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About Brandon Marc Higa

Director of Resource Development, Shared Services Center, ʻŌhiʻa 103B, ext. 9776

Staff Council Meeting Minutes – March 2022

On behalf of Chair Jeri Ann Poti, the Staff Council would like to share the meeting minutes for March 2022. The Council members discussed the following items:

  • Staff Council requested an allocation increase through the campus budget request process based upon the demand for staff development support
  • Staff Council received information regarding the telework authorization requests
  • Various volunteer opportunities were shared by the Councilmembers

Staff members are warmly welcomed to attend future Staff Council meetings, which will take place at noon on days with the Chancellor’s Advisory Council meetings. Chair Poti will send an invitation to anyone who is interested in attending the next Staff Council meeting scheduled on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

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Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Spark – apply by May 26th💥

Following the success of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program’s virtual institutes in 2020 and in 2021, we are excited to announce CLS Spark – a pilot initiative providing virtual opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. CLS Spark will provide American students the access and opportunity to start their language learning journeys, even when these critical languages may not be offered on their campuses.

Applications are open now – https://clscholarship.org/apply

Selected participants will spend an academic year learning either Arabic, Chinese, or Russian through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad.

The CLS Spark program will be offered in academic year 2022 – 2023 with approximately 18 hours of virtual language instruction offered per month, as well as monthly cultural activities. Applications must be submitted by May 26, 2022.

We will have resources for advisors available in conjunction with the launch of the application, and I will host a webinar for advisors to answer any questions you have at that time. I will also share a calendar of webinar information sessions for students.

CLS Spark Key Benefits:

  1. Full scholarship covers all instruction and a $300 stipend
  2. Online language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences over the course of two eleven-week terms
  3. Language gains certified with the widely recognized ACTFL OPI test
  4. Automatic consideration as CLS Program semifinalists for the summer overseas 2023 CLS Program to continue their language study

A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the CLS Program and CLS Spark is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. Instruction will be provided by faculty and staff at host institutions located abroad in countries where these languages are commonly spoken. With inclusive support provided by CLS Program staff, students will improve their command of all four modalities in these languages (listening, speaking, reading, writing), participate in cultural activities once a month, and make connections with members of the host country’s community and their peers across the U.S.

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New Study Abroad Scholarship – Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Spark💥

Following the success of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program’s virtual institutes in 2020 and in 2021, we are excited to announce CLS Spark – a pilot initiative providing virtual opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. CLS Spark will provide American students the access and opportunity to start their language learning journeys, even when these critical languages may not be offered on their campuses.

Selected participants will spend an academic year learning either Arabic, Chinese, or Russian through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad.

The CLS Spark program will be offered in academic year 2022 – 2023 with approximately 18 hours of virtual language instruction offered per month, as well as monthly cultural activities. Applications will open in April with a deadline of May 26, 2022.

We will have resources for advisors available in conjunction with the launch of the application, and I will host a webinar for advisors to answer any questions you have at that time. I will also share a calendar of webinar information sessions for students.

CLS Spark Key Benefits:

  1. Full scholarship covers all instruction and a $300 stipend
  2. Online language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences over the course of two eleven-week terms
  3. Language gains certified with the widely recognized ACTFL OPI test
  4. Automatic consideration as CLS Program semifinalists for the summer overseas 2023 CLS Program to continue their language study

A program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the CLS Program and CLS Spark is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. Instruction will be provided by faculty and staff at host institutions located abroad in countries where these languages are commonly spoken. With inclusive support provided by CLS Program staff, students will improve their command of all four modalities in these languages (listening, speaking, reading, writing), participate in cultural activities once a month, and make connections with members of the host country’s community and their peers across the U.S.

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Kapi‘olani Re-designated as Title III Eligible Institution

The Grants Office (KCC-GO) is pleased to confirm that Kapi‘olani Community College successfully applied for re-designation as an eligible institution for federal funding through the Titles III, V, and VII programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Kapi‘olani is required to re-apply for designation every year to remain eligible for federal grant funding to support self-sufficiency through academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the Title III eligibility application: Chancellor Louise Pagotto, Kapulani Landgraf, Kelli Goya, Bob Franco, Shaun Kiyabu, Kara Plamann Wagoner, Brandon Chun, Michaelyn Nakoa, LaVache Scanlan, Denise Pierson, Naomi Chow (ORS), and Judy Oliveira (OVPCC).

