Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Oct. 19, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): David Sing, Ozan Atalag, Maya Munstermann, Angela Fa‘anunu, Patricia Hensley, Adam Pack, Steve Lundblad, and Kiha Stevens.

Pictured is a group of researchers out on the lava fields using measuring equipment.
Led by Professor of Geology Steve Lundblad, UH Hilo researchers return to Kīlauea as eruption continues. Photo by Sadie Nguyen.


Enrollment across the 10-campus UH system increases for first time in 10 years.

This month’s UH Board of Regents meeting is Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom.


David Sing, an emeritus specialist at UH Hilo known for creating programs that allow Native Hawaiian students to believe “anything and everything is possible,” is the recipient of the 2021 National Indian Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Covid Updates

Discussions with unions on the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for UH Employees are ongoing. Employees are being advised of this policy ahead of time in order to meet the Jan. 3, 2022, effective date.

Two options for free COVID-19 testing:

  • Students only: Friday, Oct. 22, Noon to 4:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. PCR testing and vaccinations. Sign-up not necessary; valid picture ID required. Any changes will be sent via UH Announce email.
  • Employees and students: Clinical Labs statewide. PCR testing. Registration required. Testing by online appointment only; walk-ins not accepted.

Continue to stay informed through the UH Hilo COVID-19 webpage and the UH System COVID-19 webpage for information and advisories, including the updated interim UH COVID-19 Guidelines and updated interim UH Hilo COVID-19 Guidelines.


“From the Big Island to The Hague: A Journey to Becoming a Champion for Global Social Justice,” by Cynthia Tai, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., via Zoom. Register here. Sponsored by the UH Hilo International Student Services, Dept. of Political Science and Administration of Justice, the International Student Association, and Rotary International’s Peace Action Group in observance of United Nations Day and Conflict Resolution Day.

University Forum, Wednesday, Oct. 20, Noon to 1:00 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 935 8659 2698; Passcode: 149963

Body Composition Testing with Ozan Atalag, UH Hilo Associate Professor and Chair of Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Wednesday, Oct. 20, Noon to 1:00 p.m., Student Life Center, room 124. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. Registration required.

“Aspects of course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) that improve student affective outcomes,” by Katelyn Cooper, Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, and Maya Munstermann, UH Hilo alumna now at Florida State University. Thursday, Oct. 21, 3:00 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 919 0590 3920 Passcode: CURE

“Agritourism in Hawai‘i: Challenges and Opportunities,” by Angela Fa‘anunu, UH Hilo Assistant Professor of Tourism, Thursday, Oct. 21, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., via Zoom. Passcode: 234567

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


Nursing alumna Patricia Hensley receives tenure at UH Hilo.


Grant to support humpback whale research awarded to Professor of Psychology Adam Pack.

Led by Professor of Geology Steve Lundblad, UH Hilo researchers return to Kīlauea as eruption continues.


See Sodexo’s Family Dinner menu for this week, including how to order.

Vulcan Athletics

The Athletics Department announces women’s and men’s soccer games played at the UH Hilo Baseball Stadium and women’s volleyball matches played in the Vulcan Gym will each be allowed up to 500 fans under certain restrictions.

Word of the Week

Above, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kiha Stevens for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “Kuleana” is what a person does to ensure progress. 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 semesters, 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.