VOLUME 15, NO. 1 - OCTOBER 27, 2006


Welcome to the 2006 fall 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;

  • Jerry Cerny, Coordinator
  • Steven Chu, Tech 1
  • Pat Gooch, Tech 2
  • Rick Ziegler, UC
  • Rona Wong, Student Services
  • Femar Lee, Academic Support
  • Mario Mediati, PCATT
  • Ralph Kam, Admin Liaison
Until 1983 Dave Barry wrote a humorous column for the Miami Herald. I still enjoy reading his pieces when I come across them. Enjoy the "How to Attend Meetings" article that is included in this Newsletter.

Being familiar with the aspects of adult learning is very important to us in higher education. A variety of sources provide us with a body of fairly reliable knowledge about adult learning. This knowledge might be divided into three basic divisions: things we know about adult learners and their motivation, things we know about designing curriculum for adults, and things we know about working with adults in the classroom.

  1. Adults seek out learning experiences in order to cope with specific life changing events--e.g., marriage, divorce, a new job, a promotion, being fired, retiring, losing a loved one, moving to a new city.
  2. Adult learners tend to be less interested in, and enthralled by, survey courses. They tend to prefer single concept, single-theory courses that focus heavily on the application of the concept to relevant problems. This tendency increases with age.
  3. Adults prefer self-directed and self-designed learning projects over group-learning experiences led by a professional. They select more than one medium for learning, and they desire to control pace and start/stop time.
  4. The learning environment must be physically and psychologically comfortable; long lectures, periods of interminable sitting and the absence of practice opportunities rate high on the irritation scale.
  5. Adults have expectations, and it is critical to take time early on to clarify and articulate all expectations before getting into content. The instructor can assume responsibility only for his or her own expectations, not for those of students.
  6. New knowledge has to be integrated with previous knowledge; students must actively participate in the learning experience. The learner is dependent on the instructor for confirming feedback on skill practice; the instructor is dependent on the learner for feedback about curriculum and in-class performance.
To read 24 other things we know for sure about adult learning and other articles on How People Learn, check out the Faculty Development Website. There is a link in the left hand margin of the HCC Intranet. Have a great semester!

Jerry Cerny
FD Coordinator

By Dave Barry

To really succeed in a business or organization, it is sometimes helpful to know what your job is, and whether it involves any duties. Ask among your coworkers. "Hi," you should say. "I'm a new employee. What is the name of my job?" If they answer "long-range planner" or "lieutenant governor," you are pretty much free to lounge around and do crossword puzzles until retirement. Most jobs, however, will require some work.

There are two major kinds of work in modern organizations:
1. Taking phone messages for people who are in meetings, and,
2. Going to meetings.

Your ultimate career strategy will be to get a job involving primarily No 2, going to meetings, as soon as possible, because that's where the real prestige is. It is all very well and good to be able to take phone messages, but you are never going to get a position of power, a position where you can cost thousands of people their jobs with a single bonehead decision, unless you learn how to attend meetings.

The first meeting ever was held back in the Mezzanine Era. In those days, Man's job was to slay his prey and bring it home for Woman, who had to figure out how to cook it. The problem was, Man was slow and basically naked, whereas the prey had warm fur and could run like an antelope. (In fact it was an antelope, only nobody knew this).

At last someone said, "Maybe if we just sat down and did some brainstorming, we could come up with a better way to hunt our prey!" It went extremely well, plus it was much warmer sitting in a circle, so they agreed to meet again the next day, and the next.

But the women pointed out that, prey-wise, the men had not produced anything, and the human race was pretty much starving. The men agreed that was serious and said they would put it right near the top of their "agenda". At this point, the women, who were primitive but not stupid, started eating plants, and thus modern agriculture was born. It never would have happened without meetings.

