Taking Notice

Celebrating the accomplishments of Leeward Community College and our students, faculty, lecturers, and staff

2017-2018

University and College Awards

University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching
Siu “Roger” Kwok, Associate Professor in Chemistry/Science

Leeward Award for Outstanding Service
Reef Amano, Electronic Technician, Educational Media Center

Innovative Online Teaching Award
Erika Molyneux, Instructor in Art New Media

Student Employee of the Year
Coe Snyder, CTE Peer Facilitator

The Sharon S. Narimatsu Faculty and Staff Development Award
Raymund Liongson, Professor CC in Asian/Philippines Studies

CAMPUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Leeward Community College raised $13,491.00 for the 2017 Aloha United Way campaign. Campus representative is Greg Walker. On Sept. 29, 2017, Leeward participated in the AUW Obstacle Course Team Challenge of all O'ahu campuses. Team members:  Kelsie Aguilera, Lynn Akeo, Kathleen Cashman, Douglas Choy, Faustino Dagdag, Roy Kamida, Joy Lane, Tina Lee, Nolan Miyahara, Melissa Moody, Don Oberheu, Shelley Ota, Chris Rho, Rien Vidad, Evelyn Wong, and Team Manager Ross Higa. Go Leeward!

The Automotive Technology Program (AMT) established a new partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation and Servco Pacific that identifies Leeward as a Toyota Technical Educational Program member school.  A new partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles established Leeward as a member school of the Mopar CAP Local program.  This partnership provides our students with Chrysler dealership technician training.  The AMT Program also hosted and facilitated the automotive technology portion of the annual SkillsUSA competition. The Mana Automotive Club of the AMT Program hosted its first ever Holiday Show and Shine event in December 2017.  This car show event was a benefit for the annual Toys for Tots campaign and the Make a Wish Foundation. 

For the fourth consecutive year, Leeward CC placed first in Career and Technical Education and finalist in Live Theatre in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Hawai‘i's Best 2018!

The Leeward Discovery Fair featuring Weed & Seed Hawai‘i and Safe Communities was held on Saturday, November 5, offering almost 40 hands-on activities.  Chairs of the fair are Helmut Kae, Cindy Martin, and Jenny Watada.

Leeward CC presented the eighth annual GEEK DAY@LEEWARD on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  The College offered free hands-on workshops and demonstrations to the general public, with several sessions geared specifically to educators.  Chairperson was Pete Gross, Asst. Professor CC in ICS.

Leeward Community College raised $5,645.00 for the 2018 Hawai‘i Food Bank Food.  Campus Coordinator: Allan Nebrija.  Division Coordinators: Kami Kato, Stephanie Palombo, Gholam Khaleghi, Dot Simon, Bob Hochstein, Teri Tsukenjo, Danielle Ah Sam, William Castillo, Serina Makaiwa, Harumi Leong, Evelyn Wong.

Leeward CC organized the 2nd Hawai‘i Great Leaders Seminar at the Kilauea Military Camp in the Volcano National Park from February 6-9, 2018. Twenty-seven participants from Hawai‘i, Canada and North Carolina participated in the seminar.  Leeward staff/facilitators included Cindy Martin, Danny Wyatt, Brent Hirata, Cameron Rivera, and Junie Hayashi

The 29th Annual Hawai‘i National Great Teachers Seminar was held in August 2017 at Kilauea Military Camp at Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i.  Fifty participants and 10 facilitators from across the nation, Canada, and Micronesia participated in this year’s five-day seminar. Leeward staff/facilitators included Cindy Martin, Danny Wyatt, and William Albritton.

The ICS Department under the guidance of William Albritton, Assoc. Professor in ICS and Petersen Gross, Asst. Professor CC in ICS, completed the requirements for our campus and received the Center for Academic Excellent in Cyber Defense designation created by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security. 

