Oct 3, 2013

Students! UH Productions Fall Film Challenge Kicks-off on Friday (10/4)

All film crews are invited to UH Production's annual Fall Film Challenge kick-off event this Friday, October 4, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at Hemenway Courtyard on the UH Manoa campus.

Film crews will have 10 days to complete a 3-minute to 7-minute film or 30-second (minimum) animation for the chance to win a $200 grand prize or 9 other prizes.

This competition is open to all UH Manoa and UH Community College students.

For more information or to sign up, please contact the UH Production staff at (808) 956-9978 or visit the UH Production website at www.uhpro.org.

Kawakami family Fund Supports Kaua`i CC Adult Learners

Darcie Yukimura, Dr. Alice Kawakami, Rep. Derek Kawakami, Esther Kawakami-Williams, Chancellor Cox, Kimo Perry, Bevin Parker-Evans, with Wai`ale`ale students assemble before
KCC's "The Gathering Place" painting
Lihue. Kaua`i CC’s Wai`ale`ale Project received a $3,000 contribution from NF Kawakami, HS Kawakami, and Minoru Furugen family funds administered by the Hawai`i Community Foundation.

Kawakami family representatives Dr. Alice J. Kawakami, Esther Kawakami-Williams, and State Representative Derek Kawakami, along with Darcie Yukimura, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer for the Hawai`i Community Foundation, visited Kaua`i CC to hear first-hand testimonies from Wai`aleale Project students about their college experiences. These students are striving to obtain degrees in Liberal Arts, Science, Education, Business Education, Health Education, Hawaiian Studies, and Trades Technologies.

The program started in Fall 2010 and in May 2013, the first group of Wai`ale`ale students received Associates degrees. The program currently services 185 students. “These students move from not even considering college to thriving in this environment. This opens doors for them and their families for the rest of their lives,” said Chancellor Helen A. Cox. 

The Kawakami family fund, established in 2011, continues the family legacy of helping great causes on Kaua`i. In January 2013, Rep. Derek Kawakami with his cousin Esther Kawakami-Williams, Vice President of NF Kawakami, Ltd., owner of Kaua`i Kookie represented the families in providing funding to support the Kaua`i Interscholastic Federation and the establishment of the island’s first wrestling teams.

“It’s Kaua`i CC’s turn,” said Dr. Kawakami. Helping adult learners has been a lifelong mission for Dr. Kawakami, co-founder the non-profit organization, Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), which provides services to Native Hawaiians in Wai`anae, O`ahu. Dr. Kawakami was pivotal in establishing and developing the Kukuluao Ka Lama Education Academy, which supports individuals who want to become teachers. Kaua`i CC’s Wai`ale`ale Project, like INPEACE, supports those who want to gain experiences and skills through education.

Kimo Perry, Coordinator of the Wai`ale`ale Project said, “The support from local community-based foundations is very significant because it clearly demonstrates their belief in our program. It’s critical that the community is behind what we are doing, and so we are extremely appreciative of the support given to our students—our residents of Kaua`i.”

“The Kawakami and Furugen family’s gift to the Wai‘ale‘ale Project is the evidence of their legacy of aloha for Kauai’s community. We thank them for their support and encouragement of the Wai‘ale‘ale students,” said Darcie Yukimura, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer.

submitted by Cammie Matsumoto

Oct 1, 2013

Kaua`i Community College Blesses its new Marine Science Laboratory

picture of cases containing marine creatures
Kaua`i Community College held a blessing ceremony of its newly completed Marine Science Laboratory on Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 11:00 am – noon. The honorable Reverend Wayne Vidinha, Sr. of Ke Akua Mana Church conducted the Blessing.

KCC added a new degree program in Natural Sciences last year with courses specifically for biological and physical science majors. Now, the college offers all the biology, chemistry, math, and physics that any student will need for the first two years of a Bachelor of Science degree. The new Lab, a result of years of careful designing and planning funded by the generous support of anonymous donors, along with a newly hired marine biologist, Willow Jorgenson, will meet the needs of students working toward careers with an emphasis on Marine Biology and Life Sciences.