The modern business meeting, however, might better be compared with a funeral, in the sense that you have a gathering of people who are wearing uncomfortable clothing and would rather be somewhere else. The major difference is that most funerals have a definite purpose. Also, nothing is really ever buried in a meeting. An idea may look dead, but it will always reappear at another meeting later on. If you have ever seen the movie, "Night of the Living Dead," you have a rough idea of how modern meetings operate, with projects and proposals that everyone thought were killed rising up constantly from their graves to stagger back into meetings and eat the brains of the living.

There are two major kinds of meetings:

1) Meetings that are held for basically the same reason that Arbor Day is observed - namely, tradition. For example, a lot of managerial people like to meet on Monday, because it's Monday. You'll get used to it. You'd better, because this kind account for 83% of all meetings (based on a study in which I wrote down numbers until one of them looked about right). This type of meeting operates the way "Show and Tell" does in nursery school, with everyone getting to say something, the difference being that in nursery school, the kids actually have something to say. When it's your turn, you should say that you're still working on whatever it is you're supposed to be working on. This may seem pretty dumb, since obviously you'd be working on whatever you're supposed to be working on, and even if you weren't, you'd claim you were, but that's the traditional thing for everyone to say. It would be a lot faster if the person running the meeting would just say, "Everyone who is still working on what he or she is supposed to be working on, raise your hand." You'd be out of there in five minutes, even allowing for jokes. But this is not how we do it in America. My guess is, it's how they do it in Japan.

2) Meetings where there is some alleged purpose. These are trickier, because what you do depends on what the purpose is. Sometimes the purpose is harmless, like someone wants to show slides of pie charts and give everyone a big, fat report. All you have to do in this kind of meeting is sit there and have elaborate fantasies, then take the report back to your office and throw it away, unless, of course, you're a vice president, in which case you write the name of a subordinate in the upper right hand corner, followed be a question mark, like this: "Norm?" Then you send it to Norm and forget all about it (although it will plague Norm for the rest of his career).

But sometimes you go to meetings where the purpose is to get your "input" on something. This is very serious because what it means is, they want to make sure that in case whatever it is turns out to be stupid or fatal, you'll get some of the blame, so you have to escape from the meeting before they get around to asking you anything. One-way is to set fire to your tie.

Another is to have an accomplice interrupt the meeting and announce that you have a phone call from someone very important, such as the president of the company or the Pope. It should be one or the other. It would sound fishy if the accomplice said, "You have a call from the president of the company, or the Pope."

You should know how to take notes at a meeting. Use a yellow legal pad. At the top, write the date and underline it twice. Now wait until an important person, such as your boss, starts talking; when he does, look at him with an expression of enraptured interest, as though he is revealing the secrets of life itself. Then write interlocking rectangles like this: (picture of doodled rectangles).

If it is an especially lengthy meeting, you can try something like this (Picture of more elaborate doodles and a caricature of the boss). If somebody falls asleep in a meeting, have everyone else leave the room. Then collect a group of total strangers, right off the street, and have them sit around the sleeping person until he wakes up. Then have one of them say to him, "Bob, your plan is very, very risky. However, you've given us no choice but to try it. I only hope, for your sake, that you know what you're getting yourself into." Then they should file quietly out of the room.


Last spring, Xin Li, HCC Librarian, offered a workshop on Learning Information Literacy Online (LILO). Here an article about LILO that you will find interesting and informative.

by Ashley Monfort, Ka Leo Staff Writer
August 23, 2006

It's every student's nightmare - a 10-page paper due by the end of the semester in MLA format with at least 10 sources. Large fonts won't work, nor will two-inch margins. But before you decide to drop the class, there's hope.

A web site called Learning Information Literacy Online is answering the call for all students pulling out their hair over a research paper.

"It helps students through all phases of the research process," said Kevin Roddy, the Kapi'olani Community College librarian. "In a way, it's a kind of librarian or instructor helping students break down the whole process into attainable steps."

