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Chaminade University Confers Honorary Degree on Chair of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation– H. Mitchell D’Olier to Be Honored Dec. 15

December 4, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, News & Press Releases

H. Mitchell D’Olier to receive Chaminade honorary doctorate

H. Mitchell D’Olier, chair of Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, to receive Chaminade honorary doctorate

HONOLULU—December 4, 2014—Chaminade University will award an honorary doctoral degree (Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa) on December 15, at its 2014 Fall Commencement Ceremony to H. Mitchell D’Olier, who has led a remarkable professional career as the President and Chief Executive officer of Victoria Ward, Limited and most recently as the Chairman of Kaneohe Ranch Company, Limited and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. His service has led to numerous honors including the NASBA Center for Public Trust Being A Difference Award for inspiring public trusts and for his contributions and leadership in Hawaii.

D’Olier serves as the Hawaii Regional Chair for Teach for America, which has provided excellent education for students in low-income communities for over 20 years and now serves more than three million children nationwide.  He is a member of the State Public Charter School Commission.  D’Olier served as the Chair and Education Task Force Co-Chair of Hawaii Business Roundtable, with a commitment to a better Hawaii future through public education and improvement of its economy. D’Olier is also a founder and director of Malama Maunalua, a Hawaii non-profit which seeks a sustainable Maunalua Bay.

Under the direction of D’Olier, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation supported the building of what is now the Chaminade University’s Wesselkamper Science Center which houses the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division, as well as the renovation and expansion of the laboratories and facilities for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics. This support created multi-purpose laboratory facilities for the University’s student body.

The commencement starts at 7 p.m., at Neal Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.  Family and friends are welcome to attend this event in recognition of all graduating students. The event is FREE.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###

Media Contact: Kapono Ryan
(808) 735-4797


Monthly Emergency Notification Test — December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Test alert

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014:  We are testing the Chaminade University Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. If this were an actual emergency, this would be the site with updates and instructions.
This is only a test.



Maui Invitational 2014 Wounded Warrior Inspire Silverswords — Photo Album

November 5, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, News & Press Releases, Notables

Sgt. Wong meets Eric Bovaird, Sword head men's basketball coach

Sgt. Wong meets Eric Bovaird, Sword head men’s basketball coach

Bovaird, athletics director Bill Villa, Swords women's basketball head coachBobby Keanini, regent Shelley Wilson, and Sgt Janis Wong

Bovaird, athletics director Bill Villa, Swords women’s basketball head coach Bobby Keanini, regent Shelley Wilson, and Sgt Janis Wong

Swords men's basketball team greeted by Sgt. Wong.

Swords men’s basketball team greeted by Sgt. Wong.

Swords women's basketball team shake hands with Sgt Wong

Swords women’s basketball team shake hands with Sgt Wong

The Chaminade women were proud to stand with Sgt. Wong

The Chaminade women were proud to stand with Sgt. Wong

And then the fragrance of lei was added

And then the fragrance of lei was added

Go swords!

Go swords!

Both Sgt. Wong and Dawn, who works with the Hawaii Wounded Warrior program attended Chaminade.

Both Sgt. Wong and Dawn, who works with the Hawaii Wounded Warrior program attended Chaminade.


Chaminade University and EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Announce the 2014 Hawaii Wounded Warrior

November 5, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, News & Press Releases, Notables

The Chaminade Silverswords Women’s and Men's’ Basketball teams posed today with Hawaii Wounded Warrior Sgt. Janice Wong (pictured in center holding the basketball). On the far right with lei is Chaminade regent Shelley Wilson and, to her right, Chaminade alumna Dawn Martin who works professionally assisting the Wounded Warriors program.

The Chaminade Silverswords Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams posed today with Hawaii Wounded Warrior Sgt. Janice Wong (pictured in center holding the basketball). On the far right with lei is Chaminade regent Shelley Wilson and, to her right, Chaminade alumna Dawn Martin who works professionally assisting the Wounded Warriors program.

HONOLULU—November 5, 2014—Chaminade University with KemperLesnik, management company for the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, announced today that Sgt. Janice Wong of the US Army Reserves in Guam and Hawaii will join basketball fans from across the country this month at the prestigious EA SPORTS Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade University. Wong was chosen as this year’s representative of the Hawaii Wounded Warriors program to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Maui to attend the nation’s premier early season Tournament and participate in special events, including attending team practices to meet participating head coaches and student-athletes.

This is the fifth year Chaminade and the EA Sports Maui Invitational have recognized a Wounded Warrior at the annual event. Tournament Chairman, G. David Odom, who has been involved with Operation Hardwood – Hoops for Troops – organized the effort to honor a member of the military during the Tournament beginning in 2010.

As the first woman warrior to be honored in this manner, Wong was hailed as a hero today and greeted on campus by Chaminade Silverswords Women’s and Men’s basketball teams, the latter who will be competing against the top Division I basketball teams from across the country later this month at the Tournament. Wong is a decorated veteran who received a Bronze Star in March of 2010 as well as a Meritorious Service Medal. She previously worked in the Governor of Guam’s office and has taken classes at Chaminade, and has served for 18 years in the US Army Reserves, time which included deployments to Kuwait, Egypt, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.

Also greeting Wong on campus today was a special “Comrade in Arms,” former wounded veteran, well known business leader and Chaminade regent, Shelley Wilson. Wilson’s own personal story of being wounded at the age of 18 while serving as an Army medic and suffering life-threatening injuries led her to start her own successful home nursing care company.

“Chaminade and KemperLesnik are pleased to recognize Sgt. Janice Wong for her many accomplishments serving our county. We plan to roll out the red carpet at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational for her,” said Chaminade president Bro. Bernard J. Ploeger, SM, PhD.

At today’s event, Wong briefly addressed the student-athletes, advising them to “embrace and face challenges” as that is the only way to overcome adversity in their own lives. “I am so proud to be selected to participate in this program and meet all of you today. Thank you for supporting me and I look forward to seeing our team win at the Tournament!”

An avid sports fan, Wong indicated that she’ll be cheering for the Chaminade Silverswords who face Pittsburgh in the third game on Monday, Nov. 24. At the beginning of that game, Wong will be introduced to those at the Lahaina Civic Center as part of a ceremonial game ball presentation.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711.   ###

Kapono Ryan
Office (808) 735-4797


Monthly Test of the Chaminade Emergency Notification System –November 2014

November 3, 2014 · No Comments · Test alert

November 3, 2014:  We are testing the Chaminade University Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. If this were an actual emergency, this would be the site with updates and instructions.
This is only a test.

kr: 11-03-14


Academic Year 2014-2015: Summer Highlights & Notables

October 31, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Notables

Gleanings from the President’s Report — September 2014

Chaminade University dedicated its newly created Carlson Fitness Center Locker Rooms on August 21 in Kieffer Hall.  Fr. George Cerniglia officiated over the blessing. The enhancements were part of the university’s campus-wide wellness initiative to benefit the whole campus community. The new facilities included men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, adjacent to the fitness center. The group of donors who made this project possible were regents, Jeanne A. Anderson, Jean E. Rolles’93, Willibrord K. Tallett ’61 with his wife Pauline Tallett ’61, and Chaminade professor Thomas C. Wesselkamper. The donor Hui gifted a total of $700,000 for the construction. A previous gift from Ms. Rolles had already funded the purchase of new equipment for the Carlson Fitness Center.

Matson Foundation awarded Chaminade University a $50,000 grant to assist with the construction of new athletics support facilities. Matson presented a check at Chaminade’s 2nd Annual Silverswords Golf Tournament on Aug. 8, 2014 at Olomana Golf Course to Chaminade athletics director, Bill Villa, and dean of Students, Grissel Benitez-Hodge. Presenting the check from Matson were Paul McCully, Ku’uhaku Park, Gary Nakamatsu and Len Isotoff.

Recently published rankings show Chaminade excelling in the following areas:

  •, when comparing universities and colleges, gave both Chaminade University and UH-Manoa a score of 90 out of 100 points (perfect score), followed by HPU and UH-Hilo at 89, and UH-West Oahu at 87.  Kapiolani Community College was given a 38.   The Smart Rating was designed by to help students find the best colleges at a glance based on admissions selectivity, academics, expert opinions, financial affordability, and career readiness. said that it believed “higher education should be accessible to everyone, not just the elite few, so we decided to change our methodology to better reward the colleges that are committed to providing an affordable, top-tier education for students. We want colleges to rethink their tuition costs and make it more affordable so middle- and lower-income students can earn college degrees.”
  • this summer included Chaminade in its top 50 affordable colleges in the West list and ranked Chaminade University as the 21st most-affordable private college in the Western Region. Ranking was based on tuition price, six-year graduation rate, retention of freshmen, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of classes entrusted to graduate students, average entrance ACT score, number of campus organizations, number of academic programs, and Forbes ranking which includes measures of student “output” and satisfaction.
  •, a leading news website, which reports on environmental news, green living and sustainable business, picked Chaminade as the greenest college campus in Hawaii. Some things taken into consideration were the high number of LEED-certified facilities and sustainability initiatives and their push for a more eco-friendly future.
  • The recently ranked the “Tamest Party Schools” in each state in contrast to its “Raging party schools” rating. Chaminade took first place for Hawaii.

