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Ka pū‘olo muli puka


The Graduate Message

Just as a pū‘olo, a bundle or package, carries gifts of aloha, we offer this newsletter with the same spirit of gratitude as we work collectively towards excellence in graduate education.
Spring 2015 | Issue 2
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In this issue...


The number of graduates is still being processed, but so far we have 667 students who have petitioned to graduate this Spring 2015 semester. Mahalo to our graduate faculty and staff for supporting these students throughout their academic journey at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. We hope to see you at the commencement ceremonies on Saturday!

Spring 2015 Commencement Information

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Stan Sheriff Center

Undergraduate Ceremony
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Speaker: Sam Kass

Graduate Ceremony
3:00 PM - 5:00PM
Speaker: David Ige
The undergraduate and advanced degree ceremonies will be viewable via webcast.

For more commencement information, please visit the Commencement website

Congratulations to our award recipients

Peter V. Garrod Graduate Mentoring Award

Wayne Shiroma

Wayne Shiroma, Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering, has been teaching at UH Manoa for 19 years. He views his role as guiding his students’ development and opening doors of opportunity, but encouraging them to proactively step through those doors and take responsibility for their own learning. 

Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Rex Troumbley

PhD Candidate
Department of Political Science

Chamil Rathnayake

PhD Candidate
School of Communications

2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Finalists

Rachel Hoerman

Rachel Hoerman, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her dissertation research focuses on the documentation, analysis and long-term conservation of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo’s rock art. Her Fullbright research award has provided her the opportunity to go to Malaysia to study rock art.

Kevin Croker

Kevin Croker, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. His research focuses on novel extensions to Einstein's theory of gravitation: both their construction and experimental consequences.  His Fulbright research award has provided him the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Manuel Hohmann at the University of Tartu in Estonia for nine months. 

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award

Alexander Krieg

Alexander Krieg, a doctoral candidate in the psychology department, will be traveling to Tokyo, Japan for 10 months. He will be studying the effects of cultural values on attentional processes related to detecting social threat in interpersonal situations by using both self-report and experimental methodology.

Amos P. and Edna Lee Leib Memorial Fellowship for the
Graduate Study of Pacific Literatures

Aiko Yamashiro

PhD student
Department of English
The Leib family made a substantial gift to the UH Foundation for the promotion of Pacific Literatures, which has enabled the university to offer, for four consecutive years, a fellowship to support a graduate student whose primary focus of study is literatures of the Pacific (defined as Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian).
Updates & Reminders

NEW! Annual Graduate Program Report Questions

The annual graduate program report questions have been completely revised. A representative faculty committee, in collaboration with OGE and Manoa Assessment Office staff, was convened to review and revise questions for this report. It is now tied more closely to the Program Review that is conducted by the OVCAA for non-accredited programs as well as to questions asked by accreditation bodies. The purpose of this report is to help programs to plan, evaluate, and improve themselves. Additionally, it is to also provide evidence of program efforts to promote student success, to stay on track with regard to program actions (e.g., program review, curriculum, program planning) and for accreditation by WASC. The actual site to be used to submit the report is forthcoming. We will inform everyone once it's available. Reports will be due in October at the same time as the Manoa Assessment Report.

If you have any questions about this graduate program report, please contact Julie Maeda at julienne@hawaii.eduClick here to see the report questions.

Graduate Faculty Updates

For any and all changes in faculty status, tenure and promotion and new hires, please submit a nomination form; for resignations and retirements, please submit a memo via your college/school Dean to OGE to inform us. We rely on you letting us know of changes to your faculty. With regard to Emeritus appointments (i.e., letter from BOR), please send us a copy of the letter with a request to change your colleague's status to Emeritus, if he/she will continue to serve as a committee member of graduate student committees.

Acting Graduate Chair

When Graduate Chairs are away from campus, please send us a memo, via your college/school Dean the name of the faculty member who will have signing authority on graduate program business. This person may be the Department chair or a regular graduate faculty member who has been helped to be somewhat familiar with graduate program business that may occur during your absence.

Non-Resident Tuition Exemption (NRTE) petition

Due Aug 1 to Graduate Student Services
The form can be found in CMS under Forms. All awarded programs must also submit a report to OGE by August 25 reporting on the success of its use in recruiting for the upcoming year. Feedback regarding process to award them is also welcomed.

Changes to Remote Participation - Committee Participation

Effective 2015, the Graduate Council has approved allowing graduate programs more flexibility with regard to remote participation by the doctoral candidate and committee members for a doctoral defense. With this change, it is possible for the entire committee to attend a doctoral defense online with no members physically present on campus at UHM. For more information visit the OGE website (

Double-Counting Credits

A table of types of degree and the double-counting policy may be viewed on the OGE website (

Time Allowed for Completion of Degree

Effective Spring 2015, the practice of automatically placing master's and doctoral students on academic probation at the end of five years will end. For more information, visit the OGE website (
Upcoming dates

Summer 2015 Academic Calendar

May 25 (M): Holiday: Memorial Day
May 26 (T): First session begins
June 11 (R): Holiday: Kamehameha Day
July 2 (R): First session ends; Thesis & dissertations due
July 3 (F): Holiday observed: Independence Day
July 6 (M): Second session begins
July 7 (T): Faculty first session grade submission deadline
July 8 (W): First session grades available on STAR
August 14 (F): Second session ends
August 18 (T): Faculty second Session grade submission deadline
August 19 (W): Second session grades available on STAR

Fall 2015 Academic Calendar

August 12 - 13 (W & R) Registration for incoming (newly accepted, readmitted, transfer) and all unclassified UHM students
August 17 (M) Registration available for all students (continuing and incoming)
August 24 (M) First day of Fall 2015 Instruction; UH employee (Faculty & Staff) registration begins
For more info and dates, visit the Records Academic Calendar website.

New Graduate Student Orientation

Date: August 20, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (tentative)
Location: Orvis Auditorium

TA Training

Date: August 17 - 19, 2015 
Time: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: KUY 106

(International TA's only Monday, August 17 9:00AM to 12:00PM)

RA Training

Date: August 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Sullivan Center in the Cancer Center
More information to follow.

Have a great Summer!

Thank you for reading our last Spring 2015 issue. We hope to provide more stories and information in the fall. Please let us know if you have any comments or feedback.

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Pū‘olo photo credit: Blessing Ways
Commencement photo credits: UH Manoa Commencement Website
Gerald Cobain: University of Hawaii News
Summer photo credits: Her Campus
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