Roddy belongs to a group called the University of Hawai'i Libraries Information Literacy Committee, who created Each college and university in the Hawai'i system has representatives from the libraries to promote web sites, like LILO, and to help students with research.

There are many aspects about the LILO web site that students will find helpful in starting their research papers.

Assignment Calculator:
This nifty hyper link calculates the dates by which the student should finish sections of their research papers. He or she punches in the date the assignment was received and when it is due. The computer then gives dates for when the student should pick a topic, find sources, check sources and write the final draft. There are more hyper links to other web sites that will help the student understand due dates and steps.

LILO Journal:
Throughout the entire process of choosing a topic and finding sources, the LILO Journal is a way of organizing thoughts. It's easy to revise if a mistake is made or an answer is changed, Roddy said. Also, instructors will be able to look at the journal to see how the student is progressing. All aspects, such as time management, assignment comprehension and research strategies, are kept track of online.

Citation Machine:
One of the most important parts of a research paper is the works cited page. The citation machine shows how to cite an online article, a book with three authors and an encyclopedia on a CD-ROM. The student must fill in the blanks with the appropriate information, and the computer cites the source. Then, students can copy and paste the citation into their papers.

Other Perks:
LILO is linked to the library web site of all colleges and universities in the Hawai'i system. There are links to Voyager and EBSCO, which check to see if articles, books and magazines are available at the UH libraries. For those who do not know how to use the Voyager system, LILO provides a link with a quick tutorial.

"It's like Google," Roddy said, "but in some ways, better if the student is looking for something like a peer-reviewed journal."

"You should use what normal researchers would use," Roddy said, in reference to peer-reviewed journals. "A professor or lawyer would not use Google. They would go to their own databases, where people have been published and approved before publication."

This section is part of finding the necessary sources for a topic. Throughout a student's search, the resources they find can be kept track of in the LILO Journal.

There are also other sections on how to find honest and ideal sources for a research paper and the dangers of plagiarism. It's a refreshment course of what is usually taught in an English 100 class, but ideal for those who can't remember.

LILO has been in development for the past three years and is evolving into a site for students who learn visually with video and podcasts.

"With a 10-page paper, you don't want to spend most of your time researching. You want to create the paper," UH senior Cory Brailsford said.

A political science major, Brailsford lamented the fact that he had not known about LILO during the summer session. He said he is "definitely going to use it at least next semester."


For those of you who have purchased the Hawaii 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 excellent 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!


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

Tenure and Promotion/Instructor to Assistant Professor:

Elliott Higa, Human Services

Promotion/Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

Jerry Cerny, PCATT
Dolores Donovan, Language Arts
Paul Jacoby, CENT
Shanon Miho, Student Services

Promotion/Associate Professor to Professor

Gaynel Buxton, ECE
Pat Gooch, ECE
Mike Jennings, AEC
James Niino, Apprenticeship
Ivan Nitta, AMT
Craig Ohta, AMT
Paul Onomura, Diesel Mechanics Technology
Stacy Rogers, FIRE
Bert Shimabukuro, AMT
Cynthia Smith, History
Gordon Talbo, AMT

Congratulations to the following faculty members who received Service Awards:

Rose Sumajit, ITC, 10 years
Derek Oshiro, RAC, 20 years
Gordon Pang, EIMT, 20 years
Jan Petersen, Distance Education, 30 years
Mark Schindler, Nat Science, 30 years
Rick Ziegler, History, 30 years

Congratulations to the following HCC faculty member who received the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award;

