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Congrats to Willard Wilson Award winner Carole Teshima

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Me, Carole Teshima and Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore.

It was our honor to recognize the recipient of the 2014 Board of Regents Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service to the University of Hawaiʻi—UH System employee Carole Teshima.

Carole is an HR Specialist who has worked in the system’s Office of Human Resources for over 40 years. Her knowledge of HR policies and procedures has served as a resource to many generations of state and university administrations.

She is often called upon to advise the UH administration on historical and current areas of position control, BOR policy and university procedure on HR issues, collective bargaining salary adjustments and the interaction of UH data with other entities such as the unions and State of Hawaii Personnel/Payroll systems.

She works tirelessly to complete projects that assist HR representatives systemwide, responds to ad hoc requests from university and state officials, and assists various departments with specific problems or questions.

Carole is described by her colleagues as the ‘go-to person with a can-do attitude.” She is always first to offer her assistance, and she refuses to back down from difficult problems. Her exemplary service, positive attitude, and willingness to always go above and beyond have earned her the respect and admiration of those who work with her.

This award is named in honor of long-time UH administrator and secretary to the Board of Regents, Willard Wilson, who set a standard for exemplary service to the university during his 40-year career.

UH is ʻElele Organization of the Year

Our deepest gratitude to Meet Hawaii, which honored the University of Hawaiʻi with the first ʻElele Organization of the Year award for our work in helping to bring a half billion dollars worth of convention business to the state. I had the honor of accepting the award on the university’s behalf, but I must acknowledge the following UH faculty members who have each brought in more than $40 million in convention business to our state:

  • Dr. Jeff Akaka – John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Dr. Wayne Shiroma – College of Engineering
  • Dr. Magdy Iskander – College of Engineering
  • Dr. Loren Yamamoto – John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Dr. David Karl – School of Ocean and Earth Science
  • Dr. David Sanders – College of Natural Sciences/Institute for Astronomy

Meet Hawaiʻi is a collaboration of the Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. I hope that we can continue this great partnership and attract even more convention business to our state, and with that, more economic activity, and more opportunities for UH faculty, staff, students and our community. As we bring more visitors to our state, they will see what can be done in Hawaiʻi!

Men’s March Against Violence

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With Athletics Director Ben Jay, followed by UH Football Head Coach Norm Chow, UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas and our UH delegation.

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Men’s March Against Violence that took us from the State Capitol through the municipal area. We had wonderful and highly visible showings by all our Oʻahu campuses, and it was great to have so many of our student athletes supporting this important cause. Special thanks to Dean Jerris Hedges of the John A. Burns School of Medicine for your leadership of the event and heartfelt remarks, and to Kapiʻolani Community College for your sponsorship.

I was very very proud to be part of Team UH yesterday.

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With Team UH

Aloha United Way UH Oahu Campaign

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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