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September 3, 2014

Aloha kakou,

Once again I must deliver tragic news about one of our colleagues. Dr. Vin Nayyar, Adjunct Instructor in Biological Sciences has passed away unexpectedly this week. The news arrived yesterday shocking colleagues and students alike. Vin has carried heavy instructional loads for his department for more than a decade. He was well liked by colleagues and students. He was known for his hard work and versatility having taught a broad repertoire of nine different courses and 129 sections in the past twelve years. We have lost a valuable colleague and we are once again reminded of the evanescence of life. Let us honor Vin with our thoughts and prayers. We will keep the campus apprised if a memorial should be planned.
Mahalo,
Doug


Douglas Dykstra
Chancellor
Windward Community College


September 2, 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s rating of Windward Community College as the single most diverse college campus in the nation is an honor and more. The college experience is intended to provide students with a broad diversity of viewpoints and the Chronicle’s rating means that students can attain a paradigm expanding experience both through their studies as well as through their engagement and interaction with as many of their fellow students as possible. Windward Community College has the proof that our students have sensed the broad diversity of our campus community before the Chronicle came out with its rating. The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), implemented on 684 community college campuses nationwide in the spring semester 2014 reflects our students’ perception that Windward is notable for “…encouraging contact among students from different economic, social and racial or ethnic backgrounds.” CCSSE reports that Windward students agree with the statement at a statistically significant higher level than all students from all other colleges. Moreover, CCSSE reports that compared to all community colleges in Hawai‘i Windward students agree with the statement at a statistically significant higher level. Mahalo to the Chronicle of Higher Education for reporting a fact that our students have already sensed from their experience of our campus community. Windward Community College provides the ideal atmosphere for intellectual and social growth by virtue of the diversity of its student body and the efforts of its faculty to engage students together in their learning activities pursuant to curricular and co-curricular programs.


June 2, 2014

Aloha kakou,

Windward Community College can be very proud of the recent distribution of Freeman Foundation Scholarships for study in Japan. Dr. Toshi Ikagawa tells me that four WinCC students have been selected for the program as follows:

1. Michael Drzymkowski

2. Jason Kang

3. Marissa Del Rey

4. Mark Wyman

Although one of the students has withdrawn for personal reasons this is a remarkable achievement when one considers that the Freeman website reports that no more than a maximum of ten scholarships are distributed in any semester. Mahalo to Toshi and any others who have helped to promote the program and encouraged our students to apply. Congratulations to our students for their success in pursuing this opportunity to study abroad.

Cheers


May 30, 2014

Aloha kakou,

It can be easy to take excellence for granted especially when it is achieved consistently. Accordingly I cannot let pass the recent announcement by Libby Young our faculty adviser for Ka ‘Ohana:

Weʻre also proud to report that Ka ʻOhana just won another first place national award from the American Scholastic Press Association, scoring 930 out of a possible 1,000 points for writing, photography and page design. We appreciate the help and support we receive from all of you as we try to bring you timely stories from the campus and the community.

Well I am proud, as well, and so should we all be proud of our student newspaper’s ongoing achievement of excellence. Mahalo to Libby for modestly sharing the credit with us all, but it is her leadership, recruitment and inspiration of talented student reporters and staff members that produces these perennially excellent results. In the absence of a football team for our college I am proud to report that “Coach” Young and her team takes us to the Super Bowl of student newspapers every year. Maika‘i Libby.

Doug


May 27, 2014

Auwe kakou,

I deeply regret the duty to report the recent passing of our colleague and friend M.J. Lewis, Instructor in Speech. M.J. served our college beginning as an adjunct faculty member in Speech beginning in the 1997-98 academic year. She finished her career with the college as an Instructor in Speech. I will remember her as a gentle soul, totally devoted to her duties as a teacher. At this time I am sorry to say that I am unable to report next of kin information, but rest assured that I will pass this along as the information becomes available. May our friend rest in peace.


Douglas Dykstra
Chancellor


April 10, 2014

Aloha kakou,

I am pleased to announce that the torch will be passed to two very talented and committed Wo Learning Champions for the 2014-15 academic year. Nick Logue, Instructor in Theatre and Kacie Nishioka, Facilities Specialist have been selected and they have agreed to represent our College. I am very happy they will be carrying on a tradition of excellence on our behalf. Please join me in congratulating them.

Cheers,

Doug


April 5, 2014

Aloha kakou,

Here is a hearty “break a leg” message from me in Washington D.C. I wish I could be there with you for this year’s Festival. I have seen the plans and preparations, and I have made special announcements with fliers to both the Kaneohe Business Group and the Kailua Chamber of Commerce. I know this is going to be another great event that will delight thousands of visitors and many potential students.

I am attending the American Association of Community Colleges annual convention, and this too is a useful event for your Chancellor to attend. I have been gathering information about AANAPISI organizations of which we are a member. This stands for Asian American/Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, and it is a possible funding source that we need to consider for the future.

Please know my heart is with you on this big day when the community joins us to “Do Art” as well as enjoying all the other amenities and entertainment provided by the Festival. Rob Molyneaux and So Jin Kimura have done a great job getting the campus ready. We are the place for the arts in Ko‘olaupoko and our community knows this thanks to our facilities, academic offerings, and our programs including the Paliku Arts Festival!

Cheers,

Doug


March 17, 2014

Aloha kakou,

Mahalo nui loa to so many who contributed so much to an event that lived up to its potential and went beyond. I was so proud of all the moving parts, as well as the set up for our “Magical Evening: The Chancellor’s Gala on the Stage of Paliku Theatre” presented on the Ides of March this past Saturday. Altogether, we gave our public a priceless evening that will long be remembered. The champagne reception in the Iris Fukui Foyer & the Gallery Iolani was the perfect setting for Liko Hoe to provide the oli along with a brief explanation of its meaning to the assembled guests. The exhibit in the Gallery Iolani showcased the excellent work of our visual arts faculty thanks to Toni Martin’s hospitality.

To Queen KC Collins and Princess Bonnie Beatson, you were magnificent and never wavered in your attention to detail and follow through on the concept of a dinner on the stage at Paliku…and it worked. Dorene Niibu was priceless in 101 ways working the books, the phones, helping with the caterer, the wines, the programs etc. etc. Perhaps Dorene’s greatest challenge was dealing with public inquiries about the possible cancellation of the event given the potentially dangerous windstorm. She was able to soothe the ruffled nerves of at least one caller who employed the imprecation that this could “turn out to be as bad as the Wonder Blunder.” Imagine that! By the end of the phone call Dorene had the caller suggesting that maybe she was over-reacting. Way to go Dorene…keep ‘em calm just as you smooth my rough edges every day!

To our Platinum Table Sponsor, Angela & Tim Meixell, mahalo for keeping us in your hearts and rest assured that some great table talk was produced at the head table. It was a great place to be to watch the Wizard of Wonderment and Emcee Extraordinaire, Tom Holowach working in tandem with a funky Fairy Godmother, Tadia Rice, to ad lib their way when necessary through a program featuring our talented performing arts faculty and students interspersed with strategically placed “PLEDGE BREAKS.” It was incredible to see so many sophisticated people so eager to light up the magic wands dispersed among the tables as a way of indicating a “bid” to support any of nine programs featured at the event.

The entertainment was practically in the round from backstage to stage left and in the audience. Ably supported by the backstage expertise of Andrew Doan and team, we had the audience wondering where the next act would hit them. Kudos to Nic Logue and the students of Theatre 260 for marvelously funny improvised riffs on Little Red Riding Hoody from Kahuku as well as Jack and the Beanstalk as a college student wannabe. Their script was creative, cute and the timing of the comedy made the audience realize they were seeing sophisticated students who could really sell the comedy…until the inevitable PLEDGE BREAK! Musical interludes provided by Ka‘ala Carmack and the Choral students delighted the audience. In addition So Jin Kimura provided piano accompaniment in the background, as well as the accompaniment for a riveting guest appearance by the Phantom of the Opera.

