Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences Fall 2017 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Convocation Remarks for Fall 2017

Welcome back everyone to the fall 2017 semester!  Below are a few of the highlights from the divisions of Language Arts, Arts & Humanities, Math & Sciences, and Social Sciences, as well as from the Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa, and the Office of International Programs

Leeward's Associate in Science in Natural Sciences (ASNS) degree was approved by the BOR in January 2017 and moved from provisional status to established status.  Special thanks to Michael Reese for initiating this program back in 2011 and to Brad Ashburn, Guy Nishimoto, and Heather Takamatsu for compiling the proposal for permanent status and presenting it to the Board.

Andrea Herndon and Sandro Jube organized the 32nd Annual Leeward District Science & Engineering Fair this past March; among the guests at the award ceremony were Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Ige.

32nd Annual Leeward District Science & Engineering Fair

From June 9-11, 2017, Leeward’s CanSat team Nō Naʻa Meʻe won 19th place out of 44 international competitors (beating out Princeton and Virginia Tech!) at the CanSat Competition in Stephenville, Texas.  The Nō Naʻa Meʻe team consisted of Jason Marcos, Kainani Santos, Joseph McConnell, Alejandro Ruck Vega, Jeffrey Bareng, and Holly Flores. Congratulations to the faculty advisor Jennifer McFatridge and to Bryson Padasdao for securing the funding for our team to go to this annual student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics (

Supported by INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence), Kabi Neupane and Helmut Kae worked with 14 students throughout the summer with the students presenting their findings at the 4th Annual Leeward CC Undergraduate Student Research Symposium on August 11th to an audience which included other mentors from UH Mānoa, JABSOM, and industry.

Undergraduate Student Research Symposium student participants

(From L-R) Zoe Byerly, Crystal Canales, Joshua Legaspi, Jordan Yoshioka, Timothy Park, Reynaldo Katigbak, Christian Bautista, Kiehsa Rednour, Kevin Vergara, Darcie Inouye, Jacob Wruck, Tristyn Wiehl, Arupa Poudyal.  Missing: Lina Flores

The Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies was approved as an established degree by the BOR in June 2017.  Many thanks to Kuʻuipo Losch who not only drafted our campus’ proposal, but was also responsible for coordinating the submission of all of the UH community colleges’ proposals into one proposal to the BOR.  Thanks also to Pi‘ikea Hardy-Kahaleoumi for her assistance in the final proposal.

The Hawaiian Studies Program partnered with the non-profit organization, Huliauapa‘a (, to host the 2017 Wahi Kupuna Internship Program. The interns learned about cultural resource management through scientific and cultural mentoring, professional development, education and applied field experiences focused on the Waiawa area.

From Aulli Silva, the coordinator of the Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa, 20 Leeward CC students earned their Ke Ala ʻIke Scholars' kīhei at last Mayʻs Commencement Exercises.  Hailing from as far away as Guam, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, and the Philippines, and ranging in age from 21 - 60, “Papa Wiliwili” graduates distinguished themselves with committing their best efforts to both academic achievement and cultural growth. This fall, nine will be at UH Mānoa in Political Sciences, Natural Resource & Environmental Management, Communications, Social Work, and Hawaiian Studies, five will be at UHWO for Education, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Hawaiian/Pacific Studies, and Creative Media, three will be at UHH for ICS, Hawaiian Studies, Marine Sciences, and Nursing.  Both of the student responders at Commencement were from this class.

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Resource Librarian Annemarie Paikai gave the class the name:  Wiliwili for the traits of the graduates which are like this special tree, "It is hearty, it is tough, it is resilient and yet, the wood itself is very lightweight and buoyant."

Eunice Leung Brekke, AA Program Review Coordinator, will be leading a task force to revise and develop assessment strategies on the program learning outcomes for Oral Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Information Literacy, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences; completing what the AA Program Review Task Force started last year with their work on Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Cultural Diversity.

