Digital Media Newsletter

February 3, 2016

February is National CTE Month!

CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign ACTE holds each February to celebrate Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Leeward CC is having many upcoming events in honor of CTE month that are free!

Hawaii Small Business Fair

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 7:30am-1:15pm

96-045 Ala Ike

Pearl City, HI

For the past five years, Leeward Community College has hosted the Hawaii Small Business Fair. The fair will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

There will be over 25 workshops offered to teach you how to start or enhance your small business. There will also be over 30 exhibitors present to answer your questions and to provide more information.

The highlight of the fair is the "Secrets to Success" session featuring two very successful businesses, Tanioka's Seafood, and Catering and Eden in Love. Attendance for the workshops, "Secrets to Success" session, and the exhibits are free but you must register at the link below as space is limited.

Register here:

Check out the showcase at the library entrance featuring Leeward CC's CTE programs!
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CTE Programs include:

Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Education, Health Information Technology, Information and Computer Science, Management, Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Plant Biology and Tropical Agriculture, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Television Production.

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Welcome to the third edition of "Meet Your Instructor!" The goal of this column is to help you, the DMED students, get to know all of the teachers you may run into during your time here in the DMED program at Leeward CC. For this week's article, we are featuring Sunny Kharbanda!

For previous editions of "Meet Your Instructor," check out the previous Newsletters:

November 25, 2015 (Ayana Haaruun)

December 8, 2015 (Robert Hochstein)

Hardeep "Sunny" Kharbanda

Office Hours (DA - 212):

Mondays: 10:00am - 12:00pm, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Wednesdays: 10:00am - 12:00pm


ART 221, ART 229, DMED 141, DMED 240, DMED 241, DMED 242

Sunny has been teaching at Leeward Community College for two years, one semester as a lecturer and three semesters as a full-time instructor, teaching several animation classes and layout/web design classes.

Prior to teaching at Leeward, Sunny worked as a freelance designer in India for a few years before moving to the U.S. to study animation. He graduated with an MFA in Computer Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY in 2004 and began freelance animation and design work soon after.

During his freelancing he took on various projects in web design, poster design, video editing, compositing, and animation (2D and 3D). Sunny describes his most memorable projects including, "Extensive video and animation on a series of award-winning educational DVDs for children, Rigging and animating characters for Fisher-Price promos, and working in NYC on a promo for Toonami on Cartoon Network."

Besides animation and design, Sunny is also a healer. He does massages, energy healing, and soul healing. Sunny has been running his own company for healing for about three years with his wife, Yanan Wu (Learn more about Yanan in the next edition of "Meet Your Instructor!").

Their healing service can be found at:

Here's a message from Sunny:

"You are not your profession! In the last 17 years, I've gone from Computer Engineer to Animator and Designer to Yoga teacher to Massage Therapist, and now, Soul Healer. So what am I? How do I define myself?

"The truth is, as you change from within, your outer circumstances (including profession) will change. But through all of the changes, stay connected to the part of you that's constant. That's your truth, and it can't be put in a category, a column, or a checkbox."

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A Message from Program Counselor Amy Amper

Important notice for Walk-in Wednesdays this week:

I will not be on campus during walk-in times this week. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please check my schedule on MyLeeward if you would like to schedule an appointment with me at another time.

Graduation Applications:

Please schedule an appointment with me to do a degree/certificate check if you are graduating this Spring 2016 semester.

Managing Stress

As we begin the second month of the Spring Semester, you may find your stress levels elevating a bit.

Juggling work, school and your personal life can prove to be a difficult task at times, so it’s important that you manage your stress as much as possible.

Here are a few tips from Campus Mindworks on Managing Stress:

  • “A feeling of control and a healthy balance in your schedule is a necessary part of managing stress. Learning how to manage your responsibilities, accomplish your goals and still have time for rest and relaxation requires that you practice time management skills.
  • Try setting a specific goal for yourself that will improve your mood and help you reduce stress. Start by filling out a goal-setting worksheet.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you burn off the energy generated by stress.
  • Practice good sleep habits ensure that you are well-rested. Sleep deprivation can cause many physical and mental problems and can increase stress.
  • Pace yourself throughout the day, taking regular breaks from work or other structured activities. During breaks from class, studying, or work, spend time walking outdoors, listen to music or just sit quietly, to clear and calm your mind.
  • Start a journal. Many people find journaling to be helpful for managing stress, understanding emotions, and making decisions and changes in their lives.
  • Realize that we all have limits. Learn to work within your limits and set realistic expectations for yourself and others.
  • Find humor in your life. Laughter can be a great tension-reducer.
  • Seek the support of friends and family when you need to “vent” about situations that bring on stressful feelings. But make sure that you don’t focus exclusively on negative experiences; try to also think of at least three things that are going well for you, and share those experiences.”

You can see the article in its entirety here:

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"Top 5 Graphic Design Mistakes to Avoid" by Roberto Blake

Roberto Blake is a professional graphic designer and entrepreneur, with over 10 years of experience. Roberto creates many design tip videos and tutorials for his YouTube channel, which can be found here. For this "Career Corner," here's a video of Roberto Blake explaining the top five mistakes graphic designers need to avoid.
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In summary, follow these five tips:

  1. You need to choose a career path. Know what you want to accomplish and when you want to get to those points in your career.
  2. Be wary of people criticizing your work. There will always be people putting down your artwork, especially when you work through the internet. It's more important that your client/employer is happy with your work. Don't worry about what other designers think of your work.
  3. Learn new skills. Be up to date on the latest technology and tools to keep up with the always evolving workspaces and marketplace. Adapt.
  4. Graphic designers need to understand business and marketing. You need to understand the businesses that you work for and understand why you're designing.
  5. Love what you do. Enjoy working. Be a motivated designer.

Check out Roberto's professional website:

Student Success Support Team, here to help you!

Amy Amper

Program Counselor

Academic Counseling, Class Registration and Degree Planning

Melodee Himuro

Academic Specialist

Academic Skills, Campus Resources

Tyler Tapia

Peer Mentor

Peer Support and Campus Resource Connection