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UH Foundation kicks off UH Hilo calling campaign; Chancellor visits with students at calling center

Chancellor Straney shared the news about the Office of the Governor releasing $33 million for the construction of the new facilities for UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

UH Calling Center
Chancellor Straney stands with Sarah Sejalbo and Jonathan Neyland, student callers.

Chancellor Don Straney stopped by the calling center at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation in Honolulu on Tuesday to kick off this year’s calling campaign to UH Hilo alumni.

“Thank you for coming to speak with us!” wrote on of the students on the UH Foundation’s Facebook page. “I can not wait to share all the wonderful information with the alumni! Thank you also for the delicious pizza!”

While with the students, Chancellor Straney shared the news about the Office of the Governor releasing $33 million for the construction of the new facilities for UH Hilo College of Pharmacy. The funds are for construction of a new building with classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, and offices, meeting the requirements of the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education standards and guidelines. When complete, it will house UH Hilo’s largest graduate and doctoral programs on campus. Prior to 2007, Hawai‘i was one of only a few states in the nation that did not provide pharmacy education. The construction of the College of Pharmacy building will allow local students to remain in Hawai‘i and eventually help the state’s need for more professionals in this field.

He also shared the news about several new programs being planned to benefit our local communities, for example, a proposed flight training center and associated degree programs to be offered through UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College. Also planned are a Master of Arts in Heritage Management, devoted to stewardship of the history of the island and its people, and a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering, where students are trained broadly across all disciplines of engineering.

One of Chancellor Straney’s top priorities is giving students the best learning community in modern facilities. The new Student Services Building recently opened giving students a one-stop service from freshman orientation through graduation, all under one roof. The center houses all the programs students need to support their college success: Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Advising, Career Development Services, Counseling, and the new Health Promotion Program.

The new Hale‘ōlelo College of Hawaiian Language also recently opened. The building houses classrooms, offices, library, and a performing arts auditorium. “It is both functional and extraordinarily beautiful,” says the Chancellor. “This building represents, to the members of UH Hilo, our dedication to being a Hawaiian university, a Hawaiian place of learning, a university where Hawaiian language and values inform what we do.”

New Summer Bridge Program prepares STEM students for freshman year

L-R: Dean Cevallos, Principal Kea‘au High School; Carrie Larger, Career & Post-High School Counseling & Guidance, Kamehameha Schools; Brandon Ledward, ‘Āina-Based Education Department Extension Educational Services, Kamehameha Schools; Matt Platz, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH Hilo; Althea Magno, Kea‘au High School teacher; Don Straney, Chancellor, UH Hilo
L-R: Dean Cevallos, Principal Kea‘au High School; Carrie Larger, Career & Post-High School Counseling & Guidance, Kamehameha Schools; Brandon Ledward, ‘Āina-Based Education Department Extension Educational Services, Kamehameha Schools; Matt Platz, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH Hilo; Althea Magno, Kea`au High School teacher; Don Straney, Chancellor, UH Hilo

On June 22, the first cohort of 25 students, all recent graduates from Kea‘au High School in Puna who will start their freshman year the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo or Hawai‘i Community College this fall, started in the Kupa ʻĀina 2014 Summer Bridge Program. Program participants are enrolled in college-level English and Math courses, earning college credit through a rigorous schedule of study for six weeks. The students have full access to advising, counseling, and tutoring.

A partnership between UH Hilo, Kamehameha Schools, Keaʻau High School, UH Hilo, and the UH Foundation has brought about this exciting new summer program designed to prepare new local students interested in pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the STEM disciplines—and natural resources fields.

“We are very excited about this new program and grateful to Kamehameha Schools for their partnership,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney. “Through innovative programs like this we will be able to improve retention and graduation rates, two to four year college transfer rates, and representation of Native Hawaiian and local students in Agriculture and STEM fields.”

Program funding comes from a $158,154 grant from the Kamehameha Schools Extension Education Services Division and a $5,000 grant from the Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Their support will fund participants’ room and board, transportation, supplies, as well as staff and teaching assistants to implement the program.

