2008/5/22 10:49:37

Congratulations go out to the three members of the HTIC Triathlon Club for winnning first place in the Co-ed Relay of the 2008 Honolulu Triathlon, which was held on May 18 at the Ala Moana Beach Park. Students Masato Ariga, Ryohei Suzuki, and College Preparatory Program Instructor Rosalie (Rose) Paradise won this event with a remarkable time of 2:14:10.

The win is particularly noteworthy considering this is the first time these three competed together and the first time ever for Ryohei and Masato to enter a triathlon. The HonTri team represents not only HTIC, but also their home countries of Australia and Japan. Congratulations Rose, Masato, and Ryohei!

The HTIC Triathlon Club is currently recruiting new members and preparing for upcoming events, such as the June 29th Fire Cracker Sprint Triathlon and the 28th Annual Honolulu Tinman Triathlon on July 20. Please come out and give the team your support!

2008/5/20 14:36:30

On May 14, Ms. Jamie Nakama, of Capoeira Besouro Hawai`i (www.capoeirabesourohawaii.com), performed a capoeira demonstration with the help of Mestre Kinha and fellow capoeiristas (capoeira practitioners). Mr. Kinha, who is from Rio de Janeiro, is the director of Capoeira Besouro Hawai'i.

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian blend of martial art, game, and dance created by enslaved Africans in Brazil during the 16th Century. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, extensive use of groundwork, sweeps and kicks.

Ms. Nakama is scheduled to teach "Introduction to Capoeira" and Cultural Anthropology during the HTIC Summer Term.

HTIC was proud to host this unique example of Brazilian culture as a campus event.

2008/3/21 12:29:47

On Saturday February 23, 2008 all 12 students from ECON 120, along with Professor White and Christopher Ritzau from HTIC Academic Services, attended the PAAC Global Vision Summit held at HTIC. The theme for this year was "Economic Development & Environmental Impact." The students served as volunteers by assisting with auditorium and room set ups, and also attended sessions of the conference.

The focus of the conference, attended by 160 Oahu high school students, was to discuss and resolve to support global economic environmental principles to reduce global warming. Groups of students acted as delegates from 12 countries including the USA, Japan, India, Russia, Poland, the Marshall Islands and others.

In a first exercise students learned about the opportunities of low, middle and upper class society as they were given a monthly budget and tasked to decide how to allocate spending for necessities and luxuries. This activity gave students an understanding of scarcity of limited resources.

Students then went on to country breakout sessions. Each country looked at its economic resources and its ability to limit pollution activities. Students learned both economic and political realities of their country. Their assignment was how to negotiate their countries’ position in the afternoon summit.

The afternoon Summit brought all 12 countries together to negotiate an accord to limit pollution. In the afternoon session it was interesting to see the students argue for or against the issues as representatives of the 12 countries. Interestingly, the Marshall Islands had the most at stake as global warming of just a few inches could render their nation under water.

The entire conference related to Macroeconomic and International economic issues studied in the course text. ECON 120 Students wrote and submitted summaries of their learning experiences.

2008/1/15 15:50:00

Happy New Year! On January 14, HTIC held its Winter Convocation welcoming back returning students, faculty, and staff. Chancellor Yoshikawa and other speakers used this occasion to extend best wishes to the entire HTIC ohana for an enjoyable and successful Winter 2008 Term.

Each term a special Convocation theme that relates to our mission statement is selected and carried through in activities throughout that term. This term’s theme was “Becoming a Global Citizen!” Convocation attendees were encouraged to participate in activities, both on campus and off, that foster the skills and knowledge necessary to be competent global citizens.

This month HTIC also extends a warm aloha to the 23 SHIP students from Japan who arrived on January 4 for a two-month stay at HTIC and the 20 Hanyang University students who will arrive from Seoul, Korea on January 23 to study in an intensive 3-week program. We hope the classes for all these students successfully challenge them to become more fluent in the English language and that each day brings fun, new friends, and adventures as global citizens living in a foreign country.

Other new faces on campus this term are the Kapiolani Community College Freeman Japan Program participants: Grace Bezilla, Amber Miller, Jaemi-lise Yoshioka, Anthony Dowdell, James Edmondson, Jason Hoe, Derek Luangrath, Charles Monsell, Scott Pirscher, Alex Shanklin, and Jason Testa; and the Freeman China Program participants, Kalinda Matthews-Harris, Layae-Ann Tobosa, Shannon Cuadro, Jessie Brockl, and Jennifer Klung. Students in the Japan program are also HTIC students as they are enrolled in Dr. Wendy Matsumura’s History 251, History of Japan, and are scheduled to continue their language studies at Tokai University's Shonan campus in Shizuoka, Japan from April 1 through July 31. We hope their time at HTIC assists in their development as global citizens and prepares them to study abroad successfully.

Joining us on campus this term are several new adjunct faculty: Toake Endoh and Minoru Kimoto, and returning adjunct faculty Jeanie Bouthillier, Robert Peters, and John White.

Best wishes to all for an intellectually fruitful winter term that results in inspired global citizens!

2008/1/2 14:49:38

The students, faculty and staff at HTIC decorated a holiday banner for the soldiers of the U.S. Naval forces VP 47-CM02 (Kaneohe Marine Corps Base), who are spending this season apart from their family and friends in Hawaii. The 325 soldiers of VP 47-CM02, who are known as the “Golden Swordsmen,” are commanded by CDR Steve Deal. The banner (shown above left), decorated with Japanese, Hawaiian, Korean, Samoan, and English messages, was sent in mid-December to the soldiers' site of deployment at Tallil Air Base in Iraq, which is located 310 kilometers southeast of Baghdad.

The idea for a holiday banner was proposed by HTIC Learning Center Head Librarian, Loraine Oribio, who saw its creation as the perfect opportunity for students to become more politically-aware and geographically-informed global citizens. Ms. Oribio reserved space in the learning center for the banner so students, faculty and staff could write messages of good wishes and encouragement to these soldiers, all separated from family and friends in and around Honolulu, Hawaii during the December-January holiday season.

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