As a new academic year gets underway, I would like to tell
you how glad we are that you have chosen to join us at Hawai‘i
Pacific University. Some of you are here for the first time
while others are returning for another year. For some of
you, home was just down the road or a neighbor island away.
For others, the journey to HPU has carried you thousands
of miles across numerous time zones. We welcome all of you
with the spirit of aloha!
Over the years, Hawai‘i Pacific has grown from a college
of fewer than a hundred students to a university of many
thousands. And yet we have tried not to lose that small college
feel. There’s a saying you may have already heard at
HPU: we’re high tech, high touch.
You see the high-tech HPU everywhere these days. There’s
the computing centers, of course, but now there are also
places on campus where you can go wireless. With Web Reg
you can register for classes, some of which might be online,
and when the semester is over, you can check your grades
via Campus Pipeline. The libraries have a growing list of
electronic books that can be downloaded from home, and research
has never been easier because of the number of online periodicals
But what we really take pride in at HPU is the person-to-person
contact we foster among students, faculty, and staff. The
required course you take this semester will be small enough
that the instructor will know your name, and you’ll
recognize everybody in the class.
And that’s not all. When you’re not sure where
to turn for help, Academic Advising and Personal Counseling
can show you the way.
Need some guidance on a paper? The Tutoring & Testing
Center will match you up with a tutor.
Wondering about worship at HPU? The University chaplain has
information about religious services.
Looking for a creative outlet? Choral activities, Kalamalama,
and HPU Theatre are great places to express yourself.
It’s important to remember that at HPU, there’s
always someone you can talk to!