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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 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.

Fee waivers available to UH Hilo employees for the 2018 Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Summit

A limited number of tickets and ground transportation are available at no cost to all UH Hilo employees with support from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

Jackie Young

The Women’s Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo announces the availability of funding from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee to support attendance at the upcoming 2018 Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Summit on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Keynote speaker is Jackie Younga consultant, speaker, and advocate for social change and healthy communities.

General Information (scroll down)
Workshop Information

Complete the information on this Google Form and submit electronically no later than Monday, October 8. Those who are selected will be notified on Wednesday, October 10.

Interim Chancellor announces hiring of strategic planning project manager

Kathleen Baumgardner’s background and experience in strategic planning will be extremely valuable in developing a new, updated strategic plan for our campus.

Kathleen Baumgardner
Kathleen Baumgardner

Aloha University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ‘Ohana,

I am pleased to announce the casual hire appointment of Ms. Kathleen Baumgardner as our strategic planning project manager effective October 1,  2018.

Ms. Baumgardner was employed at Colorado State University College of  Engineering for over 15 years serving as the director of strategic communications and coordinator of development, advancement and administration. She previously was the director of college communication and the associate director of admissions at Knox College in Galesburg,  Illinois.

At Colorado State and Knox College, Ms. Baumgardner worked on strategic planning, branding activities and communication strategies with internal groups and external constituents to actively support new strategic goals and initiatives.

Her background and experience in strategic planning will be extremely valuable in developing a new, updated strategic plan for our campus. Please join me in welcoming Kathleen to our UH Hilo ‘ohana.

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

Update on Sept 10 UH Hilo Alert

From the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs:


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.
  • Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  • TTY at 1-800-846-8517.

Additional resources are available at UH Hilo Counseling Services and the Disaster Distress Helpline.

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.

Additional information about what to do in case of incidents on campus may be found online at the UH Hilo Emergency Operations Plan website.

Contact info for UH Hilo Campus Security, and more information at the Campus Security website.

Mahalo for everyone’s cooperation today and attentiveness to safety on campus.