Taking Notice: Faculty, Lecturers & Staff

Taking Notice
Celebrating the accomplishments of
Leeward Community College, its students, faculty, lecturers and staff.


University of Hawai'i Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching
Roberta Martel, Instructor/Coordinator AAT

Leeward Outstanding Lecturer Award
Evelyn Wong, Lecturer in Accounting

Leeward Chancellor Award for Outstanding Service
Ron Felipe, Copy Center Manager

Laulima Innovation Award
Lani Uyeno, Professor in English



Faculty, Staff, & Lecturer Accomplishments

Darwin Bohnet, Instructor in Science, Gregg Longanecker, Instructor in Math and Science and Genai Keliikuli, Instructor in Hawaiian Studies, presented a session on Interdisciplinary Culture-based Environmental Science Summer Bridge Program at the Innovations 2011 Conference sponsored by the League for Innovations in Community Colleges in February, 2011 in San Diego, California.

Manny Cabral, Chancellor, was a Co-Presenter at the New Orleans AACC Preconvention workshop “Breaking the Stained Glass Ceiling - Making the Decision" in April 2011.  He was the facilitator at the New Orleans AACC Convention Diversity and Leadership Spotlight Session, Building the Pipeline for Equity and Excellence en Route to the Community College Presidency.  Manny was also invited to be a Co-Guest Speaker at the Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala in Lihue, Kauai in January 2011.

Kathleen Cabral, Marketing Director, presented "The Useful Side of Social Media" for the administration and marketing committee at Kauai Community College.

Leanne Chun, Educational Media Center Coordinator and Lani Uyeno, Professor in English co-presented an online presentation on Developing 21st Century Skills in an Online Environment, at the TCC (Technology, Colleges and Community) Online Conference held in April 2011.

Becky George, Assistant Professor/International Program Coordinator, was elected to the Executive Board of AAIEP (American Association of Intensive English Programs) for a two-year term.

Ryan Girard, Instructor in Math, presented at ICTCM (International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics), a Pearson-sponsored conference in March 2011.

Jean Hara, Professor in Business Technology, received the Western Business Education Association's (WBEA) Distinguished Service Award at the WBEA Conference on February 20, 2011, in Tukwila, Washington.

The Hawaii Business Education Association’s (HBEA) Executive Board for 2010-2011 includes: 

  • Kuuipo Lum, Assistant Professor in Business Technology, served as President;
  • Frances Kwock, Lecturer in Business Technology, served as Vice President;
  • Evelyn Wong, Lecturer in Accounting, served as Treasurer;
  • Cynthia Spencer, Instructor in Management, served as Secretary and was the HBEA President's award recipient
  • Michael Fujita, Professor in Accounting, served as Past President

Brent Hirata, Education Technology Developer, presented, Integrating Scenario-based Online Learning to Motivate Pre-service Teachers, at the Innovations Conference 2011, sponsored by the League of Innovations, in San Diego, California in February, 2011.  He also presented this session at the TCC (Technology, Colleges and Community) Online Conference held in April, 2011.

The New Student Orientation (NSO) Team members and Counselors Candy Hochstein, Larry Andres, Kami Kato, Tiana Cho and IT Specialist, Therese Nakadomari presented the new mandatory NSO and optional Online NSO to participants at the Hawaii Strategy Institute

Malcolm Inamine, Lecturer in Business Technology, was presented with the Aloha United Way Spirit of Aloha award.  The recognition is for volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty in serving their community through Aloha United Way.

Steve Jacques, Instructor in ELI/Study Abroad, presented, Everything You Wanted to Know about Chairing a Conference, but were Afraid to Ask, at the Region XII NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Conference in Reno Nevada, October 2010. 

Momi Kamahele, Assistant Professor in Hawaiian Studies, Genai Keli‘ikuli in Instructor, Hawaiian Studies, and Luukia Archer, Instructor in Hawaiian Studies, presented a session on, ‘Au‘a ‘Ia: Native Hawaiian Remembering, at the 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Boston, Massachusetts in January 2011.  Topics included Sacred Text: The Power of Oli (Momi Kamahele), Kamehameha the Great’s Spiritual Conquest (Genai Keli‘ikuli), The Kumulipo: Chanting Power and Knowledge (Luukia Archer).

Roy Kamida, Professor in Accounting, coordinated another successful Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) at Leeward Community College for the 2011 tax season.  Other volunteers included Shelley Ota, Professor in Accounting and Warren Kawano, Instructor in Business Technology.   Both Roy and Shelley have received Certificates of Appreciation from the IRS for 20 years of service with VITA.  Approximately 600 federal tax returns and a comparable number of Hawaii tax returns were prepared for families and individuals in our community.  Shelley Ota also received 1st Honorable Mention for the Wo Community Building Award for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which provides free help with income tax returns for the community. 

Beth Kupper-Herr, Professor/Learning Resource Center Coordinator, won the 2011 Wo Innovation Award for the Language Conversations Groups program where small groups of students meet weekly with a native speaker to converse in the language they’re studying, play games, and get to know each other.

Laurie Kuribayashi, Writing Specialist, was invited to present at the League of Innovations inaugural Innovator Spotlight, a virtual event on February 23, 2011.  

Laurie Lawrence, Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator, Jean StavRue, Counselor, and Dan Wyatt, Instructor in Language Arts, presented a session on A Holistic, Interdisciplinary Approach to Student Success in Developmental Education at the Innovations 2011 Conference sponsored by the League for Innovations in Community Colleges in February 2011 in San Diego, California.

