Press "Enter" to skip to content

Category: Announcements

Expert on the economic impact of energy costs to speak at UH Hilo Jan. 4

Charles A. S. Hall

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Management and Chancellor Don Straney will sponsor a free public lecture on the economic impact of rising energy costs by Syracuse University Professor Charles A.S. Hall.

The address, “Peak Oil, EROI and Your Financial Future in Hawai‘i,” is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in University Classroom Building room 100.

Hall, the author of Energy and the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy, will explain how high energy prices reduce discretionary incomes by using the concept of Energy Return on Investment (EROI).

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Alyson Kakugawa-Leong.

Green Days to be observed over winter break

Announcement from the Office of Administrative Affairs

Aloha,

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is continuing efforts to conserve energy and to be responsible for the impact of our activities on the environment by operating in a sustainable manner.  Therefore the following days will be observed as green days with power reductions in campus buildings during:

  • Winter Break: Saturday, December 15, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  • Spring Break: Saturday, March 23, 2013 through 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013

With classes not in session during the above referenced periods, UH Hilo will work to reduce power consumption in most buildings as part of our contribution to the Green Days Program.  While we continue to recognize that UH Hilo is a State agency providing public service and functions as an academic and research institution, we also recognize that classroom usage and employee work pattern change during the holidays and breaks in the academic calendar.

The negotiated collective bargaining memorandum of agreement and understandings (i.e. MOA and MOU) for employees in HGEA bargaining units (BU) 2, 3, 4 and 8 and their excluded counterparts at the University aligns with this initiative, as the agreements regarding supplemental time off further reduce the number of people working on campus during these designated non-peak use periods.  This makes the Green Days implementation prudent.  Copies of these agreements may be viewed at BU 8 MOU STO.

UH Hilo Green Days Details

Details of the Green Days Program (GDP) for the 2012-2013 academic year will be posted on the UH Hilo website http://hilo.hawaii.edu/green_days/ (update: link no longer available). We will continue assessment of our efforts to collectively learn and further advance program efforts.

Buildings – Power Reduction Specifics

  1. We will reduce power consumption in buildings by minimizing the use of air conditioning systems;
  2. Building safety systems, elevators, lighting systems, and building power will continue to be operational;
  3. External building lighting will continue to operate normally; and
  4. Buildings with shut down or reduced central air-conditioning will be monitored.

Responsibilities

Auxiliary Services:  Auxiliary Services staff will monitor buildings which have reduced or no air-conditioning for potential problem situations, to include classrooms and offices.  The exception to the above will be restricted research areas.

All Employees:   All employees are requested to ensure that lights, personal refrigerators, window air-conditioning units, etc., are turned off.   Because of restart issues with older computers, it has been recommended that those older than 3 years remain on power.  See the faculty staff checklist and the research checklist for specific information:

  • faculty staff checklist (update: link no longer available)
  • laboratory checklist

Deans/Directors/Vice Chancellors:   As the campus will be closed with limited services available, we ask that Deans, Directors and Vice Chancellors plan and communicate with their faculty and staff in advance to prepare for operational and staffing needs.  We ask that the hours of operation and emergency contact information for the upcoming Green Day periods be communicated to appropriate persons and offices.

Human Resources:  The UH Hilo Human Resource Office is responsible for answering all questions regarding staff and human resources issues.

Specific UH Hilo Employees:

HGEA (BU. 2, 3, 4 and 8 employees and the excluded counterparts) – These employees whose positions are fully or partially funded by appropriated funds (general funds, special & revolving funds, and appropriated federal funds) will be on leave with pay (supplemental time off “STO”) during the winter and spring break.

  • For winter and spring break periods, employees in these bargaining units whose positions are fully or partially funded by appropriated funds will be on leave with pay (STO).

Adjustments to individual work assignments, as approved by the Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor, may be authorized so long as work productivity, service requirements and accountability are clearly delineated.

Each Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor is delegated the authority to require an employee’s presence to perform critical functions during those days if deemed essential for operational purposes.  Please communicate such operational need with the employee as soon as possible. Each Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor is also delegated the authority to determine alternate leave with pay days should performing these critical duties prevent the BU 2, 3, 4 and 8 employees and the excluded counterparts from being on leave with pay during the foregoing prescribed periods.

UPW (BU 1) – Unit 1 employees are not subject to the negotiated STO days.  They are considered to be on-duty during the Green Days Program and are subject to the negotiated Directed Leave Without Pay Implementation Plan BU1 MOA DLWOP.

