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
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
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
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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.