Danny Aiu, Sheet Metal and Plastics Technology


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

Stella Akamine, Instructor, Cosmetology. Stella was born and raised on Oahu and graduated from Waipahu High School. She began her work experience as a counter girl at a local drive inn serving burgers, washing seashells in powder bleach that burned her inner nostrils, and driving a forklift and loading flat bed trucks at a construction estimating department. She went back to school at Trendsetter Hawai`i, a beauty school located at Pearlridge Shopping Center, part-time during the evenings and continued to work during the day. She has been working and teaching in the cosmetology business for 25 years. For several years, Stella worked at JC Penney's as a hairstylist and esthetician. She then went back to school to earn a teaching certificate in cosmetology and has since been teaching. She has attended classes at Leeward CC and here at HCC and lectured here in the Cosmetology program since 2004 until obtaining a full-time teaching position this past summer. Stella is married to a fella from Kalihi and they have a beautiful, wonderful daughter who works in the hotel industry. In her spare time she enjoys going down to the west side of the island at 6:00 a.m. and sitting on the sand in front of lagoon #1 at Ihilani Hotel at Ko`olina. After sitting still as the sun comes up, Stella then goes to a shady spot to read, take notes and write-out her class outlines. She also enjoys horseback riding and painting. Working here at HCC has broadened her horizons and she feels challenged to groom her students to help them feel comfortable in furthering their education and to make them feel that they can "do it."

Ross Egloria, Instructor, Assessment Specialist. Ross was born and raised on Oahu and graduated from Kamehameha School and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He previously worked for the DOE and Leeward CC. Ross loves to play just about any sport for fun but especially golf and racquetball. He's also an avid football and soccer fan, loves to play cards (poker, trumps, hanafuda, etc.), board games (chess, backgammon, monopoly, etc.) and he really loves to ride motorcycles (cruisers not sport bikes). If he had a passion it would be to travel. Some of his favorite places to travel are Alaska and Germany. Ross' personal philosophy on the secret to life is to seek happiness and have fun.

Mike Ferguson, Instructor, Chemistry. Mike was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved around the Midwest a bit until attending the University of Dayton in Ohio where he majored in chemical engineering. At this point in his life he decided to see what the West Coast was like and moved to California and attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley where he earned a PhD in physical chemistry specializing in surface science, laser spectroscopy and catalysis. Mike then performed a postdoc at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest studying various surfaces with sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy. After he discovered how tough the winters are in Eastern Europe, he was happy to accept the opportunity to join the faculty full-time here at HCC. Mike hopes to continue his journey here and not just pass on knowledge, but the spirit of aloha as was given to him by the UH and HCC communities.

Charlene Gima, Instructor, English, was born on Oahu but grew up on Maui. After graduating from Maui High School, she attended the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and received her BA in English. She continued her education in Ithaca, New York, where she received an MA and PhD in English at Cornell University. Tired of snow and deprived of sunlight, she returned to Hawai'i and taught for one year at 'Iolani School before moving back to Maui for an eight-year teaching stint at Maui CC. She is happy to be here at HCC and is enjoying life in the city although she is still learning to deal with traffic. In her spare time between commuting and grading papers, she practices Okinawan dance and plans exciting trips with friends.

William (Willy) Lau, Instructor, Welding Technology. Willy was born in Honolulu and raised in Kalihi. He graduated from Farrington High School, attended Honolulu Technical School, and received his degree in Welding Technology from Honolulu CC. Willy gained his welding expertise at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, entering the Navy's Apprenticeship Program in 1964 and retiring as a journeyworker welder in 1991. Subsequent to his retirement, he taught welding at Kamehameha Schools, Schofield Barracks, the Iron Workers' and Boilermakers' Unions, and Moanalua High School. His wife, Sharon has been his life-long partner for 40 years. They have three daughters and three grandchildren. Willy's greatest enjoyment is having his family, including his three sons-in-law, gather for dinner every Sunday and playing with his grandchildren.

Sheryl Legaspi, Coordinator of Academic Support, PRIDE/TRIO. Sheryl grew up in Wailupe near the beautiful waters of Maunalua Bay. She earned a BA in Japanese and an MA in ESL at the University of Hawai'i Manoa and is currently working on an MLIS. She also attended college in Tokyo for one unforgettable year. Sheryl is not new to HCC. For the last 16 years, she has worked here, first as an educational specialist in ESL and then later in disability services. This past summer, she accepted a part time faculty position with the PRIDE/TRIO Project, a federal grant, which provides academic support services to first generation, low-income college students. Sheryl loves to kayak, read books by Asian/Pacific authors, and run with her German Shepherd and Samoyed. She has two beautiful kids and a great husband. She loves HCC and all the great people that work here.

