Serosu-gil redefines cool for Seoul’s fashion elite – INSIDE JoongAng Daily.

Serosu-gil redefines cool for Seoul’s fashion elite
November 04, 2010

In a rapidly changing city like Seoul, there are new places popping up all the time and it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends. In this new monthly series, we take a look at some of the hottest new restaurant districts in the capital to help keep you in the know.

Just a few years ago, Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul – an uber-chic street full of trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants – still retained an edginess that kept it interesting and fresh. But as its quirky vintage shops, rustic cafes and alternative art galleries started giving way to a Starbucks here and a Coffee Bean there, Seoul’s trendsetters began looking for a new hot spot that was fashionably under the radar.

Enter Serosu-gil, a road parallel to Garosu-gil, which has in the last year gained a reputation as the “new” Garosu-gil for trendsetters seeking an exclusive and demure brand of cool.

The name Serosu-gil, which literally translates as “vertical street” in Korean, is a pun on its location and newness (“se” can also mean “new” in Korean). Garosu-gil is named after the trees that line the street, with “garosu” meaning “tree-lined.”

Contrary to popular belief, both streets have been around for a long time. In fact, Serosu-gil began to take shape about 30 years ago, according to Shim Mun-bo, 52, head of real estate agency Dongbang Consulting, which opened in Sinsa-dong around that time.

In the 1980s, local designers including the late Andre Kim, started setting up shop on Garosu-gil. Around the same time, up-scale designer shops including Armani and Benetton started moving to the area.

The area’s future as a fashion district was further solidified when Esmod Seoul, Korea’s biggest fashion school, was established there in 1989.

In the 1990s, the area slowly started to gain a reputation in the fashion industry as an inexpensive place in southern Seoul (compared to the neighboring Apgujeong) to set up their design studios and boutiques. Even so, public recognition of Garosu-gil was limited.

According to shop owners and real estate agents in the area, wine bars, restaurants and cafes started opening up in the early 1990s to fit the palettes of the people involved in the art scene.

Garosu-gil’s golden age started in the mid-1990s, when the younger generation’s interest in luxury brands escalated along with the influx of cultural influences from the West and Japan.

As Garosu-gil started becoming overpopulated, shops started opening a block or so away on Serosu-gil, where the rent is about 50 to 70 percent of that on Garosu-gil, according to Shim.

But for many Serosu-gil shop owners, it’s not the low rent but rather Serosu-gil’s reputation as an artsy, edgier alternative to Garosu-gil that makes it so attractive.

“We picked Serosu-gil as the location for our restaurant because we wanted the exclusivity as well as the lower rent,” said Lee Kyung-hoon, the owner of W.E. dessert cafe. “So far, there have been no drawbacks.”

W.E.’s chic all-white decor makes it seem more like a gallery than a cafe. Its dessert items speak to the new trend in dessert in that they fuse Korean traditional sweets with Western dessert classics.

Meanwhile, other shop owners are as attracted to the street’s location on the fringe as to its avant garde atmosphere.

“Only people who are aware of the Serosu-gil vibe come here,” said Kim Dong-hak, manager of Deli Heinzburg, which has the look and feel of a German pub. The owners spent over a year developing new recipes and all of the food is made on site.

Kim Sung-tae, 35, a Serosu-gil regular, said that he and his girlfriend always go back to Serosu-gil for its understated charm. “We go to Deli Heinzburg often because their food is unique and tasty,” he said.

Others are looking for longevity.

“Like the restaurants in Europe, I want to provide the same high-quality food to my regulars for as long as possible,” said Tony Chung, who owns La Creperie Maurina. With its sky blue exterior and a model of the Eiffel Tower extending to the ceiling, the whole restaurant offers a slice of France in Asia.

Customers like the neighborhood’s peaceful, laid-back atmosphere, which is largely free of the constant construction found in other areas of the city.

