West Winds

November 2014

As the campus prepares for the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Educational Effectiveness Review (EER) Visit on November 19 to 21, I’d like to thank you all for your hard work. We are making changes to be a campus with a culture of assessment, which will help to strengthen UH West Oʻahu.

During the visit, WASC Visit team members may visit lectures, labs, and online classes to observe classes; evaluate our facilities and speak with members of the college community; and request to meet with particular units or individuals to gather additional data and clarify findings.

We’ve heard mostly positive reviews from our consultant on the progress that the campus has made since the team was last here for the Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR). If you remember, WASC had concerns about issues such as UH West Oahu’s leadership turnover, the lack of a current Strategic Plan, and our student-centered environment. We also needed to work on assessment, program review, and educational effectiveness; working toward financial stability; support for CTLE; First Year Experience; communications; and hiring a qualified librarian and library staff.

Our consultant provided helpful feedback about the progress that the campus has made. I’d like to give special thanks to the various committees who put in hours upon hours of work to get to this point.

To help the campus learn more about the visit, we’re holding another Talk Story Session that will focus on the WASC Visit, as well as our recent Title III grants, on Friday, November 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room. Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Eun Ahn, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sherry Proper, and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Jacqueline Honda, will speak about WASC. Title III Project Director, Margy Ledward, and Assistant Specialist, Melissa Saul, will talk about the Title III grants.

Please go to our accreditation site to find out more about the WASC Accreditation Process.

You can find our WASC Educational Effectiveness Review Report (Fall 2014), here.

Men’s March Against Violence

On Thursday, October 23, I joined hundreds of men at the State Capitol in participating in the 20th Annual Event. October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I want to thank Rouel Velasco, our Student Life Coordinator, for organizing the month-long events calendar, which included workshops and events around campus.

Men's March Against Violence


My son, Makai, donated our family’s baby grand piano to UH West Oʻahu. The piano was officially introduced to the campus during the “Piano Warming” on October 28 at the library. The performance by Assistant Professor Jon Magnussen and Marcus Miranda, of the original composition, “Mahalo, Chancellor Rockne Freitas,” by Assistant Professor Magnussen and members of his MUS 108 class, was impressive! I would also like to commend Associate Professor, Frank Kudo, his brother and Regent, Ben Kudo, and Randy Wong, who joined Assistant Professor Magnussen as the NCN Jazz Quartet, as well as members of the UHWO Glee Club for their performances. Our students and faculty are very talented.

Piano Warming

Piano Warming

AUW Softball

Don’t forget to support our UHWO Softball team during the November 5 Aloha United Way Softball Tournament. UH West Oʻahu opens the tournament against Kapiʻolani CC at 6:10 p.m. at Les Murakami Stadium. The winner of that game plays the winner of Honolulu CC and the UH System. Go Pueo!