Dec 5, 2013

Kaua`i Community College Honors and Thanks Donors of Over 100 Scholarships

Kaua`i CC and UH Foundation co-hosted a reception on November 26th, to honor and thank donors of the College's over 100 scholarship funds. Faculty, staff, and students were present to personally thank our generous and thoughtful donors. Special thanks were also conveyed to Kamehameha Schools and Hawai`i Community Foundation.

The evening began with a Pule by Isaiah Ka`auwai, counselor. Pualii Rossi Fukino, Hawaiian Studies faculty member, served as emcee. Culinary Arts Program students in the Introduction to Short Order and Intermediate Cooking courses, led by Chef instructors Martina Hilldorfer and Steven Nakata provided gourmet "high tea" refreshments. Nicole Morris, Music student, performed a heart rendering version of "Lemonade," by music artist Jeremy Passion.

Jana Digby Rothenberg-Blay, Lisa Rapozo, and Jonathon Tanagalin represent students in thanking donors.

Jana Digby Rothenberg-Blay, recent graduate in Liberal Arts, established a scholarship for the College in the name of her parents, Joy and Art Digby. Jana gifted the College with her mother’s teacher’s pension to fund the scholarship.

Donors David Iha (retired Provost of
KCC) and Mrs. Shirley Iha enjoy      
Culinary treats prepared by KCC      
Students representing all student scholarship recipients, Lisa Rapozo, Wai`ale`ale Project and Jonathon Tangalin conveyed thanks to donors. Rapozo will receive her degree this December and transfer to UH-Hilo to major in Psychology. Tangalin is currently a Liberal Arts student. Rothenberg-Blay continues to help preserve the natural environment via videos she produces.

The Chancellor’s Office, Student Services, and Academic Support teamed up to coordinate the reception.

To all friends and donors, the students, faculty, and staff of Kaua`i Community College thank you for promoting student success and positively changing the lives of many.

Submitted by Cammie Matsumoto with photos by Gary Ellwood

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