Mahalo for Supporting International Education

by Sherri Fujita, IEP Coordinator

This year, HawCC has made significant progress in pursuing our international education goals. The Intensive English Program couldn’t do it without the support of HawCC students, faculty, staff, and the local community. Here are our mahalos in no particular order:

Mahalo to the International Education Task Force

The International Education Task Force applied for and was granted standing committee status in December 2010. From Fall 2011, we will have an International Education Committee that is dedicated to promoting international education (IE) on our campus. The membership of the International Education Task Force in 2010 consisted of VCSA Barbara Arthurs, Christine Quintana, and Gabe James—mahalo! Also special thanks to Dorinna Manuel-Cortez, the College Council Chair for your advice and support.

Mahalo to our Community Partners

Through our International Education grant, funded by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pam Scheffler will be traveling to Honduras to Zamorano University to look into creating a study abroad program for Forest Team students.

The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay has been supporting international students at HawCC for over a decade. We would like to offer a huge mahalo to them, especially Sandy Sakaguchi for donating their time to enrich our students’ experience on campus.

Rotary Club of Hilo Bay & Pahoa Sunset members visit the IEP in 04/11

Mahalo to Study Abroad Supporters

Steven Clements was appointed the Study Abroad liaison on our campus. If you are interested in adding a study abroad component to your course or program, or if you would like help setting up an exchange agreement with an institution abroad, please contact Steven for help.

We are looking forward to supporting history instructor, Gabe James, when he returns from his Fulbright adventure in Brazil this summer. He will be presenting to the campus on his experiences when he returns in Fall 2011.

Mahalo to Donna Moore, Debbie Nakagawa, and Karen Hayashida for promoting the UH System Study Abroad scholarships on our campus in February. HawCC students were given the chance to study in Japan.

Mahalo for Supporting Fold a Crane, Send a Prayer to Japan

We are especially proud of our Japanese students, headed by Chisato Sakaguchi, Yoshie Uehara, and Mitsuyo Hosokawa, who in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan this March, launched a fund-raising drive and awareness campaign, “Fold a crane, send a prayer to Japan.” This campaign spread to the UH Hilo campus, and both groups worked together through March and April to raise awareness which included booths set up on both upper and lower campuses, and at the Maku’u Farmers’ market. Through this initiative, they encouraged donations to the Red Cross and helped with the folding of 4,000 origami cranes. The cranes and expressions of well-wishes was sent (with their permission) to Tohoku University and Itsutsubashi Junior High School in the Sendai area.

We would like to thank SLiC and HawCC Student Government under the direction of Larissa Leslie for supporting the fold a crane send a prayer to Japan fund drive, the students, faculty, and staff at HawCC and UH Hilo, and the UHH Office of Global Exchange. We would also like to offer a special mahalo to Interim Chancellor Yamane, and UHH Chancellor Straney for their continued support for our Japanese students.

Mahalo to the Culinary Arts Program

Thank you to chefs Allan Okuda and Sandy Barr for continuously supporting international education on our campus through their internationally-themed menus and dishes, and by providing catering for our events. Your generous contributions are very much appreciated!

Mahalo to the HawCC and UHH student workers and volunteers

The success of the Intensive English Program’s conversation lounge depends upon dedication and skill of our student workers and volunteers. We especially appreciate the support we have had from Yumiko Ohara, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at UH Hilo for sending us so many wonderful tutors and conversation partners. A big thank you to Dave Carien for running our ESL Computer Lab!











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