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500 InteliSocket devices to analyze energy use to be installed on campus

On April 23 and 24, the Ibis Networks will be on campus to install the devices.



University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is moving forward with efforts to make our campus more sustainable, especially in areas that reduce our costs.

To that end, we need good baseline information to show results from our efforts and are beginning a program to measure electricity use by many of the machines, appliances and instruments on campus. The value of this information for developing energy reduction strategies was demonstrated in a Sustainability Committee pilot project two years ago.

On April 23 and 24, the Ibis Networks will be on campus to install approximately 500 InteliSocket devices. These devices will allow UH Hilo to capture and analyze usage data on PCs, accessories, copiers, refrigerators, microwave, coffee makers, drinking fountains, window a/c, vending machines, teaching and research lab equipment, exercise equipment, etc.

Tentatively, the following areas will be affected by this project:

  • EKH 2nd floor: Computer labs, CoBE office, Spatial imaging office and lab, and general offices
  • EKH Ground Floor: 5 Classrooms
  • Marine Science Building: Lab equipment, refrigerators, freezers and general offices
  • PB 8/8A: Window a/c and music equipment
  • SLC: Exercise equipment and office equipment
  • Hale Alahonua


Don Straney

Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund sponsors Conflict Management Workshop

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College, and Hawai‘i Island communities are invited to a Conflict Management Workshop, Feb. 27 (for public) or Feb. 28 (for UH community).

Su-Mi Lee
Su-Mi Lee

In order to address the UH Hilo Strategic Plan Goals 4, 5, and 6, Su-Mi Lee, assistant professor of political science, has been granted funds from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund to hold a work shop on conflict management. This workshop will help create a productive and pleasant working environment where individuals can reach their full potential and collaborate to achieve organizational excellence.

The workshop is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund and is in collaboration with the County of Hawai‘i Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Kuikahi Mediation Center, UH Manoa, and the West Hawai‘i Mediation Center.


  • Help individuals become aware of cross-cultural differences
  • Equip individuals with tools that are useful to identify sources of conflict, ease tension, and resolve conflict
  • Train individuals in the skills of communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and mediation.


Light refreshments will be provided at both workshops, although participants may bring their own meals if desired.

DATE: Friday, Feb. 27
TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: University Classroom Building, rm 100, UH Hilo campus
This workshop is open to the general public and free of charge.

  • The Neurophysiology of Conflict: Bringing Oxytocin into the Room
  • Transformational Techniques: From Settlement to Resolution, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

DATE: Saturday, Feb. 28
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: University Classroom Building, rm 100, UH Hilo campus
This workshop is for UH Hilo and Hawai‘i CC members and is free of charge.

  • The Neurophysiology of Conflict: Bringing Oxytocin into the Room
  • Resolving Conflicts at Work: 10 Strategies for Resolution
  • How to Design, Organize and Conduct “Dangerous and Difficult Dialogues
  • Using Conflict Resolution Techniques to Reduce Stereotyping, Bias, and Prejudice


Kenneth Cloke
Kenneth Cloke

Both workshops will be led by Kenneth Cloke, director of the Center for Dispute Resolution. Cloke is an internationally renowned mediator, speaker, and author of numerous books on mediation and conflict resolution. He has carried out mediation in twenty major countries including China, Cuba, India, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Ukraine, the former USSR, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe and taught mediation and conflict studies at a number of universities including Southern Methodist University, Pepperdine University’s School of Law, the University of Southern California, the University of California-Los Angeles, Harvard Law School, and the University of Amsterdam ADR Institute.


For more info, contact Su-Mi Lee.

UH Hilo community is invited to attend Town Hall Meeting to discuss WASC Review

Invitation from the Chancellor to discuss the WASC team’s recommendations.


WASCI’m following up on my message regarding the accreditation report issued by the WASC Accreditation Review team based on their on-campus review conducted in Oct. 2014.

Overall, the report is very complimentary of the progress the campus has made. It also contains recommendations for actions we should take for further improvement.

I am now inviting you to participate in a Town Hall meeting on our campus on how the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo can proceed to address the team’s recommendations to:

  1. Develop clear criteria for applied learning and assess its effectiveness.
  2. Adhere to the published program review schedule and ensure it yields constructive feedback.
  3. Give immediate attention should be given to review barriers to articulation relating to the general education program.
  4. Extend assessment of core competencies outside of the general education program.
  5. Improve significantly the resources and capacity for institutional research.
  6. Continue efforts to enhance retention of continuing and transfer students.
  7. Develop more effective lines of communication on campus.
  8. Articulate a clear strategy for distance-learning programs and provide adequate resources to support instructors and learners.

