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Governor’s Proclamation of UH Community Colleges Day

group shot in front of Hawaii state seal

Leaders from the UH System and Community Colleges receive the Governor’s UH Community Colleges Day proclamation at the Governor’s office.

The University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges were honored with a Governor’s Proclamation on April 23. Governor Neil Abercrombie spent some time reminiscing about his days teaching at Leeward Community College before he presented the proclamation to VP for Community Colleges John Morton in the Governor’s office. The proclamation declares April 23 UH Community Colleges Day, in honor of the CC’s 50th anniversary.

It was on April 23, 1964 that Governor John A. Burns signed into law a major legislative act that provided all citizens with access to a college education. Today, the community colleges’ open-door policy and affordable tuition make it possible for people from all walks of life to earn college degrees.

VIDEO: Governor proclaims April 23 as UH Community Colleges Day

More on the anniversary

UH Community Colleges at the State Capitol

people standing before doors representing opportunity and access

Community college chancellors standing before doors representing opportunity and access at their campus. Via UH System Flickr

We had a successful College Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday, as part of Education Week at the State Legislature.

One of the highlights was a symbolic presentation of the “opening of college doors” representing the the UH Community Colleges’ open-door mission. Our community college chancellors stood before a row of multi-colored doors and opened them for the students to symbolize accessibility, affordability and quality education offered by our community colleges.

UH VP for Community Colleges John Morton and I would like to thank Governor Neil Abercrombie, State Senators Jill Tokuda and Brian Taniguchi, and State Representative Isaac Choy for taking the time to attend our opening program and to experience our community colleges’ exhibits and demonstrations in the Rotunda and second floor of the State Capitol.

Thank you to VP Morton, Director of Marketing Communications Susan Lee and countless others who worked tirelessly to make our College Day a success!

man at microphone

UH System Interim President David Lassner speaking at College Day at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Via Leeward CC Flickr

See more photos and video from College Day 2014

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

Kauai CC visit


The administration, faculty, staff and students of Kauaʻi Community College are doing some exciting things. As you may know, Kauaʻi CC will be part of command and control for HiakaSat, which will fly on Hawaiʻi’s first space launch next year from Kauaʻi’s Pacific Missile Range Facility.

I had the pleasure of visiting recently with Ramona Kincaid, Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen Cox, Brandon Shimokawa, James Dire and Bruce Getzan, among others.

Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen Cox honored

Helen Cox

Kauaʻi Community College Chancellor Helen Cox

Congratulations are in order for Kauaʻi Community College Chancellor Helen Cox, who has been named one of the five recipients of the 2013 Hoʻokanaka Leadership Awards. The awards celebrate and honor exceptional adult and youth leaders from Kauaʻi. The award celebration takes place on Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m. at the Kauaʻi Beach Resort.

Helen Cox became chancellor of Kauaʻi CC in August of 2008. Since then, Kauaʻi CC has become a promoter of sustainable living, where students are learning how to grow their own food and develop unique businesses out of their gardens. Congratulations Chancellor Cox!

Mahalo to the UH System team that joined us for the March for Babies at Kapi‘olani Park.

Honoring Senator Daniel K. Inouye

The Board of Regents today approved our proposed tribute to the late Senator Daniel Inouye. The plan calls for the naming of four programs or facilities in honor of Senator Inouye. They include The Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at the UH Mānoa, The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, The Daniel K. Inouye Allied Health Center at UH Maui College and The Daniel K. Inouye Electronics Technology Building at Kauaʻi Community College.

We are elated. Senator Inouye’s family will accept our tribute during a brief ceremony at UH Mānoa’s C-MORE Hale tomorrow, February 22, at 11 a.m.

UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Dean John M. Pezzuto, Former Chief of Staff for Senator Daniel K. Inouye Pat DeLeon, UH Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson and UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney admire the planned new home for the newly named Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. (Photo provided by UH Hilo College of Pharmacy)

Kauai Community College visit

Kauai Community College visit

With Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen Cox and Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Kauaʻi Eric Knutzen

I had the pleasure of visiting our garden island campus, Kauaʻi Community College on Thursday where I visited with Chancellor Helen Cox, the administration, staff and students. Our pāʻina and talk story session with staff members, community leaders and students featured a “Healthy Choice” lunch that was prepared for us by Kauaʻi CC’s cafeteria manager, Melanie Bacio. The Healthy Lunch program offers students healthy meal options everyday. We had a farro salad with barbecue chicken or shrimp which was delicious and good for you.

During our afternoon open forum campus discussion, faculty, staff and students could ask me anything they wanted. They expressed their support of distance learning and working with other campuses toward common goals. I was exceptionally pleased to hear that because, as I have stated publicly many times, one of my goals during my presidency is to help UH become one of the best performing systems of higher education in the country.

Thanks to Chancellor Cox and Kauaʻi Community College, we’re on our way.

Kauai Community College visit

With Kauaʻi CC Chancellor Helen Cox and student Ian Ross