The Office of International Programs, welcomed the first exchange student from Aichi University (Nagoya, Japan). In collaboration with Study Hawai‘i and the Department of Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Leeward hosted the Chinese Media & Educators group.

Leeward CC hosted its ninth annual Pacific Region Learning Summit from May 14 - 18, 2018 with36 
faculty and lecturers from the UHCC system. Leanne Riseley and Liz Mano were the overall coordinators. Track facilitators included: Rachael Inake, Brent Hirata, Leanne Riseley, Greg WalkerJunie Hayashi, Wayde Oshiro, and Jason Yoshida.

The Teacher Education Program received approval for the delivery of Special Education Certificate of Competence II (SPED CoC II). The certificate was approved by the Hawai‘i Department of Education.

The new Leeward Community College – Waiʻanae Moku Education Center opened its doors to over 500 students at the start of the fall semester.  A dedication ceremony was held on October 10, 2017.

The Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development planned and coordinated a Youth Challenge Academy, an education and training program for 16 – 19 year old students in spring 2018. Over 119 students participated in career and technical education programs such as basic automotive, cooking, driver’s education, and hospitality and tourism.

FACULTY, STAFF, & LECTURER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

William Albritton, Associate Professor CC in ICS, passed the CompTIA Security+ exam on March 6, 2018 which will help William with teaching ICS 171 Introduction to Computer Security and preparing ICS students to take the exam.

Brad Ashburn, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, was recently selected as the first recipient of the Kosasa Innovation in Teaching & Learning Award. This award provides $1,000 to support a project, event, or class activity that improves teaching, learning, or the operations at Leeward Community College.

Kelsie Aguilera, Asst. Professor CC in Anthropology, received the Leeward OER Creation Award to develop original OER materials where none exists or revise and remix existing OER with the inclusion of original content.

Reem Bassous, Instructor in Art, was selected as the Artist in Residence, Doris Duke Foundation, Shangri La Hawai‘i and was commissioned for a mural to be permanently installed on the property of the museum. January- March 2018.

Michael Bauer, Associate Professor CC in ICS, served as a Faculty Scholar at the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor's Institute at Loyola University Chicago, Illinois from June 5-10, 2017. Michael also presented "Transformations:  Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change" at the Phi Theta Kappa Pacific Region Convention, at Leeward Community College, on March 10, 2018.

Tommylynn Benavente, Professor CC in Culinary/PAT Division Chair, was selected as the Hawai‘i Association for Career and Technical Education 2018 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year.

P. Jayne Bopp, Asst. Professor CC in Sociology & Women’s Studies, received the Leeward Open Educator Award which recognizes faculty who promote or contribute to a culture of utilizing Open Educational Resources in the classroom.

Merissa Bunton (Brown), Lecturer in Speech and English, presented, “Conservation Conversation: Addressing Sustainability Goals in Non-STEM Classrooms,” at the University of Guam's 2018 Conference on Island Sustainability from March 26-30, 2018.

Michael Cawdery, Associate Professor CC in Teacher Education, received a PhD, in Education (Spring, 2018) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His dissertation is titled, “Teachers’ Decisions on Curriculum and Instruction:  Standardized and Contextualized Aspects of Pedagogy in Diverse and Marginalized Contexts During the Era of Accountability.”

Faustino Dagdag, Instructor in Management, serves as Vice-President for Advancing the. Profession on the Executive Committee of the Society of Human Resource Management Hawai‘i Chapter.

Ann Inoshita, Instructor in Writing, co-presented, “The Massie/Kahahawai Case and Its Relevance Today,” at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference in March 2018.  She also co-presented, “Acceleration with Aloha,” at the Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education in Denver Colorado in June 2017.  She worked with Les Matsuura and Leanne Riseley to create a video library of local author interviews on the writing process and author readings called The Reading Room.

