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About Secrets Of Success (SOS)

Purpose and Mission Statement
To provide the skills and resources to assist KCC students in getting through college.

Description and Background
The Secret of Success (SOS) Program is under the umbrella of the Library and Learning Resources - Reference Department. SOS Workshop series is setup to help students better function in college by giving them the basic learning and study skills. More than 100 workshops on various topics are conducted each semester and 20+ throughout the summer. Over 1600 students participate in the various workshops through out the academic year 2012-2013.

SOS is moving to the next level with increased online support for these workshops and links to addition resources available throughout the web.

Current DVD's Available for viewing from Library Reserves (2 hr checkout)
- Communication Skills
- How to Survive an Online Class

Workshop Locations - Please check schedule for location

Lama Library: Located in Lama 116, Lama 118/119
Maida Kamber Center: Located in Ilima 104

Kahikoluamea Imiloa Studio: Located in Iliahi 231
Financial Aids Mini Lab: Iliahi 1st floor behind the Ho‘okele Desk

SOS In the News

SOS Statistics

SOS Webpage is being developed by SOS Coordinator, updated usually once a week. Site is being updated this Summer.


Workshop Presenters

Sara Beth Andres - Scholarships Specialist - UH System
Kevin P Andreshak - Info Tech Spec/Instructional Multimedia and Distance Learning Support, CELTT
Jennifer Brown
Transfer Specialist UHM Ka‘ie‘ie Transfer Advisor, Maida Kamber Center
David Cabatu
- Learning Resource Specialist. Library & Learning Resources (Labs and Testing)
Catherine. Porscha dela Fuente - Instructor, Kahikoluamea - English
Brian Cassity
- Associate Professor, Humanities-History
Sharon Fowler - Councelor - Maida Kamber Center
Kalani Fujiwara - Instructor, Political Science
Gail Harada - Professor, Language, Linguistics and Literature
Colette Higgins - Arts & Humanities Department Chair, Professor, Humanities-History
Dianne Ida - Assistant Professor, Kahikoluamea - English
Guy Inaba - SOS Coordinator, Library & Learning Resources (Reference)
Garett Inoue - UH Admissions Specialist
Nicole Iwasaki
- UH Manoa Ka`ie`ie/Transfer Advisor -
Jodi Ito - Intormation Security Officer - University of Hawaii Information Technology Services (ITS)
Keith Kashiwada - Professor, Languages, Linguistics and Literature (LLL)
Merrissa M. Brechtel, Graduation Manager - Kekaulike Information & Service Center (KISC)
D.J. N?wa?a Napoleon -Associate Professor Hawaiian Language - Department Chair of Languages Linguistics & Literature
Joy Oehlers - Instructional Librarian, Library & Learning Resources (Reference)
Deanna Pasternak - Information Security Specialist - University of Hawaii Information Technology Services (ITS)
Blake Sakata - Learning Resource Specialist. Library & Learning Resources (Labs and Testing)
James Shimabukuro - Associate Professor, Language Arts-English
Joy Shirokane - Media Design & Production/Campus Distance Learning Coordinator, CELTT
Taylor Summers - Information Security Specialist - University of Hawaii Information Technology Services (ITS)
Annie Thomas - Instructor and Hawaiian Resources Librarian, Library & Learning Resources (Reference)
Melisa K. Orozco Vargas - Outreach Coordinator, Service Learning
Gemma Williams - Professor (Ka‘ie‘ie Coordinator/Counselor), Maida Kamber Center

Robert Yamashita - Financial Aid Specialist - Kekaulike Information & Service Center (KISC)

KumabeHR: Human Resources and Staffing

Marie Kumabe, Principal
Kara Iwasaki, Vice President
Linell Sylvester, Human Resource Manager
Kristine Uclaray, HR Coordinator
Glenda Supnet, HR Coordinator

AXA Advisors, LLC

Glen Nomura, Financial Consultant

CELTT Student Associate

Jessica Lum - Student Associate, CELTT

Student Success Peer Mentors: Facebook


Geneva Costales
Brandi Tarkong


James Pol Balicao
Marlee Kealoha
Yvette Rachel Kesselman
Yuree Ku
Crystal Lee
Lindsey McGinn
Kanaloa Schrader
Roland Tugade
Olivia Pave

College Skills Book Collection on Reserve

Rosemae "Rosie" Harrington for her donation of the 13 books currently on SOS Reserve in the Library
Colette Higgins for her donation of the book "The W
ay They Learn"
Michelle Sturges and Technical Services in the Library for the quick processing of these books
Ryan Toyama for managing the SOS Reserve Collection

Library and Learning Resources

Susan Murata - Head Librarian Library & Learning Resources
Library Reference - Support
Circulation (Ryan Toyama, Circulation Manger), For managing the SOS Reserve Collection (books and DVD's).

Elisabeth Thomson - Library/SOS Volunteer (2009)

Instructors offering Extra Credit

Kevin Dooley - Accounting
Kathleen Ogata - Chemistry
Candy Branson - Family Resources

Past Presenters:

Regina Ewing - Associate Professor/Councelor - Kahikoluamea
Anne O. Flanigan (Retired) - Assistant Prof, Math & Sci
John Flanigan (Retired) - Assistant Professor - Holomua - Math
Wayne Fredericks Jr. - Former Security Officer - Supervisor
Shawn Ford - Assistant Professor, ESOL Program, Arts & Sciences

Mavis Hara (Retired) - Associate Professor, Kahikoluamea - English
Nicole Iwasaki - UH Manoa Ka`ie`ie/Transfer Advisor - Maida Kamber Center
Steve Harris - Councelor - Maida Kamber Center
Kristie Souza Malterre - Councelor - Kahikoluamea
Teri Mitchell - Assistant Professor/Councelor - TRIO
Karmi Minor Flores - Councelor - Maida Kamber Center
Elizabeth Nakoa - Assistant Professor - Arts and Humanities
Michaelyn Nakoa - Assistant Professor/Councelor - DSSO (Disability Support Services Office)

Sally Pestana - Professor - Health Sciences
Layce Reed - Assistant Professor/Councelor - EIA (Educational Interperters & Assistants) Project
Kevin Roddy - Associate Professor, Literacy Librarian, Library & Learning Resources (Reference)
Lori Sakaguchi - Councelor - Maida Kamber Center

Cheri Souza - Councelor - Maida Kamber Center
Basil Steele - Councelor - Mental Health and Wellness

Kara P. Wagoner - Librarian, Library & Learning Resources (Reference)

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