Chancellor Don Straney hosted a social gathering on Wednesday to welcome new faculty to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
(l-r) Newcomer Shugeng Cao, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Carolyn Ma, interim dean of the College of Pharmacy. Click photos to enlarge.
Shugeng Cao and Morgan Light
Jeanne Batallones and Oscar Larican
Chancellor Straney with faculty
Monica Morita and Morgan Light
Bios for UH Hilo’s new faculty and staff:
Michelle Agbigay: Administrative and Fiscal Support Specialist, Facilities Planning and Construction.
Previous positions: Project Coordinator, Kamehameha Schools—Hawai‘i Culture-Based Education; Project Support Specialist, UH Hilo, Housing Office; Project Coordinator, SSFM International Inc-Hilo Branch Office.
Academic background: Attending Leeward Community College, Accounting; LEED Green Associate Certification.
Jeanne Batallones: Counselor, Student Support Services Program.
Previous positions: Native Hawaiian Transfer and Career Guidance Counselor, Halaulani Transfer Success Center, Hawai‘i Community College; Counselor/Instructor, Gateway to College Program and Department Chair, Philippine Studies, City College of San Francisco.
Academic background: BA, Asian American Studies, and MS, Counseling (college emphasis), San Francisco State University.
Shugeng Cao: Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Academic focus: Biologically active natural products from marine and terrestrial fungi and bacteria in Hawai‘i; manipulating silent genes; herbal medicine; small molecules with biological functions in bacteria.
Previous positions: Assistant Professor, University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center; Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Senior Research Fellow, Virginia Tech.
Academic background: PhD, National University of Singapore; Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School.
George Karvas: Instructor, Pharmacy Practice.
Academic focus: pharmacy practice.
Previous position: Pharmacy Manager, Longs/CVS Punahele.
Academic background: BS, Pharmacy, Oregon State University (1991).
Oscar Larican: Office Assistant, Business Office.
Previous positions: Service Assistant, Big Island Honda–Hilo; Customer Representative, Homestreet Bank Queen Anne, Seattle; Senior Consultant, Usbank Corp.
Academic background: business computer network tech training; financial banking background experience.
Morgan Light: Evening Circulation Supervisor, Mookini Library.
Previous positions: Associate Librarian, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM; self-employed piano tuner, Los Alamos, NM.
Academic background: Support Staff Certification, American Library Association (2014); Library Technology, Northern New Mexico College (2010); AA, Art and Biology, University of New Mexico (2009).
Monica Morita: Compliance Coordinator/Senior Women Administrator, Athletics.
Previous positions: Executive Assistant, University of Hawai‘i Football; Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Student Services, USC Athletics Stevens Academic Center; Assistant to the Head Football Coach, USC; Student Advisor, Masters Programs, USC Leventhal School of Accounting.
Academic background: AB, Journalism–Public Relations, MPA, and EdD, University of Southern California.
Jennifer Naguwa: Admissions Counselor, Student Affairs.
Previous positions: GEAR UP Assistant Project Manager, Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education; Senior Program Assistant, Hawai‘i Community Foundation.
Academic background: BBA and Masters in Education Administration, Higher Ed (in progress), UH Manoa.
Lukela Ruddle: Cultural Resources Management Plan Manager, Office of Maunakea Management.
Previous position: Community Outreach Coordinator, Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Academic background: BA, English, UH Hilo.
Timothy Scheffler: Instructor, Anthropology.
Academic focus: human paleoeconomy and historical ecology.
Previous positions: Instructor, Tropical Ecosystem and Agroforestry Management Program (Forest TEAM), Hawai‘i Community College; Independent archaeological and geological contractor, Geohazards Consultants International, Inc.
Academic background: PhD, Penn State University (2008).
Jolene Sutton: Assistant Professor, Biology.
Academic focus: genetics.
Previous position: Postdoctoral Researcher, UH Manoa.
Academic background: PhD,University of Otago; MSc, Acadia University; BSc (Honors), Memorial University of Newfoundland.
-Bio information from the March issue of Ka Lono Hanakahi, UH Hilo’s faculty newsletter.