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.