasted victory yet, but have already shown tremendous growth from last season.

And the men’s and women’s cross country teams have also started their seasons, hosting their own Chaminade Invitational at Corp Field on Sept. 7. The teams performed admirably , despite the heat and humidity.

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Career Services welcomes students to make appointments to:

  • Conduct a job search
  • Build an effective resume
  • Complete online applications
  • Explore career options
  • Practice Mock Interviews

Career Services is also offering a free Fall Career Fair for students on October 25, 2013, from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm in the Clarence T. C. Ching Conference Center.

For more information, students may visit Angela Coloretti or JanisMaria Chang in the Student Support Services building, Rooms 102 and 104.

E Ho’opili No Na Haumana

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In 2012, Chaminade University was awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Program grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The E Ho’opili No Na Haumana Project was created using the grant funds to promote awareness and wellness to all Chaminade University students. In addition to sponsoring campus-wide activities and workshops, the E Ho`opili No Na Haumana Project opened a Resource Center in Henry 209. The Resource Center is a place where students can drop in to talk story with a mentor, receive community resource information, obtain referrals, have a coffee break, and/or receive the QPR suicide prevention and risk reduction training. The Resource Center is open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. We hope to see you soon.

Project Website launching soon at

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Chaminade Endowed Scholarships are made possible by funds that have been generously given to the university by a large number of individuals and organizations with the purpose of assisting our Chaminade students. Over 40 scholarships are awarded each year.

Award amounts:

The funds available change year by year and scholarship amounts vary according to need. Students who qualify usually receive an award in the range of $300 to $3000.


  • Students must be classified students in the undergraduate (day) Honolulu campus program.
  • At the time they apply, students must have successfully completed credits at Chaminade in the (day) undergraduate program with a Chaminade GPA of at least 3.2.
  • Students must file a FAFSA
  • To be eligible, currently enrolled undergraduate students must fill out a scholarship application, file a FAFSA to determine need and submit additional documents such as letters of recommendation.
  • The recommended application submission dates are March 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.
  • Additional eligibility criteria varies according to individual scholarship/donor specifications. Candidates are evaluated for the additional criteria by the Chaminade Scholarship Committee.

Students may pick up the application at the Financial Aid Office or download it from the Financial Aid website ( Endowed Scholarship applications should be turned into the Financial Aid Office. Applications will be held until all required documents are received and then forwarded to the Chaminade Scholarship Committee. The Financial Aid Office will not know the status of the application until notified by the Scholarship Committee.