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by Dr. William Zanella, associate dean, International Exchange Programs

From Chicago, Blodgett participated in the Up With People Program, traveling to 90 cities in 12 countries and before coming to HPU. He also completed a two-semester program studying Japanese as an HPU exchange student at Osaka Gakuin University in Japan.
Manning, a native of New Hampshire, was an international business major with dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.

Pagels, from Michigan, took various Japan-related and Japanese language classes at HPU and earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations
Spearing, from Kailua on O‘ahu, did an Asian concentration in her HPU anthropology major and spent the fall 2004 semester as an HPU exchange student at Soonchunhyang University in Korea, where she also did tutoring in English.

Brian Goda, a 2001 graduate in international business , was also chosen, but did not accept the position.

The new JET teachers were selected after a rigorous application and interview process involving more than 100 applicants just from Hawai‘i.

Japanese language ability is not required of JET participants, who receive an annual salary of approximately $32,000, round-trip air fare, health insurance, and other benefits. Contracts run from July, 2006 to June, 2007, and may be renewed for extended stays.

Alumni and students who are U.S. citizens and who will graduate by May 2006 are invited to learn about English teaching opportunities in Japan at a briefing by officials of the Honolulu Japan Consulate-General at HPU’s President’s Conference Room, second floor, 1166 Fort Street Mall, at 3-4 p.m. on Oct. 6.

JET information is available online at www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JETProgram/homepage.html. For more information, or for applications, e-mail Dr. William Zanella, associate dean of International Exchange Programs, at wzanella@hpu.edu. The application deadline is Dec. 1.


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