Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Fall 2014 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Convocation remarks for Fall 2014

Last year, the AA Degree Program Review Task Force was formed with members from Language Arts, Math and Science, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, the Faculty Senate Program Review committee, and OPPA. Organized by the AA Program Review Chair, Eunice Brekke, the task force started their work with a study to assess three general education learning outcomes: critical thinking, written communication, and cultural diversity. Rubrics have been developed and will be piloted this year. As this college’s most awarded degree, I commend those who have devoted their time, efforts, and talents to this on-going project of creating a more comprehensive and systematic AA program review process. Thank you to Susan Wood, Susan Waldman, Michael Lane, Blanca Polo, Bruce Lindquist, Jayne Bopp, Luʻukia Archer, James Fujita, Jeff Judd, Guy Nishimoto, Della Anderson, and Eunice Brekke.

In addition to the work of the task force, student perceptions were captured through a survey of AA graduates in May 2014. The results were compiled in a 31-page report, Assessing the First Year Experience: Handling Leeward CC. Among the findings were:

  • That first year students view Leeward CC as a transitional step toward their future goals and believe that success or failure is a result of an individual's ability to handle all the aspects of college life.
  • While most students acknowledged the availability of support services on campus, they relied most heavily on the counselors to choose classes and schedules tailored to their individual success needs. 
  • Many students expressed their comfort on campus and one student referred to Leeward CC as “his home away from home.”

The full report and the Faculty Senate’s initial report of 2011 on the AA degree can be found on the OPPA’s Assessment page under the Forms, Reports, and Documents section of the Leeward Intranet. Thank you to the student volunteer researchers Kaile Luga, Ashley Ryan, and Mary Burgess, as well as to Corey Adler who mentored and supervised those students in their work.

In other degree program news, the Associates in Science in Natural Sciences (ASNS) program, which had their first graduating class last Spring of 7 students, grew to 23 graduates in May 2014 with 19 students in Engineering, 3 in Life Science, and 1 in Physical Science. By this Fall, the number of declared ASNS majors climbed to 344. This is a great achievement by everyone in the Math & Sciences division and the ASNS Coordinator Michael Reese.

Graph of ASNS student increases
Since Spring 2012, the number of ASNS students grew from 3 to 344

Also during this past semester, a Computer Science track was added to our ASNS degree. Spring of 2014 was a busy one for the Information and Computer Science (ICS) discipline. They completed their articulation agreement with Capella University so that ICS students can continue their studies online; established a "Women in Computing Club" and a "Grey Hats" club; the latter is devoted to security, ethical hacking, and networking with many of those members competing with UHM students and the US military personnel in cyber-security exercises. The ICS faculty have also been heavily involved with the future transition to the Kuali Student Curriculum Management system with William Albritton as the Curriculum Chair, Mike Bauer working with the User Interface Subcommittee, and Pete Gross as the chair of the Features Subcommittee.

This past summer, Leeward sent a total of 23 students to participate in the ʻIKE (Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering) program’s Pre-Engineering Summer Experiences at Kapiʻolani CC, UH Mānoa, and UH Maui College. This was the largest Leeward cohort in the grant’s history. Though the product of a team effort from this campus and throughout the UH system, credit goes to our STEM Counselor Heather Takamatsu, our Native Hawaiian STEM Success Counselor Kalei Lum-Ho, and our new ‘Ike Student Recruiter and Retention Specialist Hannah Keikiokanani Aldridge.

Group photo of ʻIKE (Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering) program students

ʻIKE Students on a Summer Engineering Experience field trip to the Marine Education Training Center, learning about the Hōkūleʻa sailing and navigation 

ʻIKE (Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering) program student at the Kaheawa Wind Farm on Maui
ʻIKE Students on a Summer Engineering Experience field trip to the Kaheawa Wind Power wind farm in West Maui.

Hannah was also responsible for coordinating the 3rd Annual Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike Scholars Symposium that was hosted on our Pearl City campus on Saturday, August 16th. UH President David Lassner, UH system Chancellors and Vice Chancellors, STEM faculty from throughout the UH system, engineering industry leaders, and Native Hawaiian community members were among the 200 guests in attendance as the engineering students from the ‘IKE program presented their research projects. Many thanks to Hannah and the Symposium Planning Committee: Daniel Lipe (UHM), Herve Collin (KapCC), Lynsey Bow (KapCC), Tasha Kawamata Ryan (HonCC), Heather Stroupe-Smith (WinCC), and Chanelle Sakamoto-Falces (Maui College). Thanks also to the faculty, staff, and students of the Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa including Winona Aguero (LeeCC) and Lloyd “Momoa” Reinhardt (LeeCC). Also very much appreciated were the announcement flyers, programs, and signage designed by our Marketing & Communications Director Kathleen Cabral. All in all, it was a first class event!
To support the Anatomy and Physiology students, the Biology Open Lab was available 25 hours per week and 69 days per semester. Under the supervision of the Biology Lab Manager Robert Oshiro, student assistants and tutors had a total of 1441 contacts with students seeking supplemental instruction last academic year.

