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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

 

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 that program beginning this semester
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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, this diversity 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 semesters. 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, and school. 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.


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