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KapCC Faculty Member Selected for NEA Leadership Program

Jeff Zuckernick of the Kapiolani Community College Emergency Medical Services Department was selected as a member of the Class of 2009 Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA). ELA is sponsored by the National Education Association. As one of only 20 higher education faculty selected from across the nation, Jeff will participate in a year of professional development focusing on leadership development, organizing and strategic planning.

Upon completion of the program, Jeff will have the distinction of joining a select group of about a hundred higher education faculty from across the nation that are ELA graduates, including three UHPA members — Ruth Horie, Richard Nettell, and Karla Hayashi.

National Council of Higher Education (NCHE)

Academic Freedom Battle in Pennsylvania
A Pennsylvania Legislative committee issues its findings after completing its investigation on the matter of academic freedom and whether students who hold unpopular views need protection. The answer is that students are just fine. David Horowitz blames Democrats, unions, and faculty leaders for the outcome of the report. Read the full story and reader comments at

Spellings Commission Roll-Out
The Education Department is scheduled to hold a half-day forum, November 29 in Washington on the Spellings Commission’s recommendations on accreditation. Those invited are to “identify strategies on how the accreditation community and its stakeholders can implement” the commission’s recommendations, according to the agenda.

Higher Education Pay
Check on the status of NEA’S salary initiative which aims to improve pay for higher education faculty and support professionals.



  • 2007 Regular Annual Meeting. The NCHE Meeting will be held in sunny San Diego on Thursday evening, March 1 @ 7:00 PM and Friday morning from 8:00-11:30AM
  • NEA Higher Education Conference March 2-4. Check the NEA’s website for agenda and registration and hotel registration forms. Conference registration is only online.
  • Davenport Award Nominees. This award is presented at the opening plenary session of the NEA Higher Education Conference, and recognizes an NEA member, group, or organization for outstanding contributions to higher education. Deadline date is January 5, 2007
  • Amendments to the NCHE Constitution/Bylaws
    Proposed changes must be received by the NCHE no later than January 1, 2007. Email proposed amendments to or mail to:
    National Council for Higher Education
    NEA Constituent Relations, Room 410
    1201 Sixteenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036

The current Constitution and Bylaws are viewable on the web.

  • NCHE Elections
    Delegates to this year’s NCHE RAM will elect a President, Vice President, and two Executive Committee members to lead the organization. Job descriptions and mailing labels are available. Please contact the NCHE President for more information. Requests for mailing labels must be made by January 28, 2007. Candidates may also be nominated from the floor.
  • Membership Renewals
    Individual, Associate, and Organizational Members are encouraged to renew now if you have not already done so.


1. NEA Click & Save: Convenient Brand
Name Merchant Shopping

2. New Information Package Helps Families
Prepare Legal Documents

3. LeapFrog SchoolHouse: Learning Tools for Classroom and Home Use

4. Five-Minute Retirement Checkup Features
Interactive Calculator

Credit Counseling Services Available in Person or by Telephone


1. NEA Click & Save: Convenient Brand
Name Merchant Shopping

NEA members and their families can shop for
an array of products from brand name merchants through NEA Click & Save.

Introduced to Association members in the fall
of 2007, NEA Click & Save provides a new level of convenience for family
shopping with a host of discount offers. The categorical shopping list





& Music



Among other services, members can elect to receive
personalized electronic reminders from their favorite merchants.

To register, members apply their 10-digit NEA
number (located on the mailing label on the NEA Today cover) at


2. New Information Package Helps Families
Prepare Legal Documents

A self-help package for preparation of legal
documents is now available to NEA members at a discount price.

Quicken Willmaker
Plus 2008
individuals design an estate plan without the legal costs of hiring an
attorney.  The package was developed by the editors of Nolo,
America’s leading publisher of self-help and legal software.  It takes
users through a step-by-step interview process with information geared to the
specific laws of the state of residence.

The 2008 package provides assistance with
creating a will, promissory notes, child & eldercare documents, executor
checklists, funeral arrangements, and health care directives. For a limited time,
it is available for $27.90, including shipping (the Internet price is $49.99).
A downloadable version is available at $19.95.  To learn more, go to


3. LeapFrog SchoolHouse: Learning Tools for Classroom and Home Use

LeapFrog SchoolHouse has been added to
the list of consumer discount programs offered to NEA members.  This fall,
NEA Member Benefits announced the online educational service, which offers a
variety of interactive multi-sensory products designed specifically for
classroom and student take-home use. Items include handheld devices, pentop computers, and interactive libraries.

NEA members receive the highest discount
available from LeapFrog SchoolHouse,
plus $30 off and free shipping on the first purchase of $100 or more until
August 31, 2008.

To receive the special NEA introductory
discount, members can register on the LeapFrog
site and use the promotional code NEAMB7 upon
check out.


4. Five-Minute Retirement Checkup Features
Interactive Calculator

NEA Member Benefits in 2007 introduced an
easy to use web-based Five-Minute Retirement Checkup to help individuals
calculate their financial readiness to retire.

The Checkup at projects the
person’s retirement saving gap based on:




monthly retirement savings contributions

An interactive calculator lets the user know
how much to save each month to meet the retirement goal.


5. Credit Counseling Services Available in
Person or by Telephone

NEA Member Benefits and the National
Foundation of Credit Counseling (NFCC) teamed up in 2007 to provide financial
literacy and debt management education to members and their families.  A
special Web page at
provides information about financial counseling and education services offered
through NFCC-member agencies located nationwide.

Credit counselors are available to help
develop customized solutions to financial problems, either in person or by
telephone.  Services are free or at very affordable rates.


Note: News You Can Use is distributed
to state affiliate presidents, executive directors, business managers, UniServ managers, and NEA Member Benefits state contacts.

NEA RA Delegates

Elected by acclamation but who are no longer attending the NEA RA are Kay Caldwell (Leeward CC), Jacob Darakjian (Leeward CC), Janice Ito (Leeward CC), Sharon Rowe (Kapiolani CC), Wesley Teraoka (Leeward CC), Mei Wang (Honolulu CC), and James West (Leeward CC).