2007/12/11 16:55:41

HTIC’s Annual Alumni “Pau Hana” gathering took place on November 28, 2007 in the 19th floor reception hall. Faculty and staff joined the returning alumni, including two mothers accompanied by their children—Ms Lydia Shepherd, who currently works at HTIC as a staff member in the International Programs office and Ms Yuki Shoji, who completed her Associate in Arts degree in 2000 and her baccalaureate degree from the University of Hawaii in 2003. Most of the other alumni in attendance at the Pau Hana are currently completing their studies at the University of Hawaii and elsewhere in Hawaii, or are successfully employed in Honolulu. It was rewarding to learn of their many successes.

Ms Birgit Neldner, another HTIC alumna from Europe, missed the Nov. 28th Pau Hana but stopped by HTIC later in that week to catch up with classmates, faculty and staff. Birgit, who is from Germany, completed her Associate in Arts degree at HTIC before transferring to Arizona State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in travel industry management. After graduating from Arizona State, Birgit returned to Hawaii to do an internship at the Kahala Mandarin Hotel. Birgit now lives in Germany and is employed as a travel agent. She tries to return to Hawaii each fall. This year she ran the 10K portion of the Honolulu Marathon and tells us she plans to return next year to complete the entire run!

HTIC invites its alumni to send periodic updates and news about education, employment, and family. Many HTIC graduates live overseas making return visits difficult, but the College welcomes returning alumni and/or updates from alumni at any time during the year.

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.

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