Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

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

Association of Public Land Grant Universities meeting

I am in Washington, D.C. attending the APLU (Association of Public Land Grant Universities) Summer Council of Presidents meeting. The council presented me with a Waterford Crystal award for my service to the APLU executive meeting. I served as chair-elect this year and would have moved to chair if I had not retired as University of Hawaiʻi President. To my knowledge, this is the first time anyone from the UH has served on APLU‘s executive committee.

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(left to right) Peter McPherson, APLU President; Gene Block, UCLA Chancellor and past APLU Chair; Sally Mason, University of Iowa President and current APLU Chair; Greenwood, current Chair-Elect; Diana Natalicio, University of Texas at El Paso President; Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University Chancellor. Randy will assume the chairmanship when I step down.

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This is the larger group of APLU presidents at this Summer Council of Presidents meeting. We discussed a number of important issues such as the upcoming federal budget, indirect cost rates, new models of student centric advising, funding for veterans and public access to federally funded research. This will be my last APLU meeting before I retire.

Philippines visit

After an exciting and productive week in Indonesia, UH Mānoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and I took a flight to Manila.

The city was teeming with cars, people and lights. It took some time to reach the hotel, and by then we were ready for some rest.

On Monday morning, we began a very intense set of meetings with our Philippine colleagues. We began with a meeting at the Asia Pacific Bank. We met there with Stephen Groff, Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific at Asian Development Bank, and James Nugent, Director General, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank. We discussed areas of common interest in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, especially on higher education and capacity-building initiatives in the region.

<p>Ramon Clarete, head of the UH Philippines alumni group after receiving our thank you aloha shirt.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

Ramon Clarete, head of the UH Philippines alumni group after receiving our thank you aloha shirt.

<p>UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood with the UH Philippines alumni group at a reception and dinner.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood with the UH Philippines alumni group at a reception and dinner.

<p>Early arrivals at a reception for the UH Philippines alumni group.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

Early arrivals at a reception for the UH Philippines alumni group.

<p>After a very full day of these meetings, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were treated to dinner with the UH Philippines alumni group president Pascual (left) and at least one very recent UH alumna (right).</p>

Philippines outreach visit

After a very full day of these meetings, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were treated to dinner with the UH Philippines alumni group president Pascual (left) and at least one very recent UH alumna (right).

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Commissioner on Higher Ed and discussed their issues in the Philippines and ways to increase student and faculty exchange with the University of Hawai‘i.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Commissioner on Higher Ed and discussed their issues in the Philippines and ways to increase student and faculty exchange with the University of Hawai‘i.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Philippine’s climate change secretary Babet Guzon and staff.  The discussion was about climate change, sea rise, their efforts at disaster risk, reduction and resilience and the upcoming 2015 APEC meeting.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan meet with the Philippine’s climate change secretary Babet Guzon and staff. The discussion was about climate change, sea rise, their efforts at disaster risk, reduction and resilience and the upcoming 2015 APEC meeting.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan greeted with a big screen announcement.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan greeted with a big screen announcement.

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan met with climate change advisors to the Philippine President to discuss work on resilience.  The work being done in the Philippines is an important part of the mission and work within APDR3 (Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction &amp; Resilience).</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan met with climate change advisors to the Philippine President to discuss work on resilience. The work being done in the Philippines is an important part of the mission and work within APDR3 (Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience).

<p>UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan  were met at the Asian Development Bank meeting by Ramon Clarete, who heads the UH Philippines alumni group.  He escorted them to several meetings and later organized a dinner with UH alumni in the Philippines.</p>

Philippines outreach visit

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan were met at the Asian Development Bank meeting by Ramon Clarete, who heads the UH Philippines alumni group. He escorted them to several meetings and later organized a dinner with UH alumni in the Philippines.


Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 6

The conference over, we spent a day touring some of the local sights, learning about how they have been impacted by recent natural disasters. In the evening we had a chance to visit with UH alumni.

See more photos from our trip: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4 and day 5 of our trip.

large group in front of Borobudur

Our group in front of the 8th century Buddhist Monument Borobudur. After the conference, the delegation visited some historical and world-renown cultural artifacts of the Yogyakarta region.

tour at Borobudur

Famed Borobudur historian Tony Tack led a tour of Borobudur for the APDR3 delegation. The Borobudur monument was covered in ash during the Mount Merapi eruption in 2010. Tack explained post-disaster preservation efforts and the larger tourism impacts that resulted from the eruption.

tour group at Borobudur

Famed Borobudur historian Tony Tack leads a tour of Borobudur for the APDR3 delegation. The Borobudur monument was covered in ash during the Mount Merapi eruption in 2010. Tack explained post-disaster preservation efforts and the larger tourism impacts that resulted from the eruption.

tourists at Mendut Temple in Indonesia

The APDR3 delegation visits the Mendut Temple near Borobudur. The inner temple is a sanctuary to a Budda which is more than a thousand years old.

tourists at Prambanan Temple in Indonesia

The APDR3 delegation visits Prambanan Temple, a Hindu temple that is a popular tourist destination. It was badly damaged in the earthquake of 2006.

group at dinner in Indonesia

University of Hawai’i alumni from Indonesia gather for dinner at the Gadjah Wong restaurant. We connected over gamelan and dance performances. Fourteen Indonesian UH alumni attended the event. Some flew in from Papua Province.

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Addressing the group at the UH Indonesia alumni dinner.

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UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan thanks the APDR3 delegation for a great conference and expresses appreciation to the Indonesian alumni for the opportunity to connect once again.