Hula, digital media may be added to KCC program

This semester, the Hawaiian Studies department is working toward adding two new Academic Subject Certificates to their program.

In addition to the Associate in Arts degree and the Academic Subject Certificate in Hawaiian Studies, these new certificates will focus on hula and on digital media. The hula certificate will give students the opportunity to learn and practice this important aspect of traditional Hawaiian culture, while the digital media certificate introduces students to new technologies through Hawaiian perspectives.

Both certificates will require a certain number of credits in the Hawaiian language. Questions about this and other aspects of Hawaiian Studies may be directed to Hawaiian Studies instructor Pua Rossi-Fukino at puali@hawaii.edu.

– At the beginning of August, KCC math faculty Dr. Jonathan Kalk and Dr. Loni Delaplane conducted a three-day workshop with faculty members at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico. These faculty members shared the teaching techniques, curriculum design, and methods of student support that have helped students at KCC achieve greater success in math than ever before, with record-numbers reaching calculus and other higher math courses in recent semesters. NTU has already begun implementing these strategies, with their first-ever student math club meeting set for next week.

– The KCC Music Department will be presenting six performances of the Broadway musical “Carnival” in May. Current students have priority in casting. Some roles might become available for community members to audition for if all openings cannot be filled by students. Info: Greg Shepherd at 245-8269 or shep@hawaii.edu.

– KCC’s new philosophy instructor, Julia Morgan, joins the college from Oahu, where she worked as a lecturer in the UH system teaching philosophy, law, economics, and political science courses since 2009. Julia received her bachelor of arts degree from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota and an MA in East Asian Studies specializing in China from the Eliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

After working for five years as an international trade policy analyst, Julia returned to school and received a JD from The George Washington University Law School. She moved to Oahu in 1999. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in philosophy, specializing in environmental ethics.

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