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May, 2006 Vol. 31 No. 2
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Published May 2006

Campus News

female Polynesian dancers

Pacific conference proves that Culture Moves!

Scholars, choreographers and dancers converged on New Zealand’s Te Papa Museum in November 2005 for the first comprehensive conference on Pacific Island Dance.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Katerina Teaiwa was a co–convener for Culture Moves! Dance in Oceania from Hiva to Hip–Hop. She was joined by a half dozen UH faculty from Pacific Islands studies, dance and music programs in three days of panel discussions and performances.

Among the UH alumni in attendance was anthropologist Adrienne Kaeppler (BA ’59, MA ’61, PhD ’67 Mānoa), oceanic ethnology curator at the Smithsonian Museum.

cherry blossoms and busy street

Community college students experience Asia

University of Hawaiʻi community college students can study in China, Japan or Korea under a $1.2 million Freeman Foundation grant to operate the Kapi’olani campus’s International Language Study and Service Learning Abroad program for two more years. Each semester, 10 scholarships are given to eligible full–time UH community college students. After one semester in daily content–based language study at Kapi’olani, students spend a semester living and studying abroad.

"The course is a really good opportunity for students, but it’s very intensive study. In the first five weeks, you basically finish Chinese 101," says participant Chrystin Stalter. The communication and aviation major will spend the 2006 summer at Peking University in Beijing, where she hopes to learn things not covered in the traditional American classroom.

For information, visit the website.


Agreements strengthen Pacific ties

Windward Community College will exchange students, faculty and research with Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, an indigenous New Zealand tribal college that teaches according to Maori customs. One of the first participants, Windward Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies Kalani Meinecke, plans to complete his doctorate there.

At the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management will collaborate with the World Tourism Organization on research and tourism development in the Asia–Pacific region. The first project will offer technical assistance to Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Timor–Leste.

Chinese opera singers in costume

Beijing opera crusader, others honored

Contact with Americans was politically risky in 1979 China. Still, renowned Chinese actor and teacher Madam Shen Xiaomei agreed to train Mānoa PhD candidate Elizabeth Wichmann in the art of jingju. Their bold association created an intensive theatrical resident training program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and introduced western audiences to China’s national traditional theatre, also known as Beijing opera.

In February, Wichmann–Walczak, now a professor in Mānoa’s internationally recognized Asian Theatre Program, assisted as the Board of Regents presented Shen with an honorary doctor of humane letters.

Appropriately, the ceremony took place on stage at Kennedy Theatre, just before a performance of Shen’s latest collaboration, Women Generals of the Yang Family.

Regents also conferred honorary degrees on baseball great Tommy Lasorda in January and Hawaiian culture expert Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele in December 2005. In addition, the board recognized Abraham St. Chad Kikiakoi Kalilioku Pi’ianai’a with a posthumous Regents Medal of Distinction for his roles as educator, Polynesian voyager and kupuna. Pi’ianai’a, founding director of UH Mānoa’s Hawaiian studies programs, died in February 2003.


Young Museum reopens at Mānoa

The John Young Museum of Art reopened at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa’s in April 2006 with an exhibition of works from the late John Young’s private collection. The pieces come from the Far East, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Africa and Pre–Colombian America.

The museum had been closed since the October 2004 flood caused extensive damage to Krauss Hall. Art in the museum had to be evacuated and stored due to the flooding and during the renovation. Holes were drilled in the baseboards to let muddy water seep out and air was blown into the building to dry the structures. The museum’s walls, wallpaper and hardwood floors required repairs.


Aquarium schedules summer events

Find summer love at the Waikīkī Aquarium June 26, 2006. The facility’s popular event to witness the post–full moon spawning of coral has expanded to include mating rituals of sea dragons, courtship dances of the scalefin anthias and nesting habits of clownfish.

Other summer activities include after–dark tours, a fish identification class for snorkelers, fish painting and activities for kids.

No wonder the UH research facility also ranked 13th on the Pacific Business News 2005 list of most–visited attractions in Hawaiʻi.

For information, visit the site call (808)440-9007.

screen cap of music department web page about the online course

Podcasts and web courses are part of online music degree

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s music department is setting the tone for teaching with technology with its online MA in music education.

Five faculty members offer 30 credits of graduate work through WebCT (Web Course Tools) in combination with other technologies to provide asynchronous (anytime, anywhere) access to videos, mp3 libraries, voice–over presentations, printed materials, assessment tools and other resources.

Two dozen students from across the country have been admitted to the program; they use collaborative tools to discuss and present their work.

See the website for more information.


Leeward, West Oʻahu offer joint forensic program

Hawaiʻi’s first undergraduate program in forensic anthropology opened in spring 2006. The 2+2 certificate program is offered jointly by Leeward Community College and University of HawaiʻH West Oʻahu.

The program builds on existing courses, which draw on the expertise of staff at the Army’s Central Identification Laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base. Forensic anthropologists apply scientific techniques developed by physical anthropologists to identify human remains and assist in criminal investigations.