Chaminade University co-sponsored with the Hawai’i Forgiveness Project this year’s Hawaii International Forgiveness Day, a free community event, on August 3 at Mystical Rose Oratory. Scott Schroeder, PhD, dean of the School of Business, spearheaded the university’s efforts to host the 12th annual community festival for the Hawai’i Forgiveness Project.  This year’s theme was Silence and Forgiveness: “In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving, and see how the pattern improves (Rumi).” The event was an opportunity to experience healing and forgiveness provided through silence from diverse traditions and perspectives including Native Hawaiian, Christian, Buddhist, as well as in dance and music.

Chaminade professor, Dr. Tim Carney, produced and directed this summer’s Hawai’i Vocal Masterworks Festival, held on June 29 at Mystical Rose Oratory.  The 11th annual Masterworks Festival presented Ola Gjeilo’s ravishing Sunrise Mass, written in 2010 for chorus and string orchestra. Also on the program was the deeply moving Baroque masterpiece, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, featuring Jade Jeom, soprano, and Jennifer Lane, mezzo soprano. The 60-voice choir and musicians from the Hawaii Symphony in the intimate acoustics of Mystical Rose performed to a nearly full house.


Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) Division

  • Five New Faces:
  1. Dr. Jayson Masaki, MD has a BS in biology and MS in microbiology from University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received an MD degree from Saint James School of Medicine in Aruba. He will be a research assistant in Dr. Eric Umemoto’s laboratory – focusing on membrane biophysics in inflammatory cells -and will assist Dr. Umemoto with the BI430 Microbiology course.
  2. Dr. Michael Weichhaus joins Chaminade’s biology program this fall. Originally from Germany, he headed to Aberdeen in Scotland to receive both his BS and MS in Molecular Biology and a PhD in Molecular Breast Cancer Biology. His post-doctoral research at UH Hilo College of Pharmacy is on breast cancer and nutrition. He will bring both his teaching experience in the School of Pharmacy at Hilo and his research experience. His work at Chaminade will particularly benefit Chaminade students in biology core courses and advanced nutrition and physiology.
  3. Thomas J. Cox specializes in Mathematics. Cox has taught various levels of mathematics in California and has coached several different sports. He will work at Chaminade on strengthening core math classes, especially college algebra and pre-calculus classes.
  4. Vicky Chaffin, RN is a clinical dietitian at The Queen’s Medical Center Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Chaffin received her BS in Food and Nutrition from San Diego State University. She will be teaching the BI304 Clinical Nutrition course for nursing students.
  5. Accomplished cancer researcher, Dr. Michelle de la Vega, will roll out the new biology capstone course for NSM. A researcher from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center (UHCC), she will teach the first ever offerings of Chaminade’s brand new Cancer Biology (BI435) course. Dr. De La Vega has devoted her professional life to the study of cancer, earning her PhD in Northern Ireland and working at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard before moving to the UHCC.
  • NSM Highlights
  1. Biology–In August 2014, the publication entitled “Single-walled carbon nanotube exposure induces membrane rearrangement and suppression of receptor-mediated signaling pathways in model mast cells” in Toxicology Letters was funded by the Air Force Research Laboratories grant which was awarded to senior author Dr. Helen Turner and co-authored by alumna, Kara Kahue, for the research she conducted as an undergraduate at Chaminade. Kahue graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science in May 2014.
  2. Forensic Sciences–Undergraduate Forensic Sciences major, Lauren Chun, had a research abstract accepted to the 20th World Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences in Seoul, South Korea, October 2014. She has been accepted to give an oral presentation.
    In addition, David Carter, PhD, associate professor of Forensic Sciences, has agreed to serve as lead editor for a new text to be published by Wiley. This text, titled ”Forensic Microbiology,” will be a part of the Forensic Science In Focus Book Project, a collaborative effort between the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and Wiley/Blackwell. The Forensic Science in Focus Book Project seeks to publish a select number of texts with key forensic science themes that represent high scholarship and reflect the goals of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

School of Business and Professional Studies
The School of Business and Professional Studies announced this month that its Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration degree has received approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission to be offered completely online, beginning October 2014. This represents an additional undergraduate offering supplementing the university’s existing four associate programs and ten bachelor programs available online by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). Key features of the online program include small classes (a maximum of 16 students per course), personal attention from Chaminade faculty with real world experience, opportunities to use course projects to address real-time issues in the workplace, and opportunities to apply program expertise to service learning projects.

Chaminade once again sponsored the Nonprofit Organizations One-day Seminar, on September 19, at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu. It was the 11th annually held event for the School of Business.  The seminar provided useful information on current issues and changing requirements that affect every nonprofit and provide insights that will help organizations deal with the unique challenges facing them today. More than 100 people attended.

Hogan Entrepreneurs
The Hogan Entrepreneurs program has already begun its Wednesday Evening Speaker Sessions in Kieffer Hall.  Fourteen guest speaker sessions are planned for this fall. Speakers for September include: On September 10, Gary Hogan (CEO / president of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts/ Royal Pacific Air) and Tom Bell (president of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts); on September 17, James Koshiba (founding director of Social Ventures, LLC); and on September 24, Rechung Fujihira (founder and CEO of Box Jelly). on October 1, Dawn Morais Webster will speak on communications and issue advocacy.  In addition, the program has scheduled its kick-off event for October 8.

Coordinated through the lead of Professor of English, Cheryl Edelson, PhD, Chaminade University hosted the 2014 Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference at the end of May on campus.  In addition, the public was invited to a free lecture titled “(Re) Visiting Hawaii Paradise” presented by renown writer, Kristiana Kahakauwila, held in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center.

Invited by History Professor, Mitch Yamasaki, PhD, the renowned and award-winning historian, Tom Coffman, spoke at Chaminade History Club’s first meeting on September 12 in Henry Hall. Coffman, an independent researcher, writer and producer has explored American imperialism in the Pacific in his 1998 book and PBS documentary “Nation Within.” His other book credits include “Catch a Wave, A Case Study of Hawaii Politics,” and “The Island Edge of America.” The high caliber speaker gave his listeners uncommon, provocative insights of history.

School of Nursing
The School of Nursing held its commitment ceremony for the Class of 2018 on Tuesday, September 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Henry Hall Courtyard. All are invited. This September event will be the fifth annual commitment ceremony. Recently the School of Nursing celebrated the pinning of its first graduating class in May and looks forward to the successful journeys of each of its student nurses.

Interim Dean of Nursing, Patricia Kiladis, PhD, with Professor Rhonda Sansone and the faculty team are in the process of working out the details for the PACE nursing program to allow for RNs to achieve their BSN degrees.

School of Nursing faculty member, Joy Bliss, PhD, who accompanied Chaminade student-nurses to Chuuk last spring for a clinical immersion, organized and arranged to send about $1000 worth of blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and various other medical instruments to Chuuk Hospital, thanks to the generosity of MDF Instruments on behalf of the faculty for the School of Nursing. These instruments were given to the hospital through MDF’s “Crafting Wellness” Philanthropy program, coordinated by Aubrey Scarr, director of Philanthropy at MDF.

Nursing professor Tiffanie Kanayama led a group of 12 student nurses to the annual Pu’ukohola Heiau Cultural Event in Kawaihae on the Big Island this August, thanks to an HMSA grant received earlier.  Other faculty members accompanying the team were research project assistant, Sarah Jarvis, and professor Stephanie Chung.   Ka Meheu Ohu O Ka Honu and the Chaminade’s School of Nursing team partnered to provide health screenings, health promotional and educational offerings, as well as first aid to the Native Hawaiian participants for the Pu’ukohola Heiau annual event. This was the fourth year that Chaminade served in the event.

Office of the Provost
Chaminade Provost, Helen Whippy, PhD, and Beti Thompson, PhD, associate director of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and professor at University of Washington School of Public Health, were invited to present a webinar together in June for GMap Region VI. Region VI serves Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Hawaii and Guam.  The webinar covered pursuing a career in health disparities research.  The two experts covered principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and the challenges associated with a CBPR approach, helping participants to understand the career implications of CBPR.

Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research

Patricia M. Lee-Robinson, associate provost and the director of the Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research, reported that in May, the University of Dayton and Chaminade University signed articulation agreements leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Master of Physician Assistant Practice degrees at the University of Dayton.   Chaminade students who hope to become physical therapists or physician assistants now have a special pathway to make their dreams come true.  If they successfully complete program requirements, they will be able to take advantage of reserved seats at University of Dayton for these two professional degrees.  The partnership is of special value as these two degrees are not offered in the state of Hawaii – requiring students to travel to the mainland to pursue studies in these professions.

