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Anthropologist and alumna Charlene Mersai returns to UH Hilo to give talk on her homeland of Palau

Charlene Mersai will give talk on “Adaptation to Change: Cultural, Environmental, and Societal Change in Palau.”

Charlene Mersai
Charlene Mersai

SPEAKER: Charlene Mersai, National Environment Coordinator and Secretariat, National Environmental Protection Council, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Palau.
TOPIC: Adaptation to Change: Cultural, Environmental, and Societal Change in Palau.
DATE: Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Sciences and Technology Building, room 108, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (campus map).

Charlene Mersai received her bachelor degrees in biology and anthropology from UH Hilo, a master in education from San Diego State University, and a post-graduate diploma on ocean resources management from the University of the South Pacific.

Prior to her current position she served as staff anthropologist at the Palau Ministry of Cultural Affairs, researcher for the Palau International Coral Reef Center, ethnobotanist and head of the Natural History Section at Belau National Museum, a Rock Islands coordinator and terrestrial conservation officer for the Palau Conservation Society, and regional coordinator for Micronesia Challenge.

She is Palauan and fluent in the Palauan language.

Sponsors

Funding made possible through the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Department of the Interior Pacific Islands Climate Science Center at UH Hilo (a consortium of UH Hilo, UH Mānoa, and the University of Guam), UH Hilo Department of Physics and Astronomy, UH Hilo Minority Access and Achievement Program, and UH Hilo’s LSAMP Islands of Opportunity Alliance program. Co-sponsored by community groups the United Nations Association Hawai‘i Chapter, and the Micronesians United-Big Island.

Film and Q&A: Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Poster with information that can be found in this post.
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The documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will be shown Thursday, Oct. 26, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 108 of the Sciences and Technology Building. The showing will be followed by a live 30-minute webcast with former Vice President Al Gore.

The event is made possible through a Title III Native Hawaiian Serving-Institutions Grant under UH Hilo Office of the Interim Chancellor, Hawai‘i Community College Office of the Chancellor, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, and the UH Hilo Sustainability Committee.

Summary

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) raised public awareness about the climate crisis, now comes the powerful follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world meeting with climate champions and influencing international climate policy as he pursue the inspirational idea that the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Trailer.

Professional Development: Two upcoming webinars on Summer Bridge Programs

Two webinars on developing and implementing Summer Bridge Programs will be offered to UH Hilo faculty and staff.

Two webinars on developing and implementing Summer Bridge Programs will be offered  by Innovative Educators to faculty and staff at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The webinars are sponsored by the UH Hilo Professional Development Committee and the Office of the Chancellor.

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Designing Summer Bridge Programs: Curriculum Development, Delivery and Results
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
9:00 am – 10:30 am.
Student Services Center, room W-201.

This webinar will examine curriculum development implementation, and outcomes of two types of summer bridge programs: one-week skill building and test prep programs as well as a three-week co-requisite program that clusters a general education course, a developmental literacy course, and a student success course. Participants will learn how to design (or redesign) summer bridge programs to achieve outcomes that support and advance an institution’s strategic priorities.

Creating an Online Summer Bridge Program: Designing, Implementing and Assessing
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
9:00 am – 10:00 am.
Student Services Center, SC W-201.

This webinar examines the development of an online course designed to enhance the transition into higher education and enables participants to consider a framework for the course design. Practical strategies for incorporating online resources into an e-learning student success course will be highlighted.

Contact

Gail Makuakane-Lundin.

Presentation to the Senate and House Higher Education Committee: UH Hilo Directions and Strategies 2017

A presentation was given to the Senate and House Higher Education Committee yesterday, Oct. 11, 2017, on campus, about directions and strategies underway at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai was unable to attend; the event was hosted by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah-Marie Gomes.

View all PowerPoint slides below or in PDF. Click photos to enlarge.

 Photo aerial view of campus, red roofs with stream running through.
Slide 1

Conclusing slide with the words Aloha and Mahalo.
Slide 18

Contact

Marcia Sakai or Farrah-Marie Gomes.

Employee tuition waivers available for professional development classes

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service is offering professional development classes that qualify for free employee tuition through the support of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Basic Grant Writing: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
Advanced Grant Writing: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
Website Content: Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 13-29, 2017.

Waitlisting is available for the following courses that have yet to be scheduled:

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel.
  • Creating Business and Marketing Video Scripts.
  • DSLR Photography Application and Theory.
  • American Sign Language Level 1a and Level 1b.
  • Moving from Culturally Responsive to Culturally Sustaining Educational Practices.

Apply

Apply online for free tuition (limited seats available).

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