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.