We had a robust discussion on the physical condition of the UH Mānoa campus with several lawmakers who took time out of their busy schedules yesterday to take a brief tour of some of our facilities. Many thanks to Representatives Isaac Choy, Calvin Say, Karen Awana and Henry Aquino for joining us on the tour. Thanks also to Rep. Linda Ichiyama who sent staff members on her behalf.
Regents John Holzman, James Lee and Randy Moore also joined us as UH Mānoa Assistant Vice Chancellor Steve Meder and UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple led us on a tour of Snyder Hall which is in dire need of renovations. We also walked through Edmondson Hall which is currently being renovated, and we enjoyed exploring a couple of newly renovated classrooms in Sakamaki Hall.
Our deepest thanks to Reps. Choy, Say, Awana and Aquino for visiting our campus. We hope to host another tour for other state lawmakers in the near future.
We had the pleasure of meeting officials from the Tokai University Educational System in Japan, who visited us at the University of Hawaiʻi on January 10. The purpose of the visit was to sign an agreement for international exchange between UH and Tokai. An agreement signed by former UH President David McClain in 2008 has expired.
The agreement will provide for the exchange of scholars, students, and academic information and materials to enhance the research and education processes at our institutions. In turn, we hope these exchanges increase the mutual understanding between our respective faculties, scholars and students.
We were elated to dedicate and bless the University of Hawaiʻi’s new state-of-the art Information Technology Center on Dec. 16. We have been dreaming of this day through a long string of UH presidents and support from so many.
We broke ground on this six-story, 74,000 square-foot building in February 2012 and completed the project on budget, so there was much to celebrate at the dedication ceremony. Following the blessing and untying of the maile lei, the media and guests took tours of the IT Center, including Reps. Gregg Takayama and David Ige.
There are so many people who helped make this dream possible, so I will keep it short and thank Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Steven Smith and Iris Takamiya, Information Technology Specialist who worked tirelessly on this project. Mahalo!
See more photos of the blessing and the building on Flickr.
- UH News VIDEO: “Major upgrade for UH information technology”
- KHON: “UH Mānoa unveils new IT center”
- Honolulu Civil Beat: “University of Hawaiʻi Completes New $42M IT Center ”
While on Hawaiʻi Island, I also had a chance to visit the Keaukaha Technology and Resource Center, a multipurpose community center for adults and children that is located in the Keaukaha Hawaiian Homestead Community. The center offers learning and leadership activities, technology programs, meeting space for community events and much more.
I was on Hawaiʻi Island today to speak to the Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce at UH Hilo’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center. About 70 local business owners and guests attended the meeting and presentation.
We discussed ways to educate our future generations on how to be participating citizens, roles the university is playing in building the society of the future and serving under-served populations.
My presentation emphasized that higher education is an excellent investment of public funds and how that investment in the UH System economically impacts Hawaiʻi Island.
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!
I had the pleasure of speaking before the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Council last week. The council is similar to a corporate board of directors that provides guidance on strategic and political matters that aim to advance educational and research programs within the college.
The meeting included council members, the College of Engineering Dean Peter Crouch, his leadership team and department chairs.
We discussed a wide array of issues, and I outlined my goals and objectives as Interim President. They include improving the university’s image, the Hawaiʻi Graduation Initiative, the Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative, the deferred maintenance backlog and my willingness to assist the college in becoming an effective and important component of the UH System.
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.
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