My thanks go out to the Initiative Leaders and the Admin Team for prioritizing this event and helping me to engage our guests. With approximately 170 guests, I could not possibly have spread myself that thin. Rick Murray and staff kept the parking under control. Sherry Ching and Andy Li were present to wrestle any problems to the ground. Oh what a night!

Cheers,

Douglas Dykstra


January 30, 2014

Mahalo Mike Tom & Welina Ardis & Judy,

As you know Mike Tom has served on an interim basis to help out in the Academic Affairs Office during the recruitment period for our new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ardis Eschenberg who begins her service on Monday February 3rd…in fact if there are emergencies call Ardis as of February 1st (Ellen made me say that!)

I am sure that I speak for others when I express appreciation for Mike’s service. In fact he was doing two jobs simultaneously with the efficiency that we all know to be so characteristic of Mike’s work. Personally I found his counsel to be wise and I appreciated his availability to discuss ideas/concerns/challenges. Mike can return to doing the job he does so well with our appreciation for his unselfish service.

Ardis and Dr. Judy Oliveira will be at the Administrative Staff Meeting on Monday February 3rd at 8:30 a.m. (your first assignment Judy!) We will be well served moving forward. Mahalo to the campus for your patience as we have filled these vacancies, as well as for your participation as a review body. I continue to thank my lucky stars in having found a home at Windward Community College!

Cheers,

Doug


December 11, 2013

Aloha Kakou,

We have 76+ rsvps for the Let Us Go a Wassailing holiday get together in Akoakoa 101-103 from noon to 3 p.m. We will have a Christmas Tree to be filled around its base with Toys for Tots for those of us able to bring new, unwrapped gifts for kids. We will have music as a mood setter, games, door prizes and of course many of us who plan to attend have agreed to bring a dish for the potluck…Dorene is keeping track to make sure we have a full selection of the different food groups and sweets. Chancellor is bringing wine, a selection of whites and reds, dry and/or fruity. Egg nog…oh the egg nog! We are renting the wine glasses, and you all can help to be a little more green by bringing your own mug for the hot tea, bottled water, and/or egg nog…oh the egg nog! Should be fun for all, please come.


October 1, 2013

Aloha kakou,

Congratulations to the Windward Community College volunteers and our steadfast Kane‛ohe Business Group (KBG) partners on staging the 13th annual rendition of the best community block party on the green anywhere within thousands of miles. The weather held off just long enough to get the event in the books. I am so pleased whenever we open our home campus to the town for family friendly fun, entertainment and learning about our outstanding programs, as well as the fundraising efforts that do so much to help our scholarship students, student affairs programs and the ever versatile Advancement Fund. Every year we offer a line-up of entertainers that remind us of the depth of talent and creativity that surrounds us in our community. Ho‛olaule‛a was a monumental organizing challenge conducted masterfully on a campus that was beautifully manicured and kept clean throughout the day despite the thousands of visitors streaming in and out of our campus in search of parking, bargains and good times. The campus turned out in force to collaborate with KBG in a seamless effort that frankly cannot be matched. Mahalo nui loa!

Cheers,

Doug


October 1, 2013

Aloha kakou,

It was with great delight that we received word from the Vice President of Community Colleges that one of our students, Emily Valdez, was selected for the 2014 Honda Study Abroad Scholarship. She will be in Indonesia for the Fall 2013 semester.
Mr. Honda wanted our students to have the opportunity to broaden their international awareness and promote cross-cultural understanding. Emily will no doubt help to achieve that goal.

The competition for this scholarship was intense and the selection process was meticulous. Vice President Morton indicated that there were 23 applicants and only 5 students were selected. Our students have been consistently successful in obtaining study abroad scholarships, which is an important aspect of our connection to international education.

Stay tuned for more opportunities that we can pass on to our students.


Cheers,

Doug


September 16, 2013

Aloha kakou,

Mahalo nui loa to Dorene Niibu and all who pitched in to make the Windward CC Autumn Festival and Bon Dance a great success. On a steamy evening blessed by a brief shower our community was once again invited in to dance, dance, dance as well as network, learn about other cultures and enjoy the general ambience of our beautiful campus. Dorene was the driving force for follow-through and networking to make this wonderful event a reality. Mahalo to Dorene for listening to the many entreaties from campus and community to reprise a winning formula and make it better with cross-cultural events.

Among the many who pitched in to stage this event let us not forget:

Liko Hoe for the opening oli;

Reverend David Nakamoto, Kailua Hongwanji for Blessing/Rose Petal Ceremony;

Kalani Kuloloia as Emcee & Kumu Hula;

Keiji “Kuki” Kukino, President of Kailua Hongwanji Mission (and formerly Director of Administrative Services, WCC) for the yagura & as Emcee;

Roy Inouye & TRIO SSS students for happi coats & hachimaki & shoyu chicken plate, snacks and signage;

Jane Uyetake & Friends Bake Sale/Burger/Saimin Stand;

Dr. Inge White & her tours of the Medicinal Herb Garden;

Tara Severns & Hale La‛akea Library Staff for opening to the public on a Saturday;

Toni Martin & Iolani Gallery for opening Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawaii;

Elizabeth Ratliff & Mike McIntosh & the Royal Scottish Dance Society for sharing their dance culture;

Bonnie Beatson for publicity/marketing;

Sherry Ching & Auxiliary Services Crew for deftly erecting & dressing the yagura, as well as maintaining our facilities’ cleanliness;

Rick Murray for parking & safety/security;

Woody Garrison for a quick fix or two of sound system glitches;

All who attended to make this yet another special event brought to you by Windward Community College, mahalo nui loa.

Cheers,

Doug


August 16, 2013

Aloha kakou,

We have come through the first week leading into the new academic year in fine form with a successful Frosh Camp I. Next week Frosh Camp II will be held with the students who could not make it to the first rendition.

Let's all keep smiling and welcoming our new students as they get their feet wet at our campus. What am I saying, we smile all the time anyway! I have already mentioned in an earlier e-mail our delight to be able to Bless the Hawaiian Studies Hale A'o on Monday August 19 to coincide with President Greenwood's visit to us. Blessing is at 1:30 to 2:45 followed by the President's meeting with Admin from 3 pm to 3:30 pm and then an Open Campus Forum with the President in Hale Akoakoa 105 from 3:45-4:15 pm (at this moment our website has that information incorrectly identified, but I am sure it will be corrected soon).

Convocation as you see will be packed with information, and of course we will be entertaining another visiting team from ACCJC this year to follow up on the five recommendations we received from the visit last year. I think we are in a strong position to broach the discussions with our ACCJC interlocutors on all items with the exception of Financial Sustainability. The Legislature's decision not to fund the UHPA contract places us in a challenging fiscal situation and I hope that the University will have better luck with this issue in the upcoming Supplemental year of the Biennium. After lunch we will be working with the final links in tying together all of the outcomes assessments from the course through the program through the institutional levels of assessment. When this part of the process is completed we will be able to put the punctuation point at the end of the sentence that states WCC has met the outcomes assessment expectations of ACCJC! End with an exclamation not just a period.help us get this done or we will be entertaining interlocutors again and again!

Frosh Camp II on Wednesday and Thursday with Board of Regents meeting on our campus on Thursday. Dr. Jamie Boyd will be presenting her national award winning Pathways Out of Poverty Certified Nurse Assistant Program report in abbreviated form to the Board as the campus report. Timing for Jamie's report is a little difficult to anticipate since we will be part of the President's Report to the Board when she cues us to go on. My guess is that we will be sometime shortly after 9:15-9:30 a.m. assuming there is little in the way of public testimony to the Board.I think that may be the case, at long last.

