Academic News – University of Hawaiʻi System News Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:00:20 -1000 en-US hourly 1 Academic News – University of Hawaiʻi System News 32 32 Couple celebrates the season of giving with endowed scholarship Wed, 11 Dec 2019 01:45:28 +0000 Matt and Erin Takamine
Matt and Erin Takamine

Matt and Erin Takamine established a $50,000 scholarship for the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Their scholarship will benefit undergraduate students who are pursuing a business degree in accounting.

“I was honored to be part of the first cohort of the Oscar and Rosetta Fish Scholarship for Excellence at the Shidler College of Business,” said Matt. “The Fish Scholarship was instrumental in my ability to complete my education and covered 100 percent of my tuition while at Shidler. It also allowed me to travel outside of the U.S. for the first time through the Asia Field Study program.”

Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, the Takamines attended public high schools and UH Mānoa. Upon earning their degrees, they both began their careers with KPMG LLP.

Erin is currently an audit managing director at the KPMG Honolulu office and also serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement Hawaii and is active with Women Corporate Directors, the world’s largest membership organization and community of women corporate board directors.

Matt previously served as the senior audit manager at KPMG LLP and is now an executive managing director and captive operations leader at Beecher Carlson, an Atlanta-based large accounts insurance brokerage and risk management advisory company. Matt also serves as the president of the Hawaii Captive Insurance Council.

Read the full story and learn more about the Takamines at the Shidler College of Business website.

KFVE airs news shows produced by Mānoa journalism class Wed, 11 Dec 2019 01:31:37 +0000 UHMtv, were written, hosted and produced by students of the Journalism 470 class.]]> students
Journalism students on the set of UHMtv

Journalism students from the School of Communications in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Social Sciences capped off a semester of hard work with the production of two 30-minute news shows with stories from the Mānoa campus and the community. The shows, called UHMtv, were written, hosted and produced by students of the Journalism 470 class.

One show will air on KFVE on Sunday, December 15 (channel 22 or 1022 on Spectrum Cable) at 10:30 a.m. with stories on:

  • how UH Mānoa is responding to immigration reform and what it is doing for student dreamers
  • why UH law students are helping a convicted felon clear his name
  • bidding aloha to Aloha Stadium
  • an interview with UH Head Sailing Coach Andy Johnson

The first show aired on December 8, and covered topics such as:

  • how construction is impacting Campus Center
  • why Mānoa is one of the safest campuses in the nation
  • why it may be the last straw for single use plastics on campus, and
  • an interview with the UH Wahine Head Volleyball Coach Robyn Ah Mow

View the episode on Youtube.

More high school grads aiming for teaching careers Tue, 10 Dec 2019 19:40:38 +0000 Hawaiʻi P-20, an organization of the University of Hawaiʻi System.]]> Students in a classroom with a teacher

The Hawaiʻi P-20 Education to Workforce Report (PDF) shows the number of Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) students completing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study in education prior to college is increasing.

Key report highlights include:

  • HIDOE graduates who completed an education CTE program of study had higher college enrollment rates compared to statewide average (61 percent vs. 55 percent)
  • HIDOE CTE education graduates were more likely to still be enrolled at UH at the end of the second year compared to non-CTE graduates (78 percent vs. 62 percent)
  • Education graduates are more likely to be found in Hawaiʻi‘s workforce five years after graduating from UH, compared to graduates earning a non-education degree. Moreover, a large percentage of those education graduates found in the state’s workforce were working in the education industry.

The latest findings also reflect the number of HIDOE graduates pursuing education career pathways, as well as education graduates from UH, is still not sufficient to meet the high demand for teachers needed to fill vacancies across the state. Several statewide initiatives, such as “Be a Hero. Be a Teacher” and “Grow Our Own Initiative,” have been implemented to address the teacher shortage and retention in Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiʻi P-20 released its first Education to Workforce Report focusing on STEM career pathways in February 2019.

Read more details from the report at Hawaiʻi P-20 (PDF).

UH Hilo College of Pharmacy building dedicated Thu, 05 Dec 2019 01:28:34 +0000 UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy celebrated the dedication of the college’s new permanent building in Hilo’s University Research Park on December 4, 2019.]]>

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) celebrated the dedication of the college’s new permanent building in Hilo’s University Research Park on December 4, 2019.

The $31-million, 45,000-square-foot, two-story building features a unique and contemporary design by WCIT Architecture including classrooms that accommodate applied learning, high-fidelity simulations and distance audio/visual communications. It also includes multiple lab spaces, a simulated pharmacy facility, faculty and staff offices, a student community center and study areas. The building aims to meet the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

People standing
Dean Carolyn Ma (center in white) at dedication ceremony, next to Ken Inouye (in red).

