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Aloha United Way UH Oahu Campaign

supporting Aloha United Way

I had a chance to donate to the Aloha United Way’s UH Oʻahu campaign today by running downstairs to buy some lunch at the Bachman Country Store and Bake Sale.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who donated and brought together a wide variety of items, food and baked goods for our 2013 AUW campaign. Our coordinators tell me we raised about $1,200 in just a few hours. Great job!

Aloha, M.R.C Greenwood!

M.R.C. Greenwood and David Lassner with lei

M.R.C. Greenwood and David Lassner

M.R.C. Greenwood stepped down as President of the University of Hawaiʻi System on August 31, 2013. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

Filling her shoes while the search proceeds for a new UH System President, former Chief Information Officer David Lassner is taking on the role of interim president. This blog continues as a record of his activities in this capacity.

Read more in UH News: VP David Lassner to be appointed interim UH president

Iboshi attends White House symposium on student equity

headshot, Pearl Iboshi

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).

Mahalo, Pearl!

David Karl receives Alexander Agassiz medal

<p>David Karl, third row, first from left, joins other National Academy of Sciences award recipients, including Bill and Melinda Gates, front row, who received the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal.</p>

David Karl receives Agassiz Medal

David Karl, third row, first from left, joins other National Academy of Sciences award recipients, including Bill and Melinda Gates, front row, who received the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal.

<p>From left, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor David Karl, University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Ed DeLong at a National Academy of Sciences awards ceremony reception.</p>

David Karl receives Agassiz Medal

From left, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor David Karl, University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Ed DeLong at a National Academy of Sciences awards ceremony reception.

<p>From left, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor David Karl and University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at a National Academy of Sciences awards ceremony reception.</p>

David Karl receives Agassiz Medal

From left, University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor David Karl and University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood at a National Academy of Sciences awards ceremony reception.

<p>David Karl, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is presented with the National Academy of Sciences Alexander Agassiz Medal.</p>

David Karl receives Agassiz Medal

David Karl, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is presented with the National Academy of Sciences Alexander Agassiz Medal.

I just returned from Washington, D.C. where I met with some congressional delegates and colleagues from the National Academy of Sciences.

While there, I also had the opportunity to see our very own Dave Karl receive the prestigious Alexander Agassiz medal from the NAS on Sunday, April 28. David Karl is a professor of oceanography at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He also directs the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at UH Mānoa.

Dave was recognized for his leadership in establishing multi-disciplinary ocean-observing systems for detecting significant changes in the ocean ecosystem.

The Agassiz medal is presented every three years for original contributions in oceanography. Others were recognized for their work as well, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, who both received the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal for their philanthropic work.

Congratulations Dave Karl for your excellent work and your many years of exceptional service to the University of Hawaiʻi.

Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen Cox honored

Helen Cox

Kauaʻi Community College Chancellor Helen Cox

Congratulations are in order for Kauaʻi Community College Chancellor Helen Cox, who has been named one of the five recipients of the 2013 Hoʻokanaka Leadership Awards. The awards celebrate and honor exceptional adult and youth leaders from Kauaʻi. The award celebration takes place on Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m. at the Kauaʻi Beach Resort.

Helen Cox became chancellor of Kauaʻi CC in August of 2008. Since then, Kauaʻi CC has become a promoter of sustainable living, where students are learning how to grow their own food and develop unique businesses out of their gardens. Congratulations Chancellor Cox!

Mahalo to the UH System team that joined us for the March for Babies at Kapi‘olani Park.

Happy Holidays 2011

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!

Senate honors Lui Hokoana

Three men shaking at podium, two shakinghands

Clayton Hee, Lui Hokoana, Brickwood Galuteria

We were delighted to have two special guests at the most recent meeting of the Board of Regents—Senate Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Hawaiian Caucus Brickwood Galuteria and Judiciary Chair Senator Clayton Hee. They had heard the terrific news that our own Dr. Lui Hokoana, associate vice president for student affairs, was awarded State of Hawaiʻi Manager of the Year recognition at the recent statewide employees’ Governor’s Awards.

This was such an accomplishment and a validation of the hard work Lui has put in over the years to help all who want it pursue a college degree. The two presented a special Senate Certificate honoring Lui as a native Hawaiian for his accomplishments on behalf of all students. Another well-deserved honor for Dr. Hokoana!

Read more about the award and some of the many comments about Lui.

Commission on the Status of Women

group shot of four women

From left, M.R.C. Greenwood, Stephanie Kim, Wendy Sora, Debra Ishii

The UH Commission on the Status of Women is remarkable in that it is representative of the university both throughout the system geographically and across various university roles—students, support staff, professional staff, faculty, administrators.

At a recent lunch for the commission at College Hill, I was pleased to welcome the 2011–2012 officers. They are Chair Stephanie Kim, director of government relations for the UH System, and Vice Chairs Debra Ishii, executive assistant to the Mānoa chancellor, and Wendy Sora, a specialist in Mānoa’s Career Development and Student Employment office.

Goodbye Howard Karr

Howard Karr with book, Keith Amemiya, MRC Greenwood

Keith Amemiya and I bid Howard Karr adieu

Following the Board of Regents meeting May 19, at which Eric Martinson was elected to succeed Howard Karr as board chair, we adjourned to College Hill to bid farewell to Howard and thank him for his service as a regent since 2008.

Mark Fukunaga also completes his term on the board as of the end of June, and we thank him for serving the past two years. May was the first meeting for new regent Saedene Ota, and two more new regents join the board July 1—Coralie Matayoshi and Jan Sullivan.

Regents Carl Carlson and James Lee were elected vice chairs for 2011–2012. We look forward to a new year, which opens with the first board meeting on July 7.

Annual CTAHR banquet

Sylvia Yuen, MRC Greenwood, Robert Paull

It is always a pleasure to attend an event hosted by the college that works with Hawaiʻi growers to bring us tasty and beautiful plants to enjoy at home and export abroad.

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ annual banquet honored one of those community partners. Harold Tanouye, president and owner of Green Point Nurseries on Oʻahu, received the 2011 Ka Lei Hano Heritage Award for his leadership in strengthening Hawaiʻi’s tropical flower industry.

The college’s floral handiwork was evident in the centerpieces like that held by Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science Chair Robert Paull, pictured chatting with me and CTAHR Dean Sylvia Yuen.

The college is involved in so much more, of course, as evidenced by the work of 2011 Outstanding Alumnus PingSun Leung (MS and PhD ’77). An international expert on aquaculture and fishery economics and regional economics, PingSun remains with the college as professor and chair in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

The May 6 banquet at the Ala Moana Hotel honored exceptional students, faculty, staff and alumni and community partners in other fields as well, from my own discipline of human nutrition to product design and merchandising and from natural resource management to bioengineering.