The Indonesian outreach visit continues; photos from our third day there.
Our work in Indonesia continues during a very eventful second day.
I’m currently traveling in Indonesia with a UH delegation that includes College of Arts and Sciences Dean Denise Konan and Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng. Here are some details and pictures of this very productive trip, which has exceeded our expectations in many ways.
More updates coming soon!
The University of Hawaiʻi System’s Pearl Iboshi took part in a White House Symposium called iCount: Equity Through Representation, on June 6, 2013.
Iboshi is director of the UH System’s Institutional Research and Analysis Office and was invited to join a dynamic group of data specialists, education policy experts, foundation partners and high-level federal officials at the symposium to identify the barriers, challenges, and obstacles to achieving educational equity. The group also discussed best practices, systems and solutions.
The White House says it is working to achieve educational equity in the face of our nation’s increasingly diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student population, which is a critical civil rights issue of our time. iCount is ensuring that every single student is counted and the diversity of the multi-faceted AAPI student population is identified.
Learn more about this important issue and the work of the participants: Asian groups, White House seek better race data (Associated Press, Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
I had a wonderful experience speaking to the Coast Guard Diversity and Women’s Leadership group on April 9. They invited me to speak at a luncheon celebrating Women’s History Month.
The theme was near and dear to my heart: “Women inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” It was an honor to share my personal journey and perspective on being a woman in a leadership position in the scientific community.
I also really enjoyed the videos of the Kalani High School and Sacred Hearts robotics teams competing in the national championships. It was great to meet the students and I invited them to take a tour of our new Cancer Center so they can see, first hand, state-of-the-art, scientific and research laboratories.
I was honored to meet 23 delegates from four countries who are in Honolulu this week to take part in the “Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange for Women Leaders.” The women are here from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and the U.S. I had the pleasure of hosting them at College Hill Monday night, where we continued our discussions on issues such as women’s human rights, laws and policy options to respond to international trafficking of women and girls.
The women have been meeting at Kapiʻolani Community College for four days of discussions. Hawaiʻi’s First Lady Nancie Caraway, a Human Rights Fellow, gave a presentation today. The Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange wraps on Thursday.
Photo by Kaori Kinjo
Aloha! I wanted to share with you a recent email from Kaori Kinjo from Japan, with great news about the cherry tree we planted at on the campus of University of the Ryukyus.
Kaori is a staff member of the International Division at the University of the Ryukyus and helped coordinate my visit to Okinawa last fall.
“I am very pleased to let you know a sakura tree planted by President Greenwood recently bloomed 5-6 small flowers!!!
When it was planted, I was told it would take 3-4 years to grow and bloom flowers.
In Okinawa, we enjoy cherry blossom in January-February and we sometimes observed President Greenwood’s tree just in case. In mid-February, we were very surprised to find just one flower on her sakura tree!! Then it had 5-6 flowers!!”
Photo by Kaori Kinjo
Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi, left, shares a laugh with University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood prior to presentation of $9.68 million to the University of Hawaii to begin construction of the Hawaii Community College Palamanui campus in West Hawaii at the Hawaii Civic Center in Kailua Kona January 31, 2012. Photo By Michael Darden / www.dardenphotos.com
It’s not often in a higher education career that one gets to conceive, design and build a college campus form scratch. But that’s what the University of Hawaiʻi took a big step forward in doing recently when we accepted a check in the amount of $9.68 million from Palamanui Partners in Kona toward the construction of our first permanent campus on the west side of Hawaiʻi!
Hunt Companies Hawaiʻi Division president Steve Colon, representing Palamanui Partners which is a joint effort of Charles Schwab and Hunt Companies, presented a large symbolic check in that amount to Board of Regents Vice Chair James Lee and me, along with Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, Vice President of Student Affairs and External Relations Rockne Freitas, and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane. What an occasion to celebrate!
Rockne Freitas, back, with M.R.C. Greenwood, James Lee, Noreen Yamane, Billy Kenoi and Steve Colon (photo By Michael Darden)
This project has been in the planning stages for 8 years, and it’s remarkable that despite economic challenges the group stuck together and held the collective vision. This campus, when completed, will bring the promise of a college degree and a better quality of life to one of our most underserved areas. We couldn’t have gotten to this day without the help and constant support of community leaders like our Regents from the island of Hawaiʻi Carl Carlson and Barry Mizuno, Chair Eric Martinson, UH Foundation Board member Jim Lally, and so many others. Groundbreaking will occur this coming summer!
Aloha to the University of Hawaiʻi ʻOhana!
As we prepare to enjoy the holiday season, let me take a moment to thank you for your efforts over the past year.
Mahalo to the students who’ve attended class, finished projects, taken exams and worked their hardest to move one step closer to that important college degree, certificate or professional diploma.
I’m grateful to all of our faculty who shared the light of knowledge with their students this year. And behind the scenes, yet ever-present, our hard-working and dedicated staff, who work to make those learning experiences possible for our students.
This has been a year full of challenges and I am proud that our ʻohana has risen to it, with outstanding, high-profile events on our campuses statewide.
It’s also been a year of opportunity, and we’re meeting it every day by continuing to bring in literally hundreds of millions of research, training and other support dollars to our enterprises, educating ever more students and playing a strategic role in the economic health of our state.
We’re indebted to our alumni, our supporters and those in the community who volunteer their time and resources to help UH meet its mission.
I would like to give a special mahalo to our regents.
And now, a heartfelt mahalo to our whole ʻohana. I hope you have a rich and refreshing holiday season with your loved ones, and I wish the best for you and for the University of Hawaiʻi in 2012.
Happy holidays and a safe new year to all!
With Jim Tollefson, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
I had the pleasure of serving as a guest speaker recently for the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Series, a monthly event that features state leaders from government and business. I was asked to update their members on our research and innovation efforts. It was a great opportunity to share our vision for the University of Hawaiʻi to create a 21st-century capability for innovation and technology transfer and how we are enhancing our already robust research efforts to make our research enterprise a key to economic growth for the state of Hawaiʻi.
The University of Hawaiʻi is an important revenue center and economic driver for Hawaiʻi, and our research enterprise has the potential to be a $1 billion industry. It will require innovation, investment and collaboration to achieve this goal. Crucial to this effort are partnerships with our business community, many of whom are members of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. We’re grateful for their support as we all work together to strengthen and diversify our economy.
I was especially gratified to have a couple of business leaders express to me afterward their willingness to support us somehow. “What can we do to help you?” one asked. “If you think we’re doing a good job, tell everyone you know!” I said. “And help us remind the public how important a public higher education institution is to our state’s future.”