Category Archives: Campus Happenings

Manoa Forum

It was my pleasure to sponsor a reception for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Forum at Bachman Hall on January 14. I had a chance to catch up with community leaders, legislators and business leaders. The Mānoa Forum consists of academic and community members who discuss issues that affect our community.

Manoa Forum

Among the guests at the Mānoa Forum were former UH Mānoa Chancellor
Virginia Hinshaw and Mitch D’Olier of Kāneʻohe Ranch.

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I got a chance to catch up with Senator Les Ihara at a reception for the Mānoa
Forum in the lobby of Bachman Hall.

Letter to UH ohana

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Dear UH ʻOhana,

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your support and patience as we continue to process all the confusion of the past few months.

Despite this difficult period, many positive things have happened. Download the full text of my letter highlighting this year’s accomplishments at http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/op/presidents-letter-2012.pdf.

As we face a new calendar year, let us rededicate ourselves to our strategic and long term goals, let us remember that education is the path to enlightenment and state, national and personal security. Above all let us seize this new year with vigor and enthusiasm.

Mahalo nui loa for your support, understanding and dedication.

M.R.C. Greenwood
President

UH community forum visits

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda K. Johnsrud at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.</p>

UH Community Forum at UH Maui College

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda K. Johnsrud at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, left, Regent Artemio C. Baxa, center,  and UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, right,  at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.</p>

UH Community Forum at UH Maui College

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, left, Regent Artemio C. Baxa, center, and UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, right, at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood and Regent Artemio C. Baxa at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.</p>

UH Community Forum at UH Maui College

President M.R.C. Greenwood and Regent Artemio C. Baxa at the University of Hawaii Maui College community forum.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.</p>

Listening Tour 2012 Manoa

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.</p>

Listening Tour 2012 Manoa

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.</p>

Listening Tour 2012 Manoa

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud, UH Manoa Chacellor Tom Apple and Regents Eric K. Martinson, James H. Q. Lee, Chuck Y. Gee, John C. Holzman and Coralie Chun Matayoshi attended the UH Manoa community forum on December 3, 2012.

<p>I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

I’m visiting every University of Hawaiʻi campus across the state for a series of community forums. Students, faculty, staff, the university community and the public are invited and encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts at these open meetings.

The forums began in mid-November and will wrap up in January on the Big Island. Chancellors are joining me at their respective campuses for these forums, and members of the Board of Regents are participating as their schedules allow.

I’ll be adding pictures from the forums as I get them to the photo slideshow above.

Go to the UH news site for a full schedule of events. I look forward to seeing you there.

A visit with Kenya’s Ambassador Elkanah Odembo

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Pictured with me from left, Joanne Taira and Ambassador Elkanah Odembo.

I had the honor of meeting with the Republic of Kenya’s Ambassador to the United States today, along with Joanne Taira, UH’s Senior Executive for International and Strategic Initiatives.

Ambassador Elkanah Odembo will be a special guest at this Sunday’s Honolulu Marathon where he will support one of the world’s top marathoners and Kenya-native Wilson Kipsang, who is entered in the race. He will be one to watch. Kipsang was recently on the east coast for the New York City Marathon, but it was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.

Ambassador Odembo dropped in at my office for a courtesy visit and a nice discussion about education in our respective countries. He has been Kenya’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2010. He is the founding director of Ufadhili Trust, the Centre for Philanthropy and Social Responsibility—a Kenyan institution that seeks to promote the spirit of giving, philanthropy and the use of local resources to improve lives.

The first community forum at Honolulu Community College

<p>I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

I enjoyed our first community forum at Honolulu Community College on November 16, where students, faculty, staff and parents were invited to ask me questions and express their thoughts and concerns about the future of the University of Hawaiʻi.

Joining me on the panel were Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud.

You can get the forum schedule online.

NEDO visit

NEDO representative

Representatives of several Japanese partners who support the NEDO project (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)

I hosted representatives from NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) at a gathering in my office on Monday, August 13.

NEDO is currently working on its U.S.–Japan island grid project on Maui. NEDO is interested in new smart grid technologies and finds the Valley Isle a particularly useful laboratory for deploying its pilot projects.

NEDO is collaborating with the Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute, UH Maui College and Maui Electric on the island grid project.

Windward Community College Chancellor’s Gala Dinner

Windward Community Chancellor's Gala Dinner

With Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra, left, and UH Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton, right.

