Dean of Arts & Sciences Spring 2019 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Convocation Remarks for Spring 2019

Welcome back to the Spring 2019 semester!  Below are a few highlights from the instructional divisions of Arts & Sciences as well as from the Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa, and the Office of International Programs

Directed by Betty Burdick, last fall’s production of “Folks You Meet in Longs” sold out their entire run (with two added dates) and was their last public performance in AM-101. 

The Cast from Folks You Meet in Longs

Chris Patrinos directed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “The Heights” in the newly renovated Leeward Theatre on January 17, 18, 19, and 24, 25, 16.  Also, the Theatre 260 class will produce Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” on April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 in the lab theatre.

The Teacher Education Program’s teacher licensure programs continue to address the critical teacher shortage in Hawaiʻi and is on track to graduate 53 new teachers this year.  The recently approved Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in Special Education (SPED) graduated its first 16 students last semester and all of them have already found employment in Hawaiʻi public schools as certified SPED teachers.  The SPED program will produce another 15 teachers this spring.  

Students from the first class of the APC in SPED Program
with Christina Keaulana and Cameron Rivera

Similarly, the Alternative Certification for Career and Technical Education (CTE) licensure program is expected to graduate 22 new CTE teachers this year, and has produced over 60 CTE teachers currently working in public schools statewide.

With our developmental English and math programs earning a commendation from the ACCJC visiting team, progress and innovations continue.  In English, 20 sections of ENG 100/22 ALP are being offered with 3 of those sections for CTE students  while a hybrid section is scheduled with an online ENG 100 and an on-campus ENG 22.  This past fall, 4 sections of ENG 98B were piloted; designed to allow two-steps below college-level writing students to complete in just two semesters, 77 percent persisted and 69 percent registered for next term.  In math more students are completing a college level math course in a timely manner, including those in the lowest level non-STEM MATH 75.  This past fall, 22% completed that and the college-level math course in the same semester.   To expand this initiative, the creation of a non-STEM corequisite “Just In Time” remediation companion course for MATH 75 is being proposed, so that the college level math course can be completed in one semester rather than two. 

In fall 2018, 9 Math & Science faculty members mentored 13 students that served as either undergraduate researchers or peer mentors to other students in an NSF funded UHCC program known as Bridge-to-Baccalaureate: Strategic Transfer Alliance for Minority Participation or B2B-STAMP.  In September, 3 B2B students took part in the 1st Annual Bridge-to-Baccalaureate Symposium at KapCC where they shared their experiences as PLUS mentors.  In October Kabi Neupane and Helmut Kae  attended the 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference in San Antonio, Texas with 2 B2B students; one of those students, Kevin Vergara, earned the “Outstanding Research Presentation” award by an undergraduate student for his poster session.  

B2B STAMP awardees at the Fall 2018 B2B STAMP Award Celebration Event with their faculty mentors Kabi Neupane, Luca Preziati, and Helmut Kae

As part of the Kilo ʻĀina: Science of Place program, Kakkala Mohanan and Place-based Lab Manager Anuschka Faucci provided a workshop on November 17, 2018 for Leeward CC faculty & staff, science teachers, and community members interested in place-based education.  More at: Kilo ʻĀina: Science of Place


Also, as part of the 50 Acts of Service to celebrate the anniversary of the college, Daniella Elliott organized plantings of 50 native trees.

In addition to the ICS program garnering an ACCJC commendation for the student-to-student help desk The Hub , they also earned a Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year designation in cyber-security for the college from the National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance.  This institutional award is established by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and CyberWatch.

From Corin Kim and the Pre-Engineering Educational Collaborative or PEEC II, 9 students successfully completed the PEEC II summer bridge program on our campus, which included taking a calculus course, the research course SCI 295EN, and participating in program activities.  On August 11th our campus hosted the annual PEEC II Symposium and the students from 6 participating campuses presented their work to faculty, staff, and community members. 


Leeward Student Presentations from the IKE PEEC II Symposium

The Office of International Programs is recruiting for summer study abroad programs which includes credit-bearing courses for Japan, Korea, and China, as well as a faculty-led program to London and Vienna!  Contact Hannah Lee at for more information.

The Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa welcomed 31 new Leeward students into the Title III funded Lanakila program in the fall.  After a two-day orientation, students were provided with a number of community service activities that occurred over the semester, with a financial literacy series starting in January 2019.  Similarly, the Title III G2FO program at the Waiʻanae Moku campus started their 6th cohort with a total of 33 new students.  After a two-day summer orientation students were engaged in three experiential field-trips and weekly IS 100 seminars.

Aulii Silva with the 2018 Class of Ke Ala ʻIke Scholars

…and after 10 years as the Native Hawaiian Student Support Coordinator of the Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa, Aulii Silva will be stepping down from that position with her sabbatical this semester.  During her time, she created a comprehensive center that functioned as a "one-stop center" featuring instruction, support services, cultural activities, community outreach, and native plants.  In addition to leading our campus’ Achieving the Dream efforts and designing the Ke Ala ʻIke Scholars, Lanakila, and Hoʻomau Ola (13th Year) programs, Aulii worked with faculty and staff across the campus to secure over $20 million in grants, which expanded the center’s services and brought in new staff, new equipment, and two renovations with the latest one to be completed in 2020.  As Aulii will be completing her PhD in Education during her sabbatical, I thank her for her decade of tireless efforts and dedication to bettering the lives of our students. 

Momi Kamahele will serve as the new coordinator and will no doubt carry the Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa onto the next level, as she supervises ongoing student support programs, a staff, and expanded facilities. 

Thank you to all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, Jim West, Wes Teraoka, the newly elected William Albritton, and the program coordinators Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, Michelle Igarashi, Susan Waldman, Brad Ashburn, Michael Bauer, Bobbie Martel, Tracie Ku‘uipo Losch, Aulii Silva, Eunice Leung Brekke, Hannah Lee, and all the faculty and staff for their great work and commitment to student success.

Have a Great Semester!

James Goodman