Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Spring 2012 Update

Spring 2012 Update from the Dean of Arts & Sciences: 

From the divisions and programs that are under Arts & Sciences, the following events and achievements occurred during the Fall of 2011:

Arts & Humanities    
In concert with other UHCC’s, the faculty of the Hawaiian Studies program will be proposing an A.A. in Hawaiian Studies degree with the goal of its effective date Fall 2012.

Co-sponsored by Te Taki Tokelau Inc. and the Arts and Humanities Division, new History instructor Betty Ickes organized a Community Meeting in the Uluwehi Café on December 14th with the Tokelau Head of State, Ulu o Tokelau Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa and the Faipule (elected representatives) of Tokelau to discuss new developments in issues facing Tokelau, including climate change, energy sustainability, and the perpetuation of the language and culture in the diaspora.

Peter Frary, Professor of Music, directed the Leeward CC Guitar Ensemble in a feature concert in the Leeward Community College Theater on November 20, 2011.  Works performed included Haydn's Symphony No. 1, Joplin's Elite Syncopations and Entertainer, Renaissance Dances by Praetorious, and others.  Members of the UH Guitar Program were featured as soloists.

Leeward CC Guitars Spring 2011

Andria Tupola, new lecturer in music, was hired a month before the fall semester to replace Marilyn Kim who retired after many years of dedicated effort in building up the choral program at Leeward CC.  Despite time constraints, Andria decided to continue the tradition of holding a fall choral concert, Beats of the Season, was scheduled for November 27, 2011 at the Leeward Community College Theater.  The concert was a huge success filled with beautiful harmonies, drumming, dancing, and a wide array of music.  The Leeward Community College Chorus performed songs in Hawaiian, Rarotongan, African, Jamaican, Japanese, and genres of English music.  Kapolei High School, Waipahu High School, Makalapa Elementary, Hawaiian Ensemble for Hula & Oli from Leeward CC, Pacific Division Club from Leeward CC & UH West Oahu, the Cook Island Association, and others were all guest participants in the festivities.  The show was very collaborative, educational, and entertaining.  The night ended with Kapolei High School, Waipahu High School, Makalapa Elementary & Leeward Community College Chorus on stage signing & dancing to Feliz Navidad.  Click onto the below YouTube links to see a few video excerpts taken from that concert.

Performed as a collaborative effort by Leeward Community College Chorus & Kapolei High School.  Directed by Justin Kaupu, Kapolei High School Music Instructor.

Performed by Leeward Community College & The Cook Island Association, directed by Andria Tupola.

Performed by the men of Leeward Community College, directed by Andria Tupola.

Their next concert will be on May 2, 2012 at the Leeward Community College Theater.

Between November 11th – 19th students and former students performed “Oedipus the King,” directed by Betty Burdick, on the main stage at Leeward Theater.  Placed in a slightly futuristic New York City, Oedipus was depicted as a modern CEO and the chorus, a board of directors.  John Signor, Instructor in Music, composed and performed incidental music for the play.

Leeward Theatre performance

In November, an ensemble of Japanese-Dutch musicians performed “Lahaina Jodo-in no Goeika” in Haarlem, the Netherlands; was composed by John Signor at the Conservatory of Amsterdam's Atlas Academy 2011, proceeds from that concert benefited recent victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier this year.

On December 2nd, Momi Kamahele, Stephanie Palombo, John Signor, and Betty Burdick produced the Fall 2011 “Pau Hana Dance-Drama-Music Blast,” which featured over 130 students performing to a packed house.  With lighting and sound by Don Ranney and his skilled students in theatre/drama/stagecraft class.  Over 21 Hawaiian dance students opened the performance, 36 students from the Modern dance classes performed their own original choreographed works, 15 drama students did 8 monologues, 1 scene, 1 lip sync, and 90 students from the Music 107 courses filled the stage.