Chaminade’s Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research has selected Amber Caracol, PhD, as its new Health Professions advisor.  Caracol received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she participated in the Haumana and MARC Biomedical Research Programs.  She earned her doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a certificate in Molecular Medicine from the University of Washington in 2011.   Her dissertation focused on understanding DNA repair mechanisms and their involvement in cancer progression.  Caracol has taught Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology within the Seattle Community College District and at Leeward Community College on Oahu.  She has also taught Biotechnology in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.  A founding member and past president of the SACNAS Student Chapter at the University of Washington, she is a member of the ‘Ilima SACNAS Chapter at University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She will continue to work with students at Waianae High School in the Manoa Educational talent Search Program, which supports underserved and first-generation college students to pursue postsecondary education.

During this past summer, 11 students participated in pre medical and pre health enrichment programs, and seven students participated in research programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Office of the Rector
Chaminade rector, Fr. George Cerniglia with Chaminade staff members Teresa Fujino, Maimoa Fineisaloi and Candice Sakuda, and the Business School dean, Scott Schroeder, attended the Marianist Educational Associates Formation Workshop earlier this summer in San Antonio Texas.  It was an opportunity to learn about what it means to be a Marianist in general and to be a Marianist Educational Associate specifically. In addition, the new MEA members met with other new members from sister universities St. Mary’s and University of Dayton. This was the initial formation workshop.

Fr. Cerniglia also accompanied Chaminade faculty members, Joe Allen, Val and David Coleman, three long-time MEAs, this summer to a Marianist Educational Associates Continuing Formation Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri.  The theme of the workshop was “Commitments, Relationships and Community.”  David Coleman also presented at the workshop.

Four students had the privilege of participating in this summer’s immersion program in Chuuk at the Caroline College and Pastoral Institute. Seniors Martin Moore, Ani Artero, Walter Omalza, and Maricelle Redona spent five weeks immersed in the culture and serving as tutors at CCPI. Artero is now employed as a teacher in Chuuk at St. Xavier’s High School.

Bro. Brandon Alana, a member of the Campus Ministry team, attended three campus ministry related conferences, including the Association of Student Affairs in Catholic Colleges and Universities at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas; the Frank J. Lewis Institute [through the Catholic Campus Ministry Association]; and the Liturgy Symposium at Notre Dame University.

On Friday, August 29, the university gathered together for its Spiritual Convocation Mass with Fr. Cerniglia as celebrant. It was also an opportunity for Chaminade’s Marianist Educational Associates (MEAs) to re-commit. Chaminade has 20 MEAs, staff and faculty members who are committed to the values at the heart of the mission and identity of the university.

Information and Technology and Support Services Division
Kyle Johnson, Chaminade dean of Information Technology and Support Services, announced that the university will participate this November as a Premiere Sponsor for EdCamp Honolulu, part of a national program that, with local coordination, gathers teachers from K12 as well as higher education and gives them a space and some facilitation to work together on particular challenges.  Chaminade faculty will also be in attendance.

Student Support Services Division
The athletics department welcomed three new staff members, Bonnie “Leiko” Bedoya (assistant to the athletics director), Rebecca Duran (graduate assistant/athletic trainer) and Ty Aki (head coach for the women’s tennis team).

Student athlete, Lee Bailey, was selected to Second Team Daktronics West Region All American NCAA Division II – Men’s Basketball for his outstanding performance this past season.

Chaminade men’s basketball team won the PacWest Men’s Basketball tournament and was awarded an automatic berth to the NCAA West Regional Tournament. This was the second time in two years for Coach Eric Bovaird, his staff and team members.

Chaminade’s Spencer Ewart, named to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division II All Academic at large men’s basketball team was also named the 2013-2014 top Scholar-Athlete in the PacWest Conference.

Sixty-four (64) Chaminade student-athletes received Academic All PacWest recognition this spring.

Chaminade won the 2013 NCAA Award of Excellence for the PacWest last fall.  The Award of Excellence recognizes community engagement and positive game environment.

Chaminade Silversword alumnus and Enterprise Rent A Car Regional vice president, John Wyatt, who played men’s basketball for the university from 1987-89 and served as its team captain was featured in an commercial where he proudly states he is a “Silversword”.  The commercial was played during the NCAA basketball season on major network and cable TV game telecasts as well as at the NCAA basketball tournament at host arenas.

On Sunday, September 21, Chaminade University offered the Eucharist at ten o’clock in the morning at the Mystical Rose Oratory for the repose of the soul of Fr. Paul Marshall, SM, a member of the university’s Board of Regents at the time of his death.  Fr. Paul died on July 17, 2014, in Ranchi, India, while on visitation to the Marianist communities in that country.  He was 66 years of age and had been a Marianist for 46 years.  He ministered as a a high school religion teacher and chaplain, a pastor of an inner-city parish, a university professor, the Rector of the University of Dayton, and, most recently, the Provincial Assistant for Temporalities in the Marianist Province of the United States.  The Superior General of the Society of Mary, Fr. Manuel Cortés, SM, was the celebrant at the Eucharist.


Academic Year 2013-2014: Spring Highlights & Notables

October 31, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Notables

Gleanings from the President’s Report — April 2014


Chaminade University received grants totaling more than $364,000 in the first three months of 2014. Awards ranged from several thousand dollars for student scholarships to $150,000 for campus renovations, and included the following:

  • An anonymous California-based foundation awarded $150,000 for renovations to create new nursing classrooms.
  • First Hawaiian Bank Foundation awarded $75,000 to help build the new athletics support facilities.
  • HMSA Foundation awarded $75,000 for a biomedical research pipeline partnership project between Chaminade and JABSOM.
  • American Savings Bank (through Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation) awarded $30,000 to support the 2014 Hogan Entrepreneurs/American Savings Bank Non-Profit Business Plan Competition.
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded $30,000 for Native Hawaiian nursing scholarships.
  • The Vincent & Katherine Neal Memorial Fund administered by Hawaii Community Foundation awarded $4,286 for scholarships for education majors.


Chaminade University honored the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye on February 24 for his tremendous impact on the nation, state and university by naming its School of Nursing skills laboratory (Henry Hall 113) the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Nursing Skills Laboratory. It was an opportunity to recognize the Senator’s contributions to Chaminade through such federal programs like Title III, which he sponsored. To date, federal funding to Chaminade from this program has totaled $25 million.  The Senator’s office also worked with Chaminade to secure a $1.2 million capital grant from the US Dept of Commerce Economic Development Administration for its nursing school.  The Senator’s widow, Mrs. Irene Inouye, was moved and thanked Chaminade for honoring her husband.

The 12th Annual Celebration of Student Research, Na Liko Na’auao event, was held on April 11, starting in Mystical Rose Oratory and finishing in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center.  Nearly 100 students mentored by 24 faculty members showcased 64 presentations.  Students from a multitude of disciplines shared their work.  Scholarship endeavors spanned a broad diversity of topic matter:  from whimsical to deliberately engineered art pieces, from curing cancer to jelly fish and jet propulsion, from cigarettes and campus policies to ideas of happiness for Nietzsche and Aristotle, from the Chuuk immersion of our nursing students to sleep disorders in nursing students.  Variety and depth were the standard.

Endowed by Henry and Charlotte Clark, the Sue Wesselkamper Prize was awarded to Kanya Gagarin, a third-year student at Chaminade’s School of Nursing at this year’s Na Liko Na’auao event. Nominated by her professor, Edna Magpantay-Monroe, Gagarin hopes to become a medical/surgical registered nurse. After gaining experience as an RN, she plans to achieve a master’s degree to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.   Gagarin also represented the Chaminade School of Nursing at the National Student Nurses’ Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, this April.

Sponsored by the Chaminade Hawaiian Club and hosted by KITV 4 reporter Lei ‘U’i Kaholokula, who played volleyball at Chaminade, the Halenani Scholarship Gala was held on April 12 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center in Eiben Hall.  Besides great food, it included performances by Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Manu Boyd, and featured guest hula performances by Miss Hawaii 2012 Skyler Kamaka. The money raised by the gala will help endow the Halenani Scholarship in honor of the late Henry Halenani Gomes (Uncle Henry). Led by their president, Kaipo Leopoldino, students from the Hawaiian Club did an excellent job in organizing and holding the event and were able to reach higher than their goal.

The Veterans Mobile Center returned to campus twice this semester. Similar to a bookmobile, the Veterans Mobile Center bus/ truck offers free information and support resources to active military, veterans and family members.  Well received last semester, it returned to Third Road in both February and April of this year.

The Fujitani Lecture Series and Chaminade University featured Sthaneshwar Timalsina (Indian Studies professor at UH-Manoa) as its guest lecturer on Tuesday, April 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Mystical Rose Oratory. Open to the public, the free event is also sponsored by Vipassana Hawaii.  The topic will center on the Buddhist concept of emptiness, with a focus on the Bodhi mind, the cultivation of compassion and wisdom.  Chaminade professor, Regina Pfeiffer is helping to organize the event.

