2007/11/2 17:42:24

In late October, Hawaii Tokai International College’s Chancellor Naoto Yoshikawa announced the start of a new study abroad program, called the “Japanese Language and Cultural Immersion Program.” This program will enable enrolled HTIC students to participate in the “Japanese Language Course for Foreign Students” offered at Tokai University’s Shonan Campus for four months of intensive Japanese-language training.

In addition to the intensive Japanese language instruction they will receive daily, students will be able to participate in cultural activities, such as attending the Kabuki, Keyaki Noh, and other traditional Japanese arts. They will reside in the international dorms on Shonan Campus, which currently houses exchange students from all over the world, including Korea, Russia, Denmark, China, Bulgaria, and Thailand.

Chancellor Yoshikawa explained the significance of the program saying, “For students who want to study Japanese history, anthropology, or language in the future, the rigorous language training that this program offers will be extremely beneficial to their future endeavors. They will gain a deep cultural understanding and awareness, not only of the Japanese people, but of people from many different parts of the world by living and studying with them every day.”

Upon completion of the program, students will return to HTIC and conduct a Japanese language presentation on a topic of their choice. Students who successfully complete the program will receive 12 HTIC credits, and will resume their studies in the Liberal Arts program from the Summer II term (from the beginning of August).

The cost of the program will be equivalent to the cost of one term at HTIC, plus travel expenses and food costs.

Interested persons should contact HTIC through the website: http://www.hawaiitokai.edu/modules/inquirysp/

2007/10/3 16:20:00

Chancellor Naoto Yoshikawa and Vice-Chancellor Douglas Fuqua are preparing to attend the upcoming American Education Fairs, sponsored by the American International Education Foundation (AIEF), a non-profit organization committed to bringing the world’s students to study at American colleges and universities. Dr. Yoshikawa will attend the fair in Busan, Korea on Tuesday, October 9th at the Busan Lotte Hotel. Dr. Fuqua will attend the Singapore fair on Thursday, October 11th at the Le Meridien Hotel as well as the fair in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Monday, October 15th at the Grand Hi Lai Hotel.

Dr. Yoshikawa and Dr. Fuqua look forward to meeting young students from these countries as an integral part of Hawaii Tokai International College’s (HTIC) recruitment efforts in Asia. Their attendance at the American Education Fairs is part of HTIC’s long-term development plan to internationalize the student body so as to provide the most diverse learning community possible. This, in turn, will fulfill HTIC’s mission of serving as a gateway for Eastern and Western cultures from its location in the middle of the Pacific.

If you are a student interested in attending any of these fairs, please do not hesitate to contact HTIC at matsumura@tokai.edu for more information, or just stop by the booths labeled “Hawaii Tokai International College” at the fairs in Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.

2007/10/3 16:15:00

On Wednesday, October 3, Wendy Matsumura, Assistant to the Chancellor and member of the HTIC Liberal Arts Faculty, received notification that her dissertation "Becoming Okinawan: Japanese Capitalism and Changing Representations of Okinawa" had been fully accepted and approved by the History Department at New York University. Wendy is now fully credentialed as a Ph.D. in the field of History.

The entire Faculty and Staff of Hawaii Tokai International College congratulate Wendy in completing her doctoral program and receiving this honor!

2007/10/2 17:22:41

Why do we need peace?" an essay by HTIC Double Degree student Shu Hikichi, was awarded top prize in the "Adult, Non-Native Speaker Essay" category in Literary Art in the first annual Peace Day Hawai'i’s "Expressions of Peace" Contest.

Sponsored by the State and the University of Hawai'i’s Matsunaga Peace Institute as part of the activities of Peace Day on September 21, the contest was statewide and open to the public. Shu's essay was chosen as most outstanding from among those submitted by non-native English speakers from across the State of Hawai'i.

Due to prior travel plans for the weekend, Shu was unable to attend the awards ceremony at the State Capitol, but his English 100 teacher, Ms Teuta Rizaj, attended the event, read his essay to the gathering, and accepted the award on his behalf. Included among the prizes awarded Shu were certificates from both the State Senate and the State House of Representatives. Because Shu was unable to attend the September 21 ceremony, he, his English 100 classmates, and Ms Rizaj have been invited back to the Hawai'i State Capitol.

September 21 was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 as the International Day of Peace. This is the first year that the State of Hawai'i has joined this global event with its own "Peace Day Hawai'i" celebration.

2007/10/2 16:45:00

The HTIC Fall Convocation was held at 11:30 A.M. on Monday, October 1, 2007. The ceremony began with a welcome by Student President Takaaki Honda followed by an introduction of Student Government leaders. Vice Chancellor Douglas Fuqua then spoke on the theme of "The Road to Success" on behalf of Chancellor Naoto Yoshikawa, who is currently in Japan and Korea on college business.

The College recognized those students who completed their College Preparatory Program over the past summer and gained acceptance into the two-year college. These students--Eri Tominaga, Marie Hirakata, Steffie Tuan, Takayoshi Tanaka, and Mai Furuyashiki--were presented with Certificates of Completion. All students also received Hawaii Tokai's traditional Kukui Pendant, which symbolizes "the enlightenment that comes with learning." In addition, two College Prep students were recognized for high achievement on their TOEFL scores. Both Akiko Fukuwa and Ryoji Okada became members of HTIC's 500+ Club for scoring higher than 500 on their summer TOEFL tests.

The College also extended a warm aloha to all new HTIC students, both those admitted to the College Prep Program and those admitted to the Liberal Arts College. In the case of the latter, HTIC was pleased to welcome a diverse freshman class comprised of U.S., Taiwanese, and Japanese students.

New adjunct faculty were introduced to the HTIC Learning Community. New Liberal Arts adjunct faculty members for the Fall 2007 Term are: Naiad Wong (World History), Wayne Takazono (Art) and Yukiko Yamaguchi (Japanese Language). Joining the College Preparatory Program as adjunct instructors are Jan Marcec, Minori Murata, and Daniel Silver.

Finally, special recognition was given to Shu Hikichi, who won first place
for the best essay by a non-native English speaker on the topic of peace in an “Expressions of Peace” contest promoting The State of Hawaii's inaugural Peace Day. Shu’s English 100 instructor Teuta Rizaj presented him with the prizes and certificates that his essay won.

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