Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Fall 2012 Convocation Remarks

Convocation Remarks, Fall 2012
James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

The big news from Spring 2012 is that the Board of Regents approved a provisional Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies (AA-HS) for all community colleges in May.  Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch was the campus representative to the system and worked with Momi Kamahele and faculty from Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Language, and the Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa to develop Leeward's AA in Hawaiian Studies. 

Over the past three semesters, I have been working with the Arts & Sciences Division Chairs, the Interim Director of the Office of Planning, Policy, and Assessment Della Anderson, the Faculty Senate Program Review Chair Eunice Brekke, and the Faculty Senate Chair Paul Lococo to create a more comprehensive and broad-based Associate in Arts program review process that measures the quality of that degree program in a number of ways.  With the concept that the value of any degree is really the product of the quality and variety of the courses that students take within that degree, we decided to focus on the 20 classes that were most enrolled in by students who earned an AA degree over a five year period.  In the Spring we met with the discipline coordinators of those 20 courses and their respective division chairs and division assessment coordinators to start the conversation on the importance their courses in the assessment of the AA degree, how their stated SLO’s align with the general education outcomes, efficient measures for course assessment, and reporting data.  With that knowledge, the discipline coordinators of the “Top 20” have agreed to serve on a newly formed AA Program Review standing committee, which will start meeting in Fall 2012.

The Associate in Science in Natural Sciences (AS-NS) degree program with pathways in Biological Science, Physical Science, and Engineering began during the Spring 2012 and students and Math-Science faculty were introduced to the degree with Success Quotient (SQ) workshops, class visits, and counseling appointments.  About 50 students changed their major or registered as AS-NS students during this first semester of the program.  Incoming students are being advised by the Counseling Department on appropriate degree choices, including the AS-NS degree.  Talks continue with the UH Mānoa Engineering Department to allow direct transfer and admission after completion of the Engineering Pathway of our AS-NS degree. 

The Information and Computer Science (ICS) program’s faculty restructured their AS degree for Fall 2012 in order to ease student transfer to UH Mānoa and to serve industry needs.  The program offers new specializations in Mobile Development (developing apps for different platforms), Information Security (safeguarding digital information), Software Development (for pursuing a BS or BA degree in ICS), and revitalized the Networking Support specialty to include the basics of networking security.  The AS Program core has also changed to include an Ethics course in order to better round out our students’ education.  The ICS program also added a CA in ICS for Fall 2012 for those students who want to go straight into industry after one year of coursework.  The ICS program has also been working closely with the military and is expecting around 100 more military students in spring and fall 2012.  William Albritton and Petersen Gross passed the SY0-301 CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam on April 6, 2012. This important credential in computer security helps the ICS faculty to offer new classes in the high-demand field of computer security to our students.  Our first security student passed his security+ certification on May 1st, 2012.

Since 2009, UHM’s Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentorship Program has been supporting STEM peer mentors in the Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa and AY 2011- 2012, a total of 10 Native Hawaiian pre-engineering students who placed at MATH 241 or higher served as STEM Peer Mentors, providing free tutoring in math and sciences to students in the Hālau.  Out of those students, 5 students were sent to Maui PEEC (Pre-Engineering Education Collaboratives) Summer program and 1 stayed on Oahu and participated on-line. 

Candid photo of STEM participants

STEM peer mentors working with students in the Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa


Group photo of STEM peer mentors

Of the STEM mentors picture above, those who went to the Summer Engineering Experience on Maui were the fourth one from the left, Trevor Kaʻimikaua, the fifth, Bronson Dodder, and the sixth, Jason Campbell.


Also during the summer Leeward joined the Islands of Opportunity Alliance (IOA) as part of the NSF funded Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP).  This program supports under-represented minority students (URMS) pursuing STEM degrees.  These students receive stipends to serve as Peer Mentors for required AS-NS courses, have opportunities for paid summer research positions, and can attend the annual IOA Conference.  The Peer Mentors work closely with faculty to teach weekly Peer Led Unit Study (PLUS) Sessions to provide more assistance to all students in the class.