Chaminade’s Financial Aid Department gave a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid) Workshop for current students in Henry Hall on April 16, the day after the IRS deadline for filing for taxes occurred.  Students needed to bring both their own and their parents’ 2013 tax returns. University financial aid advisers were on hand to assist Chaminade students with their 2014-2015 FAFSA.  The workshop was free.  Earlier in the semester, one was also held for prospective students.

Chaminade’s Accounting Club offered free tax clinics on March 18 and 19 to students, staff and faculty.  There were also openings for members of the public, especially for military and for those who qualified for the EIC (earned income credit). Club members have worked with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax help to people who generally make $52,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. The club also worked on the clinics with Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED).

The Micronesian Club featured Father Francis X. Hezel, SJ as its guest speaker on March 12. Fr. Hezel is a Jesuit priest “who has lived and faithfully served the people of Micronesia since 1962,” wrote Walter Omalza, Chaminade student and head of the university’s Micronesian Club. “Fran, as he is affectionately called, is a faithful priest, stellar educator, prolific author, respectful historian, inspirational mentor and spiritual director to countless Micronesians. Fr. Hezel has spent more than 50 years in Micronesia and through education and community involvement helped shaped the future for several former US territories in the North Pacific,” said Omalza.

Chaminade University hosted at Waialae Country Club on March 20 the annual Spring Forum on Sino-Capitalism, established three years ago to explore a facet of China’s emergent variety of capitalism. This year’s featured speaker was Shi Yinhong. Dr. Shi Yinhong serves as a professor of International Relations and director of the Center for American Studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing. A highly published author who specializes in the history and theory of international politics, strategic studies, East Asian security and China’s and the United States’ foreign policies, Yinhong has also served as a Counselor to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China since February 2011. Free and open to the public, the event was sponsored by the Bank of Hawaii and by the Regent Stanley W. Hong Endowed Fund for Distinguished Asia-Pacific Speakers and Scholars. Chaminade’s co-host for this event was the East-West Center.

Service-learning Day on February 28 was an opportunity for students, faculty and community partners to showcase and celebrate service-learning work. Students presented their work in the Clarence TC Ching Conference Center in Eiben Hall. They reported on their participation with the prisons, with Palolo schools, with immigrant communities, the poor and needy, the environment, and more.  Their presentation posters, videos and slideshows reflected on the impact of their involvements. Students reflected on the meaning behind the service, connect coursework with “real life” and clarify goals and values.

The spring semester’s International Extravaganza celebrated Chaminade University’s cultural diversity on April 4, at the lawn area in front of the Sullivan Family Library. Sponsored by OSAL and campus clubs, the event had free food for the early birds and free entertainment presented various student clubs and organizations. The students go to extraordinary lengths to make sure of the excellence of music, dance and dress. 

Behavioral Sciences
The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) hosted The Hawaii Training Initiative at Chaminade University of Honolulu last summer. The free event was a unique Department of Homeland Security training opportunity for state and local responders, focusing on counter-terrorism and disaster preparedness. The Hawaii Training Initiative offered a wide range of courses including Biological Incidents Awareness; Campus Emergencies: Prevention, Response & Recovery; Screening of Persons by Observational Techniques; Law Enforcement Prevention and Deterrence; Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents; Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery; and Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments. Participants were able to earn up to 24 hours credit toward the Law Enforcement Terrorism Certification Program (LETCP), currently adopted by the state of Oklahoma. In turn, Chaminade University of Honolulu will offer both undergraduate and graduate academic credit for courses completed within this program. Upon successful completion of the advanced certification, eligible participants will be awarded 18 credit hours toward an on-campus or online degree at Chaminade University. The response to this training initiative was very positive, and participants noted the desire for this to become an annual event. “NDPC and their array of gifted instructors brought sorely need training to the island, and we can only hope that they return with a new list of course offerings very soon,” said Ron Becker, Chaminade’s Criminal Justice program chair.

Criminal Justice and Criminology chair, Ron Becker, and recent Chaminade graduate, Peter Milosevic had their article published nationally in Evidence Technology Magazine — March-April 2014.  The article was also selected as the magazine’s cover story.  The publication is dedicated exclusively to the technology of evidence collection, processing and preservation.  The article titled “Prints from Submerged Duct Tape” dealt with recovering fingerprints from the sticky side of submerged duct tape. Professor Becker is a renowned authority on underwater forensic investigation.  Milosevic received his master’s degree in Forensic Science from Chaminade. Data presented in the article was part of a capstone research project under the mentorship of Becker in the completion of his MSFS degree.  Also acknowledged in the article were Hilary Moses, a former Forensic Science instructor at Chaminade, and Alicia Kvalheim, a Forensic Science graduate student at Chaminade.

School of Business and Professional Studies
A team of Chaminade Accounting students in April took third and fourth places nationally in the recent IACBE Student Case Study Competition, held in San Diego, California. The third place team was comprised of Bernardo Equila, Glacen Florita, Caitlyn Miyamoto and Ely Pagaduan. The 4th place team consisted of Karina Coleman, Kristen Rothermel, Keila Stalhman and Kiana Avalos.  The teams were coached by Richard Kido, Carolyn Kuriyama and Wayne TannaScott Schroeder, dean for the School of Business and Professional Studies, also was on hand as IACBE recognized those institutions that had been added to the IACBE accreditation list this last year.

Chaminade University and the Macau Institute of Management have jointly launched the only US Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree currently offered in Macau. The two institutions celebrated the auspiciousness of the collaboration on March 24 in Macau. The ceremony was presided over by Mr.  Sai Cheong Chui, president of the Macau Management Association (MMA) and Chaminade alumnus ’76 and ’78, Mr. Eddie Wong, Council Chairman of MIM, Mr. Tommy Lau, Council Chairman of MMA, together with representatives from the Government Higher Education Bureau and MMA’s council members. The MBA program began at the MIM officially on March 22 and includes professors from Chaminade who teach and lecture with support from local MIM professors. Conducted in English, the program consists of 12 courses, scheduled for weekday evenings and weekends.  Classes consist of both interactive, face-to-face, classroom lecture and internet learning modes (70 percent online and 30 percent face-to-face). Students can complete the MBA program in 18 months.  The profile of students enrolled comes from all walks of life, including executives from major Macau banking and financial organizations, hotels, public utilities, higher education institutions as well as commercial and industrial entities. Some of the corporations in Macau, such as Bank of China (BOC); Banco Nacional Ultramarino (BNU) have provided some form of sponsorship to their employees for studying the  program, as the program is of added value to the productivity of their executives. 

Hogan Entrepreneurs
The Hogan Entrepreneurs on April 23 celebrated its 12th graduation and 13th induction of Hogan students.  Featured speakers included Richard Wacker, President & CEO of American Savings Bank, Ed Hogan, Chair and CEO of The Hogan Family Foundation, and David Cohen, former President of Common Cause and one of the nation’s most respected public interest lobbyists.  The University also presented David Cohen with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  The eight finalists selected for the non-profit business competition were: Food Truck Training Initiative- Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC); Waimanalo Aquaponics Project- Ho’oulu Pacific; Inclusion Preschool (IFSIP)- Imua Family Services; PGC Bottling- Pacific Gateway Center’s Culinary Business Incubator; Non-Resident Pilot Program- PTSD Health & Research Center; Revolutionary Youth Market (RYM)- Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)- The Food Basket, Inc.;  and WEfficiency- Blue Planet Foundation. (Winners were unknown at the time of the writing of this report.)

Chaminade University partnered with the Diocese of Honolulu in presenting a day of Theological Formation for Catholic Educators on March 8 using several Henry Hall classrooms as well as Mystical Rose Oratory.  It was a full house with breakout sessions on Catholic Social Teaching taught by David Coleman, dean of Humanities and Fine Arts; Prayer and Spirituality taught by Sr. Malia Wong, OP; Ethics in the Workplace taught by Humanities professor, Kay Stone; Liturgy taught by Humanities professor, Regina Pfeiffer; Beginning and End of Life Issues taught by Dave Coleman; and Current Church Issues taught by Fr. John Thompson, SM, who also teaches in the Education Division.

School of Nursing
This spring two groups of senior Chaminade nursing students did their clinical studies beyond Hawaii. One group went to the Philippines, and the other went to Chuuk. They spent nearly a month abroad and discovered things about their world and themselves as well their profession that could not be replicated at home. A blog was created for the eight that went to the Philippines with their advisor Edna Magpantay-Monroe (go to: to help the group share the experience.  The two students who went to Chuuk with their advisor, Joy Bliss, presented their story at Na Liko. Students from both immersions plan to present on their experiences at the School of Nursing Advisory Board meeting on April 23 at Hale Hoaloha 103.

