Founders’ Week is a celebration of the three founders of the Marianist Family, namely, Father Chaminade, Mother Adèle, and Marie Thérèse. This is an opportunity for the University to celebrate its Marianist heritage, affirm its present day Marianist spirit and carry forward its Marianist values. The week-long celebration will include moments of fun, prayer, opportunities to come together in fellowship, and a time to give back to our community in service. The Founders’ Mass is a Eucharistic Celebration to commemorate the Founders of the Marianist Family.  During the Eucharist, the Chaminade Award, Marianist Award and Founders’ Award are presented to members of the Chaminade ‘ohana who have incorporated Marianist values into their ministry and life. 

2020 Heritage Awardees

Dr. Helen Turner | Chaminade Award
This award is given to a faculty or professional staff member who exhibits a continuous commitment to Marianist Values in education. A gifted teacher and researcher, Dr. Turner is also a very good administrator. She combines the rigor necessary to achieve results with compassion. Her ability to work with people of various viewpoints allows for creative solutions. She has a deep ability to keep in mind individual circumstances while not settling for mediocre results. From the successful launch of our nursing program to shepherding the Ho’oulu scholars program, and many things in between, Helen’s efforts consistently make Chaminade University a better place.

Julieann Tupuola | Marianist Award
The Marianist Award is presented to a staff member who exhibits a continuous commitment to the Marianist values. Julie received her BA in English from Chaminade and then returned to campus to begin working in the Facilities office. Her warm smile and attention to detail are appreciated not only by the people she works with most closely but all of those that have a need to contact facilities. She goes the extra mile to make sure a job is done right or to improve the quality of the work being done. And while she is determined to get her work completed, she also organizes events for her department bringing them together to more effectively serve the campus community.

Andrew Young Trapsi | Founders’ Award
The Founders’ Award is presented to a member of the student body who manifests generosity, respect for others and a spirit of faith. Andrew graduated in May 2020 with a degree in Bio-Chemistry. A graduate of Archbishop Riordan, a Marianist High School in San Francisco, Andrew has impacted the Chaminade ‘ohana from his first days on campus. His participation in the Awakening Retreat led him to become a team leader for that retreat. He has represented the student body on the Mission and Identity committee and this year took on the responsibility of being a Residence Hall Advisor. He values the education he has received and one of his personal goals is to assist his family in providing for a quality education for his two younger sisters.

2019 Heritage Awardees

Sr. Malia Wong, O.P. | Chaminade Award
Sr. Malia is tireless in her efforts to promote Chaminade University and the Marianist charism. In her words and actions she gives example to the valuesand goals of the University. In her teaching, her participation in the Center for Teaching and Learning, and her work within her department, she touches the lives of many people. Her heart and mind are set on making the world a more just and peaceful place. This award is presented to a faculty or professional staff member, who exhibits a continous commitment to Marianist values in education.

Riu Jiang Huang | Marianist Award
“Huangy” has been the campus electrician for twenty years. No problem or situation ever seems to rattle him. No obstacle is ever too big. If he doesn’t have an immediate solution, it doesn’t take him too long to find an alternative. Whether you are the university president or a student in one of the Residence Halls, he greets you with a smile before he begins his work. He communicates the spirit of the faith, service and commitment to the Marianist charism in all that he does. This award is presented to a staff member, who exhibits a continous and extraordinary commitment to the Marianist value of family spirit.

Savannah Delos Santos | Founders’ Award
Savannah exemplifies the Marianist spirit of faith, service, commitment to justice and community. Her participation in Campus Ministry activities, the Hogan program and Resident Hall Association are examples of how she uses her gifts and talents to make a difference at Chaminade. Savannah graduated in May 2019 with a degree in Business Administration. Her enthusiastic willingness to embrace every opportunity that is presented to her indicates both her faith and her response to God’s call. This award is presented to a member of the student body, who manifests generosity, respect for others and a spirit of faith.