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Volume 2, Issue 2

Happy Spring!
By: Morna Dexter, Director of Student Services

Spring is associated with rebirth, re-growth, and renewal. Celebrations ensue around the world as winter thaws and blossoms bloom. Even in temperate Hawaii, we enjoy longer days as well as myriad multi-cultural events to mark the season. Hawaii Tokai International College associates spring as our term in which we receive the largest new cohort for the year. This term, we welcome 35 students from Japan to our College Preparatory Program. In light of the recent disasters in Japan, these students represent the commitment to recover from the destruction and embrace the future. They are here to bloom where they are planted and we look forward to nurturing their growth. We express our deepest condolences to those affected by the tragedies in Japan and hope this new season will also bring new hope in such a time of devastation.

HTIC Students Support Disaster Relief in Japan

The Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society joined forces to raise money to support disaster relief in Japan. The combined effort of this student-led initiative resulted in a flea market held over the course of 3 days. The tremendous support from the campus and local community raised over $12,000 for the Japanese Red Cross. Mahalo nui loa to all who contributed to this successful event!

Think Globally, Act Locally

Excerpts from the Chancellor’s welcome speech at the spring 2011 Convocation

To all of our new and returning students, faculty and staff, welcome to the 2011 Spring Term! I hope that everyone has gotten off to a great start, especially all of you who have just joined our HTIC learning community.

Our theme this term is “Think Globally, Act Locally.” This phrase was originally used to describe environmental concerns, such as global warming and energy conservation. It was meant to encourage each and every one of us to do our part in tackling this global issue through methods such as conserving our use of fossil fuels or recycling.

Over the years, this phrase has taken on additional meanings. When I hear this phrase, I think of the first academic book I read in English – Economics as a Science by the economist Kenneth E. Boulding. This book refers to the concept of “Spaceship Earth.” The main idea is that we are not living in a place with infinite resources, but rather sharing the limited space on this planet, much like living on a spaceship. With the development of more advanced transportation and information systems, we have become increasingly aware of the limits of our resources and living space. In today’s global society, we are also interconnected in such a way that economic or political activity - or natural disasters - affects everyone throughout the world at some level. No one on “Spaceship Earth” can function in complete isolation, and everyone must do their share in order to keep “Spaceship Earth” running smoothly.

Part of our mission at HTIC is to educate students to be global citizens, and as global citizens dealing with global problems, you may feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenges facing the world. It is easy to say that there is nothing we can do to change or help a difficult situation. Do not become apathetic. Do not lose concern for others or give up trying because you feel helpless. Instead, think carefully about what you can do to effect change around you. A couple of weeks ago, we had a flea market here at HTIC to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The idea for the flea market arose because you, the students of HTIC, wanted to do something for the people suffering in Japan. As a result of the efforts of the HTIC community and the generosity of the public, we collected $12,000 in sales and donations. Although the fundraiser is finished, this does not mean that we have finished doing our part. We should always be seeking out ways to help others and to make “Spaceship Earth” a better place. Thank you and best wishes for a successful term!

Alumni Update

Spring break brought many alumni back to Hawaii for sunshine and R&R.

Kazuto Miyajima is studying Sports Business Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has taken to the cold weather well and enjoys snowboarding and even went ice fishing!

Takuma Asakura transferred to the University of Oregon. He is studying Portuguese and aspires to study abroad in Brazil. Bravo!

Ken Hamanaka is now a West Virginia Mountaineer pursuing his Bachelor’s in Athletic Coaching and Training. He is a student manager for the WVU basketball team and for all you college sports fans-working under the wing of Bob Huggins!

We are so proud of our alumni and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

HTIC's European Tour: From London to Rome

HTIC Liberal Arts students have the opportunity to travel to Europe between the spring and summer terms! The tour begins in London and continues through Paris, Versailles, Burgundy, Lucerne, Florence, and Rome. Faculty will serve as escorts and tours led by English-speaking guides are organized in each city.

Students may earn 1 elective credit toward the Liberal Arts degree by participating in this tour and completing related coursework. The all-inclusive cost of $4,264 covers roundtrip airfare from Honolulu, transportation, fees for attractions, breakfast each day, and 5 dinners.

