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--May 9 Pinning Ceremony and May 12 Commencement

Chaminade University' School of Nursingholds an historic pinning ceremony for its first graduating class of nurses on May 9, starting at 5:30 p.m., in the Pomaika'i Ballroom, at Dole Cannery, 735 Iwilei Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817. For more information, call (808) 735-4813. The ceremony preludes the upcoming historic moment for Chaminade when more than 50 of its students receive their Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN) at Chaminade's spring commencement on May 12, at Neal Blaisdell Arena, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Chaminade University was jubilant back in March 2010 when The Hawaii State Board of Nursing first gave the university its approval to officially launch the university's nursing program in fall 2010. In August 2010, Chaminade welcomed its first students on a four-year track towards earning their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing (BSN). The initial expectation had been that in spring 2014 it would graduate the university's first class consisting of about 40 BSN graduates. It is now four years later, and the nursing program has exceeded expectations with more than 50 student-nurses with their petitions cleared to graduate.

"For each one of them personally, this is quite an accomplishment," Chaminade Dean for Nursing, Stephanie Genz, EdD, MSN, RN said proudly. "They have worked hard these four years to achieve their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing (BSN). As graduates, they will have the foundational nursing knowledge and skills necessary for the profession, have the abilities to provide quality patient care and be prepared for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX),"

Chaminade president, Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD said, "The nursing profession gives our students excellent career opportunities in a dynamic field where they can serve with significance. This makes the nursing vocation a perfect fit, well-aligned with our mission and identity as a university whose goal is to prepare students for life, careers and for service. This is clearly an historic moment for us -- a benchmark moment -- marking the moment of a vision fulfilled well."

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###

Chaminade University School of Nursing Highlights

May 7, 2014

School of Nursing Launched

· U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $1.2 million capital grant in 2009 to CUH to help develop facilities that would support a new nursing school; the grant project was completed in spring 2012

· The EDA grant was matched by a $1.2 million investment by CUH and helped to leverage over $3.4 million in private gifts and grants to support the creation of the nursing school

· Additional funding came from Chaminade Regent, Dr. Lawrence Tseu for $1 million capital gift for the final construction Chaminade's state-of-the-art nursing center

· CUH School of Nursing opened in fall 2010

Achieved Accreditation

· The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) as of Nov. 2012; accreditation was awarded for the maximum accrediting term of 5 years (through June 30, 2018 before accreditation is up for review).


· 276 students are currently enrolled in the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at


· 80% of CUH nursing students are from Hawai`i; approximately 20% of CUH nursing students are of Native Hawaiian descent, and 20% are of other Pacific Islander descent

· Approximately 26% of CUH nursing students are men

High Retention

· The retention rate for nursing students is currently 89%, which has exceeded expectation of the rate initially projected to be around 60%; this has also resulted in a 76% increase over the initial enrollment predictions at the implementation of the program.


· Over 24 clinical partners throughout the state of Hawaii; these include a range of settings such as hospitals, community health centers, rural healthcare facilities, long-term care facilities, and dialysis centers

· International clinical immersion experiences launched spring 2014 as part of students' final nursing course (NUR499); selected nursing students participated in 4 week clinical immersions with partner educational institutions in the Philippines and Chuuk (Federated States of Micronesia)

· Summer nursing internships launching summer 2014 with select clinical partners

Graduating First Cohort

· The first nursing cohort will graduate in May 2014; there are 51 nursing students in this cohort who will graduate with their BSN.

· CUH anticipates successful employment placements for graduates based on encouraging feedback from clinical partners

Future Growth

· Developing new RN to BSN degree program; tentative launch in 2015.

About Chaminade University
Celebrating 50 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses.

The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, with 11 satellite locations around Oahu military bases and Catholic parishes and schools.

For more information, visit the Chaminade University website (link above) or call (808) 735-4711.

Chaminade University offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, work and service. Guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade encourages the development of moral character and personal competencies, and the commitment to build a just and peaceful society. The University offers the civic and church communities of the Pacific region its academic and intellectual resources in the pursuit of common aims.


