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Keith Miser retiring

Aloha,

Keith Miser
Keith Miser

Dr. Keith Miser will be retiring from his position as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for International Programs as of June 30.

For the last three years, Keith has led the Center for Global Education and Exchange into new areas and increased the awareness on campus of the many benefits of international study.

After serving for seven years as the UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and three years in international programs, Keith leaves behind a legacy of countless students and administrators who have benefited from his encouragement, support, and endless energy. He represents what is best in education — the desire to give others the opportunity to benefit from new opportunities.

Although Keith hails from Indiana, his selflessness and kindness are a true reflection of the aloha spirit. He will be greatly missed although never forgotten at UH Hilo.

Donald Straney
Chancellor

Seventeen students named UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholars

Seventeen Hawai‘i high school graduates are recipients of Chancellor’s Scholarships from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The incoming freshman come from high schools located on Hawai‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. The prestigious award, estimated to be worth more than $22,000, is presented annually to outstanding graduates from Hawai‘i high schools.

“These graduates have distinguished themselves in two ways, by placing in the top 10% of their graduating class, and by demonstrating leadership abilities,” said Chancellor Donald Straney. “We’re very pleased that these outstanding students will be attending UH Hilo.”

In addition to receiving the scholarship, the students also will be called upon to work with other Chancellor Scholars in numerous leadership and community service activities. The 2011 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools are as follows:

  • Richard Abbley, Lanikila Baptist High School, O‘ahu
  • Goody Cacal,Waipahu High School, O‘ahu
  • Matt Chen, McKinley High School, O‘ahu
  • Erik Ferreira, St. Anthony High School, Maui
  • Carrie Ip, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • I‘inimaikalani Kahakalau, Kanu o ka ‘Aina, Hawai‘i
  • Christopher Kluzak, St. Joseph High School, Hawai‘i
  • Anjulie Larson, Ka‘u High School, Hawai‘i
  • Nicole Preston, Mililani High School, O‘ahu
  • Ethan Souza, Honoka‘a High School,Hawai‘i
  • Tristan Yoshida, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Kadi Igawa, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Blaine Luiz, Konawaena High School, Hawai‘i
  • Micha Rhobelyn Ramos, Kea‘au High School, Hawai‘i
  • Shelby Tanaka, Hawai‘i Baptist Academy, O‘ahu
  • Chelsea Sato, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Taylor Escalona, Hilo High School, Hawai‘i

Chancellor accepts final draft of 2011-2015 Strategic Plan

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Strategic Planning Committee* announced today that Chancellor Straney has accepted the final draft of UH Hilo’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. The chancellor will outline processes to support its implementation at the start of the fall semester. The plan will be sent to the UH system Board of Regents this coming academic year.

The plan was endorsed by the three governance/advisory bodies represented on the Strategic Planning Committee: Faculty Congress, Hanakahi Council, and UH Hilo Student Association. From those people who completed the endorsement surveys, there was an indication of 88% endorsement from faculty and staff, and 84% from students.

The final draft is the culmination of many months of work and significant input from UH Hilo stakeholders. The Strategic Planning Committee’s final progress report summarizes the activities of the committee and next steps on approval and implementation of the plan.

For more information: email uhhplan@hawaii.edu

*Strategic Planning Committee:

  • Maria Haws (College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management)
  • Errol Yudko (College of Arts and Sciences: Social Sciences Division)
  • Mazen Hamad (College of Arts and Sciences: Natural Sciences Division)
  • Jackie Johnson (College of Arts and Sciences: Humanities Division)
  • Kelly Burke (College of Business and Economics, and Committee Chair)
  • Karen Pellegrin (College of Pharmacy)
  • Pila Wilson (Ka Haka ‘Ula of Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language)
  • Thora Abarca (Non-Instructional Faculty, Library)
  • Kainoa Ariola (Non-Instructional Faculty, Advising)
  • Harry Yada (Staff, Real Property)
  • Jim Cromwell (Staff, Admissions)
  • Marcia Sakai (Executive Representative, Committee Vice-Chair)
  • Elizabeth Stacy (Faculty Congress Representative)
  • Gail Makuakane-Lundin (Hanakahi Council Representative)
  • Dee Drozario (Student Representative)
  • Tracey Niimi (Student Alternate)
  • Barry Mark (Community Member)
  • Siān Millard (Strategic Planning Coordinator, Non-Voting Member)

UH Hilo seeks feedback on strategic plan draft

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public are encouraged to participate in survey. Town-hall sessions also scheduled.

HILO — The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is currently undertaking a strategic planning exercise and requests input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public on its latest draft.

“We asked for views on our draft mission and vision statements in January this year, and now would like to seek feedback on those redeveloped statements,” said Sian Millard, strategic planning facilitator. A copy of the draft strategic plan is available at www.hilo.hawaii.edu/strategicplan/consultations.

Everyone is invited to review the draft plan and comment, including any suggestions for changes or clarifications. The consultation is offered via online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/draftplan. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes and is available until noon on Thursday, April 14.

Town-hall sessions (please review the draft plan before attending) are also scheduled on the following dates:

• Tuesday, April 12, noon-1 p.m., Campus Center 301
• Wednesday, April 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Campus Center 301 (students-only session)
• Wednesday, April 13, 5-6 p.m., Campus Center 301

Contact Siân Millard at uhhplan@hawaii.edu or call (808) 933-3297 with any questions.

For general information on UH Hilo’s strategic planning process, visit www.hilo.hawaii.edu/strategicplan. For disability accommodation, call (808) 933-3297 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY).

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