“As the only College of Pharmacy in the Pacific Rim, we are the academic cornerstone for the most advanced level of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science research,” said DKICP Dean Carolyn Ma. “Our students, taught by our exceptional faculty and supported by dedicated staff, can continue living our mission to improve the health throughout the State of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Rim.”

The current student body of 300 represents one of the most diverse academic populations in the country: 60 percent from Hawaiʻi, with 40 percent from 24 U.S. states, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Kenya, South Korea and Taiwan. Classes will be held in the new building beginning in January 2020.

“It was a very emotional day for me to see this building here after all of the work that everyone has put into it,” said DKICP student Lillian Tran. “Not only is this building concrete, I don’t know if they realize they’ve made so many people’s dreams also become concrete.”

Students walking through a hallway

Speakers and distinguished attendees at the dedication event included UH President David Lassner, UH Regent Wayne Higaki, UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin, Ken Inouye and Irene Hirano-Inouye representing the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Jessica Toyama, president of the inaugural class of 2011, and others. The blessing ceremony was led by Kumu Moses Crabbe and the UH Hilo Kīpaepae Committee.

Established in 2006, DKICP admitted its inaugural class in 2007, and has graduated 744 doctor of pharmacy students and five doctor of philosophy students.

“It’s amazing to finally see Daniel K. Inouye’s vision come to life,” said DKICP student Shane Naeole. “I am so honored to be a part of it, being native Hawaiian, and being able to connect to my culture with my future profession.”

Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

High tech helmet calls 911 upon impact Wed, 04 Dec 2019 01:23:42 +0000 PACE’s 2019 Hawaiʻi Breakthrough Innovation Challenge.]]> men holding giant check
Kent Tsukamoto, managing partner of Accuity LLP and Ty Uehara, creator of ConTekt.

Computer science student Ty Uehara took home the top prize of $2,000 at the 2019 University of Hawaiʻi Breakthrough Innovation Challenge for his helmet called ConTekt. The helmet allows riders who have fallen from an accident to be in immediate contact with 911 emergency services without having to move any part of their body.

The challenge, hosted by the Shidler College of Business’ Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), was sponsored by one of the state’s largest CPA firms, Accuity LLP. The competition gives outstanding UH student entrepreneurs the opportunity to experience entrepreneurial ways of thinking and offer ideas for more efficient products and services.

Prior to the final event, UH students submitted a two-minute video detailing their breakthrough idea and its market potential where a preliminary judging panel then selected the finalists. PACE matched the finalists with mentors from the local business community to help the teams further identify commercial opportunities for the idea and develop a five-minute presentation.

“The success of this particular challenge, for PACE, has been engaging students from technical fields of study and introducing them to business and entrepreneurial concepts,” said Peter Rowan, executive director of PACE. “I am continually impressed by the creative and ambitious ideas of our students, and am excited to be able to help them in their entrepreneurial journey that’s just beginning.”

The three other finalists of the Breakthrough Innovation Challenge were:

  • Auctor—software that helps to sort waste for recycling
  • Hawaii Innovation Lab—a vest that keeps the body cool with liquid metal
  • Hempire—eco-conscious clothing made from hemp

Visit the PACE website for the full story.

Record highs graduation, retention rates at UH Mānoa Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:00:22 +0000 UH Mānoa students who enrolled in fall 2015 graduated in four years, which is more than double the 17.5 percent of students who enrolled in fall 2006. ]]> U H Manoa graduates

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa on-time graduation rate reached a record high in 2019 after a near 20 percent increase over the last nine years. Thirty-six-point-six percent of UH Mānoa students who enrolled in fall 2015 graduated in four years, which is more than double the 17.5 percent of students who enrolled in fall 2006. The six-year graduation rate, the official graduation rate used by the federal government, reached a historic high at 60.5 percent, slightly higher than the national average.

“This is truly a team effort as our faculty continue to develop innovative, exciting and relevant programs that attract and retain our students,” said UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno. “Our nationally recognized STAR GPS online registration system guides students in the courses they need to take in order to remain on target to achieve their graduation goals.”

Bruno also commended the work of the academic advisors saying, “They work closely with the faculty to ensure that the students are kept fully informed about their programs, as well as opportunities to grow and learn via experiential learning such as study abroad and internships.”

Record one-year retention rate

The Mānoa campus also set a record for one-year retention rates for first-time, full-time students at 81.1 percent. This is a good indication that the on-time graduation rate will continue to climb. Data shows that students who make it through their first year of college are more likely to earn a degree and finish in four years. It is the first time first-year retention rates exceeded 80 percent in 10 years. UH Mānoa administrators are cautiously optimistic about the ongoing efforts to make freshmen feel welcome and integrate into campus life from their first day of school.

