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Nursing Alumni Enjoy an Evening of Virtual Learning, Tax Planning, and UH Men’s Volleyball

UH Manoa Nursing, UH Foundation, and UH Manoa Athletics hosted a special pre-game reception for nursing alumni on Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH Manoa Nursing alumni enjoyed re-connecting with each other over heavy pupus and hear from a top research faculty member at UH Manoa Nursing and an experienced, nationally-recognized charitable tax planning professional from the UH Foundation. Immediately after the lecture, guests enjoyed an exciting volleyball game with #1 ranked UH Men’s Volleyball team, who were victorious over Stanford.

Dr. Estelle Codier poses for group photo

Dr. Estelle Codier, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, and UH Manoa Nursing Associate Professor, co-presented with Ms. Fan Yang, IT Specialist, on “AVATARS: Innovative Teaching in Imaginary Worlds.”  Dr. Codier shared her experiences in teaching nursing in virtual environments such as Second Life. Second Life is a 3D world where everyone you see is a real person and every place you visit is built by people just like you (www.secondlife.com). Dr. Codier discussed best practices for teaching nursing students using this cutting edge technology, and talked about the benefits of learning nursing clinical skills in simulated environments. Dr. Codier has supervised more than 400 learning activities in Second Life over the past 7 years, and has authored several peer reviewed publications on the subject. She is also a leader in research on Emotional Intelligence and is the faculty advisor for the honors program.

Lani Starkey, JD, LLM, CPA, gave an eloquent, thought-provoking talk on, “Does Your ‘I Love You’ Estate Plan Have the Midas Touch or Midas Curse? Giving Strategies that Save Money, Taxes and Relationships.”  In his presentation, Starkey talked about ways that charitable estate and income tax planning can serve as a vehicle to fulfill philanthropic goals while also providing multiple financial and tax benefits to donors and their families. He gave real-life examples of how everyday folks are able to leave legacies that will have a long-lasting impact for students, faculty and research at the University of Hawaii for years to come. He invited everyone to think about legacies, passions in making a difference, and ways to make life-altering opportunities for the people in our communities. Starkey’s expertise is in income, gift, and estate tax planning, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, business and real estate tax planning, and charitable gift annuities. He is also an adjunct professor at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii.

The UH Manoa Nursing Planned Giving Lecture series is made possible by the University of Hawaii Foundation, whose mission is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawaii’s aspirations to benefit the people of Hawaii and beyond.