Roy Kamida, Professor CC in Accounting, received the IRS Recognition Service Award for over 30 years of service in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at Leeward Community College.  Over 800 Federal and State tax returns were prepared in the 2018 tax season by Roy and other Leeward CC faculty participants included Kathleen Cashman, Warren Kawano, Todd Nakayama, Shelley Ota, Jue Wang, and Evelyn Wong.  Roy Kamida was also selected as the Hawai‘i Association for Career and Technical Education winner for the Carl Perkins Community Service Award for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

Abdul Karim Khan, Professor CC in History, presented (via Skype), "The Afghan Anti-Soviet Jihad: The Last Episode in the Cold War," at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, held in Washington, DC, on March 23, 2018.

Nicole Keim-Fortuno, Counselor/Assistant Professor CC, completed a Masters in Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in May 2018.

Peter Kun Frary, Professor CC of Music, directed the Leeward Coast Guitars in Concert on April 22, 2018.

Raymund Liongson, Professor, Asian/Philippine Studies, presented “Global Cutting Edge Views and Practices in the Teaching and Learning of 21st Century Social Sciences and Humanities,” at Northwestern University, Laoag City, Philippines. July 27, 2017.  He served as the co-convener and organizer of the 2018 Nakem International Conference at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, November 16-18, 2018. Raymund presented, “SAKADA: The Filipino Pioneers in Hawai‘i,” at the Plaza Maestro Convention Center, Vigan City, Philippines. January 31, 2018 for the Bicentennial Anniversary of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He received the Leadership Award from Alpha Phi Omega. Laoag City, Philippines on February 3, 2018. (For civil rights and social justice advocacy and program initiatives for the youth).  Raymund also received the 2018 Plantation Legacy Award from the Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village.

Borjana Lubura-Winchester, Lecturer in Geography, received the Graduate Student Research Award from Geography Department at the UH Mānoa and presented the paper, “Stranded in Serbia: Documenting the Lives of People Caught by the Closure of the Balkan Migration Route," at the AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA on April 12, 2018.  Borjana was elected as a graduate student representative for the Political Geography Specialty Group at the AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans 2018.

Cindy Martin, Professor CC/Staff Development Coordinator, presented a session, “One Day Changes the Semester:  Essential Training for Adjunct Faculty,” and the 2018 Innovations Conference in National Harbor, MD in March 2018.

Eric Matsuoka, Professor CC, Mathematics, was elected to serve as AMATYC West Vice-President for the 2018-2019 term.

Marie Maile McKenzie, Lecturer in Georgraphy, co-authored an article entitled, "Global risk of deadly heat," published in Nature Climate Change, 7, 501-6, June 2017. She also co-authored an article, "Collaborating for Success: Sustaining Water Supply on a Pacific Island," published in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, NOAA, October 2017.  She was the lead author of a manuscript entitled: "Regional Temperature Trends in Hawaiʻi: A Century of Change, 1917–2016," submitted for publication, March 2018.

Erika Molyneux, Instructor in Art New Media and Rachael Inake, Educational Technology Developer received the Leeward Designing OER Renewable Assignment to create renewable assignments based on the principles of OER-Enabled Pedagogy.

Kabi Neupane, Professor CC in Biology, Helmut Kae, Assoc. Professor CC in Microbiology, and Alyssa MacDonald, Asst. Professor CC in Biology, mentored 18 Leeward students in an undergraduate research program funded by IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence.  The students presented nine posters during the Annual Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium held at John A. Burns School of Medicine on April 19, 2018. 

Reina Ojiri, Instructor CC, Mathematics and Eric Matsuoka, Professor CC, Mathematics, co-presented, "Leveraging Synergy Among Multiple Strategies for Developmental Math Acceleration" at the Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Mathematics Conference from June 14-16, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Reina also coordinated the Pacific Islands Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Fall 2017 Conference held at Leeward CC.

Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian and Sunyeen Pai, Kapiolani CC Digital Initiatives Librarian, co-presented a session, "Collaboration and Contrast: How University of Hawai‘i librarians collaborate to promote OER across contrasting campuses and cultures," at OpenEd17 in Anaheim, CA, in October 2017. 

