The DeRussy Ballroom at the
Hale Koa Hotel once again hosted the bi-annual HPU Honors Brunch
on April 22. The brunch serves as the induction ceremony for
HPU’s 16 Honor Societies, and the ballroom was filled
with new members and their families and friends.
Dr. Brian Metcalf welcomed everybody to the brunch and then gave
the podium to the Associate Vice President of Academic Programs,
Dr. John Kearns, who congratulated the inductees on their academic
achievements and reminded them that “the classroom is not
the only place where learning takes place at a university.”
Kearns described HPU’s multicultural and international
mix of students and described it, honoring the “brothers
and sisters” that were lost at Virginia Tech in April,
as a unique place where one can “make friends with their
After a moment of silence for the victims and an invocation by
Reverend Dale Burke, Kearns introduced guest speaker Dr. Marc
Gilbert, of the National Endowment for the Humanities and HPU’s
Endowed Chair of World History. His textbook, World Civilizations – The
Global Experience is in its 5th edition and widely used, and
he is in the process of publishing a new book.
Gilbert remarked on the origin of our binomial number system
and related it to our society today, explaining how such a profound
invention still affects us.
After indulging in a mouth-watering brunch buffet, each Honor
Society held an induction for its new members who received pins,
honor cords, and membership certificates.