Dean of Arts & Sciences Fall 2018 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Convocation Remarks for Fall 2018

Welcome back to the Fall 2018 semester!  Below are a few highlights from the instructional divisions of Arts & Sciences as well as from the Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa, and the Office of International Programs

The Information & Computer Science (ICS) program just completed their 4-year TAACCCT IV grant that focused on developing information security certificates.  The student-to-student computer help center, called the HUB, was also developed during that time and will continue under the supervision of the ICS faculty. 

INBRE students

2018’s INBRE students with M&S Division Chair Jennie Thompson, Helmut Kae, and Kabi Neupane

Kabi Neupane and Helmut Kae worked with 13 Leeward CC students in this summer’s INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) program culminating in the 5th Annual Leeward CC Undergraduate Student Research Symposium on August 14th.  With the goal of fostering underrepresented minorities and females in the engineering field, PEEC II Summer Bridge Programs have served students from across the UH system and on August 11th our campus hosted the annual PEEC II Symposium, O Ke Kahua Mamua, Mahope Ke Kūkulu.

In math, the success of co-requisite Emporium courses have led to MATH 78/115 being offered as an Emporium learning community.  Our English faculty met with DOE teachers and administrators for alignment conversations in P-20's 2018 English Language Arts Summit. ENG 100/22 ALP instructors also participated in a two-day workshop in May, led by special guest Peter Adams, the originator of the ALP.  The two-level below college level ENG 24 is undergoing redesign to increase student success; the new experimental course, ENG 98B, will be offered this fall.

ALP faculty

ALP faculty with Peter Adams 
From left to right: Meredith Lee, Danny Wyatt, Eileen Cain, Ann Inoshita, Michelle Igarashi, Brandi Reyes, Peter Adams, Jeremiah Boydstun, San Albers, Melanie Van der Tuin, Cara Chang, Frances Won, Tasha Williams, and Lani Uyeno.

To better reflect the statewide workforce needs for para-educators in the DOE, the AAT degree was approved by the BOR to be re-designated as an AST (Associate in Science in Teaching) degree last May, to be effective this fall.  In addressing the critical teacher shortage in special education (SPED) on the Leeward Coast, a pilot program for the Nanakuli complex area will begin this fall, focusing on para-educators who want to become licensed SPED teachers.  Currently 53 students are enrolled for classes at Nanakuli Elementary School and will later be enrolled in a 3+1 degree program to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Leeward CC’s Advanced Professional Certificate of Competence in Special Education was approved by the Hawai`i Teacher Standards Board as a State Approved Teacher Education Program for an alternative pathway leading to teacher licensure for Special Education (K-12). 

Under the direction of Peter Frary, Oahu’s premiere guitar orchestra The Leeward Coast Guitars performed a concert to a sold-out house on April 22nd.  Take a listen to two of their sets at and .

Peter Frary and The Leeward Coast Guitars

Peter Frary with The Leeward Coast Guitars

Also, this past April, the Theatre 260 class performed “The Merchant of Venice” as part of the Semester of Shakespeare.  This coming fall, the Theatre program will start their season with “Freak Show, their annual burlesque fundraiser for the theatre from August 30th to September 8th, then from November 2nd to the 17th Lee Cataluna’s “Folks You Meet in Longs” will be performed. 

Performance of The Merchant of Venice

A scene from last April’s performance of The Merchant of Venice

Special congratulations to the Leeward Theatre program’s numerous Poʻokela Awards on August 6th from the Hawai‘i State Theatre Council, for their production of last year’s “She Kills Monsters.”  Among the awards: Best Overall Production of a Play, Betty Burdick for Director of a Play, and Mike Harada for Mask Design.  Scenes from that play can be found in the Spring 2018 remarks.

From Aulii Silva and the Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa, 23 Ke Ala ʻIke scholars from the Pearl City and Waiʻanae Moku (LeeCCWM) campuses graduated this past spring with 18 of them earning their AA in Liberal Arts, 5 in Hawaiian Studies, 5 with CTE degrees, 3 in AAT, and 2 in ASNS. 

Ke Ala ʻIke scholars

The 2018 Class of Ke Ala ʻIke scholars with LeeCCWM Counselor Christopher "Poki" Pokipala

By the summer of 2018, the Ho‘oulu Project placed 16 Native Hawaiian students in such fields as CTE, Business, and STEM in 27 internships, accumulating over 3,000 internship hours.  Many thanks to the Ho‘oulu Coordinator Kimi Makaiau and to the Fiscal Specialist Doug Knight for all that they did for and with our students, as well as to Alu Like for their support and assistance with this program over the years.

Hooulu Students

Ho‘oulu students with Kimi Makaiau and Doug Knight

The Office of International Programs will be presenting the International Education Week in November and is recruiting faculty and staff to participate, so for more information please email Hannah Lee at .

and…this convocation is the 10th year anniversary of the unveiling and dedication of the Kuʻu ʻĀina mosaic over the central circular staircase.  Created by former Leeward student  Debra Koʻōnohiʻokalā Gregory over a 10-month period, her description of what the mosaic depicts was put into verse by Momi Kamahele and translated into Hawaiian by then Hawaiian Language teacher Kehaulani Pu’u, with both texts committed to bronze plaques and unveiled with the mosaic on August 19th, 2008.  Here are a few photos and stories on the mosaic:

Mosaic 1

Debra composed the mosaic in sections at her home studio, then professional tile-setters installed the panels.

Mosaic 2

The dedication of the Kuʻu ʻĀina mosaic took place right after the Fall 2008 Convocation.


Mosaic 3

Momi Kamahele unveils the bronze plaque with the artist Debra Gregory
(Momi was once one of Debra’s instructors).

Mosaic 4

The mosaic is a tree-top view of the area around Leeward Community College
and is composed of 3/4" and 3/8” glass and porcelain mosaic tiles.


Mosaic 5

A depiction of the Wai‘anae mountain range faces west and a third around the mosaic, the heavier cloud cover occurs in the eastern direction of the Ko‘olau mountain range of the windward side.


Mosaic 6

Indigenous trees and plants populate the landscape and prominence is given to the kukui nut tree and the 'Io (hawk).  The kukui nut tree symbolizes enlightenment and knowledge as the oil from the nuts were once used to make lamp oil.  The kukui nut tree is also shown in four stages of development to represent the growth of knowledge within the individual.  In the center, the 'Io represents the freedom and independence a person may achieve through the gaining and application of knowledge.

All in all, working with Debra on the Kuʻu ʻĀina mosaic project was a memorable and enjoyable experience.  She really appreciated all the support that she received from our faculty and staff during that period, as do I.  Many thanks to those who aided this project with their talents, knowledge, and their good wishes. 

So to conclude this special edition of this term’s online convocation remarks, thank you to all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, Jennie Thompson, Jim West, and Wes Teraoka, and the program coordinators Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, Michelle Igarashi, Jennifer Wharton, Roger Kwok, Blanca Polo, Bobbie Martel, Tracie Ku‘uipo Losch, Aulii Silva, Kimi Makaiau, Eunice Leung Brekke, Hannah Lee, and all the faculty and staff for their great work and commitment to student success.

Have a Great Semester!

James Goodman