Bryson Padasdao, Instructor in Engineering, presented two papers, "Wool-PTFE Triboelectric Sensor for Respiratory Rate Detection" and "Respiratory Sensing and Energy Scavenging Improvements with Chest and Abdomen Dual-Band Biosensors” at the IEEE Engineering Medicine and Biology (EMBC) in Jeju Island, Korea in July 2017.

Terry Ann Richter, Arts & Humanities Division Secretary, was appointed to Co-Vice Chair of the UH Commission on the Status of Women.

Leanne Riseley, Educational Media Center Coordinator and Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, were selected to be the University of Hawai‘i Community College Project Leads for facilitating the Open Education Resources Initiative with a budget of $140,000. This project aims to remove textbook cost as a barrier to a higher education.

Tara Rojas, Associate Professor CC of Spanish, recruited 11 people and together they translated the PVS Crew Safety Handbook used in the historical event of four Rapa Nui crew members' training into English-Spanish and Spanish-only versions.  She also translated into Spanish: press releases, the worldwide voyaging map, Hōkūleʽa's informational video, canoe informational fact sheets, and a gift-presenting speech for Hōkūleʽa's visits to Cuba, Panamá, and Rapa Nui.

Dottie Sunio, Lecturer in Business and ICS, received the "Advocate of the Year" award from Hawai‘i Bicycling League for spear heading efforts to get the Leeward Connector path built (to link the college to the Pearl Harbor Bike Path). Dottie was on a team of 12 women that set a Guinness Book world record for the most weight (63,365 pounds) lifted by a kettlebell team on March 26, 2018.

Loretta Tanaka Chen, Lecturer in Theater, published “Madonnas and Mavericks : Power Women in Singapore,” Marshalll Cavendish International, December 2017.  In March 2018, Loretta served as Keynote Presenter delivering, “Women in Film,” at the Annual Honolulu Jewish Film Festival; and as Keynote Speaker at the Women’s Conference.  In March 2018, she received a film grant from Media Development Authority (S’pore) to film Secrets to Happiness : Bhutan.

Erin Thompson, Counselor for Teacher Education, earned an EdD in Education in Professional Educational Practice from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her dissertation research is titled, “From Mo‘olelo to Mana‘o: Transforming Post-Secondary Support Systems for Native Hawaiian Teacher Education Students (An Action Research Narrative Inquiry).” In July 2017.  She presented, "Lele Koa‘e: Supporting the Success of Native Hawaiian Students in Post-Secondary Institutions,” at the He Manawa Whenua International Indigenous Research Conference, in Hamilton, New Zealand, March 2017.

Hawai‘i Student Success Institute was held on March 28-29, 2018 at Honolulu CC.  Leeward faculty and staff conducted the following sessions:

  • Iokepa Badis, Asst. Professor CC in Hawaiian Language, co-presented a session, “E Hui Pū ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.”
  • Cara Chang, Instructor in English, Kelly Kennedy, Lecturer in ELI, Michele Mahi, Asst. Professor CC in Speech, presented a session on "Facilitating Productive Class Discussions."
  • Cori Conner, Job Prep Specialist, served on a panel to present, “Job Center Online:  Seven Campuses, One Great Tool!”
  • Junie Hayashi, Public Services Librarian, Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, Leanne Riseley, EMC Coordinator, conducted a post HSSI session, “Go Free Using OER.”
  • Kami Kato, Student Services Program Officer, represented Leeward Community College on a panel discussion, “Panel Discussion of MySuccess: Connecting Students, Instructors, and Student Services.”
  • Joy Mahiko, OCEWD Coordinator, JoAnn Cagasan, Educational Specialist, and Ernest Libarios, Counselor, presented, “Helping students THRIVE in Postsecondary Education and the Community.
  • Jonathan Wong, Counselor, presented as session on “Career Fitness: Career Planning and Exploration.”

STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Mark Balasbas is the first Toyota Technical Educational Program scholarship recipient. 

Two Leeward CC students, Crystal Copeland and Kevin Vergara, presented their research at the Hawai‘i Chapter of American Society of Microbiology on April 21, 2019. Kevin's oral presentation, titled "Characterization and Genome Sequencing of two Bacteriophages Isolated from Sewage Water," received the 1st place award for Undergraduate Oral Presentation.

Mhelver Daoang and Deighton Little, students from the Leeward Automotive Program, are the Hawai‘i recipients of the Grainger Scholarship program.  This annual award provides scholarship monies and tools for up to two students in Hawai‘i each year.

Shaylyn Funasaki, recent graduate from Culinary Arts, won the Regional Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs Competition where she competed with five industry chefs. This highly competitive contest involved a mystery basket of ingredients from which the competitors were to create an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

Gian Carlo Langaman was named Phi Theta Kappa Pacific Region's Outstanding Chapter Member for 2017 at the Pacific Region Convention held at Leeward Community College on March 10, 2018.  Gian is an immigrant from the Philippines, an early college student from Waipahu HS, and the first in his family to attend college.

Kaui Matutino, received the 2018 UHCC Scholarship to participate in 9-day Hakuoh University International Study Tour in Japan. She also received the $8000 Honda Scholarship to study abroad in Berlin, Germany through the AIFS Study Abroad Program.

Kenneth Smith received two 2018 UHCC Scholarships, totaling $14,000 to study in Hirosaki, Japan. He is the one of the first two students from Hawaiʻi to be selected to attend Hirosaki University for an academic year. 

Thank you to all who responded to the call for information on the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, lecturers, and students from June 2017-May 2018. if there is an accomplishment or achievement that is not listed here, please send the information to Cindy Martin at cindymar@hawaii.edu for future listing.


2016–2017

University and College Awards

University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching
Carleen Yokotake, Professor in Speech

Leeward Award for Outstanding Service
Elizabeth “Liz" Mano, Clerk, Educational Media Center

Innovative Online Teaching Award
Meredith Lee, Instructor in English

Outstanding Lecturer
Westin ‘Ehukai Carvalho, Lecturer in Hawaiian Language

Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching
John Signor, Instructor in Music

Student Employee of the Year
Charlilani Kaheaku-Malama, Office Aide at Job Prep Services

The Sharon S. Narimatsu Faculty and Staff Development Award
Kelsie Aguilera, Assistant Professor in Anthropology

CAMPUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Leeward's Associate in Science in Natural Sciences degree was granted Established Status by the Board of Regents thanks to the work of Michael Reese, Bradley Ashburn, Guy Nishimoto, Heather Takamatsu, and James Goodman.

Leeward CC placed first in Career and Technical Education and second in Live Theatre in the Honolulu Star Advertiser's Hawai‘i's Best 2017!

The Leeward CC Discovery Fair featuring Weed & Seed Hawaii and Safe Communities was held on Saturday, November 5th. With almost 40 hands-on activities. Chairs of the fair are Helmut Kae, Cindy Martin, and Jenny Watada.

Leeward CC presented the eighth annual Geek Day@Leeward on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The College offered free hands-on workshops and demonstrations to the general public, with several sessions geared specifically to educators.  Chairperson was Pete Gross.

Leeward CC organized the Hawaii Great Leaders Seminar at the Kilauea Military Camp in the Volcano National Park from October 11 - 14. 2016. Nineteen participants from Hawaii, Canada and Micronesia participated in this inaugural seminar. Leeward staff/facilitators included Cindy Martin, Danny Wyatt, and Ian Riseley.

The 28th Annual Hawai‘i National Great Teachers Seminar was held in August 2016 at Kilauea Military Camp at Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i. Fifty-nine participants and 12 facilitators from across the nation, Canada, and Micronesia participated in this year’s five-day seminar. Leeward staff/facilitators included Cindy Martin, Danny Wyatt, and William Albritton.

