VOLUME 13, NO. 1 - OCTOBER 24, 2003


How did you enter the college teaching profession? Does the old adage, "If you can, you do; if you can't, you teach" apply to you? Are you aware of the corollary that continues, "If you can't teach, you teach teachers"? If these are true, I guess I am about as inept as can be when performing my duties as Teacher Trainer here at HCC.

I contend that it takes great courage to be a teacher. Good teaching cannot be reduced to techniques. Teaching from the soul is needed now more than ever. We must convey our inner selves to the students we teach. Good teaching comes from unmasking our hidden identity and revealing, rather than concealing, the "personhood" of who we are. Building a classroom community and a community of fellow teachers is essential to good teaching and success in the academy. You are responsible for the community in your classroom. The Faculty Development Committee is committed to assisting in building a community of fellow teachers here at HCC.

The committee members for this academic year include;

Jess Aki, COSME, Tech 2
Theron Craig, Admin Liaison
Dolores Donovan, Lang Arts, UC
Leon Florendo, Hawaiian Programs, UC
Monir Hodges, PCATT
Sherrie Rupert, Dist Ed, UC/Student Serv
Linda Soma, Library/Academic Support
Allen Tateishi, RAC, Tech 1

I, and all the members of the committee, are committed to help you make this a great 2003-04 academic year! We hope to hear from you soon.

Jerry Cerny, Faculty Development Coordinator


From the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association Office of Diversity

A very informative Teachers Talking Seminar was held during the last academic year where faculty members gathered to discuss interactions and communications among the generations. The following material was gathered on a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association office of Diversity website. Jess Aki, Cosmetology and Faculty Development Committee member, attended a workshop on the same topic. Let Jess know if you would like a copy of the PowerPoint slides she obtained at the workshop.

Values can collide when members of different generations work and learn together. Having a better understanding of others can make the working and learning environment more productive.

What generations are generally represented in today's society? Traditionalists - Baby Boomers - Generation Xers - Nexters or Generation Y

The Baby Boomers make up the largest percentage of the population today according to U.S. Census statistics. Boomers consist of people currently between the ages of 38-55 (born between 1947-1965). When we discuss the generations in our society, we can't forget the Boomers' parents. These are the Traditionalists, War Babies or Veterans, who are now older than 55. How about our younger generations? The Generation Xers are people in the 26-37 age group (born between 1966-1977). Last are our youngest citizens, the Nexters or Generation Y, representing people

aged 8-25 (born between 1978 and 1995). These are the cyber kids who grew up with the Internet, and speed and access to information is something that they are accustomed to.

Fundamental value differences exist between those of different generations. Understanding these values may help understand differences that may arise in the learning environment. We don't have to agree with the values of different generations, but we can strive to understand the mind-sets of different generations and how each group sees the world based on their experiences. While it's important to recognize that many dimensions of diversity from race, sex, sexual orientation, geographic location, etc., shape who we are and how we behave, we can generalize values based on generations. Let's take a look at some of the espoused values or beliefs held by each of the generations so that you will be better able to appreciate the challenge that we face as educators trying to create an inclusive learning environment.

Please note that these are generalizations and will not apply to all members of a particular generation.


Traditionalists' values are influenced by the experiences of their parents whose values go back to the 1800s. This generation experienced the Great Depression and World War II, both of which shape how they view the world.

Supportive Behaviors and Tips For Communicating with Traditionalists...

o By nature Traditionalists are private, the "silent generation." Don't expect members of this generation to share their thoughts immediately.
o For the Traditionalist, an educator's word is his/her bond, so it's important to focus on words rather than body language or inferences.
o Face to face or written communication is preferred.
o Don't waste their time, or let them feel as though their time is being wasted.


This generation represents the children of our World War II veterans. They did not go through economically

hard times as their parents did; they had the good life - the Traditionalists wanted them to have the best and as a result, the "Me" decade arrived.

Supportive Behaviors & Tips For Communicating With Baby Boomers...

o Boomers are the "show me" generation, so your body language is important when communicating.
o Speak in an open, direct style but avoid controlling language.
o Answer questions thoroughly and expect to be pressed for the details.
o Present options to demonstrate flexibility in your thinking.


This generation is both economically conservative, remembering double-digit inflation and the stress that their parents faced during times of on and off unemployment. Unlike their predecessors, they will not rely on institutions for their long-term security.

Supportive Behaviors & Tips for Communicating With Generation X...

o Use email as a primary communication tool.
o Talk in short sound bites to keep their attention.
o Ask them for their feedback and provide them with regular feedback.
o Share information with them on a regular basis and strive to keep them in the loop.
o Use an informal communication style.

GENERATION Y (Also Called Nexters)

Generation Y represents people who have grown up during the high tech revolution. They have never known a world without high speed video games, speed dial and ATMs. The secret to motivating this group is to provide systematic and frequent feedback - as it happens.