Town Hall Meeting

Wed, Feb. 4, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wed, Feb. 11, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

Location: UCB 127 ( Ho‘oulu Terrace )

You are welcome to either or both of the meetings as your input is appreciated and valued.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Don Straney

Fee waivers for grant workshop

Requests for fee waivers are now being accepted for the February class on Advanced Grant Writing.

Hilo sealThe College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) has reserved complimentary seats exclusively for University of Hawai‘i at Hilo faculty and staff as part of the college’s Spring Professional Development workshops.

As part of the initiative to address the UH Hilo Strategic Plan Goals 2, 5, and 6, the college has been granted funds from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund to service the university and promote collaboration.

Requests for fee waivers are now being accepted for the February class on Advanced Grant Writing. The class is scheduled for Feb. 21st, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to be held at 81-964 Halekii Street, Kealakekua, HI 96750 Building 5, Classroom 5C.

In this course, experienced grant writer, Jeani Navarro, will show how to research and write winning proposals that get funded.

Participants will:

  • Gain a more in-depth understanding of the criteria funders use to determine whether a grant proposal is funded or rejected.
  • Discover a number of finishing touches to give project the edge over others.
  • Become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations.
  • Discover the quickest and most efficient ways to gather the information needed to develop a proposal’s attachments, including information on the organization’s structure, administration, and finances.

All interested individuals will need to complete and submit the information below for review by Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Responses should be emailed to program coordinator, Luisa Castro, at


  • Name
  • Unit or department
  • Brief paragraph stating how attending the workshop will benefit the grant writer and unit.

Notification of the committee’s decision will be sent to applicant by Friday, Feb. 13.

Contact info

For more information contact Luisa Castro at 808-974-7664.

Column by the Chancellor in Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce Newsletter: December 2013

Message from UH Hilo Chancellor Donald O. Straney
Chamber Connection Newsletter
Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce

December 2013

With applied learning experiences, UH Hilo grads are competitive for employment

HICCSeveral recent reports indicate many college graduates nationwide, are having trouble finding their first jobs. The current job market is tough and employers are looking for people with experience. At the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, we are moving toward an applied learning experience for every student so they will graduate with an immediate advantage: they will have work experience through internships, collaborative research projects with professors, and/or community projects. Many of our students are already out working in the community, applying the learning they receive in the classroom, getting real-life experience before they enter the workforce with their degree. When they graduate, they have a degree AND a resume.

Let me share some examples.

Shadd Keahi Warfield is a high school teacher at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Hawaiian language immersion school in Keaukaha where he was raised. He received his bachelor of arts, master of arts in Hawaiian language and literature, and is currently a candidate for a doctor of philosophy in indigenous language revitalization, all from UH Hilo. As an undergraduate, Keahi was a coach and mentor for Keaukaha Canoe Club working primarily with youth. He has gone on to develop an innovative after school program called RISE (Revealing Individual Strengths for Excellence), a private program to, among other things, provide individual mentoring to disadvantaged youth to increase their knowledge of career and academic paths.

In the field of aquaculture, Sierra Tobiason graduated with a bachelor of science in agriculture, then stayed at UH Hilo for the tropical conservation biology master’s program, where she conducted collaborative research with an aquaculture company. She is now employed as the Sea Grant extension agent for South Kohala. Her experience with local fishers and aquaculture helped her secure the position as Sea Grant was looking for someone with diverse skills and the ability to work with the local community.

UH Hilo’s seniors in the nursing program have practicums at several community sites. All seniors have a capstone course of 90 clinical hours;  the students select their top three priorities of practice in an acute care setting and then faculty coordinate the experience with mentors. Students get to know the organization and have a chance to impress the employers. A recent graduate impressed Hospice of Hilo so much during her community health practicum, she was hired as soon as she graduated. Further, Hilo Medical Center has an internship program for graduates that many times leads to employment.

Many of our humanities graduates also make strong connections in the community during their undergraduate studies, leading to good jobs. For example, all students in our performing arts program are immersed in community outreach projects either through performing and/or teaching at UH Hilo or out in the local community. Nicole Cowan, with a degree in drama, is now a freelance actress on the Big Island and recently had a part in The Trial of Lili‘uokalani with the Hilo Community Players. Sara Hayashi, with a degree in dance, is an instructor at Island Dance Academy, and BriAnna Johnson, with a degree in drama, now works as a high school drama teacher.

Our kuleana, our responsibility, is to improve the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i, the Pacific region and the world. The national trends on diminishing employment opportunities are disturbing, but we are working hard to give our students the skills and experience to counter those trends and create a productive future for themselves, our island and state.


Don Straney