“I think itʻs indicative of students feeling comfortable here and like they are part of a larger picture,” said Ronald Cambra, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate education. “They are getting to the point to where they know exactly what they need to do in pursuit of their degree.”

To maintain and increase the number of students successfully continuing on their academic pathways and towards timely graduation, UH Mānoa is working on launching a number of programs:

  • A summer advising program targeted for summer 2020 that involves interactive communication between students and academic advisors. Many units have expressed interest in summer advising as a bridge between semesters that keep students engaged year round.
  • An expanded transfer coordinating center slated for spring 2020 to support students transferring to the Mānoa campus from the UH community colleges.
  • A “balance” program as part of the STAR system that would identify at-risk students struggling with their classes and link them with tutoring and support services.

“Those three things are on our plate going forward,” said Cambra. “They tie in beautifully with supporting the retention and graduation rates, so weʻre going to be busy!”

UH Mānoa has also seen record success recently with student recruitment, welcoming 2,020 freshman in fall 2019, its second largest freshman class ever and second in recent years to go over 2,000. It is also just 189 students shy of the largest freshman class in the university’s 112-year history, set in fall 2018.

Entrance to campus U H Manoa

Shidler business team takes first place in international competition Wed, 27 Nov 2019 18:59:55 +0000 group of students
Shidler team members L-R: Hannah Domingo, Ji Won Kwak, Antoni Catalan, and Rachel Yasunaga

Undergraduate students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business placed first at the 10th Annual CUIBE (Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education) International Business case competition held at Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business, October 31–November 2.

The Shidler team was one of 15 teams from leading U.S. undergraduate international business programs to showcase their business knowledge and presentation skills in a competitive environment. Each team was given 24 hours to analyze a case study before their presentation. The teams were asked to conduct a case analysis of Phenicoptere, a Polish cosmetics start-up company and then were judged on their business analysis, recommendations and overall performance.

The Shidler team, which was comprised of seniors Antoni Catalan, Ji Won Kwak, Rachel Yasunaga and Hannah Domingo, mentored by Constancio Paranal III, was praised by judges for their marketing and financial analyses and professional presentation skills.

“The 2019 CUIBE case competition was an extremely educational and rewarding experience that enhanced my collegiate career, professional ability and personal ambition. Our team worked together to achieve a first place victory. This memorable journey would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our family, peers and the college,” said team captain Catalan. “I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the Shidler College of Business and contribute to its distinguished legacy as an academic community that fosters international excellence.”

Other finalists included Brigham Young University (second place), American University (third place) and the University of Oklahoma (fourth place).

More on the CUIBE case competition

Supported by the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE), the NU-CUIBE International Business Case Competition has been hosted by D’Amore-McKim School of Business at the Northeastern University since 2010 and presents an intellectually demanding opportunity to bring students from the consortium’s partner institutions together.

CUIBE has 34 members who are dedicated to undergraduate international business education excellence. Faculty and administrators representing CUIBE members meet twice a year to share best practices and discuss new initiatives in international business education.

Gift establishes ARCS Scholar Awards, financial aid opportunity Mon, 25 Nov 2019 18:00:08 +0000 STEM and nursing students.]]> members of a r c s
ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter members celebrated their friend’s legacy at UH Mānoa. From left, Patricia (Patty) Lee, Sui-Lan Ellsworth, Lois Magnussen and Chery Ernst.

A $500,000 legacy gift from Mona Elmore, a long-time member and supporter of science advancements in America, will generate unrestricted grants through the ARCS Scholar Awards for outstanding students in STEM and nursing fields at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

“Now her generous gift will allow us to assist more students, particularly in areas such as oceanography and astronomy, where she had keen interest,” said ARCS Honolulu Chapter President Sui-Lan Ellsworth.

George and Mona Elmore
George Orton and Mona Marie Elmore

The ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter established the George Orton Elmore and Mona Marie Elmore Scholarship endowment, through Mona’s generous donations, and has been supporting UH students since the 1970s.

“The ARCS Foundation’s generous support of UH students has made a tremendous impact in the lives of so many of our outstanding students,” said University of Hawaiʻi Vice President of Advancement and UH Foundation CEO Tim Dolan. “We are most grateful to all members of this dynamic group of philanthropists who are empowering our ambitious future STEM leaders to fulfill their potential.”

For years Elmore funded the chapter’s annual Scholar of the Year Award for the best presentation among the year’s scholar award recipients and Scientist of the Year Award for a UH faculty member who demonstrates sustained excellence in research and mentorship.

She was honored along with her late husband as Golden Hearts at the Honolulu Chapter’s 2013 Hearts of Gold Fundraiser for their vision and generosity. Elmore died in December 2018 at the age of 94.