 

Benefits of Title III Eligibility Status 

Kapi‘olani’s current status as a Title III eligible institution has tangible benefits through two new federal grant projects and federal emergency relief funding. Last year, was successful in applying for two federal grants through the Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Programs. In 2020 and 2021, Kapi‘olani received additional emergency relief funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for its designation as a Minority Serving Institution. Kapi‘olani’s allocation was increased through its dual designations for serving ANNH (Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian) and AANAPISI (Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions). Re-designation in the 2022-2023 cycle will enable Kapi‘olani to seek additional funding to serve underrepresented minority students.

 

Impact of Title III Funding to Kapi‘olani 

Kapi‘olani receives Title III funds to support renovations and programs to fulfill its mission as an indigenous and Native Hawaiian serving institution. A comprehensive list of current and previous Title III-funded projects is posted to the Title III website as a historical record of the federal investment into Kapi‘olani as a minority serving institution. The KCC-GO team also reported on the ten-year impact of federal investment to the UH Community Colleges System and its seven campuses through Title III, TRIO, and other programs serving minority students. (Link to 2010-2020 Extramural Fundraising Report)

 

Next Steps: Contact Information for Grant Applicants 

Please stay tuned for more discretionary grant opportunities this year. Kapi‘olani had another record setting year with 41 proposals submitted requesting an additional $21 million for campus programs in FY 2021. With Title III funding, Kapi‘olani established its Grants Office and has recruited a team of grant specialists to support faculty, administrators, and staff in seeking extramural funding.

Note: Kapi‘olani employees seeking federal grants may contact the KCC-GO team at kccgo@hawaii.edu to request a Title III designation letter for opportunities that require ANNH and/or AANAPISI designation.

Please contact the Kapi‘olani Grants Office to request a copy of the eligibility letter by e-mailing kccgo@hawaii.edu.

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Grant Funding Available for Diversity Projects – Spring 2022 applications due Friday, Feb 4th

The University of Hawaii SEED Office is accepting applications for seed grants through its SEED Initiatives for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Success. (IDEAS) program.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to apply for an IDEAS award to fund program activities promoting diversity awareness. Individual projects. The grant funds (up to $5,000) may be used as follows:

  • Allowable costs: honorarium for speakers or performers, materials and supplies (items costing less than $5,000), travel fees to bring out-of-state speakers to Hawaii, lodging, printing and supply costs, equipment rental, venue rental, administrative support to initiate the project.
  • Not allowable costs: food, UH faculty overload, leis, travel outside of the state for faculty, students or staff, computers, digital cameras, printers.

Tip #1 – Include the # of Kapi‘olani students that will benefit from the project. These grant funds are provided through student fees and should therefore benefit students directly (i.e., the target audience should not be only community members)

Funding requests should be well supported by data on the specific number of students who will benefit from the project. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness for data on the number of students the proposed project will support. Institutional reports and other useful information is available at the OFIE website – https://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/ofie/

Tip #2 – Contact your department chair if you’re interested in applying.

Internal reviews are recommended to be completed by next Tuesday, February 1st, to allow for enough time for the required signatures from your department chair/dean and the fiscal officer.

Tip #3 – Partner with other UHCC campuses to maximize your impact.

IDEAS Award reviewers appreciate proposals that have a maximum impact on students. Consider partnering with colleagues at other campuses if collaborative activities align with your proposed project.

Interested in applying? Be sure to complete both the PDF application form and the Google Form linked below.

An internal deadline of next Tuesday, February 1st, is recommended to allow for enough time for the required signatures from your department chair/dean and the fiscal officer.

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Kapi‘olani applies for re-designation as Title III eligible institution

The Grants Office (KCC-GO) is pleased to confirm that Kapi‘olani Community College submitted its application for re-designation as an eligible institution for federal funding through the Titles III, V, and VII programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Kapi‘olani is required to re-apply for designation every year to remain eligible for federal grant funding to support self-sufficiency through academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the Title III eligibility application: Chancellor Louise Pagotto, Kapulani Landgraf, Kelli Goya, Bob Franco, Shaun Kiyabu, Kara Plamann Wagoner, Brandon Chun, Michaelyn Nakoa, LaVache Scanlan, Denise Pierson, Naomi Chow (ORS), and Judy Oliveira (OVPCC).

 

Benefits of Title III Eligibility Status 

Kapi‘olani’s current status as a Title III eligible institution has tangible benefits through two new federal grant projects and federal emergency relief funding. Last year, was successful in applying for two federal grants through the Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Programs. In 2020 and 2021, Kapi‘olani received additional emergency relief funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for its designation as a Minority Serving Institution. Kapi‘olani’s allocation was increased through its dual designations for serving ANNH (Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian) and AANAPISI (Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions). Re-designation in the 2022-2023 cycle will enable Kapi‘olani to seek additional funding to serve underrepresented minority students.

