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3rd Annual Best Bowl Cook-off held today; Taco Soup voted favorite dish

Shana Kaneshiro from the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office is this year’s Best Bowl Grand Champion.

Don Straney at the buffet.
Chancellor Don Straney and Marcia Heller, chancellor’s private secretary, are served culinary delights at the 3rd Annual UH Hilo-Hawai‘i Community College Best Bowl Cook-off.

Faculty and staff of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College showed off their culinary skills today at the 3rd Annual Best Bowl Cookoff held at UH Hilo’s Student Life Center. Colleagues who attended were the official “tasters” and judges who voted for their favorite dish to determine the Best Bowl on campus.

Shana Kaneshiro from the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office is this year’s Best Bowl Grand Champion. Her winning dish was a delicious Taco Soup, garnished with sour cream and cheese served with tortilla chips. She won a one-year membership to the Student Life Center.

Sheila Kaupu from Auxiliary Services won Best Stew/Curry Style Bowl with her ono Kama Pulled Pork.

Jodi Kunimoto from the Advising Center won Best Bowl Dessert with her Red and White Delight, a medley of strawberries and cream with macadamia nut topping.

All attendees (cooks and tasters) received a punch card that allows five free visits to the Student Life Center.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

The award for Best Bowl Grand Champion goes to Shana Kaneshiro from the Financial Aid Office. Her winning dish was Taco Soup, garnished with sour cream and cheese served with tortilla chips.
Sheila Kaupu from Auxiliary Services won Best Stew/Curry Style Bowl with her ono Kama Pull Pork.
Jodi Kunimoto (at left) from the Advising Center won Best Bowl Dessert with her Red and White Delight, a medley of strawberries and cream with macadamia nut topping.

Top photo of Chancellor Straney by Tim Moore. Other photos by John Oshima.

2011 Fall Welcome: Faculty honored for tenure and promotion, new faculty introduced

UH Hilo faculty recently awarded tenure and/or promotion, along with new faculty and staff, were recognized at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2011 Fall Welcome event on August 26.

UH Hilo faculty awarded tenure and/or promotion this year were honored at Chancellor’s 2011 Fall Welcome. L-R, front row: Roberta Barra, Amy Saxton, Yoshiko Okuyama, Tam Vu, and Candace Wheeler. L-R, back row: Drew Martin, Kimberly Kainoa Ariola-Sukisaki, Kathleen Stacey, Carolina Lam, Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit, Yiqing Li, and Steven Herman. Missing in photo: Robin Takahashi.

Faculty recently awarded tenure and promotion were recognized at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2011 Fall Welcome event on August 26.

“The awarding of tenure and promotion is the university’s recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service,” said Chancellor Don Straney at the event, which was held at the Campus Center Plaza. “We honor these faculty members on their achievements to date and look forward to the future, when we will see how they help shape our university.”

The following faculty have been awarded tenure and promotion:

  • Steven Herman, to associate professor, psychology.
  • Yiqing Li, to associate professor, tropical forestry.
  • Tam Vu, to associate professor, economics.
  • Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit, to associate professor, pharmacy practice.
  • Carolina Lam, to assistant specialist, Center for Global Education and Exchange.
  • Amy Saxton, to librarian III, library.

The following faculty members have been awarded tenure:

  • Roberta Barra, associate professor.
  • Yoshiko Okuyama, associate professor.
  • Kimberly Kainoa Ariola-Sukisaki, junior specialist, Kīpuka.
  • Kathleen Stacey, librarian, library.

The following faculty members have been promoted:

  • Drew Martin, to full professor.
  • Robin Takahashi, to assistant professor, kinesiology and exercise sciences.
  • Candace Wheeler, to assistant specialist, College of Continuing Education and Community Service.

New faculty and staff also were recognized and welcomed to the university ‘ohana/family. Please see the photos below for names of new faculty and staff who attended the event.