Juliet Kono Lee, Assistant Professor in English, wrote a novel, Anshu, that was recently published by Bamboo Ridge Press with support from the Cooke Foundation, the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA), the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The story is about a girl from Hawai'i who becomes trapped in Japan during the war and what she encounters while she is living there.

Ernie Libarios, Counselor, was recognized as a 2010 Honoree and received a Recognition Award for his dedication to Empowering Filipinos from the Saraling Gawa Youth Council, Inc. (Non-profit Filipino Youth Organization) in September 2010.

Raymund Liongson, Associate Professor in Philippine Studies and Melvin Jadulang, Sulong Aral Coordinator, presented a session entitled, Sulong Aral:  Promoting Higher Education Among Filipino Students, at the 13th National Conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society in July 2010 in Seattle, Washington.  Raymund Liongson was also selected as the recipient of the 2011 University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) Distinguished Service Award.  This award is being given in recognition of his leadership, achievements and contributions to his profession and to the community he serves. Raymund was also confirmed by Governor Abercrombie on April 3, 2011 to be a Commissioner on the Hawai'i Civil Rights Commission.

Paul Lococo, Professor in History, wrote a chapter titled, The Manchu Bannermen, in the book, Elite Fighting Forces, published by Thames & Hudson.  He also co-authored a two-volume textbook "War in World History" that has been translated into Chinese and Arabic and published in China and the Arab world by McGraw-Hill publishers.

AAT faculty, Bobbie Martel, Jeff Judd, Mike Cawdery, Jaydene Silva, and Erin Loo, along with two AAT peer mentors (Ke'ala Angay and Leimomi Cleghorn) and AAT student (Bernadette Mack) presented, Pae I Ka Nalu: “Riding the Wave” of Success via the Hoʻokele Peer Mentor Program, at the NACCTEP (National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs) Conference in San Diego, California.

Cindy Martin, Staff Development Coordinator and Stanley Ronquillo, Student 2 Student Presenter, presented a session on The Value of College Through the Eyes of Your Students at the Innovations 2011 Conferencesponsored by the League for Innovations in Community Colleges, February 2011 in San Diego, California.

Eric Matsuoka, Professor in Math, served as a course redesign panelist at the “Achieving the Dream Hawaii Strategy Institute” in March and again at the UHCC Developmental Math Discipline Meeting in April.  He was also recruited to be a McGraw-Hill Digital Faculty Consultant.

Priscilla Millen, Professor in Botany, presented a poster project on the Native Plants Hawaii Database at the 2010 Hawaii Conservation Conference in August.  She is the Principal Investigator for a federal grant for $100,000 from the National Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture that is part of the University of Hawaii consortium for the Agribusiness, Education, Training and Incubation Program which will help develop Leeward CC's Plant Bioscience Technology Certificate program. 

Kabi Neupane, Associate Professor in Biology, is the co-Principal Investigator for a three-year grant for more than $650,000 from the National Science Foundation entitled, Transforming Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Education to keep up with the Changing Industry.  This grant will support Leeward CC’s Plant Bioscience Technology Program.  Kabi also received $41,876 in the 2010-11 Title I Career and Technical Education grant for the project entitled, Strengthening of Plant Bioscience Technician Program.  He also presented a session on, Plant Bioscience Technology Academic Subject Certificate: Responding to Changing Workforce needs of the Industry at the 2010 Western Region Teaching Symposium at Oregon State University, September 10 and 11, 2010

Angela Nishimoto, Lecturer in Botany, won the Golden Plover writing award in May 2010 from the Windward Arts Council for a short story, Small Grandma.

Kay Ono, Associate Professor of Business Technology, received the 2011 National Business Education Association Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions in Teaching Business at the NBEA Convention on April 22, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Blanca Polo, Assistant Professor in ICS, presented “The Virtual Studio: Implementing Studio-Based Learning Techniques in an Online Introductory Programming Course to Address Common Programming Errors” as a poster session at the SIGCSE conference (Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education) in Dallas, Texas.

Terry Ann Richter, Arts & Humanities Secretary, is serving a two-year term (2010-2012) as the President for the University of Hawaii Administrative Support Association.

John Signor, Instructor in Music, scored two short films, Poi Dogs (directed by Joel Moffett) and Stones (directed by Ty Sanga) that received top honors at numerous film festivals.  Poi Dogs screenings included prestigious festivals such as Berlin and Tribeca, while Stones was the first Hawaiian language film ever accepted to the Sundance Film Festival. 

Frank Stanton, Professor in Biology/Science, participated on a research cruise July-August 2010 to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Frank Stanton and the Leeward CC Marine Option Program (MOP) hosted the 2011 MOP Statewide Student Skill Project Symposium April 16, 2011.  

Jennifer Lauren Aiko Sur, Lecturer in Speech, was crowned this year's 59th Cherry Blossom Queen.

Susan Waldman, Instructor in English, was a participant on the panel called War in Literature and Film at the Rocky Mountain, at the MLA conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 14-16, 2010.  Her presentation was entitled: War is still war: Poets on the front lines in WWI, Viet Nam and Iraq.

Greg Walker, Education Technology Developer, co-presented an online session with Sarah Stewart, from the Educational Development Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand on iFacilitate and Facilitation Online- a Collaboration of Two Open Online Courses, at the TCC (Technology, Colleges and Community) Online Conference held in April 2011.



Thank you to all who responded to the call for information on the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, lecturers, and students during this last year.

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.