Alan Leitner work was featured in the "Redrawn" group exhibit at Temple Emanu-El in September; he was also an invited artist in "Miniatures" Kapi‘olani CC’s Koa Gallery, which ran from November - December 2011.

Shigeru Miyamoto was invited to participate in "Priori-Tea: an Exhibition of Teapots and Mokuhanga Prints" at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa, in a group show "Thirst" at the Academy Art Center at Linekona.  Shigeru entered and was accepted into the Hawaii Craftsmen's 44th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Art, where he received two purchase awards from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.


Social Sciences
In response to data provided to faculty on how poorly underprepared students did in their classes (as low as 23% success compared to an average of 85% for prepared students), the Sociology discipline modified their courses to require ENG 22; the Psychology discipline will investigate similar measures this semester.

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) program continues to serve their 400 students with these accomplishments:

  • Education Summit

The Associate of Arts in Teaching Program hosted their 4th Annual Education Summit on November 17th.  The evening of professional development for students from the AAT program, UH Manoa, UH West Oahu and Chaminade University, began with an inspirational presentation by Stacie Kunihisa, principal of Pohakea Elementary School located in Ewa Beach.  Following the keynote speaker, Summit attendees participated in workshops to expand their knowledge base, such as; “Raising Awareness For Dyslexia”, “Teaching ESL in the Mainstream”, “Math Magic”, “Crede Methods”, “Resources for the 21st Century” and “What’s A Safe Zone?”

  • Distance Education

The AAT team has completed a 2-year process of redesigning all on-line courses to ensure a consistency for on-line delivery.  Using Google sites, our program came together to agree on some common tools and course design that could be used to remove the barrier of online course design from student success.  With the support of EMC, the AAT program faculty, Div. Chair Wes Teraoka, Perkin’s funding, and the administration, Michael Cawdery and Brent Hirata were able to lead this project mission to increase quality of student experiences and success in distance education.  This project was presented locally at the world E-Learn Conference, and has been accepted for presentation at both NACCTEP and INNOVATIONS in Philadelphia, PA. in Spring, 2012.

  • Alternative Certification for CTE Licensure

The review process is nearly complete for the AAT program to be recognized by Hawaii Teacher Standards Board as a State Approved Teacher Education program (SATEP) for an Alternative Certification for CTE Licensure.  Candidates entering the licensure route will follow one of two tracks based on academic degree attainment.  Track I candidates entering with a baccalaureate degree will complete coursework leading to a standard license in a CTE content field.  Track II candidates who enter with an Associate degree and a minimum of three years of industry experience will complete coursework leading to a standard restricted license in CTE.  Both tracks will prepare candidates who seek licensure for employment in the Department of Education (DOE).  Presently, no public or private college in the State is providing a licensure program for Career and Technical (CTE) teachers who are employed or wish to be employed by the DOE.  In response to the request by the Hawaii State Department of Education, this accelerated program has been created that will accommodate the work schedule of full-time employees and allow candidates to complete the requirements for licensure in the shortest time possible through a program of study that will provide a sound foundation of educational pedagogy necessary to become effective practitioners in classrooms at the secondary level.

  • Teacher Academy Day

January 6, 2012, the AAT program will host nearly 200 students from the Teacher Academies at the following high schools: Kapolei, Campbell, Pearl City, Waipahu, Kamehameha, and Farrington.  These future teachers will experience a day in the life of a Leeward Community College AAT major through workshops, a campus tour, and a luncheon enhanced by the entertainment of current AAT students.  Opportunities to network with Leeward CC Future Teacher Club members will allow high school students to envision their success in college.

  • Elementary Science Olympiad

Under the direction of Kaleʻa Silva and Jeff Judd, the AAT team will host the first annual Elementary Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 14, 2012 as an addition to the Ka Mole o Na Pua Festival.  The Science Olympiad pairs nicely with Ka Mole o Na Pua as it will foster sustainability through science exploration among students of Leeward elementary schools.  The school teams will compete in several science exploration events that incorporate physics, chemistry, biology and other facets of science curriculum. 

