Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Spring 2014 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Spring 2014

Working with Della Anderson and Guy Nishimoto in the OPPA, Eunice Brekke and I met with the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kay Caldwell, Jim West, Wes Teraoka, and Jennie Thompson to discuss the first steps in creating a comprehensive AA program review, evaluation and assessment strategy. Two faculty representatives from each A & S division were proposed that would comprise the newly formed the AA Program Review Committee.

Promotional graphic for the Conflux art display Candid photo from the Conflux exhibit at the Foyer Gallery
From Arts & Humanities, Wayne Muromoto’s Art 207D (Intermediate Digital Photography) class displayed their photographs in the Foyer Gallery from November to December 16th. On December 20th the students from Alan Leitner’s painting classes had an opening reception. The exhibition will run until February 5th, so please stop by and see their work.


Last fall Betty Burdick directed the 18th century School for Scandal in contemporary dress with 25 students, former students, and community members; in the spring Theatre 262 Local Style Theatre will be producing Typeepee, a burlesque of Herman Melville’s Typee ( Kemuel DeMoville will be writing the script, updated to modern times with the protagonist a UHM student. Performance photo from School for Scandal performance
Betty Burdick’s Production of “School for Scandal”

As well as hosting the "Honolulu Show Blend Chorus” in September, the Leeward CC College Chorus hosted "Papana" the US Air Force Jazz Band-- singing a song with the group and receiving valuable feedback and master class workshops for the voice students. In November, Kapolei High School and Makalapa Elementary participated in the fall choral concert "Living in Harmony" at the Leeward Theatre. In October all voice and choir classes were able to attend Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of "Turandot" and plans are underway to to attend “Pagliacci” and "Carmina Burana in March. In Spring 2014, the chorus will participate in the Intercollegiate College Choral Festival held at BYUH and their Spring Concert on May 10th will be themed with music from the Pacific.

Group photo of students at a Turando performance
Students from voice and chorus classes at the Neil S. Blaisdell Concert Hall to see “Turnadot”

The Hawaiian Studies Program has started a lecture series, beginning with "Pathways to Hawaiian Self-Determination" which featured two speakers who addressed Hawaiian sovereignty and self-determination in different ways. Program faculty will be participating in the Hawaiʻi Strategy Institute and the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. The new Hawaiian Studies website can be found at and their Facebook page at

Since Summer 2013, the Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa has introduced nearly 1200 students and community members to the Hālau programs and services. Hālau Faculty and staff have participated in 6 mālama ʻāina activities with our Math & Sciences colleagues to inspire place-based science curricula and pedagogy. The most recent activity was assisting the Hawai‘i Nature Conservancy in their work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to remove mangrove infestation in the Waiawa Wetlands, directly behind Leeward Community College--creating a better habitat for the rare and endangered birds of the area ( ). To continue this work, 20 faculty members from Math & Sciences, Hawaiian language, and Hawaiian Studies instructors will spend Spring Break on Kahoʻolawe

Volunteers clear mangrove growth at the Waiawa Wetlands
Removing mangrove infestation in the Waiawa Wetlands

Group photo of volunteers at the Waiawa Wetlands.  Middle Loch in the background
Leeward CC Students and Faculty at the Waiawa Wetlands

Front: Four student volunteers, Auliʻi Silva with our hosts, Pauline Kawamata of the Hawai‘i Nature Center and Dave Ellis of the US Fish and Wildlife Service
Middle: Michael Reese, Heather McCafferty and Yawadee Srimake
Back: Student volunteer, William Albritton, Pi‘ikea Hardy-Kahaleoʻumi, Emily Uribe, Gregg Longanecker, Frank Stanton, and Nicola (Nicky) Davison

In Math & Sciences, MATH 243 (Calculus III) was offered as a web course for the first time in Fall 2013, while funding is being sought to develop a web-based MATH 244 (Calculus IV) (MATH 244); which were the last of the non-lab pre-engineering core courses to be offered via distance learning. Compared to last spring, the success rates of the two developmental math courses Math 18 and 82 have improved slightly in the fall (Math 18: 73.53%, Math 82: 56.67%) with proposed changes to improve student success in those courses being implemented in Fall 2014.

