Mar 022017
 

This type of cultural exchange strengthens a natural partnership, building on a longstanding relationship between Hawai‘i and Japan.

By Don Straney

Last month, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo hosted a Baseball Cultural Tour with players from Chuo University, Tokyo. Chuo is one of the highest ranked academic schools in Japan—located in Tokyo, it has nearly 25,000 students on four campuses.

Chuo University Baseball Team

The Chuo delegation of 35 players, four coaches and administration officials arrived in Hilo on Feb. 19 for a one week cultural tour on Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu.

The Chuo delegation lodged in UH Hilo on-campus housing for the duration of their visit on Hawai‘i Island, and during their stay, there were two exhibition games, Chuo vs Hilo, on Feb. 21 and 22. As is fitting for a cultural exchange tour, the two-game series split with Chuo winning the opening game by a score of 7-3 and Hilo winning the second game 2-1. I should note that Chuo won the Japan equivalent of the College Baseball World Series in 2016.

The games were a highlight of the tour, part of a larger context of connecting and sharing aloha. This type of cultural exchange strengthens a natural partnership, building on a longstanding relationship between Hawai‘i and Japan. UH Hilo is also currently working collaboratively on common, modern challenges with several universities in Japan in a wide range of fields: business, pharmacy, traditional medicine, disaster resilience, technology, and sustainability.

So it’s only natural to extend that connection through athletics, and baseball in particular. Chuo University is inspirational in its athletic achievements, producing many champions and Olympians, and it was an honor to have them visit and play here.

UH Hilo Baseball Team

On Feb. 20, the Vulcan Baseball team, in partnership with the Japanese Community Association of Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i Japanese Center, hosted the Chuo baseball team and their delegation at a welcome reception that included dinner.

I enjoyed giving welcome remarks at the dinner along with Baseball Coach Kallen Miyatake; Director of Athletics Patrick Guillen; Dennis Kauka representing Mayor Harry Kim; Ryan Chong from County Parks and Recreation; Art Taniguchi, Honorary Consul General of Japan; Ivan Nakano, President, Japanese Community Association of Hawai‘i; Russell Arikawa, President, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i; Reverend Naohiro Hotta of Hilo Daijingu Church; and Koji Ikeda, Head Baseball Coach at Chuo University.

I’d also like to give a shout out to Hawai‘i State Representative Mark Hashem (Kāhala, Hawai‘i Kai), who was instrumental in the initial discussions three years ago to make this trip a reality, along with Terry Yagihara and Nathan Yoshioka from Honolulu who helped bridge the ties to Chuo University and UH Hilo.

This was truly a community event. On behalf of UH Hilo, I would like to extend mahalo to the Chuo University baseball team for coming to Hilo, the Hilo business community and Booster Supporters of the Vulcan baseball team, Arnold and Eloise Hiura (Hawai‘i Japanese Center), Gladys Sonomura and the volunteers at the Hawai‘i Japanese Center, Barry Taniguchi of KTA Superstores for his longtime support of UH Hilo, Derek Kurisu, George Yoshida, George and Shirley Ito for video, John Oshima for photography, and Reiko Hamano for interpretative services.

The future intent is to return the series trip to Tokyo to play Chuo University in 2018, then either host Chuo again in 2019 or another Japanese team in future years.

Aloha,

Don Straney

Feb 272017
 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINARS
February 28, 2017.

On transfer students: 

  • Orientation & Beyond: Engage, Retain and Graduation This Important Population.
  • 9:00-10:30 A.M. at Student Services Center, W-201.
  • The webinar looks at how to create flexible programs to meet the unique needs of transfer students as well as proven strategies for transitioning transfer students.

On training student workers:

  • Dealing with Difficult & Disruptive Customers.
  • 10:00-11:00 AM at Student Services Center, E-214.
  • The training is designed to help student workers deal with difficult people/customers in ways that allow them to de-escalate conflict and respond professionally.

For anyone unable to attend, recordings will be available approximately one week after the live webinar (link to be announced).

Sponsors

The webinars are sponsored by the UH Hilo Professional Development Committee and the Office of the Chancellor.

Contact

Gail Makuakāne-Lundin.

Update: More online

Feb 272017
 

Workshops will help faculty, staff and students apply principles from their own culture to explore leadership models congruent with their culture.


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EVENT: Two free workshops on culture based leadership.
SPEAKER: Mary Therese Perez Hattori, EdD, Outreach Director at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
FOR FACULTY AND STAFF: March 17, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127, UH Hilo.
FOR STUDENTS: March 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., UCB 127, UH Hilo.

Summary

Mary Therese Perez Hattori

Workshops will help faculty, staff and students apply principles from their own culture to explore leadership models congruent with their culture. Also learn ways to mobilize their own cultural identity to achieve success and inspire others to do the same.

Guided activities will help promote connection between the participants’ leadership experiences and their current leadership roles. This will allow new thinking and different actions in how to lead, manage, and execute daily responsibilities and work.

There will be time for reflection and discover of strategies and resources for the participants’ professional lives through their personal culture.

Bio

Mary Therese Perez Hattori has extensive experience in working with the community, developing professional education for a number of organizations including local high schools, colleges, and universities, private sector, and not-for-profit groups. Her teaching, community service, and leadership experience, focused on Indigenous leadership models and culture-based leadership, spans nearly two decades and seeks an authentic approach grounded in på‘å taotaotano‘ (Chamoru ways).

Sponsors

UH Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service with support from SEED Ideas, and the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

Registration

Contact College of Continuing Education and Community Service or register online.

Feb 212017
 

Dear Colleagues,

Attached is the updated proposal and related files for the reorganization of the College of Arts and Sciences. I appreciate your patience with the process.

Vice Chancellor Platz and I have scheduled three Town Hall meetings where we invite you to come to discuss this proposal. Schedule of meetings:

  • Friday, Feb. 24, 3:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127.
  • Wednesday, March 1, 9:00 a.m., University Classroom Building, room 127.
  • Thursday, March 2, 11:30 a.m.,  University Classroom Building, room 111.

We welcome your feedback.

We look forward to further conversation.

Sincerely,

Don Straney

Feb 212017
 

The topic is “Retention Interventions That Work: Programmatic Examples and Assessment Outcomes.”

The last of a three-part webinar on “Improving Student Retention: Data Planning Interventions and Assessment,” will take place Thursday, February 23, 2016, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Student Services Center, room W-201.

The topic is “Retention Interventions That Work: Programmatic Examples and Assessment Outcomes.”

For anyone unable to attend, a recording will be available approximately one week after the live webinar.

For more information contact Gail Makuakāne-Lundin or visit the Innovative Educators website.

The webinar is sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Professional Development Committee and the Office of the Chancellor.

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