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UH Hilo Student Wins National Software Competition

Mike Purvis

University of Hawai'i at Hilo student Mike Purvis won first place in the Pearson Coding Contest and was awarded $10,000. The software competition is open to undergraduate students in the United States. Contestants develop relevant, innovative, creative, functional and original applications that integrate with the Pearson LearningStudio Learning Management System and/or utilize the LearningStudio application programming interfaces (API).

Purvis developed a module that integrates with existing Drupal university websites and would bring information in about Pearson courses. He utilized a Twilio API's to allow students to receive text messages when new course announcements or exams are created. Students could also set goals for their classes and professors could see how the class is doing at reaching their goals. Go to the Pearson Coding Contest website for more on Purvis' entry. 

Pearson is a learning company that partners with faculty and institutions to create innovative solutions to improve student achievement and institutional effectiveness.

Purvis was also part of the UH Hilo team that won the 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup U.S. Finals. The team created an app called Help Me Help, which allows users to share photos and information about hazards they may encounter in emergency situations like fires, floods or roadblocks.

Chancellor Don Straney honored Purvis at UH Hilo's Fall 2013 commencement with the Community Spirit Award, which includes a $500 cash prize. The award recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in applied research, learning and innovation in their respective fields of study.

To view the video on Mike Purvis' entry, click here.


New Home for College of Hawaiian Language

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Hale`ōlelo, is the new home of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo’s Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

“The faculty and staff of Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani has worked long and hard to establish the College as a leader in indigenous language and cultural revitalization,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “At long last, they have a permanent home in a facility that is worthy of the quality programs that have earned them international recognition.”

The $21 million complex on Nowelo Street features spectacular landscape, mountain and ocean views and designs that reflect native Hawaiian culture and Hawaiʻi Island’s natural resources that tie together the naming of the College and the building where it resides.

“The high roof design was inspired by the pili grass thatched home of Princess Ruth Ke`elikōlani, for whom the building of the College is named,” explained Dr. Larry Kimura, assistant professor, Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani. “Her home, on the grounds of Hulihe`e Palace in Kailua-Kona, was known as Hale`ōlelo, or House of Language, which now becomes the home for the College of Hawaiian Language.”

In addition to being a cultural and architectural landmark, the two-story complex is also a highly functional facility, spanning 36,760 square feet. Among its key features is a Performing Arts Auditorium that can be sub-divided. Special-use rooms include a library, curriculum and media resource room, tutorial, archive and telecom conference rooms, a computer lab, student and faculty meeting rooms, and 30 offices.

More importantly, Hale`ōlelo consolidates most of the College’s programs and operations formerly scattered throughout the campus while providing needed infrastructure to address the needs brought about by its growth and development. Since achieving collegiate status in 1997, it has experienced a surge in enrollment while introducing new degrees that produced UH Hilo’s first Master’s and Ph.D. recipients.

“It’s been a long time coming, but the wait has been worth it,” noted Keiki Kawai`ae`a, director, Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani “This facility addresses many of our growing pains, and will enable expansion of our graduate and undergraduate programs in increasingly impactful ways for our State. We want to thank everyone throughout the community who supported this initiative and made it a reality.”


Get an inside peek of the building: Hale`ōlelo video.

Source: UH Hilo News Release

ALEX Mentorship Program

Photo with College of Business and Economics Dean, Hank Hennessey left and Eileen Liu rightThe ALEX Mentorship program is actively recruiting mentors and mentees (students) who will be matched based on their professional and personal interests. This of course includes faculty and staff members at UH Hilo, who through mentoring can not only provide valuable insights into their respective career fields, but also realize the sense of fulfillment that comes along with serving as a mentor to an undergraduate student. Please submit your application to the ALEX Mentorship Program today!




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