WATCH: 2021 Fall Welcome, hosted by Chancellor Irwin

New faculty and staff were introduced at the virtual event along with recognition of faculty who have received tenure and promotion over the last year.

Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin hosted the 2021 Fall Welcome at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on Sept. 8. New staff were introduced at the virtual event along with recognition of faculty who have received tenure and promotion over the last year. Chancellor Irwin also shared a few thoughts about the coming semester.


    • Jeraldine “Jeri” Ilar, Transfer Credit Specialist, Office of the Registrar
    • Catherine “Loke” Evans-Bautista, Program Coordinator, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center
    • Kip Nagata, Math and Science Program Coordinator, Upward Bound
    • Rebecca “Becca” Gillison, Associate Director of Residence Life, Housing


    • Margary Martin, Associate Professor, Education

Tenure and Promotion

    • Ozan Atalag, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Exercise Science
    • Patricia Hensley, Associate Professor, Nursing
    • Matthew Knope, Associate Professor, Biology
    • Camlym Masuda, Associate Specialist, Pharmacy Practice
    • Jarred Prudencio, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice


    • Julie Adrian, Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    • Shugeng Cao, Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Leng Chee Chang, Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Todd Inouye, Associate Professor, Management
    • Christopher Lauer, Professor, Philosophy
    • Yiqing Li, Professor, Tropical Forest Ecology & Management
    • Justina Mattos, Associate Professor, Performing Arts
    • Alexander Nagurney, Associate Professor, Psychology
    • Keisuke Nakao, Professor, Economics
    • Yucheng Qin, Professor, History

Chancellor’s Remarks (truncated, see video above for full remarks)

  • COVID Updates
    • Vaccines and testing
    • Daily LumiSightUH check in
    • Continue to practice distancing and sanitizing
    • Limit group activities
    • Still no fans at athletic events
    • Faculty decide as to what classes are hybrid and when the f2f portions of those classes will be held
    • Most importantly, responsible individual behavior on and off campus
  • Enrollment (pre-census)
    • Total enrollment up 2.7% from last year
    • Dramatic increase over last year in transfer students: 21.8%
    • Freshman, continuing, and grad down slightly, but overall, enrollment is holding.
    • Asian/Pacific Islander Enrollment 57.9%
    • Hawaiian Enrollment 33%
    • Resident Enrollment 69.8%
  • Budget
    • Still working toward addressing a $5.7m reduction in general funds
    • We can get by this year without dipping into reserves by
      • Limiting hiring to strategic & operational priorities
      • Continuing to restrict travel and large purchases
      • Use of federal relief funds
      • Special fund revenues expected to increase due to increased activity on campus
  • Strategic Plan: 3 Goals
    1. Strengthen Commitment to Haumāna: Equity and Student Success
    2. Strengthen Commitment to ʻĀina- and Community-based Education
    3. Strengthen Commitment to Kākou, Our Campus ʻOhana
  • Strategic Plan: Strategies and Actions based on:
    • It is a high-priority effort that will significantly advance achievement of the university’s strategic goals.
    • It is feasible to initiate or accomplish within one or two academic years.
    • It positively impacts student success.
  • WSCUC Accreditation
    • WASC Senior College and University Commission) site visit postponed until April