Category Archives: Speeches

Rotary Club of Honolulu luncheon

shaking hands at the Rotary Club meeting

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting members of the Rotary Club of Honolulu at a luncheon at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on January 14th. It was my privilege to speak to the distinguished group about a wide range of issues, including my role as interim president, what the Board of Regents is expecting from me and the next permanent president, the search for the next UH president and what I envision in the coming months and years for one of the state’s most important institutions.

I also took some tough yet insightful questions from the group about the Cancer Center, the UH presidential search and funding.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Honolulu, President Dave Shanahan, Haumea Ho, Alice Tucker and many others for the warm welcome and their interest in our University of Hawaiʻi.

Below is video of the talk I gave, and you can go to UH News for video of the question and answer session.

Maui visit

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.</p>

HI2-presentation on Maui

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.</p>

HI2-presentation on Maui

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.

<p>M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president, and JoAnn Inamasu, the governor's representative on Maui, were on the KAOI Radio Morning Show on January 30.</p>

KAOI Radio Morning Show

M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president, and JoAnn Inamasu, the governor's representative on Maui, were on the KAOI Radio Morning Show on January 30.

On January 30, I visited the island of Maui where I was on the KAOI Radio morning show with JoAnn Inamasu, the governor’s representative on Maui. We participated in a one hour show that included discussions and audience call-in questions on Maui, the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College and our Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative (HI2).

Later in the day, I made another HI2 presentation before the Maui Governor’s Advisory Council, a group of community leaders that keeps the state’s executive branch current on Maui issues and concerns. It was a nice and intimate group of about 10, and included representatives from local businesses, organized labor, non-profits and community groups.

Kauai Economic Development Board presentation

Kauai Economic Development Board presentation

I visited Kauaʻi on January 29, where I had the opportunity to present our Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Kauaʻi Economic Development Board at the Kauaʻi Marriott in Līhuʻe. About 60 people attended the presentation.

It was an excellent chance to get to know the garden isle’s business and community leaders who have been through the recent recession and are looking beyond today. They had some really productive ideas for Hawaiʻi’s economic and employment future.

While there, I also squeezed in a campus visit to Kauaʻi Community College where I enjoyed catching up with administrators, faculty, staff and students.

Kauai Economic Development Board presentation

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Awards Luncheon

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. Former University of Hawaii at Hilo Director of University Relations Gerald DeMello also attended the luncheon. (Photo courtesy of HICC)</p>

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's Athena Awards Luncheon

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. Former University of Hawaii at Hilo Director of University Relations Gerald DeMello also attended the luncheon. (Photo courtesy of HICC)

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of HICC)</p>

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's Athena Awards Luncheon

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of HICC)

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of HICC)</p>

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's Athena Awards Luncheon

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood gave the keynote address at the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce's annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of HICC)

I had the honor of giving the keynote address at the Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce’s annual Athena Awards Luncheon in Hilo at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.

The Athena Awards recognizes women in our community who have demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their profession. These women contribute their time and energy to help other women realize their leadership potential.

My keynote address focused on “Paying it Forward,” along with other lessons learned over a lifetime and during an academic career as a teacher, researcher, scientist and administrator. About 200 people attended the awards luncheon, which I enjoyed immensely.

Women in Renewable Energy holiday event

WiRE holiday event

I attended the Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) holiday event on December 6, where I spoke about my personal journey as a single mother working toward my PhD.

My talk also included my research experiences and the time I spent as associate director for science for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as consultant for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Bill Clinton. During that time, I helped author Science in the National Interest.

I hope my story was inspiring and motivating for women like Crystal Souza (pictured above), a UH Hilo student who is a single mother of five. Crystal will be graduating soon and we applaud her as she continues on her journey.

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Hawaii Conservation Conference

20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

Pictured with me, from left, is Markus Staib, president of Milici Valenti Ng Pack; Sharon Ziegler-Chong, UH Hilo Office of Research; Michael Chang, deputy program manager of Hawai’i Energy and James Hardway, executive director of the Workforce Development Council, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

I was invited to speak at the 20th Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center on Tuesday, July 31. The focus of the conference was growing green jobs in Hawaiʻi.

The Hawaiʻi Green Jobs initiative and the Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Initiative attract investments from companies around the world, which benefit local workers, companies and entrepreneurs across the state. Of course, this also provides a critical boost to Hawaiʻi’s economy.

In 2011, clean energy investments doubled to about $1.2 billion, and right now it looks like 2012 will be another year of growth. Currently, Hawaiʻi ranks third in the nation in clean energy job growth.

My speech focused on institutional preparation for a future economy consisting of green jobs and how we are preparing future generations to compete in a green job market.

Academic programs currently in place at UH include the agriculture programs at UH Mānoa, Hilo and the community colleges that are examining biofuels and food sustainability and Mānoa’s architecture program with its emphasis in green design.

We had an excellent discussion. The opportunity is here and we are educating and researching around this vision.

Convocation 2011

We have achieved our successes to date through the excellence of our faculty and staff, and it’s because of this excellence that we will achieve our goal to become the best performing integrated system of higher education in the country.

So it was a pleasure to recognize some of our outstanding employees systemwide during today’s awards convocation at Kennedy Theatre on the Mānoa campus. We were particularly pleased to have Lt. Gov. Schatz and Congresswoman Hanabusa join us in this annual celebration of excellence and commitment. You can learn more about the honorees on the awards pages, or read my remarks or watch them, below.

The Sky is the Limit

It was my honor to address the recent Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference annual gathering on the island of Maui. One of the topics I covered was the continuing need to open science and related fields to more women. We’ve come a long way, but we could always be better in this area! Here’s an excerpt:

M.R.C. Greenwood at podium

“Sixty percent of the undergraduates in colleges and universities across the nation today are women. In many fields, they exceed the number of men. Although the numbers may still lag in astronomy and related disciplines, it is clear that if we want to maintain and continue to build upon our level of expertise in science and technology in the future, we must successfully engage females in the scientific fields. It is gratifying that here in Hawaiʻi we have leading programs that reach out and draw women and girls into the sciences, such as Maui’s Women in Technology Project and others. We need to recognize these trends will continue to increase, and we must continue to plan for these societal shifts or we will fall behind.”

Read the speech.

New science building for Hilo campus

four people in front of building

Gerald De Mello and Donald Straney with M.R.C. Greenwood and Mary Wolshak

group of people inside building

From left, university officials Randy Hirokawa, Gerald De Mello, M.R.C. Greenwood and Donald Straney; student Ashlee Kalauli; Mayor Billy Kenoi; Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Senators Gilbert Kahele and Malama Solomon; Rep. Jerry Chang; Chancellor Emeritus Rose Tseng

During the blessing for UH Hilo’s new Science and Technology building, I shared the inspiring testimony of a Native Hawaiian Big Island student who wants to be an astronomer.

Read my remarks. For more about the facility, read the news release.