Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Aug. 30, 2022

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Patsy Iwasaki, Colby Miyose, Karla Hayashi, Rick Murray, and Farrah-Marie Gomes.

A group of student stands for group photo.
A group of students gather for a photo during Fall Orientation, August 17, 2022, at the Campus Center Plaza, UH Hilo. At front center is Chancellor Bonnie Irwin. (University Relations/UH Hilo)


A grant from the Eurasia Foundation (from Asia) is supporting a UH Hilo English multicultural literature course designed to engage students in international collaboration. Taught by Associate Professor of English Patsy Iwasaki, the course will feature a collective of scholars from Hawai‘i and Eurasia. First guest lecturer is UH Hilo Assistant Professor of Communication Colby Miyose who will talk about “K-Dramas, K-Pop, and Mukbang: Hallyu as a National Brand.”

Karla Hayashi, director of Kilohana Academic Success Center, announced the center will provide academic tutoring in the subjects of math, writing, biology, chemistry and computer science for the fall 2022 semester. Students are welcome to drop in for face-to-face or online assistance. Face masks are required for in-person tutoring. For online assistance, students should email justasc@hawaii.edu and include the academic course in the subject line.


Some info about safety on campus:

    • Safety on campus is a top priority. The Campus Security Department, under the leadership of Director Rick Murray, is responsible for responding to emergencies, violations, and criminal incidents, as well as receiving COVID reports and providing security escorts for those who may not feel safe walking through any area of campus. Campus Security may be contacted at 808-974-7911 or uhhsafe@hawaii.edu. Additionally, the UH Hilo Emergency Guidebook is available to all students, faculty, and staff. This guidebook offers the best practices and guidelines in responding to various emergencies, and may be downloaded to most devices.

Flu Clinic info:

    • UH Hilo, in partnership with Safeway, is offering flu shots to employees on Thursday, Sept. 15, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. Flu shots are free with most health insurance plans. Safeway is not accepting Kaiser medical insurance at the moment. Bring health insurance cards.

Community Outreach

The deadline for faculty to sign up for the 2022-23 UH Hilo Speakers’ Bureau is Tuesday, Aug. 30. Register by filling out this registration form.

UH Hilo Upward Bound was awarded $1.5M to give high school students boost in science and math. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Farrah-Marie Gomes says, “With a math and science focus, this [grant] will allow us to help address equity gaps while still prioritizing key elements of student success, first with completion at the high school level, then with preparation for a smooth transition to college.”

A stewardship program is re-establishing endangered silversword on Maunakea. UH Hilo’s Center for Maunakea Stewardship is growing out the seedlings for reintroduction sites across Maunakea, sites where previous plantings have been successful and that offer protection from hooved animals.


Last Day to Register or Add a Class, Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Last Day to Withdraw from Courses without Owing Tuition, Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Last Day to Submit Change of Major Request to Office of the Registrar, Tuesday, Aug. 30.


University Forum, Tuesday, Aug. 30, noon to 1:00 p.m., via Zoom.

“Navigating Tough Conversations in Statistical Collaboration, an American Statistical Association Council of Chapters Traveling Course,” Wednesday, Aug. 31, 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m, University Classroom Building, room 127. There is no cost to attend, and topics include data ownership and accessibility to determining appropriate analysis procedures. Register online.

2022 UH Hilo Fall Welcome, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2 p.m., Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Face masks required. Light refreshments served.

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


Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

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.