Office of the Provost
Chaminade University was pleased to announce that its provost, Helen J. D. Whippy, was selected as one of 18 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2014 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers. The seminar is designed to foster the perspectives and skills that can lead CAOs to succeed in unpredictable times. Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. As a participant, Whippy will attend a seminar from July 28 to August 1, in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Faculty Resource Network (FRN) summer program elicited a strong response from our faculty members.   The process was very competitive with Chaminade faculty competing against faculty from a group of 50 other institutions.  The selection committees based their decisions on the soundness of the applicant’s project statement, institutional endorsements, and the availability of appropriate academic resources at NYU. The awards given are as follow:

  • For the inaugural Michael Fassiotto Scholar-in-Residence award for a summer at NYU:  Richard Kido
  • For attendance at various professional development week-long seminars at NYU:
    • Allison Paynter for the seminar on “Grant Development: Strategies for Success”
    • Claire Wright and Coty Gonzales for the seminar on “Preparing Tomorrow’s Physicians:  New Expectations for Premed Education”
    • Bryan Man for the seminar “The Color of Race in the Americas: Post-Racial Mythologies”
    • Aaron M. Williamson, Jr. for the seminar on “Understanding the New Europe:  2014 Economic Dilemmas & Options”

Hawaii Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (HAICU) will hold its annual conference meeting on April 30 at BYU.  HAICU is a state-level, informal organization representing the state’s private higher education institutions. Faculty and staff gather periodically to discuss common issues and coordinate activities, where appropriate. Chaminade will have 20 members participating in the daylong conference.

Attending the WASC Workshop this year were Brooke Carlson (English), Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick (Religious Studies), Elizabeth Lockard (Environmental and Interior Design), Henry Trapido-Rosenthal (Biology) and Sheryl Dohm (Mathematics).

Sabbaticals have been awarded for the next academic year to Joel Kawakami (Chemistry) Cheryl Edelson (English).  Kawakami received at Na Liko the 2014 Chaminade Outstanding Mentor Award.  Edelson has received the Fr. Bolin Award as well as spearheaded the national Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association conferences held at Chaminade.

The Faculty Development Fund has awarded $38,000 to support 27 faculty members with presentation, travel and conference.  Awards were determined by the Faculty Senate Committee.

Patricia M. Lee-Robinson
, associate provost for the Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research, announced that a number of pre-health students were accepted to health professions schools including:

  • Kristy Iwahashi-Marquez, a senior majoring in Biology (’14), will begin studies at California School of Podiatric Medicine/Samuel Merritt University(CSPM/SMU) this summer.  She will be the first student to be admitted to CSPM/SMU through Chaminade’s articulation agreement with CSPM/SMU.
  • Cierra Gauvin, a senior majoring in Biochemistry (’14) will begin studies at the School of Pharmacy at University of Hawaii at Hilo: next year.
  • Philip Dela Cruz, class of 2015 and majoring in Biochemistry, has been accepted to George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences (MD Program).  He will begin his medical studies the summer of 2015, and will be the first of our students to enter through our articulation agreement for George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences Early Selection Program.


Academic Year 2013-2014: Winter Highlights & Notables

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Gleanings from the President’s Report — February 2014

Sara Platte
, and her brothers, Melvin Schantz Jr. and Eric Schantz, made a $100,000 gift recently towards a new Coaches’ Office Complex as part of the development of Chaminade’s comprehensive intercollegiate athletics facilities. The gift was in honor of their parents who are longtime supporters of Chaminade University and its athletics program.  Site work and construction of the foundation of the complex that will house the Melvin and Merriam Schantz Coaches’ Conference and Recruitment Room began in late January.

Encouraged by Chaminade regent, Jean E. Rolles, and Chaminade governor, Sharon McPhee, the Performing Arts Department submitted its two fall productions, Almost Maine and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) competition.  Both productions were recognized by KCACTF as a Participating Production. KCACTF respondents nominated nine Chaminade students for various awards.  From the production, Almost Maine, the respondents nominated Adam Brewer (junior) and Nicole Enos (sophomore) for the prestigious Irene Ryans Award and Claire Paul (sophomore) and Noelani Tu’u (senior) for its Merit Award.  Ashleigh Taylor (first-year student), Marchella Versteegh (first-year student), and Shannon Gray (graduate study) were nominated for the Irene Ryans Award for their participation in Five Women Wearing the Same DressRachael Paeste (senior) was nominated for a Stage Management Fellowship and Kaipo Leopoldino (senior) will participate in its Next Step program. All nine students attended the regional festival in Los Angeles, California, February 12 to 16, where they auditioned and competed against students from across the region for sixteen Irene Ryan Award Scholarships, as well as a Stage Manager’s Fellowship.  Should students win a scholarship or fellowship, they will be invited to the national festival in Washington DC in April.

KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide and has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country. KCACTF is an opportunity for theater departments and student artists can showcase their work and receive outside assessment from KCACTF respondents.  Chaminade is part of Region VIII and includes colleges and universities from Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The respondents who attended Chaminade’s productions included two University of Hawaii professors and Matt Neves, director of the Riverside Performing Arts Center and the KCACTF Region chair.  Directors Father Robert Bouffier and Brother Gary Morris, as well as Technical Director Chris Patrinos expressed their pride in students’ accomplishments and believe that participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival will act as a fulcrum for greater things to come for the Performing Arts Department at Chaminade.

Chaminade staff, faculty and students participated in Study Hawaii Day at the Capitol on February 13.  It was an opportunity to show what international students who study in Hawaii mean to Hawaii campuses and how those students add to the state’s economic vitality.  Participants were able to share with legislators and executive branch officials the ways in which international students participate in and are served by Chaminade. Chaminade third-year nursing student, Valerie Koki Jesus, from the island of Guam, offered testimony to legislators.

Chaminade University announced the soft launch of its new events calendar this month.   It promises to be a great place to find out what is happening on campus. Those who have been trained as administrators and are currently uploading their events to the calendar are Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement (University Communications and Alumni Relations Departments), Student Support Services, OSAL, and Campus Ministry.  It is hoped that more stakeholders will join the efforts.  To stay inform, go to:

Father George Cerniglia, Chaminade’s rector, on February 12, coordinated the annual Joint Chaminade University and Saint Louis School Faculty and Staff Luncheon in Eiben Hall’s Clarence TC Ching Conference Center. Keynote speaker was Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, and DMin, from University of Dayton where she serves as the director for its Institute for Pastoral Initiatives and as a Religious Studies professor. She fascinated the audience with her talk on “Being Human in a Digital Civilization.”

The annual Wedding Vows Renewal Service on February 16 was an opportunity to celebrate marriage.  Open to the public the renewal event followed regular morning Mass in Mystical Rose Oratory.  Organized by Be-Jay Kodama, Chaminade’s Alumni Relations director, the special event has continued to grow in popularity.  Despite the rain, nearly 30 couples attended the renewal.

Chaminade University presented its 10th Annual Black History Month and Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Feb. 16, starting at 4 p.m., in the Mystical Rose Oratory. Chaminade associate professor, Timothy Carney, was the event’s musical director.  The concert included spirituals, gospel, poetry and dance and featured Judge Sandra Simms (speaker), Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble (HVAE), and Sewa Fare’ West African Drum and Dance Team.

On February 19, Chaminade celebrated this year’s Founders Awards with a prayer service followed by the presenting of the awards.  Recognized by the community for their modeling of the Marianist Charism were Aulani Kaanoi who received the Chaminade Award (faculty or professional staff); Percy Perreira who received the Marianist Award (staff), and Kevin Fajardo who received the Founders Award (student). A light lunch and friendly fellowship followed, thanks to the Office of the Rector and Fr. George Cerniglia.

The School of Nursing faculty, community healthcare providers (mostly from The Queen’s Medical Center), Chaminade nursing and forensic sciences students, as well as Chaminade volunteer “victims” participated in a mock disaster event on February 20. The mock disaster simulated a terrorism event and was an Inter-Professional Education (IPE) event in which the two groups of students cared for “victims” and assessed a (mock) disaster scene. Nursing faculty member, Sarah Jarvis, coordinated the event.


In January, the Hawaii Catholic Schools Networking Success E-Newsletter from the Office of the Hawaii Catholic Schools from the Superintendent included a congratulations to Derrick Ligsay and Robbie Murakami of Saint Louis School; Kristina Alger and Paul Stone of Saint Patrick School; Maria Anvie Andam and Jill Yamashiro of Saint Joseph School, Waipahu; Cleo Eubanks of Sacred Hearts Academy; and Mandy Thornas-Brown of Saint Ann Model Schools. They had received their Masters of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Chaminade this December. “These emergent Catholic School leaders now have the educational background and degree to move forward to provide even greater direction and support to our schools,” wrote Michael Rockers, EdD, Chaminade regent and superintendent for Hawaii Catholic Schools.

Mary Pat Sjostrom, professor of Education at Chaminade University, participated in a workshop at Sacred Hearts Academy, which was open to students in junior kindergarten through grade four.  She also led a panel discussion on how math has changed in today’s classroom and how parents can help their daughters succeed in math.

