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UH Hilo’s Department of Education changes name to School of Education

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Don Straney has announced the name change of UH Hilo’s Department of Education to the School of Education. The name change reflects the school’s comprehensive operations of recruitment, advising, admission, assessment checkpoints, and national accreditation.

“UH Hilo’s education program was already a school in everything but name,” Straney said. “This designation will raise its profile by acknowledging that status along with its significant role in educating future generations of teachers in the state of Hawaiʻi.”

The School of Education currently offers three distinct programs: an undergraduate Academic Certificate in Educational Studies (already with 125 students after its first year of implementation); a Master of Education for experienced teachers (with 95 graduates and 20 more scheduled to graduate in fall 2013); and the new Master of Arts in Teaching (beginning in July 2013), which also leads to initial state licensure.

Jan Zulich

“The school has a strong relationship and excellent reputation in the broader educational community,” said Jan Zulich, chair of the School of Education. “Through a number of grants and professional development opportunities, we have supported local schools and teachers toward improved teaching and learning, and in particular, higher student achievement.”

In the past decade, the school has graduated over 350 new teachers who completed their student teaching in 47 schools across Hawaiʻi island.

“The name change underscores the professionalism and continuing pursuit of excellence that the school is known for across the state of Hawaiʻi,” noted Sharyn Hirata, co-chair of the UH Hilo School of Education Advisory and Advocacy Council.

Create an internship opportunity within your office, department or college

Announcement from Tom DeWitt, PhD, University Applied Learning Coordinator:

Tom DeWitt

Aloha UH Hilo Administration and Staff,

On behalf of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX), I’d like to invite you to create an internship within your office, department or college. Not only would you be helping to develop a university student, but also improving the productivity of your office, department or college.

For example, imagine how a marketing student who has learned how to create a marketing plan and optimize the use of social media could help to increase the rate of student involvement in programs that target undergraduate students or how an environmental studies student who has learned how to conduct energy audits could help to reduce the amount of energy consumed on campus.

What is an internship? 

Interns work on a tortoise project under support from the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science program at UH Hilo. Marie McKenzie (left), is a geography major, and Ron O’Brien (right), is an agriculture major. James Juvik, professor of geography, is a co-adviser on the project.

An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students can possibly earn academic credit and the work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and by a designated employee of an organization, office, department or college.

The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflections contained within learning agendas or objectives.

What criteria does our office, department or college need to meet? 

To be considered an academic internship by the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the host organization or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, an internship description as well as learning outcomes.
  • There are clearly defined and measurable learning objectives/goals related to the student’s goals and program of study.
  • There is supervision and mentoring by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor/mentor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host agency that support learning objectives/goals.

Applied Learning Experience (ALEX) Internship Fair

You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your internship opportunity/opportunities and identify candidates at UH Hilo’s first dedicated internship fair, which will be held on Thursday, November 15, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Participants are required to attend a mandatory information session from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and the fair will be open to students from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

What makes this fair different from past UH Hilo Job and Internship Fairs? 

  • Dedicated Solely To Internships: It’s the first UH Hilo career fair dedicated solely to internships.
  • Students Will Be Well Prepared: Most students will have researched the position you are offering prior to the fair (internship postings will be provided online) and participated in pre-fair workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills (while also earning a professional development certificate).  In addition, professional attire and a resume are required for entry into the fair.
  • More Student Participants: Students of most majors and degree programs will participate in the fair. The fair will also be held in the evening, when most students are available.
  • Pre-fair Information Session: An information session prior to the fair (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.) will help you to understand what is expected of both your office, department or college and your student intern before and during the internship process. The workshop will be followed by a dinner and networking session.

Where do I sign up? 

If you and your office, department or college are interested in participating in the internship fair, please complete the registration form at the following link: Registrants will be provided with information designed to prepare them for the Fair and the internship process prior to attending the Fair.

Deadline for registration is November 1, 2012 and there is no charge for participation. 

Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions about the fair or creating internships within your office, department or college.


Tom DeWitt, PhD
University Applied Learning Coordinator
Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX)
College of Business and Economics
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

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2012-2013 annual fundraising phonathon now underway

Announcement from Margaret Shiba, senior director of development:

Dear UH Hilo Faculty and Staff,

This is to announce the start of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2012-2013 annual fundraising phonathon. Donations will be solicited from our database of UH Hilo alumni and friends, through calls made by students recruited, trained, and supervised by the UH Foundation. As always, donors will have an opportunity to direct their gifts to whichever unit of UH Hilo they wish to support or to the chancellor’s campus-wide enrichment fund.

