Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Spring 2015 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences
Convocation remarks for Spring 2015

View of the parking lot

The work of the AA Degree Program Review Task Force continues to progress.  Last Fall, members of the task force met to test the process of norming, using the rubric to assess student work across disciplines for the Written Communication outcome and the Critical Thinking outcome.  This semester the Cultural Diversity outcome, definition, and rubric will be completed and Phase II will be convened which will include Civics and Ethical Reasoning, Oral Communication, Information and Technology Literacy, Quantitative Reasoning, and Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences.

In other AA degree news, the E Focus was approved last semester as a graduation requirement, effective Fall 2015.  This inclusion will directly address the ACCJC Accreditation Standard II requirement that students should have Ethical Reasoning among their competencies.  The requirement may also be met by passing any UH Community College, UH West Oʻahu, or UH Mānoa approved E Focus course.  This semester the E Focus Committee will be formed to review and approve E Focus hallmarks and the approval of courses applying for the E Focus requirement.

From the Math & Sciences Division, the ASNS Program continues to show strong growth in enrollment increasing 46%, from 256 students last Spring to 375 students this Fall.  Just over half are Pre-Engineering (197 students), one-third Life Science (119 students), and the remaining Physical Science (49 students) and Pre-Computer Science (10 students). 
Last October, Blanca Polo served as a representative from NCWIT (National Center for Women in Information Technology) at the Grace Hopper corporate conference in Phoenix, Arizona (  This conference is for women in technology and to help recruit and retain women in STEM fields.  The NCWIT Student Seed Fund has awarded $73,250 to 100 student-run programs with funds to recruit, retain, and support women in computing (  Also, during the weekends of October 18 and 25 Blanca gave hands-on Android workshop for the L I S (Library and Information Systems) master students at UH Mānoa with some of our own Leeward ICS 110 students joining as her teaching assistants.  Then in December ICS students and faculty alike stopped by GT 105 throughout the day for about an hour to learn to program an Android app in an “Hour of Code.”  This is the second year in a row that Leeward has participated in this worldwide event. 

Participants in the Hour of Code workshop
An Hour of Code in GT 105

Information graphic of world distribution of Hour of Code participants
A Sample of Participation in One Week of Hour of Code

ASNS students of Hawaiian ancestry make up 26% of the ASNS students.  Peer led Problem Solving Sessions were offered for 6 ASNS courses during the Fall semester with anticipated expansion in the Spring, supported by the Islands of Opportunity Alliance and the Learning Resource Center.  ASNS faculty worked with the Halau ʻIke O Puʻuloa in the successful submission of Kilo ʻĀina: Science of Place, a 3-year, $500,000 grant funded by TCUP (Tribal Colleges and University Program) through the NSF (National Science Foundation).  Kilo ʻĀina will provide counseling guidance for Hawaiian students, opportunities for Faculty to develop place-based science for their courses, and a summer bridge program for incoming and remedial students centered on math and research experiences.

The Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (IKE) program will offer several URE’s (Undergraduate Research Experiences) for ASNS Pre-Engineering students at Leeward CC this summer.  The URE's will be managed by Leeward CC Faculty and include creating self-powered biosensors; the construction of a shallow-water, depth and video recording vessel; and the programming of video capture software for physics demonstrations.  IKE will also continue to offer Summer Engineering Experiences at Kapi’olani, Maui, and Mānoa for Leeward Pre-Engineering ASNS students.  In addition, a team of Leeward CC students will participate in the CANSAT competition this Spring, creating a soda-bottle sized payload to sample air and video as it descends from a rocket launch in Texas during the Summer.

Throughout the semester, ASNS faculty, students, and members of Halau ʻIke O Puʻuloa have participated in service learning activities at local cultural and natural resource sites, the last of which was at Pouhala Marsh in ʻEwa.  This 70-acre wildlife sanctuary is the largest of the remaining wetland habitats in Pearl Harbor and home to about 150 Hawaiian Stilt (Aeʻo) birds. 

Candid group photo of ASNS staff and students at Pouhala Marsh  

Second group photo of staff and students at Pouhala Marsh

The faculty and staff of the Hālau Ike O Puʻuloa have been working hard to move back into the newly renovated DA first floor space.  The design was driven by improved student engagement spaces including a "Welina Mai" lounge and a separate room for "Quiet Study," three renovated classrooms, and collaborative faculty and staff offices.  Greater student involvement with the Native Gardens and the Shadehouse are planned via collaborations with Botany and Hawaiian Studies. 