INSTITUTION: Chaminade University of Honolulu
PRESIDENT: Dr. Mary C. Wesselkamper
SPONSORSHIP: Independent with Catholic, Marianist affiliation
DEGREE LEVELS OFFERED: Associates, Bachelors, Masters
CALENDAR PLAN: Semester, two summer sessions/four, ten-week evening sessions

FTE Student/FTE Faculty ratio: 10.97: 1
Students receiving financial aid -93.71%
Native Hawaiian ethnicity breakdown: 13.91 %


Chaminade University of Honolulu is a small, Catholic, comprehensive university sponsored by the Province of the United States of America of the Society of Mary (Marianists). It is located on a hillside in suburban Honolulu, two miles from Waikiki beach. Chaminade's fall 2005 enrollment is more than 3,000 -- 1112 traditional day students, and approximately 2,000 students enrolled in graduate studies and the accelerated evening program offered at 11 sites on Oahu and via distance education. Chaminade currently offers three bachelors degrees in 21 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs, and several professional certificate programs.

Celebrating 50 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, with 11 satellite locations around Oahu military bases and Catholic parishes and schools. For more information, visit the Chaminade University website at or call (808) 735-4711.


  • Students and faculty at Chaminade have a very wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. The values-centered education at Chaminade is universal and ecumenical.
  • Students and faculty at Chaminade have a very wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. The values-centered education at Chaminade is universal and ecumenical. Chaminade is ranked nationally among the top colleges in its category for diversity by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Chaminade offers significant financial aid to assist underrepresented minority students.
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH) is the only Catholic University in Hawaii. Founded by the Society of Mary under the leadership of Father Robert Mackey in 1955, Chaminade has been educating students in the Catholic Marianist tradition for nearly 50 years.
  • Chaminade is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • Intimate in size with an excellent student teacher-ratio (11:01), CUH students and faculty enjoy a spirit of ohana supporting each other ensuring their future success.
  • Chaminade has been producing teachers who serve in the state for nearly 50 years; the state's first online Masters in Education was offered in 2004. The University also offers degrees in early childhood development and elementary education. It is also the only Montessori teacher preparatory program in Hawaii.
  • The award-winning Interior Design program is the only one in Hawaii offering a four-year degree in interior design.
  • Business is one of the most popular areas of study, and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program, led by a group of successful business advisors, prepares undergraduate students for entrepreneurial work in a wide range of organizations.
  • Chaminade's basketball team earned worldwide acclaim in 1982 with its 77-72 victory over the number-one ranked University of Virginia, still known as one of the biggest upsets in sports history.

The University is named after the founder of the Society of Mary, Father William Joseph Chaminade, a French Catholic priest who survived the political turmoil and religious persecution of the French Revolution. Father Chaminade believed that the rebuilding of the Church in France in the aftermath of the French Revolution would best be accomplished by the engagement of the laity in small communities of faith, dedicated to prayer, education and acts of service to the larger community. After two decades of work with those communities, and the founding of the Daughters of Mary in 1816, the third part of his vision of the Marianist Family materialized when he founded the Society of Mary, a religious community of priests and lay brothers in 1817.

The Marianists realized that education provided the means for passing on their distinctive vision of the Christian life to future generations, and, central to their educational efforts, was an emphasis on liberal education. In this sense, they understood that education was not merely a means for imparting a religious vision, but also an intellectual formation valuable in itself. This educational tradition and spirituality of the Society of Mary also embodies the ideal of service and an abiding respect for the complementary nature of a liberal education, on the one hand, and professional and technical education on the other. As the only Catholic university in Hawaii, Chaminade affirms a commitment to the integration of intellectual skills, Marianist values, social responsibility and cultural awareness.

In 1849, members of the Society of Mary came to the United States to minister to immigrant populations. As an outgrowth of their ministry, they founded first what grew to the University of Dayton and, shortly thereafter, what became St. Mary's University of San Antonio. In September of 1883, eight Marianists arrived in Honolulu and assumed the leadership of what is now St. Louis School. After many years of encouragement by the alumni of St. Louis, the decision was made by the Marianists to establish a Catholic college in Honolulu and, as a consequence, St. Louis Junior College opened in 1955. In 1957, the college became a four-year coeducational institution and the name was changed to Chaminade College. Chaminade expanded its services to the community in l967 with the establishment of an evening session to serve adults with business, family and military responsibilities who desired to pursue a college degree. In l977 Chaminade added graduate programs, and the name was changed to Chaminade University of Honolulu.

In 1996, Dr. Sue Wesselkamper became Chaminade's eighth president and the first woman to serve in such a post in Hawaii's history. The University is guided by a 40-member Board of Regents and 25-member Board of Governors representing a wide spectrum of business, government and education leaders from throughout Hawaii. Chaminade employs 291 full time faculty and staff and has approximately 300 adjunct professors on its active list.

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