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Stephanie Nagata appointed director of Mauna Kea Management

Stephanie Nagata


I am pleased to announce that Stephanie Nagata will continue her leadership of the Office of Mauna Kea Management. Her appointment as director of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) was signed by President Greenwood.

Stephanie began working for OMKM in 2001 as its associate director and has served as interim director since 2008. During this time, significant and critical progress has been made on a number of issues regarding the Mauna Kea Science Reserve, development of the Comprehensive Management Plan and its four subplans, and development of the Major Projects Review Process.

Ms. Nagata has the extensive administrative experience to meet the challenges ahead and I look forward to working with her.

Don Straney

Nomination period now open for UH Hilo 2012 Faculty and Staff Awards


Nominations are now being accepted for the following UH Hilo faculty and staff awards:

Recognizes creativity in teaching, scholarship, and artistic production at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Any full-time UH Hilo faculty or staff member is eligible. Teams consisting of two or more faculty or staff may also be nominated. (Students may be part of teams led by faculty or staff).

Presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to student life beyond the boundaries of their official responsibilities.

Presented to a building or ground maintenance employee who has made significant contributions to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

Presented to a faculty or professional staff member who provides service related professional skills to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and their community.

Presented to an individual who has made a significant contributions to developing and promoting the mission and spirit of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

Click here for nomination instructions and forms on our awards website. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 23, 2012.

Office of the Chancellor

New faculty and staff introduced at Chancellor’s 2012 Spring Gathering; buffet and farmers market celebrate “local first” food, produce and products

New faculty and staff were recognized at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2012 Spring Gathering; the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management held a farmers market stocked with produce, products and plants from UH Hilo’s Agriculture Farm Lab.

Chancellor Straney gestures during his remarks.
Chancellor Straney points toward the Farmers Market held on the Campus Center Plaza during the 2012 Spring Gathering, Jan. 26.
Three people talking on the plaza.
Norman Arancon (left), assistant professor of horticulture, who organized the Farmers Market with students from the College of Agriculture, hands out taro plants as giveaways.

New faculty and staff were introduced at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2012 Spring Gathering event on January 26 at the Campus Center Plaza. Celebrating a “local first” theme, the crowd enjoyed a buffet menu of local fruit and vegetable dishes, pulled pork, a sweet potato dessert, coffee and fruit juices.

Adding to the theme, the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management held a farmers market stocked with produce, products and plants from UH Hilo’s Agriculture Farm Lab.

Chancellor Straney gave a presentation with updates on UH Hilo’s new Stategic Plan, spring enrollment numbers, legislative updates and other news (transcript to be published shortly).

The following new faculty and staff attended the event:

Kenny Simmons and Cathy Wiltse
Kenny Simmons (left), interim vice chancellor for academic affairs introduced Cathy Wiltse, new director of the Small Business Development Center.
Amelia Shapiro (at right), director of academic support, welcomes Lyndsay Heller, science center coordinator.
Leon Hallacher (at right), chair of the natural sciences division, with Scott Uehara, information technology specialist.
John Pezzuto (center), dean at the College of Pharmacy stands with Cara Suefuji (left), academic support specialist, and Peyton Wong (right), associate specialist, clinical track faculty.
Farrahmarie Gomes and Steve McPeek
Farrahmarie Gomes (left), director at the North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center introduces Steve McPeek, NHERC operations manager.
Newcomers at Student Affairs, left to right: Mackenzie Austin, assistant director, outdoor recreation and aquatics, Department of Campus Recreation; Valerie Yamaki, fitness coordinator, Department of Campus Recreation; Marianna Karewicz, medical technologist, Student Medical Services; Leslie Armeniox, associate director, Counseling Services. Luoluo Hong, vice chancellor for student affairs, stands at far right.
Ka‘iu Kimura (at far right), director at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i, introduced two newcomers: Punawai Rice (center) and Mino‘aka Macanas.

Aloha and Welcome to all new Faculty and Staff!

Photos by John Oshima.

Chancellor’s Mahalo Celebration will feature locally grown and produced foods, dessert contest

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s annual Chancellor’s Mahalo Celebration will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Campus Center Plaza.

Festivities will feature locally grown and produced foods. Faculty and staff also will have an opportunity to demonstrate their culinary talents through a Holiday Dessert Contest. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Sodexho Baker’s Tastiest Choice: $50 Sodexho meal card
  •  Chancellor’s Most Original Choice: $50 gift certificate
  • Student’s Presentation Choice: $50 gift certificate from the UH Hilo Student Activity Council

There also will be hands-on activities for children to make fun things to take home!

Happy Holidays!

Column by the Chancellor in UH Hilo’s Newsletter: Ka Lono Hanakahi, December 2011

Message from University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Donald O. Straney
Ka Lono Hanakahi, UH Hilo’s Faculty and Staff Newsletter 
December 2011 

As we finish up the fall semester and prepare for winter break, I want to extend my deepest appreciation for all your hard work during a busy and challenging year. Thank you for your dedication to our students, to our university community, and to our Big Island community.

I want to especially thank all of you for working together on the budget challenges. In the face of an uncertain economy, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo enrolled the largest number of students in history this fall. This demand for our programs tells us that access to higher education is more valued than ever before. UH Hilo faculty, staff, and students have worked very well together as an ‘ohana and as a result, despite great challenges, we have protected the instructional core of the campus and direct services to our students. I fully understand that this came at great sacrifice to many of you. I’ve learned a lot from you about the Hawaiian value of lokahi and about working together collaboratively in the spirit of unity.

While the nation faces difficult times, we are all so lucky to live and work in such a beautiful and vibrant place. I am proud of what our students are accomplishing. I’m in awe of the high caliber of teaching, research and outreach done by our faculty; our students and our surrounding community all benefit from the excellent work done by our faculty. Our staff is second to none for professionalism in support of our entire campus. From my perspective—a bird’s eye view of our entire ‘ohana—UH Hilo is an incredibly strong university and I am proud to be part of it.

Our local community has also shown great support and generosity this past year to help us achieve our goals. Private support from donors is providing a critical margin of excellence and ensuring that our faculty members continue to challenge students to reach their highest level of achievement. This year, UH Hilo students are benefiting from the largest amount of private scholarship support in the history of this institution. In fiscal year 2011, UH Hilo raised $1,618,148, the largest number of private scholarship dollars in history. Between 2000 and 2011, UH Hilo’s scholarship endowment grew from $942,000 to $3.4 million.

At least 70 percent of UH Hilo’s 4,000+ students depend on some form of financial aid to fund the cost of attending the university. For first year students at UH Hilo, the percentage is even higher: 75 percent of freshmen are receiving financial aid. In fact, UH Hilo has the highest percentage of students receiving aid of any of the 10 campuses in the UH System.

It’s clear what a vitally important role our private donors play in ensuring the academic success of our students; scholarships support students to complete their education and contribute to their communities. Behind every scholarship there is an individual or a company that has a connection to UH Hilo and a desire to help our students. On behalf of the university community, I’d like to take this opportunity to express deep appreciation to our donors.

I will be hosting a Mahalo Celebration on Dec. 15 at 3:00-4:30 at the Campus Center Plaza. Please come join us for some ono food, good company and excellent entertainment!

I wish you and yours a safe and restful holiday. I look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Don Straney