An optional tour of Richmond University in London, an international university with which we hold a transfer agreement, is available on Day 4 of the trip.

Please contact the Office of Student Services for further information: 808-983-4187 Registration for this tour must be completed by May 16, 2011.

Aloha HTIC!

HTIC not only welcomes new students this term but also a new Director of Student Services.

I am relocating to the mainland with my family and look forward to the adventures ahead. I have truly enjoyed getting to know each student as an individual and witnessing his/her growth in maturity, wisdom, and intellect.

Ms. Laura Sprowls will serve as the new director and brings with her a passion for supporting student development. Welcome, Laura!

Aloha, HTIC! Morna Dexter

Winter term dates to remember

April 7, 2011.1st day of classes!
April 11, 2011.Winter Term Convocation.
April 13, 2011.Red Cross presentation: Post-disaster recovery.
April 15, 2011.Student Government elections.
April 20, 2011.Residence hall meeting.
April 27, 2011.Town Hall meeting.
May 9-13, 2011.Advising week for continuing students.
May 16-20, 2011.Registration week for summer term 2011.
May 20, 2011.Last day to withdraw from classes.
May 30, 2011.Memorial Day. No classes.
June 8, 2011.Liberal Arts Student Presentation Day.
June 9, 2011.Institutional TOEFL exam day.
June 10, 2011.King Kamehameha Day. No classes.
June 15, 2011.IS 200 Presentation Day.
June 16-17, 2011.Liberal Arts final exams.
June 17, 2011.Last day of spring term.
June 18, 2011.Commencement ceremony for spring and summer 2011 graduates.

Volume 2, Issue 1

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!
By: Morna Dexter, Director of Student Services

The western celebration of the New Year fell during the time of year in which Hawaiians honored the earth for providing plentiful food sources. The traditional celebration (makahiki) involved a 4 month period of rest, feasting, and peace. Wars and conflicts were not allowed during this sacred time. Rather than focusing on dividing and conquering, the people focused on what they had in common and paused to give thanks. Along with the New Year, we approach the time in which we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who dedicated his life to interracial relations, peace, and equality. The Tokai University Educational System was founded on the basis of education as a means to peace through globalization. A large part of our mission here at HTIC is to educate our students to become responsible global citizens with respect for multiculturalism. Vice Chancellor Fuqua charges our students with taking this time of reflection and new beginnings to celebrate the cross-cultural differences and similarities within our own learning community. There is no time like the present to renew our commitment to grow as people and contribute to our community and world. May 2011 bring success, joy, and peace to all.

12 students "light the way"

Twelve international students successfully completed the College Preparatory (CP) Program in fall 2010 and entered the Liberal Arts (LA) Program this term. This milestone marks the beginning of their academic endeavors in American higher education. Each student was presented with a kukui nut pendant which symbolizes light, hope, and peace. The kukui nut was used as a light source by the early Hawaiians because of its flammable quality and thus, nicknamed the “candle nut”. Congratulations to these students as they “light the way” and embark on their exciting educational journey ahead!

New Year, New Beginnings

Excerpts from the Vice Chancellor’s welcome speech at the Winter 2011 Convocation

"Happy New Year! Welcome to the 2011 Winter Term. Our theme for this Convocation and this term is “New Year, New Beginnings.”

How many of you made New Year’s resolutions this year? A promise…to be a better you in some way that is personally significant and that will impact positively on yourself and perhaps upon those around you. If you’re like many people, you gave yourselves the opportunity to take advantage of the New Year to make a new start, a new beginning.

Your time as a student at HTIC is special. It represents a new beginning for all of you – moving through the gateway…to adulthood. In the HTIC catalog you will find the College’s educational mission. In it we describe what we want each of you to learn and to accomplish during your time at HTIC. That is, to become more knowledgeable in many areas, to develop skills in “communication,” “critical thinking,” “use of technology” – all so you can integrate what you are learning and make it meaningful to your lives. We enjoy watching each of you mature as individuals, and develop a sense of self and confidence, which enables you to use your skills and knowledge to make decisions. We see this is as an indication that you are at the start of the path to becoming lifelong learners and contributing global citizens.

