UH basketball coach fired

The University of Hawaii has fired head basketball coach Bob Nash.

The decision was announced Monday morning by Athletic Director Jim Donovan, who called the decision “one of the toughest days of my career.”

Donovan said Nash, who spent 31 years at UH as a player assistant and head coach, was released solely because of the team’s losing record, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.

The Rainbow Warriors finished last in the Western Athletic Conference this year.

The search for a new coach is already under way, Donovan said.


Campus beautification contest

There’s still time to get your entry in for the first Campus Beautification Design Competition

HCC chancellor Mike Rota and Student Life and Development are sponsoring the competition  to redesign the Building 5 courtyard.

As we all know, the present courtyard near the cafeteria has been mostly an expanse of concrete for many years. There have been sporadic efforts over the years to improve it with plants and other things, but it remains a largely unused space.

The challenge is to redesign the courtyard so that it is a comfortable, pleasant place for students to relax or meet — without breaking the school’s budet.

Shade, tables and seating must be available, and whatever changes are made should be easy to maintain and affordiable.

Administrators say they want the new area to be so  special or unique that it will become widely known and naturally associated with the college.

Students are encouraged to submit their suggestions and designs by March 31.

Learn from a librarian

HCC  librarians Carol Hasegawa and Stefani Sasaki will lead an hour-long workshop starting at 10 a.m. March 19 to offer tips and tools to improve, enhance and sharpen your research skills.

They even promise that you’ll learn some things that will entertain your friends.

The workshop will be held    in the HCC Library.

March 19, 10:00am – 11:00am
Honolulu Campus, HCC Library
Are you using yesterday’s tools for today’s job? Join Reference/Instruction Librarians Carol Hasegawa and Stefanie Sasaki as they share tips and tools to improve, enhance and sharpen your research skills and entertain your friends. Mark your calendar, bring a friend and don’t miss this workshop!

Nursing information on Wednesday

March 10, 9:00am – 10:30am Honolulu Campus, Bldg. 6 Conference Room, 1st Floor, Room 101

Crystalyn Hottenstein, Kapi‘olani Community Nursing Counselor will be on HCC’s campus Wednesday  to inform students about transferring to the  Nursing Program at Kapi‘olani Community College.

She’ll answer questions and have a handout about the program.

The event is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Building 6 conference room, room 101.

For more information, contact  845-9137.

Shaffer wins poetry award

By Ka La staff
Honolulu Community College assistant professor Eric Paul Shaffer has been named this year’s recipient of the James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry.

Shaffer’s poem, “The Whistle” was selected from approximately 75 works and will be published in Volume 24 of the Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Hawaii Pacific University’s literary magazine.

He will receive a $250 cash award and be recognized at HPU’s 13th annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops,at the HPU Hawai‘i Loa Campus.

“Shaffer’s winning entry has a tensile strength that is sustained throughout the poem, through his choice of words, the intense description of night coming on during a baseball game, and the grippingly anxious tone that strikes the reader as sharp, like broken glass,” said Patrice M. Wilson, judge of this year’s contest.

Shaffer has published five books of poetry, including Lahaina Noon (2005) and Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen (2001). His first novel, Burn and Learn, was released in Nov. 2009. His poetry appeared in Slate, Ploughshares, North American Review, Threepenny Review, Tinfish, Bamboo Ridge, and 100 Poets Against the War. Shaffer received the 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, and a 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for Lahaina Noon.

At HCC he teaches creative writing and other English courses.

The James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry is named after Hawai‘i Pacific University alumnus James M. Vaughan, who established a fund to enhance the literature and poetry programs at HPU. Each year HPU recognizes a Hawai‘i writer for an outstanding poem or group of poems.