February SLSSA cooler

Dear SLS Community,

You are invited to attend our February SLSSA cooler.

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Free for SLSSA members and faculty
$5 for non-members and guests

The semester is going by so quickly, let’s take a moment to relax and catch up. Come by to enjoy pizza, snacks, and beverages.

We hope to see you there!
Jennifer Shannahan, Alex Kasula, Fred Zenker
SLSSA Social Vice Presidents
Please direct questions to jshannah@hawaii.edu

Fall 2013 Graduation Cooler

Aloha SLS friends,

You are cordially invited to our Fall 2013 SLSSA Graduation Cooler!

Date: Friday, December 13th
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Place: Bley-Vroman Residence
Cost: Free for SLSSA members and faculty, $5 for guests

Please join SLSSA in honoring our fellow SLS-ers as they graduate this semester. Dean Bley-Vroman and his wife have kindly opened their home to allow us to celebrate this accomplishment. As a bonus, they’re also going to heat up their hot tub, so remember to bring your bathing suit and a towel!

Join us for delicious pupus, a wide selection of soda and juice, and, of course, good company!

Please RSVP by clicking the link.


SLSSA-LSH Halloween Party

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Please RSVP by clicking here.
What should you expect?
  • FOOD AND DRINK.  Your SLSSA and LSH representatives will provide food and beverages for the event.
  • COSTUME CONTEST. The categories will include scary costumes, homemade costumes, linguistics/SLS pun costumes, couple/group costumes, and “I threw this on at the last minute” costumes.
  • GAMES.  Enjoy Halloween classics such as the doughnut-on-a-string game.
  • PUMPKINS.  Decorate your own pumpkin to take home with you.
Feel free to bring significant others and family members!
Hope you can make it,
SLSSA Social Vice Presidents

RSVP Now for 2013 SLS Retreat!

Aloha SLS Faculty and Grad Students!

We hope you are all having an excellent start to the new semester!  We would like to welcome you all at this time to attend the spectacular, unforgettable, annual SLS Retreat hosted by SLSSA.

This year’s retreat will be held:

Saturday, September 21st at Kapiolani Park (site #5, see attached map)
To see the map, click HERE!
Registration will open at 9:30 am.

Cost (pre-registerd with RSVP – can pay day of): $5 for SLSSA members, $10 for non-members
(no-RSVP) $15 day of*

RSVP now for a lower price (you can still pay day of – cash or check – but we need numbers to know how much food to order!):

Attached is a schedule of events to follow.  As always, there will be games and activities designed to “break the ice” and introduce everyone.

There will also be a 3 part academic panel with invaluable information shared by our wonderful faculty and program directors on topics including: employment and GAships, socializing into SLS, and a general Q & A session with faculty members.

Finally, there will be a fantastic lunch and the annual auction with creative items and amazing events offered by members of the SLS ohana to raise money for our research and travel funds.

The retreat is a great way for you to meet everyone in the department and for us all to have a good time together outside of the confines of Moore Hall!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Your 2013-2014 SLSSA Board

Fall 2013 Welcome Cooler

Aloha everyone,


Welcome to those of you new to the department and welcome back to those of you returning from summer vacation!


The Second Language Studies Student Association (SLSSA) would like to invite everyone to the annual welcoming cooler on


Thursday, August 22 at 4:00 (right after the new student orientation)
on the NFLRC lanai (just behind the Center for Korean Studies)


Come for delicious food, cold drinks, and fun meeting and socializing with new students, current students, faculty, and staff of SLS!  Everything is free, compliments of SLSSA.
We look forward to seeing you all there on Thursday!


Your 2013-14 SLSSA Board