Hawaii Publishers Association’s 32nd annual Pa‘i Awards awarded Ka Mana‘o with second place in the Student Photography category, second place in the Student Design (Print) category and second place in School Newspaper Excellence. Stanley Lee is the Ka Mana'o Advisor.

Leeward CC hosted its eighth annual Pacific Region Learning Summit from May 15 - 19, 2017. Organizers and presenters include: Leanne Riseley, Greg Walker, Rachael Inake, Brent Hirata, Wayde Oshiro, and Junie Hayashi.

Leeward Theatre won the Silver Award for Best Organization Newsletter ("Sightlines") at the International Festivals & Events Association or IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition at the Annual IFEA 61st Annual Convention, Expo and Retreat in Tuscon, Arizona.

Leeward Community College was awarded a federal Department of Education grant as part of the TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers program totaling $1.18 million over the next five years.

For the sixth year, Leeward Community College’s fine dining restaurant The Pearl was recognized with an ʻIlima Award as a “Rising Star” by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

FACULTY, STAFF, & LECTURER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Corey Adler, Assistant Professor in Sociology, completed a PhD in Sociology from the University of Hawai`i, Manoa.

Michael Bauer, Associate Professor in ICS, served as Faculty Scholar at the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor's Institute at Wake Forest University, June 20-25, 2016. Michael presented "How the World Works: Global Perspectives" at the Phi Theta Kappa Pacific Region Honor's Institute, at Kauai Community College, September 25, 2016. He also served as Phi Theta Kappa Academy Facilitator at Catalyst 2017, at Nashville, Tennessee, April 6, 2017.

Eunice Brekke, Assistant Professor in Sociology was elected President of Hawaii’s Sociological Association.

Jeffrey Breitenfeldt, Instructor in English, presented "Embracing Smartphones in Composition Courses to Better Reach Underserved Populations" at the Two-Year College English Association Pacific Northwest Conference in October of 2016 and "Cultivating Expertise from Wicked Problems: Strategies for Using Visual Argument and Design to Improve Student Writing," at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March 2017.

Betty Burdick, Assistant Professor in Theatre, directed performances of “Plantation Plays” performed at Hawaii’s Plantation Village and elementary schools in February.

Manny Cabral, Chancellor, was honored as the Native Hawaiian Educator of the Year for 2017 at the Native Hawaiian Education Association's 18th annual convention held at Windward Community College.

Michael Cawdery, Assistant Professor in Education, received the Wo Change Agent Award for Leeward CC’s CTE Teacher Licensure Program.

Daniela Dutra Elliott, Instructor of Botany and Horticulture, and four Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture students presented a session at the Society of Economic Botany in Portugal, entitled, “Varietal crop research as a tool to engage with agrodiversity: An open door to interdisciplinary learning for STEM and farmer training programs and Morphological and genetic diversity of Hawaii's
‘uala (Ipomoea batatas) cultivars in an effort to engage with cultural knowledge.” Daniela also co- presented a session with Natalie Wahl, Instruction Librarian, titled, "Circulating Seeds: Why Your Library Needs a Seed Share and How to Make it Happen" at the Hawaii Library Association 2016 Conference on November 11, 2016 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Sania Fa'amaile Betty P. Ickes, Assistant Professor, History and (pro-bono) Executive Director for Te Taki Tokelau Community, Inc. (a charitable, non-profit), was awarded a three-year grant ($789, 000) to develop and implement an ocean-focused, native language and culture revitalization curriculum.

Ann Inoshita, Instructor in English, co-authored, What We Must Remember: Linked Poems, (Bamboo Ridge Press 2017) and was a guest author at literary readings at the Honolulu Biennial (April 2017) and the Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival (May 2017). This book was featured in Honolulu Magazine’s book review (June 2017).

