Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Spring 2013 Convocation Remarks
Convocation Remarks, Spring 2013
James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Welcome back everyone to a new year and new opportunities; opportunities made possible by the achievements of the past. During the fall of 2012, among the activities of Arts & Sciences were the following:
The Interstate Passport Initiative
Early last year UHCC Associate VP Peter Quigley invited our campus to participate with UHWO as pilot campuses in WICHE’s Interstate Passport Initiative or IPI (http://www.wiche.edu/passport ). Along with a number of 2 and 4-year colleges in California, Utah, Oregon, and North Dakota, the goal is to align the SLO's of courses within each campus' General Education Core. Once achieved, this will allow the some 27% of all college students who transfer across state lines to transfer the whole block of their Gen Ed core, facilitating student transfer and saving receiving institutions time and money processing transfers from IPI colleges. With the UHWO representatives UHWO Gen Ed Chair Julia Myers and former Faculty Senate Chair Sharon Cox, Michael Lane and I traveled to WICHE headquarters in Boulder Colorado last October to meet with the reps from other IPI colleges to discuss first steps. Focusing on the outcomes for Oral Communication, Written Communication and Quantitative Literacy/Reasoning, basically our ENG 100, Speech 151, and Math 100, we are now working with the content experts to find commonalities in outcomes. Though this is a work in progress, thanks to all who have worked on this so far, Vice-Chancellor Mike Pecsok, Paul Lococo, Michael Lane, Kay Caldwell, Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, Carleen Yokotake, Susan Wood, Jennie Thompson, and Eric Matsuoka.
Arts & Humanities
With the new AA in Hawaiian Studies (HWST) Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch has been serving as its first program coordinator. The AA in HWST is the first multi-campus degree of its kind with 7 participating colleges (LeeCC, KapCC, HonCC, KauCC, WinCC, HawCC, and UH Maui College). To ensure a truly seamless degree, representatives from each of the participating colleges have been working on common course descriptions, designations, and SLOs for each of the core required courses for the degree (HWST 107, HWST 270, HAW 101 and HAW 102). At the same time, they are pursuing articulation with the other 3 colleges in the UH system. In addition to working on the 3rd edition of the textbook for the popular course HWST 107 (Hawaiʻi in the Center of the Pacific), the HWST faculty looks forward to working with Pat Kamalani Hurley on the new college blog, Pupu A 'O 'Ewa Native Hawaiian Arts and Literary Journal
Highlights of the performing and visual arts in the Fall were:
- With an original music score by John Signor, Betty Burdick directed Alice in Wonderland on the main stage at the Leeward Theatre featuring a cast of 35-- mostly current Leeward CC students.
- Leeward CC Guitar Concert by Peter Frary and the Frary Guitar Duo on November 18th featuring Haydn, Vivaldi, Machado.
- A sold-out performance on November 24th for Andria Tupola and the Leeward CC Chorus’ The Roots and Rhythms of Africa ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgKOlAx4UFU ).
- To the delight of 500 screaming admirers, the best of Leeward’s performing art classes performed at the Dance, Drama, Music Blast Pau Hana on November 30th.
- Dedication of the Peace Bench on Dec 6th, with walkway tiles completed by the Art 243 ceramic students (below left).
- Alan Leitner’s Untitled #4 (below right) was included in the exhibition, Hawai‘i Abstraction: Works from the Collection at the Honolulu Museum of Art, from Oct. 4 – Jan. 20
- In Spring 2013, Drama 260 will produce Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the Lab Theatre as part of Literature and Drama’s Semester of Shakespeare.
From the Math & Sciences Division, we wish a happy retirement and “job well done” to long-time biology professor and Math & Sciences division chair Janice Ito. Replacing her as chair will be Jennie Thompson. Another retirement is engineering professor Ron Flegal, who reported that one of his former engineering students, Andy "Zombie" Morishita, was named the “Outstanding Graduating Senior” in Electrical Engineering at UH Mānoa’s College of Engineering in November. When announcing this news to his former Leeward professor in an email, his concluding words were "... :D LCC represent!..." Andy is currently working on a conference paper to publish on research he has been doing on tunable liquid metal antennas and on their Nanosatellite set to launch in July of next year.