“Garosu-gil is too crowded with people,” said Im Hye-jeong, a 29-year-old Web designer. “The stores have fewer people and there are interesting shops to check out. It’s where you can briefly step away from the busy life of the city.”

Baek In-ki, the owner of cafe Bean Story, appreciates the flood of interesting items that the competition in the neighborhood has produced, but he has his own strategy for success.

“Rather than trying to think of something fresh every time, I want to attract customers with a family-like mood,” he said.

Kim Young-joon, the owner of Sugar Bean Lloyd cafe, is more interested in finding a way to make his shop stand out.

“Since competition is fierce among the coffee shops not only on Garosu but also on Serosu, I’ve focused on distinguishing my shop from others,” said Kim.

By Hannah Kim, Lee Jung-hee Contributing writers [estyle@joongang.co.kr]

La Creperie Maurina

This sky blue French bistro brings to mind the days of chanteuse Edith Piaf. The vintage interior and the Eiffel Tower display matches perfectly with French dishes that adhere to tradition. The main attraction is the crepes, which come in both sweet and savory varieties. The savory crepes are made with buckwheat flour as much for taste as well as the health benefits, though they can also be made with white flour upon request.

Prices range from 4,000 won ($3.60) to 16,000 won for crepes; drinks range from 4,000 won to 8,000 won.

Hours are 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays

(02) 541-8283

Top: W.E. / Above: Sugar Bean Lloyd

W.E.

The decor of this all-white cafe reflects its menu, which combines the best elements of Western and Asian desserts. The first thing you will notice are the dimly lit Asian flower patterns that decorate the back wall. The cafe’s signature dish is hotteok (honey filled pancakes), which unlike its Korean traditional counterpart is baked, not fried. The dish is topped with Western dessert ingredients such as fruit and ice cream. The cafe is also known for its red bean fondue, which uses red bean paste as its main ingredient.

Prices range from 5,000 won to 16,000 won.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays

(02) 3445-0919

Sugar Bean Lloyd

This cafe invites customers in with wide floor to ceiling windows and simple white and gray decor.

Along with coffee that is made by a professional barista, the cafe’s signature item is its “moffles.”

Moffles are a mix of mochi, a rice cake made of sticky rice, and waffles. The dish is then topped with fruit or gelato.

Coffee prices range from 5,000 won to 6,500 won. Moffles range from 10,000 won to 13,000 won.

The cafe is open from 11 a.m. to midnight every day.

(02) 512-7037

Deli Heinzburg

This deli has a wood-paneled interior and feels like a German pub.

Its unique serving style has waiters bringing the menu while the customers pick up the orders.

The most popular items on the menu are the Onion Ring Burger and Corn Beef and Grilled Cheese Panini. All sauces and ingredients are made right in the shop so that the food is always fresh. The sauces and dressings are also available for sale.

Prices range from 3,000 won to 4,000 won for coffee and 6,000 won to 24,000 won for entrees.

The deli is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

(02) 541-8780

Bean Story

The exterior of this small, second-floor cafe is covered with hand-drawn characters. The cafe can hold only about 20 customers at a time, which gives it a cozy feel.

It serves brunch all day to busy designers and fashion industry personnel, meaning you can start your day with breakfast and still sleep in.

The cafe is also famous for its Dutch coffee, which is brewed for over 10 hours in cold water, a process that enhances and deepens the flavor.

Brunch entrees range from 7,800 won to 9,000 won. Coffee prices range from 3,800 won to 7,700 won.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekends.

(02) 3446-3366

Pretty-boy actor takes his turn as a villain – INSIDE JoongAng Daily.

Pretty-boy actor takes his turn as a villain
‘I believe that as an actor, I have to change myself to match [my] role.’
October 29, 2010

Actor Gang Dong-won may have what it takes to be a pretty boy, but with his new film, “Hunters,” set for release early next month, Gang seems determined to widen the scope of his acting with his first role as a bad guy.

Gang received Best Actor honors at the Critics Choice Awards on Oct. 20 for his role as a North Korean spy in this year’s hit “Secret Reunion.” Sponsored by the Korean Film Critics Society, the awards ceremony is one of the major events of its kind in Korea.
 

