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Kīpaepae held for former Chancellor Don Straney and Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai

The ceremonies were to honor UH Vice President Don Straney and UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai in their new positions.

Don Straney and Marcia Sakai
Don Straney and Marcia Sakai at Kīpaepae.

Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u (Releasing Ceremony) and Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho (Appointment Ceremony) were held today for former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney and new UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai. Straney was recently reassigned to a new position as the UH System vice president for academic planning and policy. The ceremonies were to honor Vice President Straney and Interim Chancellor Sakai in their new positions.

See more photos at UH Hilo Stories.

Kīpaepae ceremony to be held for former Chancellor Don Straney and Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai

The following message is sent on behalf of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College Kīpaepae Committee and the Ha‘akūmalae Protocols Program:

Aloha mai kākou,

Don Straney
Don Straney

We warmly invite you to participate in a Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u (Releasing Ceremony) and Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho (Appointment Ceremony) on Thursday, September 14, 2017, for former UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney and new UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai.

Dr. Straney was recently appointed as the UH System Vice President of Academic Planning and Policy.

Please join us as we provide an opportunity to honor both Dr. Straney and Dr. Sakai in their new positions.

The details of this kīpaepae are as follows:

Marcia Sakai
Marcia Sakai
  • What: Kīpaepae Ho‘oku‘u & Kīpaepae Ho‘onoho.
  • Where: UCB 127 (Ho‘oulu Terrace), UH Hilo campus (campus map).
  • Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017.
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. (8:45 a.m. Orientation).

Kihei and lei are highly encouraged but not required.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

The UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College Kīpaepae Committee and Ha‘akūmalae Protocols Program

Open Forum scheduled with UH President David Lassner, Aug. 30

Aloha,

David Lassner

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo community is invited to meet with UH President David Lassner in an Open Forum with faculty, staff, and students to discuss the upcoming UH Hilo Chancellor search and any other issues of importance with impacted groups within UH Hilo and the Hilo community.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Place: Ho‘oulu Terrace, University Classroom Building, room 127.

Hope you can make it and participate in a stimulating conversation with President Lassner.

Marcia Sakai

New students welcomed to UH Hilo at Convocation

The event is the official beginning to students’ academic journey.

Five students stand at their seats for recognition.Fall 2017 Convocation was held last Wednesday at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. As part of New Student Orientation, the convocation event was presided over by new Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai, the vice chancellors and deans of the colleges, all dressed in full regalia. The event is the official beginning to students’ academic journey.

Each student was presented with lei lāʻi made by faculty, staff and students a couple of weeks ago. The leis along with 200 more that were made this summer by students and staff of the Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program were presented to all new students attending the convocation on Wednesday. Earlier this month, Interim Chancellor Sakai thanked those who participated in the lei making.

“Mahalo to all of you who participated in this lei-making activity—what a wonderful way to connect with our incoming students by giving them something made with our own spirit and hands!” Sakai expressed in an email to the university community.

University officials in full regalia seated on the dais.
University officials on the dais are (l-r) Marcia Sakai, Ken Hon, Farrah Marie Gomes, Bruce Mathews, Michael Bitter, Tam Vu, Carolyn Ma, Jason Cabral and Julie Mowrer.

Joining the interim chancellor on the dais were Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ken Hon; Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah Marie Gomes; deans Bruce Mathews (College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management); Michael Bitter (College of Arts and Sciences); Tam Vu (College of Business and Economics); Carolyn Ma (Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy), and Julie Mowrer, acting director of the College of Continuing Education and Community ServiceJason Cabral, associate professor and chair of undergraduate programs at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, represented his college.

More photos at UH Hilo Stories.

Coming Out Day

Chancellor Straney was keynote speaker at UH Hilo’s Coming Out Day event, where he shared his personal experience as a gay man in higher education.

Chancellor Straney and Laura Sherwood, UH Hilo LGBTQ coordinator, at Coming Out Day event. Courtesy photo.
Chancellor Straney and Laura Sherwood, UH Hilo LGBTQ coordinator, at Coming Out Day event. Courtesy photo.

coming-out-dayChancellor Don Straney was the keynote speaker at the Coming Out Day event held on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on Tuesday.

Chancellor Straney shared his personal experience as a gay man in higher education.

“He was authentic in his sharing, allowing for students to relate and see a different side of him,” says Laura Sherwood, UH Hilo LGTBQ coordinator.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports on the event:

When Donald Straney was an undergrad at Michigan State University, he said he was “absolutely convinced” he was the only gay person on campus.

It was the 1970s and the 40,000-student MSU didn’t have an LGBTQ+ center — a hub for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or questioning individuals to convene, access resources or get help.

“There was no way for me to know otherwise,” Straney, chancellor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, told about 50 students, staff and faculty members Tuesday.

This fall, Straney, along with other UH-Hilo administrators and student leaders, helped start the new LGBTQ+ Center on the Hilo campus.

The center is located in a small room on the edge of campus formerly used as faculty offices. Costs — which include operations and funding a center coordinator position — are estimated to run about $45,000 per year, according to Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin.

Straney, who was keynote speaker for an on-campus celebration of National Coming Out Day on Tuesday, said he hopes the center gives students a place to meet, get information and — most importantly — increase the LGBTQ+ community’s visibility on the Hilo campus.

“From my point of view, the most important thing the center does is it lets people know that we’re here,” he told those gathered in the Campus Center Plaza. “It lets prospective students know that (LGBTQ+) students have a place on campus.”

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Learn more about resources for LGBTQ students at UH Hilo.

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