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Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Team

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Dr. Kelly Oaks

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Kelly OaksE-mail: | Phone: (808) 932-7472 | Office: New Student Services Center, Room W308

Kelly joined us in July 2011, and serves as the designee for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in her absence. As a member of the VCSA's senior cabinet, she helps provide overall leadership, direction and oversight to the Division of Student Affairs' units, programs, and functions. She directly supervises Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, Minority Access & Achievement Programs, the Campus Center, the Women's Center, Disability Services, and UH Hilo's TRIO Grant Programs. In her role as Dean of Students, Kelly coordinates the campus' response to student-related crises, serves as the Chief Judicial Officer who investigates alleged Student Conduct Code violations, and provides advocacy and support to students who are experiencing difficulty during their time as a student. She also provides campus-wide guidance and leadership to increase student access, retention and success, as well as serves as a knowledgeable consultant to administrators, faculty and staff on a wide range of student-related policies and procedures.

Marcia Tavares

Interim Secretary to the Vice Chancellor

marciaEmail: | Phone: (808) 932-7445 | Office: New Student Services Center, Room W306

Marcia provides all administrative support to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, including maintaining her calendar and developing a majority of her correspondence. She also serves as the Human Resources Liaison for the Division of Student Affairs, and in this capacity generates, tracks and maintains all documentation associated with personnel-related actions. In her role, Marcia provides appropriate information regarding resources and referrals to students, parents, faculty and many other callers/visitors to the VCSA Office. Finally, she ensures that communication within the Division, as well as between the Division and other administrative areas across campus, occurs in a timely manner.

Kula Oda

Budget Manager & Fiscal Planner

Kula OdaE-mail: | Phone: (808) 932-7648 | Office: New Student Services Center, Room W303

Kula has been a part of the UH Hilo family since 1999, first as Head Coach for Vulcan tennis, and then as our first-ever budget manager starting in 2008. After leaving for a year to explore life in the private sector, Kula is now back again with DSA. He provides budget oversight and fiscal planning support to all units in the Division of Student Affairs and manages all procurement needs for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. He works to identify new revenue streams and is our liaison to UH Foundation. In addition, Kula serves as a consultant to DSA staff/faculty and student leaders on relevant fiscal policies and helps ensure that all funds are expended in a responsible manner, consistent with the Division's mission, goals, and strategic priorities.

John Oshima

Administrative Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

John OshimaE-mail: | Phone: (808) 932-7469 | Office: New Student Services Center, Room W309

John provides support to the VCSA office, as well as to the many units across the Division of Student Affairs, in the following key areas: general administrative duties, off-campus housing liaison, event and meeting management (including the Divisional Town Hall meetings); web page maintenance and desktop user support; promotions, marketing and graphic design; and researching information for and compiling Divisional reports. In addition, John lends his artistic abilities to the job by helping us document important Division of Student Affairs and campus-wide events with his great photography skills.

TBA, Student Assistant

Phone: (808) 932-7445 | Office: New Student Services Center, Room W301

In the capacity as Student Assistant, the incumbent will be providing support for a variety of administrative and receptionist duties, including but not limited to filing, typing, answering phones, making referrals to various campus resources, and designing flyers, etc.

This page was updated October 27, 2015.