Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences Fall 2019 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Convocation Remarks for Fall 2019

Welcome back to the fall 2019 semester!  Below are a few highlights from the instructional divisions of Arts & Sciences as well as from the Native Hawaiian Center at Puʻuloa and the Office of International Programs

First reported in spring 2013, our campus was invited to participate with UH-West O‘ahu as pilot campuses in WICHE’s Interstate Passport Initiative (IPI).  Designed to address the needs of the thousands of students who lose credits when they transfer, today there are more than 30 institutions across 14 states who have articulated their Gen ED based on outcomes rather than on specific courses or credits. 

More colleges are testing and piloting the IPI each year and since last summer other UH campuses are exploring the possibility of applying for membership.  Since last October, 836 Leeward CC students have earned their passport.  Special thanks to all those who have worked on this project over the years – Mike Pecsok, Michael Lane, Kay Caldwell, Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, Carleen Yokotake, Susan Wood, Jennie Thompson, Eric Matsuoka, Blake Hunrick, Kathleen Cabral, Michael Reese, Paul Lococo, Susan Lum, Jim West, Bruce Lindquist, William Albritton, I-Chia Shih, our STAR Database Team of Stu Uesato, Heather Takamatsu, Tiana Loo, Kalei Ruiz, Susan Lum, Janel Oshiro, and our registrar Grant Helgeson.

The Teacher Education Program was awarded 5 new positions to address the critical teacher shortage in Special Education (SPED) and Career and Technical Education (CTE).  Last year, the SPED and CTE teacher licensure programs produced almost 100 new licensed teachers where 95% of them are currently employed in Hawaii's public schools.  In addition, the SPED program and the Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE) have partnered to provide full-tuition coverage stipends for students seeking a SPED teaching license with the contingency that they will commit to three years as a SPED teacher in any HIDOE school after completion of the program.

This past spring, 9 Math & Science faculty members mentored 13 students that served as either undergraduate researchers or peer mentors to other students in the NSF funded Bridge-to-Baccalaureate: Strategic Transfer Alliance for Minority Participation (B2B-STAMP).  All B2B-STAMP students will be presenting at the National SACNAS conference in October.  Supported by B2B-STAMP and INBRE (Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) Kabi Neupane and Helmut Kae worked with 19 Leeward CC students during the summer on a diversity of projects, with the students presenting their findings at the 6th Annual Leeward CC Undergraduate Student Research Symposium on August 8th to an audience that included mentors from UH Mānoa, JABSOM, and industry.  Take a look at their new blog!

INBRE students with their faculty mentors Helmut Kae and Kabi Neupane

As part of the Kilo ʻĀina: Science of Place program, Kakkala Mohanan, Donn Viviani, and Anuschka Faucci guided 8 students in ʻāina-based research explorations around Puʻuloa last spring.  This student research program will continue throughout the upcoming school year.  For faculty and staff there are several learning journeys planned with the first one scheduled for Sept. 20 so stay tuned for more to come.

The Pre-Engineering Educational Collaborative or PEEC II had their third cohort of students complete our summer bridge program where they took a math course, engineering research course, and participated in professional development activities with Bryson Padasdao and Jennifer McFatridge.  The results of those research projects were showcased at the annual PEEC Symposium at UH Mānoa on August 10.  

Bryson Padasdao with PEEC II students aboard the Kamauheheu

More students are completing their college level math courses in a timely manner.  In the spring, 18% of the Math 75 (two-levels below 100) students completed both that course and their college-level math course in the same semester.  With Math 75 being deleted in favor of co-requisite learning communities this fall, students who previously needed to take Math 75 will be able to immediately register for a Math 100 (Survey of Mathematics), MATH 111 (Math for Elementary Teachers I), or MATH 115 (Introduction to Statistics and Probability) course that is paired with a corequisite College Math Companion course such as Math 78 or Math 78B. With curriculum designed by Reina Ojiri and Darci Francis, this allows all students to enroll in a non-STEM college-level math course in their first semester, regardless of their initial placement.

From Language Arts, 13 sections of English 100/22 (ALP) were offered in the spring including a hybrid and CTE options while the Transitional English Pathway of ENG 98B and ENG 22/ENG 100 completed the pilot year of its two-semester sequence, addressing the needs of students placing two levels below English 100.  The program saw great success with the integration of peer mentors and will continue with 4 sections of ENG 98B this fall.  

During this past summer the Office of International Programs hosted students from Takeda High School and Aichi University and next spring will be expecting students from Tohoku Bunkyo College, Aichi Junior College, and tourism majors from Josai International University. 

Even with a temporarily relocated Native Hawaiian Center at Puʻuloa, 10 Ke Ala ʻIke Scholars from the Pearl City and Waiʻanae Moku campuses were recognized in a special kīhei ceremony this past May just before commencement; nearly half also earned membership in honor societies such as Phi Theta Kappa. 

The 2019 Class of Ke Ala ʻIke Scholars

The FYE Lanakila and the Kahua Hoʻomau Ola (13th Year) programs continue to grow and provides a solid foundation for our entering freshman to be successful in their first year of college. 

Back in the newly renovated theatre, Betty Burdick directed Scenes from Much Ado About Nothing where 7 students played 16 characters and this coming fall Betty will be producing Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings, based on a few of the lesser known Grimm fairy tales on the main stage.

Scenes from Much Ado About Nothing directed byBetty Burdick

Also, from Arts & Humanities, Tanith Sasaki, a photography student of Wayne Muromoto, won a Photoshop World Student Scholarship Award which is the first time that a student from Leeward CC has won this award.

Ukulele Artist Taimane by Tanith Sasaki

… and design and construction funds have been secured for the renovation of the first floor of the AM building which will include an enlarged piano teaching lab, restroom upgrades, outdoor seating areas, and an exhibition space for the visual arts.  Work should commence by the end of the spring 2020 semester.

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, Michelle Igarashi, Brandi Reyes, Susan Waldman, Brad Ashburn, Michael Bauer, Jeff Judd, Tracie Ku‘uipo Losch, Momi Kamahele, 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