I’d like to wish you all a slightly belated
Happy New Year. If you are returning to HPU, welcome back to
a new semester. And if you who are just beginning your HPU
experience, welcome to your new academic home.
In many cultures, the new year is a time for putting things
in order. We’ve done a bit of spring cleaning here at
HPU during the holidays. We upgraded the computers in the computer
labs, converted more classrooms to provide them with multimedia
capabilities, and increased the speed of our Internet service.
We installed Microsoft Office 2007 in the classrooms and computer
labs so that introductory computer science courses can use
program beginning this semester
Last semester, many of you took advantage of our “Rave” emergency
text-messaging service. This allows HPU to send you critical
information in times of emergency or major disruption. Some of
you received notification last semester via the Rave service
that all classes were cancelled on the Hawai‘i Loa Campus
due to the power outage caused by heavy storms. It’s
certainly not too late to sign up for this service. Just
go to http://phone.hpu.edu
and follow the instructions.
HPU is continually exploring ways to use technology to enhance
learning and provide the best service possible. For example,
our libraries are adding more online resources all the time,
so please take advantage of the many tools available to help
you get the most out of your classes.
Those of you who have been with HPU for a while know all
about our University’s diversity, with students from
more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Interestingly,
also extends to our rapidly expanding online program. Students
from 45 states, six of the seven major Hawaiian Islands,
and 15 countries took online courses during our most recent
Last year HPU offered 757 online sections, an increase
of about 23 percent over the previous year.
I have supported a strong distance learning program because
its flexibility allows them to better balance family, work,
It is an option for students who face obstacles to their
education because of heavy work schedules or because they
find it necessary
to be away from Hawai‘i for an extended period, as
happens to our military students when they deploy.
Whether you’re taking HPU courses in the classroom,
online, or both, I wish you the best of success for 2008.