Rear Adm. Rick Williams
, who serves as the commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, expressed the navy’s gratitude in the Hickam and Pearl Harbor Ho’okele News, for the help received from Chaminade professor of History, Mitch Yamasaki, PhD. Yamasaki had assisted the Navy Region Hawaii on February 3, in its celebration of African American History Month.  “We appreciate his time, insights and reflections,” wrote Williams.  The special program’s theme for 2014 was “Civil Rights in America,” a topic in which Yamasaki is a renowned expert.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Anthony Junker
, Biology major (graduating May 2015), who peer-reviewed abstract titled “The Level of Telomerase Expression in Human Amnion Cells Correlates with Proliferative Capacity,” has been selected for a poster presentation this March 26-29 at the Society for Gynecologic Investigation 61st Annual Scientific Meeting in Florence, Italy.  He will be the only undergraduate presenting and probably attending this professional meeting (one of two major meetings in this field) for basic and clinical researchers.  He (first author on selected abstract) will attend this meeting with Dr. Claire Wright (principal investigator and assistant professor of Biology) and Brittany Sato (postdoctoral researcher) who will also be presenting the research.

Forensic Sciences major (graduating May 2015), Lauren Chun, has been selected for an oral presentation titled “Postmortem Microbiology:  Culturable Bacteria of the Maggot Mass” at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, Washington, February 17–22.  Lauren is the first author on the abstract that was peer-reviewed before selection to present at this premiere meeting in the field of Forensics Sciences with an estimated attendance of 5,000.  Lauren will attend this meeting with Dr. David Carter (principal investigator, associate professor and director of Forensic Sciences) and Dr. Dale Purcell (assistant professor of Forensic Sciences) who will also be presenting their research.

The ‘I am a scientist’ outreach program, supervised by research associate, Lori Shimoda, will soon serve its 1500th  student by March with its unique STEM-enrichment experiences. The program serves public school students, as well as charter and homeschooled students across Oahu. This is an Air Force Research Laboratories-funded effort.

School of Business and Communication
American Advertising Federation Hawaii Chapter selected Kanoelehua (Kanoe) Perreira and Fuatino (Tino) Solaita, both from Chaminade and Communication majors, to be part of this year’s American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Minority Students Class of 2014. The class consists of the top 50 advertising/communication majors chosen from across the country, and honoree were able to participate in the industry’s immersion program this February in New York City, at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Hogan Entrepreneurs
The Hogan/American Savings Bank Nonprofit Business Plan Competition at Chaminade University was launched recently.  The competition is opened to nonprofit organizations in an effort to help support new ventures that benefit society. Held every other year, the competition also hopes to stimulate public interest in the nonprofit sector. For more information, go to:

Hogan students Kevin Shin, Sonny Equila and Jon Ilao were each awarded the Filipino American Multi-Ethnic Society (FAMES) Scholarship.  The scholarships are given to students who show special entrepreneurial promise.  Each student will receive $1,000.

The founder and principal of the Alaka’ina Foundation, Vaughn Vasconcellos, who is also a Hogan Board member and a Chaminade regent, presented Hogan student Trey Roy with a $1,000 Native Hawaiian Leadership Award.  The award is given to a deserving Native Hawaiian Hogan student, who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities as well as a passion for making a difference.   The Alaka’ina Foundation is a non-profit Native Hawaiian organization whose mission is to help build and promote leadership and education initiatives for Hawaii’s youth.

Louisa Cooper hosted a special gathering at her home in Lanikai as an opportunity for Hogan students to celebrate the ending of a successful fall semester. Mrs. Cooper and her late husband, Cliff Copper, were former members of Chaminade’s Board of Governors.  The gathering included guest speaker, Christopher McNally, associate professor of Political Economics at Chaminade and a Nonresident Fellow at the East-West Center.  McNally spoke about the rapid changes in the Chinese economy. The afternoon and evening also included swimming, playing games, and eating. The day ended with a special performance by Hogan students Trey Roy and Nadia Fale.

He was billed as the world’s first and only stand-up economist and piqued the interest of the university community.  Described by the New York Times as “an economist who teaches at the University of Washington and performs stand-up comedy,” Yoram Bauman has performed as “the world’s first and only stand-up economist” at venues ranging from the New York Improv to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting. Also on YouTube, where his videos have had over 500,000 hits, Bauman now has added Chaminade to his list of audiences. On campus in late October, he grabbed students and faculty members’ attention and kept them laughing.

 School of Nursing
Associate professor for the School of Nursing, Edna Magpantay-Monroe, EdD, APRN, was selected to receive the Harris Manchester award for 2014.  The award, sponsored by John Henry Felix, promotes scholarship and includes a week at University of Oxford’s Harris Manchester College. Her research goal will be to “recognize the importance of the understanding and management of one’s emotions and the role of motivating in student success and the identification of ways to increase one’s emotional intelligence.” Former recipients include: Caryn Callahan, Lilia Castle, David Coleman, Allison Francis, Bryan Mann, Regina Pfeiffer, Pete Steiger, Wayne Tanna and Chitta Unni.

In addition, Magpantay-Monroe has been accepted to present a poster at the 2014 Quality Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) in Baltimore, Maryland on May 27-29. The 2014 conference is about creating a safe harbor for patients and families. QSEN national forum is designed to attract innovators and nursing leaders in academia and practice for the sharing of innovations in curricular design and teaching strategies, quality improvement, evidence based practice implementation and safety projects and, research related to quality and safety education in clinical practice. Magpantay-Monroe’s poster is titled: “Integrating QSEN Competencies in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical Teaching: A Transformational Experience.”

Eleven senior students are preparing for an international clinical immersion. This clinical immersion is their last clinical course prior to their graduation.  Nine students are going to the Philippines in collaboration with Silliman University and will be accompanied by Magpantay-Monroe. Two students are going to Chuuk accompanied by Joy Bliss, EdD. Students will be in their international clinical immersion for five weeks. Students will work in the hospitals and community sites. Service learning will be incorporated. The importance of this international experience is to provide students with the opportunity to be immersed in another culture’s way of looking at nursing care. Chaminade is the only nursing school in Hawaii that provides the opportunity for an international clinical immersion.

Nursing schools across the state — Chaminade, UH-Manoa, HPU, KCC and Maui Community College– have joined together in an effort to rejuvenate the Hawaii Sate Nurses Association (HISNA).  The push is spearheaded by Chaminade senior students, Chelsea McKee and Whitney Sylva and Magpantay-Monroe. HISNA has elected a board this spring and have filed papers to become an official state entity.  Those involved wished to ensure that Hawaii is represented at the national level.  The purposes of HISNA are to assume responsibility for contributing to nursing education in order to provide for the highest quality health care; to provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interests and concerns, and to aid in the development of the whole person, and his/her responsibility for the health care of people in all walks of life.

Office of the Provost
The American Council on Education — Women Leaders in Higher Education featured Chaminade’s provost, Helen Whippy, PhD, as their speaker at its luncheon event on February 5, at Oahu Country Club.  The mission of the organization is to identify women leaders in higher education, develop leadership skills of women, encourage women leaders to make full use of their abilities, advance women to senior-level positions, link women leaders at all levels, and to support their retention in higher education.

Institutional Advancement
Chaminade University
inducted Kathleen “Kitty” Wo and Steven H. Lesnik into the Silversword Wall of Fame at its sixth annual intercollegiate athletics gala.  The event took  place on February 28, at the Ala Moana Beach Hotel (Hibiscus Ballroom). Kathleen “Kitty” Wo, Chaminade Board of Regents chair, is a proud supporter of the Hui ‘Āhinahina Booster Club and the athletics gala event.  Steven H. Lesnik is the chairman of KemperSports, and has been Chaminade’s long standing partner in the operation of the annual EA Sports Maui Invitational Tournament.

Chaminade vice-president, Diane Peters-Nguyen, was appointed by the Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the City Council to serve on Honolulu City and County’s Salary Commission.  Her term runs to January 15, 2018. The Salary Commission establishes the salaries of all elected city officials and certain appointed city officials in accordance with the principles of adequate compensation for work performed and preservation of a sensible relationship to the salaries of other city employees.


Academic Year 2013-2014: Fall Highlights & Notables

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Gleanings from the President’s Report –November 2013

Congratulations are in order for Chaminade University Board of Regents Chair, Katherine “Kitty” Wo.  Recently “Kitty” was selected as Outstanding Volunteer by the Association of fundraising Professionals (AFP) — Aloha Chapter. She is very well-known throughout the community for her volunteer philanthropic efforts and distinguished service.  She has our gratitude as well, for she has been invaluable to Chaminade’s transformation and the living out of its mission.  “Kitty” will also be honored at Chaminade’s Intercollegiate Athletics Gala on February 28, 2014, along with Steven H. Lesnik, when both are inducted into the Silversword Hall of Fame. Our congratulations and thanks also go to Joanna Sullivan, Kitty’s mother, who received AFP’s Outstanding Philanthropist this year.

