Donors choose “their” bookshelves at WCC Library Learning Commons

Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Mktg & Public Rel Dir, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Jun 5, 2013

WCC alum Barbara Kahana with Chancellor Dykstra and her chosen donated bookshelf.
WCC alum Barbara Kahana with Chancellor Dykstra and her chosen donated bookshelf.

“Naming a bookshelf is a wonderful opportunity for people to enjoy the success of this new facility as well as help build its endowment.”

                   –Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra

The first librarian of Windward Community College returned to campus this week as a donor to choose a bookshelf in the new Library Learning Commons for her plaque in memory of her daughter.  What was a dream of retired WCC Head Librarian Catherine Wilson to see a spacious, modern library learning facility come to fruition in 2012, was underscored when she found the perfect place for her plaque.  Catherine’s gift in support of the Library endowment allowed her to choose a bookshelf on the upper floor to honor her daughterʻs love of anthropology.

Also placing her plaque on a bookshelf was Windward Community College alum and longtime donor Barbara Kahana. Barbara has great aloha for the campus and the educational opportunities it afforded her when she came back to college as a ‘non-traditional’ student.  Her support of the campus extends to not only the Library Learning Commons, but also a scholarship for WCC students in her name.

Former Chancellor Angela Meixell also made two gifts to the Library endowment; one in memory of her sister and another for her and her husband Timothy.  Angela’s support of the general “reading-for-fun” section of the library is the location of her two plaques on the lower floor of the facility.

All bookshelf naming, as well as other permanent naming spaces within the facility, supports the Library Endowment.  Funds from the endowment will enable the Library to maintain online research source materials, on-site reading and research materials, as well as operational needs such as computers and other learning equipment that 21st Century students utilize on a daily basis.

To learn more about how you can support Windward Community College, please contact KC Collins, CFRE, Director of Development for Community Colleges at (808) 956-3458 or


About Windward Community College
Founded in 1972, Windward Community College is the youngest community college in the University of Hawai‘i system, serving more than 2,700 students each semester. WCC offers the liberal arts associate in arts degree, the associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies, the associate in science degree in veterinary technology and certificate programs in art, business, information science, agricultural technology, agripharmatech, plant biotechnology, bio-resources, Hawaiian studies, psycho-social development, veterinary assisting, and marine options. In addition, WCC offers noncredit career and community education, and is host to the only art atelier in the state and one of few in the U.S. Creative programs at the Hawai‘i Music Institute, Palikū Theatre, Hōkūlani Imaginarium and Gallery ‘Iolani attract thousands to the campus every year. For more information, visit

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations.