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UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy receives full accreditation

The college now becomes the first school of pharmacy in the State of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region to become fully accredited by the prestigious Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Graduates of UH Hilo PharmD program are all smiles at 2011 Spring Commencement.

After five years of intensive reviews, the College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has been granted full accreditation by the national agency that regulates pharmacy schools.

At a meeting this week, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education voted to award the college full accreditation for a period of two years. Continuation will be determined at a future ACPE board meeting, following a site visit to assess the ongoing progress of the program.

“Faculty and staff at the College of Pharmacy have worked extremely hard to get to this point,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. “But we all know we can’t stop now. We’re doing everything we can to help improve their chances of becoming one of the top 25 schools of pharmacy in the nation.”

John Pezzuto, dean at UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy

According to John Pezzuto, who was appointed dean of the college in 2006, receiving full accreditation at this time was a close call.

“We are able to provide a first-rate education for our students, but we will not be able to realize our dream of being a top-ranked college of pharmacy until permanent facilities are completed,” he said. “I believe ACPE took a leap of faith in extending full accreditation as a result of strong commitments for our future development. So our work is not nearly done. They will be continuously checking on our progress.”

The college now becomes the first school of pharmacy in the State of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region to become fully accredited by the prestigious agency.

“I am very proud of the university’s accomplishment, having been personally involved in the planning for this college from the beginning,” said U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) in a letter to the ACPE board. “Throughout the years since UH Hilo began its quest, I have been consistently and enthusiastically joined in supporting the college by my colleagues in the Hawai‘i congressional delegation.”

Schools of pharmacy become eligible to be considered for full accreditation after they meet certain standards set aside by ACPE and have graduated their first group of students. The first group of 84 doctors of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) graduated from UH Hilo last month.

“We began the process of accreditation before any students were aware we were here,” Dean Pezzuto said. “That was necessary in order to meet ACPE’s rigorous review process, which has been a constant reminder that what we do and how we do it is worthwhile. Even more importantly, it’s gratifying to know we did not let the students down. All graduates of the college are eligible for professional licensure after passing a national board exam.”

The board granted the college pre-candidate status in June 2007, and each year the college was required to satisfy a review board during a site visit to Hilo that it met 30 standards of excellence. Key points of evaluation include areas such as curriculum and facilities.

ACPE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy.

Adopt-A-Beehive program to support research and development of healthy apiary practices in Hawai‘i

Participation in the beehive program is a down payment on food security, says UH Hilo Chancellor Straney.

Alan Wong and Donald Straney
Alan Wong and Donald Straney at UH Hilo’s Agriculture Farm Laboratory in Pana’ewa on Saturday.

Chancellor Donald Straney welcomed renowned chef Alan Wong to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Agriculture Laboratory Farm in Pana‘ewa on Saturday to promote the Adopt-A-Beehive program. The program is a partnership between Wong and UH Hilo to raise awareness of the critical plight of honey bees and to promote local solutions to sustaining the local honey bee industry.

The public is invited to help by adopting a beehive at UH Hilo’s farm lab to support research and development of healthy beehive practices in Hawai‘i. Adopters of hives will receive periodic reports and photos of the assigned bee colony from the UH Hilo student taking care of the hive. Supporters donating $300, $500, or $1,000 also will receive a personal supply of honey and honey products, along with invitations to join Chef Wong at bee-and agriculture-related activities held on campus or at the UH Hilo farm.

“This is a great example of how the smallest things in an ecosystem really matter,” says Chancellor Straney. “Participation in the beehive program is a down payment on food security.”

Learn more from the poster about the Adopt-A-Beehive program:

Click here for pdf of poster.

Use this form to send in your support.

More info in the video below.

Chef Wong sits with UH Hilo’s Professor of Entomology Lori Tsutsumi in a previously recorded video to explain the plight of our island’s apiary and food industries if urgent beehive problems are not addressed.

Keith Miser retiring

Aloha,

Keith Miser
Keith Miser

Dr. Keith Miser will be retiring from his position as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for International Programs as of June 30.

For the last three years, Keith has led the Center for Global Education and Exchange into new areas and increased the awareness on campus of the many benefits of international study.

After serving for seven years as the UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and three years in international programs, Keith leaves behind a legacy of countless students and administrators who have benefited from his encouragement, support, and endless energy. He represents what is best in education — the desire to give others the opportunity to benefit from new opportunities.

Although Keith hails from Indiana, his selflessness and kindness are a true reflection of the aloha spirit. He will be greatly missed although never forgotten at UH Hilo.

Donald Straney
Chancellor

Seventeen students named UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholars

Seventeen Hawai‘i high school graduates are recipients of Chancellor’s Scholarships from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The incoming freshman come from high schools located on Hawai‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. The prestigious award, estimated to be worth more than $22,000, is presented annually to outstanding graduates from Hawai‘i high schools.

“These graduates have distinguished themselves in two ways, by placing in the top 10% of their graduating class, and by demonstrating leadership abilities,” said Chancellor Donald Straney. “We’re very pleased that these outstanding students will be attending UH Hilo.”

In addition to receiving the scholarship, the students also will be called upon to work with other Chancellor Scholars in numerous leadership and community service activities. The 2011 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools are as follows:

  • Richard Abbley, Lanikila Baptist High School, O‘ahu
  • Goody Cacal,Waipahu High School, O‘ahu
  • Matt Chen, McKinley High School, O‘ahu
  • Erik Ferreira, St. Anthony High School, Maui
  • Carrie Ip, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • I‘inimaikalani Kahakalau, Kanu o ka ‘Aina, Hawai‘i
  • Christopher Kluzak, St. Joseph High School, Hawai‘i
  • Anjulie Larson, Ka‘u High School, Hawai‘i
  • Nicole Preston, Mililani High School, O‘ahu
  • Ethan Souza, Honoka‘a High School,Hawai‘i
  • Tristan Yoshida, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Kadi Igawa, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Blaine Luiz, Konawaena High School, Hawai‘i
  • Micha Rhobelyn Ramos, Kea‘au High School, Hawai‘i
  • Shelby Tanaka, Hawai‘i Baptist Academy, O‘ahu
  • Chelsea Sato, Waiakea High School, Hawai‘i
  • Taylor Escalona, Hilo High School, Hawai‘i