S-STEM Program at UH Hilo Accepting Applications

The Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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The S-STEM Program supports academically talented and highly motivated students from economically disadvantaged families to complete STEM degrees in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics, Natural Science, or Physics. Application deadline is March 15, 2016.

The S-STEM Program provides each scholar with a $20,000 scholarship for four years of their undergraduate studies (up to $5,000 per year) while they maintain a good academic standing in their STEM major. The program also integrates and expands existing educational services for STEM students at UH Hilo.

“We are very pleased with the success of our first cohort, accepted in S-STEM in Fall 2015,” said Raina “Reni” Ivanova, professor of mathematics, principal investigator and director of the program. “Our scholars came from different cultural and academic backgrounds. Along with the kama`aina students from the Big Island and O`ahu, we have scholars who travelled thousands of miles, from places like Montana and Saipan, to join us at UH Hilo. With the S-STEM support, they are able to pursue their dream careers in STEM. We are very proud of their progress. Our S-STEM team and I look forward to welcoming our second cohort in Fall 2016.”

For more information about eligibility requirements and an application form, visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/affiliates/s-stem/ call (808) 932-7587, or email mmellott@hawaii.edu.

Zonta Club of Hilo to Honor Jackie Pualani Johnson with Rose Award

The Zonta Club of Hilo will honor Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson with its biennial “Rose Award of Excellence” on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson

Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson

The Zonta Rose Award of Excellence recognizes women who have made significant impact on the lives of others through their employment, volunteer activities and associations. The award is part of Zonta International’s observance of International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day. Zonta’s mission is to empower women through service and advocacy.

“Zonta Hilo is proud to play a part in celebrating Jackie’s extraordinary achievements and contributions to the arts, education and throughout the community,” said Julie Tulang, Zonta Hilo Service Chair. “For nearly four decades, Jackie has worn many hats—teacher, mentor, performer, director—inspiring and sparking creativity wherever she goes.”

Johnson was born and raised in Hilo. She is a graduate of St. Joseph High School, where she began singing under the direction of Clarence Waipa. Johnson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in drama from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has performed hula and chanted oli for international audiences, and played a number of roles in local theater productions including Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Johnson helped organize, and appeared in, Hilo Community Players’ Shakespeare-in-the-Park, now in its 39th year. For the outdoor summer production’s 25th anniversary, she fulfilled a lifelong dream, presenting a pidgin version of a Shakespeare classic re-titled One Uddah Mid’summah.

Johnson is professor and chair of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, where she began teaching in 1979. She has taught acting, stage make-up, costuming and directing, and provided oral interpretation of literature with an emphasis on works by local writers. Johnson has directed more than seventy productions, and plans to retire from UHH in May 2017.

Recently, she acted in and directed historical performances for Kona Historical Society including Isabella Bird at Kealapuali, Kona Coffee Days and A Visit to Kalu Kalu as well as scripts based on the lives of female monarchs in Hawaii including Queen Kaahumanu and Queen Liliuokalani. Johnson is married with three daughters and six grandchildren.

For more information about the Zonta Rose Award event or to purchase tickets—$25 includes dinner—contact Ashley Kierkiewicz at (808) 989-4004 or via email: alk@hastingsandpleadwell.com by March 9.

About Zonta Club of Hilo
The Zonta Club of Hilo was founded in 1950 and is part of Zonta International, a global organization whose mission is to empower women through service and advocacy. To learn more about the club’s service projects, special events, advocacy efforts and scholarship opportunities, visit zontahilo.org.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the International Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds).

Hawaii Residents can spot the International Space Station tonight depending on the clouds.

Hawaii Residents can spot the International Space Station tonight depending on the clouds.

It will be visible beginning tonight, Monday, February 22, at 7:07 PM. It will be visible for approximately 6 minutes at a Maximum Height of 88 degrees. It will appear 11 degrees above the Northwest part of the sky and disappear 11 degrees above the Southeast part of the sky