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Congrats to Willard Wilson Award winner Carole Teshima

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Me, Carole Teshima and Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore.

It was our honor to recognize the recipient of the 2014 Board of Regents Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University of Hawaiʻi—UH System employee Carole Teshima.

Carole is an HR Specialist who has worked in the system’s Office of Human Resources for over 40 years. Her knowledge of HR policies and procedures has served as a resource to many generations of state and university administrations.

She is often called upon to advise the UH administration on historical and current areas of position control, BOR policy and university procedure on HR issues, collective bargaining salary adjustments and the interaction of UH data with other entities such as the unions and State of Hawaii Personnel/Payroll systems.

She works tirelessly to complete projects that assist HR representatives systemwide, responds to ad hoc requests from university and state officials, and assists various departments with specific problems or questions.

Carole is described by her colleagues as the ‘go-to person with a can-do attitude.” She is always first to offer her assistance, and she refuses to back down from difficult problems. Her exemplary service, positive attitude, and willingness to always go above and beyond have earned her the respect and admiration of those who work with her.

This award is named in honor of long-time UH administrator and secretary to the Board of Regents, Willard Wilson, who set a standard for exemplary service to the university during his 40-year career.

UH is ʻElele Organization of the Year

Our deepest gratitude to Meet Hawaii, which honored the University of Hawaiʻi with the first ʻElele Organization of the Year award for our work in helping to bring a half billion dollars worth of convention business to the state. I had the honor of accepting the award on the university’s behalf, but I must acknowledge the following UH faculty members who have each brought in more than $40 million in convention business to our state:

  • Dr. Jeff Akaka – John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Dr. Wayne Shiroma – College of Engineering
  • Dr. Magdy Iskander – College of Engineering
  • Dr. Loren Yamamoto – John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Dr. David Karl – School of Ocean and Earth Science
  • Dr. David Sanders – College of Natural Sciences/Institute for Astronomy

Meet Hawaiʻi is a collaboration of the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. I hope that we can continue this great partnership and attract even more convention business to our state, and with that, more economic activity, and more opportunities for UH faculty, staff, students and our community. As we bring more visitors to our state, they will see what can be done in Hawaiʻi!

Visiting student leaders at a few of our campuses

I enjoyed visiting a variety of campuses recently and would like to thank Kauaʻi Community College, Leeward Community College and Windward Community College for their warm welcome and hospitality.

It was a pleasure to meet student government leaders from both Kaua’i CC and Leeward CC, as well as the Hawaiian Council at the Windward CC campus. I learned a lot from you and thank you for your hard work and dedication.

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Greeting student government leaders at Leeward Community College.

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Meeting with student government leaders at Kaua’i Community College.

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Welcome from Windward Community College Hawaiian Council, Ke Kumu Pali.

Honoring excellence in maintenance

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Honoring Erline Vasconcellos with Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore.

We had the honor of recognizing two deserving UH employees at our monthly Board of Regents meeting at Leeward Community College.

This year, there were two recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. This awards goes to individuals who have exhibited sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial or trucking position. The award includes a $1,000 monetary prize.

This year’s recipients are Erline Vasconcellos, a building and grounds supervisor at UH West Oʻahu, and Joseph Tan, a custodian at Leeward Community College.

Congratulations to both for your dedication to the University of Hawaiʻi!

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Recognizing Joseph Tan alongside Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore.

Men’s March Against Violence

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With Athletics Director Ben Jay, followed by UH Football Head Coach Norm Chow, UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas and our UH delegation.

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Men’s March Against Violence that took us from the State Capitol through the municipal area. We had wonderful and highly visible showings by all our Oʻahu campuses, and it was great to have so many of our student athletes supporting this important cause. Special thanks to Dean Jerris Hedges of the John A. Burns School of Medicine for your leadership of the event and heartfelt remarks, and to Kapiʻolani Community College for your sponsorship.

I was very very proud to be part of Team UH yesterday.

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With Team UH

Welcoming ceremony in Hilo

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With UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney at Hawaii CC.

UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane hosted a kīpaepae hoʻokamaʻāina, or formal Hawaiian welcoming ceremony, for me at Hawaiʻi CC on August. 26th. I am told kīpaepae hoʻokamaʻāina means anchoring one’s presence to the land, skies and seas.

I was honored to take part in this ceremony. Thank you to the administrators, faculty, staff and students of UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College, as well community members who attended.

Working together with our faculty

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With UHPA’s J.N. Musto, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and V.P. of Community Colleges John Morton.

This is a very happy day for the university. Governor Neil Abercrombie, the University of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly (UHPA) and UH announced a tentative two-year agreement for UH faculty at a news conference at the governor’s office.

The tentative two-year agreement is unprecedented in that a public sector contract agreement has never before been reached a year in advance.

For the university, this provides stability, an understanding of the financial commitments, but also understanding that we’re working together with our faculty to advance this institution.

Thank you to Regents John Holzman, James Lee, V.P. of Community Colleges John Morton, UHPA’s J.N. Musto and Dave Duffy and Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

We all worked together to come to an agreement that I think everyone is really quite pleased with, and we’re looking forward to support from the state legislature.

Welcoming ceremony at Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

I was extremely moved by a wonderful welcoming ceremony at the Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge on June 20.

So many of my colleagues and friends from UH Mānoa participated in the ceremony, along with community leaders representing the governor’s office, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, the Queen’s Health System, Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust, Lunalilo Trust and the Board of Regents.

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The traditional ʻawa ceremony.

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So this is what it feels like to graduate from high school in Hawaiʻi! Thank you to so many friends and colleagues who took the time to take part in and observe the ceremony.

I was touched by everyone’s support of the University of Hawaiʻi and of me when I did an impromptu hula with my Kumu Ab Valencia and others.

Thank you for all the best wishes, advice and willingness to work together for the future of UH.


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