For those CP students who have moved into the LA program this term, it truly is a new beginning—the start of your collegiate academic careers. For…our new LA students, it is a new beginning as…you embark on your journey to “Discover East Asia.” For the rest of us, it is an opportunity to renew our sense of purpose and approach this term with energy, determination, and intellectual curiosity – a new beginning to being a better student, a better instructor, a better staff member.

In closing, I invite all of you to consider our learning outcome—to be more cross-culturally sensitive…I encourage you all to ask your classmates, faculty, and staff if they know of greetings in other languages, such as Chinese, French, Mongolian, and Korean and see if there is a cultural commonality of this concept of a new beginning at the start of a new year.

Best wishes to all of you for a new beginning of success and happiness. Have a great winter term!"

Alumni Update

The fall was homecoming season at HTIC. Among the students who returned for a visit were Yuriko Wakazaki, Birgit Neldner, Yuki Takatori and Ikue Kato. Yuriko is still teaching preschool on an American military base in Japan and Birgit continues to work as a travel agent in Germany.

Yuki graduated from Tokai University and is currently pursuing his M.A. in English at Shonan. He will be pursuing a Ph.D. from the Department of Modern Civilizations in Linguistic and Cultural Diversity.

Ikue returned home after completing her studies at HTIC and works in retail.

HTIC is on the move

HTIC and the University of Hawaii signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 15, 2011, to move forward with HTIC’s relocation to Kapolei, adjacent to the new University of Hawaii West Oahu (UHWO) campus. UHWO is expected to open its doors for classes in the fall of 2012 with HTIC following in the summer of 2013.

The move will benefit both campuses through shared programs and facilities. HTIC and UHWO students will live in the same residence halls and share student support services. HTIC students will also have the opportunity to seamlessly transfer in to one of UHWO’s bachelor’s programs upon completion of the Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts.

HTIC students will still be able to transfer to any number of 4-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and overseas. The move will simply provide more modern facilities and increased cross-cultural interaction between students from both campuses.

International Programs

HTIC’s International Programs (IP) Office hosts short-term study programs for various educational levels from Japan and Korea. This term, IP welcomes students from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea; Sagami Junior High School in Japan; Tokai University’s Marine Science Department; and Tokai University’s Kendo Team. All of the IP study programs provide courses in English language and American culture as well as international relations. HTIC students are presented with the opportunity to interact with the IP students through social events and language exchanges organized by the IP office.

Winter term dates to remember

January 13, 2011.1st day of classes!
January 17, 2011.Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. No classes.
January 18, 2011.Winter term Convocation.
January 21, 2011.University of Hawaii Japanese Culture Club welcome party.
January 22, 2011.Winter term welcome bbq and mixer with International Programs.
February 2, 2011.Town hall meeting.
February 21, 2011.President's Day holiday. No classes.
February 21, 2011.Great Aloha Run. HTIC and Chaminade President's Clubs combined.
February 22, 2011.Advising week for continuing students.
February 25, 2011.Last day to withdraw from classes.
February 28, 2011.Registration week for Spring 2011 term.
March 16, 2011.Liberal Arts Student Presentation Day.
March 18, 2011.Institutional TOEFL exam day.
March 23, 2011.IS 200 Presentation Day.
March 24, 2011.Liberal Arts final exams and last day of classes.
March 25, 2011.Prince Kuhio Day holiday (observed).

Volume 1, Issue 1

By: Morna Dexter, Director of Student Services

Welcome to HTIC's Fall 2010 term! We are excited to kick off the 2010-2011 academic year by first welcoming our new students. We have an incredibly diverse cohort joining us from Hawaii, Japan, France, and across the United States; they bring with them myriad cultural and educational backgrounds that enhance HTIC's learning community. HTIC's mission is to ensure the success of each student as a responsible, adult learner and maximize his/her potential. The first term is focused on a smooth, comfortable transition to prepare students for the increased challenges ahead. We firmly believe that a comfortable, inclusive environment leads to confidence and success. The first few days of the term were cool and rainy but nearly every rain shower in Hawaii ends with a beautiful rainbow. The first term for students can be likened to a Hawaiian rain shower. The rains are typically gentle but require adjustments as we usually plan on a bright, sunny day. The first term is a time of transition; new friends, new surroundings, new routines, and new responsibilities. Patience and time for adjustment are vital. Once the shock of the shower of change lifts, we see students emerge like rainbows after the rain; cheerful, bright, and ready to shine.