 

Impact of Title III Funding to Kapi‘olani 

Kapi‘olani receives Title III funds to support renovations and programs to fulfill its mission as an indigenous and Native Hawaiian serving institution. A comprehensive list of current and previous Title III-funded projects is posted to the Title III website as a historical record of the federal investment into Kapi‘olani as a minority serving institution. The KCC-GO team also reported on the ten-year impact of federal investment to the UH Community Colleges System and its seven campuses through Title III, TRIO, and other programs serving minority students. (Link to 2010-2020 Extramural Fundraising Report)

 

Next Steps: Contact Information for Grant Applicants 

Please stay tuned for more discretionary grant opportunities this year. Kapi‘olani had another record setting year with 41 proposals submitted requesting an additional $21 million for campus programs in FY 2021. With Title III funding, Kapi‘olani established its Grants Office and has recruited a team of grant specialists to support faculty, administrators, and staff in seeking extramural funding.

Note: Kapi‘olani employees seeking federal grants may contact the KCC-GO team at kccgo@hawaii.edu to request a Title III designation letter for opportunities that require ANNH and/or AANAPISI designation.

 

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Study Abroad Scholarships Available: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 🌎

The spring cycle of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is officially open. Kapi‘olani students interested in study abroad (including virtual) and overseas internships are highly encouraged to consider applying by the Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 deadline. The spring cycle will fund study abroad activities during Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, or Spring 2023.

Applicants will compete nationwide for a limited number of scholarships for up to $5,000 (or $8,000 for critical languages). Applicants may qualify for an additional $2,000 through CIEE just for applying to the Gilman scholarship program.

Kapi‘olani students have an advantage over other applicants because they are applying from a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and there are a low number of Gilman recipients from Hawaii.

The eligibility criteria include:

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens
  • Candidates must be undergraduate students in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Candidates must be the recipient of the Federal Pell Grant during the application period or while abroad
  • Candidates must be in the process of applying to or accepted for a study abroad or internship program for academic credits.
  • The program must be at least two weeks long (for applicants from two-year institutions) or three weeks long (for applications from four-year institutions), and programs must be in a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2 country

Kapi‘olani Community College students are encouraged to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for federal scholarships, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Students may also apply for Chancellor Louise Pagotto’s scholarship, Queen Kapi‘olani International Travel Scholars Endowed Fund, through the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation.

Applicants are encouraged to do the following:
    1. File their FAFSA
    2. Choose a study abroad and/or internship program (in-person or virtual)
    3. Apply for the Gilman scholarship for up to $5,000 (or $8,000 for critical languages)
    4. Apply for an additional $2,000 from CIEE  
    5. Read more about Chancellor Louise Pagotto’s Queen Kapi‘olani International Travel Scholars Endowed Fund

The Gilman program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain global experience as citizen diplomats while working toward their academic goals. Interested applicants are encouraged to start their application early and reach out to the campus advisors for guidance on developing a competitive application. Please contact the Gilman scholarship advisors with inquiries.

  • Shawn Yacavone (yacavone@hawaii.edu), certifying official for study abroad programs
  • Jennifer Bradley (jbradley@hawaii.edu), certifying official for financial aid
  • Brandon Marc Higa (higabran@hawaii.edu), campus advisor
  • Deborah Nakagawa (debn@hawaii.edu), advisor and representative for the UH Community Colleges

Related links
Beyond The Books, University of Hawaiʻi Foundation (Oct. 16, 2019), https://www.uhfoundation.org/impact/students/beyond-books

Study abroad scholarship: Asia Institute’s CCID Study Abroad Scholarship – Deadline February 15, 2022

Kapi‘olani Community College is excited to share a study abroad scholarship opportunity available to Kapi‘olani students for activities taking place by December 31, 2022.

In an effort to support the global competencies and knowledge of students, Community Colleges for International Development and The Asia Institute are offering scholarships supporting global research and international experiences for students. $2000 in total scholarships will be awarded at the 2022 CCID Annual Conference to selected student-faculty joint applicants.

Eligibility and Participation:

  • Kapi‘olani CC students are eligible to apply
  • Student submissions will be accepted from any student who is seeking to participate in a global learning experience in Asia.
  • Check travel advisories for list of countries in Asia that are currently accepting U.S. travelers – https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
  • All submissions should be jointly submitted by a student and faculty advisor. The faculty advisor can either be a study abroad officer or a professor. Preferably this individual would have a working relationship with the student applicant.