Cheers,

Doug


August 12, 2013

Aloha kakou,

Welcome back as we prepare for the 2013-14 academic year, my fifth year with Windward CC and I am looking forward to it. Right from the start of the academic year we will have a big event. During the summer we learned that Hale A‘o would be completed months ahead of schedule. We are planning a soft blessing for this major renovation to the Hawaiian Studies facility. The structure includes two new classrooms a huge new choral/dance venue and a new kitchen facility. The blessing will coincide with the final visit by President MRC Greenwood to our campus on Monday, August 19. Kalawaia Moore has invited Kahu David Kaupu to lead the ceremony. The Kahu was the man who presided over the Blessing of our inaugural campus more than 40 years ago, so this is like having the doctor who delivered us back to help us again!…please join us. You will get an early look at the beautiful job that has been completed on a facility that is more like a new rather than a renovated facility…it is worth a trip to campus.

After the blessing and a break for refreshment the President will continue with her visitation as follows:

MRC Greenwood visit to WCC on Monday, Aug 19, 2013

· 1:30 - 2:45 pm Soft Blessing at Hale A'o
· Break
· 3:00 - 3:30 mtg with Admin Team in Akoakoa 107/109
· Break
· 3:45 - 4:15 Open Forum in Akoakoa 105

The President wants to complete the cycle of visiting all campuses one last time to express her gratitude for years of service that have been challenging, but memorable and productive. She has presided over the Papa o Ke Ao project to promote the indigenization of the University hence her attendance at the Blessing of our Hale A‘o is most appropriate.


May 29, 2013

Aloha kakou,

I am sorry to report the passing of Darleen Dyer after battling a prolonged illness for the past year. I have no additional information at this time about services but will pass along any information I may receive as soon as it is available. At my last meeting with Darleen she was so pleased to be able to establish a student scholarship in the name of her husband Pete Dyer our former Provost until the year 2000.

Doug


May 18, 2013

Mahalo to the Commencement Committee,

In addition to the numbers of graduates marching which broke all records, our total # of graduates broke above the 200 mark for the first time. The ceremony was memorable in so many ways, but the impromptu hula performed by one of our soon to be graduated students will be in my memory bank for ever hereafter. Another first for this ceremony was to be seen in our garb which included the kihei in matching colors and design. Mahalo to all who planned and executed a flawless event that produced warm memories for all. Mahalo as well to the many volunteers working behind the scenes to honor our graduates.


May 3, 2013

Mahalo to Roy Inouye and our magnificent TRIO students. Today I dropped off the following message at Hale Na‘auao for them:

Mahalo nui loa for your spirited management of the Food Bank drive this year. You have used ingenuity to inspire community spiritedness to do good things for our neighbors while bringing positive attention to our campus community. Our students, faculty and staff responded to your inspired leadership and without their generosity none of this would have been possible.

I am truly moved by the generosity of our campus community, and beyond that by the power of an ingenious motivational device like a haircut. The donations to the food drive continue to come in to our office from campuses throughout the State, so this has become a celebration that others want to support. Ho‘omaika‘i.


April 29, 2013

Aloha kakou,

I am pleased to announce that the selected nominee for the Community College Leadership Champions program for 2013-14 will be Michael McIntosh, IT Specialist from Computing Services. Although he has been with the College only since November 2011, Michael has had a significant impact, and his nomination has elicited strong support from the selection committee of past participants in this program. Congratulations to Michael.


April 8, 2013

Aloha kakou,

Congratulations to Ben Moffatt and Rob Molyneux on having staged the Paliku Arts Festival. The event was again an enormous success with broad-based participation, a full court press of publicity and a great turnout. With additional space available by utilizing our new Library Learning Commons breezeway, and with the Library open during special Saturday hours we were able to distribute the crowd to multiple venues, just as we were able to accommodate the parked cars with easier access to the venues. Thank goodness for the folks on stilts along the LLC walkway in addition to the Information Desk in Palanakila to greet our visitors. We can all be proud of the cornucopia of events that graced our campus and once again delivered the message that Windward Community College is the premier site for the Arts!

Cheers,


April 3, 2013

Aloha kakou,

I am pleased to announce that I am recommending Kevin Ishida to be the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services pending approval by Vice President Morton after the next Board of Regents meeting this month. With the help of many respondents who answered the questionnaire subsequent to the campus open forums for three very highly qualified finalists, I have decided that Kevin will be the best fit for our campus moving forward.

Kevin has a broad base of experience as an administrative officer within the University of Hawai‘i System. Moreover, he has been responsible to oversee the entire financial and business operations to include providing guidance and advice to college and university officials in the areas of budgets, accounts receivable, procurement, inventory, tuition revenues, contract agreements, grant and contract compliance issues among other duties. Importantly, he has stepped in to manage crisis situations at Windward Community College during power and water outages when the former Vice Chancellor has been out of state.

Please join me in congratulating Kevin as he begins his new duties.


April 1, 2013

Aloha kakou,

I am pleased to announce that Ellen Ishida-Babineau has accepted my request to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs pending approval by Vice President John Morton subsequent to the next Board of Regents meeting on April 18. Her appointment will cover the recruitment period for a permanent Vice Chancellor to occur during the fall 2013 semester.
Additionally, Michael Tom has agreed to serve as Assistant to the Academic Affairs Office during the campus’ recruitment/selection process for the new VCAA. Although Mike will not fill an interim executive/managerial post his duties will provide the Interim V.C. for Academic Affairs with considerable relief in support of Division I affairs, as well as a panoply of campus and system meetings and projects. Please join me in thanking them for their service


March 14, 2013

Aloha kakou,

I am pleased to announce our recommendation to Vice President Morton that Windward’s new Director of Career and Community Education should be Michael Moser. Mike is currently an Associate Professor and Senior Coordinator of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Leeward Community College. He has served in that capacity since January 2011 exercising responsibility to oversee all operations of the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development including the development and management of all department budgets, instructional programs, staffing, operations, management, recruitment, account management, program review, assessments, accreditation compliance, grant management, marketing and contract grants. Prior to his current position he served as the Coordinator of Career and Workforce Development at Windward Community College for nearly four years where he developed and coordinated a new internship program with over eighty-five employer contacts.

Mr. Moser’s skill set includes management and oversight responsibilities developed over the span of thirteen years (1994-2007) as the Director and Principal Investigator for the Upward Bound College Prep Program at Leeward Community College. In addition to his management responsibilities in this capacity he also acted as author and principal investigator for over ten federal grants totaling $9 million.

Pending approval by V.P. Morton, Mike will begin his service on Monday April 1st…no foolin'!

Cheers,

Doug


February 21, 2013

Aloha kakou,

You will find the digital version of the ACCJC Visiting Team Evaluation Report as well as the Accreditation Evaluation Report for the U. H. Community College System attached to this message as well as on the college web-page. As you will see from the notification letter from President Barbara Beno the college has received five (5) recommendations and the System has received five (5) recommendations. Additionally the college must complete a Follow-Up report on all of the recommendations to be submitted to ACCJC by October 15, 2013.

I am also including a digital copy of the Windward Community College rebuttal entitled “Inaccuracies in 2012 Evaluation Report.” To submit such a rebuttal does not absolve our college from the necessity of faithfully and completely responding to the concerns of the Visiting Team, but it does establish a context for our claims that some of the work required to respond to the recommendations is already done and our Follow Up report will focus on documenting those achievements beyond a shadow of a doubt. However, as you peruse the recommendations you will note that each recommendation also includes necessary improvements that have not yet been accomplished and these improvements will be the focus of our concerted efforts in the months to come.

