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Kauai Chamber of Commerce reception

bird's eye view of David Lassner speaking at a reception at Kauai Community College

I truly enjoyed meeting members of the Kauaʻi Chamber of Commerce and the Garden Isle community on January 22, 2014. The chamber kindly co-sponsored an after hours reception at Kauaʻi Community College.

David Lassner speaking at Kauai Community College

I had the opportunity to meet most of the guests which included chamber and community members, as well as members of the Friends of Kauaʻi Community College which works closely with the college’s chancellor to build community partners and friendships.

Other attendees included Kauaʻi Chancellor Helen Cox, VP for Community Colleges John Morton, other UH administrators and the Board of Regents.

We were on Kauaʻi for a series of meetings and engagements, including the monthly Board of Regents meeting, which was held on the Kauaʻi campus this month.

bird's eye view of a reception at Kauai Community College

Honoring UH regents

We honored our outgoing Board of Regents members Judge Artemio Baxa and Mike Dahilig after our final board meeting of the academic year on Thursday, May 16. Governor Neil Abercrombie, board members, vice presidents, chancellors and others came out to honor Regents Baxa and Dahilig and to thank them for their dedication and years of service.

We also welcomed our new Regents Eugene Bal and Randy Moore at a small reception at Bachman Hall.

<p>Governor Abercrombie addresses the crowd at a reception for outgoing regents Mike Dahilig, left, and Judge Artemio Baxa, right, and incoming regents at Bachman Hall Thursday night.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Governor Abercrombie addresses the crowd at a reception for outgoing regents Mike Dahilig, left, and Judge Artemio Baxa, right, and incoming regents at Bachman Hall Thursday night.

<p>Governor Abercrombie and I prepare to thank outgoing Regents Mike Dahilig and Judge Artemio Baxa at a reception at Bachman Hall Thursday evening.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Governor Abercrombie and I prepare to thank outgoing Regents Mike Dahilig and Judge Artemio Baxa at a reception at Bachman Hall Thursday evening.

<p>Regent Carl Carlson, Associate V.P. for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana and Regent Barry Mizuno outside Bachman Hall.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Regent Carl Carlson, Associate V.P. for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana and Regent Barry Mizuno outside Bachman Hall.

<p>Welcoming new Regent Randy Moore.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Welcoming new Regent Randy Moore.

Senator Inouye legacy tribute

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Pictured from left, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, Ken Inouye, Irene Hirano Inouye, UH Board of Regents Chair Eric K. Martinson and Jennifer Sabas.

We had a well attended gathering at C-MORE Hale on February 22, where the University of Hawaiʻi ohana presented Senator Daniel Inouye’s family with our legacy tribute. The university is naming four facilities in honor of the great Senator—UH Mānoa’s The Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), UH Hilo’s The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, Kauaʻi Community College’s The Daniel K. Inouye Electronics Technology Building and UH Maui College’s The Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health
Center.

It was our sincere pleasure and honor to present Irene Hirano Inouye and Ken Inouye with plaques, symbolizing the university’s tribute to the senator and his legacy.

Senator Inouye significantly impacted the UH, and it was evident in the numbers of UH ʻohana who attended the brief ceremony. The C-MORE staff also showed us a video of Senator Inouye’s involvement in the development of C-MORE and its facility, from its groundbreaking to the grand opening. It was a touching video and tribute. Many thanks to David Karl, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, and his excellent staff.

In the video below you can see more about the news conference.

The first community forum at Honolulu Community College

<p>I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

I posed for some pictures with a Honolulu Community College Student Body President Kaleo Gagne after our community forum wrapped up.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro and UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community forum at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Comunnity College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

<p>At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.</p>

UH community forum at Honolulu Community College

At the UH community at Honolulu Community College are, from left, Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro, UH Executive VP for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud and UH President M.R.C. Greenwood.

I enjoyed our first community forum at Honolulu Community College on November 16, where students, faculty, staff and parents were invited to ask me questions and express their thoughts and concerns about the future of the University of Hawaiʻi.

Joining me on the panel were Board of Regents members James Lee and Chuck Gee, Honolulu Community College Chancellor Erika Lacro and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Johnsrud.

You can get the forum schedule online.

UH Board of Regents meeting

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Testimony given about the new associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Meeting with the Board of Regents

Not many people know that we marked an historic milestone on May 17, when the Board of Regents unanimously approved an associate in arts degree in Hawaiian studies. The university’s seven community colleges will be offering the AAHS degree to give students the option of transferring to UH Mānoa or any four-year institution to pursue a BA in Hawaiian studies or the field of their choice. Several students and faculty members gave passionate testimony before the vote, saying the AAHS program would preserve the Hawaiian culture, values and language. They were ecstatic about the unanimous approval of the new degree program.

This is a huge step forward in our effort to become the “model indigenous serving institution” in the nation.

Also, the Board of Regents honored outgoing UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Honolulu Community College Chancellor Michael Rota for their years of excellent service. We thank them for their dedication and good work and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.

The board approved Erika Lacro to replace Rota as Honolulu CC’s next chancellor. She attended the meeting where she received a warm welcome and congratulations.

The board and I also recognized outgoing board members Ramón de la Peña, Dennis Hirota, Teena Rasmussen and Matthew Williams, whose terms expire on June 30. It was their last board meeting and our chance to thank them for their years of service on the Board of Regents.

We were also fortunate to have poet and student speaker Jenna Robinson at the regent’s meeting.  She was one of our undergraduate commencement speakers on May 12, and we invited her to repeat her speech presentation to the board. She was remarkable once again.

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson, UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Honolulu Community College Chancellor Michael Rota

UH Board of Regents Meeting

With Erika Lacro

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Eric Martinson recognizing Ramon de la Pena

UH Board of Regents Meeting

Ramon de la Pena, Teena Rasmussen and Dennis Hirota

Touring the new West O‘ahu campus construction site

Board of Regents tour the new UH West Oahu campus construction site

Board of Regents tour the new UH West Oahu campus construction site

The UH West Oʻahu is going to be an absolutely outstanding campus, and set a standard for green construction and energy efficiency! The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents toured the site, under construction and set to open doors in the fall of 2012) after their board meeting out in Kapolei.

The Regents meet once a month, excluding summers, and at a different campus each month so they can appreciate the diversity and strengths of our 10 campuses statewide. West Oʻahu did a terrific job hosting our October meeting, and topped it off with a fabulous site visit so Regents could see the buildings and surroundings taking shape.

What a jewel in the crown of UH this new campus will be when it opens a year from now!

Follow the progress of the new campus construction.

Video of the West Oʻahu construction progress

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.

Budget update

As I reminded the Board of Regents today, the legislative session is in the home stretch. They have now moved into conference committee meetings. We will gain a better idea of how the budget will shape up over the next two weeks as the session is scheduled to come to a close on May 5. We are anticipating and preparing for a reduction and the impact that reduction will have on the university.

I’d like to commend our faculty, staff and administrators who are dealing with the harsh realities of this budget situation every day. They continue to do all they can to make sure our students’ needs are met despite these challenges, and it will take everyone working together to move the university forward.

As I’ve said before, we welcome any and all support from the UH community and everyone who believes that higher education is a critical investment in our future to help us survive these very difficult times.