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.