In other news from the Math & Sciences division, during the Spring 2012 semester Frank Stanton, Priscilla Millen, Evelyn Cox (UHWO), Bruce Koebele (Ka‘ala Farms) and their students celebrated 15 year of environmental service learning in the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Kalaeloa Unit of the Pearl Harbor Refuge, restoring coastline habitat with endangered Hawaiian plant species.  In July, Frank Stanton attended the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, Australia and presented a multi-authored paper entitled “Skin Cancer In Butterflyfish And Surgeonfish On The Reefs Of Hawai‘i” and will also be co-author on a second paper, “Rapid Response Team Investigation Of A Coral Disease Outbreak (Montipora White Syndrome) Within Kaneohe Bay, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i.” 
This past Spring, Leeward hosted the Central Oahu District Science and Engineering Fair for the first time and added to the legacy of 20 years of organizing and hosting the Leeward District Science Fairs, and 8 years of organizing and hosting the Science Olympiad.

Candid of Science Olympiad participants

Central Oahu District Science and Engineering Fair winners

Participants and Award Winners at the Science Olympiad

Math faculty Eric Matsuoka worked with Windward CC's Jean Okumura and the Distance Course Design Consultants to develop high quality, open-source Calculus I (MATH 241) and Calculus II (MATH 242) web courses that are a fundamental part of the pre-Engineering core.  Leeward CC's Jiajia Seffrood committed to develop a similar Calculus III (MATH 243) course in 2012-2013 and is expected to develop Calculus IV (MATH 244) in 2013-2014.  These calculus courses are the last of the non-lab pre-engineering core to be made available online to provide a substantial path to an engineering degree to remote Native Hawaiian and other under-served distance students.  This will also make available supplemental instruction to the Summer Engineering Experience calculus students.
From their presentation at the Annual American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Conference in Austin, Texas last November Eric Matsuoka and Jennie Thompson presented Leeward’s developmental and transfer level Math Emporium Redesigns at the Wild Day at Leeward CC on March 2, 2012 as part of the “We Went, We Learned, We Share: Travel Grant Recipients Share.”  Donnabelle Pascual, Jiajia Seffrood, Jennie Thompson, and Eric Matsuoka, presented a session on “Scaling Emporium Redesign Along Another Dimension” at the Hawaii Strategy Institute at Honolulu CC, April 20-21, 2012.  The presenters shared the data that motivated the intervention; the creation of the courses; the preliminary pilot data; the ongoing development on course content and policies to improve student learning and success; and the steps leading to full-scale implementation at the College Algebra level starting in Fall 2012.

The developmental math program completed its first year of fully implementing Emporium redesign and indicators point to a successful implementation.  In Spring 2012, the success rate in pre-algebra was nearly 20% higher than the Spring 2011 baseline.  Though the success rate in algebra was only 3% higher than the Spring there were 24% more students completing their developmental math coursework due to the accelerated course sequence,
even as the total number of developmental math students dropped by 22% from the Spring 2011.

The AMATYC accepted the poster proposal submitted by Tiana Loo and Eric for their 38th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida in November.  They will highlight the Instruction/Counseling /Admission & Records/and Financial Aid partnership that is one of the most important contributors to student success in our accelerated math sequence.

From Language Arts, the Writing Discipline continued to work on course assessment and curriculum development in Spring 2012.  Various stages of assessment were conducted in eight writing courses and a committee revised the student learning outcomes for ENG 200: Composition II.  On March 21, 2012, the Writing Discipline, led by Mimi Nakano, hosted the 3rd Leeward CC and Waipahu HS Curriculum Alignment Articulation Meeting.  The topics discussed were the challenges in regards to engaging students in learning, employing teaching strategies to expediently meet core outcomes, and sustaining student motivation and persistence.  These meetings bring together a community of teachers focused on achieving student success and professional development.

The winners for the Language Arts Division’s Discipline Awards for Spring 2012 have been announced (see below) Working on the Awards were: Pat Hurley and Kepa Badis, Yumiko Asai-Lim and the Japanese faculty, Tara Rojas and the Spanish faculty, and Christy Takamure.