Chaminade University on October 1 welcomed Cindy Janus as the new director for the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), formerly known as Adult Evening and Online Programs (AEOP) and Graduate Services.  Previous to Chaminade, Janus held positions as the associate director of Admissions and assistant  director of Recruitment at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. She also served as the director of Marketing for UH Manoa Shidler College of Business. Janus holds a MBA from UH Manoa Shidler College of Business and a BA in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley.

Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research
The Office Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research, under the direction of associate provost, Patricia Lee-Robinson, announced that Chaminade University and George Washington University School of Medicine (Washington, DC) signed an articulation agreement for early admission (at the end of the student’s sophomore year) for qualified Chaminade students to attend George Washington University School of Medicine. Due to the competitive nature of the program and its rigorous requirements, students are not required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The October agreement is a wonderful opportunity for our students to attend an outstanding medical school.

The Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research is seeing great signs of success for Chaminade alumni who have taken advantage of the program:

  • Dr. Marian Murphy (Chaminade B.S. – Biology ’08) graduated from Tuoro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine with her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree this May and was valedictorian of her class.  Dr. Murphy is completing a medicine internship in Oakland, California and will begin an Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Utah next year.

Seven Chaminade alumni are currently enrolled this fall in medical school:

  • Charissa Kahue – 4th year, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
  • Diep Vuong – 2nd year, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
  • Chauntelle Maduli – 2nd year, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jacquelynn Pratt – 1st year, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ashley Baldauf – 1st year, AT Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
  • Kailene Tenorio – 1st year, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Michelle Pierce – 1st year, Boston University School of Medicine
  • In November, Kristy Iwahashi-Marquez ’14 was accepted to the California School of Podiatric Medicine/Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California.   She begins her medical studies in summer 2014.

Kevin Ruaro ’15, who was accepted to Boston University School of Medicine’s Early Medical School Selection Program in March, spent his summer at Boston University.  As he continues in this program, he will spend summer 2014 and his entire senior year at Boston University, officially graduating from Chaminade in May 2015. He will then begin his medical studies at Boston University School of Medicine in August 2015.

The Office also hosted several guest speakers to campus this fall:

  • Dr.  Lawrence “Hy” Doyle, executive director of the Program in Medical Education (PRIME) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) made presentations on study skills, time management, and standardized test (such as the MCAT, DAT, and GRE) strategies.  He also met with Chaminade’s tutors and the student support services staff.  Several Chaminade students have participated in the UCLA Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). Dr. Doyle provides guidance to disadvantaged students through UCLA’s SMDEP and the UCLA Hispanic Center of excellence.
  • Dr. David Tran, a practicing podiatrist and assistant professor and associate director of Admissions at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University (CSPM-SMU), presented on podiatry and explained how podiatrists have a major impact of improving the quality of life of persons with foot ailments.  One of Chaminade’s many articulation agreements for admission to health professions schools is with Samuel Merritt University for the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree.  CSPM-SMU reserves seats for Chaminade students, who meet all the requirements of the agreement.

In October, Patricia Lee-Robinson and Coty Gonzales accompanied 14 Chaminade prehealth students to the 11th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference in Davis, California.  More than 8000 students attended keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops focused on health careers, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and podiatry.  The students had the opportunity to meet deans and admissions representatives from health professions schools from across the country.

Liza Cariaga-Lo, associate provost for Academic Development and Diversity Brown University and Janet Davidson, associate professor of Criminology at Chaminade, are conducting five workshops this fall and five in spring 2014 to introduce Humanities and Social Science students to academic research in those areas and to the process of producing a competitive application for funded summer research opportunities.  Cariaga-Lo and her colleagues at Brown University are conducting the workshops via Skype to 10 Chaminade students who are eager to conduct research next summer. Davidson will track changes in competencies and confidence in these students via pre and post-workshop assessments.

Social Science students, Jocelyn Santiago and Annalisse Ferreira, received SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) travel awards to present their research in poster sessions at the SACNAS national conference in San Antonio, Texas in October, 2013.  Last summer, Santiago conducted her research at Purdue last summer, and Ferreira conducted her research at Chaminade under the direction of Professor in Psychology, Dale Fryxell.

Behavioral Sciences

A Tobacco-Free Policy Proposal for Chaminade University has been drafted by Tracy Trevorrow, associate professor in Psychology, with assistance from Katrina Heine, Daniella Montoya, Monique Tsang, Bryant Dela Cruz & Monique Miller, students who are in Chaminade Psychology 499 – Applied Research in Psychology.  The paper provides a rationale for Chaminade University to become a tobacco-free university. It proposes a policy statement, an implementation strategy, and a timeline to transition to a tobacco free campus. This proposal is open for review and comment by students, faculty, staff, and Marianist campus residents. After consideration of such feedback, the proposal will be submitted to the administration for review.

Ronnie Mulford, associate professor, announced that the Referral Resource Manuals put together and updated every year by Behavioral Sciences’ MSCP Mental Health track students has been expanded with several new population categories, and refined to be even more user-friendly.  Through this resource page, the public can view comprehensive resource manuals for a broad spectrum of needs areas.  Each is comprised of public access information, has a Table of Contents. There are no hyperlinks, so the information is readily available at-a-glance. Mulford believes this is the only compilation of its kind in the state and a good community service to provide. The public access site is on the MSCP main webpage at the bottom right under Resources and was set up with the help of Eva Djou.  They have even coined a term for this collection of resource manuals; “HAND UP.” -    Hawaii Assistance Network for Diverse Underserved Populations. To view, go to:

Robert G. Santee, dean of Behavioral Sciences, director, MS Counseling Psychology and coordinator of the Psychology Program, in addition to his busy schedule has also been busy publishing. His new book The Tao of Stress: How to Calm, Balance, and Simplify Your Life was published November 1, by New Harbinger Press, and is also available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Early reviews aside from those on Amazon can be found at:

Santee also had his article titled “Taihequan” published in   Qi: the Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness — Autumn 2013 Volume 23, No.3  pp. 42-50.

Joseph Peters
, dean of Education, reported that several legislative proposals, potentially beneficial for the university, did not pass during the spring 2013 session. However, the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) did approve Chaminade for licensure at the graduate levels for both Early Childhood Education (pre-kindergarten to grade three) and Early Childhood Education (pre-kindergarten to kindergarten).   The Senior College and University Commission for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) approved Chaminade’s programs at the undergraduate level for its associate degree in Early Childhood Education (onsite) and its bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (onsite and online). WASC also approved at the graduate level, Chaminade’s Education program for on-site and online, which also includes all ECE/Montessori tracks. Peters also noted the success of the cohort of teachers from Native Hawaiian focused charter schools.  Out of an original cohort of 23, 16 are expected to graduate in December 2014.

The Chaminade History Center held a teachers’ workshop “Asia in Transition: Modernization of China, Japan and Southeast Asia” in September.  Cosponsored by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, the workshop was attended by middle and high school teachers from private and public schools in Hawaii.  Teachers came from Maui and Hawaii Island, as well as from Oahu.  Presenters at the workshop included Chaminade’s Christopher McNally, associate professor of Political Science, Mitch Yamasaki, professor of History, and Windward Community College’s Ryan Koo, assistant professor of History. McNally examined China’s painful road to modernity.  Then he shared with us the area of his research specialty – “Sino-Capitalism” – a term he coined to describe China’s recent economic development. Yamasaki looked at the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the end of the samurai era in Japan.  He then described the country’s phenomenal modernization during the Meiji Period.  Koo examined what Southeast Asia was like before its contact with Western Nations in the nineteenth century.  He then looked the process of colonization and decolonization in that region, focusing on the experience of Vietnam.

The Chaminade History Center has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to program a series of films on civil rights in America entitled “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.”  The History Center has partnered with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities (HCH) to show the film series at the Kapolei Public Library.  Mitch Yamasaki, director of the Chaminade History Center and associate professor of History introduced and commented on the film “The Abolitionists” in October. The History Center and HCH will also hold a conference on “America’s Civil Rights Struggle” at Chaminade campus in January of 2014.

Christopher A. McNally, associate professor of Political Economics, has been busy. Last spring, he did a live radio interview with Hawaii Public Radio’s Beth-Ann Kozlovich on her show “The Conversation” and focused on the topic “China’s New Cold Cyber War.”   He then presented his paper “The Rise of State Capitalism(s) and Implications for the Economic World Order” on the panel “State Capitalism, Emerging Powers and Comparative Political Economy” at the International Studies Association’s Annual Convention in San Francisco. He addressed “The Asia-Pacific Regional Order: China’s Economic Re-Emergence and Future Trends” at the inaugural LANPAC Symposium during the Panel Discussion “Security Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region” followed. The inaugural LANPAC Symposium was sponsored by the Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare and held at the Sheraton Waikiki.

This summer he was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, funded by the research project “Re-balancing China’s Emergent Capitalism.”  McNally is also a cooperative partner on the grant, which encompasses involvement in the conception and execution of various aspects of the research project, including workshops in Germany and China, and joint-publications. This project is for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014 and is supported by the German Research Foundation.

