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Summer workshop addresses importance of student retention

On August 12, HPU’s Educational Effectiveness Planning Committee hosted its second campus-wide summer workshop on the Hawai‘i Loa campus. The topic of the day was student retention.


Retention: A student's viewpoint

When we write our comments on the evaluation forms handed out at the end of every semester, we hold on to a hope that what we wrote about HPU might be read, pondered, might even make a difference.


HPU hosts S. Korean university delegation

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Center for Graduate Studies and College of Business Administration recently hosted a visiting student delegation from South Korea’s KDI School of Public Policy and Management.


China delegates participate in environmental seminar

Fourteen delegates from the Bureau of Land Resource of Chengdu City, China, took part in a one-day, educational seminar at Hawai‘i Pacific University recently to learn about strategies and techniques they can use to address land use development and resource conservation in their area.


President's Hosts nominations open

University President Chatt G. Wright’s exclusive President’s Hosts program is gearing up for another round of nominations for University ambassadors. The nomination process will begin Sep. 29.


Historians visit HPU

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s College of Liberal Arts recently hosted two community lectures on military affairs and American history. The lecture series was partially supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


HPU names VP of planning, assessment

Dr. Nancy Hedlund was appointed to the newly created position of Associate Vice President of Planning and Assessment at Hawai‘i Pacific University. In her new role, Dr. Hedlund will continue to provide leadership to program review and strategic planning, as well as to institutional research and assessment for the University.


BSW intro offered online

While traditional social work degree programs have been slow to meet the needs of today’s students, the Bachelor of Social Work program at Hawai‘i Pacific University has exceeded the pace—designing its program to accommodate working students by offering core courses in the evenings, weekends, and now, online.


Com professor's book nominated for R.M. Utley Award

“Custer and His Times: Book Four,” a book by Dr. John Hart, professor of communication and assistant dean in the College of Communication at Hawai‘i Pacific University, has been nominated for the prestigious Robert M. Utley Award.


New professional studies dean

Dr. Gordon Jones has been named dean of the College of Professional Studies at Hawai‘i Pacific University—a position he had held in earlier years at HPU. Previously, he served as professor and chair for the Master of Science in Information Systems degree program.


CNN Bureau Chief meets with students

On Sept. 18, Maria Ressa, the South East Asia Bureau chief for CNN, a Princeton grad, and Fulbright scholar met with HPU students, staff, and faculty. In an event sponsored by the Press Club at HPU and arranged by College of Communication Assistant Professor Brian Cannon, Ressa spoke about her experiences as a journalist in South East Asia during the recent years of ideological turmoil in the region.


HPU talks politics with Japan's Policy Research Council for Youth chair

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s College of International Studies recently hosted a roundtable discussion with special guest Ichiro Oda, chairman of Japan’s Policy Research Council for Youth, Osaka Prefecture Branch, who visited the islands to find out more about Hawai‘i’s unique government structure.


HPU Professor Awarded Fulbright Grant to Czech Republic

Dr. Carlos Juárez, associate professor of political science and program chair in the College of International Studies at Hawai‘i Pacific University, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant to spend part of the fall 2003 semester in the Czech Republic.


Aloha from the President

As we begin the fall term, with students joining us from all over the world, it is appropriate to remind ourselves of our mission of education for global citizenship and the international programs and activities that HPU offers in support of that mission.


Chaplain's Corner

The Bible tells an interesting story about the difference between a wise man and a foolish man. One man found a nice spot for his house on a sandy beach with beautiful sunsets. The other man built his house above the sand on firmer ground but the view wasn’t as good. After a while, the rains came down, the waves came up, and the house on the sand went splat.



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