 
Although he has received awards from other associations, including best new actor and most popular actor, this was his first best actor award. And in a survey of local film distributors last week, Gang was chosen as the actor with the most potential to succeed over the next 10 years.

Gang’s previous two hits, Secret Reunion (2010) and “Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard” (2009), put him in the “10 million club” because together they attracted an audience of more than 10 million.

Hunters, directed by Kim Min-seok – cowriter of “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” (2008) – depicts the struggle between a psychic (Gang) who can control people with his mind and another (Ko Soo) who is immune to the psychic’s supernatural power.

But Gang isn’t too focused on the fact that he played a villain for this movie, saying instead that acting is about playing different roles.

“I don’t think there are certain roles that suit me,” Gang said at a press conference last week. “I believe that as an actor, I have to change myself to match whatever role I am given – whether it is someone who is disabled or a villain.”

When this 29-year-old actor – who used to be a model – jumped into the film industry with his first role in the 2003 film “Don’t Believe Her,” all he needed to be convincing was his smoldering good looks.

After a few more films, he quickly gained an audience among young female fans, but he was largely dismissed as a pretty face likely to be forgotten in a couple of years.

Critics called him the male Jun Ji-hyun, comparing him to the actress from “My Sassy Girl.” Like Gang, Jun started off as a model and won praise for her role in that film, but her one-dimensional acting failed to impress moviegoers and she quickly lost popularity.

But Gang has challenged himself with a variety of roles – prisoner, legendary fighter and North Korean spy – and the strategy has worked to his advantage.

With Jeon Woo-chi, Gang played a wizard battling the forces of evil, and this brought about a major change in his acting career, with stories about the “reinvention of Gang Dong-won” filling the pages of entertainment magazines and newspapers last year.

Every actor wants his or her next movie to be a hit, but Hunters has special meaning for Gang because it is his last film before he starts his mandatory military service.

“I think of [serving in the army] as shooting a long feature film,” he said.

He will be out of the public eye for about 21 months while he is in the service, but his passion for his job is not likely to diminish.

“I’ve never regretted becoming an actor,” he said. “I know I have to pay for my celebrity but I love my job more than the difficulties that come with it. I’ll just keep working hard as an actor.”

Hunters opens Nov. 10 in theaters nationwide.

By Sung So-young, Lee Jung-hee [so@joongang.co.kr]

Exhibit makes room for new relationship to space – INSIDE JoongAng Daily.

Exhibit makes room for new relationship to space

A pair of shoes hanging by their shoelaces on a telephone line catch your eye. For the past five years you have seen it but never paid much attention to it. One day the shoes are gone. The same telephone line is still there but suddenly the entire place feels unfamiliar. Feeling lost and displaced, you continue to your destination.

Space is always changing in this way. The candy store that used to be across the street from the department store is no longer there. Instead, it has become a convenience store. A couple of years later it changes to something else.

A new exhibit by Interalia Art Company, entitled “Unfamiliar Time, Familiar Space,” examines our relationship to space with a collection of more than 100 works by 11 artists.

“This is a story about space,” said exhibition curator Kim Mi Ryoung. “There are specific things that we don’t realize because of our busy lives. With new things and places being created every day, we don’t have the time to stop and think about why certain things exist and before you know it, they are gone.”

The pieces in the exhibition, which continues through Oct. 21, range from sculptures made of stainless steel, grout and wood to digital art, like photography, C-prints – full-color photographic prints made using chromogenic materials – and video displayed on digital LED monitors.

Through the exhibition, Kim is hoping to show how space impacts people’s lives. She hopes people will see places from a different perspective after they see the exhibition, by acknowledging the current time period or interpreting the flow of time, according to the exhibition catalogue.
The artists she selected reflect this aim.

