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by Marites Fiesta, dean, Student Life, First-Year Programs

The Center for Student Life and First-Year Programs is thrilled to welcome new students, parents, and family members to Passport Week 2007: Fall New Student Orientation, which begins August 26 and continues through Sept. 2.

For many new students, the start of college and move to a new place are both exciting and challenging. To ease the transition and help students connect with their peers, professors, and staff members, the University created fall new student orientation. As part of the week’s activities, students can create their own schedules and select from a variety of information sessions and optional activities.

To assist family members during the first year of college, HPU also created an orientation program that provides essential information on academic and student support services. We believe the guidance and support these programs offer students are invaluable to their academic, professional, and personal success.

By the end of the fall orientation, students, and family members will have learned about degree requirements, academic expectations, how to have a successful first year, ways to get involved, tips on living in Hawai‘i, and much more. In addition, participants will discover the island of O‘ahu through fun optional activities such as a trip to the Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor, a waterfall hike, a walking tour of Chinatown, an opportunity for community service at the Ulupo Heiau (an ancient Hawaiian temple) in Kailua, and a sunset cruise on the Ali‘i Kai catamaran.

Throughout the week orientation leaders, Spirit Club members, and Student Activities staff will be available to answer questions to help make the transition to HPU and Hawai‘i a smooth one. If you have not yet registered, stop by the Center for Student Life and First-Year Programs in the MP building, Suite 105 (1188 Fort Street Mall), check out www.hpu.edu/readysetgo, or call 544-0277.



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