In Language Arts, the Writers' Guild celebrated their first anniversary and sponsored its first annual "Reader's Corner" with a poetry reading by Juliet Lee in the Student Lounge. In December, the Guild presented its first "Most Valuable Bard" awards to members Patrick Gallardo and Lance Morita with a commemorative plaque, which now resides in the Language Arts Division office. Pat Kamalani Hurley, who serves as the coordinator of Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Native Hawaiian Writing and Arts Achievement Awards invites all Leeward CC students to submit their original writings and arts of all kinds to the Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa Native Hawaiian Writing and Arts site. The site showcases the best in original works – mele, poetry, short stories, oral histories, essays, memoirs, art, photographs, videos, animation, class projects, ʻoli, hula, music with a unique Native Hawaiian focus from our campus and community. This venue provides a creative space for writers and artists that nurtures creativity, self-expression, and innovation. 

Graphic of the Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa Native Hawaiian Writing and Arts logo

Last November, the 5th Annual Speech Contest for Japanese and Spanish language was held in the Student Lounge. More than 300 students gathered at the Student Lounge to see 32 students compete for $1,200 in awards in the contest, sponsored by the Language Arts Division.  The winners were:
Japanese Division:
First place - Young Woo Chan
Second place - Lomina Reiher
First place - Alyssa Yomes-Takushi
Second place - Chayce Hieda

Spanish Division:
First place - Fevy Santiago
Second place - Robert Kuakini
First place - Daniella Ramos
Second place - Tiana Ramos

Award winners at the 5th Annual Speech Contest for Japanese and Spanish language

Ms. Laurin Kim received a full scholarship to study at The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai, Japan; she successfully completed the 6-week Autumn Course in 2013 and returned to Hawaii last month. This was a part of Japanese-Language Program for Partner University Students. In exchange, Leeward CC hosted ten student interns from Josai International University while one Leeward CC student is selected to study abroad. The Josai students practice teaching Japanese for two weeks under the supervision of the Japanese discipline. Laurin was the second student to have received this award and our campus is expecting the second group of Josai students to arrive in February 2014.

In DevEd English, 11 sections of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) were offered in the Fall. ALP instructors participated in an assessment of student writing that doubled the number of passing post-essays from pre-essays at the semester’s end. During the Fall 2013 semester, several faculty members encouraged their ALP students to make their writing public by participating in contests or publishing their writing. Students found this motivating. An ALP student received an honorable mention in the Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa contest with his essay entitled “The Future of Energy in Hawai'i.” Other ALP students submitted their research essays to Senator Maile Shimabukuro’s “Student Voices” blog; ALP faculty plan to continue to encourage students to submit their writing for publication.  

Fall 2013 was the start of the second year of the English 24 Accelerated Integrated Reading and Writing Developmental English Program. For Year 2 of the pilot, they have scaled up the program by offering 3 more sections of ENG 24 in each semester for a total of 10 sections in Fall 2013 and 8 sections in Spring 2014. Generation I ENG 24 instructors Meredith Lee, Kristi Ayers, and Jennifer Wharton have also provided training for faculty new to teaching ENG 24, increasing the teacher pool from 3 to 8 instructors.
Each semester the English 24 Team has conducted two assessments of in-class essays (a midterm and final exam). In Fall 2013, the midterm assessment showed a 53% pass rate. At roughly the midway point of the semester, more than half of the students in ENG 24 were already meeting the two Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) being assessed. For the final exam assessment of the same two SLOs, the pass rate was 73%. In addition, the English 24 Team has revised the course SLOs with the help of Jeff Judd (AAT). We anticipate submitting a course modification proposal in Fall 2014 that will reflect the development of the course in Years 1 and 2 of the program. For Year 2, the English 24 Team developed and piloted curriculum in two new themes: (1) Social Media and (2) the Working Poor. Both themes will undergo further development in Spring 2014. Sample reading, writing assignments, student work, as well as photos and video of class activities and student projects are available on their website: English 24 @ Leeward CC. They plan to update the website each semester.

Student and faculty support of the Writing Center services continued in Fall 2013: writing consultants worked with students in approximately 1,500 individual sessions and approximately 88 in-class workshops with students and faculty from every division on campus. They also continued to offering their newest service, Focused Workshops, which provides individual and group support in writing, reading, and success skills. With NSO support, they also expanded their COMPASS brush-up support to pilot COMPASS orientation workshops for students enrolling in credit courses in Spring 2014.  

