September Message

Noreen YamaneAloha HawCC Faculty and Staff,

Leading the UH Community Colleges in headcount enrollment for Fall 2010, HawCC experienced an increase of 16.1%. Our preliminary opening headcount enrollment is 3,850—an increase of 535 from the Fall 2009 semester. Our numbers contributed to the UH system’s unprecedented enrollment of 60,231. With the help of everyone’s cooperation, we managed to find additional classroom space to deliver more classes to our students. Also, in anticipation of our enrollment increase, an additional 200 parking stalls were added to our Manono Campus parking lot. Mahalo to all for creating a smooth transition as we entered our Fall semester.

The UH Convocation was celebrated on September 14. Three members from our HawCC campus were recognized. Ms. Sandra Claveria, Human Services Instructor, was the recipient of the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award. Mr. Maxwell Tom, Groundskeeper for Planning, Operations and Maintenance received the President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. Dr. Barbara Arthurs was recognized as the recipient of the Hawai‘i Community College Chancellor’s Award. Congratulations Sandra, Max and Barbara!

It is a UH system requirement that all employees receive some form of training to prevent sexual harassment. Each year we ask you to complete the “Online Sexual Harassment Prevention Program Web-Based Course,” and this year is no exception. Please take some time to complete this online training and send your certificate of completion to my office by October 29, 2010.

We are excitedly preparing for the Kīpaepae Ho’okama’aina, which will be held on Wednesday, September 29, for UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. Kudos to Taupouri Tangaro, Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, Gail Makuakane-Lundin, the staff at I Ola Haloa, Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center and the Protocols Committee for your outstanding contributions. We look forward to this wonderful event, which is the result of cooperative efforts of our two campuses. Please hold the date for Dr. John Morton’s Fall 2010 visit to our campus on October 27, 2010, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Manono Cafeteria and via videoconferencing to West Hawaii (location TBA).

We have several fundraising events in-progress during this fall semester. Co-chairs Jodi Mine and Annie Chung have disseminated pledge forms asking for your donations to the Hawai‘i Island United Way. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of your contributions directly benefit our Hawai‘i island community. Tickets for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “A Taste of Hilo” are on sale now at our Community Liaison and Recruitment Coordinator’s office. The proceeds from this event help support our scholarship program, staff development and college-wide improvements. We hope you will support these fundraising efforts.

Mahalo nui loa,

Noreen Yamane

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