SILVERSWORD 'Ohana Newsletter

Fall 2013 November Issue

It's hard to believe that we are approaching the last few weeks of the Fall 2013 semester. This will be our final newsletter until Spring 2014; however staff will be available throughout the Christmas break to answer any questions.

The last day of fall classes will take place on Friday, December 6. Final exams are scheduled for December 9-12, however, some professors may hold exams during the week of December 2nd or require a final paper or take home exam. Hopefully, students have already made their travel arrangements beforehand. Final grades will be posted on the University Portal, the online student information system, as soon as they are received from professors. Students will be able to print a copy of their grades directly from the Portal.

Winter Housing

Applications for Winter Housing are available at the Residential Life Office. Current residents will receive an email containing the information and the application in the second week of November. Winter Housing will be available in Iolani Terrace from December 13, 2013-January 10, 2014, for an additional fee.

Students living in the residence halls must be in good financial standing with the University to remain or apply for housing. This relates to housing from Fall to Spring semester and from one academic year to another. In order to facilitate a smooth transition to Spring semester, students are encouraged to fulfill all financial obligations before they leave for the Winter Break.


As you are well aware, when your son or daughter left for college, it was a major transition for the entire family. If your student is fortunate enough to return home for the holidays, this entails another re-adjustment. This is primarily due to your adult child being accustomed to their freedom and independence while away at school.

While families are excited to be reunited for the holidays, here are a few recommendations to keep the season bright:

  • Although the holidays are considered “the jolliest time of the year”, it can often be the most stressful. Set realistic expectations for their homecoming. Together, establish which gatherings and traditional events are important to attend as a family. However, parents need to allow time for the student to socialize with friends, classmates, etc. since they are not able to see these individuals when school is in session.
  • Set up a comfortable sleeping area for your son or daughter when they return for the holidays. Some parents decide to convert their adult child’s room into another space which is an unpleasant surprise to students when they arrive home.
  • Remind your student that their safety is first. Many will be tempted to get carried away during the holidays but remind them about making wise decisions and choices whether they are at home or away at school.

Most of all, remember to reflect on the true reason for the season. Here’s to wishing you and yours a peaceful and blessed holiday season!

-Dr. June Yasuhara

Director of Counseling Services/Psychologist

Chaminade University


Academic Resources - Tutoring, Writing, and Support

As students are preparing for the final weeks of this fall 2013 semester, some may be struggling to meet their academic goals or are experiencing stress over their course load. This is especially true for first-year students who can have trouble adjusting to the more independent, work-intensive environment of college level courses. If your student needs assistance, Chaminade University's Student Support Services offers free tutoring. Additionally, students can work closely with a professional tutor on any writing assignment, or meet with a librarian to develop a research strategy for term papers. Students also have the option to use Smarthinking, the University's online tutoring system. For more information, contact Student Support Services staff at (808) 735-4718.

Silversword Athletics Update:

Men’s Soccer:

Didn’t experience a win this season, but the players were tough, didn’t take a game off and were competitive in the last part of the season. Ended the season with a 2-2 double-overtime draw against HPU, who had a winning record this season.

Women’s Soccer:

Broke a 43-game winless streak on Oct. 31 when they beat Holy Names, 1-0. Goalkeeper Lauren Ishii finished the year fifth in the NCAA in saves per game and total saves.

Women’s Volleyball:

Had a 4-match winning streak in October, first time that’s happened since September 2008.

Men’s Basketball:

Opened the season at 2-0 with wins over Western Oregon and Saint Martin’s in the PacWest/GNAC Challenge last weekend.

Graduating Seniors

The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Neil Blaisdell Arena., located at 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814. Families and friends are welcome to attend this event in recognition of all graduating students. The event is FREE and no tickets are required. Parking at the Arena is $7. The ceremony is estimated to last 2 hours.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mystical Rose Oratory on the Chaminade University Campus. Baccalaureate is a traditional time of blessing and giving thanks. At Chaminade, Baccalaureate is celebrated as a Mass at which everyone is welcome. Graduates, families and friends are cordially invited to attend.

The Honors Ceremony will be held immediately after Baccalaureate Service on the same date and place. This ceremony will begin at 3:45 p.m. Families and friends are welcome to attend the Academic Honors Ceremony in recognition of all undergraduate students who will be graduating with honors along with students selected for outstanding student awards.

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To help ensure a successful transition into the professional world, encourage your student to take advantage of the many resources offered through Career Services. Below are some ways your student can get started in the career development process.

Encourage your student to visit the Career Services Office early and get to know the staff and services. Students can start developing an individualized career plan as early as their first year at Chaminade. Staff are also here to help with graduate school planning, resume and cover letter writing, provide helpful tips for interviewing and offer events year round such as the Part-time Fair and the Career Fair (held in late October, and the Spring Career Fair is held in early March). Students can begin networking with employers and exploring options for internship and career opportunities now!

Lastly, the Career Services manages an online program called “Symplicity”. Symplicity is where students look for on-campus employment (work study and non-work study), internships, and part-time and full-time career opportunities. Students can access Symplicity, through their Chaminade account or through the Chaminade website (

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Office of Environmental Safety

Environmental Safety is pro-active on safety issues. The University Emergency Manual is a document that is constantly being updated; I refer to it as a living document always being updated, trying to anticipate and to be prepared. The Institutional Crime Report details Federal Department of Education reportable crimes from the previous calendar year, and includes actions the University may take for special circumstances. click on the Health and Safety tab.

Each building on Campus has a “Building Marshal” responsible for immediate intervention in their building. Larger buildings have additional “Area Marshals” responsible for smaller areas or special areas e.g. Laboratories. These Marshals know their work areas and any special needs.

Each semester I train the Residence Hall Assistants and Directors in Emergency First Aid, CPR, AED, and Fire Evacuation.

I conduct Residence Halls Fire Drills each semester and activate a test message on the Emergency Mass Notification System monthly.

Environmental Safety has a very good working relationship with The Chaminade Security Team, the Honolulu Fire Department, State Civil Defense, other Contingency Planners, as well as the Risk Loss Trainers provided by our Insurance carrier.

If I can be of any assistance or answer any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Brother Tom Payne, SM

Office of Environmental Safety


As we pause to count our blessings, it is the perfect time to say thank you for being part of the Chaminade University 'Ohana.

May you have a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year.