Aug 26, 2010

Club Math Welcome Back Social and Update!

Club Math would like to invite you to our first meeting on Monday 8/30 @ noon in the OSC lobby. Bring your own lunch or join us for pizza.

This is a very exciting semester for Club Math and the Math Department in general. We have two new math faculty members. We are running the whole entire series of math courses with multiple sections and most are full. We even have 25 students in Calculus! We have a few very motivated students running the club. So, please join us to carry out this very positive energy!

Also, look out for our Club Math articles in The Garden Island!

Have a great semester!

Gigi Drent
Math & Science Division

Aug 25, 2010

Kauai CC Weather Station

Current weather information at Kauai Community College is now available at The Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus weather station, mounted above the roof of the Technology Building, monitors temperature, wind direction/speed, humidity, rain, barometric pressure, UV, and Solar Radiation. Data is uploaded every minute into a server at Davis Instruments and the data is archived for 800 days. Archived meteorological data can be downloaded for analysis using Weatherlink software. Current weather information at any Davis station across the planet is also available.

The project was started by NASA Space Grant Trainee, Kathryn Massaro, in spring 2010 and completed this summer by Jerek Barcelona, an Electronics Technology Intern. The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium funded the project. The console for the weather station is located in the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory at Kauai CC (Technology Building Room 102). Meteorological data will be available to the operators of the laboratory as it tracks UHM’s LEOS (Low Earth Orbit Satellite) which is scheduled to be launched in 2012.

The data will also be useful to the agriculture program and students interested in doing meteorological research.

Posted by F. Takahashi
weather link updated 5/6/2011

Aug 23, 2010

New Student Orientation Summary

The college sponsored four orientation sessions this summer, one each month beginning in May.  Earlier sessions were small, less than 20, with this last session in Aug. filled to a maximum capacity of 90 students.   
A total of 142 students attended New Student Orientation (NSO) this summer representing 66% of all incoming first-time freshman.   
The theme of orientation was, "Driving Towards Student Success."  We covered the following information within 3 hrs:
  • Having a direction or goal in  mind before setting off on a journey
  • Knowing the rules of the road - "College Catalog" and Schedule of Classes
  • Seeking assistance along the way: instructors, counselors, staff, tutors, or classmates 
  • Wise choices and learning styles, choosing to be an active -vs- passive learner
  • Introduction to 3 Study Skills, reading (SQ3R), note-taking, and time management
  • Campus Resources and Tour
  • Student Life and Student Government
Thank you to everyone who participated in NSO!  Evaluations were positive with a recurring suggestion to keep it shorter.     
Posted by:
Frances Dinnan
Financial Aid Counselor

Aug 22, 2010

Assessment Workshops September 10 & 17

Pat McGrath and I will be putting on two assessment workshops in September.

Friday September 10th @ 1:00 in the LRC computer lab
CARD Workshop
This will be a hands-on workshop on completing the CARD form.  If you are unfamiliar with the CARD, or would like additional help, we encourage you to attend.  
Friday September 17th @ 1:00 in One Stop Center room 207
Assessment Task Workshop
In this session we can help you to develop meaningful assessment tasks for you to measure student learning outcomes.
Both of these workshops should help you prepare your naked CARDs before they are due in October.

Posted by Will Dressler