Chancellor’s Message

Aloha Faculty and Staff,

The UH Board of Regents held their monthly meeting at UH Hilo on September 29.  Chancellor Donald Straney extended an invitation to include HawCC in a joint presentation to the board.  Chancellor Straney and I, with the assistance of Gail Makuakane-Lundin, worked collaboratively to develop our powerpoint presentation entitled “Creating a Future for the People of Hawai‘i.”  We appreciate Dr. Straney’s courtesy, consideration and gesture of unity.

The Search Committee for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has narrowed the field to three finalists.  These candidates will be visiting our campus to meet with various constituencies and open forums on November 8, 10 and 14.  The finalists are Jason Cifra, Hettie Scofield and Dawn Zoni.  Photos and bios of these candidates appear in this issue.

Mike Leialoha, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs, plans to retire at the end of this year.  We are very grateful for the service he has provided since joining the college in 1986.  He is credited for the transition of shared services with UH Hilo and establishing our Planning, Operations and Maintenance unit.  In anticipation of his retirement, we have begun the recruitment process to fill his position.  The recruitment for the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will be conducted simultaneously.

We are pleased that the Governor has lifted the civil service hiring freeze.  If your unit needs any assistance in filling vacant positions, please contact our Human Resources Office.

Each year we ask all HawCC personnel to complete the UH online training, “Preventing Sexual Harassment.”  This administration has the responsibility to ensure a harassment-free educational environment where harassment in any form will not be tolerated.  For our first-time users, as well as those of us who review this training year after year, we hope that you have learned to recognize sexual harassment and will take the appropriate action to report each occurrence.  I encourage our lecturers, casual and student employees to complete this survey by October 31.  If you have not already completed the online training, go to

Ha‘akumalae Protocols Director, Dr. Taupouri Tangaro and the Hawai‘i Life Styles program will be conducting “Wahipana o Hilo—Leadership Through Sacred Sites of Hilo.”  We encourage our faculty, staff, administrators and students at HawCC and UH Hilo to participate.  Details of this Wahipana are included in this newsletter.


Noreen Yamane


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