Last Call for UHPA Professional Excellence Award Nominations

Nominations Close on December 7

The UHPA Board of Directors proudly announce the establishment of an annual Professional Excellence Award open to all UHPA faculty members that recognizes the outstanding and superior performance of University of Hawaiʻi faculty that significantly contribute their dedicated service and commitment to the UH system and its respective campuses.  The award proclaims and bestows the Boardʻs respect and appreciation for the accomplishment by its faculty members that is purely member driven as all nominations and selections are determined by their peers.

A Formal Recognition of UH Faculty Excellence

The award recognizes the key and essential role that all UH faculty fulfill in advancing the mission of the UH system in the areas of instruction, research, service and extension.  It also recognizes the service and commitment that all UH faculty provide to the UH system in serving its students, staff, community and citizens of the State of Hawaiʻi.

All Classifications To Be Recognized

The Board will recognize one faculty member for each faculty classification in instructional, research, specialist, extension agent, librarian, and lecturer.  There will be one awardee per each faculty classification for the entire UH system.

Submit Your Nominations Now Before the 12/7 Deadline

The call for nominations begins today Monday, October 31, 2022 and runs through Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Use this online form to submit your nominations.

Evaluations Conducted by Our Board

A committee of faculty of the Board will review the nominees for instructional, research, specialist, extension agent, librarian, and lecturer, as applicable, and will make its recommendations to the Boardʻs Executive Committee for final confirmation.

Awardees Announced in Spring ‘23

At the April 2023 UHPA Annual Board Meeting all nominees will be announced and the Board will formally announce the awardees of the UHPA BOD Professional Excellence Award during its “Celebrating Excellence” event.

The Board looks forward to recognizing its outstanding faculty members and thank all of you for your heartfelt support of our member driven organization.

Order Your UHPA Polo Shirt Now Before the Deadline

We Must Receive Your UHPA Polo Shirt Order Before 12/9/22

If you want yours, you must place your order before the 12/9/22 deadline.  

Exclusive for UHPA Members Only

We can now proudly wear our union’s solidarity in these Kahala polo shirts custom designed for UHPA members! There is no charge – these shirts come with your UHPA membership.

How to Order

  • Use this order form (opens in new window) to place your order.
  • Do it now – order deadline is December 9, 2022.

Details and Conditions:

  • Each Member may order 1 shirt. There is no charge.
  • You or a designated proxy must pick up your product on campus in the fall of 2023 – exact dates and times TBD
  • Additional shirts are not available – these are exclusively for members of UHPA and cannot be purchased.
  • You can only order your shirt using the order form.
  • Order deadline is December 9, 2022. We cannot assure fulfillment if deadline is missed.

Illustrations

Actual product may vary from depicted images.

Last Chance to Rate Administrators in 2022

Last Chance; Survey Closes This Week

If you haven’t yet participated in the  “Rate My Administrator” survey, this week is your last chance. 

Search your email to find the invitation so you can participate. It will be addressed from “UHPA@claritykit.com” and the subject line will be “Rate My Administrator Survey Invitation”. 

The invitation was sent to the email address we have on file. For most of you, that means your non-@hawaii.edu address so please check that email inbox. If you have not supplied us with an alternate email address, your @hawaii.edu inbox will have the invitation. Either way, the invitation should be in your email. 

If you do not believe you have received this invitation, please reach out to our office via email or you can just reply to any News Flash email. 

Don’t postpone your participation!  

Make your voice heard via this survey tool.

The UHPA Board of Directors has authorized Market Trends Pacific to conduct the survey and report the results.  All submission data will be kept confidential. Only anonymous, summarized information will be published. 

As a participant in the survey, you will have the opportunity to rate any administrator(s) at any level relevant to your campus, i.e. Dean, Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Vice-President, and President. 

The anonymous, summarized results of the survey will be shared with UHPA members, the Board of Regents, and UH President David Lassner.

