Non-perishable food items are accepted and will be donated to the Hawai‘i Island Food Basket. The UH Hilo goal is to raise $550.00 and collect 350 lbs of food. As of Nov. 2, $115.50 and 46.2 lbs of food has been collected.
Food donations can be left at the following locations on campus:
Campus Center, room 210
School of Education in University Classroom Building, room 313
Division of Student Affairs office in Student Services Center, room W-306
Performing Arts Center Box Office
Monetary donations can be made at the Campus Center Sodexo Dining Hall at each of the registers or online. Online donations should include the notation “TO UH HILO” in the memo so that it will count towards UH Hilo totals. Checks can also be made, payable to “Hawaii Island Food Basket”—the Campus Community Service office will provide pick up of checks (send an email request for pick up).
The campus community is invited to the Hunger Banquet on Nov. 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in Campus Center, room 301. The event highlights the disparity in access to food and resources globally.
National events of the last two weeks have furthered the resolve of the UH Hilo community to be unflinching in its commitment to embrace diversity and inclusion on our campus while fostering and practicing the spirit of aloha in all that we do.
At UH Hilo we take pride in our diverse campus community, and embrace all who come here to work, study, and grow. Universities are places where ideas and cultures intersect, and we strive to ensure this is a place where the exchange of diverse ideas can occur in a safe and productive environment.
National events of the last two weeks have furthered the resolve of the UH Hilo community to be unflinching in its commitment to embrace diversity and inclusion on our campus while fostering and practicing the spirit of aloha in all that we do. I ask that each of you make a personal commitment to do your part to ensure our campus is a place where our differences can make us better, within a framework of respect and aloha.
As the most diverse four-year university in the country, we serve as an academic model to the world where people from across the globe live in harmony, thinking independently together.
UH Hilo is here to support you with a variety of services for our students, faculty and staff. Should you need assistance, please reach out or make referrals to the available campus services below:
Faculty recently awarded tenure and promotion were recognized at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Interim Chancellor’s 2018 Fall Gathering event on Sept. 28.
“The awarding of tenure and promotion is the university’s recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service,” notes Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai. “We honor and congratulate these faculty members on their achievements.”
Newcomers to UH Hilo in staff and faculty positions were also introduced at the event.
TENURE AND PROMOTION
The following faculty have been awarded TENURE AND PROMOTION:
Joseph Genz, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Comfort Sumida, Assistant Specialist
The following faculty have been awarded TENURE:
Kurt Dela Kruz, Jr. Specialist
Jonathan Goebel, Associate Professor of Art
Mary Louise Haraguchi, Librarian III
Faith Mishina, Associate Professor of Language
Ryan Perroy, Associate Professor of Geography
The following faculty have been awarded PROMOTION:
Jonathan Awaya, Professor of Biology
Kathy Cooksey, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Mazen Hamad, Professor of Chemistry
Charmaine Higa-McMillan, Professor of Psychology
Marina Karides, Professor of Sociology
Sarah Marusek, Professor of Political Science
Faith Mishina, Professor of Language
Kirsten Møllegaard, Professor of English
Misty Pacheco, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Marianne Takamiya, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Jin Yin, Professor of Communication
The following faculty have been awarded DELEGATED PROMOTION:
Reyna Morel, Assistant Professor of Communication
Justin Reinicke, Assistant Specialist
NEWCOMERS TO UH HILO
The following are new members of the UH Hilo ‘Ohana:
Kumalani Borling, Security Guard
Clint Collins, Unit Diving Coordinator
Cory Kaizuka, Project Manager
Garrick Tamashiro, Security Guard
Melanie Marciel, Academic Advisor
College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management
Britton Clark Cole, Farm Manager
Sharadchandra Marahatta, Assistant Professor
Lissa Tsutsumi, Instructor
Cheryl Yara, Farm Technician
College of Arts and Sciences
Helen Duley, Instructor of Sociology
Patsy Iwasaki, Lecturer of Communication and English
Michael Skinner, Instructor of History
College of Business and Economics
James Czarski, Instructor of Economics
Andrey Simonov, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Erin Swain, Administrative Services Officer
Heng Tien, Instructor of Marketing and Management and Career Development Coordinator
College of Natural and Health Sciences
John Burns, Assistant Professor of Marine Science
Joel Kaufmann, Instructor of Biology
Daniel O’Conner, Instructor of Physics and Astronomy
Our campus’s cultural diversity provides an environment in which appreciation for diversity of perspectives can create a healthy community where everyone feels respected and valued.
