UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI`I

HONOLULU COMMUNITY COLLEGE

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT NEWS


VOLUME 13, NO. 2 - APRIL 16, 2004

A MESSAGE FROM THE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

We are currently experiencing both the exhilaration and uncertainly of
momentous change.  We like to think that the changes we are experiencing
in every aspect of life are "unprecedented;" however, this is not so.  As
recently as 100 years ago, society experienced change every bit as
overwhelming as that which we are undergoing today.  The economic
foundation of developed countries shifted from an agrarian bases to an
industrial base.  Cities burgeoned.  Factories became the standard
work-place for increasing numbers of people.  Wave after wave of new
immigrants headed for the shores of North America.  Issues such as
English-only education, how to maintain face-to-face relationships in an
increasing technological world and how to appropriately educate young
people to meet the new demands of a more complex world were hotly debated.
New forms of recreation, such as moving pictures and Nickelodeons, which
were based on the new technologies, became increasing popular. 
Does this sound familiar?  How has change affected your teaching and
learning?  Change is certainly a fact of life.  The best we can do is
accept it, hang on and enjoy the ride.  Have a great end of semester and
summer break.  Aloha.
	
Jerry Cerny
Faculty Development Coordinator


101 Ways to Deal with Stress

Courtesy of the Tripler Regional Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii
1.	Get up 15 minutes earlier
2.	Prepare for the morning the night before
3.	Avoid tight fitting clothes
4.	Avoid relying on chemical aids
5.	Set appointments ahead
6.	Don't rely on your memory ... write it down
7.	Practice preventive maintenance
8.	Make duplicate keys
9.	Say "no" more often
10.	Set priorities in your life
11.	Avoid negative people
12.	Use time wisely 
13.	Simplify meal times
14.	Always make copies of important papers
15.	Anticipate your needs
16.	Repair anything that doesn't work properly
17.	Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
18.	Break large tasks into bite size portions
19.	Look at problems as challenges
20.	Look at challenges differently
21.	Unclutter your life
22.	Smile
23.	Be prepared for rain
24.	Tickle a baby
25.	Pet a friendly dog/cat
26.	Don't know all the answers
27.	Look for a silver lining
28.	Say something nice to someone
29.	Teach a kid to fly a kite
30.	Walk in the rain
31.	Schedule play time into every day
32.	Take a bubble bath
33.	Be aware of the decisions you make
34.	Believe in yourself
35.	Stop saying negative things to yourself
36.	Visualize yourself winning 
37.	Develop your sense of humor
38.	Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today
39.     Have goals for yourself
40.  	Dance a jig
41.	Say "hello" to a stranger
42.	Ask a friend for a hug
43.	Look up at the stars
44.	Practice breathing slowly
45.	Learn to whistle a tune
46.	Read a poem
47.	Listen to a symphony
48.	Watch a ballet
49.	Read a story curled up in bed
50.	Do a brand new thing
51.	Stop a bad habit
52.	Buy yourself a flower
53.	Take time to smell the flowers
54.	Find support from others
55.	Ask someone to be your "vent-partner"
56.	Do it today
57.	Work at being cheerful and optimistic
58.	Put safety first
59.	Do everything in moderation
60.	Pay attention to your appearance
61.	Strive for excellence NOT perfection
62.	Stretch your limits a little each day
63.	Look at a work of art
64.	Hum a jingle
65.	Maintain your weight
66.	Plant a tree
67.	Feed the birds
68.	Practice grace under pressure
69.	Stand up and stretch
70.	Always have a plan "B"
71.	Learn a new doodle
72.	Memorize a joke
73.	Be responsible for your feelings
74.	Learn to meet your own needs
75.	Become a better listener
76.	Know your limitations and let others know them, too
77.	Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
78.	Throw a paper airplane
79.	Exercise every day
80.	Learn the words to a new song
81.	Get to work early
82.	Clean out one closet
83.	Play patty cake with a toddler
84.	Go on a picnic
85.	Take a different route to work
86.	Leave work early (with permission)
87.	Put air freshener in your car
88.	Watch a movie and eat popcorn
89.	Write a note to a far away friend
90.	Go to a ball game and scream
91.	Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
92.	Recognize the importance of unconditional love
93.	Remember that stress is an attitude
94.	Keep a journal
95.	Practice a monster smile
96.	Remember you always have options
97.	Have a support network of people, places and things
98.	Quit trying to fix other people
99.	Get enough sleep
100.	Talk less and listen more
101.	Freely praise other people
	
BONUS: Relax, take each day at a time...you have the rest of your life to
live!

SIX WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION

By Vicki Ritts, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and James
R. Stein, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.
Reprinted by permission.