Notice on Confidentiality

No personally identifiable information will be collected or stored by UHPA, and the process does not utilize any University of Hawaii computers or equipment. This survey is independent of any 360 evaluations being distributed by the UH administration. All results will be structurally anonymous and no one will be able to determine the identity of respondents (including UHPA).

Check your inbox: “Rate My Administrator” 2022 Edition

Starting on October 17, 2022 all UHPA members were invited via email to rate their administrator(s). If you are not a member of UHPA, get your membership started right now so you can participate. 

The invitation was sent to the email address we have on file.  For most of you, that means your non-@hawaii.edu address so please check that email inbox.   If you have not supplied us with an alternate email address, your @hawaii.edu inbox will have the invitation.  Either way, you should have received the invite by now.     It will be addressed from “UHPA@claritykit.com” and the subject line will be “Rate My Administrator Survey Invitation”.

The UHPA Board of Directors has authorized Market Trends Pacific to conduct the survey and report the results and how those results have changed over time.  All submission data will be kept confidential. Only anonymous, summarized information will be published. 

As a participant in the survey, you will have the opportunity to rate any administrator(s) at any level relevant to your campus, i.e. Dean, Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Vice-President, and President. 

The anonymous, summarized results of the survey will be shared with UHPA members, the Board of Regents, and UH President David Lassner.

Notice on Confidentiality

No personally identifiable information will be collected or stored by UHPA, and the process does not utilize any University of Hawaii computers or equipment. This survey is independent of any 360 evaluations being distributed by the UH administration. All results will be structurally anonymous and no one will be able to determine the identity of respondents (including UHPA).

From HomeStreet Bank: Home Equity vs. HELOC

 

Our UHPA member benefits partner HomeStreet Bank has published its October message: 

Home Equity vs. HELOC

Deciding whether or not to use the equity in your home to
pay off unsecured debt and/or make home
improvements can be a difficult financial decision.
Second mortgages come in two basic forms: home equity
loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) – both of
which offer the potential for low APRs and streamlined
monthly payments. Click here to learn if one of these is
right for you!

 

Not a member yet? Join now via this instant membership online form.. Are you already a member but can’t access the content? Click here to troubleshoot or just call our office.

 

Save the Date: “Rate My Administrator 2022” coming next week!

Our annual “Rate My Administrator” survey will be coming to your inbox early in the week of Oct 17,  All UHPA members will receive an email invitation to rate their administrator(s). If you are not a member of UHPA, get your membership started right now so you can participate. 

The UHPA Board of Directors has authorized Market Trends Pacific to conduct the survey and report the results, including notable changes from last year’s summary of findings.  All submission data will be kept confidential. Only anonymous, summarized information will be published. 

As a participant in the survey, you will have the opportunity to rate any administrator(s) at any level relevant to your campus, i.e. Dean, Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Vice-President, and President. 

Save the date and look for the invitation in your inbox early in the next week of October 17, 2022.

Notice on Confidentiality

No personally identifiable information will be collected or stored by UHPA, and the process does not utilize any University of Hawaii computers or equipment. This survey is independent of any 360 evaluations being distributed by the UH administration. All results will be structurally anonymous and no one will be able to determine the identity of respondents (including UHPA).

UHPA Members: Cancel Your Student Debt Once and for All

Register Now. Seating is limited.

Registration is required to attend. Follow the RSVP links below for your desired location.  These events are open to UHPA members only.  

CampusDate/TimeRSVP LInk
UH West OahuMonday, October 10, 2022, 10:00 a.m.Reserve Your Seat
UH ManoaMonday, October 10, 2022, 2:00 p.m.Reserve Your Seat
Kapiolani Community CollegeTuesday, October 11, 2022, 10:00 a.m.Reserve Your Seat
UH HiloWednesday, October 12, 2022, 10:00 a.mReserve Your Seat
Hawaii Community CollegeWednesday, October 12, 2022, 2:00 p.m.Reserve Your Seat
Zoom Webinar – open to all UHPA membersTuesday, October 11, 2022, 1:00 p.m.Reserve Your Seat

Eliminate crushing student debt

Freedom from student debt can be yours with the U.S. Department of Education’s new loan forgiveness up to $20,000 and the temporarily expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Put an end to your monthly student loan payments. It’s like giving yourself a pay increase so that you can move forward with your life instead of being bound by debt hanging over you.