Ka ʻUmeke Kaʻeo Native Hawaiian Writing Achievement Awards (Each award $100) 
In the Hawaiian language:

  • Justin Kepoʻo Keliʻipaʻakaua
  • Puluke Pascua

In the English language:

  • Jacob Anthony Kaumualiʻi Titcomb
  • Charissa Wai‘alae  

First Level Writing, First Place ($200 Award)

  • Jill L. Naus 

First Level Writing, First Place ($200 Award)

  • Steven Cogburn

Second Place ($100 Award)

  • Kylie Kobayashi

Second Level Writing, First Place ($200 Award)

  • Ayesha Ishihara

Second Place ($100 Award)

  • Kattaree Chaowanich

In DevEd English, during Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, an average of 91 percent of English 22 Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) students earned A, B, or C during their first attempt with the course, and of these, an average of 77 percent also earned A, B, or C in English 100.  In contrast, data from our institutional researcher for the Fall 2006-2009 semesters show that 60 percent of English 22 students earned A, B, or C during their first attempt; of these 36 percent earned A, B, or C in English 100 during a subsequent semester.  Eight ALP sections were offered in Spring 2012, and in Fall 2012, nine sections will be offered at the Pearl City campus and one section at Leeward CC at Waianae.  In April 2012, the ALP group, Nathan Friberg, Brandi Reyes, Susan Waldman, Nicole Keim-Fortuno, and Lani Uyeno gave a presentation on the implementation and recruitment of ALP at the Hawaii Strategy Institute.

A new course for this Fall will be English 24.  Under the leadership of Linda Currivan, English 24 was developed by a number of LA Reading and Writing faculty to be equivalent to four courses (ENG 18, 19, 21, 22) that would have been taken in at least two semesters into a one 6-credit course taken in a single semester.  However, English 24 does not simply condense our stand-alone courses; rather it utilizes Accelerated Learning techniques, developed and tested in California and other states, that have proven to increase student success in the areas of reading, writing, and critical thinking.  During the Spring 2012 semester, several faculty members, both those teaching ENG 24 in Fall 2012 and interested others, attended weekly meetings focused on developing curriculum and examining appropriate methods of assessment.  Sandra Kelley, Mimi Nakano, Meredith Lee, Kristi Ayers, and Jennifer Wharton (from Leeward CC-W) were even meeting during the summer to continue their conversations on this new course!  Seven sections in this new pilot program are scheduled, including an evening section:  five classes will be offered on the Pearl City campus and two in Wai‘anae.  One of the strategies in English 24 is the use of themed classes; for example, several of our teachers this year will be using Fast Food as their theme.  Themed courses also work well in incorporating students' experiences and interests into coursework--another strategy for accelerating student learning.  Leeward Community College is leading the way in the UH Community College system in this type of Accelerated Developmental English course. 

With the two sections of ENG 24 at Leeward CC Wai‘anae, each section will be paired with either LSK 110 or IS 100 to form a 9-credit Learning Community for new students.  In addition, a Peer Mentor will be assigned to each Learning Community for added support.  On the math side, the Wai‘anae completed their expansion into their 1st floor Math Center last spring.  The Math Center now provides sufficient space for 3 math tutors to work with students in MATH 18 & 82, alongside our math instructors, while classes are being held in the math classroom. 

Over the summer, I have been researching, organizing, compiling, and uploading DevEd documents to the Developmental Education page on the Student Success Committee intranet site ( ).  Though a bit thin in our Agenda area, and better in the Minutes area (thanks to the tireless work of Laurie Kuribayashi, then later Junie Hayashi), there is a wealth of reports, proposals, and other printed material as well as PowerPoint presentations available in the Resources ( ).  In re-reading the collection of minutes, reports, initiatives, and presentations from 2007 to the present, I continue to be impressed by the commitment to student success that everyone connected to DevED has demonstrated over the years.