Warren Kawano, Assistant Professor in Business was recognized as the Western Business Education Association Outstanding Career and Technical Student Organization Advisor in February 2017. He is also the Hawaii Business Education Association (HBEA) President-elect and was awarded the HBEA Outstanding Business Educator of the Year.
Christina Keaulana, Instructor in Education received 1st Honorable Mention for the Wo Community Building Award for Leeward CC’s Special Olympics Partnership.

Ernie Libarios, retired Professor/Counselor, was selected as the recipient of the 2017 College of Education Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Hawaii College of Education Alumni Association. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Certificate by the Hawaii State Senate on March 24, 2017 for his contributions to education and the Catholic Church in Hawaii.

Alyssa MacDonald, Instructor in Biology, presented a paper entitled "Evaluation of Moringa Leaves as a Prebiotic in Tilapia Aquaculture" at the International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding in Sun Valley Idaho in June 2016.

Cindy Martin, Professor/Staff Development Coordinator, Leanne Riseley, Professor/EMC Coordinator and Carleen Yokotake, Professor in Speech received the Wo Community Building Award for Leeward CC’s Teaching Excellence Program.

Leeward faculty and staff shined at the 2017 Hawaii Student Success Institute in March 2017:

  • Sandra Albers, Associate Professor, Language Arts Division, presented, “Hands-On How-To Help Your Students Read Better.”
  • Eunice Brekke, Assistant Professor, Sociology, and Jeff Judd, Associate Professor in Teacher Education, conducted a session on “Assessing the AA Degree – Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Cultural Diversity.”
  • Kathleen Cabral, Marketing & Communication Director, co-presented, “Survey Says?!” with Dr. Pam Cox-Otto.
  • Michael Cawdery, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Program, presented, “But Mr., What Does it Look Like?” Open Education Resources (OER) and the Real World Curriculum.”
  • Ross Higa, Assistant Professor in Management, Helmut Kae, Assistant Professor in Microbiology, Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, Leanne Riseley, EMC Coordinator, presented “Real Stories From the OER Frontlines: Lessons Learned from Open Textbook Adopters.”
  • Chris Gilbert, Instructor in Speech and Amanda Silliman, Lecturer in English, presented a session on: “Teaching Strategies for Early College Classrooms - How Teaching High Schoolers Made Me a Better College Teacher.”
  • Sandy Hoshino, Job Prep Services Coordinator, Allan Nebrija, College Recruiter , and Cori Conner, Job Prep Services Specialist, presented: “Emsi Career Coach – A Tech Tool to Careers.”
  • Sania Faamaile Betty Ickes, Assistant Professor of History, co-presented a session entitled:“The Pasefika Passion Pipeline (3-P): Addressing the Unique Challenges Faced by Non-NHPI Students in Their Pursuit of Learning at Post-Secondary Institutions.”
  • Rick Kang, G2FO Counselor, Wai‘anae Education Center, Danny Wyatt, Coordinator, Wai‘anae Education Center, and Eiko Kosasa, Assistant Professor, Political Science, presented, “Access To Education: Providing An Alternative.”
  • Joy Mahiko, Coordinator, OCEWD, and Jo Ann Cagasan, Educational Specialist, First to Work, Development, presented “THRIVE (Teaching Habits to Reach Independence and Viable Employability): A 16- Week Course to Assist Individuals with Preparing for and Retaining Employment.”
  • Wayde Oshiro, Head Librian, co-presented with UH librarians a session on, "Challenges and Opportunities: Lowering Textbook Costs Across the System.”
  • Blanca Polo, Associate Professor in ICS, presented, “Studio-Based Learning Makes Team Work Fun and Productive.”
  • Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian, presented "Website Accessibility: An Overview of Issues and Solutions."
  • Gwen Williams, Professor in Human Services, “Becoming a Spiral Educator: A Spiral Dynamics Model Provides a Framework for Recognizing Why Individuals, Societies, and Institutions Think What They Think and Do What They Do.”
  • Michele Mahi, Instructor, Speech, and Christy Takamure, Associate Professor, Speech, “Making a Great Impression.”
  • Stanley May, Professor, Business Technology, Kelsie Aguilera, Instructor, Anthropology, and Jeffrey Breitenfeldt, Instructor, English, presented a session on: “Writing Assignments: A Way to Deepen Understanding of Course Content, Develop Critical Thinking Skills, and Help Students Develop the Level of Writing Skills Demanded by Employers.”
  • Emily Uribe, Mathematics Lecturer, and Catherine Walker, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, co- presented a session with other faculty on, “P–20 Student Success through Ethnomathematics.”
  • Tasha Williams, Instructor in English, presented a session on, “Learn How to Assess Your Students with the Daly-Miller Survey to Help Them Overcome Their Writing Fears.”