October is Global Diversity Awareness Month and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has much to celebrate. Our campus prides itself on being an inclusive community, nurturing and supporting a global mix of ethnicities and cultures. In August, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2018 Almanac ranked UH Hilo as the most diverse four-year public university in the nation! Three other UH campuses also ranked in the top 10.
Our campus’s cultural diversity provides an environment in which appreciation for diversity of perspectives can create a healthy community where everyone feels respected and valued. This is enriching for everyone on campus. But it’s even more than that.
Having local, mainland, Pacific region and other international students all living and learning together gives everyone real experience in the development of global understanding. Students leave our campus and community with a strong sense of the value of diversity in education, commerce, health and welfare—our graduates are already global citizens before graduation, with an understanding that valuing diversity raises the quality of life for everyone.
Let me share something about our people and programs working in support of diversity at UH Hilo.
First, we embrace our responsibility to serve the indigenous people of Hawai‘i and to support Hawai‘i’s indigenous language and culture. Hawai‘i’s people, history, cultures, and natural environment permeate all that we do in teaching, conducting research, and doing outreach to the community.
In addition to our Hawaiian language and cultural revitalization programs, cultural practitioners are part of many programs in the natural sciences, pharmaceutical and health sciences, humanities, and sustainability. Cultural practitioners at our Uluākea program teach faculty in various academic disciplines an authentic and practical understanding of indigenous ways of knowing the world.
It is from this strong place-based foundation that our campus embraces the world, its peoples and its cultures.
In academics, Professor of Sociology Marina Karides is developing a new track of study focusing on island and indigenous sociology. The curriculum includes courses on indigenous health and well-being, island feminism, and the political economy of Hawai‘i. Students’ theses will be based in indigenous research protocols, and internships will be required with organizations that serve Native Hawaiian and/or indigenous communities.
Through the Study Abroad program, headed by Director of Global Exchange Carolina Lam, our local students have many opportunities to study in another country, giving them real world experience of other cultures and people. Students who study abroad gain valuable skills and expertise for an increasingly internationalized and interdependent world.
On campus, UH Hilo hosts incoming exchange students from different nations and cultures each semester in a program headed by Director of Global Exchange Tom Shumway. Almost 100 new international exchange and other international students have joined us this fall—of those about 30 are exchange students with us for one or two semesters and the others degree seeking. About 250 total international students are on campus. Along with international films and speakers, these students present opportunities for an enriched understanding of diverse viewpoints and experiences that benefit our classrooms, our campus, and the greater Hilo community.
At our Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Director Jennifer Stotter is looking at diversity on campus from the perspective of equity. In addition to ensuring that UH Hilo is following all laws and policies pertaining to equal opportunity, the EEO/AA office also develops training programs and workshops on sexual harassment and discrimination to ensure all on our campus are supported and treated fairly.
We look forward to doing more, because this is the type of support that expands our students’ views about people, their diverse communities and the world as they become global citizens and move on to become the leaders of the future.
UH Hilo will be celebrating Global Diversity Awareness Month on campus with a Diversity Fair on Oct. 24. There will be student presentations, artwork, music, food, and performance art, all celebrating diversity. The different programs mentioned in this column will also have displays and information booths. An awards ceremony will cap the event recognizing the best student presentations. All are welcome, the event is free and open to the public. I hope you’ll join us.
Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai hosted a Coffee Hour with the local press today on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Interim Chancellor Sakai shared the following information in her PowerPoint.
UH Hilo Most Diverse Four-Year University in the Nation