The following activities may be funded through this scholarship:

  • The global learning experience must have a start date between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.
  • Short-term faculty-led program (2-8 weeks in length),
  • a semester long study abroad program, a full year study abroad program,
  • an internship (6 weeks minimum),
  • a virtual learning program (4 weeks minimum) or
  • conducting of scholarly research (4 weeks minimum).

Students will be asked to provide information on a program the scholarship will be applied to, along with estimated financial contributions to fund the activity.

  • Program tuition and fees
  • Round-trip airfare costs
  • Estimated total expenses for program (should include lodging, meals, incidental expenses, etc.)
  • The amount of funds contributed by the applicant/parents, other scholarships, and financial aid

Three essays are required:

  • Global experience overview (200 words)
  • What do you hope to achieve? (500 words)
  • Why are you deserving of the scholarship? (300 words)

Please mark your calendar with the CCID Scholarship submission deadline of Wednesday, February 15, 2022. Note: both faculty and student applications are submitted by this date.

Study Abroad Scholarship: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – Spring 2022 Cycle

Happy New Year! Are you excited for an opportunity to travel and learn overseas?

The spring cycle of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship will be opening in mi-January. Kapi‘olani students interested in study abroad (including virtual) and overseas internships are highly encouraged to consider applying by the Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 deadline. The spring cycle will fund study abroad activities during Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Academic Year 2022-2023, or Spring 2023.

Applicants will compete nationwide for a limited number of scholarships for up to $5,000 (or $8,000 for critical languages). Applicants may qualify for an additional $2,000 through CIEE just for applying to the Gilman scholarship program.

Kapi‘olani students have an advantage over other applicants because they are applying from a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and there are a low number of Gilman recipients from Hawaii.

The eligibility criteria include:

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens
  • Candidates must be undergraduate students in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • Candidates must be the recipient of the Federal Pell Grant during the application period or while abroad
  • Candidates must be in the process of applying to or accepted for a study abroad or internship program for academic credits.
  • The program must be at least two weeks long (for applicants from two-year institutions) or three weeks long (for applications from four-year institutions), and programs must be in a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2 country

Kapi‘olani Community College students are encouraged to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for federal scholarships, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Students may also apply for Chancellor Louise Pagotto’s scholarship, Queen Kapi‘olani International Travel Scholars Endowed Fund, through the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation.

Applicants are encouraged to do the following:
    1. File their FAFSA
    2. Choose a study abroad and/or internship program (in-person or virtual)
    3. Apply for the Gilman scholarship for up to $5,000 (or $8,000 for critical languages)
    4. Apply for an additional $2,000 from CIEE  
    5. Read more about Chancellor Louise Pagotto’s Queen Kapi‘olani International Travel Scholars Endowed Fund

The Gilman program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain global experience as citizen diplomats while working toward their academic goals. Interested applicants are encouraged to start their application early and reach out to the campus advisors for guidance on developing a competitive application. Please contact the Gilman scholarship advisors with inquiries.

  • Shawn Yacavone (yacavone@hawaii.edu), certifying official for study abroad programs
  • Jennifer Bradley (jbradley@hawaii.edu), certifying official for financial aid
  • Brandon Marc Higa (higabran@hawaii.edu), campus advisor
  • Deborah Nakagawa (debn@hawaii.edu), advisor and representative for the UH Community Colleges

Related links
Beyond The Books, University of Hawaiʻi Foundation (Oct. 16, 2019), https://www.uhfoundation.org/impact/students/beyond-books

Staff Council Meeting Minutes – October 2021

On behalf of Chair Jeri Ann Poti, the Staff Council would like to share the meeting minutes from our meeting in October. The Council members discussed the following items:

  • Staff representation in the PAIR Task Force (new advisory body to the Chancellor discussing budget-related matters) – Jeri Ann Poti & Raphael Lowe, staff representatives
  • Executive search committee for the Vice President for Academic Strategy, UH System; Youxin Zhang nominated as the staff representative
  • Staff engagement events via Bingo Night and Weekly Walks (Wednesdays and Fridays)
    Inclusion of RCUH staff as ex-officio members

Staff members are warmly welcome to attend future Staff Council meetings, which will take place at noon on days with the Chancellor’s Advisory Council meetings. Chair Poti will send an invitation for anyone who is interested in attending the next Staff Council meeting scheduled on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

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