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Professional development workshops in community engaged teaching, April 12

The workshops are made possible with support from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

Christine Cress
Christine Cress

The Center for Community Engagement at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo invites all faculty and staff to attend two professional development workshops in the theory and practice of community engaged teaching. Presenter Christine Cress, PhD, is professor of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Service-Learning at Portland State University.

The workshops are made possible with support from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund. No registration necessary.

Both workshops are to be held on Friday, April 12, 2019.

10:00-11:30 a.m., UCB 127
Overview of Community Engaged Teaching
Gain an understanding of what community engaged teaching is within a national and historical context. Build an understanding of the research and evidence-based outcomes of community-based learning as a sound pedagogical teaching and learning technique, with connections to student engagement and retention. Q&A included.

1:00-2:30 p.m., UCB 127
Embedding Community Engagement into Teaching and Scholarship
Begin the process of considering how community based projects could be embedded into current curriculum and scholarship. Gain an understanding of best practices within the contexts of inhibitors and facilitators of reciprocal campus-community collaborations, how to prepare students, and assessment options. Q&A included.


Christine Cress was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Middle East Technical University in Turkey and has conducted trainings on intercultural and curricular integration of service-learning at colleges in North America, Europe, Japan, and India.

Prof. Cress is an accomplished scholar with over 200 presentations and 75+ publications including three books on intercultural, pedagogical, and assessment issues in community engagement. She is lead author of the internationally best-selling textbook, Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities, that has been translated into Arabic, Japanese, and Spanish.

Prof. Cress previously served on the Executive Board of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, and has a decade of prior experience in student affairs administration, including academic and career advising.

In 2017, Prof. Cress received the Campus Compact Oregon Faculty Engaged Scholar Award.

Contact re workshops

Julie Mowrer

Message from the Interim Chancellor on active shooter drill and moving forward

I ask that all members of our campus community take part in these emergency exercises and use these emergency exercises to prepare  ourselves in case a real-life emergency does occur.  

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana:

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.I want to thank everyone for your understanding and patience with the cancellation of our active shooter drill that had been scheduled for February 22. Due to unexpected events taking place off campus, Hawai‘i Police Department officers were no longer available to assist us with our exercise and it was decided to postpone the drill.

At this time, a scaled down version of a drill is tentatively being scheduled for July. Since students and faculty will be away, the exercise will primarily involve staff members. A campus-wide drill will be conducted in the fall, and you will be informed when dates are confirmed.

I also want to convey that many shared their concerns about the active shooter drill, especially for our veterans on campus and those with PTSD. We are gathering these concerns and decisions will be made in conjunction with the Campus Crisis Management Team (CCMT). In particular, we will not engage in gunshot sounds without CCMT consultation. Please share any further concerns or questions with the CCMT, which is convened by Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Kalei Rapoza.

Emergency exercises help to prepare us for emergency incidents with which we may be confronted. As interim chancellor, I ask that all members of our campus community take part in these emergency exercises and use these emergency exercises to prepare  ourselves in case a real-life emergency does occur.

As the semester quickly winds down, I wish everyone a successful close to the spring semester and the academic year.

Marcia Sakai

Message about sex discrimination and gender-based violence prevention resources

Message from the University of Hawai‘i System Offices:

Aloha to all UH students, faculty and staff,


In light of recent federal efforts to revise regulations protecting students against sex discrimination, the University of Hawai‘i reaffirms its commitment to ensuring safe and respectful campus environments where everyone can strive toward their academic, career and personal goals. The issue of sex discrimination and gender-based violence is prevalent on college campuses nationwide, and UH is working to continue the progress already made toward addressing these issues on our campuses.

Students as well as our entire community have important roles to play by being aware of the issues, watching out for one another and reporting violations. Everyone is encouraged, if they have not already, to take the free, online Title IX training for students.

Online training for employees.

If you are a victim of intimate partner violence or any other type of sexual harassment or gender-based violence, please know that the following help is available, including on a confidential basis.

Confidential Resources

UH System Title IX and Office of Institutional Equity website

Campus Title IX Coordinators

We have made significant strides in addressing these issues over the past several years, but our goal is campus life free of sexual harassment and gender-based violence and we have even more to do.

Please enjoy a safe and successful academic semester!

Upcoming Workshop for Faculty and Staff: Listening Well, The Art of Empathic Understanding

The Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund is sponsoring a national expert in listening and behavior change to conduct a workshop on campus in February. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

William R. Miller
William R. Miller

Title: Listening Well: The Art of Empathic Understanding
Speaker: William R. Miller
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Place: Campus Center 301, University of Hawai’i at Hilo

RSVP online by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.


Listening Well: The Art of Empathic Understanding

The interpersonal skill of accurate empathy is a learnable ability with over 60 years of scientific evidence for its value in improving client outcomes. Though sometimes regarded as a “nonspecific” factor in counseling and psychotherapy, it is in fact well-specified and reliably measurable. It is the most studied of Carl Rogers’s three “necessary and sufficient” therapeutic conditions for change.

Prof. Miller has been studying and teaching accurate empathy for over 40 years, and it is a foundational skill in his well-known clinical method of motivational interviewing. Empathic listening is shown to improve outcomes in cognitive-behavior therapy. More generally, it is a valuable skill in interpersonal relationships, and one that he has often taught to clients, paraprofessionals, and clergy. This six-hour workshop will use a “tell-show-try” approach, with explanation, demonstration, and ample experiential practice of component skills.


William Miller is emeritus distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of New Mexico where he served as director of clinical training and co-founder of the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions. He specializes in the development, testing, and dissemination of behavioral treatments for addictions.

With 45 years of experience in research and treatment, he has served as principal investigator for numerous research grants and contracts, founded a private practice group, directed a large public treatment program, and served as a consultant to many organizations including the United States Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. He maintains an active interest in the interface of spirituality and psychology.

Miller’s publications include over 50 books and 400 articles and chapters, and the Institute for Scientific Information has listed him as one of the world’s most cited scientists.

2018 Fall Food Drive underway

Non-perishable food items and monetary donations are being accepted and will be donated to the Hawai‘i Island Food Basket

Words: Food Basket Inc, Hawaii Island Food Bank. Against green image of breadfruit.The Fall Food Drive is underway at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The event, hosted by the Campus and Community Service program is happening from Oct. 29 through Nov. 14, 2018.

Non-perishable food items are accepted and will be donated to the Hawai‘i Island Food Basket. The UH Hilo goal is to raise $550.00 and collect 350 lbs of food. As of Nov. 2, $115.50 and 46.2 lbs of food has been collected.

Food donations can be left at the following locations on campus:

  • Campus Center, room 210
  • School of Education in University Classroom Building, room 313
  • Division of Student Affairs office in Student Services Center, room W-306
  • Performing Arts Center Box Office
  • Athletics Office
  • Mookini Library

Monetary donations can be made at the Campus Center Sodexo Dining Hall at each of the registers or online. Online donations should include the notation “TO UH HILO” in the memo so that it will count towards UH Hilo totals. Checks can also be made, payable to “Hawaii Island Food Basket”—the Campus Community Service office will provide pick up of checks (send an email request for pick up).

Hunger Banquet

The campus community is invited to the Hunger Banquet on Nov. 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in Campus Center, room 301. The event highlights the disparity in access to food and resources globally.


Campus Community Service office.