  • Future Teachers Club

Throughout the semester our campus’ largest student club has been active in supporting students’ personal, social, and professional development.  We have provided support for the campus, completed a clean up day at a partner school Manana Elementary, raised over $300 dollars worth of supplies for Wai‘anae coast schools, and provided Praxis Preparation workshops to over 25 students from across the system.  We could not do this without your support. We would like to acknowledge Will Akama, Grant Okamura, Mike Lee, Meredith Lee, and Laurie Kuribayashi for all of their help.

Language Arts
The Language Arts Writing Discipline had a busy semester with curriculum development, including revising the program learning outcomes for the ASC in Writing and revising the student learning outcomes for ENG 204: Introduction to Creative Writing.  Additionally, the Writing Discipline, led by Wendy Miyake, also created and had approved ENG 212: Screenwriting Workshop, to be offered in Fall 2012.  This course completes the trio of single-genre courses offered in creative writing to complement the three genres introduced to students in ENG 204: Introduction to Creative Writing.
Writing Discipline members have been busy outside the college, as Associate Professor Juliet Lee read with three other poets from Hawai‘i at HPU.  They read from their "linked" poetry book called, No Choice to Follow.  They also read from another linked poetry project that they are doing on line, which is on the controversial Massie Case that continues to resonate in Hawaii's culture.

Assistant Professor Melanie Van der Tuin read her poetry at a poetry reading at The Tea Farm in October. She also is helping organize the Oʻahu awards ceremony in April 2012 for the 13th  Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Contest that honors children for their award-winning poems on peace, which they will read at the ceremony.  (This statewide project is always looking for volunteers!)

This Fall, Leeward was awarded $55,944 in Developmental Education Innovation Project support monies to develop a writing lab in BE 227.  Access to software programs and monitoring of student acclimation and use will allow the DevEd English program to experiment with pilot courses to accelerate student progress through remedial and developmental levels by customizing and individualizing grammar instruction. 

Six sections of ALP English, which combines ENG 22 with 100 students in one semester by including supplemental instruction, were taught by four Language Arts faculty members.  In the Spring, eight sections will be offered, as well as eight week modules of ENG 22 and ENG 100 where the same cohort proceeds from the developmental to the transfer level in one semester taught by the same instructor ( ).  A new course, ENG 24, combining two levels (12 credits) of developmental reading and writing instruction into a 6-credit format was approved by the Faculty Senate and will be offered in Fall 2012.  In Leeward CC Waiʻanae three Learning Communities in Developmental Education were offered in Fall 2011: ENG 18/ENG 19/IS 100; ENG 21/ENG 22/LSK 110; and ENG 21/BIOL 100.  They will also be offered in Spring 2012.

Math & Sciences
Presented by Chancellor Cabral, with testimony by Mike Reese, Leeward’s AS in Natural Sciences (AS-NS) with three concentrations in Biological Science, Physical Science, or Engineering was approved by the Board of Regents on November 30th.  Thanks to all of the M&S faculty, counselors, other faculty and staff that helped in the formation and review of the proposal.  Special thanks to Mike Reese who shepherded the degree proposal from its beginnings to its approval.  In December, Mike was appointed our first STEM Coordinator by M&S division Chair Janice Ito.  The STEM coordinator will be responsible for working with the M&S faculty and other campus areas in the support of students in the AS-NS program.  One of the responsibilities of that position will be to coordinate the efforts of select M&S faculty to develop grant applications which, thanks to the work of our new grants manager Jon Caffery, there are some very specific opportunities that will be pursued in the next semester.

The Information and Computer Science (ICS) program’s faculty have been busy restructuring their AS degree in order to better transfer to UH Mānoa and to serve industry needs.  The program will be offering new specializations in Mobile Development (developing apps for different platforms), Information Security (safeguarding digital information), as well as revitalizing the Networking Support specialty to include the basics of networking security.  The AS Program core has also changed to include an Ethics course, among other things in order to better round out our students’ education.  In the near future, the ICS program will add a Software Development specialty tailored for students that want to pursue a BS or BA degree in Computer Science.