Casual photo of Biology students in class

The Mathematics discipline participated in the Summer ‘Onipa‘a event for new students with Eric Matsuoka performing a teaching demonstration showing how algebra and number theory, often covered in MATH 100, can allow learners to seemingly do magic with numbers. In the Spring and Summer, subject matter expert Paul Nguyen worked with the EMC to produce a Calculus IV (MATH 244) web course that will be offered starting in Spring 2015. EMC Director Leanne Risely and Eric Matsuoka authored the UH VPAA grant that funded this course development. Calculus IV joins the existing Calculus II and III as web courses offered on a regular basis.

Transfer level Math and QM courses, that were created by Jennie Thompson and Eric Matsuoka for the Culinary Arts and Automotive Technology Associate degrees, will be offered with permanent course numbers this coming fall. Jennie and Eric will be presenting their work on this at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Annual Conference in November

Jenny Watada was awarded a UH Developmental Education grant that funded a pilot of the co-requisite remediation model for Math 100. Donnabelle Pascual and Andrea Wichman will be teaching the Math 100 course while Jenny will be teaching the co-requisite algebra course. As a part of this initiative, Donnabelle will be the only faculty member across the UH system offering a distance Math 100 course. Jenny also secured another grant to update and align Leeward's developmental math courses to meet system agreements; it was specifically noted that Leeward CC was the first college to fully implement the agreed upon common course components.

Jenny Watada developed a “Done in 1” program which will allow students who would have otherwise been placed into Math 82 to concurrently enroll in Math 100 with a newly created DevEd course, Math 98L (Algebra Lab); both will be offered as a web course for the first time in the Fall.

During the Fall 2013 academic year, the Math Lab and Math Testing Center continued to support Leeward MATH and QM students. Throughout the year, 681 individual students utilized Math Lab tutoring services. Math Lab tutors dedicated over 1400 hours helping students within the recorded 13,131 tutoring contacts and Math Testing Center aides processed over 20,000 quizzes, exams, and Graded Cumulative Assessments for over a dozen different MATH courses.

On Friday, September 19th Leeward Community College will host a day of “Curriculum Conversations” for high school and college level instructors, curriculum coordinators in STEM fields, and the administrators who support their work. Up to thirteen area high schools will send teams to join our faculty for the day’s event with the overarching theme of strengthening the STEM pathway for students from the high school to college.

From Language Arts, while decreasing the sections of ENG 18 to 1 section and ENG 19 to 3 sections, English 24 will be offering 14 sections in the Fall. The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) is in its fourth year and continues to support ENG 22 students through successful completion of ENG 100. In Fall 2014, 13 ALP sections will be offered.

Student and faculty support of the Writing Center services continued in the AY13-14 academic year: writing consultants worked with students in approximately 3,085 individual sessions and close to 200 in-class and focused workshops. The Writing Center again provided COMPASS brush-up as well as curriculum support. They worked with students in approximately 160 in-class and focused workshops and more than 125 individual sessions. The Writing Center will continue to offer “focused workshops” in Fall 2014 to provide support in essential college success skills such as time management and test preparation, reading skills such as comprehension and critical thinking, and writing skills such as sentence errors, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, and verb tense.

The Native Hawaiian Writing and Arts website Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa enjoyed a very busy Spring semester. They were nominated as an Edublog Best New Blog of the Year and news articles in UH News, MidWeek, and Ka Wai Ola ʻO OHA helped bring widespread recognition to our campus and our students. Ulukau, The Hawaiian Electronic Library invited Pūpū to be included as a resource, which means a wider audience for the original Native Hawaiian-focused artistic works that Pūpū publishes. Twelve artists and writers, most of them current and former Leeward CC students, were featured in New Release Mondays last Spring. Finally, Pūpū , together with Student Life, awarded $600 in cash and prizes in their Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Achievement Awards to up-and-coming student artists and writers. Everyone at Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa thanks the many faculty and staff members for their support and look forward to serving our community this Fall.

Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa article screen shot

The Education team continues to work diligently on the three initiatives for the TAACCCT grant: Expand, Enhance, and Accelerate the AAT (Associate in Arts in Teaching) degree. Thanks to this grant we can welcome a new instructor, Christina Keaulana.

