We hosted education ministers and officials from 20 of the 21 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies at the APEC Symposium on Quality in Higher Education at the East-West Center early thismonth, attended by U.S. delegate Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, and other key education ministers.
As a member of the APEC Hawaii Host Committee, I’ve called upon our faculty, staff and students to help get ready for APEC in a myriad of ways. UH was selected to train the volunteer and hospitality staff for the November conference. We’ve been busy over the summer organizing manpower to service not only the official delegates and their entourages, but also the 2,000-plus international journalists expected to cover the conference. Thank you to Honolulu Community College and Windward Community College for opening their facilities for training. This Saturday’s training will be at themedical school, and two sessions in September will be at our Leeward and Manoa campuses.
Thanks to the support of Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, our Maui, Kauai, and Big Island campuses will start training airport employees and TSA personnel on their islands next month.
Last week, Vice President Rockne Freitas and I, along with other members of the host committee, participated in a protocol ceremony at Maunaala, the Royal Mausoleum, to pay respect to the ancestral leaders of Hawaii on behalf of APEC. This event was sponsored by the Hawaiian Cultural Host Committee for APEC and we were happy to participate.
University and campus news
- UH/PACOM initiative
- Kuali update
- Hilo opens new building
- Students participate in field archeology
- Hawaii offers photovoltaic course
- Johnson Hall remodeled
- Bookstore offers textbook rental
- Awards convocation scheduled
UH System News
The Kuali Implementation Committee met for the first time Aug. 16. The president will be hold monthly meeting with those involved in ensuring the implementation of UH’s new financial management system by July 1, 2012.
Milestone accomplished to date include
- The hiring of John Sponaugle as project manager. He just finished the successful implementation of the Kuali financial management system at Michigan State University.
- Thanks to the efforts of Manoa Vice Chancellor Kathy Cutshaw, who carved out precious office space in Hawaii Hall, all Kuali core staff have been relocated there. The co-location will enhance and facilitate communication and collaboration between staff that are developing the various Kuali modules.
- The organizational and decision-making structure created by Kuali co-directors Howard Todo and David Lassner is working. Decisions are being made to facilitate the implementation of Kuali.
To take advantage of Kuali’s system features that reflect industry better if not best practices, the leadership group will make policy and operational changes. Keep in mind that the changes will better serve and position the university to improve its ability to manage and access its financial resource information and position the university for the future demand.