Kay Ono, Professor in Business Technology, served on the Executive Board of the Hawaii Business Education Association.

Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, co-presented a session, "Check Us Out: New Services at Our Libraries," at the 2016 Hawaii Library Association Conference at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in November 2016. Wayde also served as 2016 Past President for the Hawaiian-Pacific Chapter Special Libraries Association.

Wayde Oshiro, Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian and Carina Chernisky, Public Services Specialist presented, "Changing Faces: The Journey to a New Leeward CC Library Website" at the 2016 Hawaii Library Association Conference at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in November 2016.

Bryson Padasdao, Instructor, Engineering & Physics, presented a session entitled "Energy-Scavenging Wearable Respiratory Biosensors" and "Triboelectric Respiratory Sensors" at the 39th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Jeju Island, Korea.

Annemarie Paikai, Hawaii- Pacific Resource Librarian, co-presented a session entitled, “Let Me Refer You to Our H/P Librarian: Hawaii-Pacific Info Lit Across Disciplines” at the Conference: Hawaii Information Literacy Summit in April, 2017.

Blanca Polo, Associate Professor in ICS, published a chapter, "Adapting the Studio Based Learning Methodology to Computer Science Education” in the book New Directions in Computing Education.

Kale'a Silva, Assistant Professor in Education, presented a session entitled: “Mentoring Beyond the Degree” at the 2017 National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs conference in March 2017 in San Francisco, California.

Ralph Toyama, Systems Librarian, presented "Are You Open Today? A Simple JavaScript Project," at the Hawaii Library Association Annual Conference at UH Hilo on November 11, 2016.

Natalie Wahl, Instruction Librarian, presented "Science Labs in the Library: A Cross-Campus Collaboration" at the first Hawaii Information Literacy Summit on April 13, 2017 at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Curtis Washburn, Dean of Student Services, co-authored an article title: “Changes in Faculty Practice for International Students: A Case Study,” published in Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal, Volume 10, Issue 1, April 2017.

Rae Watanabe, Assistant Profressor of English, is the lead author of “Twenty Years of the Marriage Equality Movement in Hawaii: Stories of LGBTQ+ Hate, Fear, Hope and Love in the University of Hawaii System,” published in Equity in Higher Education Theory, Policy and Praxis, Volume 7.

Erin Yuasa, Lecturer in Art, received the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts Acquisition Award in conjunction with Ceramics of Hawaii juried exhibition in December 2016 at Honolulu Museum of Art, Linekona Gallery

STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Joshlyn Castillo, Leeward student, who has studied at both Leeward CC and Kapiʻolani CC, was the recipient of a three-year Monbukagakuso scholarship from the Japanese Government. She is the only 2017 Monbukagakusho Scholarship recipient from the U.S.

Diane Ramos, a teacher education major has been selected as Hawaiʻi’s New Century Scholar. Ramos achieved the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition.


Thank you to all who responded to the call for information on the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, lecturers, and students from June 2016-May 2017.

If there is an accomplishment or achievement that is not listed here, please send the information to Cindy Martin at cindymar@hawaii.edu for future listing.