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Special to Kalamalama by Matt Messina

The week of April 14 to 21, HPU will celebrate International Week 2007. This year’s Global Citizenship Symposium activities will expand to include, in addition to Friday’s Intercultural Day and Saturday’s presentations and workshops, a focus on sustainability that will comprise on-the-mall student exhibits Monday, a sustainability workshop with a national expert Wednesday, and a student exploration of campus sustainability on Saturday at the Hawai‘i Loa campus.

The week of events will kickoff today, with an “RIO Exhibition on Sustainability” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on upper Fort St. Mall, participating student organizations will display varying visual concepts of sustainability using posters, games, handouts, and whatever else their creativity deems appropriate. Awards will be present for the best exhibits, which will be judged on creativity, delivery, and use of sustainable materials. The top three clubs will win cash awards and will be featured later in the week for others to see.

On April 19, HPU will host a Sustainability Workshop at the rRed Elephant Café, 1144 Bethel St., from 2 to 5 p.m., led by Dr. Geoffrey Chase, Ph.D., of San Diego State University, co-editor of the book, Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change. The event will include a brief public address on campus sustainability, followed by a question and answer session that will lead into hands-on strategizing for students, faculty, and staff interested in learning how to transform HPU into a sustainable campus.

The final event of International Week 2007 will be the April 21 Hawai‘i Loa Campus Student Symposium. From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., students will be engaged in an organic, grass roots exercise called “Preferred Futuring.” Designed to address sustainability at HPU in the past, present, and future, it will examine the experiences of sustainability by the groups of students present.

In an effort to keep things sustainable, the event will feature an organic lunch at intermission.
Space is limited, and interested students looking for a chance to have a voice in the future development of HPU should RSVP to mattdmessina@gmail.com (or call 808-687-7016) as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

All HPU students are encouraged to participate, since the success of the events and the success of HPU as a sustainable campus depends on student involvement and participation. For more information call the Office of Student Life 808-544-0277.




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