Chancellor’s Corner Issue No. 3

Chancellor’s Corner Issue No. 3

On Giving

The past few weeks have seen many examples of the Kapi‘olani Community College family giving their time and their support to others. But most especially giving their aloha.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

Our Aloha United Way fundraising this year exceeded our goals, both in terms of the percentage of employees who donated and the amount of money we raised. Last year’s campaign raised just over $9,000 by 5.9% of the employees. This year, 23.7% of Kapi‘olani employees donated $14,849.90, exceeding our goal of $12,000. The campaign was spearheaded by Linda Katsura, Veronica Ogata, and Louise Yamamoto. What a team! They coordinated the direct pledges, a talent show, and a silent auction and “Twice is Nice” Sale, respectively.

 

Mary Inouye (UH Foundation) and Shellie Numazu (Library) waiting to take pledges and money at the silent auction.

Mary Inouye (UH Foundation) and Shellie Numazu (Library) waiting to take pledges and money at the silent auction.

 

The Talent Show featured singing and dancing, and my attempt at lip sync.

 

All the performers were shepherded along by the able MC, Veronica Ogata (Student Success Coordinator)

All the performers were shepherded along by the able MC, Veronica Ogata (Student Success Coordinator)

 

Keolani Noa (Native Hawaiian Academic Advancement Coordinator, Title III), Keisha Nakamura (Assistant to the Native Hawaiian Academic Advancement Coordinator, Title III) and Eleu Novikoff (Native Hawaiian Career Pathway Specialist, Title III), our dancing tūtū

Keolani Noa (Native Hawaiian Academic Advancement Coordinator, Title III), Keisha Nakamura (Assistant to the Native Hawaiian Academic Advancement Coordinator, Title III) and Eleu Novikoff (Native Hawaiian Career Pathway Specialist, Title III), our dancing tūtū

 

Saori Sato (Honda International Center) and Alfred Seita (Business, Legal and Technology Education) danced a very dramatic tango.

Saori Sato (Honda International Center) and Alfred Seita (Business, Legal and Technology Education) danced a very dramatic tango.

 

With a rainbow as a backdrop, Mark Kunimune (Emergency Medical Services) and Toni Choy (Health Sciences) did their rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole.

With a rainbow as a backdrop, Mark Kunimune (Emergency Medical Services) and Toni Choy (Health Sciences) did their rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole.

 

Perhaps the most remarkable talent was Satoru Shinagawa (Language, Linguistics, and Literature) who sang “Toreador,” from Geoges Bizet’s opera, “Carmen.”

Perhaps the most remarkable talent was Satoru Shinagawa (Language, Linguistics, and Literature) who sang “Toreador,” from Geoges Bizet’s opera, “Carmen.”

 

But there was no doubt about the winner: Joanne Whitaker (Chancellor’s Office), who adapted “Lean on Me” with lyrics all about accreditation. The audience loved it!

 

With all of this great talent, we were able to raise $640 at $1.00 per vote.

With all of this great talent, we were able to raise $640 at $1.00 per vote.

 

 “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Soon after the AUW fundraising efforts, members of the Kapi‘olani Student Congress put their knowledge of the elections on the line against members of the Faculty Senate in a trivia contest hosted by Civil Beat and coordinated by Susan Jaworowski, coordinator of the Paralegal program.

 

Civil Cafe Election Trivia

Civil Cafe Election Trivia

 

The audience in the Library alcove got to participate by answering the multiple choice questions using their cell phones. The questions weren’t easy! But the students emerged as the winners.

 

Students left to right: Christopher Gapes (Treasurer, ASKCC), Dougie Barbieto (Vice Chair, BOSA), and Ish Salameh (Vice President, ASKCC).