In the Teacher Education Program:

  • More than 200 students have received scholarships and have completed or in the process of completing the SPED/Inclusive Certificate of Competence.
  • The BOR approved an Advanced Professional Certificate in SPED Mild/Moderate K-12 in March as an independent certificate leading to SPED teacher licensure for those with a bachelor-level degree or as a means to transfer to the 4th year of a Teacher Education Program for those with an associate-level degree.
  • SPED courses will be offered at the 300-level beginning fall 2017
    • MOAs are currently being developed for 3+1 degrees with Chaminade for SPED K-12 Mild/Moderate.
  • 45 Alternative Certification for CTE Licensure candidates completed the Alt. Cert. program and are now licensed CTE teachers by Hawaii Teacher Standards Board and employed DOE schools.
    • The core courses for the Alt. Cert. program will be offered at the 300-level beginning fall 2017.

Since fall 2016, DevEd math coordinator Jenny Watada and her faculty have offered two math tracks to accelerate students into college level math courses and the spring 2017 success rates look promising:

  • College Math (non-STEM) track: MATH 75 - 72%, emporium MATH 100 - 83%, and co-requisite courses MATH 78 with MATH 100 - 67%.
  • College Algebra (STEM) track:  MATH 82 - 60% and co-requisite courses MATH 88 with MATH 103 - 82%.

DevEd English Coordinator Michelle Igarashi shared the following:

  • Their acceleration initiative is completing its first year with the goal that all students fulfill their composition requirement in one academic year or less.
    • In fall 2016, 72.4% of students successfully completed Leeward’s one-step below college-level English course, the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP).
  • For ENG 24 (two-steps below college-level English), Jessica Everton from NROC led a hands-on workshop. Instructors will pilot various units of the NROC English course in their fall ENG 24 classes to support student learning outcomes further.
  • In June, Ann Inoshita, Lani Uyeno, and Brandi Reyes presented the evolution of Leeward’s ALP program including the integration of place-based writing to develop student self-efficacy at CADE (Conference on Acceleration in Developmental English) in Denver, Colorado

Other News:

  • Spring’s Semester of Shakespeare with the Literature Discipline, the Theatre Discipline's THEA 260 produced The Comedy of Errors.
  • Students and former students are creating a burlesque fundraiser for the upcoming fall production.  This year's burlesque is called Monsters and Maidens.  It's naughty.  The performance dates will be 8/31, 9/1, 9/2, 9/7, 9/8 and 9/9 at 8 pm in AM-101.  There will also be a performance on Sunday 9/3 at 6 pm.  For more information, call 455-0381.
  • This fall's "main stage" production, performed in their temporary theatre in AM-101, will be Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters; a contemporary script that mixes reality with the Dungeons and Dragons world.  Auditions will be September 15 at 7 in AM-101.  Auditions are open to all of Hawaii with preference given to those in the UH system.  For more information call 455-0549
    • Performances for She Kills Monsters will be 11/2 - 11/4 at 8 pm, 11/9 - 11/11, and 11/17 - 11/18 at 8 pm with a matinee 11/19 at 4 pm. For more information, call 455-0381.

In April, the Office of International Programs (OIP) and the Leeward CC Library held the 2nd Annual World at Leeward Festival during Earth Week and it was a great success!

  • Last Spring, OIP also hosted the Aichi University Junior College students. We’re expecting them to come back next year.
  • This summer, OIP hosted two high school groups with one being Takeda High School from Hiroshima, Japan and the other one being Taizhou High School from ZheJiang, China with the latter being our first short term group from China with 28 students, four chaperones and the principal of the school. 

Visiting students from Takeda High School, Hiroshima, Japan and Taizhou High School from ZheJiang, China

  • This Fall, OIP is presenting the International Education Week in November 2017. They are recruiting faculty and staff to participate, so for more information email Hannah Lee at
  • OIP wants to begin recruiting for the summer programs early so that students have time to prepare for scholarship opportunities. There will be a Study Abroad program in French language and culture to Montreal, Canada; other study abroad programs are planned for Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan in Summer 2018. If any faculty and staff are interested in sharing the study abroad opportunities to their students, contact Hannah Lee at

Thank you to all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kathryn Fujioka-ImaiJennie ThompsonJim West, and Wes Teraoka, and the program coordinators Roger KwokBobbie MartelEunice Leung BrekkeTracie Ku‘uipo LoschBlanca PoloAulii SilvaEric MatsuokaJenny WatadaMichelle IgarashiJennifer WhartonHannah Lee, and all the faculty, lecturers, and staff for their great work and commitment to student success.

Have a Great Semester!

James Goodman