Aspiring musicians at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College have a new student scholarship thanks to a small act of kindness by a Hawaiʻi music legend nearly 40 years ago. That’s when Dr. Laurel Lee Roberts, then a college student herself, sat on the beach outside the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, to hear the beautiful operatic range of Emma Veary. “Ms. Veary would tell her paying audience that the next song was for ‘friends on the shelf’ or for her ‘scholarship friends’,” said Dr. Roberts. “She would then turn and sing to her fans on the beach who could not afford to buy a ticket to a Waikiki concert.” While decades have passed, those memories are still strong for Dr. Roberts who is now an attorney in Southern California. Photo caption L-r: Dr. Laurel Roberts, Robyn Kneubuhl (Emma’s Daughter), Emma Veary “I wanted to show my deepest appreciation to Ms. Veary for my fond memories through this named scholarship, and give opportunities to Maui youth to create even more beautiful music for future generations,” added Roberts. Dr. Roberts started the scholarship, and others are joining her with their contributions to support UHMC students who have demonstrated excellence and potential in music. For the academic year starting in Fall 2014 two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to UHMC students who have demonstrated excellence and potential in music. “We are delighted to have a new student scholarship for music,” said Dr. Robert Wehrman, UHMC Music Department chair. “We are very grateful for the Emma Veary Music Scholarship, which will support Maui students in their musical aspirations and also highlight a great singer of Hawaiʻi.” Honolulu-born Emma Veary studied opera in New York City, toured in
Car enthusiasts and their family and friends attended the third annual wildly popular “Autofest” Sunday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the main parking lot of UHMC Campus. The event was free for the entire community, with live entertainment, hydraulics exhibition, ono food trucks and a hot rod Cacklefest® tribute to beloved fellow car enthusiasts that have passed. Hosted by Da Jam 98.3 morning Zoo Crew, “Autofest” showcased classic cruisers, imports, 4x4’s, muscle cars, mini trucks, street bikes, low-riders, exotic vehicles, drag racers, rock crawlers, VW’s, custom Harley’s and more, bringing recognition to the Automotive Technology and Auto Body programs.
Kahului, HI — March 19, 2014 — Today over a hundred students signed a pledge to complete their degree or certificate during an event hosted by UHMC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society outside the campus’ Paʻina building. The drive was part of the national Phi Theta Kappa’s “Commit to Complete” initiative as well as the UHCC System’s “Agree to Degree” campaign to honor one of the most important commitments a student can make –finishing college. The national “Commit to Complete” campaign states that in less than five years, 65 percent of all new jobs will require a postsecondary credential. And according to the Census Bureau, over an adult's working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million; associate's degree holders earn about $1.6 million, earning them $400,000 more than someone with just a high school diploma. "Because degree completion is shown to drastically improve people's lives, it is a high priority within the UHCC System and nationwide," said Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor, Emma White. Members of the UHMC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa serve as the student arm of The Community College Completion Corps - a national education initiative. In April 2010, leaders of six national organizations representing the nation’s 1,200 community colleges signed The Call to Action, a pledge to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was the only student organization asked to participate, and it launched the community College Completion Corps in response to this call. The UHCC System launched their “Agree to Degree” campaign last fall to encourage students to: promise to attend their classes; get good grades; check their UH email at least once a day; talk to
Recently the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Dental Assisting Program students partnered with Iao Intermediate School English as a Second Language (ESL) students to share proper oral health care information. Students created interactive dental education modules that the Iao students used to promote dental health awareness in their community - with their peers at school, at home with family and extended relatives, or at church. Iao Intermediate School librarian Jayne Hori said, “Service Learning provides students an opportunity to address the oral health challenges in the community while helping them grow individually.” This service learning project has: Provided an authentic service learning experience for students which target an actual need in the community. Extended beyond the classroom into their own communities. It provided the students with newly acquired knowledge for real life. Provided them with important information about dental care as well as exploring it as a career. Provided contact with a mentor from the UH Maui College. Built resiliency skills which addresses drop-out rates (poor attendance, grades and behavior). Fostering a sense of caring for others. UHMC course instructor Joyce Yamada said, “This partnership allowed UHMC Dental Assisting Program students to gain experience in teaching and engaging others, as they would as dental professionals. Students were role models who guided and effectively communicated dental education information and possible career and college options.”
The Hawaii HOSA Future Health Professionals Student Leadership Conference was held February 19th and 20th, 2014 at the Hawai'i Convention Center. Four UH Maui students competed in various health-related skill competitions with Sai Furukawa taking first place and Jonathan Garcia placing second, respectively, in Medical Terminology. Ruby Riker and Chris Castro also competed working diligently to make a great showing on behalf of Maui College. After the awards ceremony, UHMC students were treated to an encouraging and inspiring hands-on look at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Dr. Ivy Nip Asano, Director of Admissions introduced the program, Dr. Steven LaBrash presented a hands-on anatomy lab, and Dr. Damon Sakai delighted the students with stimulation manikin Mary Wong and active learning activities. Congratulations to our UHMC HOSA students! HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership. Hawaii HOSA membership has increased to over 1,300 members representing 22 high schools and 8 post-secondary institutions.