Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council

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David Lassner with Peter Crouch (Dean, UH Manoa College of Engineering), Charlie Bass (Trustee, The Bass Trust), R.J. “Zap” Zlatoper (Ret. Admiral, USN), Scott Seu (Vice President, Energy Resources and Operations, Hawaiian Electric Co.)

I had the pleasure of speaking before the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Council last week. The council is similar to a corporate board of directors that provides guidance on strategic and political matters that aim to advance educational and research programs within the college.

The meeting included council members, the College of Engineering Dean Peter Crouch, his leadership team and department chairs.

We discussed a wide array of issues, and I outlined my goals and objectives as Interim President. They include improving the university’s image, the Hawaiʻi Graduation Initiative, the Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative, the deferred maintenance backlog and my willingness to assist the college in becoming an effective and important component of the UH System.

Ohia lehua gift from UH Hilo and Hawaii CC

Ohia lehua gift to President Greenwood

I am truly touched by the wonderful gift presented to me by UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane while I was on my campus aloha visit this week.

Don and Noreen gave me two ʻōhiʻa lehua trees that they planted in the indigenous gardens at UH Hilo’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.

Thank you for the honor Chancellors Straney and Yamane.

Ohia lehua gift to President Greenwood

Ohia lehua gift to President Greenwood

Ohia lehua gift to President Greenwood

Farewell to UH West Oahu

UH West O'ahu bye visit

UH President Greenwood's final visit to UH West Oahu

Saying goodbye to UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas and his administration. I enjoyed a really nice visit and want to thank our excellent faculty, staff and administrators for their dedication and excellent work.

UH President Greenwood's final visit to UH West Oahu

With members of the Associated Students of UH West Oʻahu and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana.

UH President Greenwood's final visit to UH West Oahu

Chancellor Rockne Freitas and his team.

UH President Greenwood's final visit to UH West Oahu

I enjoyed an excellent lunch and fabulous entertainment.

Final visit to UH Maui College

I paid a farewell visit to Maui and UH Maui College this week.

Farewell visit to Maui

The trip included a visit to Haleakala with Mike Mayberry, the Maui-based assistant director for the UH Institute for Astronomy. It was a beautiful day.

Farewell visit to UH Maui College

With Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto and the UH Maui College admin team. Mahalo for your dedication and hard work!

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Farewell visit to UH Maui College

I also had a nice chat with Misty, a student at UH Maui College.

Mauna Kea visit

Mauna Kea

I visited Mauna Kea with UH Hilo’s Jerry Chang this morning and met Kiʻaina Schubert, a UH Hilo graduate who works as a computer technician for the Subaru Telescope.

Subaru is an 8.2-meter optical infrared telescope at the summit, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).

Kauai CC visit

KauaiCC

The administration, faculty, staff and students of Kauaʻi Community College are doing some exciting things. As you may know, Kauaʻi CC will be part of command and control for HiakaSat, which will fly on Hawaiʻi’s first space launch next year from Kauaʻi’s Pacific Missile Range Facility.

I had the pleasure of visiting recently with Ramona Kincaid, Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen Cox, Brandon Shimokawa, James Dire and Bruce Getzan, among others.

Information Technology Center tour

We took a hard hat tour of the Information Technology Center building that is under construction near Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa campus. It is a handsome building that will house enterprise information and communications technology systems and services that will support modern teaching, research and administration for our 10 campuses across the state.

We visited our future 8,000 square foot data center for enterprise servers, storage and communications. We also saw our future conference room.

The IT Center will include an emergency situation room to support UH disaster response, a space for faculty to develop digital content and meeting and training rooms with teleconference capability.

We are close to completion and our new Information Technology Center is scheduled to open later this year.

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center

Information Technology Center