The ICS program has also been working closely with the military and has awarded over 30 certificates to military students alone.  The department has just finalized an agreement to provide Leeward CC’s ICS students with the possibility of internships within the armed forces.  Currently the ICS program is setting up an agreement with UH Mānoa’s Computer Science program to provide a smooth transfer path for our military students with our AS in ICS.

A full implementation of the Emporium-redesigned Math 9, Math 18 and Math 82 began in Fall 2011 in the emporium classroom MS-211.  The course design allows and encourages acceleration.  Many students took advantage of this opportunity as more than 130 students had completed their course and discussed their progress and options with Developmental Math Counselor Tiana Cho prior to Thanksgiving.  In the Fall, a one-credit Math Study Skills class (Math 16) was introduced to help students succeed in their math classes and this course will continue to be offered in Spring 2012. 

Assessment results indicate that students from the emporium redesigned Math 82 who enrolled in Math 100 or Math 115 passed at a comparable rate to those in a lecture class.  Those enrolled in Math 103 had a lower retention rate than those in the lecture classes.  Action plans to improve student learning and success are ongoing as data will be continually collected and analyzed.  One action plan included development of a learning-centered, mastery-based Math 103 course to supplement and eventually replace the current performance-on-demand lecture model.

Eric Matsuoka, Donnabelle Pascual, Jiajia Seffrood, and Jennie Thompson developed a pilot program for Math 103 in the emporium, redesigned format.  Three sections of the redesigned course were offered in Summer 2011, seven sections were offered in Fall 2011 and eight sections will be offered in Spring 2012.  In addition, a part-of-term Emporium redesigned section of Math 103 was offered in Fall 2011 and is planned each semester to afford developmental math students who complete Math 82 early in the semester the opportunity to complete the AA degree’s FS core requirement in the same semester.  In Fall 2011, 30 students completed Math 82 prior to mid-semester and 12 of them enrolled in a part-of-term Math 103 section taught by Donnabelle Pascual.  This acceleration opportunity for students is a direct result of the collaborative planning activities and tireless efforts of counselors, the financial aid office, and instructional faculty.  In Leeward CC Waiʻanae the number of Math 18 & Math 82 sections will be increasing from 11 in Fall 2011 to 13 in Spring 2012.  This has been made possible with the expansion to the first floor and the addition of a larger Math Lab/classroom.

Leeward CC Waianae

Math 140x was introduced in Spring 2011 in the redesigned Emporium format to meet the needs of students who wanted to accelerate the time in which they need to reach a calculus course.  Instead of two semesters of pre-calculus Math 135 and Math 140, students who do very well in Math 103 can take Math 140x and qualify for calculus a semester sooner.  The redesigned pilot sections have shown promising preliminary results.  For Spring 2011 there were 13 students in the redesigned Math 140x accelerated pre-calculus class.  The success rate for this class was 92.3% passing with a grade of C or better.  The success rate for the three sections of Math 103 in Summer 2011 offered in the emporium-redesigned format was 76.5% passing with a grade or C or better.

The learner centered emporium-redesigned format will continue to be offered for Math 103 and Math 140X.  Math 140X is not intended to be offered in the lecture format and around half of the Math 103 sections are planned for the emporium-redesigned format.   Possible future changes are to have a full implementation of this method if the pilot from Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 proves to be successful.  There has been a marked increase in demand for Math 103 so a planned increasing the number of sections and seats will boost the number of Associate of Science in Natural Sciences majors.

Additional resources are needed to replace the lecture format with a learner-centered Emporium-redesign.  This format provides access to both technology and real-time, on demand assistance for students as they are doing their course work by the instructor and a student helper.  The pilot for this started in Summer 2011 and will continue to Spring 2012 while campus and system funding for full implementation is being sought. 

