Author Archives: Julie Rancilio

Donate Your Cap & Gown after Commencements

Recylce SymbolHelp Make Graduation more Sustainable!

Did you know that caps and gowns are made from petroleum-based chemicals (PET) and are not biodegradable?  And, since we only wear them once, most end up in landfills.

Donating your cap & gown after the Commencement Celebrations will keep more caps and gowns out of landfills.  How?  Donated caps and gowns are cleaned and sanitized by the Honor Society and then rented out to students next year.  You also are helping students save money since the rental is 60% cheaper than buying everything new.

How to Donate:

When: Immediately after the Commencement Ceremony on May 13th

Cap & Gown Donation

Donate Cap Gown after the Commencement Ceremony

Where: at the Lei Zone Tent (near Cafeteria)

Any time after the ceremony: donate them in the lobby of Lama Library

You will receive a Greener Graduation Certificate that you will list on your resume, showing your participation in this program and commitment to sustainability, which employers are looking for.  So be sure to scan the QR code when you donate.

If you have any questions, contact the Alpha Kappa Psi chapter of the Phi Theta Honor Society, which sponsors this initiative, at


Congratulations PTK Honor Society Scholarship Winners!

Two members of the Kapi‘olani Community College Alpha Kappa Psi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society have won scholarships.

Kanani ana ole elele o ka Cronkhite was chosen as Silver Scholar for the Coca-Cola 2022 Academic Team. Seunghyeon Kim was named a 2022 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar. Both students will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Congratulations!  Keep up the outstanding work!

Rent Your Graduation Cap & Gown

Make Graduation Greener, More Sustainable

Rent a Cap & Gown!

Lego Graduation

Did you know that caps and gowns are made from petroleum-based chemicals and are not biodegradable?  And, most end up in landfills, since we only wear them once.  Renting and returning a cap and gown makes graduation much greener.

A limited number of caps and gowns (height sizes 5’4″ – 6’2″) are still available for rental for the Commencement celebration.  The rental is $10.

They can be returned right after the ceremony on May 14th or later in donation bins on campus and you will receive a Greener Graduation Certificate that you will list on your resume, showing your participation in this program and commitment to sustainability, which employers are looking for.

Since there are a limited number of rentals it is first come first serve.  Click on the Graduation Cap & Gown Rental link to sign-up for a pick-up time, which will reserve you a cap and gown.   Access is only available through your UH email account.

Pick-up is in Kalia 211.

Already purchased your cap and gown!  Consider donating them after the ceremony, so that we can keep even more out of our landfills by sanitizing them and renting them out next year.  You also will receive a Greener Graduation Certificate.  Without your donations, this program would not be possible.

If you have any questions, contact the Alpha Kappa Psi chapter of the Phi Theta Honor Society, which sponsors this initiative, at


Paid Summer Internship with Democracy Works!

Location: Remote within the US

Internship dates: June 15, 2020 – August 20, 2020

Pay rate: $18 per hour, 40 hours per week

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 5, 2021

Click here to apply for the internship

Democracy Works is looking to hire five interns for summer 2021.  They are a non-partisan, non -profit organization committed to helping Americans vote. By building easy-to-use tools for voters, uplifting comprehensive data for elections, and providing vital support for election officials, Democracy Works is actively making voting more accessible across the country.  One tool they developed is TurboVote, an online registration tool that Kapi‘olani Community College uses in our annual voter registration drive.

To apply, you will need to submit a resume and respond to five questions (instead of a cover letter). In your responses, please include only the following information:

  • How did you find this job listing?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in Democracy Works?
  • In one sentence, what makes you interested in submitting an application for these roles?
  • Would you be available for the duration of the internship from June 15 to August 24?
  • Are you willing to work at a non-partisan organization?

Click here to apply for the internship

Register to Vote! October 5th is the Deadline!

The deadline to register to vote is coming very soon!

It is next week, October 5th   


Register now!  It’s easy. 

  1. Click on
  2. Answer a few easy questions.
  3. You’re done! It is that simple!

Registered to vote, but want to sign up for election notifications (when ballots are mailed out, when voting begins, etc.)?

  1. Click on
  2. Answer a few easy questions.

Registered in another state but want to register in Hawai‘i?

  1. Click on
  2. Follow the prompts.

Congratulations! A Successful 2019 Hawai‘i Food Bank Drive

The Kapi‘olani Community College Food Bank Drive for 2019 was a huge success!

Our three-week drive in April brought in a total of 1,250 pounds of food and $697.50 in monetary donations. While this did not meet the “stretch” goals of 1,500 pounds and $1,000 of monetary donations, the efforts made to bring in so much, in so little time is in itself a huge success. We provided 2,728 meals, which was a 26% increase over last year!

Kapiolani CC Hawai‘i Food Bank Donations 2019

Several departments went above and beyond in their efforts.  OFIE collected 257 pounds of food; HOST collected 308 pounds; and HR collected 400 pounds!  Congratulations to HR for collecting the most poundage and Congratulations to HOST for collecting the most money in donations.  Both departments win a pizza party hosted by the Chancellor!

Thank you to Amanda Heath, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member, who organized and lead the drive.

For everyone’s efforts, a big mahalo from the PTK Honor Society Food Drive organizers!

