Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences Spring 2020 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Convocation Remarks for Spring 2020

Welcome back to the spring 2020 semester!  Below are a few highlights from the instructional divisions of Arts & Sciences as well as from the as well as from the Native Hawaiian Center at Puʻuloa and the Office of International Programs.

This past November Betty Burdick directed The Secret in the Wings on the main stage with scene design by Don Ranney, props by Mike Harada, lighting design by Sarah Whitehead, supertitles by Claire Ranney, musical direction by John Signor, and choreography by Mareva Minerbi.  This coming fall, the THEA 260 class will be performing Hamlet!  Loretta Tan worked with the Pacific Asian Affairs Council Annual Winners’ Camp and coordinated the Leeward 50th anniversary “Synergy” performance by the first class of theater students at the Wai’anae Moku campus.


The Secret in the Wings, directed by Betty Burdick

Also in November, four Digital Art students (one of whom had recently won a Photoshop World Student Scholarship Award) attended the Adobe Max 2019 Conference in Los Angeles with their instructor Wayne Muromoto.


Left to right: Jozelyn Roa, Shaina Iloreta, Alina Kalani, Wayne Muromoto, and Tanith Sasaki inside the Adobe Max graffiti wall at the entrance of the Los Angeles Convention Center

The Teacher Education Program is launching a new Certificate of Competence in Culturally Responsive Teaching this semester and received grant funding from Kamehameha Schools for students to complete this degree tuition-free.  The certificate also includes a newly designed course ED237, Indigenous Perspectives in Teaching.  

More incoming students are placing directly into ENG 100 using high school placement measures (GPA and 12th grade English grade) and even students lowest placed in the 3 credit ENG 98B (which replaced ENG 24) can then take a 6 credit ENG 22/100 with the same instructor who taught ENG 98B the following semester.  A 6-week college skills workshop series was integrated into ENG 98B courses and based on a post-course survey, 100% of students felt the workshop series was useful and should be kept as part of the class.

More students are completing their college level math courses in a timely manner.   In Fall 2019, 8 learning communities of MATH 100, MATH 111, and MATH 115 were offered with MATH 78B to allow two-levels below college level math students to complete a college level math course in one semester rather than two.  In June, Darci Francis and Christina Mende presented the "Implementation of Emporium and Mastery Models to Accelerate Students Through College Level Math Courses" at CADE (Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education) in San Diego, California

The Information and Computer Science (ICS) program is participating in a Hawai‘i P-20 grant to enhance computer science and cyber security pathways, increasing early college course offerings with at both Pearl City HS and Campbell HS.  The ICS program also entered into an MOA with UH Maui College to establish a transfer pathway from the AS in ICS to the BAS in Applied Business and Information Technology.

As part of the Kilo ʻĀina: Science of Place program, Donn Viviani and Anuschka Faucci guided 14 students in ʻāina-based research explorations around Puʻuloa and ʻEwa last fall.  Some student projects were collaborations with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bishop Museum, and Hui O Hoʻohonua with the results of those projects showcased during a symposium at Leeward CC on December 13.


Students doing plankton and water quality surveys at Kapapapuhi Point Park


Justin Suckoll sorting and cataloging fossil bird bones from Kalaeloa Wildlife Refuge, a project in collaboration with US Fish & Wildlife Service and Bishop Museum

Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative grant, Phase 2 ( PEEC II), 10 Leeward CC STEM students attended the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference, which was hosted for the first time in Honolulu.  Between January and March, PEEC II will be recruiting for students interested in engineering, who are ready for Calculus I-IV, and can commit to a summer bridge program, so feel free to contact Corin Kim at corink@hawaii.edu with any questions or referrals.


Left to right: Corin Kim, Jenaiah Faavi, Christopher Ochmann, Julia Hargis, Reginald Atchazo, Duc Dang, Jonah Gomes, Kara Nichols, Blayze Remata, and John Cedrick Sadorra at SACNAS

In October, Leeward CC and UH West O’ahu were awarded a US Department of Education collaboration grant to increase Native Hawaiian student attainment of STEM-related associate degrees at Leeward CC and to successfully transfer to UH West O’ahu baccalaureate programs in Secondary Education in Math or Biology, Information Security and Assurance, Health Sciences, and Sustainable Community Food Systems.  

The Native Hawaiian Center at Puʻuloa continues their personalized and proactive support services approach in its First Year Experience Lanakila program and the Kahua Hoʻomau Ola (13th Year) Initiative and.  In its second year at Leeward CC, this 13th Year Initiative is a UH system-wide program that supports adult learners and non-college bound students.

During summer and fall of 2019 the Office of International Programs (OIP) provided short term programs for 84 students from Takeda High School, Aichi University, and Hakuoh University.  This spring the OIP will be hosting students from Aichi Junior College, Josai University, and Tohoku Bunkyo College & Tohoku Bunkyo Junior College.  This semester OIP’s International Student Advisor Aya Hara-Joesting will be working with the International Club’s new video exchange program with Aichi University to exchange ideas and showcase their school, club, and activities.

Thank you to all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Jim West, Wes Teraoka, Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, William Albritton, and program coordinators Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, Brandi Reyes, Susan Waldman, I-Chia Shih, Michael Bauer, Jeff Judd, Tracie Ku‘uipo Losch, Momi Kamahele, Aya Hara-Joesting, and Eunice Leung Brekke, and all the faculty and staff for their great work and commitment to student success!

Have a Great Semester!

James Goodman