Armando Garcia-Ortega (at left), assistant professor of fisheries and aquaculture, is welcomed by Bill Steiner, dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management.
Leon Hallacher (center), division chair for natural sciences, welcomes new faculty Josh Walawender (left), assistant professor of astronomy and director of the Hoku Kea Observatory, and David Bishop (right), instructor of computer science.
Chris Frueh (center), division chair for social sciences, welcomes Eric Heuer (left) to the psychology department, and Emmanuele D'Artibale (right) to the kinesiology and exercise sciences department.
New faculty member Chris Lauer (left) of the philosophy department is welcomed by Cam Muir, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tom Cowger (left), administrative services officer, is welcomed by Hank Hennessey, interim dean of the College of Business and Economics.
John Pezzuto, dean of the College of Pharmacy (center) welcomes new faculty (l-r): Paula Zeszotarski, Ana Barrenchea, Dana-Lynn Ko'omoa-Lange, and Jennifer Aguiar.
Farrahmarie Gomes (left), interim dean for the College of Continuing Education and Community Service, welcomes Laurel Luth to UH Hilo.
Norm Stahl (second from left), executive coordinator of student success programs, welcomes four new employees to student affairs. Left to right: Shelly Clark, associate director, residence life, university housing; Stahl; Holly Chang, academic advisor; Kelsey Iyo, admissions counselor; Jenna Waipa, resident hall manager.

Photos by John Oshima.

2011 New Student Convocation

The 2011 New Student Convocation was held on Tuesday at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Performing Arts Center.

Chancellor Straney addresses new students at the 2011 New Student Convocation.

UH Hilo unveils new Sciences and Technology Building

“The Sciences and Technology Building will attract scholarly teachers and researchers, which will encourage public and private agencies to partner with us to develop joint research and educational initiatives.” -Chancellor Donald Straney

Celebrating today are (L-R) Luoluo Hong, vice chancellor for student affairs; Gerald DeMello, director of university relations; Marcia Sakai, vice chancellor for administrative affairs; Kenny Simmons, vice chancellor for academic affairs; Donald Straney, chancellor; and Gail Makuakane-Lundin, executive assistant to the chancellor. Photo by Robbyn Peck

A blessing and dedication was held today for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo new Sciences and Technology Building.

UH Hilo’s new Sciences and Technology Building. Photo by Robbyn Peck

“This facility will complement the Big Island’s living, learning laboratory by significantly enhancing student learning, teaching and research,” said Chancellor Donald Straney. “It will also attract scholarly teachers and researchers, which will encourage public and private agencies to partner with us to develop joint research and educational initiatives.”

The $25 million building, spans more than 42,000 square feet and fulfills the need for additional classrooms, office space and new state-of-the-art laboratories for UH Hilo’s expanding physics, astronomy and chemistry programs. Key features include an auditorium that seats in excess of 140, along with smaller rooms of 60 and 24 seats.

In addition to the tenant programs, the building’s facilities will accommodate classes in biology, math, geography, history and communication. Based on projections, the building will serve more than 1,700 students in various classroom venues daily.

UH President MRC Greewood (r) attended the event.

“This is a game changer for the programs that will take up residence in the new building,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Randy Hirokawa. “Their growth helped fuel our enrollment gains dating back to the late 1990s. Now they will have the state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories they need to not only maintain their level of excellence, but step up to the next level.”

The event was attended by a host of elected state, county and university officials, including Governor Neil Abercrombie and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood. Abercrombie’s appearance marked his first official visit to UH Hilo since being elected governor last year and underscored his support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and professional workforce development in Hawaiʻi.

Governor Neil Abercrombie and Senator Malama Solomon untie the maile at the doors of the new Sciences and Technology Building during today’s blessing ceremonies. (L-R) UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney, UH President MRC Greenwood, Gov. Abercrombie, Sen. Solomon, Rep. Jerry Chang, and Sen. Gil Kahele. Photo by Robbyn Peck.

“Governor Abercrombie has made it clear in public statements that he sees the Big Island as one of the state’s key economic engines for the next decade, with UH Hilo playing a leading role,” said University Relations Director Gerald De Mello. “STEM education will be critical to the success of that effort and this building provides us with the cutting edge tools to deliver the quality of learning necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Invitation to UH Hilo Alumni: Talk Story with Chancellor

Chancellor Donald Straney
and the
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Alumni & Friends Association
cordially invite you to a

Talk Story with Chancellor

Friday, August 26, 2011 • 5:30 p.m.
Keauhou Beach Resort, Ballroom 1
78-6740 Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i

To reserve your FREE ticket(s)*, please
RSVP by August 8, 2011.

Ever wonder what happened to your classmates from UH Hilo?
Wondering what’s new with your alma mater?

Join us for a talk story session with our new UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney.
Reconnect with fellow alumni and hear an update on the latest at UH Hilo.
Enjoy an evening of heavy pūpū and no-host cocktails.

To RSVP or for more information, call the
UH Hilo Marketing & Alumni Office at 808.974.7501/7643
www.hilo.hawaii.edu/alumni

* Limit one adult guest due to limited capacity.

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