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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:15 am

Faculty and students from the Kaua‘i Community College Culinary Department are helping to support the Easter Seals by preparing 200 bags of Royal Icing for their Gingerbread House fundraiser held this Saturday at Kukui Grove Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Culinary Faculty consists of Chefs Mark Oyama, Martina Hilldorfer, Steven Nakata and the KCC Dining Room Instructor Duane Miyasato.

Commercial and hobbyist Kaua‘i beekeepers were asked to participate in a study conducted by the Kaua‘i Community College Apiary Program to determine the density and distribution of the Small Hive Beetle, a potentially devastating pest first detected on Kaua‘i in May 2012. Since then, it has been identified in hives from Kalaheo to Kilauea. The study will help the research team recommend control methods that Kaua‘i beekeepers can use to mitigate the harmful effects of the pest. Beekeepers interested in participating should contact Jimmy Trujillo at 346-7725 or Jin-Wah Lau at terilau@hawaii.edu.

For those who would like to learn how to play a band instrument, a new KCC Music Department course (MUS 150) will be offered on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:20 p.m. Students will get to choose a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument to specialize in for the semester. They will also learn how to read music. No prior experience is required. For more information, contact Sarah Tochiki at 387-6772 or tochikis@hawaii.edu.

The KCC Jazz Ensemble will present an evening of jazz on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the KCC Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and donations are much appreciated. The program will include big band selections by Chick Correa and Sammy Nestico, and will also feature vocalist Peggy Lake performing the standards “When I Fall in Love” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” For more information on the concert or on the Jazz Ensemble, call Director Barry Toy at 635-6949.

The Kaua‘i Community College Music Department will celebrate the 25th Silver Anniversary of its instrumental ensemble program on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the KCC Performing Arts Center. Former Provost David Iha, who spearheaded the program along with the late Larry McIntosh, will emcee the event. Admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted. The program will include selections by the Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Band and the Jazz Ensemble and will conclude with a joint performance of Leroy Anderson’s holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride”, featuring a special mystery conductor. For more information, contact Sarah Tochiki at 387-6772 or tochikis@hawaii.edu.

Featured courses

Kaua‘i Community College offers a wide range of courses and programs, including business, nursing, math and science, tade technology and fine arts. Here are some featured courses that might not be as familiar as others:

Journalism 205 (News Writing) and Journalism 285V (News Lab): The News Lab is a hands-on course working with the editor of the student newspaper, Ka Leo o KCC. Students will use the Adobe Creative Suite Pro 5.5 package to submit articles. For more information contact Carol Bain at bain@hawaii.edu.

A number of literature courses will be offered in the Spring 2013 semester, including EALL 272, “Japanese Literature in Translation,” which will cover Japanese poetry, fiction and drama in general and will concentrate on literature written from 1868 to the present. Knowledge of Japanese is not required. The course will be taught by Brian Cronwall, assistant professor of English. He can be contacted at 245-8279, or cronwall@hawaii.edu.

Other literature courses include English 252, “British Literature after 1800,” taught by Rick Randolph; English 256, “Poetry and Drama,” taught by James Lee; English 257, “Literature by Women,” taught by Gilbert Adair; and English 261, “Pacific Literature,” taught by Jeff Mexia. Whatever your literary tastes, there’s something for everyone at the KCC English Department. Their homepage can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/Kaua‘i-cc-english-dept

Focus on Faculty

Originally from Germany, Dr. Michael Hannawald came to Hawai‘i nine years ago to work on Maua Kea as an astrophysicist. He joined the KCC faculty just over a year ago. He tries to integrate his experience from various areas of physics and astronomy research into his teaching at KCC to prepare students for their transfer to other campuses nationwide. He says, “I try to give students hands-on experience rather than just learning out of a textbook. This is more exciting and has longer-lasting effects.”

John Constantino, assistant professor in counseling and student affairs, is a graduate of Kaua‘i Community College, the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and Gonzaga University. John provides leadership advice and training to 20 clubs and organizations at KCC. He says this of his job: “Everyone has the potential to become a positive leader. It’s through learning leadership styles and modeling from leaders of the past that students can evolve as leaders themselves.”

• Greg Shepherd is an Associate Professor of Music at Kaua‘i Community College. ‘News from KCC’ will return the first Friday of February. 

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