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UH Foundation annual calling campaign underway

You may be receiving a call from our UH Foundation students asking for your support of our campus initiatives.

Marcia Sakai and three students stand under tree.
Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai visits with students at the UH Foundation call center on O‘ahu.

Aloha,

The UH Foundation annual fall calling campaign began this month. I personally visited with the student fundraisers, at the Call Center in Honolulu, to share information about our various programs and activities here at our campus.

You may be receiving a call from our UHF students who will begin the call by confirming or asking to update your contact information and then transition to a fundraising appeal to support our campus initiatives.

We are a smaller university than we were last year but our campus needs are still large. We have been working hard to provide our students with the courses and programs they need for a well-rounded education.

Please donate to support our campus. Should you have any questions, please call Dale Hagadone at the foundation ph. 808-956-7357.

Mahalo for your support,

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

UH Foundation names Andrea Furuli regional director of development for Hawaiʻi Island

Andrea Furuli will lead a fundraising team on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College and Pālamanui campuses.

Andrea Furuli
Andrea Furuli

The UH Foundation has announced that Andrea Furuli will be the foundation’s regional director of development for Hawaiʻi Island effective Sept. 11, 2017. In this newly configured role, Furuli will lead a fundraising team in engaging donors and friends across the island on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College and Pālamanui campuses.

“I am extremely pleased and happy that Andrea will be joining the UH Foundation as the Hawai‘i Island regional director to provide effective and coordinated development between UH Hilo and Hawai’i Community College,” says Marcia Sakai, UH Hilo interim chancellor.

This new regional plan has been taking shape over the last year with support from former UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney, Hawai‘i CC Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas, foundation officials and key volunteers and donors.

“I am thrilled and excited to have Andrea on board,” says Solemsaas. “Now our philanthropic and advancement efforts will be taken to the next level of excellence with her leadership together with the talents of her team members.”

Furuli comes to the new UH Foundation position from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation where she has served as senior philanthropy advancement officer since June of 2015. Before that, she served at the UH Foundation in the UH Hilo Office of Development as associate director of development for eight years and then director for two years.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome Andrea back to our team,” says Rebecca Tseng Smith, vice president for development at the UH Foundation.

Furuli is a self-professed “Hilo girl” and a graduate of UH Mānoa and Mid-Pacific Institute.

In her letter expressing interest in the regional director position, she writes, “Positively contributing to a place where our families can flourish, parents can peacefully age, and communities can thrive are of upmost importance to me.”

The team that Furuli will be leading currently consists of foundation staff Andrea Christensen and Lisa Uyetake, with strong partnership from Nico Verissimo in alumni engagement. The new regional director will be hiring a new director of development for UH Hilo to round out the team.

 

-Via email communication to UH Hilo community from the UH Hilo Office of the Chancellor.

Chancellor’s Message: Private donors play an important role in higher education

By Don Straney.

Margaret Ushijima
Margaret Ushijima

A general student support fund is being established at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo to honor the late Margaret Ushijima and her legacy of service at UH. The fund will be used to assist UH Hilo students, especially those who are first generation college students and those in financial need.

The Margaret Ushijima Fund for Student Assistance and Support is a fund in perpetuity—continuing Margaret’s work “forever”—and will be administered by the vice chancellor for student affairs.

Margaret’s legacy of service to UH lives on through her gift, bestowed to the Richardson Law School at UH Mānoa and UH Hilo, a lasting reminder of a woman who had a profound impact on so many people in Hawai‘i and beyond.

Margaret Ushijima had been counseling students on the importance of higher education for many years as UH Hilo’s dean of students before retiring in 1980. But she didn’t actually retire—she decided to live out her belief in higher education and go to law school, at age 51.

Her dear friend Janet Fujioka says Margaret was a person of great conviction who always supported education and so it was a remarkable decision that when she “retired,” she went back to school.

Margaret received her bachelor of arts in social science and her master of arts in social work before beginning her career at UH Hilo. But along with her belief in the importance of higher education was a strong sense of social justice and equality, which eventually led her to the UH Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.

After obtaining her juris doctor degree, Margaret joined her husband to form the family law firm, Ushijima & Ushijima. In the 1970s, Margaret and Janet were involved in a movement that pushed for the ratification of the equal rights amendment in Hawai‘i. The two embarked on an extensive campaign throughout the islands, speaking at numerous engagements on the importance of equality. Hawai‘i later became the first state to ratify the amendment.

