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Monday, Feb. 18, 2008
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HPU musical groups share music abroad

The English Language Systems (ELS) HPU office held its grand opening July 25 on the first floor of the Model Progress (MP) building. Dozens of faculty, staff, and students from both ELS and HPU joined in celebrating the new center, which will provide English language instruction for international students, preparing them for university studies.

HPU Director of Choral Music Kala‘i Stern began the ceremony with an ‘oli, a Hawaiian chant. Dr. John Kearns, vice president of Academic Affairs, introduced President Chatt G. Wright, who praised HPU’s partnership with ELS.

“ HPU’s mission is to educate for global citizenship,” Wright said. “We have students from more than 100 different countries all over the world and from all American states and Hawaiian Islands. ELS, a leader in training and educating students in English, is important to our fulfilling our mission.”

Alexandra Zilovic, ELS senior director of operations and business affairs, spoke about the partnership and how both organizations share similar goals: “As an intensive English program which prepares international students for university studies, ELS is entirely dedicated towards the promotion of international education in the U.S. higher education system.To have partnered with an institution of HPU’s standing and commitment to international education and global citizenship is truly a strategic alliance for ELS Language centers,” Zilovic said.

Stern closed the ceremony with a pule, a Hawaiian prayer, and Wright and Zilovic untied a maile lei.
ELS Language centers prepare students for attending universities in the U.S. by providing courses designed to improve English fluency. Each of its 12 levels of instruction, ranging from beginning to master’s levels, takes four weeks to complete. Successful completion of the final level fulfills students’ English requirement, allowing them to attend HPU without having to take the TOEFL test, according to ELS Honolulu’s center Director Roger Fong.

“ I think it’s working out great so far,” Fong said. “Our goal is to get as many students as we can to matriculate to HPU.

“ When a student chooses between our 48 centers [across the U.S.],” he continued, “they choose ELS centers for a reason. They’re going to either be on a university campus…or…a city center because that’s what they want to experience. [So] when a student is looking online about where they want to go, they’re specifically targeting ELS Honolulu, not because of the location, but we’re on HPU’s campus, and that is their eventual goal: to go to HPU.”

According to Barbara Hannum, HPU assistant professor of English/ESL and a member of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) faculty, ELS also is hoping to work closely with faculty and students in HPU’s TESL programs.

Fong explained that “MA/TESL students assist ELS students, as part of TESL practicum requirements, as one-on-one conversation partners.”

Hannum is optimistic about further integrating TESL and ELS. “In addition to the potential for collaboration with ELS for our TESL practicum students, it is also likely that we can provide unique contributions to enhance their programs as well.”

In closing, Zilovic thanked HPU for its commitment to diversity and global citizenship and its support of its ELS partnership. “We will all do our utmost to make this strategic partnership and friendship a mutually beneficial and enjoyable joining of two organizations with the same goals,” Zilovic said.

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Calling HPU artists
The HPU Art Gallery will present a juried exhibition of original art work in any media by members of the HPU Ohana, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Bring the work(s) to the Office of Student Affairs, 1164 Bishop Street Suite 1111 on the downtown campus, between 8 a. m. and 4:30 p. m. or to the receptionist Office in the Academic Center on the Hawai‘i Loa campus between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Artworks will be accepted from Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22. All artwork must be framed and/or ready for installation and only those works submitted by February 22 will be considered.

The exhibition will open March 16 and run through April 25. For more information, call Lynne Ledward at 544-0287 or e-mail her at lledward@hpu.edu.
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