While the calls all originate from the foundation’s calling center on O‘ahu (student callers are recruited from UH Manoa and Kapiolani CC), the phonathon scripts include up-to-date information on our campus and some of the highlights of the past year. Chancellor Don Straney personally met with the students callers in Honolulu last week, and he took time to answer their questions and to treat them to cookies from Big Island Candies!

This is the first of three phonathons for UH Hilo this year. In January we are planning a phonathon on behalf of Vulcan athletic programs, and in early early February, parents of UH Hilo students will be solicited.

In case any of your friends or contacts in the community mention receiving one of these calls, I want you to be aware of this important campaign. All funds raised will come back to Hilo, and every donor—whether paying by check or credit card–will receive prompt written confirmation from the UH Foundation indicating UH Hilo as the beneficiary. We look forward to great success with this campaign and more funds to meet campus needs.

Please wish us luck and do whatever you can to encourage generous donations to our good cause! Mahalo!

Margaret Shiba & Andrea Furuli
UH Hilo Office of Development/UH Foundation

P.S. Just so you are aware, anyone who prefers not to receive this sort of fundraising call is always able to request placement on a “Do Not Call” list, which the UH Foundation strictly observes.

Director of University Relations Gerald DeMello to retire Dec. 31

Gerald De Mello


It is with a great deal of mixed emotions that I am announcing that Gerald DeMello has decided to retire, effective December 31, 2012.

Gerald has served as director of University Relations since January 1991. For the past 21 years, he has been an indispensable advocate for the university and a major reason for the growth and development UH Hilo has enjoyed during that period. His outreach to Big Island legislators, federal and county officials, business, labor and community leaders has created a highly effective partnership with the university that has resulted in some of the most significant capital improvements in UH Hilo’s history.

There is no question that Gerald’s big-picture vision for “the university that can be,” and his genuine enthusiasm for UH Hilo, are strong selling points. His personality and professionalism have also played a big role in opening doors and creating opportunities for the university that may not have been possible without him. His capacity for getting a meeting at just the right time with key decision makers has often been the key to UH Hilo’s success, and with Gerald on the team, UH Hilo has had many successes.

Although we will miss Gerald, he has worked tirelessly throughout his career and deserves the opportunity to spend more time with his family. I know all of you join me in wishing nothing but the very best for Gerald as he embarks on new adventures.

A search for Gerald’s successor will be underway shortly.

Don Straney

UH Hilo announces 2012 Chancellor Scholarship recipients

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo announced today that 19 students from public, private, and charter schools in Hawai‘i will receive a 2012 Chancellor Scholarship valued at $23,520 and covering four years of tuition.

The 2012 recipients are a diverse groups of students comprised of 10 women and 9 men from the islands of Hawai‘i (9), O‘ahu (6) and Maui (4) who were selected from more than 90 applicants.

The 2012 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools are as follows:

  • Jenna Burns, Hawai‘i Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hawai‘i
  • Kobie Clarke, Hilo High School, Hawai‘i
  • Theodore DeRego, Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i
  • Ashley Fukuchi, Moanalua High School, O‘ahu
  • Alexander Guerrero, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Maui
  • Richard Hernandez, Damien Memorial High School, O‘ahu
  • Tyler Hirokawa, Hilo High School, Hawai‘i
  • Casey Jones, Kapolei High School, O‘ahu
  • Johann Kuipers, Hilo High School, Hawai‘i
  • Kate Malasig, W.R. Farrington High School, O‘ahu
  • Jamie Ouye, Hilo High School, Hawai‘i
  • Kara Paulachak, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Koa Rodrigues, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Maui
  • Dillon Tacdol, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Maui
  • Michelle Uchida, Sacred Hearts Academy High School, O‘ahu
  • Jasmine Venegas, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Donald Waner, Lanakila Baptist High School, O‘ahu
  • Bailey Wooldridge, Hawai‘i Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hawai‘i
  • Jenna Yanos, Maui High School, Maui

“This is an impressive class of students whose academic achievements, dedication and leadership qualities are outstanding,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney. “We believe their decision to attend UH Hilo will benefit the entire university as well as their own personal and professional development.”

UH Hilo Chancellor Scholarship recipients have graduated from a Hawai‘i high school with either a grade point average of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT, while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.  The 2012 cohort has an average high school GPA of 3.83, with four students scoring 4.0 or better. The average SAT scores for reading, math and writing were 622, 607 and 560 respectively.

Chancellor Scholarship recipients are required to enroll as full-time students at UH Hilo, stay enrolled continuously, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25, and participate in leadership activities and/or community service.