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Becky Nelson, editor


Sharing "hula" spirit

Hula is an ancient style of dance native to the islanders of Hawai‘i and was once only performed in Hawai‘i. Today the dance can be witnessed all around the world. Hula is an experience of sharing, whether you are a kumu hula, or teacher of hula, a professional hula dancer, or a visitor to Hawai‘i who learned to dance the hula while here. It doesn’t matter how one learns hula or where one experiences its performance. What counts is that it is being shared.


Enterprise offers student opportunities

Getting a job upon graduation is of primary importance to every HPU student. One looks for something that not only pays the bills, but that also provides real-life work experience. Enterprise Rent-a-Car hires more than 6,000 college graduates a year around the country. It also provides opportunities to different business majors through internships that can lead to management trainee positions upon graduation.


Students recount moving AmeriCorps experiences

One of the programs of AmeriCorps, the national service begun by former President Bill Clinton, is a community HELP program that allows students to earn education awards while serving in the community. In addition to monetary stipends, according to Dr. Valentina Abordonado, who supervises the program for HPU, “Students gain awareness of community needs, build friendships, and develop job skills.”


Campus Pipeline upgraded

On the first day of school some students noticed changes to the HPU Pipeline Website. The weekend before school began, the system went through a renovation process involving more than 30 employees under the supervision of Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services Justin Itoh. The new design, based on input from all areas of the university, is intended to make the site easier to use.

The transition from high school to college can be difficult. The new atmosphere, unfamiliar faces, and a new found freedom can all leave a student feeling overwhelmed. Luckily for students at HPU, the Academic Advising Center has organized a series of seminars to help students ease into college life.

HPU diversity includes student exchange opportunities

HPU is a melting pot of students from all over the world, but if you want to study in some of the countries represented at the University, the HPU Student Exchange Program is worth considering.


TGIF events relieve stress

How would you like to face a Sumo wrestler, get thrown onto a Velcro wall, win a comedy contest, or dunk your “favorite” professor in a tank of water? The HPU Office of Student Life and HPU student government--ASHPU--is giving you the chance.


Ho'omau scholarship for transfer students

HPU is offering scholarships to transfer students from two- or four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States. The Ho‘omau Scholarship recognizes outstanding young men and women who excel academically, who are involved in their schools and communities, and who demonstrate leadership potential. This program offers $2,000 tuition scholarships that are renewable for up to three years.


Anythime/anywhere access eBook Collection

This fall semester, HPU libraries announced its new collection of academic eBooks to students, faculty and staff. The eBooks are full-text electronic versions of published books from netLibrary. Library patrons can search, borrow, and read them over the Internet.


Students attend Young Democrats convention

Tiffany Jackson, a student at Hawai‘i Pacific University, was chosen to represent Hawai‘i for the first time in the 70-year history of the Young Democrats of America convention.


October Calendar

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