News from KCC: Math, music and focus on faculty

On Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the KCC Performing Arts Center, the KCC Jazz Ensemble will present an evening of music honoring many of the great jazz musicians of the 20th century. Featured will be songs composed or made famous by Leonard Bernstein, Count Basie, George Gershwin, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong, Ray  Charles, Duke Ellington and even some original compositions by director David Braun. For more information contact David_Braun/WAIMEAC/

Girard returns from New Zealand

Mathematics Instructor Ryan Girard recently returned from a trip to New Zealand with the Wo Global Learning Champions, a UH systemwide program that supports a variety of educational initiatives. This year’s trip to New Zealand was to support the University of Hawaii’s strategic goal of being a premier indigenous-serving institution.

Ever think about becoming a school health aide?

The KCC Health Education Division is offering a new school health aide program beginning in the upcoming fall semester. Supported by a Department of Labor grant, the program works closely with Kauai Department of Health nurses and Kauai school principals. Students receive a Certificate of Completion after the one semester course. Tuition and expenses are paid by the grant, but there is a limit of 10 people per semester. For more information contact Cherie Mooy at 245-8373

Souza releases CD

Multi-talented KCC ceramics lecturer Chuck Souza has released a CD called “Lava in their Soul.”

Chuck wrote all of the songs and has been composing songs since he was 14. The songs on the CD go back to the 1970s, a time when he had several songs recorded by groups and individuals such as Cecilio and Kapono, Kalapana, Mackey Feary, and Nohelani Cypriano. 

“I write about what’s going on around me, so they are about some of the times Hawaii and all of us have gone through,” Souza said.

Chuck also plays in a Hawaiian group called  Kawai’olu. For more information, contact Chuck Souza at

Focus on Faculty

Erin Millard (Hanada) grew up on Kauai and graduated from Kapaa High School. She attended Pacific University and earned a bachelor’s in math, with minors in physics and economics, and a master’s in teaching. Erin has two children (Levi and Lily) who take up most of her time, but she also loves to surf and jog. Erin taught math at Kapaa High School for eight years before transitioning to her developmental math position here at KCC. She loves working at the college because of the professional community of co-workers and students.

Greg Shepherd is a music professor at Kauai Community College. He can be reached at 245-8269.


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