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UH Day at the State Capitol

<p>Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.</p>

UH Day 2013

Governor Neil Abercrombie, his dog Kanoa and representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.

<p>Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.</p>

UH Day 2013

Test of balance administered by students of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kapi'olani Community College.

<p>A curious youngster studying an anatomical model alongside President M.R.C. Greenwood and staff of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at the John. A. Burns School of Medicine.</p>

UH Day 2013

A curious youngster studying an anatomical model alongside President M.R.C. Greenwood and staff of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at the John. A. Burns School of Medicine.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.</p>

UH Day 2013

President M.R.C. Greenwood with students and faculty from the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

<p>President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.</p>

UH Day 2013

President M.R.C. Greenwood at the display hosted by representatives of the Windward Community College veterinary technician program.

<p>State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.</p>

UH Day 2013

State Representative Mark Takai and young friends play a game hosted by the UH Cancer Center.

<p>Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.</p>

UH Day 2013

Sen. Jill Tokuda getting her blood pressure checked by a student of the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.

<p>A baton twirler, cheerleaders and musicians from the UH Band kicked off UH Day with a mini pep rally.</p>

UH Day 2013

A baton twirler, cheerleaders and musicians from the UH Band kicked off UH Day with a mini pep rally.

We had a wonderful time at UH Day at the State Capitol, where various University of Hawaiʻi programs were on hand to promote this year’s theme Healthy People, Healthy Pets.

Quite a few legislators participated in UH Day, including Senate Education Chairwoman Jill Tokuda, Senator Mike Gabbard and Representative Mark Takai. Governor Abercrombie brought his dog Kanoa to get checked out by Windward Community College’s veterinary technician students. He also visited with two newborn lambs that were part of the Windward exhibit.

UH Hilo offered blood pressure checks and information on it’s excellent program, Kapiʻolani Community College offered a variety of services, including balance tests with the physical therapy assistant program and flossing, brushing and other demonstrations by its health sciences, nursing and emergency medical programs. UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources offered advice on nutrition, wellness, diet, exercise and childhood obesity. The John A. Burns School of Medicine featured members of the family medicine and community health program and the Center for Native Hawaiian Excellence, who were on hand to provide blood pressure tests and information on illness prevention. The UH Cancer Center featured a Jeopardy Game consisting of health questions with prizes to boot!

UH Day was part of Education Week at the State Legislature, organized by Senator Tokuda. It was a good and educational time for all!

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)

University of Hawaii Cancer Center grand opening festivities

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center donor dinner

We are looking forward to a busy weekend with the long awaited grand opening of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.

On Tuesday, February 19, the UH Foundation held a special dinner for its donors at the UH Cancer Center. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility, and we had the opportunity to thank donors for their invaluable support of the university and our new UH Cancer Center.

The blessing/grand opening begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a science fair at the Sullivan Center and outdoor health exhibits by the Children’s Discovery Center, the American Cancer Society and many others. There will be self guided tours of the cancer center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hula and zumba lessons outside as well.

Hope to see you there!

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center donor dinner

Attending the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
dinner, from left, Barry Weinman, Virginia Weinman,
University of Hawaii Cancer Center Director
Michele Carbone and Sheila Watumull

Tissue Genesis tour

<p>Tissue Genesis co-founder Thomas Cannon, right, joined University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood in the Tissue Genesis laboratory.</p>

UH President Greenwood visits Tissue Genesis

Tissue Genesis co-founder Thomas Cannon, right, joined University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood in the Tissue Genesis laboratory.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, sees Tissue Genesis laboratory work conducted up close.</p>

UH President Greenwood visits Tissue Genesis

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, sees Tissue Genesis laboratory work conducted up close.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, left, puts on her laboratory gloves as she gets ready to tour Tissue Genesis with the company's Co-founder and Executive Vice President Thomas Cannon.</p>

UH President Greenwood visits Tissue Genesis

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, left, puts on her laboratory gloves as she gets ready to tour Tissue Genesis with the company's Co-founder and Executive Vice President Thomas Cannon.

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit with Anton Krucky on Thursday, February 14 and tour his innovative cell therapy company—Tissue Genesis. He is the co-founder, president and chief executive of Tissue Genesis, which is located on Ala Moana Boulevard.

He invited me tour his company, which is a respected leader in regenerative medicine and leads the industry in clinical trial development. I enjoyed meeting Tissue Genesis’ employees and scientists and getting a close up look at their important work.