On January 6, 2012, the Associates in Arts in Teaching (AAT) program hosted a Teacher Academy Day with more than 200 students and their advisors from 6 high schools enjoying an entertaining introduction to Leeward Community College.  Students began their morning with an opening experience in the Theater followed by a campus tour, workshops presented by the AAT faculty, and a lunch that included door prizes provided by the Future Teachers Club.  To aid in the expansion of the academies, the AAT program received a grant in the amount of $ 23,340.00 from the Campbell Family Foundation to fund the start-up of Teacher Cadet Academies at Nānākuli and Waiʻanae High Schools and to continue support for the Cadet programs at Campbell and Kapolei High Schools.  The grant will provide a stipend for the Cadet Advisors, textbook funds, materials and transportation to Leeward CC for our Teacher Academy Day in January.  

An MOA has been finalized between the UH System and the DOE to award transfer credits to Leeward CC for the Explorations in Education course which will satisfy ED 100, Introduction to Education and Teaching.  This agreement will solidify the 2+2 model with the high schools; an MOA is also in the final stages with Kamehameha Secondary Schools to award transfer credits for students completing the Explorations in Education course, which will satisfy ED 100, Introduction to Education and Teaching

Also for this coming Fall, UH Mānoa’s College of Education is partnering with the AAT program to provide their Bachelor of Education in Elementary & Special ED here at Leeward.  This two-year afternoon and on-line program leads to a degree that is considered by the DOE to be one of their "highest recruitment priorities.”
From Arts & Humanities, Art faculty Alan Leitner was an invited artist to the Honolulu Museum of Art’s “Contempo 2012,” a benefit held at Neiman Marcus in April.  Along with the work of other artists, the sale of Alan’s painting helped raise more than $600,000 for the Honolulu Museum of Arts, formerly the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Photo of Alan Leitner's Gateway to Paradise artwork

Alan Leitner, Gateway to Paradise.   48” x 48” oil, wax, alkyd on canvas.


As part of the University of Auckland’s “Endangered Language Research Project,” History faculty member Betty Ickes, Ph.D. presented a paper “Te Lumanaki o Tokelau i Amelika: Tokelau Language Maintenance in the Hawai‘i Diaspora” via webcast for the University of Auckland’s  “Te Whare Kura: Indigenous Knowledges, Peoples, and Identities” on March 20, 2012.  The paper focuses on the efforts of a resilient resettled community, now five generations removed from the homeland, to keep their language and culture alive in Hawai‘i. 

This year about 120 students studying literature read Othello and the Moor of Venice as part of another successful Semester of Shakespeare.  In February, Tony Pisculli, founding member of the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival, conducted a fun and exciting workshop on stage-combat and Dr. Karim Khan presented a lecture on Moors in March.  Drama students performed scenes from Othello on an outdoor stage and the Eucalyptus Courtyard was filled with student displays, games, and performers.  Next year's play will be Twelfth Night.

Semester of Shakespeare performers

Semester of Shakespeare Performance with Lucas Bender and Rich Makela

In May, Betty Burdick directed “Dividing the Estate” by Horton Foote at the Manoa Valley; a production which featured four Leeward Students in it and Drama lecturer Kemuel DeMoville directed his Drama 262 students in "Tyke Dreams of Plumeria Stars" in the Lab theatre, developed a new Beginning Playwriting class that will be offered in the Fall, and was commissioned to write a play that will premiere at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in the Fall of 2012.

Performance of Tyke Dreams of Plumeria Stars

"Tyke Dreams of Plumeria Stars" with Ylysha Polaris, Xavier Aki (in the elephant mask),
Kehaulani Brown, directed by Kemuel DeMoville


The Native Hawaiian Student Support Center, the Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa served nearly 650 students during AY 2011–2012; 53% of whom were Native Hawaiian/Part Native Hawaiian, 12% Filipino, 11% Mixed, 11% Asian, 6% Caucasian.  Since Spring, the Hālau has also engaged in outreach activities to 1024 prospective students from Waiʻanae, Nānākuli, Campbell, Waipahu, Kamehameha, and Kapolei High Schools, as well as Native Hawaiian serving organizations such as, Nā Pua Noʻeau, Nā Mamo Makamae, KS Scholars, and the US Vets Homeless Transition Center in Waiʻanae.  In June, the Hālau also participated in the fourth Hawaii Green Collar Institute for Leeward Oʻahu Educators and Students.

The Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program, the Hoʻoulu Project, continues to innovate and develop their activities to support Leeward Community College’s Native Hawaiian population currently enrolled in Leeward’s CTE, STEM, and AAT programs. Over the past year the Hoʻoulu Project Coordinator, Kalani Flores has developed a number of creative and effective programs that provide specialized academic and career professional development to Hoʻoulu Project participants.  Together with partners from Job Prep Services, Financial Aid Office, and Students in Free Enterprise, the Hoʻoulu staff launched Kau Wela Career and Professional Development Summer Internship Experience this past summer.  

Initially, the Hoʻoulu Project executed the Kau Wela (summer) Internship Experience as a pilot summer program to determine if participants would be able to develop the necessary skills and confidence needed to be a professional within their career of choice.  The Hoʻoulu Project recruited 13 Leeward Community College Native Hawaiian students to participate in the six-week long summer internship experience where workshops and activities challenged each participant to increase their skills, confidence, and professionalism to be deemed as an ideal candidate in their career pursuits.  At the end of the Kau Wela experience the Hoʻoulu Project recognized and awarded 11 participants with certificates of completion at the recognition luncheon held at the Waiʻoli Tea House.  Due to the successes of the Kau Wela Summer Pilot Experience, the Hoʻoulu Project plans on implementing the Kau Wela Summer Internship Experience as an annual summer program.  In preparation, similar career and professional development programs and activities will be offered as a prerequisite during the 2012-2013 academic school year for Hoʻoulu participants who may show interest in enrolling into the 2013 Kau Wela Career and Professional Development Summer Internship Experience.

From the Office of International Programs, Leeward will be welcoming a record 26 new international students to our campus community this fall, enrolling in both the undergraduate programs and in the English Language Institute to prepare for undergraduate studies.  The total international enrollment for Fall will be approximately 80 students from 20 different countries.  The diversity of our international student population is what stands out among the UHCCs, with students attending this fall from Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Bolivia, Philippines, French Polynesia, Macau, Singapore, France, Tahiti, Canada and Vietnam. 

This past Spring Break, 34 Leeward students from the Japanese 202 classes participated in a study abroad to Japan, accompanied by 3 Leeward Japanese faculty, through a generous grant from the Japan Foundation.  Yumiko Asai-Lim worked closely with Steve Jacques to apply for and implement the grant.  In addition, this summer Leeward had students studying in Seoul, South Korea and London, England.  In October a Leeward student will travel to Morocco to do volunteer service as a recipient of a Harris Wofford Fellowship, awarded through Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), with airfare funded by the OVPCC.  Also this year, the Leeward CC and Josai International University 2 + 2 articulation agreement continues to grow and by Fall, 7 Leeward students will be enrolled at Josai to complete their B.A. degree in Japan. 

As governments from around the world increase scholarships for their students to study in the US, the Office of International Programs is networking with embassies, ministries of education and non-governmental agencies in Indonesia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as other countries, to bring students to Leeward to study.

With such great progress and growth in so many areas, some of the tasks for the coming year will be to:

  • Ensure the quality of the new degree programs such as the AA-HS and the AS-NS as well as the AA, AS-ICS, and AAT with the establishment of standing program review committees.
  • Create a STEM pipeline from the high schools through sustained Leeward faculty to High School faculty dialogue, curriculum alignment meetings, and discipline level outreach activities.
  • Work with division chairs, program coordinators, and faculty to plan for classroom/lab renovations, equipment upgrades, and by maximizing strategic classroom scheduling, make more sections available to students for in-demand courses.

As we enter a new academic year, I would like to thank all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kay Caldwell, Janice Ito, Jim West, and Wes Teraoko, and the program coordinators Bobbie Martel, Mike Reese, Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch, Blanca Polo, Aulii Silva, Kalani Flores, Eric Matsuoka, Linda Currivan, Laurie Kuribayashi, Becky George, and so many other faculty and staff for their exemplary work and commitment to student success. 

To all the faculty and staff, have a great semester!

James Goodman