Silversword 'Ohana Newsletter

March 2016 - Chaminade University of Honolulu

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake…" - Sir Frances Bacon

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The spring 2016 semester has arrived, and it's quickly moving forward. Our Chaminade 'ohana happily gained 47 new students this spring. We welcomed a large number of transfers along with a small group of exchange students from our sister universities in Texas and Ohio; we tend to have larger groups of exchange students during the spring. While transfers and exchange/international students are the majority of spring enrollment, we do welcome a few first-year (freshman) students.

Additionally, Spring 2016 New Student Orientation was a success, and we credit the wonderful faculty, staff, and students who help us each semester.

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Spring 2016 Orientation Leaders pictured above:

Top: Adam Perez, Toni Mitsumoto, Carlos Cortes

Bottom: Charlene Mae Rocimo, Starr Sanchez

New Student Orientation & Welcome Week


As part of Welcome Week, numerous Chaminade clubs and organizations were represented at Club Fest - all recruiting and encouraging students to join and get involved in campus life. Thanks to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership for planning this event each semester. Here are a few of the many organizations at Chaminade.

*********** PARENTS as PARTNERS ***********

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***A note from Dr. June Yasuhara, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Chaminade Counseling Center


by Dr. June Yasuhara

Director of Chaminade Counseling Center/Clinical Psychologist

I will periodically receive calls and visits from parents seeking advice on how to assist their student either socially, academically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. This is sometimes a challenge due to confidentiality, and I cannot release any information or even confirm whether or not their son or daughter has been seen at the Counseling Center without the student’s written consent.

However, with the student’s consent, I have spoken and met with families if it is agreeable by all parties for consultation. One of the questions that I am often asked by parents is, "How do I help my student be successful in college and in life?" These are some of the things that I share:

  1. Passion and Goals: What would your student like to do after they are done with college? What are they passionate about? Do they feel a calling or feel led to a specific field or individuals? What would they like to achieve in the next five years? Ten years? Plans to make this happen?

  2. RESILIENCE: The title of this article is a “Great Read for Parents”. There is an excellent book that is entitled “The Gift of Failure” by Jessica Lahey. It assists parents in learning to build resiliency in their student, which is one of the key components in being successful in school and life. It demonstrates that parents are often so fearful of failure that they try to protect their children from it, when in fact, it is the best “teachable moment” to learn about humility, compassion, endurance, forgiveness, the value of hard work, etc.

  3. Encouragement, Support, and Listening: Our students, like all of us, often just want someone who will listen, let them process what’s on their mind, offer advice only when asked, and support and encourage our efforts. It is fun to celebrate the victories but more importantly, it is critical to enjoy the journey, lessons learned, and to acknowledge all of the effort and commitment it takes to reach our goals.

As you know, this list could go on and on so I’ll stop here. Once again, I highly recommend the book mentioned in this article regarding resiliency, a characteristic that is critical for all of us in our often stressful lives! Have a blessed 2016! - Dr. June

Important Dates!

Spring recess: Monday, March 21 - Friday, March 25. Campus offices will remain open for business except for Prince Kuhio Day on Thursday, March 24, and Good Friday on Friday, March 25.

View the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar below for other dates and deadlines, and visit the events calendar (also below) regularly for current and upcoming campus events. Both calendars can also be found on the Chaminade website.

2015-2016 Academic Calendar

to view other important dates during the semester

Events Calendar:

***** Notable Media Coverage of CUH *****

Our very own, Dr. David Carter, Associate Professor of Forensic Science and Assistant Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was quoted in two national media outlets. The Atlantic and Newsweek separately sought out Dr. Carter for his expertise. To read more, view the links below (warning to those with weaker stomachs).

The Atlantic / Science
Meet the Necrobiome:The Waves of Microbes That Will Eat Your Corpse

Newsweek / Tech & Science​

​Using the Human Microbiome to ​Predict Time of Death


  • Rated top in state per MSN




Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation (RACP)

Open House

The office of Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation (RACP) officially opened on January 1, 2016. This reorganized office is now a one-stop shop for academic and career advising, transition programs, and more. On January 22, the RACP held an open house and welcomed students, staff, and faculty to meet the new advisors and learn about the office. Guests enjoyed pizza, trivia games, and prizes! Games included Career Jeopardy, "The Amazing Race" Study Abroad & Travel Board, and Academics Wheel of Fortune.

Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation Staff Members

Allison Jerome

•Allison has been with CUH since 2004, beginning with the Academic Achievement Program and Student Support Services.

•She oversees the new unit of Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation (includes academic and career advising, study abroad, new student orientation, CUH 100, tutoring, test administration, Summer Bridge, and efforts under Title III grant)

M.A. in Student Personnel Administration from New York University; B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Adelphi University

Arial Mendoza

•Arial started at CUH in December 2015 as the Administrative Assistant for Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation.

