Report by Leslie Opulauoho
Edgy's presentation began with a welcome by our Windward CC Chancellor Angela Meixell. Ms. Lee began the presentation by sharing excerpts from "Waikiki - In the Wake of Dreams" and "The Hawaiians - Reflecting Spirit". Ms. Lee is an expressive story teller and in between videos she shared a few of the experiences that she's had as they filmed and produced the documentaries. As a speaker she is candid and informative and she engaged the audience with the stories she had to share. Ms. Lee then introduced the concept and impetus behind the development of the Pacific Network. She scrolled through the test website and offered commentary and history for the selections and choices represented on the website.
It became evident as the audience responded to her presentation (through inquiry and sharing) that she had sparked an interest in and engaged them in the potential application, implementation and opportunities that the website presented. There were connections being made between (Communication / Journalism - an opportunity to write, report and share a students voice); (Science/Environment - our Bioprocessing Medicinal Garden Complex and future agriculture and business ventures); (Arts/Culture - our Music and Drama Program, Paliku Theatre, Iolani Gallery - venues to promote and preserve culture and showcase the arts) just to share a few. The audience (especially faculty members) expressed an eagerness to access the website. Quite a few wanted to participate in the "testing" and to join the website network as a way to learn, interact and respond to information shared.
There were fifty-one individuals in attendance at the Wo Learning Champions Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation: Edgy Lee: Preserving and Sustaining Aloha, held this afternoon at Windward Community College. There were eleven students; three community members and thirty-seven faculty and staff members present. They enjoyed coffee, tea, juice and iced water along with popcorn (with or without arare), mixed fruit, sushi and cream puffs. Thanks to WoLC and the ASUH-WCC for the support of refreshments. Thank you also to former WoLC - Generation 4 - Elizabeth Ratliff for assistance and support with the media.
The evaluations reflected mostly 5's and 4's (strongly agree/agree). Here are a few of the comments received on the evaluation forms:
- WCC could consider using the Pacific Network TV to market WCC programs & attract Hawaiian students to come to WCC.
- How the computer is becoming THE media of our time/future.
- Very interesting. We need to consider developing our video production coursework.
- An enormous wealth of communication and dialog about Hawaii. Wonderful project & presentation. Thank you!
- Reinforced the importance of preserving and educating others about Hawaiian culture and history.
Overall it was a very successful event. Thank you to all who assisted and the Wo Windward Dream Gals wish you all good luck with your upcoming presentations.