We are thankful for the reaffirmation of our accreditation, and I appreciate the expressions of support from a number of you for the efforts I made to represent the college. Although my trip to San Francisco to make an oral appeal gave me five minutes to speak to the assembled Commissioners, it was the twenty-seven (27) page rebuttal that sealed the deal. I hope you will join me in thanking all who helped me assemble the rebuttal documentation, amounting to seventeen (17) pages, for their expeditious response to my call for help. Key contributors include: Jan Lubin, Jeff Hunt, Kristine Korey-Smith, Ardis Eschenberg, and Richard Fulton. Without their documentary evidence my words would not have been persuasive.

DOCUMENTS MAY ALSO BE FOUND ON RESERVE AS HARD COPIES IN THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST FROM THE FRONT DESK.


February 20, 2013

Aloha kakou,

With chagrin I am announcing the pending departure of our Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Richard Fulton. He has chosen April 1, 2013 as the date with enough of a twinkle in his eye that I thought for a moment that it might be a premature April Fools. However he has given considerable thought to the decision and so we will have to bid him goodbye on that date.

During Richard’s term in office the college has enjoyed a booming period of enrollment growth with credit enrollments rising from approximately 1700 to 2750 at the high point this past Fall semester. The growth would not have been so dramatic without Richard’s determination to offer the courses needed by incoming students. The expanded course offerings were made possible by the Enrollment Growth Funding initiative which the college had not been fully utilizing prior to Richard’s commitment to use this source of support to its fullest potential. Additionally, he provided the impetus to dramatically expand on-line course offerings and the result has been an increase in these distance education enrollments by almost 300%. The college has benefited from his leadership to diversify its degree and certificate program offerings to include an A.S. in Veterinary Technology, A.A. in Hawaiian Studies, C.A. in Agri-pharmatech and work is near completion on an A.S. in Natural Sciences. Finally he has provided the leadership to bring the resources of the Department of Labor C3T grant to campus for the agricultural components of the grant, as well as participation in the National Science Foundation PEEC project to support students planning to transfer and pursue an Engineering degree, and substantial Perkins grant funded projects for the campus.

Please join me in wishing Richard Fulton all the best.


January 24, 2013

Aloha kakou,

Congratulations to Kristine Korey-Smith and her family as they re-locate to Maui. Kristine will begin her job at Maui Community College as Coordinator of the Learning Center. It seems like only yesterday that she began with us as Interim Director of the Office of Career and Community Education. She made exceptional strides in her leadership of OCCE during her year with us. She has demonstrated system-wide leadership in the development of the Ready, Set, Grow program as it transitioned to the I-Can program for non-credit, contextualized, remedial instruction, as well as developing our college’s capacity in aquaponics, ocean safety and recreation, nursing pathways, and planning for a maritime licensing training curriculum, and a train the trainer curriculum for personnel in the women’s prison for job readiness training. She has been a leader with considerable vision and energy and we wish her the best as she takes up her new duties at a new campus. We have benefited immensely from our brief association with her and the energy she has brought to her work with us.

Douglas Dykstra


January 15, 2013

Windward Community College is honored to have the generous support of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation for the college’s inaugural Paipai ‘o Ko‘olau program for four years and a total of nearly $923,000. In the past five years the college has experienced the most dramatic period of growth in its forty years of existence. With new degree and certificate programs, and student enrollment burgeoning by more than 50% over that time period the college has been taking on a new significance for the communities of the Ko‘olau districts. Enrollment of Native Hawaiian students has been a particularly significant category of growth having expanded from 31% of the student body to 42% in that time span.
Paipai ‘o Ko‘olau will initiate a new phase of service to students, particularly Native Hawaiian students, with its promise of support for those who would otherwise face significant obstacles to a post-secondary education. With tuition support in their first year; a summer bridge experience at the outset; intrusive academic and personal counseling throughout the program; block scheduling of classes; supplemental instructional support among other strategies the college by virtue of the generous support of Castle Foundation will provide fifty students a year for the next four years with a fast and secure start to their college careers.
Mahalo nui loa to Vice-Chancellor Ardis Eschenberg for her leadership in the development of this project; to Vice-President John Morton and the University of Hawai‘i System for significant cost-sharing; to the University of Hawai‘i Foundation for its expert guidance of the process; and to President Mitch D’Olier along with Vice-President Terry George of Castle Foundation for their leadership, and unwavering commitment to expanding educational opportunity as the path to strong community development.


November 21, 2012

Aloha Windward Faculty and Staff,

I'm very pleased to announce Windward CC’s Wo Learning Champions (WLC), Generation IX: Kate Zane & Jo Ann Takamiyashiro.
Two WLCs (faculty and/or staff) are selected from each community college and Maui College to participate in an 18-month professional development program. WLCs have an opportunity to visit each campus and learn more about the community colleges through an endowment from the Wo Foundation. In addition, each WLC is awarded a $2,000 professional development stipend. WLCs will coordinate the campus-wide Wo Innovations in Learning Day (WILD) in Spring 2014.
Congratulations to Kate and Jo Ann! Mahalo to Generation VIII, Janine Oshiro and Jamie Boyd for their successful term and for overseeing the recruitment and selection process of our new team.


November 14, 2012

Aloha kakou,

Mahalo nui loa to Toshi Ikagawa and the International Education Committee for successfully offering educational and nutritious hands on activities in honor of International Education Week today. We were honored by the presence of three Masters of revered Japanese cultural art forms with calligraphy, flower arrangement and tea ceremony masters present to answer questions and present us with opportunities to practice the art forms. Additionally our faculty and students contributed to the events with Inge White’s students providing a bounteous table of international culinary delights for a balanced meal enjoyed by all. Mahalo to our Languages faculty members for staffing the informational table and to Christine Wu for her informational presentation on opportunities for study abroad in China. In addition to the fun of the hands-on learning and dining opportunities I personally want to thank the International Education Committee for their hard work in accessing a Honda Center mini-grant to stage the event & for providing me an opportunity to get free from my computer and get out on campus for an afternoon well-spent.


October 20, 2012

Aloha kakou,

More than a year of work comes to a close with the Accreditation Team Visit that concluded this past Thursday. Over one hundred of you, more than 70% of the full time faculty and staff of the college contributed in some manner to the self-study. Dozens of us including faculty, staff and students were asked to interviews by the team members. Dr. Cynthia Azari the chair of the visiting team has praised the cooperativeness and the spirit of all who have interacted with the team in its efforts to know us better.

Mahalo nui loa to all, starting with our Accreditation Liaison Officer Jan Lubin and the team of Standard Chairs who have given order and direction to the self-study effort: Alan Ragains & Frank Palacat for Standard I; Jean Okumura for Standard II; Michael Tom for Standard III; Kathleen French for Standard IV. Mahalo nui loa to Dorene Niibu who always seems to step forward to fill a void, provide a service or an idea on how we could serve our visitors a little better; to Brian Richardson for his efficient, service oriented support to assure that the appointments process was handled smoothly, as well as the Costco run for supplies when he doesn’t even own a car; to Bonnie Beatson for all that she has done to make us look good from the opening reception through the closing cake, conversation and catharsis session; to Janine Oshiro and Jamie Boyd for sponsoring the cake and catharsis session; and to all who contributed in so many ways to make us look good.

When our visiting team departed the chairperson assured me of the team’s good feelings about our college and our professionalism. In addition to six commendations that will be a formal part of their report to the Commission they have also given us a preliminary notification that we will receive seven recommendations. This will mean that we will have work to do in the future and the Commission will let us know the timeline for doing the work on the recommendations…it could be one year, two years or at most three years before we need to report on our completion of the work on the recommendations. Just like breathing, accreditation work never ceases…you just get a moment to exhale. Of course when one exhales that is the time to say ho‘o mai ka‘i.

