I want to begin by extending a warm welcome to
the new students who are joining us for the spring semester and
by welcoming back our continuing students. While many of you
have been on vacation, faculty and staff have been preparing
for this new semester. We have a variety of activities planned
to introduce our new students to the exciting multicultural life
of our campuses.
All of us in the HPU ‘ohana are proud of our multicultural
student body, with students from more than 100 different countries.
This diversity is the result of conscious planning and the
continued support of all parts of the University. Staff in
offices recruit students who will thrive in this environment,
advisors provide support and guidance, clubs and cultural organizations
lend additional support, and faculty develop and challenge
them in classes.
One key component of our support for international students
is the Center for English Language Programs (CELP). While many
students come with the English-language skills necessary to
enter directly into a degree program, others, who may lack
skills, can acquire them through classes in the English Foundations
Program (EFP). I know that our international students understand
the challenge EFP students face, but I would ask our American
students to imagine how they would feel if they were about
to begin a degree program at a university where all the classes
were taught in Spanish, Swedish, or Japanese.
CELP contributes to HPU’s international community in other
ways too. Faculty members regularly teach at Japan’s Hakuoh
University where they work with an HPU alumnus on the faculty
and guide Hakuoh students into CELP’s noncredit Proficiency
in English Program.
CELP’s Group English Program (GEP) provides another bridge
between HPU and people of other countries. GEP provides short-term
English programs for groups who come for only a brief stay.
GEP not only introduces these students to American culture,
also gives them a first-hand experience of the vibrant life
of our campuses. Following their GEP experience, several students
have returned to pursue an HPU degree.
I am proud of the commitment of our HPU community towards
developing global citizenship.