First Kupa-‘Āina Residential Program Participants:

  • Anuhea Ahuna
  • Michael Alonzo
  • Austin Anderson
  • Roger Bryant
  • Amanda Chiquita
  • Ivan Costa
  • Ronald Dalere
  • Lorelei Marie Domingo
  • James Franklin
  • Harley Gapol
  • Leona Gicheg
  • Beverly Ann Gorospe
  • Tristan Haskell
  • Zachary Kakazu
  • Esa Kin
  • Christian Lawson
  • Blaize Mae-Adrian
  • Bronson Mae-Adrian
  • Lowell Matias
  • Jordan Pedersen-Fukunaga
  • Deja Sherwood
  • Noah Stancil
  • Birolena Vaoga
  • Nyree Watai
  • Nathan Wong

First endowed chair established at UH Hilo

L-R: Dr. Patsy Fujimoto, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Randy Hirokawa, Dr. David Purcell, Jr. and Chancellor Donald Straney
L-R: Patsy Fujimoto, Randy Hirokawa, David Purcell, Jr, and Donald Straney.

Patsy Fujimoto, a practicing Hilo dentist and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa faculty member, is honoring her former UH Hilo history professor David Purcell by establishing an endowment at UH Hilo with a $500,000 gift. It is the first endowed chair established at UH Hilo.

The David C. Purcell, Jr. Endowed Visiting Chair in History in the College of Arts and Sciences will enable the department to bring distinguished historians to campus, and increase the amount of expertise in American, Asia/Pacific and European history, as well as in other fields of history.

“UH Hilo is grateful to Dr. Fujimoto for her generosity in establishing this endowment,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. “Knowledge of history enriches our communities and strengthens society, and I’m pleased the inspiration Dr. Purcell imparted to his student years ago will benefit UH Hilo students for years to come.”

“Dr. Fujimoto’s gift to UH Hilo is transformational in the sense that, for the first time, we will be able to bring to our campus some of the best scholar/teachers in the field of history to bolster our already outstanding faculty in the history department,” says Randy Hirokawa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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2014 UH Hilo Scholarship Celebration

Chancellor Straney with guests at the 2014 UH Hilo Scholarship Celebration.
Chancellor Straney with UH Foundation officials and guests at the 2014 UH Hilo Scholarship Celebration.

Donors, student scholarship recipients, and University of Hawai‘i at Hilo faculty and staff recently gathered in the Campus Center dining room to celebrate the impact of scholarships, and to honor the generous donors who are supporting students’ success.

During the program, UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney and UH Foundation Director of Scholarship Development Malia Peters spoke passionately about the transformational impact scholarships make in the lives of students and their families. Guests also heard from donor Audrey Furukawa (former executive assistant to the chancellor) who upon retirement from UH Hilo, joined family and friends in establishing a scholarship endowment supporting study abroad opportunities for UH Hilo students.

Students Sabrina and Samantha Hanabaga shared their personal stories about how scholarships have helped them. The twins recited the 3 B’s – “Believe, Balance and Become” as integral steps in achieving success in their academic careers and in life.

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Fundraiser for tennis scholarship held at luxurious Water Falling Estate in Ninole

Chancellor Dr. Donald Straney, Interim Director of Athletics Tim Moore, Hui Kako‘o Kenika /Hilo Brokers President Kelly Moran, Dr. Ruth Matsuura, Waterfalling Estate co-owner/designer/builder Scott Watson, Waterfalling Estate co-owner Laurie Robertson, UH Hilo Tennis Coach Karl Sloss.
(L-R) Chancellor Donald Straney, Interim Director of Athletics Tim Moore, Hui Kako‘o Kenika /Hilo Brokers President Kelly Moran, Dr. Ruth Matsuura, Water Falling Estate co-owner/designer/builder Scott Watson, Water Falling Estate co-owner Laurie Robertson, UH Hilo Tennis Coach Karl Sloss.
Aerial view of the Water Falling Estate in Ninoole on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.
Aerial view of Water Falling Estate in Ninole.

A benefit fundraiser for the Richard and Ruth Matsuura Vulcan Tennis Endowed Scholarship (University of Hawai‘i at Hilo) was held Feb.8 at the luxurious 8-acre Water Falling Estate in Ninole on the Big Island. The event raised nearly $25,000.

Guests explored the grounds of the beautiful estate, watched exhibition tennis matches, and enjoyed ono food.

Read more about the event at Big Island Now.

L-R: Newton Chu, Mariko Miho, Director, UH Hilo Development Office, Don, Barry Taniguchi, Roberta Chu.
L-R: Newton Chu; Mariko Miho, director of UH Hilo Development Office; Chancellor Don Straney; Barry Taniguchi; and Roberta Chu.
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