Aloha pumehana,

Doug


October 4, 2012

Aloha kakou,

Congratulations to Tom Holowach, cast, crew and of course Ron Bright. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Senator Jill Tokuda were in attendance at Broadway @ Paliku last night to present proclamations honoring the 10th anniversary of Paliku Theatre. The Governor presented his proclamation followed by Senator Tokuda delivering a proclamation on behalf of the Senate. It was an honor to sit with them during another impeccable and highly entertaining performance…good news about the university has been hard to come by and Paliku really delivered last night. At intermission the Governor was fascinated by the confluence 3 student art exhibit in Gallery Iolani. We really bolstered our reputation as the performing arts and visual arts place to be last night!

Cheers,

Doug


September 28, 2012

Aloha kakou,

The Bon Dance this past Saturday was an enormous success. Mahalo nui loa to Dorene Niibu for the inspiration to bring the first Bon Dance ever to the Windward Community College campus. The attendance, the atmosphere of fun and socializing, the booths selling out their wares, the politicians politicking, and the weather cooperating all came together in yet another boffo event. The piazza beneath the steps of Hale La‘akea provided the perfect venue for the yagura on-loan from Kailua Hongwanji compliments of our Director of Administrative Services (ret) Kuki Kukino. With the expert help of our Auxiliary Services staff the structure was leveled off and decorated with foliage. As the evening progressed the piazza and the surrounding steps and slopes filled with an appreciative public taking full advantage of the LAST Bon dance of the season.

Volunteers abounded to make the evening a success and special mahalos go out to TRIO personnel/students for bringing in the harvest of non-GMO sweet corn for sale; OCCE for baked goods/saimin sales; Safety and Security for keeping the parking situation orderly; the Library for opening extra hours to accommodate the Hanafuda lessons and the beadwork sessions; Gallery ‘Iolani for special hours for the confluence 3 show of student art from our visual arts studios; Bioprocessing Medicinal Garden for special hours for tours; Marketing for the publicity including a beautifully distinctive flier/poster for the event. Finally all the volunteers at the information booth who helped to promote the college and its emphasis upon violence prevention as it was also Peace Day. The community appreciation was palpable and Dorene has already noticed that the price of success is popular demand to “…oh, oh, oh do it again!”


August 31, 2012

Aloha kakou,

What a wonderful event to dedicate the magnificent Hale La‘akea yesterday giving us memories of a celebration with all happy endings. A dream has come true and the campus community pitched in to show the spirit of the Windward CC ‘Ohana in action to celebrate a story of success. How very heartwarming it was to see so many people taking the initiative to pitch in and help with whatever they could do…just for the sake of participating as part of our common effort. I am exceptionally proud of the Windward Community College ‘Ohana. Bonnie Beatson is the name missing from the list of kudos, so allow me to add that Bonnie was an incomparable mastermind of preparations for a ceremonial occasion that we will not forget. Her planning and indefatigable, detail oriented follow through were crucial elements to making this a media event and campus celebration that gave the community some good news to enjoy and to inspire them.

Cheers,

Doug


August 22, 2012

Aloha kakou,

Allow me to add my congratulations to Paliku Theatre and all who have been the recipients of the recent Po‘okela Awards. Phantom of the Opera was a tour de force and How I Became a Pirate a delight, now confirmed by the performing arts community that there are none better. So many of us have been so delighted by the fare provided by Paliku Theatre, and you really must attend the events to know what a cultural gem it is for our community. Mahalo to Tom Holowach for this report of Paliku’s recognition for excellence yet again. Congratulations to Andrew Doan for his award as a guest artist at Manoa Valley Theatre. A special mahalo to our unofficial artists in residence Mr. Ron Bright and Mr. Clarke Bright who together have brought so much positive recognition and the best in entertainment to our little theatre.

Cheers,

Doug


August 8, 2012

Windward CC takes the safety and security of its student body very seriously and our campus operates in accord with the requirements of the Federal Educational Rights to Privacy Act in all respects.

In this regard the college can assure the public and its student body that we are taking responsibilities seriously to guarantee the safety of all students as well as the privacy of all registered students.

If there are public concerns about the status of a particular student we can only respond to a direct question about the name of the student and the student's registration status. We can give no other information. We at Windward CC must address many of the unknowns of this situation recently discovered, and I will be meeting with key staff members to determine appropriate steps to take to assure the balance between the safety of our students, a paramount consideration, as well as the rights of students.


June 5, 2012

Aloha kakou,
On Tuesday June 12 Earl Kawa‘a will join us to provide a blessing of our new Library Learning Commons, followed by a blessing of the Hale A‘o structure on the eve of its major renovation, as well as the mala kalo. These blessings are intended to start us out as a campus ‘ohana on the appropriate footing to support a harmonious future as we prepare to move into the beautiful new LLC and undertake major new developments in and around Hale A‘o. The general public will not be invited to these events, but all will be welcomed who wish to participate.
The blessing will begin with a procession from Hale A'o at 8:45 a.m. to the front entrance (facing the Great Lawn) of the LLC followed by a brief reception with coffee/tea and cookies in the coffee shop of the LLC. Participants will thereafter continue at 10:00 a.m. to the entrance of Hale A‘o for the conclusion of the ceremonies.
Please join us if you are able to do so.


May 19, 2012

Aloha kakou,

Congratulations to Inge White and to Kalawaia Moore as well as the many who have helped their respective program development projects along the way. Yesterday the Board of Regents approved Inge's proposal for a Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech. The Certificate is an upgrade from the Academic Subject Certificate in Bio-Resources Development & Plant Biotechnology. Inge had coordinated support from U.H. Manoa, UH Hilo and from key constituencies in the private and public sectors to assure certain approval of the program by the Board.

Kalawaia along with all Hawaiian Studies programs throughout the Community College system received BOR approval for the Associate in Arts: Hawaiian Studies. Many have helped to develop our program and to collaborate to bring about the simultaneous approval of the AA in Hawaiian Studies across the State. Representatives from Hawaiian Studies from all campuses were present at yesterday's meeting helping to make the moment all the more moving and celebration afterwards memorable for all.

Cheers,

Doug


May 16, 2012

Aloha kakou,

I am delighted to announce that Ellen Ishida-Babineau has accepted the offer to become the permanent Dean of Division I for our college. The past year with Ellen as the interim dean has been very productive and challenging. Ellen has risen to every challenge and I am happy to say she has found this administrative role to be energizing. She had warned me coming in to the interim position that she would be going as fast as possible back to the classroom when freed from the duties. I am very happy that Ellen has come to see the service she can offer in an administrative post to be a calling that suits her and provides her valuable insights to us all. She gives us an important source of institutional memory on the administrative team, as well as expertise and effectiveness as a leader of our learning outcomes assessment processes.

The formal appointment requires posting of this position on the Board of Regents agenda for its next meeting to be held on July 19 at Honolulu Community College. The BOR is not required to formally approve the appointment, but Vice President Morton will wait until after the meeting to provide his approval. In the meantime, join me in welcoming Ellen to her new position…kind of like being a president-elect but without secret service protection.

Cheers,

Doug


April 24, 2012

Aloha kakou,

Some of us sitting through Vice President Morton’s slide presentation on the college’s Strategic Plan performance may have been dismayed by a few of the slides. Let me put things in a different context by pointing out that we may have fallen short by 4.8% in the number of high school graduates who entered WinCC the fall semester after high school graduation. However, the Windward District high school graduating classes since 2006 have declined in size by 12.7%. In that same time period we have increased the % of Windward District graduates attending our campus the fall semester after graduation by 14.5%. Bottom line is that we are doing a far better job of recruiting a higher proportion of a diminishing number of high school graduates. Congratulations and keep up the good work. (Thanks to Nalani Kuan on fast number crunching these data).