Margaret’s life is inspirational in so many ways. Raised on a plantation on Hawai‘i Island, her parents were born in Hawai‘i in the 1890s and did not have the chance to complete high school and attend college. Yet they supported her to pursue her own dreams and aspirations. Jumpstarted with this parental support and dedication, Margaret embodied the “gambare spirit” and values passed down to her from her parents.

As we see with Margaret’s generosity in her gift to UH, behind every support fund or scholarship at UH Hilo is an individual or a company that has a connection to the university and a desire to help our students. People share their estate with UH Hilo because they may see it as an investment in the future or they may realize the importance of an education and want to pay forward the opportunities given them while at UH Hilo as a student, staff or faculty member.

It’s clear what a vitally important role private donors can play in opening up access to higher education, supporting students while they complete their education and contribute to their communities.

On behalf of our students, I’d like to take this opportunity to express gratitude to our donors. I hope members of our university and local communities, business people, alumni, and others are inspired by Margaret Ushijima’s example of making an investment in the future of our island by funding student support services and scholarships.

Aloha,
Don Straney

Chancellor Straney visits students at the UH Foundation call center

The annual UH Foundation Fall Calling Campaign began this month.

UHF
Chancellor Straney visits with students at the UH Foundation call center on O‘ahu.

Chancellor Don Straney recently visited the UH Foundation call center on O‘ahu to visit with student fundraisers and share information about the various programs and activities at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The annual UH Foundation Fall Calling Campaign began this month.

Chancellor Straney encourages the UH community to donate and support UH Hilo.

For more information, contact Dale Hagadone at the UH Foundation.

Chancellor’s Message: Together we can increase access to higher education

UH Hilo needs to offer many opportunities for students to access scholarships to ensure that every young person on our island has access to higher education. To achieve that, we need the community’s help.

By Don Straney 

Hilo sealStudents at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo are increasingly dependent on financial aid. While UH system policy established in 2011 called for an increase in the amount of tuition that is used to provide financial aid to our students, we recognize that even modest increases in costs can be a barrier to some. A high priority for us is to keep the UH system accessible to all eligible students in the state.

UH Hilo is blessed with donated funds for scholarships and other forms of aid that offset the impact of tuition increases. But we will need to increase scholarships over the next few years if we want to remain accessible to all our island students. To make college affordable to all, this must be a priority for our campus and for our community.

We know the university and local communities understand and care about the need to give access to as many students as possible. Studies show people who possess a college degree have a much higher lifetime earning potential than those who do not. People with a degree are better able to contribute to or build healthy communities.

But as tuition and other costs rise, higher education becomes less affordable to students from middle- and low-income families. Because of this, we need to do everything we can to give all qualified students access to the funds they need to attend the university.

Let me run some numbers by you.

We awarded $46 million in financial aid to our students last year. This is a tremendous increase from 10 years ago when we awarded $15 million. The bulk of the $46 million, almost 75%, is from state and federal grants and loans.

Institutional aid, which is the percentage of tuition I mentioned above (our intake of tuition was about $35 million last year), was increased from 15% to a cap of 20% of total tuition. It goes to need- and merit-based aid, and comes to about 11% of the total aid awarded.

Some students arrive at UH Hilo with financial aid they’ve received on their own. This would include sources like scholarships from their hometown Rotary Clubs or parents’ loans. This is about 12% of total aid.

The scholarships we are hoping to build are today less than 3% of the total aid awarded.

How do we increase financial aid for our students? How do we make UH Hilo accessible to all qualified students in our state?

UH Hilo needs to offer many opportunities for students to access scholarships to ensure that every young person on our island has access to higher education. To achieve that, we need the community’s help.

Behind every scholarship is an individual or a company that has a connection to UH Hilo and a desire to help our students. Individuals and organizations donate funds to UH Hilo for scholarships because they may see it as an investment in the future; scholarships enable more students to prepare to enter the workforce. Alumni donate funds because they may realize the importance of an education and want to pay forward the opportunities given them while at UH Hilo.

Longtime Hawaiʻi County Councilman Jimmy Arakaki and his wife Grace made a donation to establish an endowed scholarship to benefit business students. Audrey Furukawa, after her retirement from UH Hilo, established a scholarship endowment supporting study abroad opportunities. A charitable trust helps grow the Helene Hale “Citizen of the World” Scholarship Endowment.

It’s clear what a vitally important role private donors can play in opening up access to higher education. Scholarships support students to complete their education and contribute to their communities.

On behalf of our students, I’d like to take this opportunity to express gratitude to our donors. I hope members of our university and local communities, business people, alumni, and others will be inspired to make an investment in the future of our island by funding scholarships.

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