McNally continued his summer as a lecturer for the 2013 University of Turin China Summer School for graduate and PhD students on the Politics, Foreign Policy and Political Economy of Contemporary China. The Summer School was held at the Luigi Einaudi campus of the University of Turin, Italy and supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He gave two seminars: one on “Sino-Capitalism, the Geopolitics of East Asia, and the Emerging World Order” and the other on “China’s Capitalist Transition: The Challenge of Rebalancing the Chinese Political Economy.”

In August, he gave a lecture at the Wellington Conference on Contemporary China 2013 — China’s Global Course: The Political Economy of China Going Global on “A Study in Sino-Capitalism: Institutional Arrangements and Strategy to Internationalize the Yuan.” He also gave the keynote presentation to the Fujitsu Corp. International Conference on Business Management, The Foresight of Global Business in the 21st Century, at JAIMS, Honolulu, HI on the theme “Understanding China’s International Impacts – Sino-Capitalism.”

In September, he gave the following presentation, “Sino-Capitalism: China’s International Reemergence and its Global Implications” at two institutions in Texas (U of Texas El Paso and Johnson County Community College) as a part of each of their Contemporary China: A Faculty and Program Development Workshops.  He ended the month giving a seminar on “The Political and Economic Systems of America: Implications for China-US Business Relations” (in Chinese) for a delegation from Harbin Institute of Technology, PRC at the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii-Manoa.

Chaminade’s Performing Arts department featured two plays for its annual fall drama productions this November in the Vi and Paul Loo Theatre. Father Robert Bouffier, SM directed and produced Alan Ball’s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.” Cast included students Shannon Gray, Ashleigh Taylor, Marchella Versteegh, Naomi O’Mara, Nadia Fale and Sam Galloway with student stage manager Rachael Paeste.  Bro. Gary Morris, SM, directed and produced the romantic comedy by John Cariani “almost maine.” Cast included students Adam Brewer, Nicole Enos, Claire Paul, Max Meadows, Alex San Nicolas, and Noelani Tu’u with student stage manager Mahera Ahmed.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Helen Turner
, dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, shared some special highlights from the division:

  • CS Major Kara Kahue presented work from her summer research internship at Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) in Dayton Ohio at the ICIS meeting. She was invited to give an oral presentation and present a poster. She is also an author on a publication submitted from Turner’s laboratory, funded by the AFRL, on carbon nature effects in human immune cells. This paper is out for peer-review at Toxicology Letters.
  • The ‘I am a scientist’ outreach program, supervised by research associate, Lori Shimoda, recently served it’s 1000th student for STEM-enrichment experiences. The program recently added the Oahu homeschooling network to its clientele, with 50 homeschooled students and parents coming to campus for DNA-based lab exercises. This is an Air Force Research Laboratories-funded effort.
  • Competitive renewals have been secured for NIH, NSF and AFRL research and student enrichment grants. Helen Turner was appointed statewide head of the Research Development Activity for the NIH funded INBRE grant which was recently funded for a new 5 year cycle (2013-18).
  • Faculty accomplishments included:
    • Professor Claire Wright was awarded a best poster prize at the Third Biennial Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence Meeting. She was recognized for her work on pre-term birth, over several hundred attending scientists from NIH Centers of Excellence across the Western U.S.
    • Wright was also awarded a $10,000 grant from the University of Hawaii for a collaborative OB/GYN clinical research project with Kapiolani Hospital for Women and Children on pre-term birth in Filipina women.
    • David Carter, Forensic Sciences director, was recognized nationally for his authorship on the eLife paper, “A Microbial Clock Provides an Accurate Estimate Of The Postmortem Interval in a Mouse Model System,”  a groundbreaking microbiomic study that revolutionizes the study of post-mortem interval.
    • Dale Purcell, Forensic Sciences professor, has had a paper accepted ”A Standard Method for Collection of Dichroic Spectra of Dyed Fiber Evidence” presentation at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, which will be held in Seattle, Washington during the week of February 17-22, 2014.
    • Helen Turner submitted three research publications for peer-review in the areas of immune system research, with several Chaminade undergraduates as co-authors, to the Journal of Lipid Research, Toxicology Letters and Cell Calcium journals.
    • Student accomplishments included:
      • Biology major Motu Voesanaga received a national poster award at the SACNAS undergraduate research meeting on the summer research work she did in Costa Rica on tropical ecosystem biology in the NSF-funded NAPIRE program. Seven other Chaminade summer research interns attended and presented at this meeting.
      • Seven students will present at ABRCMS national undergraduate research meeting in Nashville this week.
      • Lauren Chun, Forensic Sciences major, has been accepted to present her research work from Chaminade’s Forensic Sciences laboratory under director David Carter at the American Association of Forensic Sciences annual conference in February.

School of Business and Professional Studies
Scott Schroeder
, dean of the School of Business and Communications, reported on the growing demand for online offerings in the business program. Nationally, business degree programs garner 60 percent of the overall online enrollment. The top five online areas of study in the country are Business Administration, Accounting, and Computer Information Systems, Finance and Nursing.  However, only 3.5% of Chaminade’s online enrollment is in business — far below national norms. Hence, pending WASC approval, in fall 2014 the university plans to offer online a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Business Management.

In an effort to support students with an interest in becoming lawyers as well as those who have chosen a pre-law focus, Wayne Tanna, business professor, has sought ways to open doors with William S. Richardson School of Law at University of Hawaii-Manoa. Chaminade students, staff and faculty have been welcomed at various open houses and preparations workshops at Richardson.  In addition, Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, director of Admissions at Wiliam S. Richardson School of Law, Minara Mordecai, former associate director of Admissions at UC Berkeley Law School, and Piyada A. Nonzee, former associate director of Admissions at Stanford Law School held a series of Mock Law School Admissions Panels in which they and attendees role-played the admissions process by reviewing three applications to a fictitious law school. Invited by Tanna, panelists took time to make a special presentation in November at Chaminade.  Jim McKeon, an adjunct professor at Chaminade who is expected to graduate from Richardson Law School in 2015, also brought his World Civilizations I students to the Chaminade event. Besides the Richardson connection, Tanna has also shared with the Chaminade community various webinars specifically geared for pre-law majors and others interested in attending law school.  Many of the webinars were offered through Michigan State College of Law.

 School of Nursing
The Commitment Ceremony for first year nursing students was held on September 17 in Henry Hall Courtyard.  Eighty-two new nursing students made a commitment to their nursing studies, to the profession of nursing, and to the provision of safe, quality nursing care. Approximately 250 faculty, staff, administration, family, and friends were in attendance.

The School of Nursing was pleased to report that it now has two new clinical partners.  Clinical Affiliation Agreements have been made with Tripler Army Medical Center and with Hawaii Pacific Health, which includes Straub, Pali Momi, Kapiolani and Wilcox Hospitals.

Stephanie Genz, dean of the School of Nursing, attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Fall Dean’s Meeting in Washington, DC. She visited all the Hawaii legislative offices on the Hill to promote Chaminade and discuss nursing issues.

The Student Nurse Association held a special fundraising event this November with a special screening of the CNN documentary. GirlRising is a groundbreaking film of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries. The Student Nurses Association is raising money to help with its international clinical immersion project in the Philippines next spring.  Professor Edna Magpantay-Monroe is advisor.


Chaminade Offers A New Computer Information System (CIS) Minor –Starts Spring Semester 2015

October 30, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, News & Press Releases, Notables

Dr. Maria Brownlow, CIS program advisorDr. Maria Brownlow, CIS program advisor

The School of Business and Communication at Chaminade University announced that it will be offering for the first time a Computer Information System Minor (CIS-Minor), starting spring semester 2015. The CIS-Minor is designed to provide essential skills and proficiency in computers, networking in information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) and is open to undergraduates of all majors. “The CIS Minor is an excellent foundation for further professional growth that the job market expects of today’s generation. Understanding and effectively using and managing information technology and systems are essential for personal and professional success in any endeavor,” said CIS-Minor advisor, Dr. Maria Brownlow, who teaches computer science courses for the School of Business and Communications and for the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

According to Brownlow, countries and economies compete in a cyber-world.  As a result, employers demand information technology skills, knowledge and competence from their employees. Organizations seek candidates who can use, manage and adapt information systems to create opportunities and competitive advantages. Effectively managing databases creates business intelligence from which strategic decisions are made can give graduates a relevant advantage in the job market. Completion of a CIS Minor can serve as a good preparation for any career in today’s job market making job applications competitive. “From marketing a product or yourself, to securely account for purchases or just sharing interests, information technology and systems affect every aspect of modern life, understanding cyber security is mandatory to managing risk because data and networks are linked,” said Brownlow.

Interested?  Please contact Dr. Maria Brownlow at or stop by the Kieffer Office, room 26, or phone (808)739-8337.  Click here for a detailed flyer.

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