HGEA (BU 9) – Negotiations for Unit 9 are subject to interest arbitration.  When the decision is issued, information will be distributed.

For staff employees, adjustments to individual work assignments, as approved by the Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor, may be authorized, as long as work productivity, service requirements, and accountability are clearly delineated.  Please assist your employees with securing alternate work sites if needed.

UHPA – Article V, Duty Period, states “On the day after Thanksgiving, during the interval between semesters and during the spring recess, Faculty Members on 9-month appointments are provided with professional development days.  Faculty Members are not entitled to additional compensation to attend meetings or to carry out other University business during this period.”

With regard to faculty who are on 11 month contracts, such as specialists, librarians, agents or researchers, their work assignments and office locations should be identified and coordinated through the respective Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor office.  As the work requirements and expectations for faculty members are different from those of staff employees, some faculty members may take vacation, while others may work in other locations as appropriate.

Contact Information

For details of the UH Hilo Green Days program please check the program website at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/green_days/ or contact Vice Chancellor Marcia Sakai,  974-7750.  Should you have specific questions or concerns regarding other aspects of this program, please call the following offices as appropriate:

Health and Safety: Ken Ikeda, 933-3300

Campus Security: Warren Ferreira, 933-3131

Electrical Management: Kolin Kettleson, 974-7369

Human Resources: (Faculty & Staff) Claire Shigeoka, 974-7449

We appreciate your continued consideration and efforts in saving resources and conserving power on our campus while balancing our public service responsibilities as a State agency.

Green Days for the 2012-2013 academic year

Announcement from the Office of the Chancellor

Aloha,

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is continuing efforts to conserve energy and to be responsible for the impact of our activities on the environment by operating in a sustainable manner.  Therefore the following days will be observed as Green Days with power reductions in campus buildings during:

  •    Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 from 9:00 p.m.  through 2:00 p.m. Sunday November 25, 2012
  •    Winter Break: Saturday, December 15, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  •    Spring Break: Saturday, March 23, 2013 through 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013

With classes not in session during the above referenced periods, UH Hilo will work to reduce power consumption in most buildings as part of our contribution to the Green Days Program.  While we continue to recognize that UH Hilo is a State agency providing public service and functions as an academic and research institution, we also recognize that classroom usage and employee work pattern change during the holidays and breaks in the academic calendar.

The negotiated collective bargaining memorandum of agreement and understandings (i.e. MOA and MOU) for employees in HGEA bargaining units (BU) 2, 3, 4 and 8 and their excluded counterparts at the University aligns with this initiative, as the agreements regarding supplemental time off further reduce the number of people working on campus during these designated non-peak use periods.  This makes the Green Days implementation prudent.  Copies of these agreements may be viewed at BU 8 MOU STO.

UH Hilo Green Days Details

Details of the Green Days Program (GDP) for the 2012-2013 academic year will be posted on the UH Hilo website.   We will continue assessment of our efforts to collectively learn and further advance program efforts.

Buildings – Power Reduction Specifics

1.  We will reduce power consumption in buildings by minimizing the use of air conditioning systems;
2.   Building safety systems, elevators, lighting systems, and building power will continue to be operational;
3.   External building lighting will continue to operate normally; and
4.   Buildings with shut down or reduced central air-conditioning will be monitored.

Responsibilities

Auxiliary Services: Auxiliary Services staff will monitor buildings which have reduced or no air-conditioning for potential problem situations, to include classrooms and offices.  The exception to the above will be restricted research areas.

All Employees:  All employees are requested to ensure that lights, personal refrigerators, window air-conditioning units, etc., are turned off.   Because of restart issues with older computers, it has been recommended that those older than 3 years remain on power.  See the faculty staff checklist and the research laboratory checklist for specific information.

Deans/Directors/Vice Chancellors:   As the campus will be closed with limited services available, we ask that Deans, Directors and Vice Chancellors plan and communicate with their faculty and staff in advance to prepare for operational and staffing needs.  We ask that the hours of operation and emergency contact information for the upcoming Green Day periods be communicated to appropriate persons and offices.

Human Resources:  The UH Hilo Human Resource Office is responsible for answering all questions regarding staff and human resources issues.

