West Winds

December 2014

I want to thank all of our students, faculty, and staff again for your hard work as our campus prepared for the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) Educational Effectiveness Review Visit. We received positive feedback and supportive recommendations from the WASC Visit Team, which we can use to make our campus even better.

Let’s continue this momentum!

Mahalo Lui

           We are so proud of our very own Dr. Lui Hokoana, who starts as the Chancellor of UH Maui College today (December 1). Under Vice Chancellor Hokoana’s leadership and collaboration with his staff and the campus, UH West Oʻahu developed a comprehensive support system for our students that includes tutoring, career exploration, academic and mental health counseling, and a vibrant student life. Student Affairs also developed a mandatory first year experience and transfer orientation program.  Dr. Hokoana will be missed.

With Dr. Lui Hokoana.

Dr. Judy Oliveira starts as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs today (December 1). She comes to UH West Oʻahu from Windward Community College, where she replaced Dr. Hokoana as the Vice Chancellor for Students. She has a background working and managing Title III grants, and she helped to craft the successful First Year Experience program at Windward Community College. Welcome Dr. Oliveira!

Congratulations Erline!

Congratulations goes out to Erline Vasconcellos, who received the UH President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. Erline was honored at the November 20 Board of Regents meeting. She embodies the spirit of this campus and we’re lucky to have her and her hard-working staff.

With Erline Vasconcellos.

Erline Vasconcellos (in black) with the Buildings and Grounds crew (from left, Don Nakatani, Edmund Paaoao, Mike Rivers, Mark Nakayama, Justy Kalilimoku, Jose Dayanan, and Doug Sakai)


            This year Fall Commencement is December 13, and we’re lucky to have Senator Will Espero, as our keynote speaker. Senator Espero was recently selected as the Senate Vice President, and he represents the 19th Senate District (ʻEwa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ʻEwa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, and a portion of ʻEwa Villages).

            Fall Commencement starts at 9 a.m., and we expect to have about 150 students at the ceremony. Congratulations candidates, for all of your hard work and perseverance.

Talk Story Session

            Mahalo for the great turnout for the November 14 Talk Story Session! Thanks also to Dr. Hokoana for providing the lunch to celebrate UH West Oʻahu’s $14.3 million in Title III grants, and our speakers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Eun Ahn; Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sherry Proper; and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Jacqueline Honda, who spoke about the WASC Visit, and Title III Project Director, Margy Ledward, and Assistant Specialist, Melissa Saul, who spoke about Title III.

At the Talk Story Session.

Assistant Specialist Melissa Saul.