...and they're off!

Two HTIC students are experiencing life abroad this term. Whitney Amar is in Japan at Tokai University's Shonan campus while Otono Naniwa is in Seoul, Korea at Hanyang University. Both students are afforded this opportunity through HTIC's "Discover East Asia" study abroad program. Whitney and Otono are earning HTIC credit in their respective language and cultural immersion programs while reaping the benefits of studying in another country.

"Aloha and Ohana"

Chancellor's welcome speech delivered by Dr. Deanna Madden, Dean of Instruction, at the Fall 2010 Convocation:

"Aloha and welcome to the 2010 Fall Term! I hope that you all had a wonderful summer break and you are ready to dive into your studies.

Our theme this term is "Aloha and Ohana." For those of you who are new to the islands, let me briefly explain the meaning of these words that hold such importance for the people here in Hawaii.

The word "aloha" has several different meanings. "Aloha" can mean both "hello" and "goodbye." We say "aloha" as a greeting, as I did at the beginning of this speech. Aloha also means "glove," not just romantic love but love among friends, family and community.

What all these meanings have in common is that they emphasize caring for other people. In Hawaii, we often talk about the "Aloha Spirit." The "Aloha Spirit" means welcoming everyone with open arms and creating a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. The nurturing of the spirit of aloha both in the outside world and here at HTIC is a group responsibility. Creating a supportive, caring community cannot be left up to the efforts of a few individuals. Each one of us must embrace this spirit of aloha. We must act as one "ohana," a family, and show caring and respect towards other people and the environment.

As members of the HTIC ohana, help and support each other. Being part of an "ohana" does not mean that you should become complacent and overly reliant on other people to clean up your messes and fix your mistakes. We should encourage each other to improve ourselves -- this is what I believe to be the true meaning of "aloha" and "ohana."

Thank you and best wishes for a successful term!"

Where do they go after HTIC?

HTIC provides a "gateway" experience for students, bridging the cultural and educational divide between the east and west. Our unique institution offers students the opportunity to transfer to 4-year institutions in Japan and throughout the United States.

HTIC collaborates with a number of 4-year institutions to make the transfer process and as smooth and seamless as possible. However, students are not bound only to the institutions with which we hold agreements. We will guide students throughout the processes of selecting a college/university, choosing a major course of study, and completing the application process.

84% of our graduates in the academic year 'f08-f09 transferred on to 4-year colleges and universities to pursue baccalaureate and higher degrees. The following is a sample of institutions to which our alumni have transferred:

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa*
  • Tokai University*
  • Temple University, Japan Campus*
  • University of Oregon*
  • State University of New York, Delhi
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato*
  • West Virginia University
  • Northern Arizona University*
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • *Denotes institution with which HTIC holds a transfer agreement.

Service learning

HTIC requires students to participate in cross-cultural experiences, predominantly through service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to volunteer both on and off campus to gain a stronger sense of multicultural understanding and social responsibility.

HTIC organizes a number of volunteer opportunities for students. Some of the organizations and activities with which our students volunteer include:

  • Kau Kau Wagon (weekly meals for homeless)
  • Beach clean ups
  • Great Aloha Run
  • Honolulu Marathon
  • Ala Wai Elementary School

Fall term dates to remember

September 30, 2010.1st day of classes!
October 4, 2010.Fall term Convocation.
October 11, 2010.Columbus Day holiday. No classes.
October 20, 2010.Town Hall meeting.
October 23, 2010.Excursion to the Haunted Lagoon at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
October 29, 2010.Halloween costume contest.
November 1-5, 2010.Advising week.
November 10, 2010.Sports Day and Fall 2010 Welcome BBQ.
November 8-12, 2010.Registration week for Winter 2011 term.
November 11, 2010.Veteranfs Day holiday. No classes.
November 12, 2010.Last day to withdraw from classes.
November 25-26, 2010.Thanksgiving holiday. No classes.
December 1, 2010.Liberal Arts Student Presentation Day.
December 8, 2010.IS 200 Presentation Day.
December 9-10, 2010.Liberal Arts final exams.
December 11, 2010.Commencement for Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 graduates.

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