•Arial is the primary administrative support position for the new office.

•B.A. in Mass Communications Broadcasting from Chaminade University; In progress: M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration

Rachel Major

•Rachel began in July 2014 as the Graduate Assistant for New Student Programs. She continues in this role for Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation.

•Focus areas for her position include New Student Orientation, CUH-100 First-Year Experience, and other transition programs.

•B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Chaminade University; In progress: M.A. in Teaching Elementary Education from Chaminade University

Angela Coloretti-McGough

•Angela began at CUH in 2013 as the Director of Career Services.

•Her new role is as an Advisor for Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation.

•Focus areas for her position include course planning and career preparation. She also manages career workshops and events such as Career Fair.

•M.Ed. in Counseling in Student Affairs from UCLA; B.A. in Psychology with a Specialization in Education from UCLA

Megan Robison

•Megan started at CUH in November 2013 as the Student Services Coordinator.

•Her new role is as an Advisor for Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation. Focus areas for her position include New Student Orientation, CUH-100 First-Year Experience, and other transition programs.

•B.S. in Communications from Southeast Missouri State University; In progress: M.Ed. From Chaminade University

Yohko Aquino

•Yohko started in March 2015 as an Advisor in Academic Advising. Her role continues as an Advisor.

•Focus areas for her position include student athletes and study abroad.

•M.A. in Asian Studies focusing on Philippines Studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa; B.A. in Language and Area studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Jessica Pratapas

•Jessica is one of the newest additions to the team. She serves as an Advisor for Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation.

•Focus areas for her position include retention initiatives, data collection/processing, and faculty support.

•M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University; B.S. in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology from Illinois State University

Nicolle Bekers

•Nicolle is also new to the CUH 'ohana, and she assumed the role of Tutor Coordinator.

•Focus areas for her position include in-person and online tutoring, test administration, and the Summer Bridge program.

•M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University; B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa


Wed, 3/16, Time Management

Mon, 4/11, Stress Management

*Workshop details can be found on the events calendar

Spring Career Fair

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center

10:00am - 2:00pm


Office of Student Activities and Leadership (OSAL)

February Recap of OSAL Events!

SPRING 2016: Anyone who participates in two (2) Health & Wellness activities during the Spring 2016 semester, or who donates blood at the Chaminade hosted Blood Drive held on April 18th, will be entered to win a 2 hour surf lesson (with trained professionals and board included) at the Canoes surf spot in Waikiki. Eight lucky participants will win.

February 4th - Beginning of weekly “Trivia Thursdays” lead by OSAL student worker Kris

February 7th - OSAL Super Bowl 50 Watch Party

February 8th - “Body by Break” fitness challenge which dares anyone to work out more and/or eat healthier than the OSAL Director

February 10th - Musical Chairs lead by OSAL student worker Sariah

February 15th – President’s Day – ultimate 3-on-3 basketball tournament “Monday Madness”

February 16th - OSAL, Campus Ministry, and ONHP offered a Lomi Lomi workshop with Mele Coelho

February 16th - Kicked off intramural Street Soccer

February 17th - First of a 5-series of free Yoga classes instructed by Mizuki Ogawa of Body & Brain Honolulu

February 22nd - Kicked off intramural Volleyball

February 29th - “Paper Planes Games” hosted by OSAL student worker Kris


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CUH Athletics Update by Kevin Hashiro, Sports Information Director


Chaminade Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has been extremely busy, raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Hawaii. The committee recently raised $510.29 in their “Penny Wars” contest with each of the 10 intercollegiate sports programs being involved to collect monies for the organization. The committee also sold specially-made t-shirts and special Valentine’s Day bears with all proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish.

Men’s basketball:

Despite a slow start to the season, the ’Swords are in contention for one of six spots in the PacWest Tournament that will be played during the first week of March in Irvine, California. The team has also celebrated several individual achievements including two Silverswords, Kevin Hu and Kuany Kuany, who reached the 1,000-point barrier.

Women’s basketball:

The Lady ’Swords cooled off after a hot start in the conference, but they have remained very competitive against some of the elite teams in the PacWest. They gave scares to the top two teams in the conference, California Baptist and Academy of Art, both on the road in hostile environments. Meanwhile, junior forward Lilia Maio continues to move up in the program’s career scoring list and is rapidly closing in on 900 career points.


The team opened the season against Augustana of South Dakota in late January. Although the ladies were swept by the 20th-ranked team in the nation, they put up a fight in the second game of the doubleheader as they scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Senior Amber Manuel, who was the starting pitcher in the second game, flirted with a no-hitter for nearly five innings while freshman Rainelle Matsuoka hit a home run in her first collegiate game.

