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Month: August 2017

Message from the vice chancellor for academic affairs: Support for students affected by Hurricane Harvey

Vice Chancellor Farrah-Marie Gomes: Let’s do our part by being supportive of students who may need assistance in coping with this natural disaster.

Farrah-Marie Gomes

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

Among our student population this semester are several students from Texas and many other students who have family or friends from the Lone Star state. As Texas residents deal with Hurricane Harvey, I encourage us to do our part by being supportive of students who may need assistance in coping with this natural disaster.

Housing, New Student Programs, and Pharmacy have made contact with almost all of our registered students with a permanent address in Texas. If you encounter a student in need of support to cope with Hurricane Harvey or any other situation, please feel free to reach out or make referrals to the available campus services below:

Counseling Services

Campus Care Team

For extremely urgent situations or after hour calls, the Crisis Line of Hawai‘i is available at 1-800-753-6879.

Mahalo for continued care and concern for our students.

Farrah-Marie Gomes
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Kalei Rapoza named interim vice chancellor for administrative affairs; Annette Sugimoto to serve as acting director of human resources

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

Kalei Rapoza
Kalei Rapoza

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Office of the Chancellor is pleased to announce that Kalei Rapoza will be the interim vice chancellor for administrative affairs, effective September 1, 2017.

Most of you know Kalei as director of human resources. He oversees all human resources for the UH Hilo campus, assists in development of system human resources policies and procedures, develops campus policy and procedures, conducts investigations and provides advice and counsel to executives in all matters related to personnel.

He also serves as deputy Title IX coordinator, chair of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee, chair of the Campus Crisis Management Team, member of the UH Hilo Diversity Committee, member of the System Conflicts of Interest Committee, and is on the negotiating team for Bargaining Units 7 and 8.

Kalei came to UH Hilo in 2013 when he was appointed as associate director of human resources. Before joining UH Hilo, he was employed at the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education as a personnel specialist serving in the areas of labor relations and classified personnel on both O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Islands.

Kalei is a graduate of the 2014 President’s Emerging Leaders Program, and currently serves as an employee member on the State of Hawai‘i Deferred Compensation Plan Board of Trustees.

He received his undergraduate degree from UH Mānoa, and his juris doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Annette Sugimoto
Annette Sugimoto

During the interim appointment, Annette Sugimoto will serve as acting director of human resources. Annette has been an integral member of the UH Hilo human resources team for nearly twenty years. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the position along with a history of exceptional customer service.

Join me in welcoming Kalei and Annette into their new roles and functions.

Regards,

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

Open Forum scheduled with UH President David Lassner, Aug. 30

Aloha,

David Lassner

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo community is invited to meet with UH President David Lassner in an Open Forum with faculty, staff, and students to discuss the upcoming UH Hilo Chancellor search and any other issues of importance with impacted groups within UH Hilo and the Hilo community.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Place: Ho‘oulu Terrace, University Classroom Building, room 127.

Hope you can make it and participate in a stimulating conversation with President Lassner.

Marcia Sakai

New students welcomed to UH Hilo at Convocation

The event is the official beginning to students’ academic journey.

Five students stand at their seats for recognition.Fall 2017 Convocation was held last Wednesday at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. As part of New Student Orientation, the convocation event was presided over by new Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai, the vice chancellors and deans of the colleges, all dressed in full regalia. The event is the official beginning to students’ academic journey.

Each student was presented with lei lāʻi made by faculty, staff and students a couple of weeks ago. The leis along with 200 more that were made this summer by students and staff of the Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program were presented to all new students attending the convocation on Wednesday. Earlier this month, Interim Chancellor Sakai thanked those who participated in the lei making.

“Mahalo to all of you who participated in this lei-making activity—what a wonderful way to connect with our incoming students by giving them something made with our own spirit and hands!” Sakai expressed in an email to the university community.

University officials in full regalia seated on the dais.
University officials on the dais are (l-r) Marcia Sakai, Ken Hon, Farrah Marie Gomes, Bruce Mathews, Michael Bitter, Tam Vu, Carolyn Ma, Jason Cabral and Julie Mowrer.

Joining the interim chancellor on the dais were Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ken Hon; Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah Marie Gomes; deans Bruce Mathews (College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management); Michael Bitter (College of Arts and Sciences); Tam Vu (College of Business and Economics); Carolyn Ma (Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy), and Julie Mowrer, acting director of the College of Continuing Education and Community ServiceJason Cabral, associate professor and chair of undergraduate programs at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, represented his college.

More photos at UH Hilo Stories.

Kalei Rapoza appointed acting vice chancellor for administrative affairs

Kalei Rapoza has been serving as director for the Office of Human Resources since 2016 where he has worked collaboratively with leadership across the UH Hilo campus in a range of human resources matters.

Kalei Rapoza
Kalei Rapoza

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai announced today the appointment of Kalei Rapoza to serve as acting vice chancellor for administrative affairs starting immediately.

Rapoza has been serving as director for the Office of Human Resources since 2016 where he has worked collaboratively with leadership across the UH Hilo campus in a range of human resources matters. He joined UH Hilo as associate director of HR in 2013, moving from the Department of Education. He has a juris doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa and is a graduate of the UH President’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Rapoza will serve in an acting capacity until the appointment of an interim vice chancellor for administrative affairs.

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