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UH Hilo 2012 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 2012 Fall Welcome event on August 21.

Faculty who recently received tenure and/or promotion were recognized at UH Hilo’s 2012 Fall Welcome event. Those attending the event were (front row, l-r) Todd Shumway, Jonathan Price, Efren Ruiz, Jing Yin, Seri Luangphinith, (back row, l-r) Kathleen Commendador, Eileen Lovell, Steven Lundblad, Brian Wissman, Karen Pellegrin, and Brian Bays.
Chancellor Straney, at podium, welcomes everyone to UH Hilo’s 2012 Fall Welcome event.

Faculty recently awarded tenure and promotion were recognized at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2012 Fall Welcome event on August 21.

“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 on campus at Ho‘oulu Terrace. “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:

  • Kathleen Commendador, to associate professor, nursing
  • Thomas Dewitt, to associate professor, marketing
  • Gene Johnson, to associate professor, accounting
  • Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, to associate professor, Hawaiian and Hawaiian studies
  • Eileen Lovell, to associate professor, nursing
  • Steven Lundblad, to associate professor, geology
  • Fiona Mccormack, to associate assistant professor, anthropology
  • Jonathan Price, to associate professor, geography
  • Efren Ruiz, to associate professor, mathematics
  • Brian Wissman, to associate professor, mathematics
  • Jing Yin, to associate professor, communication
  • Karen Pellegrin, to specialist, pharmacy practice
  • Brian Bays, librarian III, head of collection development, library

The following faculty members have been awarded tenure:

  • Yoshiko Fukushima, associate professor, Japanese studies, Asian theatre and performance studies
  • Todd Shumway, junior specialist, Center for Global Education and Exchange

The following faculty members have been promoted:

  • Shuguang Li, to professor, mathematics
  • Seri Luangphinith, to professor, English
  • Rebecca Ostertag, to professor, biology
  • Maria Haws, to associate professor, aquaculture

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.

Seri Luangphinith (at right), humanities division chair, introduced new faculty members Rodney Jubilado (at left), assistant professor of languages (Filipino), and Celia Bardwell-Jones, assistant professor of philosophy.
Leon Hallacher (at right), natural sciences division chair, introduced Rene Pierre Martin (at left), assistant professor of astronomy and director of the Hoku Kea Observatory, and Diana Webb, math instructor.
Susan Brown (fourth from right), interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, introduced (l-r) Cassidy Sterling, instructor of psychology; Alexander Nagurney, instructor of psychology; Alexandra Springer, interim assistant professor of sociology; Noah Viernes, instructor of political science; and Joseph Genz, assistant professor of anthropology.
Karen Pellegrin (at right), director of Continuing and Distance Education & Strategic Planning at the College of Pharmacy, introduced (l-r) Darlene Lehua Miller, institutional support fiscal specialist; Katherine Anderson, assistant professor of pharmacy practice; and Rachel Loo, STEP project specialist.
Marcia Sakai (at right), vice chancellor for administrative affairs, introduced (l-r) Alison Akamine, human resources specialist; Kelice Ann Valbuena, administrative & fiscal support specialist in the graphics department; and Lisa Cooper, administrative officer in the business office.
Dan Brown (at right), interim vice chancellor for research, introduced Holo Ho‘opai, project coordinator for the Islands of Opportunity Alliance project.
Helen Rogers (at right), acting university librarian, introduced Glenn Fernandez, information technology specialist.
Luoluo Hong (at far right), vice chancellor for student affairs, introduced (l-r) Kensei Gibbs, certified athletic trainer; Nadia Kholomeydik, mental health counselor, counseling services; Elenita Hopkins, interim budget manager & fiscal planner; Lyssa Sakamoto, student success advisor; Kamuela Miller, educational technology support specialist; (back row, l-r) Unity Beddingfield, head women’s soccor coach; Scott Hansen, head men’s and women’s tennis coach; Jeffery “Ziggy” Korytoski, head men’s soccer coach; Vidalino Raatior, director of AANAPISI Program & Pacific Islander Student Center; Sulma Gandhi, director of student health and wellness programs; Lucas Moe, interim coordinator, orientation & transition programs; and Desha Staley-Raatior, educational specialist, AANAPISI program & Pacific Islander Student Center. Missing: Lyssa Warren, interim campus & community services coordinator/CSO advisor.

