Month: September 2017

For Checinski ‘14, Flexibility, Creativity are Key to Problem Solving as Damien Dean of Students

In her role as Dean of Students at Damien Memorial, a Catholic middle and high school in Kalihi, Chaminade University alumna Daniela Checinski ‘14 takes a “more creative and holistic” approach to discipline. Checinski, who graduated from Chaminade’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program, emphasizes that the overwhelming majority of Damien boys and girls don’t get into trouble. So why do the same 30 or so students repeatedly violate campus rules? Usually there are two explanations. “One, the strategy the Dean’s Office is using isn’t relevant to this generation anymore,” Checinski says. “Or two, the students need help...

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Chaminade Partnering with Texas Advanced Computing Center to offer new Data Science Training for Hawaii Students

$300,000 National Science Foundation Grant Funds 2-Year Pilot Program Chaminade University is partnering with universities in Texas and Georgia on a two-year pilot program that trains Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) students for careers in data science, analytics and visualization. The SPICE (Supporting Pacific Indigenous Computing Excellence) project is funded by a $300,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) initiative. INCLUDES is part of the NSF’s “10 Big Ideas” program. “The vision of SPICE is training a cadre of...

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Chaminade Partnering with Kamehameha Schools, UH at New Learning Space & Educational Incubator

Kamehameha Schools is partnering with Chaminade University and the University of Hawaii to help high school students prepare for college and careers through Hālau ʻĪnana, a new collaborative learning space and educational incubator in Mōʻiliʻili. Hālau ʻĪnana gives high school students access to creative, culturally-grounded, interdisciplinary collaboration with university researchers, mentors and industry experts. Programs focus on Native Hawaiian leadership development, social entrepreneurship and innovation “The educational programs and services offered at the newly formed innovation hub aim to create new interactions, collisions and engagement which allow our learners and educators to tap into their innate creativity and ingenuity,”...

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Dr. Fryxell Appointed Education Dean, Dr. Edelson Named Humanities and Fine Arts Interim Dean

Chaminade University President Lynn Babington recently made two key academic appointments by naming Dr. Dale Fryxell as Dean of Education and Dr. Cheryl Edelson as Interim Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts. Dr. Fryxell, a former Faculty Senate president, teaches courses in Development Psychology, Career Counseling, Cross-Cultural Counseling and other topics. His research interests include: autism, violence prevention, positive behavioral supports and educational reform. Prior to joining Chaminade, Dr. Fryxell worked for the Hawaii Department of Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division. He also provided technical assistance to the Department of Education, Department of Human Services and other...

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Future STEM Teachers Inspired by Leading Scientists, Engineers at NASA Institute

For the second consecutive summer, future teachers studying at Chaminade University gained a behind-the-scenes look at America’s space program. This during a five-day professional development institute conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The training program, funded by NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project, helped pre-service teachers enhance their STEM instructional practices. Field trips and other interactive events focused on the International Space Station, a planned mission to Mars and other major NASA initiatives. Dr. Katrina Roseler, an associate professor with the Division of Education, applied for the program and took seven Chaminade students to Ames...

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