“She is greatly missed, but we are happy that her memory lives on through this legacy,” said close friend Lois Magnussen.

UH law school evening students see high court in action Fri, 22 Nov 2019 23:18:07 +0000 UH Mānoa law students had front row seats as the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court took a recent case to William S. Richardson School of Law.]]> Recktenwald at U H law school
Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald arrives at the William S. Richardson School of Law for oral arguments.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa law students had front row seats as the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court took a recent case to William S. Richardson School of Law, specifically so that students in the Evening Part-Time Program would have a chance to see the high court in action.

The students heard a lively session in which the justices actively questioned attorneys about whether 25 seconds is adequate time for several “knock and announce” actions before police officers with a search warrant broke down the door of a suspected meth house.

While the justices took the case under advisement to make a decision, the court experience listening to arguments in an actual case was especially interesting for law school student Mark Clemente, who hopes to go into criminal law.

“This gives us an opportunity to learn things that otherwise we’d have to wait to learn after we graduate,” said Clemente, who works during the day as a member of the full-time staff at the State Legislature. “It’s significant for the Supreme Court to hold oral arguments at the law school because the evening part-time students don’t have the same opportunities as the day students to get exposure to the legal field.”

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald launched the program to bring oral arguments to the law school when he became chief justice nine years ago, and he and his judicial colleagues have continued the program and hear arguments at the law school at least once every year since.

“We have a great relationship with this law school,” he said, praising Dean Avi Soifer’s leadership over the years and the good planning by the Evening Part-Time Program administrators who put that day’s session together.

“Our ties goes back to the beginning of this law school,” he continued, mentioning the four new judges he swore in two weeks ago who are Richardson alumni, as well as the ongoing assistance by law students who regularly brief high school students on cases as part of the ‘Courts in the Community’ program that Recktenwald also launched.

Read the full story on the law school website.

Revitalizing indigenous languages aim of new UH Hilo course Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:39:43 +0000 linguistics students and professors
From left, linguistics student Chelsea Pedro, Professor of Linguistics Scott Saft, linguistics and anthropology student Faʻafaleaʻi Siliva, and Associate Professor of Linguistics Yumiko Ohara. (Photo credit: Raiatea Arcuri)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s newest linguistics course, Elementary Indigenous Languages (LING 133), gives international students who are already highly fluent native speakers the opportunity to study their indigenous language and formal writing systems from an academic perspective.

In order to enroll in the class, students must have fluency in one or more indigenous languages such as Navajo, Chuukese, Central Alaskan Yupʻik and Samoan. This semester the class is taught by Scott Saft, professor of linguistics, and Yumiko Ohara, associate professor of linguistics.

“There are so many students who speak Polynesian and Micronesian languages here, but until now there was not a class for them to showcase their skills or to use their knowledge,” said Ohara. “The class is unique because it gives students a platform to study their indigenous languages in depth with the guidance of linguistics faculty.”

“We want to encourage those students to explore the structures, the vocabulary and all aspects of their own language, with the hope that they may become more interested in their language and more interested in teaching others their language,” said Saft.

Two students passionate about preserving language and heritage

Fa a falea i Siliva and Chelsea Pedro
Faʻafaleaʻi Siliva and Chelsea Pedro (Photo credit: Raiatea Arcuri)

LING 133 student Chelsea Pedro grew up in Koror in the Republic of Palau and considers herself somewhat fluent in Sonsorolese, a language that has only about 500 speakers.

“A lot of Sonsorolese want to revitalize the language and use it more, but it is only spoken in the community,” said Pedro. “It is not used in school; only English and Palauan are used.”

This past summer in Palau, Pedro completed a government-sponsored internship and managed to organize a language attitude survey among 200 Sonsorolese speakers between the ages of 18 and 40.

“I find it interesting that there is not a lot of study on Sonsorolese,” said Pedro. “Not a lot of people speak fluently. Nowadays my generation mixes it with English and older people do not like that, but when I went back they were willing to help me preserve the language. They find that it is fading or dying.”

Another LING 133 student, Faʻafaleaʻi Siliva, is also passionate about preserving her language along with her culture. Silivia is from the villages of Nua, Seʻetaga, and Taputimu in American Samoa. Her study of the Samoan language is motivated by her desire to preserve Samoan heritage and identity for future generations.

“For young people, we mostly use colloquial language, but Samoan also has respectful ways of speaking; we do not speak to elders and friends in the same ways,” said Siliva. “We create a code language, slang, and I feel like we are drifting away from the traditional ways by always using the everyday language, and the other form of the Samoan language is fading.”

For the full story, visit the UH Hilo Stories website.

—By Leah Sherwood, a graduate student in the tropical conservation biology and environmental science program at UH Hilo.