Students left to right: Christopher Gapes (Treasurer, ASKCC), Dougie Barbieto (Vice Chair, BOSA), and Ish Salameh (Vice President, ASKCC). Faculty, left to right: Susan Inouye (Faculty Senate Chair, LLL), Lynn Hamada (Faculty Senate Vice Chair, Health Sciences) and Will Jonen (Faculty Senator, Math/Sciences)

 

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Mohammed Ali A few weeks later, our students, faculty and administrators welcomed visitors from Toi-Ohomai Polytechnic in Rotorua, Aotearoa. Students learned the appropriate protocol and chants to invite the visitors onto campus.

 

They helped each other put on their kīhei.

They helped each other put on their kīhei.

 

The administrators, too, helped each other get ready.

The administrators, too, helped each other get ready.

 

Gifts were exchanged to honor and give respect to the hosts and the guests: a patu from Aotearoa (wrapped in maile) and ho‘okupu from Hawai‘i.

Gifts were exchanged to honor and give respect to the hosts and the guests: a patu from Aotearoa (wrapped in maile) and ho‘okupu from Hawai‘i.

 

Our guests from Aotearoa visited six of the seven UH community colleges, sharing their insights about indigenous education and experiencing the endeavors across all the campuses. Their visit to O‘ahu included dinner at the Willows with members of the Kal?ualani Executive Council and me.

 

Left to right, back row: Annie Thomas (Library), Keolani Noa (Native Hawaiian Academic Advancement Coordinator, Title III and Chair of Kalāualani), Kate Shanaghan (Information Analyst within the Centre for Business, Research and Enterprise, Toi-Ohomai) and Nāwa‘a Napoleon (Dean of Arts and Sciences, Principal Investigator for Title III). Left to right, seated: Heddell (Dell) Tūrahiri Raerino (Head of Department - Bicultural, Bridging and Foundation Studies, Toi-Ohomai), me, Rawhia Te Hau–Grant (Education, Social Science & Languages Department, Toi-Ohomai), and Kapulani Landgraf (Title III Part A Project Director and Arts & Humanities)

Left to right, back row: Annie Thomas (Library), Keolani Noa (Native Hawaiian Academic Advancement Coordinator, Title III and Chair of Kalāualani), Kate Shanaghan (Information Analyst within the Centre for Business, Research and Enterprise, Toi-Ohomai) and Nāwa‘a Napoleon (Dean of Arts and Sciences, Principal Investigator for Title III).
Left to right, seated: Heddell (Dell) Tūrahiri Raerino (Head of Department – Bicultural, Bridging and Foundation Studies, Toi-Ohomai), me, Rawhia Te Hau–Grant (Education, Social Science & Languages Department, Toi-Ohomai), and Kapulani Landgraf (Title III Part A Project Director and Arts & Humanities)

 

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back. Maya Angelou

On October 18, the College participated in the Healthy Campus day, coordinated by the Staff Council. A walk-a-thon around the Great Lawn promoted healthy exercise. Students, faculty and staff gave back to the campus by providing information on nutrition, breast cancer awareness, CPR demonstrations, among many other activities. Students in Health Sciences, in particular, were very involved in promoting health and wellness.

 

Kevin Andreshak (Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology) gets tested for color blindness.

Kevin Andreshak (Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology) gets tested for color blindness.

 

Barbara Carlos (Social Sciences), looking pretty in pink, staffing the Breast Cancer Awareness Booth.

Barbara Carlos (Social Sciences), looking pretty in pink, staffing the Breast Cancer Awareness Booth.

 

Massage therapy student working on Leah Ching (Kūpuna Center)

Massage therapy student working on Leah Ching (Kūpuna Center)

 

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  Mahatma Gandhi

The final celebration of service came at the meeting of the UH Board of Regents on October 20 held at the College. Kapi‘olani Community College’s David Apostol was honored with the University of Hawai‘i President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. The award is given to an individual who has exhibited sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial or trucking position. David goes above and beyond his required job responsibilities, working tirelessly to ensure a beautiful campus, often working on weekends so as not to inconvenience the campus and our students.

 

Jan Sullivan (Chair, UH BOR), David Apostol, and UH Pres. David Lassner

Jan Sullivan (Chair, UH BOR), David Apostol, and UH Pres. David Lassner

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