You may recall, Mr. Krucky was a UH commencement speaker recently. He has decades of management experience, including marketing, product development and sales at IBM. Mr. Krucky serves on the boards of several major corporations in Hawaiʻi, as well as several non-profit medical and healthcare boards including the University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Manoa Forum

It was my pleasure to sponsor a reception for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Forum at Bachman Hall on January 14. I had a chance to catch up with community leaders, legislators and business leaders. The Mānoa Forum consists of academic and community members who discuss issues that affect our community.

Manoa Forum

Among the guests at the Mānoa Forum were former UH Mānoa Chancellor
Virginia Hinshaw and Mitch D’Olier of Kāneʻohe Ranch.

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I got a chance to catch up with Senator Les Ihara at a reception for the Mānoa
Forum in the lobby of Bachman Hall.

Hawaii Conservation Conference

20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

Pictured with me, from left, is Markus Staib, president of Milici Valenti Ng Pack; Sharon Ziegler-Chong, UH Hilo Office of Research; Michael Chang, deputy program manager of Hawai’i Energy and James Hardway, executive director of the Workforce Development Council, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

I was invited to speak at the 20th Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center on Tuesday, July 31. The focus of the conference was growing green jobs in Hawaiʻi.

The Hawaiʻi Green Jobs initiative and the Hawaiʻi Clean Energy Initiative attract investments from companies around the world, which benefit local workers, companies and entrepreneurs across the state. Of course, this also provides a critical boost to Hawaiʻi’s economy.

In 2011, clean energy investments doubled to about $1.2 billion, and right now it looks like 2012 will be another year of growth. Currently, Hawaiʻi ranks third in the nation in clean energy job growth.

My speech focused on institutional preparation for a future economy consisting of green jobs and how we are preparing future generations to compete in a green job market.

Academic programs currently in place at UH include the agriculture programs at UH Mānoa, Hilo and the community colleges that are examining biofuels and food sustainability and Mānoa’s architecture program with its emphasis in green design.

We had an excellent discussion. The opportunity is here and we are educating and researching around this vision.

4-H livestock show

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I attended the 50th Hawaiʻi State Farm Fair’s 4-H Livestock Show at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday, July 7 with Maria Gallo, dean of UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, which includes the 4-H program.

There were more than 60 competitors from Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi.  This year, there were also 10 young participants from New Zealand who were judged alongside Hawaiʻi’s 4-H members.

The competition animals included beef steers, lambs, market pigs, fancy poultry, dairy goats, rabbits and pygmy goats. I even made a purchase and donated the proceedings to the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.

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

UH Manoa’s spring commencement

Commencement

With Senator Dan Akaka at the UH Manoa’s pre-commencement reception

It was with great pride that I saw more than 2,000 UH Mānoa students receive their hard earned diplomas in both the undergraduate and advanced degree commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12.

Senator Daniel Akaka attended our pre-commencement reception before the advanced degree ceremonies in the afternoon, where he received an honorary degree for his lifelong dedication and contributions in public service.

Internationally renowned author Haruki Murakami also received an honorary degree.

We were also fortunate to have Anton Krucky as our featured speaker at the advanced degree ceremony.  He is co-founder and CEO of Tissue Genesis and also very active in philanthropic and community affairs.

About 800 graduate students heard him speak before receiving their advanced degrees.

Earlier, 1,400 undergraduate students received their bachelor’s degrees. During the pre-commencement reception, I had the honor of meeting with educators and philanthropists Bernard and Barbro Osher, who received the Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters.

Dr. Claire Asam and Dr. J. Kuhio Asam—both UH Mānoa graduates—were featured speakers during the undergraduate degree ceremony.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming student speaker Jenna Robinson, who captivated her fellow graduates and the thousands who attended the undergraduate ceremony. Jenna received her BA in history and ethnic studies and is an intern and researcher for the African American Diversity Cultural Center of Hawaii, where she is working on empowering African–American youth in Hawaiʻi through artistic expression. She has an amazing story. She is one of seven children and the only college graduate.

Congratulations to all graduates.

Commencement

With Anton Krucky at UH Manoa’s advanced degree ceremony

Commencement

At UH Manoa’s pre-commencement reception with, from left, Bernard and Barbro Osher and UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw

Commencement

At UH Manoa’s undergraduate ceremony with, from left, Claire Asam, Kuhio Asam, Chancellor Hinshaw and Board of Regents Chair Eric Martinson

Legislative tour of cancer center site

Group of people in orange vests and hard hats in front of multi-story building under construction

Lawmakers visiting the UH Cancer Center project with, from left, Regent Dennis Hirota, Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone

A number of lawmakers joined us this week for a tour of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center construction project. The new center will help us improve health care for Hawaiʻi cancer patients, advance understanding of cancers that are prevalent in our island population and explore potential new cures found in our unique environment.

View more photos from the tour.