Members of the UH Hilo ‘ohana has some fun yesterday at the Chancellor’s Holiday Celebration. At the event, Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai hosted a cookie contest and a photo booth to immortalize everyone dressing up in “ugly or festive” Christmas wear. A good time was had by all!
Faculty recently awarded tenure and promotion were recognized at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Interim Chancellor’s 2018 Fall Gathering event on Sept. 28.
“The awarding of tenure and promotion is the university’s recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service,” notes Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai. “We honor and congratulate these faculty members on their achievements.”
Newcomers to UH Hilo in staff and faculty positions were also introduced at the event.
TENURE AND PROMOTION
The following faculty have been awarded TENURE AND PROMOTION:
Joseph Genz, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Comfort Sumida, Assistant Specialist
The following faculty have been awarded TENURE:
Kurt Dela Kruz, Jr. Specialist
Jonathan Goebel, Associate Professor of Art
Mary Louise Haraguchi, Librarian III
Faith Mishina, Associate Professor of Language
Ryan Perroy, Associate Professor of Geography
The following faculty have been awarded PROMOTION:
Jonathan Awaya, Professor of Biology
Kathy Cooksey, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Mazen Hamad, Professor of Chemistry
Charmaine Higa-McMillan, Professor of Psychology
Marina Karides, Professor of Sociology
Sarah Marusek, Professor of Political Science
Faith Mishina, Professor of Language
Kirsten Møllegaard, Professor of English
Misty Pacheco, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Marianne Takamiya, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Jin Yin, Professor of Communication
The following faculty have been awarded DELEGATED PROMOTION:
Reyna Morel, Assistant Professor of Communication
Justin Reinicke, Assistant Specialist
NEWCOMERS TO UH HILO
The following are new members of the UH Hilo ‘Ohana:
Kumalani Borling, Security Guard
Clint Collins, Unit Diving Coordinator
Cory Kaizuka, Project Manager
Garrick Tamashiro, Security Guard
Melanie Marciel, Academic Advisor
College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management
Britton Clark Cole, Farm Manager
Sharadchandra Marahatta, Assistant Professor
Lissa Tsutsumi, Instructor
Cheryl Yara, Farm Technician
College of Arts and Sciences
Helen Duley, Instructor of Sociology
Patsy Iwasaki, Lecturer of Communication and English
Michael Skinner, Instructor of History
College of Business and Economics
James Czarski, Instructor of Economics
Andrey Simonov, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Erin Swain, Administrative Services Officer
Heng Tien, Instructor of Marketing and Management and Career Development Coordinator
College of Natural and Health Sciences
John Burns, Assistant Professor of Marine Science
Joel Kaufmann, Instructor of Biology
Daniel O’Conner, Instructor of Physics and Astronomy
Bentos for Bob-Bob: The benefit is a partnership with UH Hilo, Chef Alan Wong, the Adopt-A-Beehive with Alan Wong program, and Sodexo Dining Services.
Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai attended a fundraiser today to benefit a community outreach project at the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management. The “Bento Benefit for Bob-Bob” raised $2,500 to help support University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s equine program to fund medication, horse supplements, and veterinary care for horses at UH Hilo’s Agricultural Farm Laboratory in Pana‘ewa.
In May 2018, with the Kilauea eruption in Puna, 22 horses and the mini-donkey Bob-Bob were displaced from their homes and fostered at the UH Hilo Farm. Their care has been provided by UH Hilo pre-veterinary students and volunteers.
Doudna gained international renown when she and her colleagues at UC Berkeley were the first to develop the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology that enables scientists to edit the DNA of any organism. Based on a naturally occurring process used by bacteria to fight viruses, the CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) system provides scientists with a tool to make precise changes to the DNA of the genes, thereby modifying the function of cells in specific ways.
This visit was a special homecoming for Prof. Doudna. She was born in Washington, DC, and moved to Hilo with her parents when she was seven years old. She is a 1981 graduate of Hilo High School. Her father, Martin Doudna, was an English professor at UH Hilo, and her mother, Dorothy Doudna, taught history at Hawai‘i Community College.
Rose and Raymond Tseng Distinguished Lecture Series
The lecture was the first of the Rose and Raymond Tseng Distinguished Lecture Series at UH Hilo. The series is supported by an endowed fund started by UH Hilo Chancellor Emerita Rose Tseng.
Before the talk, Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai hosted a reception for Prof. Doudna and Chancellor Emerita Tseng. Photos by Bob Douglas, click to enlarge.
Following the talk, Interim Chancellor Sakai hosted Prof. Doudna and Chancellor Emeritus Tseng at a private dinner at Hilo landmark Ken’s House of Pancakes.
About the photographer:Bob Douglas is a local artist, photographer, and sometimes part-time student who volunteers his photography skills to the Office of the Chancellor and UH Hilo Stories.
University community pulls together to assist in this cultural way of welcoming incoming students to be a part of the UH Hilo ʻohana.
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University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai joined university staff on the lanai of the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center last Wednesday to help make 200+ lei la‘i (ti leaf lei) for the newest Vulcans and their ‘ohana.
“For the past two fall orientations, our (university) ‘ohana has come together to make over 400 lei la‘i (ti lef lei) for our new students and their families,” says Shara Mahoe, director of First Year Experience Programs at UH Hilo.
Mahoe says this year, organizers will be incorporating a kīpaepae welina, a welcoming ceremony, prior to the New Student Convocation formal program scheduled for Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Administrators, faculty and staff will assist in this cultural way of welcoming incoming students to be a part of the UH Hilo ʻohana.
There also will be orientation events and workshops before convocation week for people who wish to participate but are unfamiliar or have not attended a kīpaepae. No prior experience is necessary to be a part of the kīpaepae, explains Mahoe.
A Google sign up page has been created so organizers can communicate with admin, faculty and staff that would like to participate.
“Let us gather together as the UH Hilo ʻohana and welcome our new students on their academic journey!” says Mahoe in an email to the university community.