Moana Tuipulotu '13

Photo of Moana in garden

Moana Tuipulotu ’13 plans on bringing the things she’s learned at Redlands back to Hawaii once she embarks upon her career in conservation and management of marine ecosystems.

“It’s important, especially coming from Hawaii, that a lot of the things I learned can be applied and incorporated back home,” the environmental science major said. “After graduating, I would like to focus more on marine environmental issues and animals and hopefully be able to solve issues occurring at the moment and spread awareness.”

Coming from Maui, Tuipulotu wanted to attend a smaller school in Southern California with a water polo program, and the University of Redlands fit the bill perfectly.

“I’ve mostly been involved with women’s water polo,” she said. “After being a member of the water polo team, I’ve learned a lot of valuable skills, like leadership and time management, which will help me later in life.”

Tuipulotu earned All-SCIAC and All-American honors, and has plenty of fond memories of her time in the pool.

“Winning the SCIAC championship my sophomore year and being able to celebrate such an exciting moment with my teammates and bringing that back to the University of Redlands was one of my all-time favorite memories here at the school,” she said.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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