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.
Attendees at the opening ceremonies at Fiji’s first conference on Information and Communication Technology in Tertiary Education. From left to right: Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Fiji Chandra Dulare; Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University Ganesh Chand; Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General of Fiji Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum; Vice Chancellor & President of University of the South Pacific Rajesh Chandra; and Lassner.
I had the honor of attending opening ceremonies at Fiji’s first conference on Information and Communication Technology in Tertiary Education (post secondary ed). I was the invited keynote speaker.
More information and photos from the conference are on the University of the South Pacific website.
With Tracey Betts, Director of the Honolulu VA Regional Office, and Secretary of the U.S. Veterans Administration, General (retired) Eric Shinseki.
We had the honor of meeting with the Secretary of the U.S. Veterans Administration, General (retired) Eric Shinseki. After a productive discussion we held a joint news conference to announce our plan for a new UH task force that will make recommendations on what UH campuses across the state can do to improve the UH System’s support of veteran students.
In fact, I’m looking for UH staff, faculty, community members, government officials, UH veteran students and graduates who are interested in working together to make those recommendations.
Please send your nominations and self-nominations for task force members to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more and see the whole press conference in UH News.
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!
David Lassner with Peter Crouch (Dean, UH Manoa College of Engineering), Charlie Bass (Trustee, The Bass Trust), R.J. “Zap” Zlatoper (Ret. Admiral, USN), Scott Seu (Vice President, Energy Resources and Operations, Hawaiian Electric Co.)
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 and David Lassner
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.
Read more in UH News: VP David Lassner to be appointed interim UH president
I am truly touched by the wonderful gift presented to me by UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and Hawaiʻi Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane while I was on my campus aloha visit this week.
Don and Noreen gave me two ʻōhiʻa lehua trees that they planted in the indigenous gardens at UH Hilo’s ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.
Thank you for the honor Chancellors Straney and Yamane.
I stopped at Leeward Community College on my aloha tour where I had a chance to meet Leeward’s exceptional faculty, staff and students.
Leeward CC Chancellor Manuel Cabral and his team.
Leeward CC student government leaders.
Saying goodbye to UH West Oʻahu Chancellor Rockne Freitas and his administration. I enjoyed a really nice visit and want to thank our excellent faculty, staff and administrators for their dedication and excellent work.
With members of the Associated Students of UH West Oʻahu and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana.
Chancellor Rockne Freitas and his team.
I enjoyed an excellent lunch and fabulous entertainment.
I paid a farewell visit to Maui and UH Maui College this week.
The trip included a visit to Haleakala with Mike Mayberry, the Maui-based assistant director for the UH Institute for Astronomy. It was a beautiful day.
With Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto and the UH Maui College admin team. Mahalo for your dedication and hard work!
I also had a nice chat with Misty, a student at UH Maui College.