Monday, August 14, 2017

AVP of Enrollment Management Participates in US Department of State Education Forum

Sara Sato of HPU and Amira Yunus, EducationUSA County Coordinator, 
Public Affairs Section, at the Forum’s Global Showcase. 
Yunus is posted in Jakarta, Indonesia, at the U.S. Embassy Annex.  
Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management Sara Sato represented HPU at the 2017 EducationUSA Forum, which was held in Washington DC from July 31 through August 2. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and organized in partnership with the Institute of International Education, the overarching purpose of the forum is to collaborate with U.S. colleges and universities, to help maintain the U.S. as the top host nation for international students and scholars and to promote diversity in international education.  

During the conference, Sato participated in interactive sessions and workshops, including topics such as maximizing recruitment resources and comprehensive campus internationalization. She had the opportunity to network with more than 570 U.S. university representatives from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers, and U.S. and foreign government officials. 

“Throughout the forum, I established many new contacts — university enrollment management personnel, EducationUSA staff, and government officials — who were genuinely interested in learning more about HPU,” Sato said. “I shared with them information about our programs, students, faculty, and staff, and was very proud to share HPU’s 2016 recognition by The Chronicle of Higher Education, as being the ‘Most Diverse Private Nonprofit University in the U.S.’”     

EducationUSA comprises more than 400 advising centers in 177 countries. The U.S. Department of State reported that more than one million international students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions in 2015-16, and those individuals contributed $35 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 400,000 U.S. jobs. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

HPU ‘English for Nurses’ Program Held July 3-28

By Barbara Hannum, Director, International Education Programs

When it comes to helping others and possibly saving lives, some human qualities appear to be universal: empathy, compassion, willingness to assist, and the ability to respond in a medical emergency with appropriate skills and knowledge. But could you do this in a language other than your own?!

Twenty-seven courageous young nursing students from four different Korean universities were willing to try! For one month this summer, from July 3-28, these 26 women and one man participated in a customized, content-based “English for Nurses” short-term group program designed to increase knowledge in areas of nursing and, at the same time, build fluency in English language skills.

The program consisted of classes taught by HPU TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) faculty in medical vocabulary, nurse-patient interaction, and special topics in health and nursing. TESOL student assistants and Center for Academic Success tutors provided support and encouragement in afternoon fluency-building workshops and conversation sessions all related to topics of health, wellness, and the nursing profession.

Several HPU Nursing faculty shared presentations on topics such as Ethnicities in Hawai‘i and the Impact on Health, Transcultural Nursing, and Nursing Education in the U.S. and at HPU. The students also observed an advanced HPU Nursing course where they had the opportunity to experience what it might be like to be a nursing student here. They also enjoyed interacting over a pizza lunch with members of the HPU Student Nurses Association. A highlight of their immersion experience was the chance to work in the Simulation Lab with HPU faculty and staff; for most of them, this was their first exposure to such simulation technology and the various medical scenarios such as respiratory distress, childbirth, tracheotomy, heart defibrillation, and even the urgency of a “code blue”! HPU Head Athletics Trainer, Kelly Wescott, also provided a presentation about sports medicine with hands-on exposure to various athletics training tools and rehab equipment.

In addition to their classes and special events on campus, they enjoyed experiential learning and memorable off-campus site visits to Kuakini Medical Center, Castle Medical Wellness Center, Pearl Harbor, and Hawaii State Hospital where they participated in a day-long certification course in CPR, AED, and Basic Life Skills (BLS). They also enjoyed cultural activities like a hula workshop and ukulele lesson as part of their exposure to Hawaiian language and culture.

This is the third annual summer program for participants from Seoul Women’s College of Nursing, and the first for students from Kwangyang Health College, U1 University, and JEI University.

The program is offered through the Dept. of English and Applied Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts under the direction of Barbara Hannum. Please contact Barbara at for more details about this or other short-term group programs at HPU.

Serving through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

SVP and General Counsel Jan Boivin volunteers as an Ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). On behalf of the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve Forces, the ESGR presented Boivin with a Hawaii Committee Award for Outstanding Performance on May 20, 2017. The award acknowledges her outstanding service and continuing support to the national defense.    

In this Q&A with the HPU ‘Ohana This Week newsletter staff, Boivin shares her experiences, serving as an ESGR Ombudsman since 2014.  

What prompted your interest to volunteer for the ESGR?
I greatly admire the service members who put their lives on the line for our country.  By the time I began contemplating what I could personally do, I found myself juggling multiple responsibilities between home and work.  This was an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way.

As an Ombudsman, what are your responsibilities?
An Ombudsman is a neutral third party who does not advocate for the service member or the employer.  We try to help service members resolve workplace issues and improve relationships with their civilian employers, providing information on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), which is a Federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for uniformed service members and their civilian employers.

Together, Ombudsmen saved an estimated $4.56M in litigation and other expenses nationwide in Fiscal Year 2016, resolving an average of 77% of our assigned cases.  I am one of three Ombudsmen in the State of Hawaii.

What has been one of the rewarding experiences of your service to ESGR?    
Every matter involving an amicable resolution is rewarding.  More often than not, it is a matter of education and facilitating meaningful communication.  It is heartening to know that I have helped a service member and employer quickly resolve a situation before it escalates, allowing each to move on with important responsibilities.

In a recent matter, I telephoned a service member to convey good news and close the file.  He was speaking in a hushed tone because his young daughter was taking a nap.  He loved his civilian job and his duties as a service member; he did not want to be in the position of having to choose one of these equally important roles. 

The service member was happy that the situation was resolved because it had been placing a strain on his family and work life.  His quiet “thank you” was as loud as could be.  The employer’s “thank you” was equally as powerful.

Photos courtesy of 154 Wing Public Affairs, Hawaii Air National Guard from the ESGR’s July 19 “Boss Lift” event in a C-17 transport aircraft. The event’s purpose is to show employers first-hand what reservists accomplish in their military roles. In the top group photo, Boivin is pictured in the front row, fourth from the left. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

History and Asian Studies Professor Receives Grant to Attend Seminar in China

Dr. Corcoran at the Jinhua Middle School
and High School, Shanghai
College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies James Corcoran, Ph.D., received a grant from the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE) to attend the seminar, "Chinese Students in Context: Strategies for a Globalized Campus," in Shanghai in May.

The seminar was designed to help university administrators and faculty to more effectively integrate Chinese international students onto U.S. campuses. Participants developed their own general intercultural competence, as well as a deeper understanding of modern Chinese culture. Moreover, participants gained a greater knowledge of Chinese educational culture, as influenced by both ancient traditions and more recent historical events. Finally, participants discovered tools and activities to respond to linguistic and cultural challenges in the classroom and in the wider campus community.

Corcoran will provide a fuller report when the fall semester begins, and he will also provide presentations during the fall semester to the HPU community on the results of the seminar.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Political Science Faculty Receives Fulbright Award to India

Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., adjunct faculty and retired Professor of Political Science (1997-2016), has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in Political Science/International Relations. Juarez will lecture on Development Studies at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Goa, India, during the fall 2017 semester. His work is part of a project to also explore global learning initiatives in India’s higher education system.

Juarez has had previous Fulbright grants to teach and do research in Mexico (2000), Czech Republic (2003, 2005) and Austria (2015), and has also been a visiting professor in Colombia and Mexico, most recently at the Universidad Iberoamerica in Mexico City.

At HPU, Juarez is scheduled to teach International Relations online during the fall 2017 semester. He has served as the university’s Fulbright Program Advisor, helping to mentor students and faculty interested in Fulbright grant opportunities.