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Fall/Winter 2014 registration is open
Register early to get the best selection of classes to further your degree process, and be sure to resolve any registration holds that will prevent you from enrolling at the earliest time available. Login to Campus Pipeline and go to: Quick Links – Register Online – Check Your Registration Status to check for any registration holds. For information and instructions to web register for main campus courses, click here.

Important Commencement information
The Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony is on Thursday, May 15, 5 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Arena and Exhibition Hall. 

  • For graduating students: All students who are completing their program requirements by the end of Spring 2014, Summer 2014, MCP Term 2-2014 or MCP Term 3-2014 are required to submit a Petition to Graduate (PTG). If you submitted a PTG but did not receive a confirmation from the Registrar’s office (UB 216), contact registrar@hpu.edu or call 808-544-0239.
  • For faculty: Commencement platform RSVPs requested! If you will be participating in the commencement platform party, click here to RSVP by Monday, May 5. 

SGA Sport Support Program
Did you know you can earn awesome prizes by cheering on the Sea Warriors? Participate in SGA’s Sport Support program by collecting a stamp on your SGA Sport Support card for each HPU athletic game you attend. There’s still time to fill your card and be entered in the grand prize drawing! For the schedule of games and more sports information, click here. Contact: Dominique Bushong, Athletics Senator (dbushong@my.hpu.edu)

English Department: Call for student readings at Monday, April 21 event
This is an opportunity for HPU students to read their poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction in front of a friendly audience. Free pizza will be provided to the audience and the readers. Bring your own drink. If you would like to read your prose or poetry, contact Assistant Professor Andy Opitz, Ph.D. at aopitz@hpu.edu. Monday, April 21: 12:55 p.m.-1:50 p.m., LB Mezz. 2 (1060 Bishop).

HPU Intercultural Day 30th Anniversary: ‘A World without Borders’ on Wednesday, April 23
Calling all students, staff, faculty, colleges and departments: Join in the 30th anniversary Intercultural Day activities on Wednesday, April 23! With students from nearly 100 countries, it is an opportunity to celebrate the university’s diversity by showcasing a culture or country through a booth display and/or live performance. Presenting groups will be reimbursed up to $100 for supplies and materials. Click here if you are interested in participating. Contact:studentlife@hpu.edu   

Freshmen & seniors: Last chance to complete survey and be entered in IPad prize drawing
HPU freshmen and seniors: If you have not already done so, take the National Survey of Student Engagement and provide important information for improving student success at HPU. An email with an invitation and log-in information was sent on Feb. 20. The last prize drawing for completed surveys by freshmen and seniors will be held on Monday, April 14, and the lucky person will win an IPad! Click here for more information.

For faculty: ‘Using Formative Assessment to Evaluate Student Participation’
Many instructors understand that student participation in class is important. But what’s the difference between participation and engagement? And how can you tell if a student is not engaged? Join this workshop, facilitated by Eddie Merc, assistant director of CAIT, on Tuesday, April 15. Click here for more information and to register. 


Today-Friday, April 11 – Modern Languages Film Festival
Join the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics in a celebration through film of the languages and cultures taught at HPU. Click here for more information with times and locations. 

Today – American Sign Language and Deaf Culture presentation
American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the U.S. Professor Christine Holmes of Kapiolani Community College discusses the history and linguistic features of ASL, deaf communication, deaf culture and more. ASL interpretation provided. 12:30 p.m.-1:55 p.m., MP 240 (1188 Fort Street). Contact: hnguyen@hpu.edu

Today – ThinkTech Hawaii ‘Global Connections: Human Rights Advocacy’
Join host Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., as he discusses international human rights advocacy with Ani Martirossian. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. The broadcast is streamed live or saved as a YouTube video. Links at www.ThinkTechHawaii.com.

Friday, April 11 – Alcohol Awareness Fair
Sponsored by Student Government Association: Community organizations will share information and answer questions about alcohol consumption. Learn something new and get your red solo cup filled with a sweet surprise! 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Upper Fort Street Mall.

Friday, April 11 – Choirs at HPU: Mini Lunchtime Concert
End your week on a high note! Come and hear inspiring music by the HPU International Vocal Ensemble and Chorale. They will perform contemporary choral works, providing a taste of their American repertoire for their tour to China in May! 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m., St. Andrew’s Cathedral.  

