Joint Admin/UHPA Contract Committee on Teaching Equivalencies


On April 10th, the first meeting of administrators and faculty on the CC Teaching Equivalency committee met.  The meeting was quite productive, and the parties agreed as a first step to recommend to that Vice President Morton accept a new proportional relationship between contact hours and credit hours, for programs such as laboratory and vocational classes, based on the reduce academic year standard of 27 credit hours per academic.  The next meeting is scheduled to May 6th.  The committee must present it’s final recommendations no later than December 31, 2011. Hopefully, a comprehensive agreement can be reached well before the deadline.

In March, Vice President Morton sent a memo to all CC Chancellors which was distributed to faculty members on some campuses.  Dr. Morton’s letter caused some confusion over the question of the impact of new teaching equivalency standard of 27 credit hours.  UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto has responded to that letter with a clarification of the relationship of teching equivalencies to the 27 credit hour workload standard.

The UHPA members on the Joint Committee are:

Joel Peralto, Hawaii CC

Derek Oshiro, Honolulu CC

Sharon Rowe, Kapiolani CC

Richard Randolph, Kauai CC

James De Ste Croix, Leeward CC

Benjamin Marquez, UH Maui College

Leticia Colmenares, Windward CC

J. N. Musto, UHPA


The UH administration’s representatives on the joint committee are:


Noreen Yamane, Hawaii CC

Erica Lacro, Honolulu CC

Louise Pagotto, Kapiolani CC

Ramona Kincaid, Kauai CC

Michael Pecsock, Leeward CC

Suzette Robinson, UH Maui College

Richard Fulton, Windward CC

Sandra Uyeno, Ofc of VP for Community Colleges



Walk and Talk for Hanabusa – Sunday, May 2nd from 2-4 pm at Mililani High School

The AFL CIO is planning a walk and talk this Sunday to encourage voters to support Senator Hanabusa in her bid for the CD 1 seat. Information will be available for all participants at Mililani High School Tennis Court Parking Lot. UHPA members are encouraged to participate.

2010 UHPA Officers & Executive Committee Members Elected

Elected are:

Dennis Vanairsdale, Kapiolani CC, to the Office of Vice President  

Richard Nettell, UH-Manoa, to the Office of Secretary (The Secretary also serves as the Officer of Elections and Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee respectively.)

Adrienne Valdez, UH-West Oahu, to the Office of Treasurer

Paulette Feeney of UH-Manoa, Sharon Rowe of Kapiolani CC, and Nandita Sharma of UH-Manoa were elected as Members at Large. 

All officers and At Large representatives were also elected to the UHPA Executive Committee.  Their terms begin immediately until their re-election at the Board’s next annual meeting.

UHPA President Duane Stevens’ two-year term continues for one more year. 

UHPA Board Election Results


About one-third of the Board of Directors is elected annually, and this year, Hawaii Community College, Kauai Community College, UH-Hilo, and UH-Manoa conducted elections.  The results of these elections were announced at UHPA’s Annual Membership meeting that was held at Kapiolani Community College on Friday, April 23, 2010.  Newly-elected Directors will serve three-year terms beginning September 1.  

Representing the following campuses are: 

Hawaii Community College………………….. Joel Peralto 

Kauai Community College……………………. James McFarland 

University of Hawaii at Hilo…………………… Richard Morris 

University of Hawaii at Manoa………………. Catherine Bye     

                                                                   David Duffy

                                                                   Richard Nettell

                                                                   Nandita Sharma

                                                                   Brent Sipes


UHPA Deadlines and Events Reminder


UHPA Deadlines and Events Reminder

 April 9, 2010 was the deadline for the nomination of Faculty Representatives for the Primary Academic Units.  For information about the roles and responsibilities of Faculty Representatives, go to: or contact the UHPA office at 593-2157 by April 15, 2010.  Active members will vote electronically for candidates nominated as Faculty Representatives for their respective Primary Academic Units and be notified of the results by May 14, 2010.

April 15, 2010 is the deadline for nomination as a delegate to the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly meeting in New Orleans this summer.  Active members were notified by email.  For more information go to:

April 16, 2010 is the deadline for active members from Hawaii CC, Kauai CC, UH-Hilo, and UH-Manoa to return their Board of Director election ballots.  For information about these elections go to:   The results of these elections will be made at the Annual Membership meeting.

April 23, 2010 is UHPA’s Annual Membership meeting.  It is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Kapiolani Community College in Ohia 118.  To view the notice and map of the campus go to:

May 5, 2010 (extended from April 28, 2010) is the deadline for lecturers applying for a grant to attend the Hawaii Great Teachers Seminar at the Hawaii Volcanoes Park.



CD 1 Special Election Voter Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 22,2010

The Wikiwiki Voter registration can be found at with a downloadable form that can be sent to the Office of the City Clerk, 530 S. King St Room 100, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. If you are a voter in Congressional District 1 you must be registered by the close of business this Thursday!

Sign-Waving Event for Hanabusa

Thursday, April 29, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
2 Locations: Beretania/State Capitol and King Street/Honolulu Hale


Monday, May 3, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
2 Locations: Beretania/State Capitol and King Street/Honolulu Hale


Abercrombie Green Earth Event at UH-Manoa: Thursday, April 22nd

An Abercrombie Green Earth Event booth will be on the lawn outside the UH-Manoa Law School Library on Thursday, April 22, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Faculty and students can register to vote and meet with former Congressman Neil Abercrombie at 1:00 p.m.