Congratulations Honor Society! Greener Graduation Initiative a Success!

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s “Greener Graduation” initiative at Kapi‘olani Community College was a big success!Student at Photo Booth Graduation 2019

Last year, which was the first year we started the initiative, 12 caps and gowns were donated. Ten of those caps and gowns were rented out this year. Caps and gowns were rented for $20 and when the student returned the cap and gown, they got $5 back. Renting saved students about 50% from buying it new at the bookstore.

A group of amazing Kapi‘olani CC students volunteered to help at the Convention Center, which made the donation after the ceremony go so well. The student volunteers were: Nastassja Dinulong, Patrick “Badger” Compton, Jessica Hall, Victoria Hallett, Ako Hamada, Michele Javier, Takumi Yanagisawa, Rebecca Tang, Matt Whisenant, and Krystinna Williamson.  Thank you for giving up some of you free time to make the Commencement Ceremony more sustainable!

Right after the Commencement Ceremony, 45 caps and gowns were donated. Plus, seven of the ten students who rented caps and gowns returned them after the ceremony. The total number of donations and rentals/returns was about 10% of the graduates who participated in the commencement ceremony.Donated Cap & Gown sign

Next year, the Honor Society will have 55 caps and gowns to rent out, which means even more graduation attire will stay out of our landfills!

Students can still donate their caps and gowns. There is a drop-off basket in the Lama Library right across from the circulation desk and one in front of the Honor Society Advisor’s office (Professor Julie Rancilio), which is Kalia 211.

Check out the follow-up story in the UH News:

Congratulations to Cassandra Robinson, Honor Society Vice President of Leadership, who lead the initiative, and to everyone who participated in the initiative by volunteering, donating, and renting!

Food Bank Drive – Small Kine Update

Update:  Week 1 of our Campus Food Bank Drive has come to an end

In the spirit of friendly competition for a great cause (and some pizza), HOST is leading the way with 308 pounds of food and $256.00 collected.  Way to go HOST!

boxes of donated foodHere are a few things to keep in mind for our last week of the Drive (Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3):

  1. Please check the expiration dates on all of the food.  Anything without an expiration date or with an expiration date before August 2019, can’t be accepted.
  2. Monetary donations can be dropped off to Cheryl Miyahara in Kalia 101, Julie Rancilio in Kalia 211, or to your department/unit Food Bank Drive coordinator.
  3. If your department/unit did not get a box and you would like to participate next week, please email Amanda Heath (  There’s still plenty of time to help collect food and raise money for the Food Bank.

There will be two more pick up dates:  Tuesday, April 30th and the last one on Friday, May 3rd.Hawaii Food Bank Logo

Please email Amanda Heath ( or Julie Rancilio ( for a pick up on either or both of those days.

Our goal is to collect 2,200 pounds of food and $1,500.00 in monetary contributions.  We have achieved 14% or our goal.  We still have a ways to go, but we can do!

2019 KCC Food Bank Drive – Kick off and updates

On Monday, April 22nd, Kapi‘olani officially kicked off its 2019 Hawaii Food Bank Drive. From now until Friday, May 3rd, various departments throughout the campus will be collecting food items that will be delivered to the Food Bank at the end of the drive.

Now that the drive has started, here are a few things to note for everyone:Hawaii Food Bank Logo

  1.  If you are looking to donate money instead of food, there are three locations to donate:
    • Kalia 101 – Cheryl Miyahara (cash or check)
    • Kalia 211 – Julie Rancilio (cash, check, or credit/debit card)
    • Online at for those using a credit card.
      • When donating on line, note in the “Please tell us why you chose to donate to our organization.” Box your donating on behalf of KCC Food Drive 2019 and the department you want to have credited. Our friends at Hawaii Food Bank will be sure to mark it down for our measurements
    • Those giving monies will be provided a receipt for tax purposes along with your contribution being added to the list for final tally.
  2. Food items will be collected twice during the drive.
  3. Donation boxes are located in:
    • lima 212
    • Kalia 111
    • Kopiko 201
    • Ilima 209
    • Ohelo 101
    • Kauila 212
    • Iliahi 129
    • Ilima 104

If you would like a box for your department or unit, contact Amanda Heath at

Remember the Chancellor’s challenge: A pizza party will be provided by the Chancellor for the department/unit that brings in the most food by poundage and the most monetary donations. Final measurements and winner determination will be made after May 3rd and winners will be informed.

Let’s beat last year’s totals and collect 2,200 pounds of food and $1,500 in monetary contributions!

Thank you all for your generosity to this worthy cause – feeding Hawaii’s hungry!

Congratulations Julie Rancilio and the Honor Society!

Congratulations to Alpha Kappa Psi, the KCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and their advisor, Associate Professor Julie Rancilio! The chapter was awarded a 2019 UH Women’s Campus Club grant to purchase permanent acrylic product dispensers for five bathrooms on campus. The lack of free menstrual products on campus hinders student productivity, education, and comfort. This grant will help further the chapter’s initiative to provide free menstrual products in our bathrooms, bringing us one step closer to gender equality.

Current Makeshift Dispensers

Free menstrual products can be found in the following bathrooms during the Spring 2019 semester:

  • Lama Library
  • Iliahi (outside the courtyard)
  • Kopiko (across from 101B)