UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI`I
HONOLULU COMMUNITY COLLEGE
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT NEWS
VOLUME 15, NO. 2 - APRIL 3, 2007
A MESSAGE FROM THE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Welcome to the 2007 Spring edition of the HCC Faculty Development Newsletter. The Faculty Development Committee for the 2006-07 academic year is set and committed to assisting all our faculty colleagues in providing meaningful and valuable faculty professional development activities this academic year. The committee members for this year include;
This semester's newsletter will provide you with: 1) information about exciting programs on campus and 2) a new way to look at leadership.
A partnership between the Department of Education and the University of Hawaii System. It allows students to attend college classes that satisfy both high school and college credit requirement. A student can get a head start in earning college credits and can pursue academic challenges and unique courses that may not be available at their high school.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
WHAT CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE? The list of courses keeps expanding. The classes need to be approved by the Department of Education.
For more information, call Jean Maslowski at 845-9278
Po`ina Nalu is a Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Project here at HCC. The program provides Native Hawaiian students pre-majoring and majoring in career/technical programs with support services to successfully navigate through higher education.
The program offers a variety of career development activities and cultural enrichment opportunities.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
There are some exciting on-line activities happening at the counseling office.
From Silvan Chung, Career counselor:
Have you ever walked away from a conference and told yourself, "If they can do it, so can I." That's exactly what I did when I left the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Dallas, Texas in October 2003.
I was totally inspired by the multitude of presenters who were just like me-counseling practitioners who wanted to improve their counseling service. They, like me had no financial resources, limited technical skills, and great ideas on improving student access, self advising and clear communication.
On my flight back to Honolulu, I excitedly scribbled the foundation of an online advising session on tiny post-it notes.
With limited web-site building and creative skills, and no money, my dream was to deliver a First Semester Advising Online Session to distance learning classes as I do with in person classes in my program.
With the support of many people, my ideas began to gel into reality. The FIRE faculty agreed to require students in online fire classes to complete the advising session. Now, seven semesters later, approximately 200 students have completed the online first semester session.
This simple and rudimentary power point presentation covers career confirmation, tips for success, graduation requirements and employment possibilities. Visit http://tech.honolulu.hawaii.edu/fire/orientation/ to view the content.
Students can also access their degree audit report through STAR (Student Audit Report). This on-line report provides information on completed courses and where it fits into their stated major. The report also includes a list of classes taken at other UH System campuses as well as credits transferred from other institutions.
Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Leadership, I Learned in
One of the most simple yet powerful reminders of what a leader should do is found in Robert Fulgham's popular poem, "All I really need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."
Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
These are the things I learned. Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day.
"These are the things I learned: Share everything."- My experience as a leader has taught me that "share everything" has several meanings. What it signifies most is communicating effectively and establishing trust. A significant aspect of communication is not only what information we share but how we share it. Leaders today have more technology at their fingertips than ever before: e-mail, faxes, beepers, and pagers are admittedly efficient ways of contacting people and communicating with them. But the most effective communicators remain those who make the effort and take the time to speak to people face to face with genuineness and sincerity. Too often, we seen too busy to connect with people in a meaningful way. Another important aspect of communicating is listening. The simple act of hearing what other people have to say and appreciating their unique points of view demonstrates a leader's respect for others and their ideas. How does a leader establish trust? The answer is honesty. Leaders need to keep those in their trust informed. They need to provide their people with the knowledge and date they need to perform their jobs to the best of their ability. On the other hand, nothing will destroy a relationship faster than lying or betrayal.
"Play fair. Don't hit people." - This reminds us that leaders must play by the rules and not act as if the rules do not apply to them. Too many commit unethical acts and treat others with little or no respect. Effective leaders are consistent in word and deed. We need to know who we are and what we believe.
"Putting things back, cleaning up after your own mess, and saying you are sorry when you hurt somebody." - refers to taking responsibility for your actions and being accountable for your decisions. It also means acknowledging your mistakes. A truly effective leader admits his mistakes, learns from them, and then teaches others the lessons he has learned. This relates closely to building and sustaining trust, to being honest and ethical. Followers identify with leaders who strive constantly to better themselves; not only do they identify with such leaders, but they also are more likely to work in support of them.
"Don't take things that aren't yours." - Often, in our work with others, ideas are stolen and claimed as another's own. It reminds me to focus on larger goals rather than on smaller distractions, such as someone else stealing one's own idea. If I keep my eye on the ultimate goal of serving students at my institution, it should not matter who gets credit for the ideas.
"Washing your hands before you eat" - having a plan, following the plan, and setting expectations for those on your team so that the goals of the plan will be achieved. Everything will go more smoothly when the leader takes the correct steps, follows the plan, and makes sure that all those who are following him are connected to the plan. A leader must be able to communicate her vision, the goals for the organization, and specific plans for achieving those goals. In my own experience as a leader, one of the most important aspects of executing a plan has been setting the expectations. Expecting someone to do well, and communicating that expectation can go a long way toward ensuring his continued success.
"Flushing" - as a concept fits well with conflict. Another aspect of conflict I emphasize with my staff is that after we have settled it, corrected the mistake, and/or cleaned up the mess, we need to move on and not nurse any past grievances.
"Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon." - Having celebrations is extremely important; taking time away from the daily press of business can increase the effectiveness of an organization. Celebrations should serve a dual purpose: to honor a principle or an achievement, and to create a spirit of community.
Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members who received Service Awards:
The following faculty members are new to our campus this semester. As you meet our new colleagues, please help make them feel welcome. They include:
Dale Faulkner, Instructor, Early Childhood. Received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Murray State University. Has been living in Hawaii for 30 working as a preschool teacher and then as a director of a preschool. He has three children, the two oldest ones attending college. His primary responsibility will be to assist preschools to obtain more funding so that they can improve the quality of their programs.
Crystalyn Hottenstein, Instructor, Gear Up. Received a Master's Degree in social work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Since obtaining her degree, she has worked with numerous grants and programs on evaluation, implementation, design and sustainability. Her passion stems from a holistic perspective and she is determined to encourage people to find their own path, value their individual differences, define their own success and nurture their whole selves. When she is not at work, you can find her out hiking or in the ocean somewhere.
David Pai, Instructor, CENT. Received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, an MSBA in MIS from Cal State-Sacramento, a PhD in Communication and Information Sciences from UHM. Has taught intro computer classes and Microsoft Office at Cal State-Sacramento and Information Technology Management classes at UHM for the College of Business undergraduate and graduate students. He also worked for 15 years as a rocket scientist developing and designing rocket propulsion systems. When he is not at work, you can find him at the soccer field where he coaches the Honolulu Bulls and the varsity girls team at Mid Pacific.
Christine Hacskaylo, Instructor, Developmental Studies English, College Skills Center
Michael Ferguson, Instructor, Chemistry
Kaiulani Akamine, Coordinator, Po'ina Nalu
Construction Academy Instructors
This newsletter was organized and published by the HCC Faculty Development Committee. Members: Jerry Cerny (Co-Editor), Steven Chu, Pat Gooch, Rick Ziegler, Rona Wong (Co-Editor), Femar Lee, Mario Mediati and Ralph Kam.