In addition to anthropology, students take biology courses at Leeward and social science and justice administration courses at West Oʻahu.

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CTAHR helps families learn to grow

For six years, thousands of local families have been Learning to Grow with the help of a team from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The state–funded umbrella program includes four initiatives to encourage early childhood development.

  • Kith and Kin Outreach Program offers materials and resources monthly to low–income parents who depend on family and friends rather than licensed providers for childcare. Along with basic child development information, families receive ideas for simple, inexpensive activities that promote learning and books to encourage literacy.
  • The Parent Consumer Education Program provides a video, resource booklet and brochure on how and why to choose high quality childcare. Family Resource Network Centers, located in seven public elementary schools and family service agencies on O’ahu, point to programs and services that promote children’s safety, healthy development and school readiness.
  • The Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program provides a child with one book per month for a year to encourage home literacy and build family–school relationships in selected communities statewide.
  • Learning to Grow assessments document an increase in children’s exposure to books from once a week to once a day or more.

For information, visit the Center on the Family.


College coaches Kā’anapali guides

Maui visitors and residents alike can enjoy Kā’anapali’s rich history thanks to a new tour designed by Maui Community College’s Visitor and Innovative Training and Economic Development Center.

Staff researched ancient legends, 18th–century battles, plantation–era tales and modern history to put together the 90–minute tour. Thirteen guides from various resort hotels have mastered the 35–page script and practiced techniques for dramatic presentation. Stories include the tale of the mischievous Kaululā’au, who was sent in punishment to Lana’i, then inhabited only by ghosts, and the bloody Koko I Na Moku battle between brothers Kauhiamokuakama and Kamehamehanui on what is now golf links.

Tours are offered Tuesdays and Fridays; call Kā’anapali Beach Resort Association, (808)661-3271.

Tourism and other courses are listed on the VITEC website.

Sabry Shehata

Small farms get dot–com help from Hilo

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Professor of Agricultural Economics Sabry Shehata has created a website to link small local growers to a worldwide market. It features interactive cost–of–production programs tailored to each farm and helps growers improve their management and marketing skills.

Buyers can log in and order directly from participating growers’ websites, listed by commodity. Shehata plans to add an e–commerce clearinghouse component to more efficiently distribute Hawaiian products. He hopes training components on the site will help Native Hawaiian, rural and underprivileged high school students and their families succeed in agribusiness.

The Hawaiian Agricultural Products site was featured at the 2006 National Association of State Universities and Land–Grant Colleges Food and Agriculture Science and Education Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

For information or a demonstration, visit the site.

screenshot of the Department of Geology and Geophysics website

UH has a place in the Digital Universe

A California entrepreneur’s ambitious project to create a commercial–free storehouse of authoritative information, Digital Universe, debuted in January 2006 with 50 topical portals on the pilot site.

Among the expert–vetted resources for information on the Earth is the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Geology and Geophysics.


UH launches WOW chapter in Hawaiʻi

Honolulu Community College has spearheaded formation of a Hawaiʻi chapter of the World Organization of Webmasters. The not–for–profit organization for web professionals is open to anyone who wants to improve their skills and influence the future of the World Wide Web.

More at the WOW website.

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Mānoa gets ombudsman

The University of Hawaiʻ at Mānoa turned to a veteran problem solver to establish its ombudsman’s office. Professor of Political Science Neal Milner, who previously helped establish the Program on Conflict Resolution, will set up the office, expected to open in the fall.

The ombudsman will listen confidentially to students, faculty and staff and give informal advice or refer matters to mediation. While the office won’t have authority to supersede university rules or directly resolve disputes, the ombudsman will be in a position to alert the administration when patterns in complaints indicate problems that need addressing.

student artist

Undergraduates work showcased at Mʻnoa

For more than a month in spring 2006, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa celebrated student work with the Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects. The campus–wide showcase for student work included a range of events, from student research presentations to business plan and engineering design competitions to artistic performances and exhibitions.

Details at the festival website.


Project links higher education to the workforce

The University of Hawaiʻi will participate in a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education project to examine the nexus between higher education and the state’s workforce and economic needs. The goal is to assist states in preparing a competitive workforce for the high–skill, high–wage global economy of the future and ensuring that formerly disenfranchised populations have access to high–skill jobs through education.


Women’s Campus Club dedicates grants

The Women’s Campus Club dedicated its 2006 grants in honor the late Lorrie Mortimer, past member and wife of former University of Hawaiʻi President Kenneth Mortimer. The club, which raises money through a thrift shop and the Exchange housing newsletter, will fund 10 projects at Mānoa, Leeward and Windward campuses this year.

Awards range from equipment to create podcasts on Hawaiʻi research and printing of a literary and art journal to support for a campus theatrical production and community reading programs.


Gifts to UH top $100 million

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation closed the 2005 calendar year by surpassing $100 million in private donations since the university system’s Centennial Campaign began in July 2002. The gifts include $32 million for faculty and academic support, $26 million for student opportunities and $24 million for research.