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University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UH Manoa) alumnus Sakaria “Sai” Auelua-Toomey has been named one of the Luce Scholars for 2017. This marks the second time in two consecutive years that the UH Manoa has been successful in fostering a Luce Scholar. The Luce Scholars Program identifies promising young leaders for a yearlong experience of working in Asia. Seventy-five top universities across the United States nominate up to three candidates annually. Sai, as he is known, is one of approximately 175 nominees who were considered from across the United States, with about 45 making the final interviews in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York. About 15-20 Luce Scholars selected from that pool of finalists annually. Sai’s path to this prestigious fellowship was not traditional. As he tells it, he barely finished high school and had no interest in going to college. He spent two years working at a local grocery store and only started to attend Honolulu Community College because he wanted to enter the police program. As that program was full, he instead tried courses in Psychology and Speech while waiting. He credits an early mentor, Dr. Jennifer Higa-King as “seeing something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” He earned a 4.0 GPA that year, but didn’t get accepted into the police program. Instead, he detoured through the Air Force for a year, and used the G.I. Bill to continue his education at UH Manoa, where he double majored in Communicology and Psychology in 2016. For his ambitious Honors thesis in Psychology, Sai collaborated with the Interactive Autism Network at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to investigate individuals with autism spectrum disorder perception, which led to his first publication in the Manoa Horizons undergraduate journal. Sai was drawn to the Luce Scholars program because of his interests in intercultural communication, which was developed in different research opportunities in which he participated as an undergraduate. He traveled to Thailand through the Minority Health International Research Training Program with the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Supervised by Dr. James Campbell and Dr. Charlene Tomas at the Thai Red Cross in Thailand, his project focused on reducing HIV infection rates in transgender women (TGW) populations through the use of health questionnaires. He also credits Dr. Kristin Pauker from Psychology, who supervised his work as a research assistant in her Intergroup Social Perceptions Lab. Since graduation, Sai continues to pursue research interests in psychology and communications, as well as international and intercultural communication. He participated in the Language and Information Internship Program at Stanford University, where under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Icard, he examined how moral judgment affected decision-making. Currently, Sai is a seminar leader at the Sakaria at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, a U.S. Department of Defense institute that addresses regional and global security issues with participation of representatives from the United States and over forty Asia-Pacific nations. He also works with children with autism through the Behavior Change Institute. Following and building on his experience in the Luce Scholars Program, Sai plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, with a focus on international communication. He hopes to increase the representation of Pacific Islanders in higher education, stating: “I couldn’t see myself in academia because I had no role models.” The Luce Scholars Program is a big step toward this goal. In June, Sai will leave for New York and San Francisco, spending a week of training in each before being placed in Asia. He hopes his year in Asia will give him an opportunity to research how collectivist societies have different frames of perception, communication and decision-making than American culture. Sakaria Auelua-Toomey explains a causal loop diagram to international crisis management practitioners at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Effective Spring 2017, the Service Learning Program has changed their name to the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. Volunteers are a critical component of the plans of many community organizations. These organizations often can’t afford to hire enough employees to enable their services to reach the fullest potential. Volunteers can fill the gaps by providing motivated labor for free or a minimalcost. At the same time, students learn valuable lessons that complement their in-class studies. The program has been connecting students and faculty with the community since 1994. We serve Hawaii by matching community organizations with students that can help them accomplish their mission. The first step toward partnering with a student volunteer is joining our contact list. Organizations are also able to reserve a table at our annual Volunteer Fairs on campus. Give us a call at (808) 956-4641,or visit our website at manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/servicelearn/ to begin a successful relationship that benefits everyone.
