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Check out HPU’s Third Capstone Symposium

    By Hanh Nguyen, Learning Assessment Committee Secretary. April 13, 2015 - 10:06 pm


On Thursday, April 23, the HPU Ohana and the local community are invited to join seniors and recent graduates as they present their outstanding capstone work —the culmination of their degree programs.

The event will again demonstrate HPU students’ competency, creativity, and innovation in their discipline areas and their abilities to relate discipline-specific learning outcomes to real world applications.

The capstone experience is defined as experience that integrates coursework, knowledge, skills and experiential learning to enable the student to demonstrate a broad mastery of learning across the curriculum for further career advancement.

Capstone experiences enable a student to synthesize the knowledge and skills gained in their coursework and bridge this college learning with future career development, education, and professional development.

Examples of capstone experience include culminating senior experiences, achievement portfolios, senior projects, theses, comprehensive examinations, practicums, internships, field experiences, co-op experiences, clinical assignments, and study abroad. The capstone experience takes the form of a capstone course or is spread out in several courses in a degree program.

Last year’s Capstone Symposium showed a significant growth in the event, featuring 14 oral presentations and 11 poster presentations by graduate and undergraduate student individuals and groups.

In the undergraduate division, students in Biochemistry/Chemistry, Applied Math, and Computer Science/Computer Information Systems won first, second, and third places among the oral presentations, with real-world problem-solving projects such as modeling the effect of earthquakes on tall buildings and ‘Olelo online form redesign.

Students in International Business, Travel and Hospitality Management, Computer Information Systems, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) took the prizes in the poster presentation category, showcasing theory-to-practice projects such as strategic audit of Hawaiian Airlines and determining appropriate teaching materials for English-learning students.

In the graduate division, students in TESOL, Diplomacy & Military Studies, and Financial Economics & Information Systems took the top prizes in oral presentations, with projects such as teaching materials for speakers of English as a second language about opportunities in the US Armed Forces, the use of music to buttress Americanism, and a book catalog and inventory system.

Among the poster presentations, graduate students from Information Systems took prizes for their projects relating to the State of Hawaii, transformation internship program (TIP) Bureau of Conveyance Automated Attendant, and total modernization of information technology infrastructure for the Department of Human Resources Development.

Overall, the topics at last year’s Capstone Symposium reflected the diverse ways that HPU 2014 seniors and graduates sought to engage with the world. This year’s Capstone Symposium will continue to include both undergraduate and graduate divisions, making this a truly campus-wide event.

The 2015 Capstone Symposium will be held in various rooms in the first floor of the Frear Center on Thursday, April 23. It is open to all HPU students and the public.

Visit the Capstone Symposium website for more information and updates:

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