Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, May 18, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Celia Bardwell-Jones, Bonnie D. Irwin, Frank Kuo, Kolby Santiago, Casey Yamauchi, Kiarra Lincoln, and Kekailiko Medeiros.


Celia Bardwell-Jones on panel
Celia Bardwell-Jones is chosen for UH General Education Curriculum Design team: read story.

General Education Curriculum Design team members chosen.

Take a short survey to provide feedback as the UH System’s General Education requirements are reviewed and redesigned after two decades. “General Education requirements” refers to the core curriculum all UH undergraduate students, regardless of major, are required to take. These courses reflect standards of learning and encompasses the skills and knowledge that are essential for all graduates to have. The deadline for taking the survey is May 31, 2021.


The UH Board of Regents’ virtual meeting is Thursday, May 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting may be monitored remotely via the livestream pilot project.


The Long Range Budget and Planning Committee meeting notes are available here. Log in required.


Covid Updates

UH to require COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus students this fall.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Students FAQs.

Continue to stay informed through the UH Hilo COVID-19 webpage,  Employee FAQ,  and the UH System COVID-19 webpage for information and advisories.


Nominations for the 2021 Willard Wilson Distinguished Service Award and the Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance are due by Friday, June 11, 4:30 p.m.  Email Courtney Domingo with any questions.


University Forum, Monday, May 24, 2 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 951 1524 7988; Passcode: 121033. Questions may be submitted in advance to alyson@hawaii.edu.

For more info on events, see UH Hilo Calendar of Events.


Celia Bardwell-Jones is chosen for UH General Education Curriculum Design team.


Holiday: Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.


Parking on campus will remain in “non-instructional day” status over Summer and through Fall 2021. Housing parking zones will require a Housing parking permit. Overnight parking restrictions will continue.  For more information on campus parking, see UH Hilo Campus Parking.


Kolby Santiago
Kolby Santiago
Frank Kuo
Frank Kuo

Frank Kuo, Director of Counseling Services, presents “How to utilize virtual outreach activities and identify outreach strategies to promote mental health on campus, reduce stigma of counseling, target suicide prevention, and serve those indigenous, underrepresented, and marginalized student populations,” at Northeast Ohio Medical University’s virtual 5th Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health (OPCSMH) Biennial conference, Creating Community Wellness: Equity and Inclusion in Student Mental Health, Tuesday, May 18.

Kolby Santiago, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, has been elected to serve as President of the Pacific Financial Aid Association (PacFAA). PacFAA’s mission is to provide quality administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary institutions in the Pacific, which includes the State of Hawai`i and the Pacific Region. PacFAA maintains a liaison with the western regional financial aid association and she will also serve as a board member of the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA).

Strategic Plan

Everyone is encouraged to view the formatted draft of the UH Hilo Strategic Plan and provide feedback by Tuesday, June 15 via this Google form. Log in required.

Vulcan Athletics

5 Seed Vulcans Face 4 Seed Vikings.

Local Shortstops Win Pepsi Honors: Casey Yamauchi and Kiarra Lincoln.

Word of the Week

Above: Join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kekailiko Medeiros for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week, “Hale Noho Haumāna Kulanui,” the place where students stay when they attend school at UH Hilo. Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the college and edited by the UH Hilo Office of University Relations.

In fall and spring, this newsletter is a weekly e-blast of news and information for faculty and staff, produced by University Relations, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. This is the final issue for 2020-2021; the newletter resumes Tuesday, August 24, 2021.