Reverend Wayne Vidinha, Sr.,Chancellor Cox, Steve Taylor, Willow Jorgenson,
Brian Yamamoto, Regent Tom Shigemoto, Associate VP for UHCC Mike Unebasami,
Alma Kagemoto, NOAA Regional Dir. Allen Tom and KCC students unveil the new wet-lab
Reverend Wayne Vidinha, Sr.,Chancellor Cox, Steve Taylor, Willow Jorgenson, Brian Yamamoto, Regent Tom Shigemoto, Associate VP for UHCC Mike Unebasami, Alma Kagemoto, NOAA Regional Dir. Allen Tom and KCC students unveil the new wet-lab

Students at KCC have already developed a reputation for excellent community projects through the Marine Option Program, or MOP. More than 10 MOP students were hired, given fellowships, or paid internships in the past year for their work on water quality, marine debris, and beach erosion projects. Last spring, KCC students competed and surpassed students from four-year institutions to win awards at the state-wide Marine Options Programs Symposium held on Maui.

UH Manoa researchers worked with KCC faculty and students this summer studying the coral disease outbreak. Community demand and opportunities for research and study at on-site facilities such as this new Marine Science facility will only increase. The College also received over $5,000 from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to purchase new laboratory-grade chairs specifically designed for the wet-lab classroom.

picture of students and instructor in wet lab doing experiments
The new Lab “is a clear indication of both our community support and the strengthening of our science programs” says Chancellor Cox. “ The college prides itself on working with the community to identify needs and then to respond accordingly. That is what happened in this case,” Cox added.

“We want high school students and their parents to know, you don’t have to leave the island to get started on a science degree. We want these students and the community to know we have great programs, faculty, projects, and now, facilities right here on Kaua`i, for Kaua`i.” Dr. Stephen Taylor, Asst. Professor of Physical Sciences and Marine Option Program Coordinator.

Written collaboratively by:
Dr. Stephen Taylor with Cammie Matsumoto

Sep 30, 2013

Free Movie Night! (10/16, 6PM)

Second, of an ongoing series…

Wednesday, October 16, 6 PM
Tech Room 114
KCC Campus
(Mauka of the KCC Performing Arts Center parking lot)

The film Trashed will be shown, and directly following we will host Allen Hershkowitz of the National Resources Defense Council for a discussion.

The film Trashed looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through the pollution of our air, land, and sea by waste. Allen Hershkowitz is a senior scientist for the NRDC and serves on the National Research Council Committee on the Health Effects of Waste Incineration and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory. His publications include: Too Good to Throw Away: Recycling’s Proven Record, Garbage Management in Japan, and Garbage Burning: Lessons for Europe.

This free screening is provided by a partnership between Ho‘ouluwehi, Zero Waste Kauai, and Apollo Kauai. Call or email Laura Williams with questions: lauralw@hawaii.edu or 245-8386.

“Individuals needing accommodation under ADA should contact the Event Coordinator in a timely manner”. Event coordinator is Pat Gegen. Please see flyer for additional contact information.

Flyer (Adobe pdf)

Posted by:
Laura Williams

Students! "12:05 Success Series" October Schedule

Here is this month's 12:05 Success Series schedule. Please feel free to attend.
At exactly 12:05 every Wednesday all year long, KCC is offering a variety of interactive and informative 45 minute workshops called the 12:05 Success Series! Sessions are FREE and open to the ENTIRE CAMPUS! No registration required.

Below is the schedule for the month of October. To view the entire schedule, go to the FYE website at: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/fye/1205
October 2: Time Management - Library 122
October 9: Stress Management - Library 122
October 16: How to Avoid Plagiarism - Library 122
October 23: Child Care Help - Library 122
October 30: Using STAR to plan your journey to degree - LRC 124A
Posted by:
Rebecca Yund
Transitions Coordinator
Kipaipai Program