Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Jan. 31, 2023

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Information Technology Services, the Performing Arts Center, the UH Strategic Plan, Wailau Storytelling Series, and the Hawai‘i Island Regional Science Olympiad Tournament.

High-roofed Performing Arts Center with monkeypod tree in foreground.
UH Hilo Theatre’s name will be officially changed to the Performing Arts Center. (Kirsten Aoyagi/UH Hilo Stories)


Accreditation has been extended for UH Hilo’s business college. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business announced UH Hilo’s College of Business and Economics has successfully extended their global accreditation in business.


The UH Hilo Computing Center will be changed to Information Technology Services (ITS) to more accurately reflect the work this department accomplishes. Computing Center worked well when the department provided an area where people could come in and use a computer. It is now a team that focuses on campus-wide infrastructure, systems, and services relating to technology.

The UH Hilo Theatre’s name will be changed to the Performing Arts Center. The UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, while technically a theatre, serves a much broader purpose. The Theatre name worked well when the facility served as a building for the production of plays and dramatic events. However, its purpose has grown significantly to offer inclusive educational and diverse cultural opportunities for performing arts events that serve students, faculty, staff, and the community as a whole.

The University of Hawai‘i 2023-2029 Strategic Plan, “Hawai‘i’s University for Today and Tomorrow,” is available online.

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

Nominations are being accepted for the following 2023 UH Hilo Annual and Biennial Campus Awards, including the Outstanding RCUH Employee Award. Nomination deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15, 4:00 p.m. Google nomination form is online. Questions may be directed to Lei Kapono.


UH Hilo is seeking student, faculty, staff, alumni and community storytellers for the next Wailau storytelling event to be held live March 31 at the Mookini Library’s lānai. The theme for spring 2023 is “Ripples.” Stories should be personal experiences from the storyteller’s life that express the meaning of “ripples.” Submit a draft of the story from now until the end of February using the online form. For questions, contact Justina Mattos.


Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy seminar, “The Opioid Crisis: What? Really?” presented by Julie Ann Luiz Adrian, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., Hale Kiho‘iho‘i (the pharmacy college), classroom LH-A. The college is located at the corner of S. A‘ohoku Place and Nowelo Street, UH Hilo’s University Park of Science and Technology

Natural Resource Management Seminar Series, “Hui Ho’oleimaluō,” Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., via Zoom. Passcode: TCBES

Hawai‘i Island Regional Science Olympiad Tournament, Saturday, Feb. 4, UH Hilo campus. Want to volunteer for the event? Fill out the Volunteer Form by Wednesday, Feb. 1 to indicate your availability and areas of interest. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

Campus Protocols Training, Saturday, Feb. 4, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. A workshop training in campus kīpaepae and kīhei protocols including lau kāpala (stamping with native foliage). No prior experience necessary. Register here.

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


Student clubs create peer-based communities, boost mental health and academic success. Campus clubs and organizations help students blossom into their full potential through building leadership skills, strong social ties, and peer-based communities.

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. 

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