Digital Media Newsletter

May 5, 2016

End of the Semester

We've finally reached the end of the semester! Congratulations to everyone for making it through another semester, and a special congratulations to all the students graduating this semester (Including me! \(o-o)/)! Whether you'll be continuing your education or taking your next big step in the "real world," we wish you the best in your post-Leeward career!

Commencement Ceremony Spring 2016

The Commencement Ceremony for Spring 2016 will be held at Leeward Community College on Friday, May 13 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Come support your soon-to-be former fellow students!

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 13th, 5-7:30pm

Leeward Community College - Tuthill Courtyard

A time-honored tradition celebrating the accomplishments of our students! #LeewardGrad16 posts and tweets will be dispalyed on the college's home page throughout the day of our ceremony!

Look forward to a post-graduation survey from Leeward CC to ask about your employment status. We are gathering data to see where students end up after their time at Leeward to give current and future students an idea of what they can look forward to following their own graduation.

For more information, including live stream info, click the following link:

Final Exam Schedule

If you've got finals, be sure you know what time and date your exams are as they are not the same as your regular class hours. To view the Final Exam Schedule, click the following link and scroll down to Spring 2016 (the top schedule is for Fall 2015):

Summer 2016 Courses

If you're taking Summer courses at Leeward, classes are coming up! The first day of instruction for the first session of Summer 2016 is May 23. If you haven't registered yet, the last day to register for Summer 2016 Session I is Wednesday, May 25, which is also the last day for 100% tuition refund for Summer 2016 Session I. It'll go by quickly; the last day of instruction for the first Summer 2016 session will be July 1.

For those taking courses in the second session of Summer 2016, your first day of instruction will be July 5.

For a complete list of Summer semester dates and deadlines, click the following link:

A Message from Program Counselor Amy Amper

Just a friendly reminder that registration is happening NOW for Summer and Fall courses. The Fall payment deadline is Friday, July 22, 2016.

I would like to personally congratulate the 22 DMED graduates from the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 class! Job well done and best wishes as you continue on in your journey.


Summer’s coming up! It’s time to relax and get away from all the stress and challenges of college. Have fun and be adventurous, but keep one thing in mind: always work towards self-improvement! Summer break is three months long, so don’t waste these precious moments of your life. Set yourself up for success now and you’ll be more than ready for future challenges!

Here’s an excerpt of an article that’ll tell you ways you can break out of your shell and grow as a person.

42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself by Celestine Chua

As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. I’ve compiled 42 of my best tips which might be helpful in your personal growth journey. Some of them are simple steps which you can engage in immediately. Some are bigger steps which takes conscious effort to act on. Here they are:

  • Read a book every day. Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to. What are some books you can start reading to enrich yourself?

  • Learn a new language. Learning a language is a whole new skill altogether and the process of acquainting with a new language and culture is a totally a mind-opening experience.

  • Pick up a new hobby. Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Any new sport you can learn? Examples are fencing, golf, rock climbing, football, canoeing, or ice skating. Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. For example, pottery, Italian cooking, dancing, wine appreciation, web design, etc. Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally.

  • Level up your skills. If you have played video games before especially RPGs, you’ll know the concept of leveling up – gaining experience so you can be better and stronger. As a blogger, I’m constantly leveling up my writing skills. As a speaker, I’m constantly leveling up my public engagement abilities. What skills can you level up?

  • Wake up early. Waking up early (say, 5-6am) has been acknowledged by many (Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, among other self-help gurus) to improve your productivity and your quality of life. I feel it’s because when you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day. Seth recently wrote a waking up early series which you should check out to help cultivate this habit.

To read the full article and the rest of the tips, click the following link:

Digital Media Showcase

Check out the many featured works of our own Digital Media students! Come to the Digital Media Showcase at the Honolulu Museum of Art this Friday, May 6!

Friday, May 6th, 5-7pm

1111 Victoria Street

Honolulu, HI

The showcase will be held on the second floor of the Honolulu Museum of Art School Building (Linekona building). Parking will be available in the rear of the Art School Building at $5 for 5 hours.

For more information on how to get there and for parking information, click the following link:

We Need Your Help!

Hey, fellow DMED students. We are gathering student success support tips for NSO (New Student Orientation). We want to hear your advice for future DMED students and students coming out of high school. Please send any tips you have to me at or submit your tips using the form below.

All tips will be completely anonymous so feel free to share any advice you have! We will go through and select the best tips for future DMED students to share with them during their NSO appointments.

Thank you very much to the students that took the time to provide their best tips on the spot! You've given me a lot to work with.

Examples of tips I've gathered so far:

  • Don't procrastinate and let projects stack up. Start projects early.
  • Take advantage and show up on work days.
  • Be careful about taking too many ART and DMED classes together. They are very project intensive and you'll get overwhelmed if you've never done it before.
  • Plan your classes ahead of time. Register early.

Student Success Support Team, Here to Help You

Amy Amper

Program Counselor

Academic Counseling, Class Registration and Degree Planning

Tyler Tapia

Peer Mentor

Peer Support and Campus Resource Connection