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Honoring excellence in maintenance

three people with award

Honoring Erline Vasconcellos with Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore.

We had the honor of recognizing two deserving UH employees at our monthly Board of Regents meeting at Leeward Community College.

This year, there were two recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. This awards goes to individuals who have exhibited sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial or trucking position. The award includes a $1,000 monetary prize.

This year’s recipients are Erline Vasconcellos, a building and grounds supervisor at UH West Oʻahu, and Joseph Tan, a custodian at Leeward Community College.

Congratulations to both for your dedication to the University of Hawaiʻi!

three people with award

Recognizing Joseph Tan alongside Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

I had the honor of meeting Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education at a dinner coordinated by the Hawaiʻi Department of Education and hosted by Debbie Berger and Bill Reeves of The Learning Coalition.

Secretary Duncan was in Honolulu as part of his Race to the Top tour of all 50 states. The U.S. Department of Education says Duncan is the first education secretary to visit Hawaiʻi in about 20 years.

While here, Secretary Duncan visited Ka Waihona o ka Naʻauao public charter school on the Waiʻanae Coast as well as Waipahu High School. He also praised the Hawaiʻi DOE and the public school system for significant progress made in the $75 million Race to the Top grant.

We are proud of the strong partnership between UH and the state DOE; one strong example of this was witnessed by Secretary Duncan in the work that Leeward Community College and UH West Oʻahu are doing with Waipahu High School around accelerated learning and early college classes.

KITV: U.S. Secretary of Education visits Waipahu High School