Mānoa Horizons, a new peer-reviewed academic journal featuring high quality creativity, innovation, and research conducted and synthesized by undergraduate students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is launching its first issue this fall. Under the editorship of Dr. Christine Beaule, Mānoa Horizons represents a partnership among the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and the Honors Faculty. Issues of the journal are published annually in the fall and include undergraduate work conducted or completed during the previous academic year. Each annual issue is published simultaneously on the journal’s website and in print. The print issue includes selected outstanding works, as well as the titles and abstracts of additional selections published in full on the journal’s website. The inaugural issue volume features titles such as: “To Come Out is to Uphold and Liberate: The Hegemony and Queerness of Christian Closets” (by Jonathan Omuro); “Quantifying Atmospheric Fallout of Fukushima-Derived Radioactive Isotopes in Mushrooms in the Hawaiian Islands” (by Trista McKenzie); “Conceptual Design of Kewalo Basin and Kupu Hawai‘i’s Youth Facility” (Kristoffer Jugueta); and “Autism-Spectrum Disorder: Testing Perceptions of Reality through the Monty Hall Problem” (Sakaria Auelua-Toomey). For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/horizons/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Contact: Christine Beaule, (808) 956-8391
Featured: New Director of Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center
Kiana Shiroma became the Director of the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) this past July. She has recently overseen the move of PAC, which is now located in Sinclair Library, Room 108. Kiana is excited to be working with her peer advisors to provide in-person and group advising, orientation, workshop, and information for pre-health and pre-law students throughout the state.
The Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) at UHM is excited to announce its new location and contact information:
Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center
Sinclair Library, Room 108
Open: Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except state holidays
We provide orientations and workshops for pre-health and pre-law students. For schedule, go to http://manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/pac/orientation-and-workshops/.
We welcome walk-in or scheduled advising appointments. To schedule an appointment, go to http://manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/pac/hours/.
Come visit us soon!
(L-R) Allysen Manding, Arlene Colis, Paula Mao-Tamasese, and tem captain Cautchy Bailly. A team of undergraduate students from the UH Manoa Financial Literacy Program placed second at the national 2016 AFCPE Financial Counseling Knowledge Bowl held recently in Louisville, Kentucky. AFCPE, the acronym for the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to educating, training and certifying financial counselors and educators. Its annual Financial Counseling Knowledge Bowl is held to promote the field of financial counseling and education by empowering people to achieve lasting financial well-being. The four UH Manoa team members were Arlene Colis, Allysen Manding, Paula Mao-Tamasese and team captain Cautchy Bailly. They competed against other teams in a gameshow-style competition by answering questions similar to those on the Association for Financial Counseling exam. “To have actually placed second was overwhelming for all of us,” said Mao-Tamasese. “I am proud to be one of the students chosen to represent our university’s Financial Literacy Program in nationwide competition.” Other teams in the final round of competition at the Financial Counseling Knowledge Bowl represented Utah Valley University, University of Utah, Kansas State University and Texas Tech. The UH Manoa Financial Literacy Program began in 2006 with the research findings from a 2005 assessment of student financial interests and preferred methods of delivery that led to having student peer educators teaching incoming students about financial literacy at New Student Orientation (NSO). The program has since expanded its presentations from NSO to other campus programs as well as sponsoring events including the annual UH Saves Day. The Financial Literacy Program has been part of the Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education since 2011. UH Manoa staff member Stacy Miyashiro serves as program coordinator. Contact: Stacy Miyashiro, (808) 956- 6572 Program Coordinator, Financial Literacy Program
If you are not yet ready to choose your major, you can sign up for course clusters in an exploratory path that will allow you to explore a grouping of similar majors. They have been carefully designed to fulfill general education requirements and allow you to take introductory courses to the majors in an interest area. Exploratory Paths include: Exploratory; Arts and Humanities; Business and Industry; Health Sciences; Social Sciences; and STEM. For more information, go to manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/exploratory.
The pre-major category exists because students cannot declare these majors until they meet the admission requirements of the specific college or school to which you are applying . A pre-major is not a major, declaring a pre-major only indicates interest in pursuing that major. If you have not been fully admitted to a college or school within UHM and have not decided about your major, you are considered an exploratory student. Go to the exploratory students page. Visit the Manoa Advising Center at manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/mac for more information.
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