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Month: July 2014

Students from universities and colleges across the Pacifc to present their research at UH Hilo

NSF_LogoThe public is invited to the 8th Annual “Islands of Opportunity Alliance” (IOA) Student Conference, hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, where 19 students will present their independent research results and experiences on the topics of information technology, marine science, physics, and biology.

The Islands of Opportunity Alliance is an initiative of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP), funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the amount of underrepresented minority students graduating with four-year degrees in STEM disciplines. UH Hilo serves as the lead institution in the 18-member alliance, with Chancellor Donald Straney as principal investigator of the program.

Partner institutions include American Samoa Community College, College of Marshall Islands, College of Micronesia – FSM, Guam Community College, Northern Marianas Community College, Palau Community College, Chaminade University, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, University of Guam, and all 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses, with the exception of UH West Oʻahu.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Wentworth 1. There also will be an opening reception and student poster session from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Campus Center 301.

For additional information, contact the IOA-LSAMP office at 933-0705.

EEO/AA Director candidate to visit UH Hilo campus

UH logoAloha,

The candidate for the position of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Director, Jennifer Stotter, PhD, will be visiting campus this Friday, August 1, 2014, 2:00- 3:00 pm (revised) in UCB 127 .

All University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to come and meet the candidate.

She will be available to answer your questions and you will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the candidate on a form that will be distributed at the session.

Hope you can make it.

Don Straney


Chancellor’s Development Fund to support professional development workshop

To University of Hawai’i at Hilo Faculty and Staff: The Chancellor’s Development Fund is sponsoring slots for a professional development workshop to be held in Kona this month.UH logo

WHAT: Summer Professional Development workshop entitled, “How to Deliver Exceptional Customer Service Over the Phone.” Hosted by Fred Pryor Seminars & CareerTrack. The topic of this workshop will address the UH Hilo Strategic Plan Goals 2, 5, and 6 to improve university organization and promote collaboration.

DATE: Friday, July 18, 2014

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

PLACE: Kuakini Tower, 75-5722 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona

FEE: $150 to the public, but the Chancellor’s Development Fund will be sponsoring complimentary seats exclusively for UH Hilo faculty and staff.

Requests for fee waivers are now being accepted. All interested individuals will need to complete and submit the information below to UH Hilo College Of Continuing Education And Community Service for review by Friday, July 11, 2014. Please copy and paste the information below along with your responses, then send to Program Coordinator Luisa F. Castro at luisac[at]

Please include:

  • NAME:

You will receive notification of the committee’s decision by Monday, July 14th.

For more information, contact:

Luisa F. Castro

Program Coordinator, College Of Continuing Education And Community Service
Phone: 808-974-7664
Email: luisac[at]

Funding of permanent building helps UH Hilo College of Pharmacy receive extended accreditation

Architects rendering supplied by WCIT Architecture of Honolulu
Architects rendering supplied by WCIT Architecture of Honolulu

In a report to the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the national accreditation body has extended the accreditation of the only pharmacy school in the Pacific region, reversing an earlier noncompliance finding.

The American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has now found the College of Pharmacy compliant with all of the 30 standards that it uses to evaluate colleges of pharmacy.

The main issue considered by the ACPE was compliance with the standard concerning physical facilities. In May 2014, State House and Senate budget conferees agreed to fund a building to house the college.

“I was secure in the knowledge that our community knew the value of the College of Pharmacy to the future, to the economy and to the general well-being of our state,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. “I want to thank everyone involved for their continued support that led to the funding of a permanent building.”

In 2013, ACPE declared the College of Pharmacy was out of compliance with the standard concerning physical facilities after which, without promise of a permanent building, could ultimately lead to probation. Founding Dean John Pezzuto said probation could have signaled the end of the college.

“If we had followed the path we were on just a year ago, I could be saying that we have been placed on probation, which would’ve been disastrous for the future of the college,” Pezzuto said. “It is heartening that our accreditation is once again secure, but we all must remain diligent and prepare for the next steps.”

The college now must complete a self-study due by September, to be followed by an on-site visit in October 2014. The results of the site visit and continuation of accreditation will be reviewed at the next ACPE Board meeting, to be held in January 2015.

~UH System News


Governor holds historic bill signing in Hilo; after school program to be administered by UH Hilo among enacted measures

Gov. Abercrombie signed several bills into law in Hilo this morning.
Gov. Abercrombie signed five bills into law in Hilo this morning, including one that appropriates money to support an after school program that will be administered by UH Hilo. Present at the ceremonies were several members of the Big Island delegation and other officials. In the photo above, Chancellor Straney is in the back row, behind Ka‘iu Kimura (in purple dress), the director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, who will oversee the after school program.

Chancellor Straney attended the governor’s bill signing ceremonies held today in Hilo. At the Hilo Yacht Club, Gov. Neil Abercrombie enacted measures (Acts 167 to 171) relating to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, public lands, the Hilo-based Pacific International Space Center for Exploration, and Hawaiian Home Lands. It was the first time a governor of the state of Hawai‘i signed bills into law on Hawai‘i Island.

Among the measures was Senate Bill 3093, which appropriates $200,000 to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo to support its memorandum of agreement with RISE 21st Century After School Program, a program that helps underprivileged children of Hawaiian ancestry with life skills, achieving academic success, and career planning. The implementation of the agreement will be done by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, a unit of UH Hilo.

“The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi has been cultivating community partnerships that targets greater engagement by Hawaiʻi Island youth with the resources of UH Hilo,” said Chancellor Straney in his testimony in February in support of the bill. “A positive partnership has been established with the RISE 21st Century After School Program that serves as a community and cultural resource for disadvantaged Native Hawaiian youth in Keaukaha. The proposal will help to expand collaborative opportunities supported by staffing and curriculum resources to establish mentorships, initiate project-based learning activities, and offer academic and career planning. UH Hilo views our continued partnership and collaboration with RISE as a positive solution to increase access to higher education and career opportunities for Native Hawaiians on Hawaiʻi Island.”