December 17, 2014—Editor’s note: UH Mānoa produced a third commerical “Explore the World,” featuring student Marie MacDonald, which will begin airing in December.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has launched new commercials to promote the university that will air nationally on major television networks like CBS Sports and ESPN during Rainbow Warrior football games. They will also air on local TV stations, in movie theaters and on the Aloha Stadium and Stan Sheriff Center Arena jumbotrons.

 

“Explore the World” shows that anyone can participate in an “away” experience for a semester or year while earning credits that count towards graduation. Best yet, the cost is a little more than in-state tuition at UH Mānoa.

 

One of the commercials titled “Network” features Beau Yap and his family. Yap had opportunities to play football elsewhere, including a Big 12 and Pac 12 school, but chose to accept a scholarship at UH Mānoa.

 

The other is titled, “Connected,” and shows how UH Mānoa engages in activities that connects with people on all levels, person to person, from individuals to communities, to the rest of the state and the world. UH Mānoa is not just buildings but people, and its location connects it to the rest of the world.

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  1. What these videos neglect to tell you about is the financial crisis at UH resulting from years of budget mismanagement.

    It is pretty clear from walking about the UH Manoa campus that students are in no way a priority. Buildings are falling down/in disrepair, toilets in the buildings are broken and do not get maintained, many other facilities I would expect at a University are either broken or missing, how many of those security cameras/emergency student call boxes actually work?

    When times got tough the decision was taken to close the main campus library at weekends and after 6pm on weekdays. It is now open again, but, to close a library on a University campus just goes to show you how much UH values its students.

    As for the football team and the athletics department – the football team have won 8 in 29 and the whole athletics department is more than $3 million in debit. If history is anything to go by then students tuition will be used to bail them out again, this will lead to cuts to classes and longer graduation times.

    Seen it all before (several times actually!)

    Got to love UH!

    Asuza

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