Welcome new students, and welcome back all of you who are
returning for another semester at HPU! The opportunities before
us this term are endless, and in this issue I want to encourage
and inspire everyone to do two things: 1. Get involved. 2.
Stay in touch.
The quality of a university education goes beyond the boundaries
of the classroom. What happens outside the lecture halls deepens
and broadens the learning experience and frames education in
the context of the world around us. Participating in student
activities, co-curricular events, and internships adds great
value to our education by connecting us to the community and
developing relationships that can last a lifetime.
To do this one must participate, must get involved.
How about trying out a new group or activity, something that
you have never tried before. See what happens. You might be pleasantly
How do you get involved in campus activities? First, you have
to know about them, and that means you have to stay in touch
with the heartbeat of the University. The best sources of information
are Campus Pipeline, to which everyone has access through their
computer. Then there is this award-winning student newspaper,
Kalamalama. Keep reading this issue for more information! In
addition to these resources, note the signs on the mall and the
flyers constantly posted by the Student Life Office. These will
keep you in touch with all that is going on.
And don’t forget to visit Club Carnival on Jan. 30. Many
of the schools most active ethnic, social and activity-oriented
organizations will have booths and members ready to tell you
all about extra curricular ways to make the most of your education
at HPU. Check it out! You will be happy you did!
My job as Chaplain is to help connect you to the faith traditions
that have given your life meaning. Our spiritual connections
are equally important! All of the
local churches, temples, and synagogues are eager to welcome you and make you
feel at home. Check out Pipeline for a listing of local houses of worship.
You are all welcome to non-denominational Chapel services every
Wednesday at noon at Warmer Auditorium downtown and every
Sunday evening at 7:30 on the lanai
at the Hawai‘i Loa campus. Join us for singing, an inspirational message,
and refreshments. It’s a good way to get off to a great start! Have a terrific