Supportive Behaviors & Tips for Communicating With Generation Y...

o Use action words and challenge them at every opportunity.
o They will resent it if you talk down to them.
o They prefer email communication.
o Seek their feedback constantly and provide them with regular feedback.
o Use humor and create a fun learning environment. Don't take yourself too seriously.
o Encourage them to take risks and break the rules so that they can explore new ways of learning.

How do we keep a generationally diverse group of learners motivated in today's environment? The first step to making the generational diversity work is to understand what motivates members of different generations and to institute teaching techniques that are flexible enough to meet their needs. In today's complex mix of generations, Traditionalists are found with Boomers and Boomers with Generation Xers. Trends toward later retirements mean that traditionalists are still happy working and learning and Generation Xers are quickly moving into positions of power and influence where they are supervising and educating members of older generations.

Educators need to understand the values, supportive behaviors and tips for communications with the members of the different generations which make up our society to help create a learning environment where all can learn.


For those of you who have purchased the Hawai'i Entertainment Book in the past, you know what a great deal it is. Not only do you save money on travel, entertainment and services here on Oahu, but also throughout the State and the Mainland. The members of the Faculty Development Committee are once again selling books this fall. Books are great for personal use and make great holiday gifts. Each book can be purchased for $30 with the committee earning $6 on each book sold. The committee will use the funds earned from these sales to purchase leis and light refreshments at presentations throughout the year and support professional development for faculty members. Contact any Faculty Development Committee member to purchase your book today!


Not only is the HCC Faculty Development Website labeled, "THE MOST COLORFUL, COMPREHENSIVE, AND EXCITING FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SITE ON THE INTERNET", it is now an award winning website. The website has just received a 2003 Innovation Award from the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development. Jerry Cerny, Faculty Development Coordinator, attended their annual conference in Denver in early October to receive the award. Make sure you check out the website at:

and send to any Faculty Development Committee member suggestions or ideas to make it better.


Congratulations to the following HCC faculty members who were granted tenure and/or promotions this past summer;

Bill Becker,

Tenure and Promotion/Instructor to Assistant Professor
Grace Ihara, Speech/Communications
Joy Nagaue, Fashion Technology
Bob Perkins, Marine Maintenance & Repair

Promotion/Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

Janet Garcia, Library
Lei Lani Hinds, Language Arts
Eva Moravcik, Early Childhood Education
Jim Poole, ICS
Vern Takebayashi, ICS

Promotion/Associate Professor to Professor
Paul Allen, AMT
Muriel Fujii, ESL
Mike Kaczmarski, Mathematics
Lianne Nagano, College Skills Center
Earl Nakahara, College Skills Center

Congratulations to the following HCC faculty member who received service awards;
Janet Garcia,
Library, 10 years

Congratulations to the following HCC faculty members who received special awards;
Wilfred Arakaki, Apprenticeship Coordinator- Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service
Linda Buck, ECE - State of Hawaii Early Childhood Education Award
David Cleveland, Sociology - Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Kakkala Gopalakrishnan, Oceanography - Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award


The following faculty members are new to our campus this fall. As you meet our new colleagues, please help make them feel welcome. They include;

Keith Davidson, Mathematics. Keith was born and raised in eastern Washington. He earned a BS degree in mathematics from Washington State University. He taught at Moscow High School a few years before earning an MA degree in mathematics from the University of Idaho. After graduation, Keith worked as a programmer for IBM near Boulder, Colorado. Over the years he has worked in Colorado as a contract programmer for various high tech companies such as Lucent, Storage Tech and U.S. West. Keith moved to Hawaii to be closer to his grandson and return to teaching. In his free time, Keith enjoys playing with his grandson and hiking the trails of Hawaii.

Sally Dunan, CENT. Sally grew up in a small town in western Iowa, earned an AA degree in Math from Grand Valley Junior College and a BS in Math from Iowa State University. She was commissioned into the Navy in 1977 and taught math at the Navy's Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida. In 1987, Sally transferred to the Submarine Base at Pearl Harbor and served in Hawaii until she retired from the Navy. She earned a Master's degree in Information and Computer Science from UH. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati, a lecturer in the ICS Department at UH, and a lecturer here at HCC in the CENT program before obtaining her full-time teaching position. Sally spends her free time preparing for her courses, working on her IT certifications, working on a house for her mother-in-law, and hopes to soon resume working on her PhD at UH.

Jessica Kaniho, Cosmetology. Jessica was born In Wailuku, on the island of Maui, and grew up in Manoa. She earned an Associate degree in Cosmetology from HCC in 1983. She worked at Regis Hairstylists Kaneohe and Lihue, Kauai, until 1992, when Hurricane Iniki blew her and her children back home to Honolulu. She then expanded her knowledge in the area of esthetics, and continued her education in Torrance, CA at the International Dermal Institute. Jessica worked as an Esthetician at Hazelee. In 1996, she obtained her instructor license at Hollywood Beauty College and worked there for several years. She was a lecturer in the HCC COSME program until obtaining her full-time teaching position this fall. She spends her free time keeping informed on the latest trends in Cosmetology and preparing for her classes. She also enjoys watching makeovers and plastic surgery programs on TLC or the Discovery Channel, but her real passion is, "Singing, writing and giving glory to God, because I am blessed."

