During the summer, many international students
take a break from their studies and return home to see family
and friends. However, summer is also the time for HPU’s
distinguished faculty, as well as many local and mainland students,
to become visitors in the more than 100 countries that count
themselves as part of HPU’s student body.
With suitcases and backpacks stuffed, they travel all over the
world conducting research, presenting scholarly papers, studying
as an exchange student, or just vacationing! Each returns to
HPU with renewed enthusiasm and a greater appreciation of how
HPU prepares its graduates to live, work, and learn as active
members of a global society.
Among the travelers from HPU their are 30 students of the International
Vocal Ensemble who were in Austria for the 250th anniversary
of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth. (See related stories)
Completely on the other side of the world, Natassa Kho, an HPU
travel industry management (TIM) student, returned home to Indonesia
for the summer to work as a front desk agent trainee at the Shangri-La
Hotel in Jakarta.
HPU Chaplain Rev. Dale and Barbara Burke, who teach communication
and math, respectively, are currently with a small group of Christian
clergy studying various faith traditions in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong
Kong, and eastern Malaysia. “We will be hosted by local
churches and will participate in their worship life and celebrations,” said
Rev. Burke. “Since we have so many students from this part
of the world, it will be great to see firsthand their culture,
joys, and challenges.”
Shortly after returning to the islands, the Burkes will leave
again, this time for Quito, Ecuador, where their son has been
teaching English since January. While abroad, the family will
take a four-day tour of the Galapagos Islands, snorkeling, hiking,
and exploring the islands to observe their unique ecosystems.
During a recent trip to the Philippines, Dr. Mario Arnaldo, HPU
TIM instructor, made a presentation, “Borderless Cuisine,” at
the fourth Annual Congress of Dietetics. “People all over
the world are becoming more health and diet conscious,” said
Dr. Arnaldo. “I pointed out how easy it is to make a positive
relationship between food and superfood, menus and recipes, and
the service aspects of getting the food.”
Meanwhile, TIM instructor Wendy Agrusa visited James Cook University
in Australia to conduct research in the area of sexual harassment
in the hospitality industry, while husband Dr. Jerry Agrusa,
a TIM professor, recently returned from Fiji where he gave a
seminar titled Leading Change in Human Resources Management in
the Service Industry to a group of hotel managers and human resource
directors. In late-June, Dr. Agrusa will present two research
papers, “Sustainable Development of Tourism” and “Using
Film and TV to Help Market a Tourist Destination,” at the
Asia Pacific Tourism Association’s annual conference in
Rather than South Pacific, Assistant Professor of biology, Dr.
Valerie Franck, plans to conduct cultural and scientific research
in Greenland. “I have spent some time in Antarctica and
am interested in the comparison between the Arctic and Antarctica
in terms of marine science and wildlife,” added Dr. Franck. “I
plan to take photos to use in my lectures on polar oceanography.
I’ve heard a great deal from researchers from around the
world about the effects of global warming on Arctic marine ecosystems
and would like to see those changes for myself.”
On the mainland, Dr. Susan Carstenn, assistant professor of environmental
science, will be updating a research project in Florida’s
Everglades. She will also use the time to collaborate on a manuscript
and plan a symposium that will take place at the Ecological Society
of America meeting in August.
Bon voyage to everyone, and look for HPU in the fall to be as
rich and culturally diverse as it’s ever been!