Men’s golf:

The ’Swords opened the 2016 championship season with a second-place finish at the BYU-Hawai‘i Tri-Match in early February, falling to host BYUH by one stroke. Junior Mark Uekawa finished as the tournament’s individual runner-up.


14th Annual Na Liko Na’auao - Chaminade University's Celebration of Student Scholarship!

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Na Liko Na’auao

Na Liko Na'auao is an undergraduate conference featuring students from various divisions across the university who deliver academic presentations showcasing their exceptional projects.

When and Where?
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:00am - 1:30pm @ Mystical Rose Oratory and Ching Conference Center

  • Opening Ceremony/Invocation: 9:00am, Mystical Rose Oratory

  • Presentation of Student Works (Exhibits): 9:30am - 12:30pm, Ching Conference Center

  • Recognition of Student Presenters & Reception: 12:30pm, Ching Conference Center

Who is Eligible to Participate?

  • All Chaminade University day undergraduate students are eligible to present if they have a faculty sponsor to mentor them through the process. Presentations may be done individually or in small groups. Categories include poster presentations, artwork, video, and portfolio displays. Presentation items must be completed within the past academic year.

  • Students who have participated in a conference paid by CUH are required to present at Na Liko Na'auao.

*Students, friends, and family are welcome to attend and support the presenters!

Please contact the Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research • Clarence TC Ching Hall 256 • 808.739.8390 •

Na Liko Na'auao registration and additonal information

Click here for registration and more information about Na Liko Na'auao

Chaminade Counseling Center

Health Records

The management and tracking of student health records has been transitioned to ARIKKA JOHNSON, Counselor and ADA/Medical Tracking Specialist at Chaminade Counseling Center. For information on the Student Health Plan, visit There you will find information on eligibility, benefits, and rates, as well as instructions on how to enroll and pay online or by mail.

If you have any questions, please contact Arikka Johnson at and/or you can call her at 808-739-4603.

--------------- CUH Highlights! ---------------

Charlene Mae Rocimo

I am from Oahu, Hawaii, and I am a sophomore at Chaminade. I am majoring in Integrative and Organismal Biology.

I believe in the importance of a well-balanced academic and social life in college, which is why I am very involved in the CUH community. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their interests. Currently, I am the president of the Scrubs Pre-Health Club, and I am a member of La Familia Club and Chemistry Club. Also, I am a peer leader for Cellular and Organismal Biology, and I am a participant for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learner Feedback Panel.

This year, I had the wonderful opportunity of taking on the leadership roles of Peer Mentor and Orientation Leader. Balancing my extracurricular activities with my classes can be stressful at times, but the experiences that I gain at CUH are valuable and enjoyable.

What is your favorite thing about Chaminade?

"I love how Chaminade provides an exceptional support system to all of the students. For example, when I have a hard time understanding concepts for a certain class, I seek help from my professors and friends. At first it may be intimidating to ask for help, but if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be a more respectful, open-minded, and persistent student. Thank you Chaminade!!!"

Jessica Pratapas

I am originally from a Southwest suburb of Chicago called Naperville, Illinois. My husband and I lived in Northeast Ohio before we moved here to Hawaii. We moved here in July as my husband is a Pediatric Resident for the Army at Tripler Medical Facility.

I have been at Chaminade since January 6th, 2016 as an Academic Advisor, and I will be working as the liaison between the office of Retention, Advising, & Career Preparation (RACP) and faculty across campus. I have a B.S. in Interpersonal Communication and an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. I also have prior academic advising experience at Illinois State University and Kent State University.

What is your favorite thing about Chaminade?

"My favorite thing about Chaminade is the family/community feel. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I also love how beautiful the campus is. Being new, I am sure I will come up with more favorites the longer I am here!"

Jay "Spenser" Darden

I am originally from Springfield, Virginia, which is about 15 miles outside of Washington, DC. I have been at Chaminade University for two months, and I had never been to the islands before beginning my position. I have a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology (minor in Communication Studies) from West Virginia University. I also have an M.A. in Higher Education from The University of Arizona.

I am the Director of The Office of Student Activities and Leadership (OSAL). In my role as the OSAL Director, I oversee student clubs and organizations, health and wellness programs, intramural sports, and the Chaminade Student Government Association (CSGA). Our office offers numerous opportunities for students to get involved in co-curricular activities. We aim to enhance out-of-classroom experiences that promote personal development and leadership training.

I am also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).

What is your favorite thing about Chaminade?

"How welcoming everyone on campus has been. Since the first day that I came to campus, the students, faculty, and staff have made me feel right at home as a part of OSAL and a member of the CUH Family."

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