Photos by John Oshima

UH Hilo celebrates first cohort in Doctor of Nursing Practice program

UH Hilo’s inaugural Doctor of Nursing Practice cohort (l-r) Christi Barretto-Candaroma, Patricia Hensley, Jordan Avenue, Armando Sarmiento, Poki’i Balaz, Noemi Arzaga, Hui Chen, Amy Hanapi, Tracy Thornett and Mellissa Sullivan.

Chancellor Donald Straney spoke at a banquet last week to celebrate the start of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. UH Hilo’s School of Nursing proudly presented the first cohort of students who will complete a three-year program in medical courses across the human lifespan. Upon graduation, these advanced practice nurses will become healthcare practitioners serving local and other communities.

“One reason I believe the education this cohort will receive here is so good is that UH Hilo’s School of Nursing is committed to preparing students to take what they learn here and use it to make communities better,” says Chancellor Straney.

Also speaking at the event were Randy Hirokawa, dean of UH Hilo College of Arts and Sciences, and Kay Daub, professor and director of the School of Nursing.

Community health care leaders, distinguished guests, faculty, staff, and special friends were in attendance to support this major milestone in healthcare for the island. The DNP program will increase the number of healthcare providers on the island of Hawai‘i, allowing greater access to care for people of all ages.

“The DNP at UH Hilo will help address the primary care provider shortage in Hawai‘i,” says Chancellor Straney.

Kīpaepae kā‘iewe ceremony held

Members of the UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College communities gather for a kīpaepae kā‘iewe ceremony to reaffirm the well being of the campus after the unexpected loss of several faculty members.
Chancellor Straney speaks at the kīpaepae kā‘iewe ceremony.

kīpaepae kā‘iewe ceremony was held last week to reaffirm the well being of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus after the unexpected loss of five members of the university ‘ohana over the summer. UH Hilo mourns the loss of Richard Crowe , professor of astronomy (d. May 27); David Miller, professor of English (d. June 27); Don Aanavi, retired art professor and campus minister (d. July 22) ; Sabry Shehata, professor of agricultural economics (d. July 21); and Jay Slivkoff, observatory technician in the astronomy and physics department (d. Aug 5).

Those gathered at the kīpaepae on Aug. 14—about 50 faculty, staff, and students from UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College—were moved by the simple yet profound message of the ceremony, described by UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney as “a moment to slow down the clock to honor life and living.”

Taupōuri Tangarō (left), who officiated over the kīpaepae, scatters water during the ceremony. The presentation of water symbolizes the cyclic nature of all life.

Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, executive assistant to the chancellor, explains the translation of kīpaepae kā‘iewe.

A kīpaepae is a traditional threshold stone to transitions one from the outer world of knowing into the inner world of remembering, used here to denote ceremony,” she says. “Kāʻiewe means to make familial connections.”

The ceremony, held outside Chancellor Straney’s office, was officiated by Taupōuri Tangarō, Hawai‘i CC assistant professor and department chair of the Hawai‘i Lifestyles program. The garden area fronting the administration building was dedicated as the malae, or ceremonial grounds, where ti leaf stalks were planted in memory of the lost colleagues.

Following Native Hawaiian protocol, each of the elements used in the kīpaepae kā‘iewe ceremony held significant symbolism about loss and reaffirmation of life. Many of those who gathered participated in drumming and the blowing of conch shells.

“The pahu (drum) is sounded to remind us that we all originate from within the womb, close to the heartbeat of our mothers,” says Tangarō. “The (shell trumpet) is trumpeted to remind us that the ocean does not disconnect, but connects us all.”

Drumming at the ceremony reminds all who hear that life originates from within the womb, close to the heartbeat of the mother.

Ceremonial salt and water were scattered by Tangarō. The solemn group was enveloped in his ‘oli (chant).

“The paakai (salt) is presented to encourage the preservation of humanity; the presentation of water is to remind us of the cyclic nature of all life,” he says. “And finally, the chant, a very ancient one from the volcanic myth traditions of Hawai‘i island, will reverberate the timeless and universal message to live well, to live full, and most of all, to create a legacy of having lived in the center of your potential.”

During the ceremony, ti leaf stalks were planted in memory of the departed colleagues.

The gathering was a collaborative event facilitated by Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo.

Organizers included Hawai‘i CC’s Kīpaepae Hawaiian Protocols Committee, an official college committee under the aegis of Hawai‘i CC’s Chancellor Noreen Yamane and chaired by Tangarō.

The gathering also was facilitated by UH Hilo’s Uluākea ‘ohana. Supported by the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, Uluākea is a cohort of UH Hilo administrators, faculty, staff, and learners active in the amplification of Hawai‘i Life Ways within their respective areas.