Specific UH Hilo Employees:

HGEA (BU. 2, 3, 4 and 8 employees and the excluded counterparts) – These employees whose positions are fully or partially funded by appropriated funds (general funds, special & revolving funds, and appropriated federal funds) will be on leave with pay (supplemental time off “STO”) during the winter and spring break only; there is no STO for November 23, 2012.

  • For Friday, November 23, 2012, such employees are considered to be on duty for this date but may request vacation, leave without pay, or may be relocated to other work sites, should their work location be closed.   We encourage supervisors to allow as many staff members to voluntarily take vacation or leave without pay, as appropriate.  Leave requests shall be submitted in a timely manner, and it shall be within the discretion of the Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor to grant leave requests and/or arrange alternative work sites.
  • For the winter and spring break periods, employees in these bargaining units whose positions are fully or partially funded by appropriated funds will be on leave with pay (STO).

Adjustments to individual work assignments, as approved by the Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor, may be authorized so long as work productivity, service requirements and accountability are clearly delineated.

Each Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor is delegated the authority to require an employee’s presence to perform critical functions during those days if deemed essential for operational purposes.  Please communicate such operational need with the employee as soon as possible. Each Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor is also delegated the authority to determine alternate leave with pay days should performing these critical duties prevent the BU 2, 3, 4 and 8 employees and the excluded counterparts from being on leave with pay during the foregoing prescribed periods.

UPW (BU 1) – Unit 1 employees are not subject to the negotiated STO days.  They are considered to be on-duty during the Green Days Program and are subject to the negotiated Directed Leave Without Pay Implementation Plan BU1 MOA DLWOP.

HGEA (BU 9) – Negotiations for Unit 9 are subject to interest arbitration.  When the decision is issued, information will be distributed.

For staff employees, adjustments to individual work assignments, as approved by the Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor, may be authorized, as long as work productivity, service requirements, and accountability are clearly delineated.  Please assist your employees with securing alternate work sites if needed.

UHPA – Article V, Duty Period, states “On the day after Thanksgiving, during the interval between semesters and during the spring recess, Faculty Members on 9-month appointments are provided with professional development days.  Faculty Members are not entitled to additional compensation to attend meetings or to carry out other University business during this period.”

With regard to faculty who are on 11 month contracts, such as specialists, librarians, agents or researchers, their work assignments and office locations should be identified and coordinated through the respective Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor office.  As the work requirements and expectations for faculty members are different from those of staff employees, some faculty members may take vacation, while others may work in other locations as appropriate.

Contact Information

For details of the UH Hilo Green Days program please check the program website or contact Vice Chancellor Marcia Sakai, 974-7750.  Should you have specific questions or concerns regarding other aspects of this program, please call the following offices as appropriate:

Health and Safety: Ken Ikeda
933-3300

Campus Security: Warren Ferreira
933-3131

Electrical Management:  Kolin Kettleson
974-7369

Human Resources: (Faculty & Staff) Claire Shigeoka
974-7449

We appreciate your continued consideration and efforts in saving resources and conserving power on our campus while balancing our public service responsibilities as a State agency.

Nominations now open for 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards

Announcement from Kenith Simmons, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

To University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Faculty, Staff and Students,

UH Hilo and the UH System annually honor excellent teachers who are nominated by their colleagues and students with the following three awards:

  • The Board of Regents (BOR) Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to a UH Hilo  full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member
  • The Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence is presented annually to a UH Hilo Instructor or Lecturer  faculty member
  • The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is presented annually to a UH Hilo Instructor or Assistant Professor faculty member.

UH Hilo is currently seeking nominations for the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

For more information on the teaching awards, criteria and nomination form, download the following Word document:

(Update: Word document no longer available.)

Faculty may win each award only once in their career. To see a list of past winners, please go to http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/uhh/teaching/RecipientsTeachingAwards.php

Nominations will be accepted until February 1, 2013 and must be submitted electronically to vcaa(at)hawaii.edu. Please indicate “Teaching Award” and the name of the nominee in the subject line when you submit your application.

Thank you for your participation in this effort to recognize excellent teaching.

Kenith Simmons
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Second call for professional development proposals

Aloha!

Professional Development funding approvals for the first round of applications were announced on November 1, 2012.

Now applications are again being accepted for funding of 2012-13 professional development events by the Chancellor’s Professional Development fund.

The purpose of the 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 our campus.

Application forms and process guidelines are available at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/pro_development/

The application deadline is 4:00pm, Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Questions regarding the Professional Development fund and its events can be directed to uhhilopd@hawaii.edu