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A limited number of tickets and ground transportation are available at no cost to all UH Hilo employees with support from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.
The Women’s Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo announces the availability of funding from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee to support attendance at the upcoming 2018 Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Summit on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.
Keynote speaker is Jackie Young, a consultant, speaker, and advocate for social change and healthy communities.
Complete the information on this Google Form and submit electronically no later than Monday, October 8. Those who are selected will be notified on Wednesday, October 10.
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
- Kyle Tsuda
- 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
College of Pharmacy
- Jeryd Teramoto, IT Specialist
- Joseph Sanchez, Library Director
North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center
- Kei-Lin Cerf, Director
- Michelle Cooper, Admissions Counselor
- Shayna Fuerte, Academic Advisor and Counselor
Kathleen Baumgardner’s background and experience in strategic planning will be extremely valuable in developing a new, updated strategic plan for our campus.
Aloha University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ‘Ohana,
I am pleased to announce the casual hire appointment of Ms. Kathleen Baumgardner as our strategic planning project manager effective October 1, 2018.
Ms. Baumgardner was employed at Colorado State University College of Engineering for over 15 years serving as the director of strategic communications and coordinator of development, advancement and administration. She previously was the director of college communication and the associate director of admissions at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
At Colorado State and Knox College, Ms. Baumgardner worked on strategic planning, branding activities and communication strategies with internal groups and external constituents to actively support new strategic goals and initiatives.
Her background and experience in strategic planning will be extremely valuable in developing a new, updated strategic plan for our campus. Please join me in welcoming Kathleen to our UH Hilo ‘ohana.
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.
At our Division of Student Affairs, Vice Chancellor Farrah-Marie Gomes is looking at developing a Center for Diversity and Multiculturalism to bring together all the programs that currently support diversity, including the Center for Global Education and Exchange, the Minority Access and Achievement Program, the Student Support Services Program, the Womenʻs Center, the LGBTQ+ Center, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, and others. The centralization will allow for even more coordination and collaboration between people and programs in support of our diverse campus community.
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
The Chronicle’s ranking of the top 10 most diverse public four-year universities and their corresponding diversity indexes:
- UH Hilo, 88.9
- Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology at Okmulgee, 87.1
- UH Maui College, 86.5
- UH West Oʻahu, 84.5
- Highline College, 81.9
- UH Mānoa, 81.6
- California State University, East Bay, 79.3
- Rutgers University-Newark, 78.9
- New Jersey Institute of Technology, 78.5
- Seattle Central College, 78.0