Aloha, College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature Alumni and Friends,
Your response to my Fall 2015 Message from the Dean was rewarding and inspiring. I thank the many of you who took the time to write me. What follows is an excerpt from one of our graduates. Her words tell the tale of fond memories of UH Mānoa and a great academic experience with LLL.
Indeed, as you described, my memories of attending UHM for both undergrad and grad school are very fond. The good ol’ days one might call them, with regular Stammtisch or Cercle Francais at Manoa Gardens on Friday afternoons, discounted student night at the Ala Moana Hotel’s annual Oktoberfest, Delta Phi Alpha bake sales to fundraisers for new t-shirt designs, music concerts on the stairs at the Campus Center. I could go on and on.
But perhaps what I carry with me more than those memories are the educational values instilled in me at UHM through my professors (John Crean, Bill Scherer, Edda Hodnett, Juergen Sang, Niklaus Schweizer, Maryann Overstreet—just in the German Division). I treasure the values of honesty, fairness, responsibility, and the challenges of academic life.
As an undergraduate, I remember the first few semesters registering at an old building, portable (Bldg 13??). That’s way back in 1992. I remember EVERYTHING was in paper form. In my very first semester at university, I was really interested in linguistics and somehow managed to sign up for General Linguistics 320 class with Professor Byron Bender. That was truly one of my favorite classes, despite being the only undergrad and having it at 730 TR.
I wish I had many more opportunities to share with you the latest news of the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature. However, this Message from the Dean marks my second and last, as I will retire in July. Soon I will be in the same position as so many of you—looking at our campus and our great college from a distance and remembering our students, alumni, supporters, and incredible colleagues with fondness and gratitude. Let me take this moment to thank each of you for making a career as an English professor and dean a most special one.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,