Chancellor’s Message

Noreen Yamane Aloha Faculty and Staff,

Happy New Year and welcome back to the Spring 2012 semester.  The Spring 2012 first day of instruction enrollment figures shows an increase of 0.47% increase from Spring 2011 with an enrollment headcount of 3,398.  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 advisory, Student Services staff and Business Office for the outstanding service provided to our students during registration.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jason Cifra as our Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs effective January 17.  Jason is a graduate of Maui Community College and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and holds an M.A. in Professional Counseling.  He has eight years of experience in Student and Academic Affairs in areas of advising/counseling articulation, curriculum, catalog, scholarship, retention and graduation initiatives, student activities, policies and technology.  A Kipaepae welcoming ceremony in his honor will be conducted on January 17 at the Kapakapakaua Malae.

Our Kauhale bid a fond farewell to Mike Leialoha at a Kipaepae ceremony on December 15.  Mike recently retired in December 2011.  The search committee for the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs will be convening shortly and will follow a timeline that will be shared college-wide.  Mr. James Yoshida is currently serving as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs.

Ms. Joyce Hamasaki has been appointed as the Interim Dean for Career & Technical Education.  Joyce is a tenured faculty and has been with our college for 26 years.  She has demonstrated her leadership and organizational skills through service on many college committees.  Joyce resigned as the chair of the Academic Senate to assume her new responsibilities as the Interim Dean.

Dr. Taupouri Tangaro has been invited to deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Annual Achieving the Dream meeting in Dallas, Texas, in March.  The AtD directors were quite impressed with his presentation at the Hawaii AtD Strategic Institute in March 2011, that they extended the invitation for him to speak at the nationwide meeting that will be attended by more than 2,000 community college delegates.

I want to thank you for attending the All-College Meeting on January 5.  Ms. Kate Sims did a remarkable job involving everyone in Accreditation Jeopardy.  The prizes were donated by art instructor Monica Mann, carpentry instructors Gene Harada and Joel Tanabe, agriculture instructor Chris Jacobsen, and our Hawai‘i Life Styles Program.

The ACCJC accreditation visit is scheduled for October 15-18, 2012.  To prepare for their visit, our accreditation steering committee has created “Accreditation—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”  I have asked all the supervisors to share these FAQs with their entire staff.  When you receive these FAQs, I hope you will take the time to study and learn these facts.

Best wishes to all of you for the many opportunities that await in the new year!


Chancellor Noreen Yamane


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