Steve Mandraccia, Instructor, Mathematics. Steve grew up in Brooklyn, moved to California and then to Colorado. He earned a BS in Computer Science in 1990 from Regis University in Colorado Springs. In 1992, after thirteen years at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), he entered into a program entitled "Engineers in Education" which recognized a future shortage of teachers in mathematics and the natural sciences. In 1993, he left DEC to pursue a career change and entered graduate school at the University of Louisville. After completing the prerequisites to receive the equivalent of a BS in Math, he transferred to the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he earned an MS in Math with a concentration in Statistics. Since 1996, he has been teaching mathematics at the college level including Leeward CC, 1996-1999, and North Seattle CC, 1999-2002. In the fall of 2002, he and his wife returned to Hawaii where he taught part-time at HPU, Embry-Riddle, Wayland Baptist, and Central Texas College until obtaining his full-time position here at HCC. Steve and his wife reside in Makakilo where a good portion of their spare time is spent remodeling their home which they share with their ten-year old German Shepherd. Steve used to run marathons competitively and now runs to keep in shape. He also used to race bicycles and now occasionally rides his mountain bike. He enjoys the beach, diving and snorkeling, non-competitive golf and generally being in Hawai'i.

Ina Miller-Cabasug, Retention Specialist, College Skills Center. Ina was born and raised on Guam. After high school she moved to Hawai'i to attend Leeward CC and after two years transferred to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. After earning a BA in Psychology, she decided to move to California for work and graduate school. While in California she worked for three years as a pre-school teacher in a Christian Montessori School. It was during that time that Ina decided to go back to school and earn a MA in Counselor Education at San Jose State University. For the next seven years she worked in various public schools in the San Jose Unified School District as a GEAR UP Counselor. After living in California for ten years, she and her husband decided to move back to Hawai'i to be with the family and friends that they have missed. During her spare time Ina enjoys eating at different restaurants, crafting, and being with family and friends.

Wayne Sunahara, Disabilities Coordinator, Wayne was born and raised in Kaneohe and graduated from Damien Memorial High School. He attended Kapiolani CC and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where he obtained a BS in Human Development and a MEd in Counseling and Guidance with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling. Wayne currently holds a national certification for Rehabilitation Counselors (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor - CRC) and a State of Hawaii License for Mental Health Professionals (License Mental Health Counselor - LMHC). Prior to working at HCC, he worked for the State of Hawaii, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for 13 years (6 as counselor and 7 as a supervisor). Currently he lives in Kaneohe with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Wayne enjoys spending time with the kids, doing home improvement projects, playing golf, going to the beach, and fooling around with his Ipod. He hopes that this year he will be once again coaching volleyball after a 4-year hiatus.



Brenda Kwon, Instructor, Language Arts, recently hosted a re:VERSES Poetry Collective showcase, "an Open Mic with Featured Speakers" held every last Thursday of the month in Chinatown. She and her partners are now in their third year of participating in this event. Jerry Saviano, Assistant Professor, Language Arts, was recently one of Brenda's featured writers.

Fumi Takasugi, Instructor, Sociology, attended the Hawaii Great Teachers Seminar on the Big Island this past summer.

David Wong, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, escorted a group of very energetic and adventuresome students and faculty to exotic far Western China this past summer. On the trip David was joined by his HCC traveling colleagues, David Panisnick, Professor, Religion, Rick Ziegler, Professor, History, Sheila Yoder, Associate Professor, Math, and Faye Tamakawa, Associate Professor, Math.


