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Hawai‘i Community College launches “Local First” menus

Announcement from UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney.


Hawai‘i Community College, in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, aims to support the development of farms and the agricultural industry on Hawai‘i island by showcasing the high quality and variety of local produce and products available through the “Local First” program.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 15, is the inaugural day for Hawai‘i Community College on Manono Campus to serve “Local First.” Chefs Allan Okuda and Sandra Barr-Rivera are putting together an exciting menu for this special day. Local foods will be featured in the cafeteria and in the fine dining Bamboo Hale.

The West Hawai‘i Campus, under the direction of James Lightner and Chef Paul, started Local First Friday on Feb. 3. The next will be this Friday, Feb. 17.

Let’s support our local farmers and businesses and the Local First program at both Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo.

Don Straney

Board of Regents approves UH Hilo 2011-2015 Strategic Plan

The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents unanimously approved UH Hilo’s new strategic plan for 2011-2015 at its meeting recently held at Kaua‘i Community College.  The plan places students at the center of the university’s mission, vision and goals, setting a clear framework for enhancing learning and preparing students to succeed in a globally competitive workforce.

“The whole point of strategic planning is to work with the plan you’ve developed and make sure it has an impact,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney.

A Strategic Planning Committee appointed by Straney engaged in a highly collaborative and consultative strategic planning process, seeking feedback from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members at key stages.

“This strategic plan was developed for UH Hilo by UH Hilo and its incredibly supportive local community,” said Professor Kelly Burke, committee chair. “We received over 1,400 responses during the entire process and on behalf of the committee I want to thank everyone who took time to contribute to development of the plan.”

The strategic plan defines six main areas of focus for the coming years: student learning experiences and support; excellence in teaching, research and collaboration; a vibrant and sustainable environment within which to study, work and live; a diverse, multicultural university; impact on the community, island and state; and organizational excellence. Through these goals UH Hilo aims to positively impact its students, faculty, staff and broader community.

“This plan sets an exciting and challenging framework,” said Barry Mark, community representative on the committee. “It is a plan that the community fully supports and looks forward to working together with the university to put it into action.”

UH Hilo is currently undertaking implementation planning to ensure it is put into action.  Chancellor Straney and his senior administrators are leading implementation efforts in a similar collaborative way to how the plan was developed.

“It is our aim that through our strategic plan we will strengthen our existing foundations to build our future, one which we all helped to shape,” said Straney.

For more information about UH Hilo’s strategic plan and planning process, visit

UH Hilo’s 2011-2015 Strategic Plan document is available for download at


Application deadline for Chancellor Scholarship is March 1

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is currently accepting applications for its Chancellor Scholarship, a prestigious award created for graduates from Hawai‘i high schools that covers four years of tuition. The estimated value over four years is $22,000.

High school applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or 1800 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT are encouraged to apply before the March 1, 2012 deadline. Applications should be submitted to the UH Hilo Admissions Office.

Applications are available on the Admissions website at

For additional information, call the UH Hilo Admissions Office at (808) 974-7714.

Chancellor’s Mahalo Celebration will feature locally grown and produced foods, dessert contest

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s annual Chancellor’s Mahalo Celebration will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Campus Center Plaza.

Festivities will feature locally grown and produced foods. Faculty and staff also will have an opportunity to demonstrate their culinary talents through a Holiday Dessert Contest. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Sodexho Baker’s Tastiest Choice: $50 Sodexho meal card
  •  Chancellor’s Most Original Choice: $50 gift certificate
  • Student’s Presentation Choice: $50 gift certificate from the UH Hilo Student Activity Council

There also will be hands-on activities for children to make fun things to take home!

Happy Holidays!

Nominations for 2012 excellence in teaching awards are now open

Announcement from Kenith Simmons, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

UHH Students, Faculty and Staff,

UH Hilo and the UH System annually honor excellent teachers who are nominated by their colleagues and students with the following three awards:

* The Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching
* The Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
* The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

UH Hilo is currently seeking nominations for the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

For more information on the teaching awards, criteria and nomination form go to pdf of memorandum (update: pdf no longer available).

Deadline for submitting nominations and supporting statements is February 10, 2012 and must be sent electronically to vcaa[at] Please indicate “Teaching Award” and the name of the nominee in the subject line when you submit your nomination.

Kenith Simmons
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Learn more about UH Hilo faculty and staff awards.