Chancellor's Corner March 1, 2012

It’s hard to keep up with all that is going on at Kaua’i Community College right now, but here are some highlights!

Wai’ale’ale Project Hosts Event for Supporters

On February 22, Wai’ale’ale hosted an event to present its annual report and to acknowledge supporters of the program.  The presentation included a lunch prepared by Wai’ale’ale students and was attended by Wai’ale’ale’s donor, Jim Lally, and representatives of two other community colleges looking to establish similar programs on their own campuses.  Encouraging results from the first two Wai’ale’ale cohorts were shared and KCC faculty and staff were acknowledged for their hard work, which has contributed to the success of students in the program.  Mahalo to everyone who pitched in to organize this event!

Tropic Care Kauai Comes to KCC

Tropic Care Kauai concluded on March 9, 2012 after over a week of service to the community.  The military personnel with the help of many volunteer agencies provided free health care to the people of Kauai.  Services included dental, vision/glasses, medical, physical/occupational health, counseling,
nutritional/physical counseling and other services. 10,292 people were seen between the 3 sites and $2 million in health services were provided in the 11 day event.  Kauai Community College was one of three sites and saw just shy of 3,000 people.  The clinics at KCC were located in the nursing building.  On Friday March 2nd and Thursday, March 8th, KCC Nursing students provided education to patients at all three sites.  The other sites were located at the Hanapepe Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji and All Saints Episcopal Church in Kapaa.


24 Students Visit from Okinawan Christian University

KCC and OCET hosted 24 students and 3 faculty from Okinawa Christian University and Junior College for a two-week study tour. This year’s program included English majors studying Hospitality & Tourism and for the first time, Early Childhood Education majors, who visited Hawaiian language-based pre-schools.  Vera Blalock and Candace Tabuchi-Kim introduced the students to the history and culture of Hawai’i and Kaua’i. Our guests also enjoyed classes and a BBQ party with Hiroko Merritt’s Japanese students, writing workshops with Jeff Mexia, hula classes with Pua Rossi and her students, a tour of NTBG with Brian Yamamoto and many other engaging activities. We learned that the group returned safely to Okinawa and, though exhausted, many of the students were already hoping to return to Kaua’i in the future.


Culinary Provides Two Fine Feasts

The American Culinary Federation Kauai Chapter, Culinary Team, together with the island chefs and students, served 1,958 breakfasts to a hungry and happy Kauai at this annual event!  The volunteers and clubs did an outstanding job and should be exremely proud of their service.  The culinary department thanks everyone for their ongoing support and we all look forward to working together again next year for another fantastic event.

The KCC Culinary Program aslo created a wonderful feast for both eyes and stomach at a special Grand Buffet dinner event on February 29.  Diners had the opportunity to move from station to station to sample wonderful dishes prepared by students and view ice and other sculptures, also done by our talented students.


Student Leaders Once Again Engage in Community Service

On Thursday, February 23, members of the KCC Student Government hosted a panel discussion for the candidates applying to serve on the KIUC Board.  KIUC is our island's electric utility co-op.  Students had created the questions and rules for the panel discussion beforehand, and orchestrated the well-attended event.  The panelists had to truly know their stuff in order to be able to adequately answer the questions posed, and participants had plenty of information to help them choose who to vote for.  This was just one more example of how our student leaders step up to serve our island community.