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Chancellor’s 2013 Fall Welcome: UH Hilo faculty honored for tenure and promotion, new faculty and staff welcomed

Tenure
UH Hilo faculty who recently received tenure and promotion were honored at Chancellor’s 2013 Fall Welcome event. (L-R ) Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Matt Platz, honorees attending the event Marianne Takamiya, Norman Arancon, Mazen Hamad, Keisuke Nakao, Yucheng Qin, Janet Ray, and Scott Saft, and at far right, Chancellor Don Straney. Honorees not in photo are Jason Adolf, Makalapua Alencastre, Jonathon Awaya, and Betty-Joann Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero. Photos by Jaysen Niedermeyer.

Faculty recently awarded tenure and promotion were recognized at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor’s 2013 Fall Welcome event on August 29.

“The awarding of tenure and promotion is the university’s recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service,” says Chancellor Don Straney. “We honor these faculty members on their achievements to date and look forward to the future, when we will see how they help shape our university.”

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:

Faculty receiving tenure were
At far left is VC Matt Platz, then faculty who received tenure: Maria Haws, Adam Pack, and Candace Wheeler. Chancellor Straney at far right.
  • Norman Arancon, to Associate Professor of Horticulture
  • Jason Adolf, to Associate Professor of Marine Science
  • Makalapua Alencastre, to Associate Professor of Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program
  • Jonathan Awaya, to Associate Professor of Biology
  • Mazen Hamad, to Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Betty-Joann Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero, to Associate Professor of Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program
  • Keisuke Nakao, to Associate Professor of Economics
  • Yucheng Qin, to Associate Professor of History
  • Janet Ray, to Associate Professor of Education
  • Scott Saft, to Associate Professor of Linguistics
  • Marianne Takamiya, oo Associate Professor of Physics And Astronomy

The following faculty have been awarded tenure:

  • Maria Haws, Associate Professor of Aquaculture
  • Adam Pack, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Martha Candace Wheeler, Assistant Specialist, Distance Learning
Promotion
From left, VC Matt Platz, then faculty who received promotion: Faith Mishina, Sarah Marusek, Kirsten Mollegaard, Charmaine Higa-McMillan, Harald Barkhoff, Todd Belt, and Shawon Rahman. Chancellor Straney at far right. Missing from photo are Benjamin Chavez and Alice Davis.

The following faculty have been awarded promotion:

  • Harald Barkoff, to Professor of Health and Physical Education
  • Todd Belt, to Professor of Political Science
  • Benjamin Chavez, to Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Alice Davis, to Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Charmaine Higa-McMillan, to Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Sarah Marusek, to Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Faith Mishina, to Associate Professor of European Language
  • Kirsten Mollegaard, to Associate Professor of English
  • Mark Panek, to Professor of English
  • Syed “Shawon” Rahman, to Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

NEWCOMERS TO UH HILO

New faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences.
New faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences. At right is Vice Chancellor Matt Platz.
Mariko Miho
Mariko Miho

The following are new members of the UH Hilo ‘Ohana:

  •  Mariko Miho, Executive Director of Development

Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

  • Daniel Weiss, budget analyst

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

  • Jesse Eiben, Entomology

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Humanities: Jon Goebel, Art; Arianna Bassett, Performing Arts
  • Natural Sciences: Zinat Rahman, Math; Aaron Tresham, Math; Jenny Rygh Guillen, Biology; Simona Vadavescu, Chemistry; Natalie Crist, Chemistry
  • Social Sciences: Lindy Hern, Sociology; Ryan Perroy, Geography and Environmental Studies; Joe Genz, Anthropology; Alex Nagurny, Psychology; Michelle Shuey, Geography and Environmental Studies
  • School of Nursing: Juanita Rass and Linda Voong

College of Business and Economics

  • Krishna Dhir, Dean

College of Pharmacy

  • (Staff) Linnea Aguar and Kris Aoki
  • (Faculty) Kendra DeMaris, James Hall, Eun Jung Park and Victoria Rupp
At far right is Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs who introcuded newcomers (L-R)
At far right is Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Marcia Sakai who introduced newcomers (L-R) Sang Son Sumida, Carrie Masanda, and Brennan Low.