	It is not only what you say in the classroom that is important,
but it's how you say it that can make the difference to students.
Nonverbal messages are an essential component of communication in the
teaching process.

	Teachers should be aware of nonverbal behavior in the classroom
for three major reasons:
 An awareness of nonverbal behavior will allow you to become better
receivers of students' messages.
 You will become a better sender of signals that reinforce
learning.
 This mode of communication increases the degree of the perceived
psychological closeness between teacher and student.

Some major areas of nonverbal behaviors to explore are:
 Eye contact
 Facial expressions
 Gestures
 Posture and body orientation
 Proximity
 Paralinguistics
 Humor

Eye contact

Eye contact, an important channel of interpersonal communication, helps
regulate the flow of communication. And it signals interest in others.
Furthermore, eye contact with audiences increases the speaker's
credibility. Teachers who make eye contact open the flow of communication
and convey interest, concern, warmth and credibility.

Facial Expressions

Smiling is a powerful cue that transmits:
 Happiness
 Friendliness
 Warmth
 Liking
 Affiliation

	Thus, if you smile frequently you will be perceived as more
likable, friendly, warm and approachable. Smiling is often contagious and
students will react favorably and learn more.

Gestures

	If you fail to gesture while speaking, you may be perceived as
boring, stiff and unanimated. A lively and animated teaching style
captures students' attention, makes the material more interesting,
facilitates learning and provides a bit of entertainment. Head nods - a
form of gestures - communicate positive reinforcement to students and
indicate that you are listening.

Posture and body orientation

	You communicate numerous messages by the way you walk, talk, stand
and sit. Standing erect, but not rigid, and leaning slightly forward
communicates to students that you are approachable, receptive and
friendly. Furthermore, interpersonal closeness results when you and your
students face each other. Speaking with your back turned or looking at the
floor or ceiling should be avoided; it communicates disinterest to your
class.

Proximity

	Cultural norms dictate a comfortable distance for interaction with
students. You should look for signals of discomfort caused by invading
students' space. Some of these are:
 Rocking
 Leg swinging
 Tapping
 Gaze aversion

	Typically, in large college classes space invasion is not a
problem. In fact, there is usually too much distance. To counteract this,
move around the classroom to increase interaction with your students.
Increasing proximity enables you to make better eye contact and increases
the opportunities for students to speak.

Paralinguistics

This facet of nonverbal communication includes such vocal elements as:
 Tone
 Pitch
 Rhythm
 Timbre
 Loudness
 Inflection

	For maximum teaching effectiveness, learn to vary these six
elements of your voice. One of the major criticisms is of instructors who
speak in a monotone. Listeners perceive these instructors as boring and
dull. Students report that they learn less and lose interest more quickly
when listening to teachers who have not learned to modulate their voices.

Humor

	Humor is often overlooked as a teaching tool, and it is too often
not encouraged in college classrooms. Laughter releases stress and tension
for both instructor and student. You should develop the ability to laugh
at yourself and encourage students to do the same. It fosters a friendly
classroom environment that facilitates learning.  (Lou Holtz wrote that
when his players felt successful he always observed the presence of good
humor in the locker room.)

	Obviously, adequate knowledge of the subject matter is crucial to
your success; however, it's not the only crucial element. Creating a
climate that facilitates learning and retention demands good nonverbal and
verbal skills. To improve your nonverbal skills, record your speaking on
video tape. Then ask a colleague in communications to suggest refinements.


NEW FACULTY

Two of the following faculty members are not new to our campus, but they
are new to the faculty ranks this spring.  As you meet our new colleagues,
please help make them feel welcome.  They include;

Emily Ann Kukulies, Director of Student Life and Development.
Emily grew up in a Navy family traveling much and has also traveled much
with her own career.  She earned a BS in Psychology/Education at Eckerd
College in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She served as a trainer with Hard
Rock Cafe International in Key West, Florida.  Following this, she moved
to Virginia where she became Student Activities Coordinator at Tidewater
Community College. While in Virginia she earned an MS degree in Education
Administration at Old Dominion University.  Emily then joined the Office
of Student Activities at the University of Central Florida in Orlando as
the Assistant Director. Emily enjoys experiencing life! Traveling has
played a large role in her life in addition to experiencing new things
from sports, to dance, to language, to food.  She has never been to
Hawai`i prior to accepting the position here at HCC and looks forward to
soaking up all the islands have to offer. She shares that she is open to
ideas on how to enjoy the island and meet new people.

