The ceremonies were to honor UH Vice President Don Straney and UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai in their new positions.
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.
The following message is sent on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College Kīpaepae Committee and the Ha‘akūmalae Protocols Program:
Aloha mai kākou,
We warmly invite you to participate in a Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u (Releasing Ceremony) and Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho (Appointment Ceremony) on Thursday, September 14, 2017, for former UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney and new UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai.
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.
The event is the official beginning to students’ academic journey.
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.
Chancellor Straney was keynote speaker at UH Hilo’s Coming Out Day event, where he shared his personal experience as a gay man in higher education.
Chancellor Don Straney was the keynote speaker at the Coming Out Day event held on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on Tuesday.
Chancellor Straney shared his personal experience as a gay man in higher education.
“He was authentic in his sharing, allowing for students to relate and see a different side of him,” says Laura Sherwood, UH Hilo LGTBQ coordinator.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports on the event:
When Donald Straney was an undergrad at Michigan State University, he said he was “absolutely convinced” he was the only gay person on campus.
It was the 1970s and the 40,000-student MSU didn’t have an LGBTQ+ center — a hub for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or questioning individuals to convene, access resources or get help.
“There was no way for me to know otherwise,” Straney, chancellor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, told about 50 students, staff and faculty members Tuesday.
This fall, Straney, along with other UH-Hilo administrators and student leaders, helped start the new LGBTQ+ Center on the Hilo campus.
The center is located in a small room on the edge of campus formerly used as faculty offices. Costs — which include operations and funding a center coordinator position — are estimated to run about $45,000 per year, according to Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin.
Straney, who was keynote speaker for an on-campus celebration of National Coming Out Day on Tuesday, said he hopes the center gives students a place to meet, get information and — most importantly — increase the LGBTQ+ community’s visibility on the Hilo campus.
“From my point of view, the most important thing the center does is it lets people know that we’re here,” he told those gathered in the Campus Center Plaza. “It lets prospective students know that (LGBTQ+) students have a place on campus.”