Last Fall, our online Native Hawaiian writing and arts magazine Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa, which won the Wo Learning Champions Community Building Award last December, published 11 new original pieces, including six artworks, a mele, and six pieces of writing.  One short story by Umialiloa Harding is now included as a required reading for an aboriginal communications class at the University of Alberta.  The Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa invites the Leeward CC ʻohana to submit your Hawaiian-focused writing and art to Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa or to volunteer, email them at

From Language Arts, Jake Yamamoto, a student in our Japanese language program received a full scholarship to study for 6 weeks at The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute in Kansai, Japan as part of a Japanese-Language Program for Partner University Students.  In DevEd English, the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) is in the middle of its fourth year and continues to support ENG 22 students through the successful completion of ENG 100.  During the Fall 2014 semester, 132 students who placed in ENG 22 were served at the Pearl City and Waiʻanae campuses.  Also, last Fall the first student cohort enrolled in developmental and college/transfer level English courses designed specially for Career and Technical Education majors completed their English sequence requirements with 100% persisting and passing with Cs or higher.  This Spring 4 CTE specific sections including ENG 98A (accelerated ENG 18,19,21,22), ALP (accelerated ENG 22 with 100) and ENG 100 will be offered.
To support the efforts of English courses as well as other disciplines, the writing consultants of the Writing Center worked with students in approximately 1,400 individual sessions and 170 workshops last Fall.  In response to faculty and student requests, they initiated a “Midterm Focus on Grammar” service and, based upon the enthusiastic response, plan to continue this service and expand it to include college success skills in Spring 2015.

Writing students for English 8 and Kristi Ayers
Kristi Ayers’ English 8 students and their writing consultants

From the Arts & Humanities Division, the Leeward Coast Guitars, under the direction of Peter Kun Frary, performed a concert on November 23, 2014 of Luigi Boccherini's "Minuet " from Quintet in E Major in the Leeward Theatre.  To see their performance and photos, go to

Leeward Coast Guitar members, Fall 2014

Last Fall, around 2000 children from 1st through 6th grades were able to see our Theatre’s production of Kemuel DeMoville’s children’s themed Clockwork, about three fairy tale princesses (Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty) who are broken out of their standard storylines by a clock breaking.  

'Clockwork' cast B with Kemuel DeMoville in the foreground
Clockwork cast B with crew and playwright Kemuel DeMoville

In Spring 2015, the Literature and Theatre disciplines team up to revive the “Semester of Shakespeare” around Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus.  Veteran actor, director, and combat choreographer Tony Pisculli will lead a workshop titled “Bard Brawl: Stage Combat and William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus” on January 28, 1-3 p.m., on the Leeward Community College Theatre Mainstage.  In May, the “Semester of Shakespeare” 2015 concludes with a stage production of Titus Andronicus directed by Leeward Community College instructor Betty Burdick, with visions created and performed by the students of Theatre 260.  The play will performed in the Leeward Community College Lab Theatre, April 9-11 and 16-18, at 8 p.m.  All events in the Semester of Shakespeare 2015 are open to the public and, with the exception of the play, are free.  For more information about these events, please contact Susan Lum (455-0355) or Michael Oishi (455-0628).  

From the Social Sciences Division, the AAT program reports that their 18-Month accelerated degree program has resulted in 5 students graduating last Fall and 3 more will graduate in Spring 2015.  This program presently has 14 students in Cohort 3 with 2 of those students from the Waiʻanae campus’ G2FO program.  The new SPED/Inclusive Education Certificate focuses on recruiting and developing Para Educators in Hawaii to serve children with special needs.  The Center on Disability Services at UH Mānoa will facilitate the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant which provides scholarships, books and fees for students entering the SPED/Inclusive Certificate; 42 students have qualified for scholarships and will begin classes in January.  In the Alternative Certification for CTE Licensure Program, 5 candidates completed the program and were recommended for licensure through Hawaii Teacher Standards Board in December 2014.  In Spring, 10 candidates will be student teaching and 16 will begin their first semester of field experience.  Candidates are on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi island and represent all CTE Licensure fields.
In Fall, the Office of International Programs participated in three recruitment trips to Asia: one workshop for high school counselors in Southwestern China, student education fairs in Tokyo and Okinawa, and a trade mission sponsored by “Study Hawaii” and the State of Hawaiʻi to Beijing and Taipei.  Additionally, our campus was selected as a placement institution for a program of the US and Mexican governments called Proyecta 100,000, which brought 20 Mexican university students and teachers to Leeward CC for 5 weeks in November and December.  In February a team from the American Council on Education's Internationalization Laboratory will visit our campus in March, culminating our college’s 18-month participation in this program to 'internationalize' the campus.

As we enter the Spring 2015 semester, I would like to thank all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kay Caldwell, Jennie Thompson, Jim West, and Wes Teraoka, and the program coordinators Michael Reese, Bobbie Martel, Eunice Brekke, Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch, Blanca Polo, Aulii Silva, Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, 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