Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Oct. 26, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): David Lassner, Kalei Rapoza, Camlyn Masuda, Frank Kuo, and Sheldon Rosa.


Above video is part of UH Hilo marketing office’s official launch of new brand concept for university.


Academics

See the proposal for a new UH General Education program. Comments are welcome and may be sent to gedesign@hawaii.edu. Open town halls will be scheduled in late fall and/or early spring and will be communicated via UH Announce email. If any department, division, college or school would also like to meet with one or more design team members, please submit this form.

Administration

UH President David Lassner’s report to the Board of Regents, presented Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

UH Hilo marketing office officially launches new brand concept for university.

Covid Updates

Employees who are submitting a Medical or Religious Exemption for COVID-19 are advised to submit their request by Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 to allow for sufficient processing time. Employees may submit to the following:

  • Medical exemptions are reviewed by the UH Hilo Office of Equal Opportunity. Please submit the exemption form by email or UH File Drop to eeoaa@hawaii.edu, or by campus mail to UH Hilo Office of Equal Opportunity.
  • Religious exemptions are reviewed by the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs. Please submit the form by email or UH File Drop to Interim VC Kalei Rapoza, or by campus mail to UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs.

Employees are reminded that effective Jan. 3, 2022, all UH employees, including those who telework, will be required to be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus OR have an approved medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine. Exemptions must be approved by Jan. 3 in order to be in compliance with the Policy. Employees who do not comply with the UH COVID-19 Vaccination Policy will be subject to progressive discipline, up to and including discharge. Questions regarding the exemption process may be emailed to Interim VC Rapoza.

COVID-19 Booster – UH Hilo On-Campus Clinic:

  • The COVID-19 booster will be given on campus every Friday on a first-come, first-served basis, noon to 4:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. Registration is recommended to ensure sufficient supply. Please email VC Rapoza with your request. Be sure to bring your valid State ID, medical insurance card, and vaccination card to verify previous doses. This clinic is also for student testing so please plan accordingly. Everyone’s patience is appreciated. Two options for free testing:
    1. Students only: Friday, Oct. 29, 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.
    2. 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.

Events

“Service Animal and Emotional Support Animals,” webinar, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., via Zoom. Register here. Presented by UH Equal Opportunity Office in honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Useful Resources for Digital Accessibility Compliance” webinar, Thursday, Oct. 28, 9:00 to 11 a.m., via Zoom. Register here. Presented by UH Equal Opportunity Office in honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Accessible Document Basics” workshop, Friday, Oct. 29, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., via Zoom. Register here. Presented by UH Equal Opportunity Office in honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Fall 2021 Scary Scenarios featuring DRAM 221 Beginning Acting I students and others, streaming Oct. 25-31.

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center’s Halloween Spooktacular Weekend, featuring two new Halloween themed planetarium programs, a Haunted Galaxy Gallery, Halloween Make and Take Crafts, and a Garden Scavenger Hunt. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information and to reserve your Halloween weekend tickets, visit the center’s website. All visitors need to wear a proper face mask and show proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before visit date.

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

Deadlines

Last Day to Withdraw with “W,” Monday, Nov. 1.

“I” Removal Deadline: Student to Instructor, Monday, Nov. 1.

Last Day to Apply for Credit-by-Exam for Fall, Monday, Nov. 1.

Faculty

Camlyn Masuda receives tenure at UH Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

Services

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

Staff

Frank Kuo, Director of Counseling Services, had his article on “Do Christian Counselors Show More Empathy Toward Christian Clients Than Secular Clients? An Examination of the Relations Between Counselors’ Empathy and Counselor–Client Similarity in Christian Commitment,” published in the September 2021 issue of Journal of Psychology and Theology.

Word of the Week


Above, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Sheldon Rosa for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week. “Pele” is the Hawaiian goddess of fire from Kahiki. 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.