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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

 

This is a special edition of Kalamalama, because it’s my opportunity to welcome our new students to their first semester at HPU and our continuing students back for another academic year. Beginning a new semester can be both exciting and challenging. One challenge you might face is connecting with people outside the classroom. You’ve already taken one important step in meeting this challenge: you’re reading the student newspaper. But to make sure you have many chances to meet students, staff, and faculty, we’ve also put together a number of events coming up in the fall semester. I’d like to tell you about some of the highlights.

HPU Reads: 2007 Common Book Program (beginning Passport Week, August 28-31) – Take part in a University community experience by reading a book everyone else at HPU is reading: The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad. The book is an intimate look at the realities of daily life in today’s Afghanistan and a detailed history of one family’s fortunes and misfortunes during two decades of civil war. Opportunities are scheduled throughout the semester for you to discuss the book and its themes with students, faculty, and staff, to hear speakers, and to watch films on related topics. For more information, e-mail readysetgo@hpu.edu.

Viewpoints Film Series (throughout the fall semester) – This semester’s series includes thought-provoking films on themes such as the war in Iraq, crime and redemption, the (Un)Natural World, and of course Afghanistan (in conjunction with the Common Book Program). For more information, e-mail Dr. Serena Hashimoto at shashimoto@hpu.edu.

Welcome Week (September 4-7) – This is a fun and informative program with a variety of activities and events during the first week of classes. Everyone is welcome.

Be My Guest: Take your Professor Out to Lunch (Sept. 26-27, Oct. 24-25, Nov. 14-15) – Get together with one or two other students and invite a professor to lunch on the downtown or Hawai‘i Loa campus. Student Affairs will foot the bill.

Club Carnival (Sept. 14) – Enjoy the opportunity to wander the mall and talk with representatives from the many different HPU clubs. Sign up for as many as you can handle.


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