Fulfilling Hopes and Aspirations for Another Century
The fall 2007 semester marks the 100th time the University of Hawaiʻi has begun an academic year. This centennial class began the term last month with high hopes and great aspirations, just as more than a million alumni have done before them.
Fulfilling those hopes and aspirations is my passion and my mission and the focus of our remarkable faculty and dedicated staff, several of whom are profiled in this issue. To insure that we have the resources to do so, we created the University of Hawaiʻi Centennial Campaign.
The campaign just concluded its leadership phase and had its public launch at a memorable event Aug. 18 on the slopes of Diamond Head at the former Cannon Club site.
I am delighted to report that our alumni and friends have already given more than $180 million to the University of Hawaiʻi. Our goal is $250 million before the campaign concludes in June 2009, so we are well on our way.
These gifts will have lasting impact on every campus and many programs throughout the UH System. The Centennial Campaign is centered on five key priorities—
- Advancing Academic Excellence through funding for endowed chairs and professorships, graduate fellowships and research.
- Enhancing the Student Experience via endowed scholarships and funding for undergraduate research, student and faculty exchange and campus life programs and facilities.
- Fulfilling our Research Mission by advancing areas of globally recognized research strength, creating and developing new sectors of the economy and building on and sustaining Hawaiʻi’s natural advantages.
- Engaging our Community through support for the arts and athletics and by providing opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning.
- Improving our Facilities, creating healthy, resource-efficient and sustainable campus environments that enhance the work and well-being of our students, faculty and community members.
Private gifts, particularly those put into the endowment, will work for the university for our next 100 years and beyond. That is, indeed, a present appropriate for this very special birthday.
If you’ve already contributed to the Centennial Campaign, mahalo nui loa; if you haven’t, please consider a gift to help the next million UH students, and the next.
For information on the campaign or to give online, visit the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation.
President, University of Hawaiʻi