    • Focusing on Expand: Christina’s focus will be with the continued development of the courses for the SPED/Inclusion certificate. This certificate will meet the needs of AAT students transferring to the dual certification at UH Mānoa, Educational Assistants who desire career advancement and additional coursework with special education and inclusion, and as professional development for in-service teachers.
    • Focusing on Enhance: Michael Cawdery worked diligently to finalize an MOA with the DOE, which was finalized Spring 2014 for the HETS project (Highlighting Effective Teaching Strategies). The goal of the project is to provide models of effective teaching practice for aspiring educators by creating educational videos filmed in K-12 DOE classrooms. Michael and David Fry, our Media Specialist, will begin to film in selected classrooms in the coming weeks. David will use his expertise of filming and editing to create professional videos that will be available to Education students and to teachers in the DOE.
    • Focusing on Acceleration: Cameron Rivera is the Student Success Specialist whose focus will be on recruitment, retention and support for students in the 18-month accelerated program. Currently, we have 11 students enrolled in the 18-month program. The first cohort will be graduating in Fall 2014, however, one of the cohort members graduated earlier in Summer 2014, just 1 year after starting the program. This student, Melissa Marshall, is the first to complete the AAT degree in 12 months, without taking or transferring in any previous college credits.
  • This coming Fall, the accelerated 18-month AAT degree program will begin with a cohort of 20 students who will be supported through this rigorous course of study by the Student Success Specialist as well as peer mentors. Students in the cohort will have their education textbooks provided, access to a laptop lending program, and a $500.00 stipend upon successful completion of semester one with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • In May, four candidates completed the Alternative Certification for CTE Licensure program and were recommended for licenses by the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board; all four are now employed as licensed teachers in the DOE, two in culinary (Kapolei High School, Waipahu High School) one in automotive (Baldwin High School, Maui), and one in Industrial Engineering and Technology (IET) at Waipahu Intermediate. In Fall 2014 the program welcomes 14 new candidates with a total of 27 in the program. Candidates are on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, and the island of Hawai‘i.
  • This year the Education team will focus on preparing for the CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) national accreditation for the Alternative Certification for CTE Licensure program. A site visit will take place in May 2015.
  • The Principal’s Luncheon will be held on Friday, September 12th at the Pearl. This annual event celebrates the excellent partnerships between the K-12 DOE schools and the Education program’s field placement, the AAT program in support of Service Learning, and placement for our CTE Alternative Certification candidates for O&P and Student Teaching.

The Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa staff celebrated the graduation of 36 Ke Ala ‘Ike scholars last May; a group which included the first International Programs graduate from Japan and two student responders who spoke at Commencement. A great deal of effort has been devoted to increasing Native Hawaiian (NH) student success by collaboratively working with instructors from Hawaiian Studies, Language, Math & Sciences, and Hālau faculty. An increase in NH student enrollment was the goal as over 2600 campus and community constituents were introduced to the services of the Hālau and programs of Leeward Community College programs over the last academic year. These guests came from Waiʻanae, Nānākuli, Leilehua, Waipahu high and intermediate schools, Youth Challenge Academy, Kupu Hawaiʻi, Partners in Development, Hina Mauka, Hale Naʻau Pono, Nā Pua Nōʻeau, Ka Paʻalana Traveling Pre-school, Leeward CC Wai‘anae, MAʻO Organic Farms, among others. 

Group photo of Ke Ala ‘Ike scholars

Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian language coordinators from the UHCC system presented the Associates in Arts in Hawaiian Studies at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in May.  

Group photo of Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian language coordinators from the UHCC system

Hawaiian Studies Coordinators at WIPCE 2014.

Front row (left to right): Kahele Clark (KapCC), Iokepa Badis (LeeCC), Noe Noe Wong-Wilson (HawCC), Kalawaia Moore (WinCC), Joshua Fukino (KauCC), Pua Rossi (KauCC). Second row: Tracie Losch (LeeCC), Iwalani Tasaka (KapCC), Papakaniau Kaianui (Maui College), Kaiulani Murphy (HonCC), Mark Alapaki Luke (HonCC).

Also of note, last March 21 Leeward’s Theatre was the venue for the annual gathering of faculty, non-instructional staff, and students of Filipino heritage from throughout the UH system. The Pamantasan Conference, with Raymund Liongson serving as the Masters of Ceremonies, featured Emme Tomimbang as the Keynote Speaker guest speakers and panel discussions with this year’s theme of "Higher Education: Toward Achieving Empowerment ( ).”

Group photo of Pamantasan Conference participants
Participants of the 2014 Pamantasan Conference concluded with a series of performances in the Leeward CC Theatre that featured Philippine arts and culture.