Auxiliary

  • Van Ichinotsubo, janitor; Kevin Hand, electrician

Campus Technology

  • Brennan Low, Information Technology

Business Office

  • Carrie Masanda, fiscal specialist; Sang Son Sumida, senior fiscal specialist

Student Affairs

  • Advising: Comfort Sumida
  • Athletics: GE Coleman, Head Men’s Basketball Coach; Lance Thompson, Men’s/Women’s Head Soccer Coach, Director of Soccer
  • Counseling: David Herzog, Mental Health Coordinator, Student Health and Wellness Programs
Norm Stahl
(L-R) Norm Stahl, at left, introduces newcomers to Student Affairs: Lance Thompson, GE Coleman, David Herzog, and Comfort Sumida.

Hoʻokipa welcome ceremony held for new vice chancellor for academic affairs

hoʻokipa
Hoʻokipa welcome ceremony for Matt Platz (in blue shirt), the new vice chancellor for academic affairs.

An informal hoʻokipa welcome ceremony for Matt Platz as the new vice chancellor for academic affairs was held Jan. 3 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Dr. Platz previously served as Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at Ohio State University and director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation.

The welcome took place in the hale at Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. The ceremonies were facilitated by the UH Hilo Native Hawaiian Hanakahi Council. All UH Hilo vice chancellors were in attendance as well administrators and faculty who have been working with Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center to develop UH Hilo into a model indigenous-serving institution.

Participants included Don Straney, chancellor; Kenny Simmons, who has been serving as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs; Luoluo Hong, VC for student affairs; Marcia Sakai, VC for administrative affairs; and Dan Brown, VC for research and economic development. Also attending were Randy Hirokawa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Forrest Batz, assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy; Todd Belt, chair and associate professor of political science; Cam Muir, associate professor of biology and coordinator of sustainability program; Misaki Takabayashi, chair and associate professor of marine science; Kerri Inglis, associate professor of history; Drew Kapp, department of geography and environmental studies; and Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, executive assistant to the chancellor; and Kaleo Pilago, student development specialist at Kīpuka.

More photos:

UH Hilo's new Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Matt Platz at the welcome event held in his honor.
UH Hilo’s new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Matt Platz at the welcome event held in his honor.
Kaleo Pilago (center) escorts Vice Chancellor Matt Platz (right) and Chancellor Don Straney to the hoʻokipa.
Kaleo Pilago (center) escorts Vice Chancellor Matt Platz (right) and Chancellor Don Straney to the hoʻokipa welcome ceremnoies.
Hoʻokipa
UH Hilo’s new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Matt Platz (in blue) speaks to the group at his hoʻokipa welcome ceremonies.

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.

UH Hilo celebrates Filipino American Heritage Month

(l-r) Chancellor Don Straney, Iris Viacrusis, and Vice Chancellor Kenny Simmons at the kick off celebration of Filipino American Heritage Month. Viacrusis designed the shirts worn by the chancellor and vice chancellor.
(l-r front row) Chancellor Straney; Randy Hirokawa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Bruce Mathews, dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo kicked off Filipino American Heritage Month with a celebration Oct. 4 at the Campus Center Plaza. The theme for this year is “FIESTA: Celebrating Filipino Culture and Heritage.”

The celebration began with a Barrio Fiesta parade. UH Hilo administrators, students, student organizations, and members of the Filipino community were dressed in traditional and modern Filipino clothing.

UH Hilo Chancellor Straney wore a barong, an embroidered formal shirt of the Philippines that was designed and loaned to him by Iris Viacrusis, who also designed the shirt worn by Kenith Simmons, vice chancellor for academic affairs.

UH Hilo administrators gather for a photo. (l-r) Randy Hirokawa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Chancellor Don Straney; Kevin Hopkins, director of the Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resources Center; Marcia Sakai, vice chancellor for administrative affairs; Luoluo Hong, vice chancellor for student affairs; and Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, executive assistant to the chancellor.

See the schedule below for information about events to be held throughout the month of October. For more information contact Gail Makuakāne-Lundin.

Schedule of events for Filipino American Heritage Month

Photos provided by Millie Asuncion, a community member of the UH Hilo Filipino Advisory Committee.

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