Friday, April 11 – ‘Online Peer Review Training for Second-Language Writers’
Applied Linguistics Talk: Chrysa Staiano will report on an ongoing project to develop online materials designed to train students to successfully participate in classroom peer-review activities. 3:05 p.m-4:30 p.m., MP 240 (1188 Fort Street). Contact: hnguyen@hpu.edu

Friday, April 11 – Viewpoints Film Series: ‘Renoir’
Jean Renoir — son of the Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste — returns home after being wounded in World War I. Andrée, a beautiful young woman, rejuvenates and inspires father and son. Discussion led by Kirsten Rae Simonsen (Arts). 5:30 p.m., Warmer Auditorium-LB PH (1060 Bishop). Click here for more information.

Monday, April 14-Thursday, April 17 – National Library Week celebration activities
Do you have fond memories of your school or public library? Come in and post your story and receive a gift while supplies last. There will be other fun activities with prizes and an Open House with refreshments on Wednesday at Atherton Library, HLC, or if downtown on Monday, Meader Library will have candy treats. Click here for more information.  

Tuesday, April 15 – Provost Coffee Hour
3 p.m.-4 p.m., DT Student Government Association Office (MP building)
No coffee hour at HLC in April.  

Wednesday, April 16 – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Are You Man Enough?
To highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Student Government Association challenges male students to literally walk one mile in women’s shoes. Don’t worry ladies; your help is needed, too! 11:30 a.m., Upper Fort St. Mall. Click here for more information. 

Sunday, April 27 – HPU Choirs & Symphony Spring Concert with Makana
Performing works from Native Inuit to Hawaiian, traditional Chinese to Bollywood fusion, and debuting both new Makana compositions as well as awe-inspiring arrangements of epic Neo-Classical compositions. 7 p.m., Hawaii Theatre. Click here for more information. 

Monday, April 28 — HPU Science Pub-Hawai‘i: ‘The US as a Pacific Power’  
Patrick Bratton, Ph.D., noted political scientist and HPU director of Diplomacy and Military Studies, will give perspective on developments in the Asia-Pacific region, Russia and Ukraine, and Hawai'i's unique role in global security. Admission is free and open to the public. 6 p.m., Gordon Biersch Aloha Tower. Click here for more information.

In The

This section is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of HPU people and programs and stories of interest to the university. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique.

‘Heritage’ engaging history at HPU: Three students part of cast (Star-Advertiser Pulse)
“Hawai’i Pacific University Director of Theatre Joyce Maltby, herself [an Abraham] Lincoln fan, presents [P.J.] Barry’s look at early American history in engaging style.” More… (Click here for the play’s schedule, which runs to April 27, and tickets.)

Politicians on pro-union TV spots receive criticism: HPU professor comments (Star-Advertiser, also via Find Law)
Two politicians running for Congress are on “TV spots to bolster the position of the union battling over pension benefits with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. ‘I'm not surprised (the ads have) raised some eyebrows, but they are legal. …,’ said John Hart, chairman and professor of the Department of Communication at Hawaii Pacific University.” (Subscription required.) More…


HPU executive vice president named Pacific Business News “Women to Watch” finalist
Janet Kloenhamer, executive vice president of Administration and general counsel, is among a select group of Honolulu women leaders who were named “Women to Watch” by Pacific Business News and will be recognized on Thursday, April 17. Throughout her HPU tenure since Fall 2010, Kloenhamer has made valuable contributions to further the university’s mission and vision. She was instrumental in the Aloha Tower Marketplace acquisition and merger with Oceanic Institute.          

Ko‘olau Writers Workshop: HPU associate professors of English lead   
Kudos to Associate Professors of English Tyler McMahon and Mark Tjarks, Ph.D., event organizer and session presenter, respectively, for what looks to be a successful writers workshop on Saturday, April 12. Noted author Kristiana Kahakauwila will deliver the keynote. Limited space still available:  click here. Also, listen to Hawaii Public Radio interview of Kahakauwila.

HPU ‘Ohana Today publishes Monday and Thursday. Submit your news and milestones to ohanatoday@hpu.edu. For the HPU Events Announcement form, click here.

HPU Vol 3. Issue 25
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