Chancellor’s Message

Aloha Faculty & Staff,

I would like to express my heartfelt MAHALO for the meaningful Kipaepae, beautiful leis and the honor bestowed upon me as your new Chancellor at HawCC.  No words can better describe the setting as those of Dr. Taupouri Tangaro, “the greatest Hawaiian validation was when the rain came to escort the party onto Kapakapaka-ua Malae, which means the Sounding of Raindrops Ceremonial Ground.”  The day, weather, kauhale and ceremony were in harmony.  Mahalo Tangaro, Kekuhi, Gail Makuakane-Lundin, Kuku‘ena, the staff at I Ola Haloa, Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, the Protocols Committee, and Planning Operations & Maintenance for your contributions in making this event a most memorable one for me.

Our Fall 2011 preliminary opening headcount enrollment is 3,933—an increase 2.2% from the Fall 2010 semester.  Our numbers contributed to the UH system’s unprecedented enrollment of 60,519.  Overall, our UniversityofHawai‘i campuses have seen a growth of more than 10,000 students over the last five years.

This year’s UH Convocation will be held on September 27.  Mr. Gene Harada, Professor in Carpentry, will be recognized as the recipient of the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award.  Ms. Jodi Mine, Budget Specialist, Administrative Affairs, will be recognized as the recipient of the Hawai‘i Community College Chancellor’s Award.  Congratulations, Gene and Jodi!

It is a UH system requirement that all employees receive some form of training to prevent sexual harassment.  Each year we ask you to complete the “Online Sexual Harassment Prevention Program Web-Based Course,” and this year is no exception.  Please take some time to complete this online training and send your certificate of completion to my office by October 28, 2011.

Please hold the date for Dr. John Morton’s Fall 2011 visit to our campus on October 12, 2011, 2:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Manono Cafeteria and via videoconferencing toWest Hawai‘i in Building 4, Room 1.

We have several fundraising events in-progress during this fall semester.  Ms. Marla DeMarco, our campus chairperson for the Hawai‘i Island United Way fund-drive has disseminated pledge forms asking for your donations.  Ninety-eight percent (98%) of your contributions directly benefit our Hawai‘i island community.  Tickets for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “A Taste of Hilo” to be held on October 16 are available here at the Chancellor’s Office.  The proceeds from this event help support our scholarship program, staff development and college-wide improvements.  The HawCC Alumni & Friends Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, October 22.  Proceeds from this event help support our student scholarship program.  We hope you will support these fundraising efforts.

Noreen Yamane

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