"The man in the picture" by Yoo Hyun-mi

Yoo Hyun-mi’s interpretation of space is shown through the piece “The Man Who Became a Picture.” The piece is a photograph but looks like an oil painting.

To create it, Yoo painted an ordinary room white and covered the sofa in beige using various colors of paint.

The photograph is displayed alongside a video showing the artist painting the room. Although in the beginning the room looked like a mess, when everything was completed, the ordinary room was transformed into a personal space. By painting the entire room, Yoo created something else, a different space.

Lee Min-Ho is famous for his portable landscape series. Lee’s trademark is a briefcase – it appears in many of his works. He believes that in a world where industrialization is taking over, nature should not be forgotten.

In his piece “Portable Landscape III,” the briefcase contains two different spaces: the modern city and nature. The top of the briefcase holds a photo of industrialized buildings and the bottom has green grass. Lee’s message is that space is a mixture of nature and the modern industrialized city.

“There is so much space in various places that we take for granted,” Kim said. “I want people to find their own space in their lives after visiting the exhibition.”

*The exhibition runs through Oct. 21 at Interalia Art Space, which is adjacent to the Grand InterContinental Seoul in the southern part of the city. Hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 3479-0114 or visit http://www.interalia.co.kr.

By Junghee Lee Contributing writer [estyle@joongang.co.kr]

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Mayor Mufi Hannemann speaks with Deputy Mayor of Taipei Dr. Lin Chien-Yuan and Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Dr. Tang Jie at the East-West Center’s Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center on March 30, 2010.

From left to right) Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Dr. Lin Chien-Yuan, Dr. Fauzi Bowo, and Dr. Tang-Jie attend a public forum at the East-West Center’s Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center last Tuesday.

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann listed five challenges that all cities face and gave examples of his goals to overcome those challenges in Hawai‘i at a round table with leaders from Asia at the East-West Center’s Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center last Tuesday.

The theme of the event was “Cities Rising: The International Role of the Metropolis Today.” The leaders who attended this event were Fauzi Bowo, the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia; Tang Jie, the vice mayor of Shenzhen, China; Lin Chien-Yuan, deputy mayor of Taipei; and Hannemann.

The five challenges Hannemann mentioned were infrastructure, crime, the three H’s (health, hunger, homelessness), a greater emphasis on being a global citizen and the importance of having a relationship with the sister islands.

Hannemann used the example of the sewage building in Waikīkī that could have been the end of the tourism industry to show the importance of infrastructure in Hawai‘i.

“Infrastructure has to be the priority of cities around the world,” Hannemann said. “My job as mayor is to make sure that no one will ever have to face 48 million gallons (of sewage) having to be discharged into Ala Wai Canal.”

The second problem, crime, is an ongoing economic, public and safety issue that the city is still working on, according to Hannemann. He believes that “if residents don’t feel safe and secure, then their quality of life will be deteriorated, and if visitors don’t feel Honolulu is a safe place to visit, they will not come.”

Then Hannemann talked about the three H’s concerning Honolulu, which he said is going to be the city’s responsibility.

“We are going to be unveiling a series of housing solutions,” Hannemann said.” We are not going to wait for the state to come step forward because we don’t have a department.”

The last two issues that Hannemann mentioned relates to Hawai‘i’s international role. He pointed out that Hawai‘i was one of the first cities to be eliminated for hosting the Olympics.

“We have to do a better job in making people understand to think globally,” he said.

Hannemann also mentioned that Hawai‘i needs to create a better relationship with the Polynesian Islands, instead of always leaning toward the Asia and Europe.

“We have to look at the fortune and quality of life in things that needs to be enhanced in the (Polynesian Islands),” he said. “Who would do better than the state of Hawai‘i?”

http://www.kaleo.org/mayor-hannemann-represents-hawai-i-at-public-forum-with-leaders-from-asia-1.2211161

http://www.kaleo.org/korea-s-turmoil-expressed-through-art-exhibit-1.2167192

Korea’s turmoil expressed through art

By Junghee Lee

Eternal Blinking: Contemporary art of Korea is an exhibition with a collection of art works from 18 internationally recognized Korean artists who experienced the 1980s struggles of political, social, and economic chaos. All the art pieces were chosen using certain criteria such as how much of Korea is expressed in the pieces, how it represents Korea, and shows what Korean art is. With this theme, the title was found.

