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Governor’s Proclamation of UH Community Colleges Day

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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!

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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

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)

Maui visit

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.</p>

HI2-presentation on Maui

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.

<p>M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president, and JoAnn Inamasu, the governor's representative on Maui, were on the KAOI Radio Morning Show on January 30.</p>

KAOI Radio Morning Show

M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president, and JoAnn Inamasu, the governor's representative on Maui, were on the KAOI Radio Morning Show on January 30.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.</p>

HI2-presentation on Maui

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.

On January 30, I visited the island of Maui where I was on the KAOI Radio morning show with JoAnn Inamasu, the governor’s representative on Maui. We participated in a one hour show that included discussions and audience call-in questions on Maui, the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College and our Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative (HI2).

Later in the day, I made another HI2 presentation before the Maui Governor’s Advisory Council, a group of community leaders that keeps the state’s executive branch current on Maui issues and concerns. It was a nice and intimate group of about 10, and included representatives from local businesses, organized labor, non-profits and community groups.

NEDO visit

NEDO representative

Representatives of several Japanese partners who support the NEDO project (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)

I hosted representatives from NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) at a gathering in my office on Monday, August 13.

NEDO is currently working on its U.S.–Japan island grid project on Maui. NEDO is interested in new smart grid technologies and finds the Valley Isle a particularly useful laboratory for deploying its pilot projects.

NEDO is collaborating with the Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute, UH Maui College and Maui Electric on the island grid project.

UH Maui College visit

UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto was my host as I visited UH Maui College. I met with vice chancellors and directors to discuss our strategic objectives. I also had a chance to visit “Taste of the Islands” which was on campus at the Pāʻina Cafeteria. There were some beautiful, locally grown foods on display, the best in the islands.

Community leaders and members of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council briefed me on Maui issues before I met with faculty and staff for a question and answer forum. We had a good discussion around incorporating emerging technology into the curriculum and I also learned more about the Maui Electrical Vehicle Alliance. Did you know UH Maui College is the only university to receive one of 16 grants from the U.S. Department of Energy? The grants help the island and the campus prepare for the future of electric vehicles. Bravo to our faculty and students from the Valley Isle for representing us so well in the constant search for resources to further our mission.

Thanks to Chancellor Sakamoto and UH Maui College for your efforts and progress.

UH Maui College visit

Young Chefs check presentation

Young Chefs check presentation

Sidney Lee, M.R.C. Greenwood, Susan Lee, Kusuma Cooray, Alan Tsuchiyama and Bruce Liebert

On Saturday, March 31, I accepted a $5,000 check on behalf of Kapiʻolani Community College from Bruce Liebert, a representative of the national president of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs for the Hawaiʻi/Pacific Island. The check presentation followed this year’s annual Young Chefs competition at Kapiʻolani.

Three young, amazing local chefs were this year’s competitors. Randy Bangloy of Roy’s Ko Olina, Kyle Lee of Roy’s Waikīkī and Ryan Manaut of the Oʻahu Country Club whipped up delectable dishes with ingredients that included whole ducks, abalone, kampachi and locally grown fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for the entire event, but I offer my congratulations to all three talented chefs.

I understand the competition was so close that it took a tie-breaking taste testing before Ryan Manaut was declared the winner. He will go on to New Orleans for the national competition in May. If he wins that contest, he’ll go on to the international competition in Berlin in September.

We are very grateful to the Chaîne Foundation, which donated $5,000 for culinary arts scholarships at Kapiʻolani, as a token of their appreciation for Kapiʻolani’s hospitality.

Every year, 10 regions in the U.S. hold these competitions for young chefs. In Hawaiʻi, they are held annually at either Kapiʻolani or Maui College.