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Interim Chancellor’s Message: Welcome to Spring 2018

The new year brings with it excitement and aspirations, and I hope that you will find much to engage with your university in the coming semester.

Aloha University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ‘Ohana,

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Welcome back to UH Hilo for the spring 2018 semester, and welcome to all the new faces on campus!

The new year brings with it excitement and aspirations, and I hope that you will find much to engage with your university in the coming semester. There will be many opportunities through invited speaker series, exhibits, performances, and presentations on the amazing work by UH Hilo faculty. There will be professional development events that will stretch all of us to learn.

Our students are why we are here. We are carefully managing classes so that students have the classes they need to graduate. We are working with our legislators and board to bring resources for important initiatives on campus, including funding for students to build leadership skills, community engagement and workforce skills, as well as initial funding for the development of the Kalakaua Marine Science Center at Puako in West Hawai‘i

And there will be events for fun.  The annual UH Hilo Ho‘olaulea is upcoming on January 13, 2018, with entertainment, food and crafts, exhibits in the Performing Arts Center parking lot.  We will be recognizing science and exploration with our community with the Ellison Onizuka Science Day and the Science Olympiad as well as sustainability as the co-host of the UH System Sustainability Summit in February.  In April we will be welcoming Hōkūleʻa into our own Hilo Bay.

Have a great semester!

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor

Interim Chancellor’s Monthly Column: The history of UH Hilo is one of progress

Growth and progress demand persistence—and we are continuing our momentum this year.

By Marcia Sakai

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Aloha and Happy New Year!

I’m looking forward to the coming year as the momentum of progress and growth continues at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. During our day-to-day life on campus, when progress is often challenging, it’s easy to lose sight of just how far we’ve come over the years in serving the higher education needs of our island.

In 2017, UH Hilo celebrated its 70th year providing access to higher education for the people on Hawai‘i Island. We began our journey in 1947 as the Hilo Program, a UH Extension Division program where courses were taught at the old Hilo Boarding School. In 1951, the University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo Branch was founded with an enrollment of 100 students. After several transformations, the four-year Hilo College began in 1969, and by the following year merged with Hawaiʻi Community College, becoming the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

More recently, in 1991, UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College separated, but continue to share many of the same resources. Over the years since, Hawai‘i CC and UH Hilo have worked together closely on many initiatives, most notably on the seamless transition of students into the university and on developing Native Hawaiian protocols in our teaching, research, and outreach activities.

Over the years, the university established five colleges, most recently the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy with its inaugural class ten years ago in 2007. It is the only accredited pharmacy college in the region, with a presence not only on Hawai‘i Island but also on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i and Maui and in the South Pacific in Guam, American Sāmoa and Saipan.

In 2018, we will celebrate several more noteworthy milestones.

Mookini Library and Edith Kanaka‘ole Hall opened 35 years ago. The names remind us of people who helped build this university. The library is named after former Chancellor Edwin H. Mookini who served from 1976 to 1979. Edith Kanaka‘ole was a beloved Hawaiian practitioner, kumu hula, composer, and founder of the Hawaiian studies program at UH Hilo.

Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language will be 30 years old. The college is named in honor of Ruth Keʻelikōlani Keanolani Kanāhoahoa, the 19th century high chiefess known for her strong advocacy of Hawaiian language and culture. Internationally recognized for successful cultural and language revitalization curriculum, the college’s staff and students honor the chiefess’s legacy as they do their work and study for the benefit of all Hawaii’s people.

The University Classroom Building is 15 years old—when it was built, it was the first construction of a major building at UH Hilo in over 20 years. It’s now our signature building at the entrance of campus, housing classrooms, offices and gathering places for our university community and the general public.

And five years ago, the Hale ʻAlahonua residence hall opened, the first new student housing project since 1989.

In my 26-plus years at UH Hilo, I have learned that growth and progress demand persistence—and we are continuing our momentum this year. We are building a new home for the pharmacy college, moving forward with forming the new College of Natural and Health Sciences, and we just launched the search for our new chancellor.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.

Aloha,

Marcia Sakai
Interim Chancellor, UH Hilo

Message from the Interim Chancellor: Reorganization update

The university is moving forward with the formation of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, effective July 1, 2018.

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.As we celebrate the accomplishments of our fall graduates and enter winter break, I would like to take a moment to update you on the reorganization of the College of Arts and Sciences.

As you know, during the fall I held a series of meetings with faculty to hear ideas, concerns, and to answer questions. I found these discussions very valuable and thank so many of you who took the time to meet with me to express your thoughts and feelings on this important issue.

I then met with President David Lassner to discuss what I had learned. He agrees with and supports my recommendation to proceed with a phased reorganization plan. This will begin with the formation of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, effective July 1, 2018. I look forward to sharing more details with you as the process unfolds.

During this period of transition, I hope we can all continue to work together to move the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo forward with a focus on serving our students and community. While there are still some uncertainties on the road ahead, I remain fully committed to working collaboratively with you as interim chancellor.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication throughout the year. I wish you a safe, relaxing winter break and a joyous holiday season. And I look forward to seeing you next year!

Marcia Sakai

UH Hilo chancellor search begins

A local, national and international search will be opened with the assistance of a professional firm, and the committee hopes to begin screening applicants and nominees by the end of February 2018.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Search Advisory Committee has been appointed, and the committee will begin meeting immediately. A local, national and international search will be opened with the assistance of a professional firm, and the committee hopes to begin screening applicants and nominees by the end of February 2018.

The committee will conduct confidential video interviews of the most promising candidates, and the committee plans to host on-campus visits by the finalists in late April to ensure that students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders are able to meet the finalists and provide input.

Read more at UH Hilo Stories.

PHOTOS: Chancellor’s Holiday Celebration

Members of the UH Hilo ‘ohana took some time from the hustle and bustle of the season to enjoy some cookies and fun at Chancellor’s Holiday Celebration.

Chancellor Marcia Sakai hosted the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo holiday celebration on Friday. There was fun with dressing up in “ugly or festive” Christmas wear, a photo booth and cookie contest. A good time was had by all.

Photos by Bob Douglas, click to enlarge.

Marcia Sakai, Farrah-Marie Gomes,, Ken Hon, and Kalei Rapoza in Santa hats.
At holiday celebration (clockwide from bottom right) Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah-Marie Gomes, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ken Hon, and Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Kalei Rapoza.
Lydia Mukai with Marcia Sakai.
Winner of the cookie contest was Lydia Mukai (right), an office assistant in housing. At left is Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai.

 

 

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 Interim Chancellor and UH Hilo Stories.

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