UH Matters with David Lassner http://blog.hawaii.edu/president Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:07:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Men’s March Against Violence http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/10/24/mens-march-against-violence/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/10/24/mens-march-against-violence/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:07:25 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2585 group of men walking

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

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Welcoming ceremony in Hilo http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/09/08/welcoming-ceremony-in-hilo/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/09/08/welcoming-ceremony-in-hilo/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:00:04 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2506 Men with lei

With UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney at Hawaii CC.

UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane hosted a kīpaepae hoʻokamaʻāina, or formal Hawaiian welcoming ceremony, for me at Hawaiʻi CC on August. 26th. I am told kīpaepae hoʻokamaʻāina means anchoring one’s presence to the land, skies and seas.

I was honored to take part in this ceremony. Thank you to the administrators, faculty, staff and students of UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College, as well community members who attended.

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Protocol ceremony at Kapiʻolani Community College http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/08/13/protocol-ceremony-at-kapiolani-community-college/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/08/13/protocol-ceremony-at-kapiolani-community-college/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:24:16 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2496 group shot

Thank you to Kapiʻolani Community College’s Native Hawaiian Council—Kalāualani, Chancellor Leon Richards and Kapiʻolani administrators for welcoming me to their campus for a protocol ceremony on Monday. It was a meaningful event for which I am very grateful.

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The protocol ceremony.

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Recognizing our 2014 Regents and Presidential Scholars http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/07/18/recognizing-our-2014-regents-and-presidential-scholars/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/07/18/recognizing-our-2014-regents-and-presidential-scholars/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:44:08 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2483

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.

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Working together with our faculty http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/27/working-together-with-our-faculty/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/27/working-together-with-our-faculty/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:19:12 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2472 men around podium

With UHPA’s J.N. Musto, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and V.P. of Community Colleges John Morton.

This is a very happy day for the university. Governor Neil Abercrombie, the University of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly (UHPA) and UH announced a tentative two-year agreement for UH faculty at a news conference at the governor’s office.

The tentative two-year agreement is unprecedented in that a public sector contract agreement has never before been reached a year in advance.

For the university, this provides stability, an understanding of the financial commitments, but also understanding that we’re working together with our faculty to advance this institution.

Thank you to Regents John Holzman, James Lee, V.P. of Community Colleges John Morton, UHPA’s J.N. Musto and Dave Duffy and Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

We all worked together to come to an agreement that I think everyone is really quite pleased with, and we’re looking forward to support from the state legislature.

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Welcoming ceremony at Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/23/welcoming-ceremony-at-hawaiinuiakea-school-of-hawaiian-knowledge/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/23/welcoming-ceremony-at-hawaiinuiakea-school-of-hawaiian-knowledge/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:00:02 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2459

I was extremely moved by a wonderful welcoming ceremony at the Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge on June 20.

So many of my colleagues and friends from UH Mānoa participated in the ceremony, along with community leaders representing the governor’s office, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools, the Queen’s Health System, Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust, Lunalilo Trust and the Board of Regents.

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The traditional ʻawa ceremony.

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So this is what it feels like to graduate from high school in Hawaiʻi! Thank you to so many friends and colleagues who took the time to take part in and observe the ceremony.

I was touched by everyone’s support of the University of Hawaiʻi and of me when I did an impromptu hula with my Kumu Ab Valencia and others.

Thank you for all the best wishes, advice and willingness to work together for the future of UH.


More photos from the event from Flickr.

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Higher Ed 101 with the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/23/higher-ed-101-with-the-hawaii-society-of-business-professionals/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/23/higher-ed-101-with-the-hawaii-society-of-business-professionals/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:38:58 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2440 panel discussion three men

I enjoyed a robust panel discussion on higher education on June 19 with Hawaiʻi Pacific University President Geoff Bannister and Chaminade University of Honolulu President, Brother Bernard Ploeger.

Our discussion was sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Society of Business Professionals at the Hawaiʻi Prince Hotel. We covered everything from dwindling resources, tuition, athletics and what keeps us up at night. Hopefully we provided some insight for HSBP and its members.

Sponsor Olomana Loomis ISC live-tweeted the event. Some of my remarks, below.

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Makawalu Vortex sculpture dedication http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/20/makawalu-vortex-sculpture-dedication/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/20/makawalu-vortex-sculpture-dedication/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:09:55 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2434 man flanked by art David Lassner at the Makawalu Vortex

Here I am, flanked by the two pohaku at the dedication of the Makawalu Vortex at the UH Cancer Center.

We had a beautiful morning on June 19 for the dedication of some new artwork at the UH Cancer Center. About 120 people attended the dedication of the Makawalu Vortex—two large stone sculptures that are meant to create healing energy.

The themes of this piece of art also include scientific creativity and multiple perspectives. Thank you to local artist Jerry Vasconcellos, who created the Makawalu Vortex from rocks quarried in Kailua.

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(L to R): Local artist Jerry Vasconcellos, Chancellor Tom Apple, Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, Cancer Center Facilities Director Francis Blanco, JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges, me and Executive Director of the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts Jonathan Johnson.

See more photos from the event on the UH Cancer Center Facebook page.

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Largest private award ever to UH from the Simons Foundation http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/17/largest-private-award-ever-to-uh-from-the-simons-foundation/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/17/largest-private-award-ever-to-uh-from-the-simons-foundation/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:04:21 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2422 group shot

L-R: SOEST Dean Brian Taylor, me, Ed DeLong and David Karl.

We were elated to announce the largest private award ever to the University of Hawaiʻi, at a news conference at Snug Harbor on July 16, 2014. The Simons Foundation awarded UH Mānoa professors Edward DeLong and David Karl, both from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, $40 million to lead the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE). Again, this is the largest private gift UH has ever received.

SCOPE is among the Simons Foundation’s programs in the division of Life Sciences. It aims to further our understanding of the microscopic organisms that inhabit every drop of seawater and how those creatures control the movement and exchange of energy and nutrients, from the surface waters to the deep sea.

Both Ed and David have worked long and hard with the foundation to make this happen. This really demonstrates what is possible when we work together.

This is also an incredible affirmation of the potential of the Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative.

A lot of people have wondered can we really be serious about building a billion dollar research industry in the state. I think this is an example of how we’ll do it. It isn’t just going to the federal government and cranking out more proposals, but it’s captivating the interests of philanthropists and partners around the country and around the world to build this investment in a research and innovation economy for Hawaiʻi that advances the frontiers of human knowledge.

This award is a vote of confidence in Ed and Dave and in the University of Hawaiʻi. It is not a coincidence that UH is leading a consortium with some of the best research institutions in the country. We’re not just tagging along for the ride. So thank you Ed and Dave, thank you to the Simons organization and to all who have been a part of this.

UH News Video: Largest ever private award to UH funds microbial oceanography research

My remarks from the press conference.

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Video message to the UH ‘ohana http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/04/video-message-to-the-uh-ohana/ http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/2014/06/04/video-message-to-the-uh-ohana/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:01:23 +0000 http://blog.hawaii.edu/president/?p=2419

By now you’ve probably heard that the Board of Regents has selected me for the UH presidency.

I am humbled and honored by the trust being placed in me by the Board of Regents, particularly after the extensive process of internal and external forums, meetings and interviews. I pledge to continue to listen, learn and collaborate to achieve even greater excellence across the UH System as we execute on our shared vision to serve all the people of Hawaiʻi in a manner that exemplifies superb stewardship of public resources.

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