May 6, 2014

Kauai CC 2014 Commencement (5/16)

Kaua'i Community College 2014 Commencement
Location: Vidinha Stadium
Date: Friday, May 16th
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Commencement Speaker: OLENA HEU, Wake Up 2day Anchor / KHON2 Reporter

Olena Heu has been working as a reporter/anchor at KHON2 News (FOX) since 2007. She started at a general assignment reporter, then Wake Up 2day morning co-anchor since 2009. In addition to the responsibilities of anchoring the morning show, Olena is also the sole administrator for the Wake Up 2day social media accounts and assists with booking/scheduling interview segments. She has won several awards for her feature and spot news reporting.

A graduate of Hawai'i Pacific University, Olena holds a Master’s degree in Communication along with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. A proud magna cum laude graduate of Kapaa High School, Olena was raised on the island of Kaua'i by a single parent mother. She first got a taste of the news business as an intern for KHNL News 8. After college she was hired to work at KHON2 and also keeps busy as an active volunteer and devoted fundraiser for Special Olympics Hawai'i, Life Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu and Ronald McDonald House.

Student Speakers:

Lisa Rapozo earned her Associates in Liberal Arts from Kaua'i Community College in December of 2013. She is now pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii Hilo. Lisa was a member of the very first Wai'ale'ale Project cohort, and continues to serve as a peer mentor and through outreach activities. She is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is the wife Daniel, and mother of Kaimi and Kainoa.

 Shyla Ayau is a student with the University of Hawai'i West Oahu's distance education program. She is graduating this semester with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and certificate in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management. Shyla is originally from Hilo, Hawai'i and moved to Kaua'i in 2012 to raise her family. Shyla has worked in county government for ten years and is currently employed at the Kaua'i Fire Department as an Administrative Assistant. Through life's many challenges, Shyla has persevered to see her educational goals come to fruition and will be continuing her academic journey towards obtaining a Human Resources Management Master's degree at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Shidler Business College.

Information for Graduates:

May 5, 2014

Kauai CC 2014 Commencement (5/16) - Info for Graduates

Location: Vidinha Stadium
Date: Friday, May 16th
Time: 6:15 p.m.

Dress rehearsal begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. at the Vidinha Stadium
Do not be late!
Entering, standing, sitting, and exiting procedures will be rehearsed.
Light refreshments will be provided.

You must be dressed in your cap and gown when you arrive at dress rehearsal. Caps should be worn at all times except during the playing of the national anthem and Hawai'i Pono'i, when men should remove their caps. Your tassel should be worn on the right side.

There is no place to store personal belongings. Handbags cannot be carried. Leis are not presented or worn until after the ceremony.

The graduation cap and gown is available for purchase at the College Bookstore. Price for the cap/gown/tassel is $38.75 (price is subject to change without prior notice). The gown is "one size fits all" based on your height and sold on a first come first serve basis. It is not necessary to place an order. If you feel that you need an "oversize" gown, please call 245-8273 for visit the bookstore to try one on. If it is necessary, the bookstore will bring one in for you. Graduation attire for men is a shirt with collar, long black pants and black or dark-colored shoes. Attire for women is a dress (must be shorter that gown) or long black pants, and black or dark-colored shoes.

Name Card
Pick up your name card when you report for rehearsal (do not alter). You will be handing your card to the announcer on stage before you walk across the stage.

After the ceremony 
Meet your family and friends by the appropriate signs. Confetti and streamers are prohibited.

The gate opens at 5:30 p.m.

Personalized announcements may be purchased at the KCC Bookstore. Please call 245-8273 for more information.

Because semester records will not be processed by commencement day, the conferring of degrees at the ceremony is provisional, pending verification that degree requirements have been met.

Disability Accommodations If you require access accommodations, please call the Disability Counselor at 245-8212 by Friday, April 25th, 2014. Requests for access accommodations received after the deadline may not assure that accommodations requests will be met.

Meet UH Presidential Finalists (5/8)

This Thursday, May 8th you will have an opportunity to meet the two finalists for the UH President position. Both forums are open to all Faculty, Staff, and Students and will be held in the cafeteria. Refreshments will be served at both forums.

1st Candidate
Lt. General Francis Wiercinski
8:00am - 10:00am

2nd Candidate
Interim President David Lassner
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please join us as this is your chance to find out more about these two candidates and to share your thoughts/questions.

Posted by:
Lana Spencer

New Sustainability Courses - Register Now!

Two new courses in the field of sustainability are being offered in Fall 2014: SSM 101 Introduction to the Science of Sustainability and ENRG 101 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Technology.  Both classes are available for registration now!

If you have ever wanted to learn more about how you can live more sustainably in your own life, or are interested in how you can help Kauaʻi become a more sustainable island, these classes are for you!

We will discuss many relevant topics to Kauaʻi and the world regarding sustainability issues, and students will come away with an increased understanding of the challenges we face and the solutions available.
Discover your passion, help to mālama ʻāina, and potentially find your dream job! These new courses will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to move Kauaʻi in the right direction. Take action now! Enroll in SSM 101 to be a part of the solution!
Do you want to know more about energy solutions or develop the skills to find a job in the industry? Enroll in ENRG 101 today to start yourself down the path of finding a career you love!
SSM 101 - Introduction to Sustainability Science
Runs: August 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014
Meets: Mondays & Wednesdays - 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

This course introduces the science of sustainability including vocabulary and basic concepts in green building, water and wastewater, waste management, food and agriculture, sustainable land use and planning, unique dimensions to island sustainability, transportation, sustainable materials choices and supply chains, energy efficiency, and policy strategies. SSM 101 course flyer (pdf)

ENRG 101 - Intro to Sustainable Energy Technology
Runs: August 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014
Meets: Mondays & Wednesdays - 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

This course introduces alternative methods for meeting long-term energy needs, identifies and explores local resources including demand-side management of conventional gas and electric power and sustainable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, small hydroelectricity, geothermal, ocean thermal energy conversion, and alternative transportation fuel options.  ENRG 101 course flyer (pdf)

Please contact Laura Williams if you have any questions or would like more information. 245-8386 or

Posted by:
Laura Williams