During the Spring semester, Theatre 262 presented the premier of Typeepee, a naughty but socially relevant satire of Herman Melville’s Typee and William Wycherley’s Country Wife. Directed by Ashley DeMoville, Professor Betty Burdick made a guest appearance as a very un-nunlike nun. The theatre program also added some new performances in the lab theatre from other sources. Tim Adams, who was a student of now retired Leeward Drama professor, Dr. Paul Cravath, returned with a script that he wanted to have performed with Leeward students. The Building was a gritty performance based on Adams’ experiences managing a low rent building in Kalihi. Students who attended the performance were impressed with the script and the performances of their classmates.

PR photo of of Typeepee actors

Welcomed to the theatre is the performance group PlayBuilders. While performing around town and at Leeward, our campus enables them to have a home base for rehearsals and performances. Their goal is “Exploring & sharing place, identity, relationships, history & cultures through theatre.” Their performance in the Spring was Yes I Am, a presentation based on the stories of the LGBT community. In the Fall they will be presenting Haunted House of Societal Horrors “in the lab theatre; a new play devised by Director November Morris and the PlayBuilders Ensemble (P.EN) focuses on everything that our young cast members are most afraid of in modern society.”

This fall on the main stage, Betty Burdick will be directing Clockwork written by our own theatre manager, Kemuel DeMoville, who has previously written for UHM’s Kennedy Theatre and Kumu Kahua theatre locally. This is a children’s play about what could happen if Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty were released from their traditional stories. This very fun story has plenty of chase scenes, magic, and feminism. In addition to the standard two weeks of performance in November, the theatre manager is working to have daytime performances for schools in the area to attend. This will enable the production to double cast the show and give more students experience on the big stage.

Helping the theatre to fund the main stage production will be the traditional fall Burlesque show, started by former student, Jonathan Reyn. This year’s production of Clockwork Cuties will be directed by student Chelsea Campbell and will include the traditional burlesque with many vaudeville routines. In the Spring 2015, Theatre 260 will be presenting Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, a horror piece with a high body count. Director Betty Burdick is expecting to make the copious amounts of blood more metaphorical than literal.

Under the direction of Peter Kun Frary, the Leeward Coast Guitars performed a concert on April 27, 2014 with works by Mozart and Machado. As the only guitar orchestra in the UH system, they are not to be missed. Video clips from their show can be found in the online version of these notes. Another concert is planned for Sunday. November 23, 2014 in the Leeward Theatre.

Leeward Coast Guitars group photo for Spring 2014

The Office of International Programs (OIP) reports that the number of international students on campus continues to grow with more than 140 students registered for Fall 2014. These students come from a diverse list of home countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Brazil, Canada, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Tonga, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, Peru, Taiwan, Italy, Thailand, Sweden, Micronesia, and the Philippines.
This past summer Leeward students participated in Study Abroad programs in several locations: 2 went to our partner in Japan, Josai International University; 2 went on full scholarships (tuition & accommodations) provided by our partner, East China Normal University in Shanghai; and 8 joined Didier Lenglare on a new program of French Culture through Immersion in Nice, France. This program included customized French language instruction at various levels, museum and other site visits, as well as side trips to Paris and Monte Carlo.

Participants in Study Abroad in front of the Louvre museum

For the second year in a row, the only two students chosen from among all the UH community colleges to attend the Aichi University exchange program for the entire academic year 2014-2015 were both from Leeward Community College. Several Leeward students were also awarded Honda scholarships to study abroad, and one student won the prestigious Gilman scholarship from the Institute of International Education, a program of U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs.

Yumiko Asai-Lim taught an intensive 4-week non-credit version of Japanese Language for Customer Service (JPNS 141) for the staff of the Four Seasons in Lana'i. There were 2 sections of 20 students each in this customized class. Before the class started Yumiko visited the hotel and met with employees of different departments and conducted a needs analysis. She then created materials to address the specific needs of these different employees when interacting with Japanese guests.

In Fall 2013, Leeward was accepted into the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory. This 18-month program, which will assist Leeward Community College in internationalizing our campus, continues this Fall with various subcommittees working on a final International Action Plan for the future. There is still time for faculty or staff members to get involved. Call Steve Jacques for details at 455-0519.

As we enter the Fall 2014 semester, I would like to thank all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kay Caldwell, Jennie Thompson, Jim West, and Wes Teraoka, and the program coordinators Bobbie Martel, Michael Reese, Eunice Brekke, Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch, Blanca Polo, Aulii Silva, Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, Susan Wood, Ann Berner, Laurie Kuribayashi, Steve Jacques, and all the other faculty and staff for their great work and commitment to student success.

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

James Goodman