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Academic Year 2014-2015: Summer Highlights & 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.

1 Comment

  1. Greenie

    Every College should spend time and effort towards Greening its campus, and it’s good to learn that Chaminade has done it already! Keep it up !
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