View of the Education Building from the parking lot

From the Social Sciences Division, the Associate in Arts in Teaching (AAT) program will be offering their classes in the new Education Building, ‘Imi ‘Ike, this January ( ) with the AAT offices moving later this Spring. Among the other AAT highlights are:

Since their approval by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board in November 2011 as the State’s only Alternative Certification for CTE Licensure to fulfill a critical need for career and technical education teachers in secondary education settings, the program has grown from 2 to 22 students in 6 months. In May 2013, 2 CTE teachers were recommended and granted licensure through this program.

The development of a 16 credit Special/Inclusive Education Certificate that will help the AAT program expand their offerings of special education courses. This will better prepare para-educators (educational assistants) and meet the demands of working in inclusive classrooms (educating students receiving special education services in general education classrooms). The certificate will also support current teachers who desire to enhance their skills and teaching strategies for inclusive education. The certificate is an enhancement to the existing AAT program specifically for pre-service students intending to transfer into the dual preparation (special and general education) program at UH Mānoa.

AAT will continue to strengthen their relationships with the Teacher Academies at the high schools by providing support to those schools via recruitment fairs, partnerships in learning where our AAT students host special educational events for K-12 students (e.g., Science Olympiad, Amazing Race activity) and hosting the 6th Annual Teacher Academy Day happening in March 2014.

With the $2.5 million TAACCCT grant award, the AAT program was has as its objectives to enhance, expand, and accelerate. Projects to be completed under this grant include, but are not limited to:

  • AAT Highlighting Effective Teaching Strategies Video Project
  • Comprehensive AAT Website and Virtual Student Lounge
  • SPED Certificate
  • Ka Imi Ike AAT Annual Report
  • Continued development of Distance Education Courses
  • Comprehensive Assessment and Evaluation Database
  • Accelerated 18-month AAT Cohort

The Accelerated 18-month AAT Degree program in started in Fall 2013 with an inaugural cohort has 11 members, all pursuing their degree online with a graduation date of Fall 2014. The program offers stipend and laptop lending benefits as well as support from a dedicated. Support Specialist and peer mentors. The program’s success would not be possible without the partnership between the various divisions who have made their online general education course offerings available to this cohort. Special thanks to the Language Arts division for collaborating with AAT faculty in offering two online learning communities that link English and Speech courses with Education courses. A second cohort is scheduled to start this Spring 2014.

As part of the grant, a major project is the development of a Highlighting Effective Teaching Strategies Video Library mapped to professional standards and expectations in order to enhance teacher education academic and professional preparedness. Partnerships with the Department of Education are being established in order to film best practices in teaching, which will then serve as model instructional tools for AAT students and the professional development community. Also via the grant, a pilot project to launch an AAT virtual student lounge using Ning software is being explored. As the AAT online student population increases, the need for more online resources will increase. In response to that need, the AAT program will be creating a series of online AAT orientation modules for the various AAT student groups (e.g. accelerated, Alternative Certification, general AAT student population). (photos) (Amazing Race) (Teacher Academy Day video)

International student enrollment continues to climb through our Office of International Programs (OIP) to number 138. In November, the OIP assisted in organizing the most expansive International Education Week at the Leeward campus with nearly 20 different activities, performances, and presentations from around the world. In the spring a Global Ambassador Program will be inaugurated to welcome new international students, help them adjust to campus life, and to further internationalize the Leeward campus. This spring we will have students from a new partner school in Japan, Reitaku University, studying for one or two semesters and we may expect students in Fall 2014 from China now that our college has signed a new articulation agreement Dalian Neusoft University of Information.

As some of you know, Becky George left her position as OIP Coordinator at the end of October—her energy and vision was primarily responsible for the success and growth of the program. However, we are very fortunate to welcome Steve Jacques as the acting Coordinator who has been with the OIP for many years and tirelessly works to build upon what Becky started. Ask Steve about the details for these items:

  • Two full scholarships (tuition & accommodations) will be provided by our Study Abroad partner, the East China Normal University in Shanghai.
  • Two new study abroad programs will be offered in the summer, Art in Italy with Suzette Scotti and French language and culture in the South of France with Didier Langlare.

As we enter 2014, I would like to thank all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kay Caldwell, Jennie Thompson, Jim West, and Wes Teraoko, and the program coordinators Bobbie Martel, Michael Reese, Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch, Eunice Brekke, Blanca Polo, Auliʻi Silva, Jenny Watada, Eric Matsuoka, Susan Wood, Ann Berner, Laurie Kuribayashi, Steve Jacques, and all the other faculty and staff for their great work and commitment to student success.

To all the faculty and staff, have a great semester!

James Goodman