Tom Kipnis, Psychology. Tom I grew up in Oregon and California and earned a Bachelor's degree from UCLA in history and political science. This was followed by a Master's degree in counseling from California State University, and a second Master's degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. He worked in human resources management and international marketing for an engineering firm in the eighties. He has also been a pilot in his spare time flying medical relief missions as a volunteer with "Angel Flight". Tom became an educator in the early nineties as a college counselor. He has taught at a community college in Colorado, at Tacoma's Pierce College, at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu before arriving here at HCC. In the sparse spare time he can find, Tom enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and racing bicycles.

Michael McMillen, Off-Campus Program Coordinator. Michael was born and raised in Leeward Oahu. He enlisted in the Air Force and worked 11 years in Human Resource Management and 9 years as a Paralegal. He earned his BS degree from Wayland Baptist University while in the military, majoring both in Personnel Administration and Legal Studies. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Michael became an Academic Advisor for Wayland Baptist University and later Chaminade University. He earned an MA in Management from Wayland Baptist University. He teaches part-time as an Adjunct Management Instructor for both Wayland Baptist University and Chaminade University. Michael spends his free time lifting weights, golfing, scuba diving, watching movies, reading, and doing a variety of activities with his wife, twin daughters, and Rottweiler named Max.



Leon Florendo, Instructor, title III, Kupu Ka Wai, attended the Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar on the Big Island this past summer.

Doric Little, Professor, and Grace Ihara, Instructor, Speech, attended the National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education conference on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, this past spring. They co-presented information about a distance education, telecommunications and international education course they recently offered to students in Japan.

Lena Low, Associate Professor, Economics, attended the annual Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Anaheim, California, this past spring. The convention featured advisor training workshops, chapter officer training workshop and internationally recognized speakers.


Gaynel Buxton, Associate Professor, ECE, attended the Infancy and Early Childhood Training Course in Virginia last spring. This training course covered assessment, diagnosis and intervention for developmental and emotional disorders and autistic spectrum disorders.

Kathy Kamakaiwi, Associate Professor, COSME, attended a Pivot Point People Skills Seminar this past spring in San Francisco. "Mr. People Skills" himself, Jerry Poer, taught the class.

Iris McGivern, Associate Professor, ECE, Eve Moravcik, Assistant Professor, ECE, Cyndi Uyehara, Assistant Professor, ECE, and Lisa Yogi, Associate Professor, ECE, all attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in Portland, Oregon, this past summer. The institute provided opportunities to learn and discuss the latest research and ideas on early childhood development and to explore ways to use the information to support future early childhood caregivers and children.

Joy Ann Nagaue, Instructor, Fashion Tech, attended Gerber Technology training on their computer fashion system in Los Angeles this past summer.

Aaron Tanaka, Professor, CENT, attended training on the Microsoft Server 2003 this summer in Phoenix. Aaron is a Microsoft Certified Trainer supporting the HCC Microsoft IT Academy Regional Center.


Frank Fenlon, Assistant Professor, Counselor, attended the National Academic Advising Association annual conference in Salt Lake City last fall. The theme of the conference was "Academic Advising: Official Sponsors of Student Success."

Grace Torigoe, Instructor, Counselor, attended the 17th Annual National Conference on Student Retention in San Diego this past summer. This conference showcased models of successful retention programs that have been shared with student services, faculty and staff here at HCC.


Janet Garcia, Assistant Professor, Librarian, attended a Digital Information Services workshop at UH Manoa last spring. This workshop demonstrated a variety of databases that store information in proprietary format making resources invisible for Web-wide search engines.


Cory Takemoto, Instructor, Math, College Skills Center, attended the Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar on the Big Island this past summer.

Earl Nakahara, Associate Professor, Developmental Studies, English, attended NAFSA: Association of International Educators Hawaii/Pacific District Spring Conference at Hawaii Tokai International College this past spring.


Linda Buck, Professor, ECE, Jerry Cerny, Assistant Professor, PCATT, Adrienne Kamaura, Educational Specialist, Tech 2, Rae Treinen, Office Manager, PCATT, and Cyndi Uyehara, Assistant Professor, ECE, all attended the Learning Resources Network (LERN) Program Management Institute this past summer. The institute covered the most current principles, strategies, techniques and approaches for developing, marketing and managing lifelong learning programs. All are now LERN Certified Program Planners.

Jerry Cerny, Assistant Professor, PCATT, attended the annual conference of the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development in Denver this fall. He received a 2003 Innovation Award for the HCC Faculty Development website.


Beng Poh Yoshikawa, Professor, Director, International Affairs and Development, attended the AACC Conference in Dallas this past spring. The theme of the conference was "Investing in the Future" with presentation focused on "innovative learning models, informed policy, new technologies, and emerging issues that represent the best thinking and the greatest rate of return for community colleges, their students, and the evolving workplace."

If your activities/news were not included in the Faculty Spotlight and you wish them to be, pass on the information to any Faculty Development Committee member. The information will be included in the next issue of the Faculty Development Newsletter


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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