Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences Spring 2018 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Convocation Remarks for Spring 2018

Welcome back everyone to the Spring 2018 semester!  Below are a few of the highlights from the instructional divisions of Arts & Sciences as well as from the Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa and the Office of International Programs.

Our art instructors have been exhibiting their students’ work in creative ways:  Shige Miyamoto’s students from his 3-D Design and ceramic classes regularly show their work in the display case in the front of the Learning Commons; Reem Bassous’ drawing students worked with Daniela Elliot’s botany class to create drawings that became part of an installation on a column in the Uluwehi Café.  Last year Reem’s class worked with Nolan Miyahara’s automotive program, to do a similar installation on a wall of the AM building; students from Mike Harada’s drawing class designed and painted a mural in front of the Uluwehi Café.  

Display case of student ceramic work
Student work from Shige Miyamoto’s 3-D design and ceramic classes

View 1 of botanical artwork         View 2 of botanical artwork
Reem Bassous’ drawing students installing their botanically inspired work

Cross-discipline project drawings
The first cross-discipline drawing project with the automotive program

Uluwehi Cafe mural
Mural by Dwight Relente, assisted by Mike Harada and students in his drawing class

Betty Burdick directed She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen this past fall with masks created by Mike Harada.  This April, the THEA 260 class will perform the beautiful and controversial The Merchant of Venice.

She Kills Monsters production photo
Betty Burdick’s production of She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters cast still photo
The cast of She Kills Monsters with masks by Mike Harada

…and on the musical front, you can hear Peter Frary’s Leeward Coast Guitars’ December performance of “Sleepwalk” at .

The Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa is recruiting students for the next Lanakila cohort and Kahua Hoʻomau Ola (also known as “13th Year”).  Call ext. 555 to learn more about these programs.  Our ‘IKE PEEC II Outreach Specialist Corin Kim is also recruiting students for this NSF funded program that supports students underrepresented in the engineering field.  The Ho‘oulu Project Coordinator Kimi Makaiau reports 11 CTE students participated in internships both on campus and off, accumulating over 1,100 internship hours with the program conducting 10 career development and cultural workshops in the fall. 

In English and math:  CTE English instructors Michelle Igarashi, Lance Morita, and Jeni Miyahira were invited to present Leeward CC’s CTE English sequence at the Hawai'i ACTE conference last November and with 23 ALP sections offered, their pre/post-assessment in December revealed that more than double the percentage of students met the selected SLOs by the end of the course.  

Jenny Watada shared that in fall, the co-req STEM math track for Math 88 with MATH 103 was 73%, the Non-STEM math track co-requisite courses of Math 78 and Math 100 success rate was 71%, and that the Emporium standalone MATH 100 was 74%.  Eric Matsuoka added that the UHCC system’s Acceleration Funds supported the conversion of MS 201 to allow for better scheduling of existing Emporium classes and for piloting Emporium delivery of Math 135 and Math 140.

In Fall, our Teacher Education Program was approved as a State Approved Teacher Education Program by Hawaii Teacher Standards Board for the Advanced Professional Certificate in Special Education (SPED) K-12, an alternative pathway leading to teacher licensure in SPED.  This program had also been awarded a $1.2 million HRSA Paraprofessional Training Institute grant to provide 54 full scholarships to students entering the 16 credit SPED/Inclusive Certificate of Competence and 35 full scholarships for the Registered Behavior Technician Training Credential.

The AA Program Review Task Force is progressing through the Learning Outcomes and recently completed Quantitative Reasoning.  Many thanks to the Coordinator Eunice Leung Brekke and to Jeff Judd and Guy Nishimoto for their leadership and continued involvement with what will become a model for assessing not only our campus’ AA in Liberal Arts degree but for our newer degrees as well.  Over the semesters, this work could not be done without the participation of discipline faculty and others who have committed their time to working through this process, such as this year’s team:  Adam Halemano Jr., Paula TamashiroNatalie WahlChristina Mende, Suzette Scotti, Weirong Kai, and Kabi Neupane

The Office of International Programs (OIP), hosted their first exchange student from Aichi University in Japan, who took 12 credits in the fall and 14 credits this spring.  OIP is preparing for a Study Abroad program in French language and culture to Montreal, Canada and programs for Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan for Summer 2018.  Two of our partner study abroad agency representatives will be on our campus Thursday, January 18th from 10:30am to 1pm, so if any faculty would like them to stop by their classroom and talk about study abroad, please contact Hannah Lee at

OIP is planning the 3rd Annual World at Leeward Festival in April 2018 and would like to recruit faculty, staff, and student clubs who would like to participate.  If you’re interested, please contact Pauline Filemoni at

Thank you to all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, Jennie Thompson, Jim West, and Wes Teraoka, and the program coordinators Roger Kwok, Bobbie Martel, Eunice Leung Brekke, Tracie Ku‘uipo Losch, Blanca Polo, Aulii Silva, Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, Michelle Igarashi, Jennifer Wharton, Hannah Lee and all the faculty and staff for their great work and commitment to student success.

Have a great semester!

James Goodman