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Film and Q&A: Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

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The documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will be shown Thursday, Oct. 26, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 108 of the Sciences and Technology Building. The showing will be followed by a live 30-minute webcast with former Vice President Al Gore.

The event is made possible through a Title III Native Hawaiian Serving-Institutions Grant under UH Hilo Office of the Interim Chancellor, Hawai‘i Community College Office of the Chancellor, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, and the UH Hilo Sustainability Committee.

Summary

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) raised public awareness about the climate crisis, now comes the powerful follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world meeting with climate champions and influencing international climate policy as he pursue the inspirational idea that the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Trailer.

Professional Development: Two upcoming webinars on Summer Bridge Programs

Two webinars on developing and implementing Summer Bridge Programs will be offered to UH Hilo faculty and staff.

Two webinars on developing and implementing Summer Bridge Programs will be offered  by Innovative Educators to faculty and staff at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The webinars are sponsored by the UH Hilo Professional Development Committee and the Office of the Chancellor.

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Designing Summer Bridge Programs: Curriculum Development, Delivery and Results
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
9:00 am – 10:30 am.
Student Services Center, room W-201.

This webinar will examine curriculum development implementation, and outcomes of two types of summer bridge programs: one-week skill building and test prep programs as well as a three-week co-requisite program that clusters a general education course, a developmental literacy course, and a student success course. Participants will learn how to design (or redesign) summer bridge programs to achieve outcomes that support and advance an institution’s strategic priorities.

Creating an Online Summer Bridge Program: Designing, Implementing and Assessing
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
9:00 am – 10:00 am.
Student Services Center, SC W-201.

This webinar examines the development of an online course designed to enhance the transition into higher education and enables participants to consider a framework for the course design. Practical strategies for incorporating online resources into an e-learning student success course will be highlighted.

Contact

Gail Makuakane-Lundin.

Presentation to the Senate and House Higher Education Committee: UH Hilo Directions and Strategies 2017

A presentation was given to the Senate and House Higher Education Committee yesterday, Oct. 11, 2017, on campus, about directions and strategies underway at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai was unable to attend; the event was hosted by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah-Marie Gomes.

View all PowerPoint slides below or in PDF. Click photos to enlarge.

 Photo aerial view of campus, red roofs with stream running through.
Slide 1

Conclusing slide with the words Aloha and Mahalo.
Slide 18

Contact

Marcia Sakai or Farrah-Marie Gomes.

Employee tuition waivers available for professional development classes

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service is offering professional development classes that qualify for free employee tuition through the support of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Basic Grant Writing: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
Advanced Grant Writing: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
Website Content: Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 13-29, 2017.

Waitlisting is available for the following courses that have yet to be scheduled:

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel.
  • Creating Business and Marketing Video Scripts.
  • DSLR Photography Application and Theory.
  • American Sign Language Level 1a and Level 1b.
  • Moving from Culturally Responsive to Culturally Sustaining Educational Practices.

Apply

Apply online for free tuition (limited seats available).

Message from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: New strategies gaining momentum

Across Student Affairs there is excellent work being done by all units and I’d like to recognize and thank all faculty and staff for their continued hard work and dedication to our students.

By Farrah-Marie Gomes, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Guest author for this month’s column.

Farrah Marie Gomes
Farrah-Marie Gomes

I am excited about the work that the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Division of Student Affairs has accomplished in the 10 months I have served as vice chancellor for student affairs. While the fall 2017 semester started only a few weeks ago and many units are busy helping students get settled into classes and activities, I’d like to share with you some of our recent successes.

Admissions

For the first time in four years, our admissions team was successful in recruiting the largest incoming class of students this semester. This was due in part to a 19 percent increase in first-time freshmen accepted to UH Hilo. As indicated in the UH System Enrollment Management Action Plan, two of our UH Hilo strategies include increasing enrollment of first-time students, especially on Hawai‘i Island, and increasing enrollment of transfer students, especially with UH community colleges.

To assist with these strategies, we will soon be searching for a Hawai‘i Island admissions counselor and plan to advertise for a transfer admissions counselor shortly thereafter.

Financial Aid

Refining our financial aid strategy is also included in the plan as a way of ensuring success of our students on their educational journey. This year, the Office of Financial Aid awarded more than $64 million in financial aid and last month unveiled a new micro-scholarship program to Hawai‘i Island high school counselors. This program will allow students, starting from their freshman year in high school, to earn funds toward a scholarship redeemable only upon enrollment at UH Hilo after graduation.

In addition to the financial benefit of micro-scholarships, we believe that by engaging with high school students earlier, they will be better prepared for their transition to college.

New Students

Realizing that the transition to college can be challenging for students, our New Student Programs made adjustments to New Student Orientation this summer. The most significant change was a reduction of the orientation fee, which likely contributed to almost 200 more registrations in this semester’s fall orientation.

Currently, New Student Programs is transitioning to a First-Year Experience Program. To assist with the retention of students in their first year at UH Hilo, transfer students will be provided with access to better coordinated transfer services and first-year students will be eligible to receive the support of a peer mentor through this new program.

Housing

Although there was an increase in the incoming class, UH Hilo experienced an overall decline in enrollment this semester. Despite this decline, there are 740 students living in our residence halls compared to 672 students last fall. This represents an all-time high for occupancy in UH Hilo housing since Hale ‘Alahonua was built in 2013, and is in part due to repricing approved by the Board of Regents in June that significantly reduced the rates for Hale ‘Alahonua by more than $700 each semester.

Living Learning Communities continue to be a highlight within the residence halls where a total of 113 freshmen have chosen a field of interest, are enrolled in a course together and go on off-campus trips that focus on cultural practices, community engagement, and service learning.

Mahalo

Across the rest of Student Affairs, there is excellent work being done by all units and I’d like to recognize and thank all faculty and staff for their continued hard work and dedication to our students. I look forward to many more accomplishments from our team in the future. The division will soon be embarking on reviewing our mission and vision statements as a way of ensuring that we continue to meaningfully contribute to the wonderful teaching and learning that takes place every day at UH Hilo.

Let’s journey on together!

Farrah-Marie Gomes

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