Chulee Grove, Professor, OESM, attended the Safety 2006 Conference and Exposition in Seattle this past June. The Conference was organized by the American Society of Safety Engineers and offered mort than 200 concurrent educational sessions emphasizing practical material and addressing the key issues in safety management.

Christopher Kauhine, Instructor, Construction Academy, attended a two-day Women Tech: Preparing Women and Girls for High Skills, High Wage Careers workshop this past spring. This workshop focused on strategies for recruiting and retaining women in technical education courses and programs.

Lambert Panui, Instructor, Construction Academy, attended a two-day Women Tech: Preparing Women and Girls for High Skills, High Wage Careers workshop this past spring. This workshop focused on strategies for recruiting and retaining women in technical education courses and programs.

Ivan Nitta, Professor, AMT, attended a two-day Women Tech: Preparing Women and Girls for High Skills, High Wage Careers workshop this past spring. This workshop focused on strategies for recruiting and retaining women in technical education courses and programs.

Stacy Rogers, Professor, FIRE, attended the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Conference at the National Fire Academy this past summer. This Conference brought together Fire Program Liaisons from across the country to work on programs, courses and curricula.

Jeannie Shaw, Instructor/Coordinator, Pearl Harbor Shipyard, attended the Basic PSI Seminar this past spring. PSI Seminars present a variety of seminars on education, leadership, communication and vision. The Basic Seminar provided fundamentals of creating positive results both professionally and personally.

Milton Tadaki, Professor, ABRP, attended an Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair this past winter where he learned the latest techniques in collision repair.


Stella Akamine, Instructor, Cosmetology, attended the Hawaii Great Teachers Seminar on the Big Island this past summer.

Gaynel Buxton, Professor, ECE, attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Washington, DC last December. This Conference is the professional association in Early Childhood field's most comprehensive and extensive conference covering a broad of ECE areas and issues.

Lynnette McKay, Instructor, Cosmetology, attended the Hawaii Great Teachers Seminar on the Big Island this past summer.

Jessica Kaniho, Instructor, Cosmetology, attended the Hawaii Great Teachers Seminar on the Big Island this past summer.

Sherry Nolte, Associate Professor, ECE, also attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Washington, DC last December. At the Conference she presented at two sessions.


Silvan Chung, Instructor/Counselor, Student Services, attended the National Career Development Association Global Conference - Honoring Community: Creativity and Collaboration in Chicago this past summer. This is the premiere conference for career development professionals across all areas of career development and in all setting. Silvan also attended a two-day Women Tech: Preparing Women and Girls for High Skills, High Wage Careers workshop this past spring. This workshop focused on strategies for recruiting and retaining women in technical education courses and programs.

Shanon Miho, Associate Professor/Counselor, Student Services, attended a two-day Women Tech: Preparing Women and Girls for High Skills, High Wage Careers workshop this past spring. This workshop focused on strategies for recruiting and retaining women in technical education courses and programs. Shanon also attended a Skip Downing On Course II Workshop in Rancho Palos Verde, California this past spring. This train-the-trainer workshop presented advanced design and facilitation skills that provides the trainer the knowledge and resources to help train colleagues to provide more effective educational experiences for their students.


Bill Becker, Associate Professor, ITC/PCATT, attended the Cisco Networkers 2006 Conference in Las Vegas this past summer. This conference offers technical professionals of every level a unique opportunity to choose from hundreds of technical sessions, hear from industry leaders and collaborate with people at the forefront of technology innovation.

Wayne Lewis, Associate Professor, PCATT, attended the 2006 National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Grants Conference in Boulder, Colorado this past spring. The Conference covered the NSF's purpose, mandate, enabling organizational structure, program and budget highlights, trends and areas of special emphasis. NSF's Strategic Plan and other special initiatives were discusses.


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: Jerry Cerny (Co-Editor), Steven Chu, Pat Gooch, Rick Ziegler, Rona Wong (Co-Editor), Femar Lee, Mario Mediati and Ralph Kam.

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