Faculty and Staff Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 22, 2020

This week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Scott Saft on Vulcan Pride, COVID-19 links, faculty accomplishments, community outreach activities, more!

During the fall and spring semesters, Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo is a weekly e-blast of news and information for faculty and staff, produced by University Relations, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.  

What does #VulcanPride mean to you?

Video below, Scott Saft, professor of linguistics at UH Hilo’s Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, talks about the diversity of languages and cultures on campus. E komo mai!


Continue to stay informed through the UH Hilo COVID-19 webpage for up-to-date information and advisories. Information can also be found on the UH System COVID-19 page.


English instructor Susan Wackerbarth publishes first novel, inspires students. The novelist is an example of how passion for one’s craft, combined with hard work and dedication, can get you where you want to go. She stands as an inspiration to her students.

Senior Advisor Jodilyn Kunimoto presents “Parents as Partners in Supporting Student Success” at Re-Imagining – The Advising Partnership, the UH System Academic Advising and Transfer Network Virtual Conference, Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25.

Larry Kimura creates new Hawaiian word to mark signs of life on Venus: Makaola. The associate professor of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies was thrilled when he was approached to name the new discovery: “It’s an exciting discovery because we’ve always asked the question, ‘Is there life out there?’”

Philosophy professor Celia Bardwell-Jones discusses ethics of environmental conservation. She believes a background in ethics is an essential component for students in conservation management and other environmental science-related fields. 60 zoomers took part in the virtual seminar.

Operations and Services

Here is this week’s menu for Campus Center Dining Room’s lunch specials.

Vulcan Athletics

Three images of students out doing community service

Coffee bean picking, breakfast cooking on the menu for Vulcan teams.

Calendar of Events

Huliau Series: Palule Makule: Histories Printed and Worn, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., via Zoom (pre-registration required). Speaker is Sarah Kuaiwa, a third-year doctoral candidate at the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Her dissertation research looks at nineteeth-century fashion economics in the Hawaiian Kingdom (1800-1850).

For more news and events, see UH Hilo Calendar of Events.