Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Dec. 13, 2022

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Kimberly Russell, Travis Mandel, Steve Lundblad, Peter Mills, and Cheryl Gansecki.

Happy Holidays! With three photos of people decorating cookies at the event, and winner of the cookie decorating contest at right holding the winning cookie.
UH Hilo faculty and staff enjoyed the 2022 Holiday Gathering on Friday, Dec. 9, with treats of acai bowls, hot cocoa, cupcakes, brownies, a chocolate fountain, and a cookie decorating contest. English instructor Kimberly Russell won a $25 gift card from Sodexo for her winning cookie (above right). The special event was part of the “E Launa Pū: Reconnect, Learn and Enjoy!” program for employees and was presented by Campus Center Dining Services. (University Relations/UH Hilo)


Fall semester ends Friday, Dec. 16.

Final grades due in MyUH at noon, Monday, Dec. 19.


Chancellor Bonnie Irwin’s December column: International students thrive at UH Hilo.

Reminder: Nominations for the 2023 Excellence in Teaching Awards are due by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Nominations must be submitted online via this Google form for the following awards:

Community Outreach

Fun for the whole family! ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center announces extended holiday hours.


UH Hilo will hold two in-person commencement celebrations.

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


UH Hilo data scientist Travis Mandel finds intellectual freedom in tenure.

Professor of Geology Steve Lundblad, Professor of Anthropology Peter Mills, and Lecturer of Geology Cheryl Gansecki are in the news!

Maunaloa Eruption

Continue to stay informed with the latest Civil Defense messages and by visiting the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website. Additional updates are available at:


See Sodexo’s Family Dinner menu for Friday, Dec. 16 (link disabled after date). This will be the last Family Dinner for 2022. Order by email at uhhdine@hawaii.edu or the GET mobile app.

Graphic design Happy Holidays! University of Hawaii at Hilo.

During 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. This is the final newsletter for 2022 and will resume Jan. 10, 2023.