I could sense similar angst when the slides on persistence were flashed. Let’s look at those data in context as well. For Native Hawaiian students fall to spring persistence is 70% and that is fully 8% higher than the persistence rate in 2006, moreover it is 5% higher than our Strategic Plan calls for. Native Hawaiian students fall to fall persistence is 46% and that is 5% higher than the rate in 2006 and 3% higher than the Strategic Plan calls for when rounded off. Likewise for the All Students category the fall to spring persistence is 69% which is 5% higher than 2006 figures and 2% higher than the Strategic Plan calls for. Finally, fall to fall semester persistence for All Students reflects 50% which is 6% better than the figure in 2006, as well as being 4% higher than the Strategic Plan calls for.

I am attaching the Strategic Plan report and you may see for yourselves this good news. I should point out that there is a similar story of good news for first year success figures…and best of all we do not even have the reported figures since we deployed our Freshmen Year Experience program. The best is yet to come.


April 18, 2012

Aloha kakou,

Faculty, both full and part-time are invited to the third in a series of Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) workshops designed to prepare our college to reach proficiency levels for the assessment of learning outcomes at the program and the institutional levels. Earlier workshops listed below were well attended, but certainly by no means universally attended by our faculty.

CLOSING THE LOOP WORKSHOP FOR TEACHING FACULTY (Friday, March 9)
RAISING THE BAR: Gen. Ed. ASSESSMENT AT THE APEX (Friday March 16)
The final workshop announcement follows:
DISCOVERING A PROJECT

The IEC will present a brief workshop on April 27th from 11:30-12:30 in Imiloa 133 on Discovering a Project: Finding and Attaching a Task to a General Education Outcome. The workshop will be a hands-on training on how to fill in Form 1: Record of Departmental Assessment Planning handed out at the March 16 workshop. Faculty will attach a task to a General Education Outcome and describe the assessment tool that will be used and how it links to the General Education outcome selected. All faculty who are not teaching are encouraged to attend. Department Chairs and incoming Department Chairs are expected to attend.

Note the brevity of this workshop…if you blink you may miss it so please don't be tardy.

Cheers,

Doug


April 3, 2012

Congratulations to Ben Moffat and Rob Molyneux for the great success that was the 2nd Paliku Arts Festival brought to us by the collaborative efforts of a host of volunteers from throughout the campus as well as its community support network. All of the art forms (visual, performing, musical and language) were represented in the events, activities and demonstrations available to our guests, and the exciting part of it all was that so much was available for hands on participation. Mahalo to all who contributed in any manner to assure the success of this masterfully staged, multi-faceted event. You have contributed to securing Windward Community College’s reputation as the leader in promoting the creative imagination and interests of the community. To the professors and students and supporters who volunteered many hours to pull this event together I echo Ben’s sentiment that you have done a good thing…you have helped our college to firmly establish its reputation as an arts education emporium.

Mahalo nui loa


March 7, 2012

Aloha kakou,

CLOSING THE LOOP WORKSHOP FOR TEACHING FACULTY (Friday, March 9 @ 9-noon in Akoakoa 101-103)

Our college has a long and successful record of completing course level learning outcomes assessment on an incremental basis of 20% of our courses each year. However we need a better record of documenting our departmental/collegial analysis of the assessment results, as well as the application of that analysis to pedagogical, curricular and/or programmatic solutions to problems identified by the assessment.

Alternatively we need practice with identifying the pedagogical, curricular and/or programmatic factors explaining the successes of our assessment results. The point is we need practice in talking about challenges and successes revealed by our course level assessments & we need practice in documenting those discussions leading to institutional decision-making. Since we have been doing the assessment so successfully for so long we would be cheating ourselves if we do not get all of the credit for our good performance by holding documented departmental and campus-wide discussions of the assessment results and their implication for campus-wide initiatives and planning.

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) is presenting a Closing the Loop: From Course-Level Assessment to Institutional Planning on Friday March 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Akoakoa 101-103 and we need all BOR appointed teaching faculty members. Closing the loop is done by departments when colleagues help colleagues with solutions to learning outcomes challenges and/or inspire colleagues with best practices validated by their own recent learning outcomes assessment. Closing the loop also means using our assessment results to identify issues or trends that can be addressed at the campus level.

Please do not let your departmental colleagues down. If you are teaching that day come for whatever time you have to spare…if you have no classes that day come for the whole event. We need you to show your leadership and your commitment to one another. It would be so tragic if we failed to take our several years of successful course level assessment to that final relatively easy step of collegially conducted analysis and dialogue leading to institutional planning. Join me at 8:30 a.m. outside Akoakoa 103-105 for coffee/tea and morning refreshments. If you cannot make it please let me know. Adjunct faculty are welcome to attend.

Doug


February 24, 2012

Aloha kakou,

I am asking all of us to do whatever we may be able to do to cut back in our electrical usage…taking steps such as turning off your computers at night rather than locking and putting them to “sleep,” the same with printers if you have one. Also I must ask more emphatically that any personal appliances such as refrigerators or microwave ovens in individual offices be removed. Air conditioning is an expense that is difficult to regulate and our Facilities coordinator is attempting to regulate it to 73º, but you may be able to help by keeping your office or classroom door closed if it opens to the outdoors rather than to an interior hallway. Of course if you have a window unit do keep your office door and windows closed if running the air conditioner.

In August 2010 the electricity rate was 23cents per kwh; by August 2011 the rate was all the way up to 30cents per kwh and now it is 33 cents per kwh, a 43% increase in rates from August 2010. This has thrown the college’s budgeting for electricity into crisis. We budgeted slightly more than $1million for electricity for this academic year and if our college continues to utilize kwh exactly as we did last year the electricity budget will fall nearly $450,000 short.

The good news is that we have been using fewer kwh compared to last year during five of the seven months that have already passed for this fiscal year. During that span we have used 3% fewer kwh. The challenge of course is that we must conserve much more because the rates are 43% higher…hence my requests for redoubled conservation efforts.

Please help.

Mahalo nui loa,

Doug


December 12, 2011

Aloha kakou,

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Kristine Korey-Smith to the position of Interim Director of Vocational & Community Education to begin January 3, 2012. Her appointment gives me an opportunity to thank Gerri Kabei for so adeptly handling the responsibilities of leadership in the Office of Career and Community Education since Bernadette Howard's departure to become State Director of Vocational Education. Gerri's management of the operations has been flawless, but I know that she joins me to enthusiastically welcome Kristine's arrival.

Ms. Korey-Smith is a tenured Associate Professor in the Kahikoluamea Department of Kapi'olani Community College. She has served that department since fall semester 2002 as the Pre-College Communications Coordinator. As such she is highly respected for her commitment to and expertise in teaching as well as managing the offering of remedial and developmental course offerings. Her responsibilities include hiring, and supervising teaching personnel; curriculum design; development of teaching materials for the staff; collection and analysis of student outcomes and achievement data; and course scheduling. She has been the Continuing Education Coordinator for the department from 2003 to 2006 performing duties that included design, scheduling and marketing of workshops; budgeting, hiring instructional personnel as well as managing all payroll paperwork. Moreover, she has served the department as the Career and Technical Education Coordinator from spring semester 2009 to the present. In this role she has researched and applied contextualized teaching and learning methodologies; scheduled courses; promoted the dissemination of the foregoing across the campus; and carried out other managerial functions including data collection and analysis. Her leadership in the development of "Ready, Set, Grow," the non-credit remedial education program is eagerly anticipated.

