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
Message to Faculty, Staff, and Administrators: This is the time of year when we as a university can come together to strengthen our community by pledging during the annual United Way General Campaign. Deadline to submit pledge is Friday, Oct. 19.
Bentos for Bob-Bob: The benefit is a partnership with UH Hilo, Chef Alan Wong, the Adopt-A-Beehive with Alan Wong program, and Sodexo Dining Services.
Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai attended a fundraiser today to benefit a community outreach project at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management. The “Bento Benefit for Bob-Bob” raised $2,500 to help support University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s equine program to fund medication, horse supplements, and veterinary care for horses at UH Hilo’s Agricultural Farm Laboratory in Pana‘ewa.
In May 2018, with the Kilauea eruption in Puna, 22 horses and the mini-donkey Bob-Bob were displaced from their homes and fostered at the UH Hilo Farm. Their care has been provided by UH Hilo pre-veterinary students and volunteers.
Doudna gained international renown when she and her colleagues at UC Berkeley were the first to develop the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology that enables scientists to edit the DNA of any organism. Based on a naturally occurring process used by bacteria to fight viruses, the CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) system provides scientists with a tool to make precise changes to the DNA of the genes, thereby modifying the function of cells in specific ways.
This visit was a special homecoming for Prof. Doudna. She was born in Washington, DC, and moved to Hilo with her parents when she was seven years old. She is a 1981 graduate of Hilo High School. Her father, Martin Doudna, was an English professor at UH Hilo, and her mother, Dorothy Doudna, taught history at Hawai‘i Community College.
Rose and Raymond Tseng Distinguished Lecture Series
The lecture was the first of the Rose and Raymond Tseng Distinguished Lecture Series at UH Hilo. The series is supported by an endowed fund started by UH Hilo Chancellor Emerita Rose Tseng.
Before the talk, Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai hosted a reception for Prof. Doudna and Chancellor Emerita Tseng. Photos by Bob Douglas, click to enlarge.
Following the talk, Interim Chancellor Sakai hosted Prof. Doudna and Chancellor Emeritus Tseng at a private dinner at Hilo landmark Ken’s House of Pancakes.
About the photographer:Bob Douglas is a local artist, photographer, and sometimes part-time student who volunteers his photography skills to the Office of the Chancellor and UH Hilo Stories.
This morning UH Hilo Campus Security received a report that an individual on campus was overheard making a threat of gun violence. The alleged threat was not specific to any person or the campus. At the time, the alleged individual was reported to be walking towards the Library. UH Hilo Security had a general description of the alleged individual and proceeded to the Library to investigate. While there was an alleged threat of gun violence, there was insufficient information to determine the credibility of the threat.
The Hawai‘i Police Department was notified of the allegation as a precautionary measure and a UH Alert was sent to the UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College campuses [text and email to those signed up for UH Alert]. UH Hilo Security and the HPD followed through with the person who made the initial report and were able to identify the alleged individual, who was taken for further questioning by the HPD.
While UH Hilo did not consider this to be an Active Shooter event, we acknowledge that this was a traumatic event for some on our campus. Individuals may experience a variety of responses to this type of event on campus, and are encouraged to seek support if they are in distress.
Counseling Services are available for students Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., see contact information online.
You may also contact:
24 Hour Crisis Text Line 741-741. Text “Hello” or “Aloha.”
Crisis Line of Hawai‘i 24 Hour Support at 1-800-753-6879.
24 Hour National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
Employees may access the free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at (808) 543-8445 or toll-free at (800) 944-3571. The EAP provides confidential, short-term, professional counseling to employees. Additional information on the EAP can be found online.