Chaminade University enthusiastically welcomed 214 first-year students and 123 transfer students to campus prior to the start of fall classes on Monday, August 28. The 2017-18 academic year starts later at Chaminade than at most other Hawaii colleges and universities.
Among the orientation highlights for new students was a Sunday-morning hike to the summit of Diamond Head led by Dr. Lynn Babington, who began her tenure August 1 as Chaminade’s tenth President. More than 100 people took part in the strenuous climb, including many students and their families from the Neighbor Islands and Mainland cities.
Another highlight was the academic convocation held at the campus Mamiya Theatre. This traditional ceremony featured a procession of faculty to formally introduce students to their educational journey.
Other well-attended orientation activities included: trolley tours of Chaminade’s Kaimuki neighborhood, a mystery bus ride, a resource fair and social at Henry Hall with shave ice and a photo booth, and a colorful “Tastes of Hawaii” luau on the Sullivan Family Library lawn.
During a “Burgers with the Brothers” informal luncheon at Hale Malia, students and parents excitedly mingled with Chaminade’s Marianist community. Among those on hand were University Rector Bro. Ed Brink, S.M., and Bro. Allen Pacquing, S.M., the recently appointed director of Campus Ministry.
Students also became acquainted with members of the Silversword women’s soccer team, who warmly greeted newcomers by helping them move into their Hale Lokelani campus apartments.
Chaminade’s Class of 2021 reinforces the University’s distinction as one of the most multicultural campuses in America. Student ethnicities include: Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (40.2 percent), Asian (30.8 percent), Caucasian (10.7 percent), Hispanic/Latino (4.2 percent), African American (1.4 percent) and two or more races (5.1 percent).
The incoming class drew students from 17 states, three U.S. territories and two foreign countries. Notably, 43.9 percent of these freshmen are first-generation college students.
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Savannah: Welcome to Chaminade everybody. It’s the best school in the whole world.
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Salamasina: At orientation, everyone is so nice, the staff was very helpful,
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and just getting everything done was very easy and fun to do.
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Eddie: It’s going pretty well.
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I met a couple of new guys, one from Maui and one from Kamehameha.
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And I’m seeing a lot of people that I know too.
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Mike: I’m really looking forward to meeting new people from different places and cultivating new friendships.
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Melissa: Dr. Babington has been very helpful for us, ummm, orientation leaders.
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She’s been so involved, she’s talking to the parents and the students.
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And we are so lucky to have her.
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Zechariah: The New Student Orientation has been very fun so far. The food was …whew…. pretty good
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and just every the whole vibe here, the sense of community and family has been great.
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Ashlee: I think Dr. Babington is actually gonna be a really great help towards the University.
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I think she has a lot to offer and I look forward to working with her this year.
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Savannah: It was really nice to have her there and
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to have her welcome the new incoming
class. It was just amazing because…
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to have her there it was like the whole
school community was there.
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