Time is of the essence

The deadline to apply for the temporary waiver for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is Monday, October 31, 2022. University of Hawaii faculty who are employed over thirty hours are eligible to apply for the program as public employees. Even if you have applied before and were previously declined, you should apply again because the rules have changed.

UHPA is partnering with AFT (American Federation of Teachers), the national union that represents teachers, faculty in higher education, and those in other professions, to offer a series of informational workshops to help with the application process. 

Due to the short timeline and with the AFT Representatives here for only three days, we are unable to accommodate visits to every campus.  We are offering a Zoom meeting if you are unable to attend one of the meetings in person.  Please note that you must have a Zoom account to register for the Zoom webinar.  

What Weʻll Be Covering at These Sessions

The 90-minute sessions are free and are being presented as a benefit to UHPA members. Key topics that will be covered include:

  • An awareness of scams related to student debt relief, and action steps to take if contacted by scammers
  • Information about the Biden administration’s recent announcements regarding $10/$20k in broad-based debt relief
  • What borrowers should expect to access that broad-based debt relief
  • Information about Income-Driven Repayment plans, how they work, and why they are important to borrowers
  • Information about Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the Temporary PSLF Expansion (waiver)
  • A discussion of additional steps borrowers who have older FFEL loans, Perkins loans, and Parent Plus loans may need to take to access the above programs
  • An explanation of options and steps for applying to these programs before the October 31 PSLF waiver deadline (Summer, Studentaid.gov)

Get Free Home Buying Content From HomeStreet Bank

 

 

 

Our UHPA member benefits partner HomeStreet Bank has a message for UHPA members that will give you the knowledge you need and may save you a considerable amount of money if you are buying a home:

UHPA Member Saving for Homeownership

For most people, buying a home is both an exciting and challenging venture—it is the quintessential American dream. However, because of the high costs involved, saving for home purchase takes commitment, research,and sometimes sacrifice. The button below will view a list of UHPA member-only content that will access to UHPA-specific numbers and links with general information on the costs involved and the types of expenditures you will need to save for in order to buy your first home.

 

Not a member yet? Join now via this instant membership online form.. Are you already a member but can’t access the content? Click here to troubleshoot or just call our office.

 

Last Chance to Book the Aulani Resort Special

Rooms Added to A Previously Sold-Out Offer

As per previous years, we had a huge response to UHPA’s Disney Aulani Weekend offer and it in fact was sold out shortly after our monthly round-up newsletter was sent.

We asked the folks at Disney to give us a few extra room nights for those that may have missed the opportunity.  We’re happy to announce that as of right now, we’re not sold out and you can make a booking.

If you missed out, now is your chance. Do not wait as this too will sell out quickly.

Want to stay longer? You can reserve dates up to 5 days before or after our special rate days as long as those dates include our special rate days.

Book Now: UHPA’s Disney Aulani Weekend!

Our very popular UHPA Disney Aulani Weekend returns for it’s 8th annual event on Oct 28 & 29, 2022.  Don’t miss out!

UHPA members love the Disney Aulani Resort. If you are an early bird planner, this is your chance to get the best rooms at our heavily discounted rates before they sell out as they do every year.

Start Earlier or Stay Later

Our special rates are in effect for Oct 28 & 29.  Want to stay longer? You can reserve dates up to 5 days before or after our special rate days.  As in previous years, it overlaps the Halloween weekend which should be extra fun for the whole family

First Come, First Serve Will Sell Out Quickly

Last year this sold out within weeks.  Early bird reservations are open now and we highly recommend you make your reservations as we only have limited availability and if previous years are an indication, this will sell out very quickly.