A Happy Aloha to Billie Lauder


Photos by Chris Garcia

Written by Fredrene Balanay

HonCCʻs Billie Lauder bid farewell after 8 years of service and dedication to the campus as an assistant to the chancellor. Hired as a contract worker for the 90 year anniversary celebration of Honolulu Community College, she was later hired under chancellor Mike Rhoda until his retirement. She continued working with chancellor Erika Lacro, and from there, her position sort of expanded through the years.

“They never had a marketing communicator on staff, so this office kind of assumed that role of branding the college, social media, PR emergency communications. Before it wasnʻt a coordinated effort before,” Lauder explained. “For me it was coordinating the brand of the college, that we speak the same language and that it’s a consistent message.” Through the years Lauder was able to tell the story of the campus.

Lauder accepted a job with the Hawaii Baptist Academy as the new Institutional Advancement Director; her last day was on January 31, 2018. “It was a family decision,” Lauder said. “As an employee my children will be able to attend HBA as well.” Lauder, an alumni of the Academy, said It was a chance to give back to a school that really shaped who she was into the person today.

For Lauder, there is one thing she will remember, “The people, the people by far and when I say the people I include the students in there especially the student workers that I become so close with that are constants on this campus because to me they truly represent what it means to be a student.”

Hawaiian desserts workshop

Mali’uka’ai Cultural Workshop Series last week focused on making Hawaiian desserts.
Kumu Alapaki Luki and other volunteers from Hulili Ke Kukui led the workshop At the end, participants got to keep the paʻiʻai and poi they made. Kumu Alapaki taught the class about how if you take care of (mālama) the land, the land will take care of you. Staff and children from the Keiki Hau’oli Children’s Center stopped by to watch participants pound the kalo as well.

Shoebox gifts help the homeless

The Early Childhood Club and Po’i Na Nalu are sponsoring the Shoebox Project, in which shoeboxes wrapped in holiday wrap and filled with a variety of items are prepared for children specific to a particular gender and age.
These will be distributed to children living in the homeless shelters.
Donations can be dropped off in boxes wrapped in festive paper are located in the computer lab, 2-208, 2-212, library, administration, and Native Hawaiian Center (Building 5, second floor)
And on Wednesday, Dec. 7, students and others will get together at 2 p.m. in Building 2, Room 208 to wrap up the shoeboxes and gifts.

Financial aid workshop Dec. 1

It’s time to begin applying for scholarships and other financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year, and the HonCC Financial Air office is hosting a UH Common Scholarship workshop on Friday, Dec. 1

During the workshop, students will learn about the application process and have time to begin working on their applications. In order to make most of students time in the workshop, participants should bring names and email addresses of three references.

When: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Location: Bldg 2, Rm 401

Students hosting plastics forum

Students in HonCC’s Occupational and Environmental Safety Management program will
host a forum on the local and global hazards of single-use plastic products, such as bottles and bags, from 1 to 2:30 P.M. Nov. 29, in the student lounge.

The students are enrolled in the fall semester of OESM 160. This is the first time the course has included a class project and public forum on a major issue of pollution and environmental health.

The OESM 160 students and their panel guests will provide information on the hazards of plastics and their harm to people and the environment. They will also examine what other states or cities are doing about this issue.

As part of this class project of trying to identify the severity and lessen the pollution of the environment by single-use plastic products, several of the OESM students, along with their instructor, John Witeck, participated in Saturday morning volunteer work with the Oahu Filipino Community Council picking up plastic and paper litter and trash along Likelike Highway and Kalihi Street. Within an hour more than a dozen large bags of trash were collected.

Refreshments will be served at the forum.