Former Chancellor Ed Kormondy visits UH Hilo

Former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Ed Kormondy was honored at two gatherings in July. There was a reception for community leaders who served on Chancellor Kormondy’s Cornerstone Committee, followed by a reunion of former faculty and staff.

Edward J. Kormondy served as chancellor at UH Hilo from 1986 to 1993. He is currently serving at Tusculum College, Tennessee, as temporary acting president.

Attending a reception honoring former Chancellor Ed Kormondy are (l-r), front row: Rick West, Marlene Hapai, Ed Kormondy, Judith Kirkendall, Jim Wilson. Back row: Linus Chao, Don Straney, Gerald DeMello, Bobby Fujimoto, Lois Toyama, Pieper Toyama, Jane Chao, Barry Taniguchi, Dan Brown, Linda West, Audrey Wilson, Leslie Lewis. Photo courtesy of UH Hilo Office of Development.
Former and current UH Hilo faculty and staff gather to honor former Chancellor Ed Kormondy. Front row (l-r): Edgar Torigoe, Ruth Robison, Leslie Lewis, Ed Kormondy, Irene Matsuura, Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, and Rick Castberg. Back row (l-r): Lois Toyama, Connie Maples, Pieper Toyama, Ray Okabayashi, Bob Okuda, Linda Damas, Keith Miser, Ann Miser, Dianne Higgins, Barbara Heintz, Sonia Juvik, Ginger Hamilton, Mitzi Hennessey, Henrilene Pickens, Lynn Namihira, Jerry Johnson, Cecilia Mukai, Dan Brown, and Margaret Shiba. Photo courtesy of UH Hilo Office of Development.

UH Hilo’s first Zero Waste Event is a huge success

Kristine Kubat (left) and Jordan from Recycle Hawai‘i stand proudly outside UH Hilo’s Campus Center Plaza with the resource recovery of breakfast waste from the first day of Orientation Week.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is conducting a Zero Waste Event on campus this week during Orientation. Cam Muir, biology professor and chair of UH Hilo’s Energy Savings and Sustainability Committee, announced Monday that the waste reclamation results on the first day of the event were 55 gallons of compostable materials, eight gallons of recyclables, and one-half pint of trash.

“The success of the event so far is the result of the work of the organizers as well as all the Orientation Week leaders and especially the patience, understanding, and enthusiasm of the freshman class and their parents,” says Muir. “Numerous students and their parents thanked us for the effort and virtually everyone got into the learning aspects, with some passing the learning forward to their new friends.”

The event is organized by Kristine Kubat of Recycle Hawai‘i, Lucas Moe of UH Hilo’s orientation office, and Muir of UH Hilo’s Office of Sustainability.

Muir says “zero waste” is meant to be a goal where all the waste generated at UH Hilo can be diverted to either compost or recycling. He says attaining this goal depends not only on the effort it takes to sort waste “at the bin,” but also begs effort at the “point of purchase.”

“I don’t think the important thing is actually attaining zero percent trash,” he says. “I believe the point is to reduce the non-divertible trash to as close to zero as possible while recovering as much useable resource from our trash as possible.”

Much can be accomplished with minimal effort. As this week’s Zero Waste Event shows, 96 percent of all waste has been diverted away from the landfill. Muir says this is important because as an institution, UH Hilo generates a tremendous amount of waste that is sent to Hilo’s landfill.

“If we can divert a large amount of that waste we can not only ameliorate the negative effects that UH Hilo is having on our local environment but also save thousands on our trash hauling,” he says.

Muir notes that an important part of the zero waste effort is recognizing that much of the trash generated at the university is actually usable resources. Instead of packaging the waste, almost all of it can be turned into soil and other recycled materials, thus reducing the need to cut down more trees for paper, mine more aluminum for cans, or import soil from the continent, he says.

“Of course, as a university, we also have the obligation to educate our students about behaviors that will be more sustainable for our society,” Muir says. “Seeing the response this week from our new students and their parents, the teacher in me has been singing!”

Muir hopes this will be the first of many such initiatives and that as a campus community, UH Hilo will be inspired by the tremendous success of the new freshmen in this first Zero Waste Event.

“My goal is to follow up this event with a proliferation of such events,” he says. “I also hope to expand the effort to a Zero Waste Week, a Zero Waste Semester, and ultimately a Zero Waste Campus. I believe we can do this and I believe that we are educationally, financially, and ethically obliged to try.”