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The Region I Spotlight highlights unions within the region that have something or someone unique to share.

Caroline Crawford, University of Sydney

Caroline Crawford studied at Sydney and received a bachelor’s degree in science with honors in biology. After traveling the world for a few years, she returned to her alma mater and stumbled on a job in the Programs Department. Clearly competent, and infectiously enthusiastic, she got the job. We were thrilled to have such a person as our “face of the USU.”

Since joining us 24 months ago, Crawford has been promoted twice, such is her ability and such is the esteem in which she is held. In 2016, Crawford received the USU Employee of the Year Award in recognition of the enthusiasm, drive, motivation, and ability she exhibits and more importantly, brings out in others. Crawford is the quintessential team player. Her consistent “can-do” attitude and happy nature sets her apart from the crowd and simply makes the USU a better place to be!

Her leadership success has been shown in a number of ways. She was responsible for the management of student casuals, selling memberships, and providing customer service to the entire university community. Through her enthusiasm, motivation, and participative and transformational leadership style, Crawford quickly impressed staff right across the organization. She was recently twice honored at the Tertiary Access Group’s annual conference. Crawford was recognized by her peers as the sector”s Most Outstanding Newcomer. It will be great to welcome her into the ACUI world — I hope you get to meet her and to be inspired by her, as we all are.

Caroline Crawford
Ka Lama Ku No’eau: The Standing Torch of Wisdom
University of Hawai’i – Hilo

When our campus decided to infuse our student leadership development program with the stronger connection to Hawaiian roots, we looked to many sources for inspiration including our faculty, staff, and students.

Ka Lama Ku provides our developing student leaders with a timeless foundation to lead with aloha. Ka Lama Ku No’eau is a multi-generational, multi-cultural, and multi-ethnic hui (group) whose name literally translates to “the standing torch of wisdom.” The torch was viewed by native Hawaiians as the path of enlightenment and the passing of the wisdom from one generation to another as part of leadership.

Ka Lama Ku began a collaboration with another leadership organization from Kaua’i, called Kupu a’e, whose director, Mason Chock, is a master facilitator for Leadership Challenge. He helped integrate the five LC Exemplary Leadership Practices with Kupu a’e practices. Having this compatibility between native values and the Leadership Challenge values lends greater validity to the Ka Lama Ku programs. The five principles of Ka Lama Ku blend with the five practices:

  • Enable Others to Act: Laulima, ‘A’ohe Hana Nui Ke ‘Alu’la — No task is too big when done by all. The principle recognizes teamwork, networking and collaboration in a group and motivates others to make a difference every day.
  • Inspire a Shared Vision: Ike Papalua — To have the gift of vision and to have the courage and discipline to navigate unknown waters and to act upon situations and challenges that are beyond one’s expectations.
  • Model the Way: Alaka’i — To lead with initiative, to provide role modeling, and to mentor new leaders. An Alaka’i inspires, excites and provides commitment toward goals.
  • Challenge the Process: Kuleana Ko Kakou — To be accountable and responsible. It is to instill and motivate others toward solutions, to have ho’ihi (respect) for others and to be an effective communicator.
  • Encourage the Heart: Malama — Is to take care of others and our communities. We malama the aina (land and our environment) our ohana (families) and nurture our akua (spirit).
Standing Torch of Wisdom