To facilitate full implementation, the major component is the conversion of BS-204 into an Emporium Classroom.  This requires an upgrade to the room’s electrical connections for the existing computer notebooks to run on an AC electrical current.  This addition of wireless access points will facilitate uninterrupted Internet connectivity.  Furniture will be purchased that will be laid out to promote collaboration and an interactive learning environment.  A system Achieving the Dream funding proposal was submitted to make these changes in BS-204.  If this proposal is not fully funded, campus funding will be needed to assure success of this emporium style method.  This includes the funding of student assistance in the Math 103 classroom to increase contact with the instructor or student assistant to readily provide assistance to students as they are doing their course work. 

Eric Matsuoka and Jennie Thompson presented a poster session on “Using Redesign to Accelerate Students Through Courses into Calculus” at the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Annual Conference in Austin, TX in November, 2011.

The Pacific Island Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (PIMATYC) had four officers from our college on its executive board for 2010-2011.  The officers were President Troy Seffrood, President-Elect Eric Matsuoka, Secretary Jenny Watada, and Treasurer Celeste Tanabe.  Catherine Walker was the Newsletter Editor.  PIMATYC members are math faculty from all seven community colleges in the UH system and other colleges/universities in our state.

Donnabelle Pascual, Jiajia Seffrood, Eric Matsuoka and Jennie Thompson presented a session on “Using Redesign to Accelerate the Course Sequence at Leeward CC” at the PIMATYC Fall Conference in October 2011.

Campus Developmental Education Peer Support
The Developmental Education (DevEd) Math and English initiatives that were described above are supported by a number of faculty and staff within those divisions, discipline and program coordinators, their respective division chairs, DevEd program counselors, and the work of the Math Lab under Jim Ogg and the Writing Center under Laurie Kuribayashi. 

During the Fall of 2011 both the Math Lab and the Writing Center saw an increase in student use of peer support as compared to Fall 2010.  Comparison of Fall 2010 to 2011 shows the Math Lab’s total contacts increased by 63%, tutoring contacts increased by 88%, tutoring time increased by 5%, and exam proctoring increased by 391%.  The Writing Center session count increased by about 400 sessions, up from 953 sessions in Fall 2010 to over 1350 sessions in Fall 2011. The writing consultants also provided direct curriculum support with over 60 in-class workshops in Fall 2011.  The Writing Center’s in-class workshop service and its implications for expansion of peer support’s services in the classroom were featured in Laurie Kuribayashi’s presentation at the National Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing, held in Florida in November 2011.  In December 2011, two of the writing consultants, Stephanie Brub and Carissa Nakamura, had their proposal, “Boundaries and Authority,” accepted for presentation in February 2012 at the “Writing Centers in the 2-Year College: A Free On-line Talk-Time Conference” sponsored by the International Writing Association.      

UHCC Developmental Education
In collaboration with Professor Kristine Korey-Smith from Kapiolani CC and Interim Dean Ellen Ishida-Babineau from Windward CC, and with the support of Chancellor Manny Cabral, in August 2011, Laurie Kuribayashi applied for UHCC system funds for a UHCC conference focused on acceleration options in developmental education.  The Accelerated Learning Conference, held at Windward CC in October 2011, was attended by 80 faculty and administrators from all of the UH community colleges and featured nationally recognized experts in curriculum redesign and transformation--Professor Katie Hern, Professor Myra Snell, Professor Elaine Baker, and Provost Tristan Denley.  Materials from the conference are available at

Congratulations to Laurie Kuribayashi as she will be chairing the UHCC system-wide Developmental Education Committee in January 2012.   

Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa (Native Hawaiian Student Support Center)
In Fall 2011, the Hālau faculty and staff hosted three Distinguished Cultural Speaker Series events: Esther Kiaʻāina, former Lead Advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs shared, “Nation Building: What Federal Recognition Means for Native Hawaiians” at both Pearl City and Wai‘anae campuses while Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson concluded the 2011 year with the inspirational, “Moʻolelo of Hōkūleʻa.” 
Continuing in partnership with Kapolei’s Mālama Learning Center, the Native Hawaiian Student Support Coordinator Aulii Silva helped to develop three new Hawai‘i Green Collar Institutes (HGCI.)  Fall Intercession Institute (sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Winter Break Marine Careers Institute (sponsored by U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration) and an Independent Study course (IS 299) called “Exploring ‘Green’ Careers in Hawai‘i” (sponsored by the State Department of Business Development, Economic, and Tourism.)  Though the formats are varied, the common objective of HGCI is to involve Leeward Oʻahu's students and educators in their exploration of Hawaii’s “green” career opportunities.  
As the Spring 2012 HGCI opportunity is an Independent Study, your students can still register for this tuition-paid course.  Please have them contact Aulii Silva (455-0555) as soon as possible for assistance. 
The Hālau staff has continued to employ strategic enrollment management strategies to recruit, retain, graduate, and transfer the College’s Native Hawaiian students.  Since Summer 2011, the Halau staff has shared its programs with 625 prospective students and guests, via campus tours and outreach activities.  As of Dec. 5, 2011, the Office of Admissions data tells us that we will welcome 187 new Native Hawaiian students.  Later this month, the Hālau staff will notify all Native Hawaiian students who have 40+ credits of their graduation opportunities, both in terms of academic credential earning and Ke Ala ‘Ike Program privileges. 

Finally, to identify, support, and increase the number of Native Hawaiian S.T.E.M. degree graduates and transfers, the Hālau staff used grants from UHM’s College of Engineering and Kapi‘olani CC to launch “Hālau ‘Ike S.T.E.M. Peer Mentors” program.  The Hālau is proud to introduce the program with 10 S.T.E.M. mentors, each of whom are Native Hawaiian, pre-engineering majors, who have earned a minimum of 3.0 in Math 205 or higher.  Their main responsibility is to provide math and science tutoring in the Hālau, so please feel free to refer your students to these highly motivated and talented peer mentors. 

Achieving the Dream (ATD)
Through the work of the Vice Chancellor’s Student Success Committee, the College is driving significant improvements to student achievement among students overall, and in particular, closing the gaps that have endured among our Native Hawaiian students.  This past Fall, the College received feedback about our progress from both ATD Senior Vice President Carol Lincoln and the UHCC System ATD Coach Dr. Bernadine Fong.  Both ATD leaders were impressed with our progress thus far with commitment to student success, broad campus engagement, effective use of data in decision making, and increasing Hawaiian student enrollment.   They acknowledged how hard we’ve worked to make the progress we’ve seen thus far and encouraged us to continue to engage more colleagues in student success work, to use evaluation methods to maintain and improve programs & curricula, and develop “Gatekeeper” course strategies. 

To enrich our faculty and staff’s ability to achieve our ATD objectives, the UHCC System and ATD sponsors (Kamehameha Schools and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs) will send five delegates (Ann Berner, Lexer Chou, Pi‘ikea Hardy-Kahaleoʻumi, Therese Nakadomari, and Aulii Silva) to “DREAM: Achieving the Dream's 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success” in Dallas, TX at the end of February. 

On April 13 and 14, Leeward’s faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to attend and to offer presentations at the third annual “ATD Hawai‘i Strategy Institute (HSI).”  The UHCC System was the first among ATD colleges to launch a “homegrown” student success oriented conference modeled after the annual national meetings.  After attending last Spring’s HSI at Windward Community College, ATD’s President Dr. William Trueheart and Senior Vice President Carol Lincoln were so impressed with Hawai‘i’s commitment to student success that they not only took back the recommendation that other colleges start local strategy institutes, but they also invited our keynote speaker, Dr. Taupouri Tangaro, to keynote at this year’s national meeting. 

