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Interim Chancellor’s Message to Faculty & Staff: Welcome to Fall 2018 Semester

UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Aloha and welcome back to returning faculty and staff. On behalf of the university, I send a special welcome to new faculty and staff joining our UH Hilo ‘ohana.

We have an exciting semester ahead with many opportunities for you to engage with the university community. We are planning an invited speaker series, fairs, exhibits, performances, and presentations on the extraordinary work of UH Hilo faculty and staff. Professional development events will challenge you to expand your knowledge and skills.

The volcanic eruption event that began in early May has touched all our lives. Please reach out for support if you have been directly affected. Visit our informational website for FAQs, information on housing, safety, wellness resources, contact information, and more.

I also encourage you to be especially sensitive to the needs of our students whose lives have been disrupted from the flow. The spirit of aloha will go a long way to help keep us all on track and moving forward with our work, our studies, and our lives.

Please welcome our new students and their families who are here to engage in the many Fall Orientation activities planned for them this week. I hope you’ll join us for Convocation on August 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Let’s also be ready to welcome back our returning students and the new academic year.

Have a great semester!

Marcia Sakai

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