Remember to celebrate and appreciate the many things that we have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I am grateful to all of our students, faculty, and staff for your continued service to our University. I am constantly reminded of your work, be it attending and excelling in your studies, providing an excellent education to our students, or serving our institution with the highest levels of dedication.
Speaking of things to be thankful for, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Judy Oliveira, and her team have made excellent progress in encouraging students to take 15 credits a semester (or 30 credits an academic year) to fulfill the requirements that will enable them to graduate in four years.
The number of freshman who enrolled with 15-plus credits has increased from 23.3 percent in 2014 to 52.4 percent in 2015. Amazing!
Jim Cromwell, Director of Enrollment Management, and Leslie Opulauoho, the Director of Student Development, are helping with the department’s efforts, including:
- Offering eight advising and orientation sessions to learn about degree requirements, registration, and how to get through college in four years.
- Registering freshmen in a block of four introductory general education classes, and a fifth class of their choice.
- The 15-to-Finish scholarship, which requires students to complete 30 UH West O‘ahu credits in an academic year to qualify. If students do this they get a $1,000 scholarship the following year. UH West Oʻahu offered about 147 sophomores, juniors, and seniors that scholarship this year.
The Committee on Enrollment and Student Success, which consists of personnel from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, will look at additional initiatives to help with our graduation and retention rates.
Aloha United Way
Thank you to Aloha United Way campus coordinators Sione Thompson, Maile Sing, and Cynthia Lanting for your work in raising money for the Aloha United Way. The team organized many activities, including bake sales and game days, to generate funds for AUW.
Congrats to our softball team, which finished third in the UH AUW tournament. UH West Oʻahu had the best fan turnout!
Students, don’t forget to apply for UH West Oʻahu’s Hawaiʻi State Legislative Internship Program. Our students are given the opportunity to work with members of the Hawaiʻi State Senate and House of Representatives. Students work an average of 40 hours per week assisting a senator or representative from January through May 2016. The internship is paid and students also receive money covering the full cost of spring 2016 tuition while earning 12 academic credits. Visit http://uhwocareers.weebly.com/hawaii-state-legislative-internship.html to apply.
Emergency Preparedness Training Sessions
I highly encourage you to attend one of the four Emergency Preparedness Training Sessions to learn about how to respond in the event of an active threat on our campus. Environmental, Health and Safety Officer, Tavia Oshiro, has compiled Preparedness and Prevention Tips, which can be found here: http://www.uhwo.hawaii.edu/activethreat.
The training sessions are:
- Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2-3 p.m., Campus Center Multipurpose Room, C208
- Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3-4 p.m., ʻUluʻulu Archive Exhibition Space, UHWO Library first floor
- Thursday, Nov. 5, 8-9 a.m., ʻUluʻulu Archive Exhibition Space, UHWO Library first floor
- Friday, Nov. 6, 8-9 a.m., ʻUluʻulu Archive Exhibition Space, UHWO Library first floor