Hoʻoulu (Native Hawaiian Career & Technical Education Program)
The Hoʻoulu Project, has made some significant changes to its program structure in order to meet its goals and mission to support Leeward Community College's Native Hawaiian population currently enrolled into Leeward CC's CTE, STEM, and AAT programs.  Hoʻoulu's core value: “E Hoʻoulu Mai,” To be inspired, is the foundation in which the Hoʻoulu Project has built its new structure upon.  Through the careful planning of the Hoʻoulu Project's Coordinator, Paul Kalani Kaʻawa Flores, Jr., the Hoʻoulu Project Support staff and Peer Mentors have gone through several professional development workshops and training sessions to better understand their roles and responsibilities and how they impact the Project, College, and their learner participants. 

This year the Hoʻoulu Project will introduce a Digital Production Internship Program that will help to expose Leeward CC's T.V. Production and Digital Media students to gain specialized training and experience vital to what the Entertainment Industry refers to as Digital Production, “the process by which creative ideas and assets (video/images, text, and graphics) are translated into an array of digital media.”  To better serve this initiative, the Hoʻoulu Project has hired a new Academic Specialist, Samuel Keliʻinui “Kamu” Kapoi, to assist in the planning and implementation of the Digital Production Internship.  Kamu Kapoi received a Bachelors of Science degree in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles.  Previous to his employment with the Hoʻoulu Project, Kamu co-founded a multi-media company called Mākaha Studios in August of 2006 and served as Mākaha Studios' Executive Producer/Project Manager.  Since then, Kamu has negotiated over $2 million worth of contracted services from various companies in Japan and throughout the United States. Kamu has also performed freelance work for major companies like CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) and A&E (Arts & Entertainment Network.

Office of International Programs
The Office of International Programs has been developing some exciting partnerships abroad.  In China, we continue to build on developing relationships with high schools and institutions of higher education to recruit students, which has resulted in an increase in enrollments from China.  In Japan, Leeward will soon sign an articulation agreement with the Japan College of Foreign Languages for inbound students from Japan, as well as a 2 + 2 articulation with Josai International University for our outbound students from Leeward that wish to finish their B.A. in Japan.  In September, Becky George traveled to Norway and Sweden through a U.S. Dept. of State funded grant to work with Education USA offices in both countries to conduct outreach presentations to high school students and guidance counselors about higher education in the U.S. generally and about Leeward Community College specifically. 

This fall Becky George was invited to participate in the Community College Focus Group of the U.S.-Indonesia Joint Council on Higher Education Partnership, which was formed after President Obama’s visit to Indonesia last year and is funded by both governments with the goal of increasing the number of Indonesian students studying in the U.S.  As part of the working group Becky will travel to Indonesia in Spring 2012 to attend meetings and visit schools.  In addition, the Office of International Programs has been working with the Sampoerna Foundation in Jakarta to bring groups of students from their high schools to Leeward as a pathway to UHM.  Becky also currently serves as the Vice President for Standards of AAIEP (American Association of Intensive English Programs).

Steve Jacques and Yumiko Asai-Lim worked together on a proposal and were awarded a $ 90,600.00 grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to send 36 students and two faculty chaperones from two Japanese 202 classes to Japan over spring break in 2012!    
I would like to thank all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kay Caldwell, Janice Ito, Jim West, and Wes Teraoka, and the program coordinators Eric Matsuoka, Linda Currivan, Laurie Kuribayashi, Bobbie Martel, Aulii Silva, Paul Kalani Kaʻawa Flores Jr., Becky George, and all faculty and staff for their tireless work and commitment to student success.  In addition, thanks to the following faculty and coordinators who also contributed to this report:  Momi Kamahele, Betty Ickes, Peter Kun Frary, Andria Tupola, John Signor, Betty Burdick, Stephanie Palombo, Alan Leitner, Shigeru Miyamoto, Susan Wood, Jennie Thompson, and Laurie Lawrence.

To all faculty and staff, have a great semester!

James Goodman