Lynnette McKay, COSME.  Although not a new face on campus, Lynnette 
has changed positions in Cosmetology.  Lynnette was born and raised in
Honolulu where she graduated from Kaimuki High School.  She attended
Kapiolani Community College and is a Cosmetology graduate from here at
Honolulu Community College.  She owned her own solon for 15 years after
graduating until returning to HCC to an APT position in Cosmetology.  She
has been actively involved in the National Cosmetology Association of
Hawaii (NCAH) on both the affiliate and state levels since 1974.  She is
currently President of the NCAH. Lynnette has two sons and five
grandchildren and enjoys shopping, watching the food network, spending
time with her grandchildren and attending continuing education programs.

Mario Mediati, PCATT.  The last new faculty member is also not new
to HCC Mario has been here as a Chemistry lecturer for many years.  He is
currently the Global Learning Network (GLN) Program Developer in PCATT.
Mario was raised in Northern California in beautiful Sonoma County and
earned a BS in Chemistry from Sonoma State University, located in Rohnert
Park, California.  Graduate school brought him to Hawaii where he earned a
PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.  Following a post-doctorate assignment at the
University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Hawaii where he began lecturing
in Chemistry.  Mario likes to spend his spare time out of doors, hiking
and snorkeling. 

SKIP DOWNING ON-COURSE WORKSHOP

Dr. Skip Downing, an international consultant in the field of faculty
development and student success strategies, recently visited Hawaii and
offered five On-Course Workshops to Community College faculty and staff.
These workshops were funded by the Carl D. Perkins Grant Professional
Development Committee, the Wo Learning Champions and the UH Community
College campuses.  Dr. Downing has earned degrees from Princeton
University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Santa Monica, and
Carnegie Mellon University.  He holds advanced degrees in both English and
counseling psychology. He was Professor of English at Baltimore City
Community College (BCCC) for 32 years.
In these one- and three-day workshops, the attendees learned dozens of
learner-centered strategies for empowering students to become active,
responsible learners.   The following HCC faculty members attended the
one- and three-day workshops held on Oahu.

1-Day Workshop
 Stella Amakine, Cosme
 Pat Gooch, ECE
 Jessica Kaniho, Cosme
 Iris McGivern, ECE
 Lynnette, McKay, Cosme
 Lianne Nagano, CSC
 Jeannie Shaw, Coop Ed
 Linda Soma, Library
 Maggie Templeton, Counseling
 Cyndi Uyehara, ECE

3-Day Workshop
 Laure Burke, Coop Ed
 Lorrie Cahill, Job Placement
 Jerry Cerny, PCATT
 Leon Florendo, Title III
 Grace Funai, Counseling
 Joyce Henna, Language Arts
 Femar Lee, CSC
 Mike McMillen, Off Campus Programs
 Shanon Miho, Counseling
 Cyndi Uyehara, ECE
 Lisa Yogi, ECE

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

TECH 2

Chulee Grove, Associate Professor, OESM, attended the 2044 Governor's
Biennial Pacific Rim Safety and Health Conference in Honolulu, this spring
semester.

Elliott Higa, Instructor, Human Services, attended the workshop, "Helping
Patients and Populations Process Through the Stages of Change" in Honolulu
earlier this semester.

Miles Nakanishi, Professor, ECE, attended the Read to Me International
Conference held at the Hawaii Convention Center last summer.

Bob Vericker, Assistant Professor, AJ, attended the annual Hawaii State
Law Enforcement Conference in Wailea, Maui, this past fall.

STUDENT SERVICES

Marilynn Ito-Won, Associate Professor, Counselor, attended the National
Conference on Academic Advising (NACADA) in Dallas, Texas, this past fall.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Xin Li, Instructor, Librarian, attended the Hawaii Library Association
Annual Conference which was held on Lanai this past fall.

Linda Soma, Instructor, Librarian, attended a Hawaii Demographic Analysis
Workshop in Honolulu this past winter.

Femar Lee, Instructor, Earl Nakahara, Professor, and Cory Takemoto,
Instructor, College Skills Center, all attended the Pacific Basin Learning
Disabilities Conference recently held in Waikiki.

PCATT

Beryl Morimoto, Professor, PCATT, traveled to Pittsburgh this past
semester for discussions and marketing strategies for the iCarnegie
Program.  iCarnegie is a computer programming initiative offered through
PCATT in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.

Dallas Shiroma, Professor, and Wayne Lewis, Assistant Professor,
PCATT/Cisco, traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina recently to attend the
Cisco Academic Training Center (CATC) mid-year conference.  HCC is one of
the top four CATCs in the world!

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This newsletter was organized and published by the HCC Faculty Development Committee. Members: Jess Aki, Jerry Cerny (Co-Editor), Theron Craig, Dolores Donovan (Co-Editor), Leon Florendo, Monir Hodges, Sherrie Rupert, Linda Soma and Allen Tateishi.

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