Ms. Korey-Smith's skill set includes expertise as the Kapiolani CC Assessment Coordinator since spring semester 2008. In this capacity she has been a central figure in developing the college's assessment strategy in preparation for its upcoming accreditation visitation. Additionally, she has a successful record as the Grants Writer for the College of the Marshall Islands in addition to two years as chairperson of the Developmental Studies Department at the College of the Marshall Islands.


November 3, 2011

Congratulations to Snowden Hodges, Toni Martin, Norm Graffam, Jonathan Busse and students of the Atelier Program all mentioned in an article in the most recent Honolulu magazine announcing the opening of their exhibit currently showing at the Pegge Hopper Gallery, 1164 Nuuanu Avenue from November 2-26. Good show to bring renown to our school and to introduce the moniker Windward Realists as part of the common parlance around town.


October 31, 2011

Aloha kakou,

In order to allow the contractors to complete the air conditioning (AC) chill water loop connections to Akoakoa, Palanakila, Imiloa, and Hokulani, the Palanakila parking lot must be closed from Monday, November 7 to Friday, January 6.

This will give the contractors time to complete the work in time for the start of the Spring Semester. This seems a better option than running the risk that the work may not be finished on time for the start of spring semester when the AC might be off-line for 2-3 weeks. If we close the parking lot now there is a good chance that the shut off of AC can be confined to the Christmas/New Years break.

The accessible parking stalls in Palanakila Lot are also temporarily moved to the theatre and ceramics areas behind Palanakila. Please do not park in these temporary stalls from Tuesday, November 1st to Friday, January 6.

I know that the closing of the parking lot will be an inconvenience for all of us. Please park in the overflow parking area and the other parking lots by Akoakoa, Naauao and Kuhina, and the designated stalls along Ala Koolau.

Mahalo nui loa,

Douglas Dykstra
Chancellor


October 25, 2011

Congratulations to Tom Holowach, Andrew Doan, the cast and crew of Phantom of the Opera. Let us also give a special Mahalo to the inimitable Mr. Bright upon completion of the run for Phantom of the Opera. Paliku Theatre patrons will long remember this outstanding rendition of Phantom. The reviews by the professionals were written in superlatives and the comments by patrons overheard at intermission and after the performance were glowing and enthusiastic. Mahalo Tom, et. al. for memories of a performance that will set a standard difficult to surpass.


October 9, 2011

Hoolaulea 2011 Hooray

The best I have seen yet! What a turnout and the weather cooperated as did many people from our good friends in the Kaneohe Business Group to our many faculty, staff and student volunteers. Herb Lee as overall chair of the event did a stellar job of securing the talented emcees and entertainers that kept the main-stage at the center of attention all day and long into the night. Bonnie Beatsons promotional efforts got the word out so effectively that we had to use all of our parking as well as the State Hospital parking in front of the former Bishop Hall. The crowd could have been an embarrassment of riches if not for the deft traffic/parking control with Rick Murrays help.

Overseeing it all and thinking she is on sabbatical has been Libby Youngwriting grants and networking to arrange major sponsors.such as Ameron Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric, Le Jardin Academy and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, as well as Mayor Carlisle with a $10k check from the City and County.

I have been told by many in the community that the event was such that you couldnt help but stay a little longer and longer as so many crafters, food booths (thanks Gus Cobb-Adams), non-profits, garage sale (thanks Sarah Hodell, et. al.), cultural demos (thanks Ke Kumu Pali), and silent auction temptations (thanks Judy Oliveira, et. al.) beckoned for your attention.

Mahalo to the many Windward Community College exhibitors that occupied the central slopes of the Great Lawn and the Akoakoa building walkway. Again and again it was apparent that this symbiosis between the business community and the College provides the perfect opportunity to stage an open house on the Great Lawn with something for everybody. With the Gallery Iolani open through the daylight hours, the sold-out Imaginarium Show in the evening, the sold-out Phantom showing at the Paliku; we presented virtually all that the College has to offer to a boffo reception by our audience.

Just think of itthe Botany Club with orchids galore, Ceramics Club with raku demos, Chemistry Club with tornadoes in a bottle etc, Certified Nurse Assistant club doing blood pressures and crafts demos, Marine Option Program, PaCES program, PTK face painting, Math and Business Hexahedrons, Vet Assisting, Service Learning, Pacific Alliance Program for STEM students with disabilities, Aerospace Education rocketry and Career/Community Education with its many goodies and good old fashioned hotdogs accompanied by a rendition of My Melancholy Baby provided for an extra charge. What a turnout! What an event!

Cheers,

Doug Dykstra


August 12, 2011

Aloha kakou,

Welcome back to the most beautiful campus in the University of Hawaii system. This will be the academic year when we accept the completed Library Learning Commons. For those of you who have been away the whole summer the progress on the Library will be stunning when you see it. It is now looking like the artists rendition we have seen. We will have a Blessing and a soft opening for the LLC sometime in the spring semester 2012. The grand public opening will be held early in the fall semester 2012 after we have moved the Library collection into the facility in June, and it will coincide with our 40th anniversary as a college.

This academic year we will be completing our accreditation self-study and I thank all on the faculty/staff who have been active contributors to this important report. In preparation for accreditation, a General Education Learning Outcomes Task Force led by Ellen Ishida-Babineau and Ardis Eschenberg has worked through the summer months to link our learning outcomes assessment efforts from course level to program and degree levels. This process has entailed the re-writing of General Education Learning Outcomes to facilitate authentic learning outcomes assessment. The work of this task force is the crucial linch pin to our colleges efforts to demonstrate its performance at the ACCJC-expected level of Proficiency on its rubric of Institutional Effectiveness in Student Learning Outcomes. Attaining this level of achievement is not a suggestion, it is an obligation of all colleges throughout the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as of the Fall 2012.

Given the importance of the report to be presented by the General Education Task Force we are devoting a day and a half of Convocation Week to this issue. Since General Education outcomes are the obligation of us all the first entire day of Convocation will entail large group activities up until lunch and breakout sessions in the afternoon involving all employees both instructional and non-instructional. The second half-day of activities will involve all instructional faculty members given that non-instructional employees will be accommodated later in September when Dr. Terri Manning comes to campus expressly to address the challenges of non-instructional outcomes assessment.

I ask all to join us for the first day of Convocation and all instructional faculty members to attend the half-day session on Tuesday of Convocation week. You will be missed if you are unable to attend, and I would appreciate hearing from you (e-mail) if you are unable to attend. The Task Force will schedule necessary briefing sessions for those who are unable to join us during Convocation Week. We have one year remaining to present our expertise with outcomes assessment at the highest levels of achievement ever as yet mandated by ACCJC. We must all come together to ensure that we are working effectively toward that end.

Mahalo,

Doug Dykstra

Chancellor


June 14, 2011

The Kumu Ao Festival: Learning from the Source was another Windward Community College tour de force. On this Kamehameha Day weekend a parade of practitioners graced our campus. Congratulations are in order to Kuulei Lessary, Kalawaia Moore, Ron Loo and the many hands that helped to stage an event including 21 workshops by nine prominent practitioners of carving, fishhook making, lomilomi, kapa dye-making, art and music. Once again Ke Kumu Pali with support from Title III has demonstrated that Windward Community College is an educational and community beacon in Hawaiian cultural studies and practices. Mahalo nui loa to all who brought such a constructive and successful activity to fruition. Special thanks to Tommy Young and Winston Kong for their work with imu that provided more than enough food for the many attendees. Be watching and listening throughout the remainder of June and into July for the series to continue.


