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From the Interim Chancellor: Farewell Message to UH Hilo ‘Ohana

Effective July 1, 2019, I will return to the College of Business and Economics as a faculty member. I look forward to joining colleagues at the college where I began my tenure at UH Hilo.

Dear UH Hilo ‘Ohana:

Marcia Sakai
Marcia Sakai

As we close the end of another academic year and begin enjoying the summer months ahead, I want to thank all of you for doing your part in contributing to another successful year for our students and our university ‘ohana.

The past two years as your interim chancellor provided me with much professional and personal growth. As with everything else, there were challenges and setbacks, but they were all accompanied with opportunities and experiences from which to learn and grow, and for this I am grateful.

Effective July 1, 2019, I will return to the College of Business and Economics as a faculty member. I look forward to joining colleagues at the college where I began my tenure at UH Hilo.

I will also be providing management oversight for the next decade strategic direction setting process for the University of Hawai‘i System. This project will examine demographic, social, cultural, and political trends in the nation and in Hawai‘i and will focus on identifying how the university can better meet the needs of people of the state of Hawai‘i.

It has been a pleasure serving as your interim chancellor. As we move forward, I want to encourage all of you to work together for the common good. We must continue to work hard for the benefit of our students, and we must continue to work together collectively. The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is a special place, comprised of outstanding, caring people. The value you bring to our university is exemplary.

I wish you my very best. Have a wonderful and productive summer.

Mahalo,
Marcia Sakai

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Interim Chancellor’s message concerning the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

The college will take strong, proactive measures to reduce costs commensurate with an anticipated smaller incoming class for Fall 2019, and perhaps for the next several years.

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana:

Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy University of Hawaii and Hilo sealI write today to inform you of news concerning our Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP).

When the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy opened in 2007 there was a severe shortage of pharmacists in Hawai‘i and a shortage of capacity in pharmacy schools nationwide. DKICP was launched to address these gaps with an innovative financial plan that was based on a strong base of non-resident students who would complement local enrollment and pay a higher tuition rate.

While DKICP continues to serve a unique and vital mission for Hawai‘i and the Pacific, the rapidly changing healthcare environment in Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and the nation has negatively affected enrollment. As a result, DKICP will take strong, proactive measures to reduce costs commensurate with an anticipated smaller incoming class for Fall 2019, and perhaps for the next several years.

At the same time, DKICP will initiate a process of program redesign, consistent with ACPE accreditation, to help reverse the current enrollment decline by attracting more students. This will be complemented with an investment in aggressive, competitive recruitment initiatives, which will be enhanced with the availability of the new state-of-the-art DKICP education and research facility that opens Fall 2019 in our University Park of Science and Technology.

Painful as these measures are today, UH Hilo and DKICP share in the excitement of new opportunities so that we can continue to prepare our students to excel as they participate in and shape the dynamic and challenging field of pharmacy and healthcare in Hawai‘i and beyond.

Mahalo,

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

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Presentation: Aloha ‘Āina Maunakea

Photo of Mauankea with words: Aloha Aina Maunakea, Voices of the Land, Friday, April 26, 2019, 1pm-2pm, Wentworth 1

The presentation Aloha ‘Āina Maunakea is scheduled for today, April 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Wentworth 1.

A cultural perspective of the kuleana (responsibility) of two Hawaiian practitioners on Maunakea will be presented by Luana Busby-Neff and Leilani Kaapuni and facilitated by Manulani Meyer, Director for Kūlana o Kapolei, a Hawaiian Place of Learning at University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu.

More information about the presentation.

 

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Hale Pa‘i  ‘Ai food pantry hours this week

This week’s hours: Monday (4/22), Wednesday (4/24) and Friday (4/26) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Aloha,

The new Hale Pa‘i  ‘Ai food pantry for students will be open today (4/22), Wednesday (4/24) and Friday (4/26) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

We thank all students who visited Hale Pa‘i  ‘Ai last week during the soft opening to pick up a food pantry ID card, and provide us with valuable feedback to improve our delivery of services. We look forward to seeing you again this week to pick up food items.

We also welcome and encourage UH Hilo students in need of food assistance who weren’t able to stop by Hale Pa‘i  ‘Ai, to visit us this week at Portable Building 22, Room 101 (located between Pu‘uli‘i and Student Life Center), as we continue the food pantry soft opening.

Mahalo,

Food Service Enterprise, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Contact: Kalei Rapoza

Background stories:

UH Hilo opens food pantry for students in need

New Teapresso Bar concession on UH Hilo campus supports food pantry for students in need

Teapresso Bar concession opens on UH Hilo campus, will support the university’s upcoming Pop Up for Hunger program

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Professional Development Fund applications now being accepted

The purpose of the fund is to support professional growth for faculty and staff, with a special emphasis on development that will have far-reaching impacts on campus.

Aloha Faculty and Staff:

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Applications for the 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund are now being accepted.

The application form, rubric and guidelines are available online. Review the guidelines prior to submitting application.

The purpose of the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund is to provide opportunities for continued professional growth and development for faculty and staff, with a special emphasis on development that will have far-reaching impacts on campus.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, May 17, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Applications may be emailed or dropped off to Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Kalei Rapoza, chair of the Professional Development Committee. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions regarding the Professional Development Fund and its events can be directed to VC Rapoza.

Mahalo.

Office of the Chancellor

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