Phi Theta Kappa hosts annual conference at Hawai’i CC


Chapter President Sean Kirkpatrick, Chancellor Noreen Yamane and HawCC Alpha Psi Epsilon members and advisors accept the host plaque from Pacific Regional Coordinator Charlotte Toguchi.

 Pacific Regional and Leadership Honors Conference

Hawai‘i Community College’s Alpha Psi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society hosted the Annual Pacific Regional Leadership and Honors Conference held on September 27-28, 2014. Delegates from the UH Community Colleges and Heald College participated in a fun-filled, educational and inspiring weekend.  Phi Theta Kappa members and advisors learned about Phi Theta Kappa programs and initiatives, about developing leadership skills and about the Honors Topic, “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.”


Chapter members are pictured with Conference Keynote Speaker, Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō.

On Saturday, Chancellor Noreen Yamane welcomed the conference attendees to the Manono Campus and Professor Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō delivered the Keynote Address. Dr. Tangarō spoke on “Hawaiian Myth: Engendering Inner Dialogue toward Active Leadership and Success” and received a standing ovation after his presentation.  The Pacific Regional Officers spoke on CollegeFish (a scholarship website open to all community college students), Competitive Edge (a professional portfolio website only open to members) and C4 (the community college completion initiative).  Additionally, Heald College Lead Advisor Glenn Mendoza and HawCC Lead Advisor Kenoa Dela Cruz facilitated leadership and team building activities.


Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō inspires the conference attendees.

On Sunday, along with other presenters from Leeward CC and Kaua‘i CC, Lead Advisor Kenoa Dela Cruz and HawCC chapter members Johnie Judd and Cheyenne Tuggle presented on their experiences attending the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Summer Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. Kenoa presented on why St. Louis is called, “the Gateway to the West.”  Johnie presented on Dr. Sylvia Earle and Cheyenne presented on Dr. Nina Tandon.  Presenters incorporated a group activity within their presentations.  The day ended with all groups (even the advisors) performing skits related to the Honors Topic themes and closing remarks from the Pacific Regional Coordinator, Kapi‘olani CC Professor, Charlotte Toguchi.


Chapter Member Johnie Judd presents on National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Dr. Sylvia Earle.


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