Cheers,

Doug Dykstra


June 2, 2011

On behalf of Windward Community College I wish to apologize for promotional posters entitled Lets Get Physical that included unintentionally discriminatory imagery. The college has taken immediate action to remove the posters when a complaint was lodged. However, our apology is all the more profuse because this poster was publicly displayed throughout the campus for approximately four months; the marginalizing imagery only became apparent when pointed out.

Just to clarify, the poster in question was not a product of our national award winning Marketing and Graphic Design Office. The office staffed by Bonnie Beatson and Peter Tully Owen has produced multiple examples of award winning posters, ads, newsletters and other promotional materials. Repeatedly the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations has given gold and silver medal recognition to work done by our marvelous publicists. In no way and at no time did either of them contribute to or advise in the production of the ad in question. Perhaps this is the beginning of our learning opportunities because anyone wishing to develop promotional materials should take advantage of the keen eye for content and design that Bonnie and Peter can bring to our materials.

This incident serves as an eye opening and teachable moment for our campus, especially for top leadership, but also to all who tolerated this imagery as harmless. Most poignantly we must consider the effects that this may have had on our students. Thus, we are now embarking on careful consideration of a course of action to not just rectify this incident and better educate ourselves on this issue, but also to actively rebuild the confidence of our campus community and the general public in our commitment to creating a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for the students and employees of Windward Community College. Again, we humbly apologize for this serious incident. If you have any questions or need to discuss this, please do not hesitate to contact myself by e-mail dykstra@hawaii.edu or phone 235-7402. Also, concerns can be addressed to our EEO/AA contact, Karen Cho at 235-7404.

Douglas Dykstra
Chancellor
Windward Community College


May 16, 2011

Aloha kakou,

What a wonderful ceremony so ably presented by our Master of Ceremonies Lui Hokoana. Mahalo to Leslie Opulauoho who managed a myriad of details and Loke Kenolio who soothed the ruffled feathers of all the Executives sitting in the Green Room as we received our stage directions. We have 116 student names listed in our program, some of them listed more than once to receive both a degree and a certificate. I am told that we had about 62 students in gowns marching. It is very special to have our Hawaiian Studies students from Waimanalo under the direction of Kalani Kuloloio play an integral part in the ceremony. Additionally our student orators were inspirational as always. The musical accompaniment provided by So Jin Kimura, and Ron Loo with a special solo by Pomaikai Loo also added a special touch. The final gauntlet of handshakes for the graduates show the faculty and staff appreciation for the achievements by our students and represent a touch that speaks to our small college values, something we should never lose. The turnout by faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to support this important event was heartwarming. Mahalo nui loa to all who helped to stage this Commencement. You have made me proud of our campus community once again.

Doug Dykstra
Chancellor


May 9, 2011

Aloha Kakou

Friday May 13 will be the last day for cafeteria service and those who have ever eaten at our Windward CC cafeteria as I have will probably agree that it will be missed. The staff led by Chef Lee Shinsato and including Cafeteria Assistants: Brandon Yonahara, Pat Auld, Jaelynn Hanohano, Kirsteen Hammond, Brianne Wong, Mele Paepulu, and APT, Jaime Simao, puts the best food on plate of any cafeteria in the UHCC system. Not only is the food excellent but the menu is constantly varied. One is never bored because you always find something new and excitingyes exciting cafeteria food! On top of it all the staff is friendly and courteous without failure. If you have a chance in the course of the week, please say Mahalo to the staff: Good people who have done an excellent job to the very end.

Doug Dykstra


May 5, 2011

Auwe kakou,

I am sorry to report that Pete Dyer our Provost from 1979-2000 died yesterday. We will keep you posted should we receive additional information. Pete was such an approachable and unassuming person who set people at ease. As you can see Windward CC came to maturity under his leadership and he continued an active role in community organizations in Koolaupoko during his retirement. I know he will be dearly missed by all who had the honor of knowing him and working with him.

Doug Dykstra


April 10, 2011

Paliku Arts Tour de Force

Congratulations to Ben Moffat, Rob Molyneux and Bonnie Beatson as well as mahalo to the many volunteers who made the Paliku Arts Festival a huge success this past weekend. It was a wonderful "gift" from Ben to the Windward Campus, and my hat is off to him for conceiving the idea and taking the brunt of the planning and follow-through onto his shoulders to assure that the concept became a reality. In the process he found a constructive and detail minded festival director in Rob Molyneux and together they worked so effectively to organize this event, and along with Bonnie Beatson to market the event. It became a tour de force of the arts in all its facets. All of you who participated helped our college to look so good and the turnout was such that I am told the food vendors found themselves serving a much bigger crowd than they anticipated.

When I told Ben the other day that I was on my way to a learning outcomes assessment workshop he teasingly wished me well and hoped that I would "produce a measureable outcome." Well Ben has surely produced a measureable outcome in the Paliku Arts Festival.that is until it became off the charts im-measureable. We can be proud of the productit was fun, interactive and packed with events that emphasized our reputation for excellence in the visual, performing and literary arts. Oh what a day

Cheers,

Doug Dykstra


January 19, 2011

Aloha,

With the closing of ETC and its culinary program at Honolulu CC as well as the impending closure at Windward CC this June, both campuses needed to find a replacement to meet their food service needs. During the Summer of 2010, Honolulu CC experienced difficulty in finding a food service contractor who was interested for what is considered to be a small and low volume operation. Several national and popular local food service companies declined to make a proposal.

Realizing that Windward CC would be in the same or worse predicament in a few months, the UHCC system office advised both campuses that combining the food service contracts for WCC and HCC would be a possible solution. Combining two campus operations would increase the volume and attract more food service companies and also alleviate the potential problem at WCC because of its smaller operation. Through this combined process eight foodservice providers expressed an interest in contracting services for both cafeterias, of which five responded formally or informally. Because the University was in open negotiations with several private companies at the same time, the names of the companies that were not successful in contracting services with our campuses have been kept confidential and will not be disclosed publicly at their request.

I am happy to announce that Honolulu Community College and Windward Community College have completed negotiations and have contracted with Emcube Inc. d.b.a., Creations in Catering (CiC) to provide and operate food services for the two campuses. CiC has already started service at Honolulu CC and seems to be doing well after the initial opening. CiC will begin its operation at Windward CC effective July 1, 2011 or sooner based on mutual agreement between the two parties.

CiC is a reputable local company that has been in business for 25 years. They were serving Honolulu CC's food service needs for 15 years prior to ETC's culinary program. They are known for providing excellent catering service at the Dole Cannery and other private venues. CiC understands that there are different demographics within the campus population and they will endeavor to meet the needs of all. Menu specifications will be developed in conjunction with assessment and feedback from campus students, faculty, and staff.

We look forward to having Creations in Catering meet the food service needs on the Windward CC campus. For more information on Creations in Catering, visit their website at: http://www.hawaiicaterers.com/index.htm


Mahalo,
Doug


December 6, 2010

Faculty Senate recently reported the results of the Open Forums and faculty polls held relative to the Computer Information Literacy (Cll) graduation requirement and the separate Math graduation requirement.

In light of the results of the Cll poll in which 56% of the voting faculty favored removal of the Cll requirement I am confirming the removal of the requirement effective immediately. This will mean that students applying for graduation beginning this semester will not be required to have passed the Cll exam or classes identified as satisfying the Cll requirement. I am very supportive of the assignment of Dean Brian Richardson to convene a task force to explore alternative means/resources to assure that students attain the computer skills required for academic success as early as possible in their degree work at the college.

In light of the results of the Math requirement poll in which 60% of the voting faculty elected to retain the requirement I am accepting that result, but I am asking the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to investigate means of assuring that students who fail to place at the baccalaureate level in Math will expedite the process of attaining the necessary standard.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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