Staff Writer Rosannah Gosser
As we get into the swing of spring semester here at UH Hilo, UHHSA (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Student Association) continues to plan ways to better serve our school as representatives of the student body. At the end of last semester, UHHSA celebrated several accomplishments, including a successful Oh Hell Week with good vibes, great food, and an overall relaxing and positive environment for students to study for finals and enjoy the last few days before winter break, as well as the continuation of graduates donning kīhei with their caps and gowns.
This semester begins with members of the Legislature Committee travelling to Honolulu for the 2018 State of Hawaiʻi Legislative Opening, where they met with State Representatives on behalf of the UH Hilo student body, particularly to discuss initiatives affecting UH Hilo students. The Hawaiʻi Board of Regents, who maintain jurisdiction over the university, will also be visiting UH Hilo on Feb. 22, and UHHSA is making preparations for hosting them on campus.
There are several funding opportunities available from the student government this semester, like the UH Hilo Ambassador initiative designed to help students cover the cost of airfare when travelling to represent the university, such as at conferences or as guest speakers. RISO committees are also being offered funding for projects that involve campus-wide benefits for students.
The Sustainability Committee is continuing to make progress on projects from last semester, like the Green Space to Food Space Initiative and the UHHSA Student Project Sponsorship Fund. UHHSA Treasury recommendations for this semester include funds for charging stations and other updates in student resource rooms, as well as a Lactation Room to accommodate a safe and relaxing space for students with nursing children.
Looking ahead to this semester already upon us, UHHSA continues to strive for better communication with the student body, utilizing the budget to better serve students, and creating overall awareness of the student government. As always, you can stop by the UHHSA office between Ke Kalahea and the Lava Tube with questions, concerns, and comments for your student government representatives.