“Eye blinking makes eyes shed tears while removing irritants from the surface of the cornea and conjuctive,” said Eternal Blinking curator, Whui-yeon Jin. “As eye blinking works in humans, Korean artists have developed their own talents through the observations of the others’ formal and philosophical achievements.”

Most of the art works presented in the exhibition is a mixture of technique between traditional Korean painting and modern technology.

WonGi Sul is one of the artists whose paintings are chosen to be displayed in the exhibition. He is currently a professor of painting at the Korea National University of Art in Seoul and is the only visiting artist for the exhibition.

“ I use traditional symbolism in my brush work and paint,” said Sul, “It’s abstracted from real situations so you can see a contemporary kind of look as well.”

Sul’s two artwork (Shadows on a bright day and Early fall) displayed represents the “memory of places, situations, people, or emotions that left me with an enduring impression,” according to Su.

Sul grew up in Korea for 30 years but spent a lot of time in New York. He thinks that he sees Korea’s history through a “bird’s eye.” However, he experienced the transition of Korea from a Third-world country to a developing nation. Artworks like Sul’s Early Fall would not have been able to exhibit in Hawaii without the interests of Hawaii’s art organizations.

In 2003, the University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, the Contemporary Museum, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts organized Crossings 2003: Korea/Hawaii to celebrate the Centennial of Korean Immigrations, according to Lisa Yoshihara, director of the University of Hawai’i art gallery. Eternal Blinking is the continuation of this relationship.

“ Eternal Blinking: Contemporary Art of Korea is a great opportunity for Hawaii,with its strong Korean and Asian communities to learn how Korean artists respond through a range of media and style to this historical experience,” said Yoshihara.

The exhibition is now open to the public from Monday through Friday and Sunday until April 9 at the University of Hawaii art gallery.

Hours of operations

Monday-Friday: 10:30~5:00pm

Sunday: 12:00~5:00pm

Closed

Saturdays

Spring Break March 22~26

Good Friday, April 2

Easter, April 4

Admission is Free

Tours

Sundays, February 28~March 21 2:00pm~3:00pm

Sundays, March 28 2:00pm~3:00pm (Special tour in Korean Language)

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via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – Protests start off the National Security Studies colloquium.

By JUNGHEE LEE

News Co-Editor

Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010

Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Protesters gathered infront of the Koren Stuies building yesterday morning to convey their distrust with the CIA’s presence on campus.

A group of about six protestors gathered together and protested against the colloquium National Security Studies yesterday around 9 a.m., waving signs that read “Stop torture” and “CIA off campus now.”  

“They say it’s a seminar but it’s a recruitment,” said protester Ann Wright. “They should recruit at a federal government, not at the campus. Students might be applying for something they don’t know everything of.”

Wright has worked for the government for 40 years and is currently a retired army colonel.

“Students should ask questions and be critical,” Wright said in regard to the job intelligence agencies are asking them to do.

However, students think differently.

“If I do the research ahead of time and speak with recruiters, then I think I’ll make the right choice,” said Randy Cortez, a senior philosophy major. 

The colloquium consists of 21 expert panelists from fields such as economics, Asian studies and political science. According to Project Coordinator Jialin Sun, 145 students and around 40 faculty and staff registered for the colloquium.

Some of the topics covered in the colloquium were language and cultural awareness in national security, economic issues in East Asia, and 21st-century Intellectual Community (IC) enterprises. 

“To understand the new paradigm operated in a global contact, the IC must bring in the equation of the brain power of the academic community, its expertise and intellect,” said Lenora Gant, director of the Office of the Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw attended as a guest speaker and gave welcome remarks in the beginning of the colloquium.

