At UH Hilo 2019 Fall Commencement, approximately 170 students received degrees and/or certificates from UH Hilo’s six colleges.
The importance to a young emerging writer in Hawai‘i of being selected for inclusion in the journal cannot be overemphasized—it means Asia Au-Helfrich has “arrived.” This level of accomplishment does not come easy—it takes skill, determination, and inspiration.
“This achievement brings our School of Nursing closer to realizing its mission of elevating healthcare throughout Hawaiʻi and the world,” says Jim Beets, interim dean of the UH Hilo College of Natural and Health Sciences.
Heather Kaluna, UH Hilo assistant professor of astronomy and alumna of the same program, is urging her students to either tour or intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech. She says exposure to this type of facility is vital for furthering students’ academic engagement and their understanding of available career tracks.
The $31-million, 45,000-square-foot, two-story building features a unique and contemporary design with classrooms for applied learning, high-fidelity simulations, and distance audio-visual communications. There are also multiple lab spaces, a simulated pharmacy facility, faculty and staff offices, a student community center, and multiple study areas.
Alex Bischer is in the professional master’s internship track of the tropical conservation biology and environmental science graduate program at UH Hilo. His palila work is designed to prepare him to actively contribute as a scientist in environmental and conservation fields.
The Hawaiian Nutcracker is set in the 1800s at Hale Ali‘i, the royal palace named by Kamehameha III, with lead characters of a young David Kalākaua and Lydia Kamaka‘eha, both future monarchs of Hawai‘i. Dozens of dancers from UH Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College, and the Hawai‘i Island community will perform this adaptation of the holiday classic.
In new linguistics class, students who are already highly fluent native speakers can now study their indigenous language and formal writing systems from an academic perspective.
LiAnn Yamamoto and Keola Spencer are studying at universities in Japan, and Sienna Wareham is at a university in Korea.
“On top of the intense amount of knowledge I gained, this program gave me many opportunities to network with faculty, grad students, and peers alike which I am extremely grateful for,” says marine science major Carson Green.