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Month: September 2017

Call for professional development proposals

An announcement on behalf of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee.

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Applications for the 2017-2018 Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund are now being accepted.

The application form, rubric and guidelines are available online. Please review the guidelines as instruction has changed from previous years.

The purpose of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund is to provide opportunities for continued professional growth and development for faculty and staff, with a special emphasis on development that will have far-reaching impacts on the UH Hilo campus.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, October 6, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.

Applications and/or questions may be emailed to uhhilopd[at]hawaii.edu or dropped off at the UH Hilo Administration Building, attention to Kalei Rapoza, committee chair.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Message from the Interim Chancellor: UH Hilo is committed to free speech and expression

We ask that you join us in making this campus a place where our differences are bound within a framework of respect and aloha.

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

Over the last year, and increasingly in recent months, incidents have occurred across the nation in which freedom of speech and the right of people to peaceably assemble have led to conflict, controversy, and in some cases, tragedy. We have also found that our community in Hilo is not immune to such events.

At the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo we take pride in our diverse campus community, and embrace those who come here to work, learn and grow. Universities are intended to be places where ideas and cultures intersect, and we strive to provide a place where this exchange can occur in a safe and productive environment. Yet, as we have seen with some recent demonstrations, beliefs can be in stark contrast.

Our administration has and will continue to respond to inquiries and reports relating to free speech and free expression. Our commitment to these freedoms are essential as we stand firm in our approach to respect the rights of students and staff as well as those choosing to demonstrate their various beliefs.

We expect that in the coming weeks and months issues may arise in which we as a community do not fully agree, and voices in opposition may ring loud. Our resolve to oppose hate and violence must be strong, and our strength comes from each of us. We ask that you join us in making this campus a place where our differences are bound within a framework of respect and aloha.

UH Hilo is here to support you with a variety of services for our students, faculty and staff. Should you need assistance, please reach out to campus support services.

Mahalo,

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

Kīpaepae held for former Chancellor Don Straney and Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai

The ceremonies were to honor UH Vice President Don Straney and UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai in their new positions.

Don Straney and Marcia Sakai
Don Straney and Marcia Sakai at Kīpaepae.

Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u (Releasing Ceremony) and Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho (Appointment Ceremony) were held today for former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney and new UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai. Straney was recently reassigned to a new position as the UH System vice president for academic planning and policy. The ceremonies were to honor Vice President Straney and Interim Chancellor Sakai in their new positions.

See more photos at UH Hilo Stories.

Faculty and staff professional development support offered

A message from the UH Hilo Diversity Committee 

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Aloha UH Hilo Faculty and Staff,

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is a co-sponsor for the 7th International Conference on Education and Social Justice scheduled from December 1-3, 2017, in Honolulu.

Though the generous support of the Office of the Chancellor, the UH Hilo Diversity Committee is soliciting applications from faculty and staff interested in attending the conference for funding support to cover the conference registration fee of up to $300.

See the application to apply for funding.

The deadline for applications is Monday, September 25, 2017.

Mahalo.

UH Foundation names Andrea Furuli regional director of development for Hawaiʻi Island

Andrea Furuli will lead a fundraising team on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College and Pālamanui campuses.

Andrea Furuli
Andrea Furuli

The UH Foundation has announced that Andrea Furuli will be the foundation’s regional director of development for Hawaiʻi Island effective Sept. 11, 2017. In this newly configured role, Furuli will lead a fundraising team in engaging donors and friends across the island on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College and Pālamanui campuses.

“I am extremely pleased and happy that Andrea will be joining the UH Foundation as the Hawai‘i Island regional director to provide effective and coordinated development between UH Hilo and Hawai’i Community College,” says Marcia Sakai, UH Hilo interim chancellor.

This new regional plan has been taking shape over the last year with support from former UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney, Hawai‘i CC Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas, foundation officials and key volunteers and donors.

“I am thrilled and excited to have Andrea on board,” says Solemsaas. “Now our philanthropic and advancement efforts will be taken to the next level of excellence with her leadership together with the talents of her team members.”

Furuli comes to the new UH Foundation position from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation where she has served as senior philanthropy advancement officer since June of 2015. Before that, she served at the UH Foundation in the UH Hilo Office of Development as associate director of development for eight years and then director for two years.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome Andrea back to our team,” says Rebecca Tseng Smith, vice president for development at the UH Foundation.

Furuli is a self-professed “Hilo girl” and a graduate of UH Mānoa and Mid-Pacific Institute.

In her letter expressing interest in the regional director position, she writes, “Positively contributing to a place where our families can flourish, parents can peacefully age, and communities can thrive are of upmost importance to me.”

The team that Furuli will be leading currently consists of foundation staff Andrea Christensen and Lisa Uyetake, with strong partnership from Nico Verissimo in alumni engagement. The new regional director will be hiring a new director of development for UH Hilo to round out the team.

 

-Via email communication to UH Hilo community from the UH Hilo Office of the Chancellor.

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