I had the pleasure of attending the first Chancellor’s Gala Dinner in 40 years at Windward Community College on Saturday night. The highlight of the evening was the chance to see the campus’ brand new Library Learning Commons.

I remember my very first Board of Regents meeting years ago at the Windward campus. The focus of that meeting was the need to create a new facility to house a library and learning commons. It was a proud moment for everyone to be standing in the beautiful building, which is set to receive an environmental Silver LEED designation.

I commend the faculty and staff who worked so hard and so diligently, for many years, to bring this vision to life.

Windward Community Chancellor's Gala Dinner

Greeting Bonnie Beatson, Windward Community College’s director of marketing and public relations. Windward Community College Chancellor Doug Dykstra looks on.

4-H livestock show

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I attended the 50th Hawaiʻi State Farm Fair’s 4-H Livestock Show at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, July 7 with Maria Gallo, dean of UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, which includes the 4-H program.

There were more than 60 competitors from Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi.  This year, there were also 10 young participants from New Zealand who were judged alongside Hawaiʻi’s 4-H members.

The competition animals included beef steers, lambs, market pigs, fancy poultry, dairy goats, rabbits and pygmy goats. I even made a purchase and donated the proceedings to the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.

Celebrating 150th anniversary of public land grant universities

Lincoln Memorial

With UCLA’s Gene Block and Iowa State’s Sally Mason

I attended a ceremony today at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862 which democratized education and made higher education possible for working class citizens.

I joined about 60 other presidents from public land grant universities across the country for this ceremony. Here I am with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Iowa State President Sally Mason.

Many of us are also here for the start of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Eighty University of Hawaiʻi students, faculty, staff and community members are here, preparing for the opening day on Wednesday, June 27.

I will be there for the opening ceremonies and other events surrounding this festival, which features the University of Hawaiʻi and 19 other public land grant universities.

We are honored to be here to showcase our many projects and people, including our taro farmers, aquaponics and non-instrumental navigation experts and much, much more. You can see some of our stories at our UH news site.

Look for more from UH as we share our campus and community with more than a million visitors from around the world!

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25. Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.</p>

Honoring Abraham Lincoln

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25. Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, and UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, left, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25. Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.</p>

Honoring Abraham Lincoln

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, and UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, left, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25. Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.

<p>Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.</p>

Honoring Abraham Lincoln

Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.

<p>Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.</p>

Honoring Abraham Lincoln

Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.

<p>Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.</p>

Honoring Abraham Lincoln

Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.

<p>Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.</p>

Honoring Abraham Lincoln

Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.

<p>Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.</p>

Honoring Abraham Lincoln

Approximately 75 presidents of public land-grant colleges and universities gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25 to honor Abraham Lincoln and his role in the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862.

UH Board of Regents meeting

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Testimony given about the new associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Meeting with the Board of Regents

Not many people know that we marked an historic milestone on May 17, when the Board of Regents unanimously approved an associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies. The university’s seven community colleges will be offering the AAHS degree to give students the option of transferring to UH Mānoa or any four-year institution to pursue a BA in Hawaiian studies or the field of their choice. Several students and faculty members gave passionate testimony before the vote, saying the AAHS program would preserve the Hawaiian culture, values and language. They were ecstatic about the unanimous approval of the new degree program.

This is a huge step forward in our effort to become the “model indigenous serving institution” in the nation.

Also, the Board of Regents honored outgoing UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Honolulu Community College Chancellor Michael Rota for their years of excellent service. We thank them for their dedication and good work and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.

The board approved Erika Lacro to replace Rota as Honolulu CC’s next chancellor. She attended the meeting where she received a warm welcome and congratulations.

The board and I also recognized outgoing board members Ramón de la Peña, Dennis Hirota, Teena Rasmussen and Matthew Williams, whose terms expire on June 30. It was their last board meeting and our chance to thank them for their years of service on the Board of Regents.

We were also fortunate to have poet and student speaker Jenna Robinson at the regent’s meeting.  She was one of our undergraduate commencement speakers on May 12, and we invited her to repeat her speech presentation to the board. She was remarkable once again.

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson, UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Honolulu Community College Chancellor Michael Rota

UH Board of Regents Meeting

With Erika Lacro

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Eric Martinson recognizing Ramon de la Pena

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Ramon de la Pena, Teena Rasmussen and Dennis Hirota