Chancellor’s Message

Noreen Yamane

Aloha HawCC Faculty and Staff,

Happy New Year and welcome back to the Spring 2011 semester.  The opening numbers for Spring 2011 showed HawCC experiencing the greatest increase among the UH community colleges with a 9.6% enrollment increase with 3,588 students.  Of course, these are unofficial numbers.  The official opening day numbers will be released by the UH system in a few weeks.  Congratulations to our faculty advisors, Student Services staff and Business Office for the outstanding service provided to our students during registration.

Kauhale Update – With the assistance of Dr. Taupouri Tangaro and the Community Liaison Office staff, we continue to meet with groups within our college to generate discussions and ideas to define Kauhale.  We plan to meet with OCET, grant projects, Achieving the Dream core team, the newly formed International Education Committee, and reconvening the remedial developmental group. We will also be traveling to the UH Center on February 18 to meet with the West Hawai‘i faculty and staff.  If you have not yet participated in a Kauhale discussion, you are welcome to contact the Chancellor’s office to schedule a session.

The search committee for the vice chancellor for student affairs was formulated based on the recommendations of the College Council.  The search committee will be convening shortly and will follow a timeline that will be shared college-wide.

The AtD Report from NoeNoe Wong-Wilson is available.  The well-being survey was conducted in Fall 2009 of students previously enrolled in Fall 2006, 2007 and 2008 semesters.  This report will be posted on our HawCC website.

President Greenwood will be visiting our campus on February 3.  The HawCC Protocols Committee under the direction of Dr. Taupouri Tangaro and representatives from UH Hilo are planning a Kipaepae/Wahipana for the president.  Hawai‘i Community College and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ‘ohana are invited to gather at the outlook area across from Liliuokalani Park at 12:30 p.m.  Transportation will be provided.  Please hold the date and watch for more information via the listserve.

2011 marks our 70th anniversary and years of service to our island community.  Spring Commencement offers an opportunity to address the transformation of our college and a time to recognize generations that have passed through our doors.  Various activities and workshops are being planned for the Spring semester by our Staff Development Committee in conjunction with commencement.  All units are encouraged to participate.

Let’s work together to make this a remarkable year!

Mahalo nui loa,

Noreen Yamane, Interim Chancellor

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