“This is an exciting opportunity to introduce students for their future employment options by the federal government,” Hinshaw said. “Being a public servant is a noble endeavor, and it is important to examine all types of careers.”

At the end of the colloquium, students are encouraged to attend an hourlong networking session.

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via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – Former ambassador speaks about future relations of US-Korea.

By JUNGHEE LEE

News Co-Editor

Published: Saturday, February 6, 2010

Updated: Monday, February 8, 2010

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Sung Chul Yang spoke about the United States’ relations with Korea at UH last Tuesday.

A group of about 20 students and faculty gathered around the conference room in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Korean Studies last Tuesday to listen to former ambassador to the United States Sung Chul Yang speak about the future relations of the U.S. and South Korea.

Before Yang began talking about U.S. and Korea relations, he spoke about South Korea’s and North Korea’s division, which is the biggest problem that the South Korea peninsula is facing today, according to Yang.

“The best way to reunify North and South Korea is to get a South Korean groom married to a North Korean bride,” joked Yang.

Although Yang eased the group with a joke, the South Korea-North Korea unification is a complicated matter. Yang believes that there are four tasks that must be done to reunify Korea and to have future Korea-U.S. relations.

“(The four tasks) are the consensus building within the south and within the north, the mutual confidence building through inter-Korean tension reduction, and finally, externally the common-ground building through a regional peace mechanism to resolve the conflicting political, economic, and security interest of major neighboring nations,” said Yang.

After his 30-minute speech on his ideology about the future of Korea-U.S. relations, students were given the opportunity to ask questions and give comments.

The first student to comment did not agree with Yang’s ideology. 

“Your commanding to U.S.-Korea relations actually is retarding the unification process. That’s a contradiction because you want to perpetrate a U.S.-ROK relation, but you also want reunification. That’s what’s holding back reunification,” said Jet Heng, prospective graduate political science student.

Some students were concerned about what would happen to North Korea.

“Development of nuclear weapons has two roles. One is a way of saving their (North Korea) economy and the second role seems to be for other countries to take North Korea seriously. These are the two big things that maintain North Korea. How likely do you think it is that they are going to meet high rise?” asked Jeremy Meek, a master’s student at the Korean Flagship Language Center (KFLC).

Yang answered that North Korea was economically better in the early years after the Korean War. However, after communism failed, “hanging on to nuclear weaponry is only for survival. But slowly, with mutual trust and confidence, there will be a way,” said Yang.

The colloquium discussion session ended with laughter after Yang proudly announced that he was the leader of the team in making “Kim Chee” (pickled radish with Korean pepper paste), a representative national food for Korea.

Yang received his B.A. in political science at Seoul National University, M.A from the University of Hawai‘i and Ph.D from the University of Kentucky. He also met his wife at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa during his time as a student

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via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – Convocation Ceremony awards distinguished faculty.

By Junghee Lee

 

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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M.R.C. Greenwood delivers her fi rst offi cial speech at the University of Hawaiʻi 2009 Convocation Awards Ceremony, in which a total of 44 faculty members were rewarded for their dedication and work ethic.

Outstanding faculty and staff were rewarded for their hard work and dedication at the University of Hawai‘i 2009 Convocation Awards Ceremony yesterday.

Seventeen different awards were given to a total of 44 faculty members from all 10 UH system schools.

This year, 13 faculty members, four of whom were from UH Mānoa, were given a medal, a $1000 honorarium and a certificate as part of the Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, the most prestigious award of the year,  according to Gerald Meredith, faculty specialist and interim chair for UH Mānoa faculty development and academic support.

“The Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching honors faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values beneficial to students,” said Meredith.

Jim Henry, associate professor of English, received the Regents’ Award but was surprised when notified that he was nominated. He received messages in his mailbox and congratulating voice mails from his department chair and dean.

“It was quite a whirlwind of notifications and came at a difficult time; otherwise, it was quite uplifting,” said Henry in an e-mail.

