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Month: April 2018

Open forum at UH Hilo with UH President Lassner, May 11

President Lassner will deliver remarks and then do a Q&A to discuss ideas, concerns and aspirations for UH Hilo.

David Lassner
David Lassner

All members of the campus community at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo are invited to an open forum with UH President David Lassner.

DATE: Friday, May 11, 2018.
TIME: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: University Classroom Building, room 127.

President Lassner will deliver remarks and then do a Q&A to discuss ideas, concerns and aspirations for UH Hilo.

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Message from UH President Lassner: Update on UH Hilo Chancellor search

The search committee expects to conduct campus visits with finalists at the start of the fall 2018 semester to ensure full campus input before a selection is made.

Dear UH Hilo faculty, staff, students and administrators—

David Lassner
David Lassner

In December 2017, we announced that the search for the next chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo began. A 16-member search committee was formed comprised of faculty, staff, students and community members and is co-chaired by Farrah-Marie Gomes, UH Hilo vice chancellor for student affairs, and Vassilis Syrmos, UH System vice president for research and innovation.

When we announced the search, we also noted that a professional search firm would be assisting with the process and we were concluding our efforts to competitively select a firm. The updated job announcement was posted in January with review to begin at the end of February. We hoped to expeditiously identify the next chancellor, who will play a critical role in strengthening UH Hilo’s unique position in the state and beyond, with my recommendation to the Board of Regents this summer.

The search committee has been moving the process along to meet this timeline. However, due to unexpected delays, a finalized agreement with the search firm is not yet in place. So as the semester comes to a close, and in consultation with the chairs who have discussed with the search committee, we are backing off this aggressive schedule to ensure that the search firm is onboard and fully engaged in assisting us identify the best possible candidates. We now expect to conduct campus visits with finalists at the start of the fall 2018 semester to ensure full campus input before a selection is made. This will still allow for a new chancellor to start in the spring 2019 time frame.

As our search continues, I appreciate the leadership of Interim Chancellor Sakai during this current academic year. I will also be making a recommendation to the Board of Regents to continue her appointment as interim chancellor until the new chancellor begins.

David Lassner

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Hawaiian Healing Arts workshop for faculty and staff, May 3

To successfully create a culture of mental and emotional wellness for students on campus, faculty and staff are encouraged to create a culture of emotional wellness for themselves.

Dane  Kaohelani Silva
Dane  Kaohelani Silva

The University of Hawai’i at Hilo Suicide Prevention Committee and Counseling Services invites all faculty and staff to a Lomi Noho  (seated massage) and Hawaiian Healing Arts workshop by Kumu Dane  Kaohelani Silva sponsored by the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

To successfully create a culture of mental and emotional wellness for students on campus, faculty and staff are encouraged to create a culture of emotional wellness for themselves.

DATE: May 3, 2018
TIME: 1:00 to  2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Campus Center, room 306.

This experiential workshop will include instruction on partner lomi noho (seated massage) as well as information about Hawaiian healing arts for self-care. Kumu Dane will introduce three local plants that are used by kanaka maoli (indigenous people) to preserve health and prevent pehupehu (chronic inflammation). They may be applied by participants during this session.

Bio

Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai’i Island. He grew up in the Hawaiian community of Keaukaha. During his youth, he was trained in healing and martial arts by native experts.

Educated in Hawai’i and the mainland, he completed a long career in academia, military and clinical practice. A leader in the field of integrative healthcare, he continues to promote the practice of  self-care as the foundation for family and community health.

Kumu Dane is currently developing herbal products for self-care and home care. Using medicinal plants from the garden, these oils and creams are designed to offer relief from pain, swelling and loss of function.

Information

For more information or disability accommodation contact Counseling Services.

General info about Counseling Services for staff and faculty.

Reservations

Participation is limited, RSVP online.

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Lecture on diversity and multiculturalism by visiting scholar Gary Okihiro, May 2

The Chancellor’s Diversity Committee invites the university community and the general public to attend a talk by a nationally acclaimed scholar, founder and teacher of Asian American and comparative ethnic studies.

 

Gary Okihiro
Gary Okihiro

SPEAKER: Gary Y. Okihiro, PhD.
TITLE: “Diversity and its Discontents: How Multiculturalism Failed Us.”
DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
TIME: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
PLACE: University Classroom Building, room 100, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (campus map).

Free and open to the UH community and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

Bio

Gary Y. Okihiro, PhD, is a visiting professor of American Studies at Yale University, a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, and the founding director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He has taught, directed and developed the comparative ethnic studies programs at Humboldt State University, Santa Clara University, and Cornell University.

Prof. Okihiro is the author of 14 books, and his research focuses on the United States (including Hawaiʻi) southern Africa, Asian studies and world history. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association and Association for Asian American Studies, received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of the Ryukyus (Okinawa), and is a past president of the Association for Asian American Studies.

Sponsors

The talk is sponsored by the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Diversity Committee and the Droste Bequest.

Contact

Contact Patsy Iwasaki for more information or auxiliary aids/special accommodations to participate.

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Interim dean named for the new College of Natural and Health Sciences

Aloha University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ‘Ohana,

Jim Beets
Jim Beets on research expedition.

I am pleased to announce that Jim Beets, professor of marine science and chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, has agreed to serve as the  interim dean of the new College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS). His first day will be July 1, 2018, the date that CNHS is formally established. A national search for a permanent dean of CNHS will soon be launched.

Dr. Beets has served as a faculty member in the marine science department since 2004 and been in leadership positions on several collaborative research grants totaling more than $4.4 million and spanning multiple agencies including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. His intellectual contributions include 13 peer reviewed journal publications and peer reviewed technical reports over the past seven years.

Dr. Beets has demonstrated his strong commitment to student mentorship, serving as senior thesis/Marine Options Program project advisor for seven master of science in tropical conservation biology and environmental science students and advising over 20 student projects. He has also demonstrated strong commitment to faculty engagement and faculty governance through his service on numerous campus committees, ranging from personnel review to research and enrollment management. He has served as Faculty Congress representative and chair.

A staunch advocate for the university, he has nurtured positive relationships within the community. Please join me in thanking him for agreeing to serve UH Hilo in this capacity.

Regards,

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

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