Category Archives: Student News

Recognizing our 2014 Regents and Presidential Scholars

I had the privilege of meeting and recognizing our 2014 Regents and Presidential Scholars on Thursday night. We honored 20 exceptional local high school graduates who were awarded UH Board of Regents scholarships. They are high achievers who excelled in the classroom and on their college entrance exams. We also honored 10 incoming juniors who were named Presidential Scholars for their academic achievement.

All 30 scholars will receive full tuition waivers, $4,000 a year and a $2,000 travel grant.

We are committed to their success and are very happy to have Hawaiʻi’s best and brightest attending our UH campuses.

Congratulations to all our scholars and their parents!

2014 Regents Scholars

2014 Regents Scholars

2014 Presidential Scholars

2014 Presidential Scholars

UH regents, Regents and Presidential Scholars and their parents tour the taro farm at the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

UH regents, Regents and Presidential Scholars and their parents tour the taro farm at the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

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.


Goodwill Goes Glam gala dinner

Goodwill Goes Glam gala dinner and fashion show

I visited with several beauty queens who participated in the kick-off Goodwill Goes Glam fashion show.

I attended the Goodwill Goes Glam gala dinner and fashion show. A highlight of the evening was the Goodwill Goes Green fashion show—2012 University of Hawaiʻi fashion graduates presented a collection of repurposed designs created from Goodwill materials. Other local stylists used Goodwill apparel and accessories to create some beautiful ensembles.

Governor Neil Abercrombie and First Lady Dr. Nancie Caraway attended the event, which kicked off a weekend of bargain shopping.

Goodwill says proceeds from the sales support its non-profit mission to assist people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

UH Manoa’s spring commencement


With Senator Dan Akaka at the UH Manoa’s pre-commencement reception

It was with great pride that I saw more than 2,000 UH Mānoa students receive their hard earned diplomas in both the undergraduate and advanced degree commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12.

Senator Daniel Akaka attended our pre-commencement reception before the advanced degree ceremonies in the afternoon, where he received an honorary degree for his lifelong dedication and contributions in public service.

Internationally renowned author Haruki Murakami also received an honorary degree.

We were also fortunate to have Anton Krucky as our featured speaker at the advanced degree ceremony.  He is co-founder and CEO of Tissue Genesis and also very active in philanthropic and community affairs.

About 800 graduate students heard him speak before receiving their advanced degrees.

Earlier, 1,400 undergraduate students received their bachelor’s degrees. During the pre-commencement reception, I had the honor of meeting with educators and philanthropists Bernard and Barbro Osher, who received the Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters.

Dr. Claire Asam and Dr. J. Kuhio Asam—both UH Mānoa graduates—were featured speakers during the undergraduate degree ceremony.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming student speaker Jenna Robinson, who captivated her fellow graduates and the thousands who attended the undergraduate ceremony. Jenna received her BA in history and ethnic studies and is an intern and researcher for the African American Diversity Cultural Center of Hawaii, where she is working on empowering African–American youth in Hawaiʻi through artistic expression. She has an amazing story. She is one of seven children and the only college graduate.

Congratulations to all graduates.


With Anton Krucky at UH Manoa’s advanced degree ceremony


At UH Manoa’s pre-commencement reception with, from left, Bernard and Barbro Osher and UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw


At UH Manoa’s undergraduate ceremony with, from left, Claire Asam, Kuhio Asam, Chancellor Hinshaw and Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson

Parvin Fellows observe PBS Hawaiʻi panel

Group of people standing

Parvin Fellows, from left, Guo Likun, Zhao Lina, Hu Yongqi, Cai Muyan, Peng Yining and, far right, Nie Xiaoyang with President Greenwood and Professor Kato

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor of Journalism Gerald Kato brought six visiting Chinese journalists, the 2011–12 class of Parvin Fellows, to the PBS Hawaiʻi studio recently. Insights on PBS Hawaiʻi, with host Dan Boylan, featured a live, one hour call-in dialogue focusing on the University of Hawaiʻi and the latest exciting activities on our 10 campuses. Joining me as Dan’s guests were UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni, UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻinuiākea College of Hawaiian Knowledge Dean Maenette Benham, and it was a lively and engaging hour! You can watch the show online at (the show was on at the same time as Wahine Volleyball!). The journalists from China are here to learn more about American media and culture, and they sat in on our live program to see how U.S. television works. It was a pleasure to meet them and to have the live studio audience as well!

Talking about tuition

It was my pleasure to visit with KITV’s Kenny Choi yesterday morning on the KITV Morning News. [Watch the interview].

Although there was so much to talk about—the start of a new school year, a great football season ahead, UH’s role in preparing for the APEC meeting in Honolulu in November—we of course know tuition is on the top of every student’s mind.

Check out our tuition update page and try to attend one of the campus meetings in September close to your area for more information.