Every year around October, the nomination forms are sent to all departments, the Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i (ASUH) and Sinclair Library, and are made available online. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a faculty member they believe deserves the award.

“We encourage more students to nominate their professors for the award because they are the ones who interact with them,” said Meredith.

“I nominated Professor (Sang Yee) Cheon because I could feel that she cares for her students more than herself,” said junior Sohyung Kim. “She would be available for me or any of her students anytime and any day.”

Cheon, an assistant professor in East Asian Languages and Literatures, previously taught in Korea, where she said she learned that “a good teacher could help students and change their lives.”

David L. Callies, a William S. Richardson School of Law professor, and V. Amarjit Singh, a civil and environmental engineering professor, were the other two Regents’ Award recipients from UH Mānoa.

By mid-December, dossiers for nominees are due. From February through April, the evaluation phase occurs among the department chairs and the Honors and Awards Committee care of the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support. Notifications of selections are made by mid-April.

UH President M.R.C.Greenwood delivered her first official speech at the convocation.

As the “newest kid on campus,” ‘ohana and aloha were two local concepts she was given, said Greenwood.

“‘Ohana is especially important at this convocation, as we recognize outstanding professionals for their dedication and successful efforts on behalf of the university,” said Greenwood.

During her speech, Greenwood briefly touched upon future and current plans to improve UH. She described UH as “one of the world’s foremost indigenous-serving universities.”

“I came here knowing that the University of Hawai‘i was already a great university,” said Greenwood. “With your support and input, we will become even greater.”

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via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – Two programs support student-parents.

Two Programs support student parents

by Junghee Lee

With Furlough Fridays, more student-parents are worried about their childrens’ education and child care during the hours they have class.

This is a concern for Soon Jung Kim, a senior business major with a 4-year-old son in prekindergarten.

“This affects me because with less school hours for my son, there is more work for him to do at home,” Kim said. “But since I’m busy with my own school work, I feel guilty for not making my child’s learning a priority.”

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa offers two programs for student-parents. The first program is the Student Parents at Mānoa (SPAM), which provides resources and referrals to students to help them balance school and family.

“We are interested in working with student-parents,” said Teresa Bill, SPAM program coordinator. “We want to help them to our extent.”

The program was launched last year by the Bridge of Hope program, which was created as an education option for welfare recipients. While the Bridge of Hope was made to assist only welfare recipients, SPAM is for anyone who needs assistance.

“SPAM also focuses on enhancing the visibility of students who have children on campus, so that when decisions are made within the school, student-parents are considered,” Bill said.

Another program is the UHM Children’s Center. The Children’s Center serves as a daycare center for student-parents’ children Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Children’s Center has a maximum enrollment of 135 children per day, and when Furlough Fridays started there wasn’t enough room.

“Students always have first priority because we are here to assist students to continue on their education,” said Wayne Watkins, the Children’s Center director.

The average cost of the Children’s Center is about $500 to $700 a month, depending on students’ financial aid needs. The Children’s Center is funded by these fees and the Office of Student Affairs. Seventy-five percent of the children enrolled are UH student’s children, and the other 25 percent are UH faculty’s children.

The Children Center faculty consists of 18 professional teachers employed by UH, about 20 student assistants and about eight practicums from the College of Education.

“Every day there are lots of future college students playing and learning at the Children’s Center,” Watkins said.

However, most parents are uninformed about these programs.

“If they have these programs, they should advertise it; I never heard or have been informed about this before,” Kim said. “Knowing about these programs would have helped me a lot.”

With Furlough Fridays ahead, more student-parents will look for alternatives for their children.

“We hope students use our program, and if they have any ideas to improve, we would love to hear it,” Bill said.

For more on Furlough Fridays go on KaLeo.org/news

SPAM: Student Parent At Manoa

http://manoa.hawaii.edu/studentparents/

gotkids@hawaii.edu

Teresa Bill (808)956-8059

UHM Children’s Center

http://www.hawaii.edu/childrenscenter/

Wayne Watkins (808) 9567963