Posted on | October 30, 2009 | Comments Off
Hilo’s College of Pharmacy marked a milestone Oct. 17 with a blessing ceremony in honor of three modular buildings that represent phase I of the college’s temporary home. The compound, which was completed in August, is now being used by Hilo students and faculty, and includes offices, an auditorium, laboratories and research facilities. Danny Akaka Jr., son of U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, conducted the traditional blessing.
“The facilities are really a significant first step toward answering the state’s need for more professionals that are committed to professional healthcare,” says Gerald De Mello, director of university relations. “The pharmacy program gives a national distinction in many ways to the island and for our community, and adds a vitality to our university and our town.”
“Without the state Legislature, we would never have gotten this far,” says Chancellor Rose Tseng. “With Dean John Pezzuto’s guidance, the college has already attracted top-notch faculty who really are modern-day pioneers working to make this a healthcare Mecca of the Pacific. But it takes a community to make this happen.”
“These buildings actually got us on the map—the campus map,” says Dean John Pezzuto. “We are extremely grateful to the state Legislature for giving us hope and the strength to carry ahead to reach our vision to become a top-rated College of Pharmacy.”