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 Manoa News
Johnson Hall remodeled
At UH Manoa last week, students began moving in for this fall semester, and many have the distinction of being the first residents of the newly-renovated historic Johnson Hall.
The $6.7-million, year-long renovation project included major improvements to all 98 double rooms, lounges and offices, and installation of modern safety devices.
Manoa’s oldest residence facility, Johnson Hall A and B were constructed in 1958 and 1962 respectively at a cost of $897,000. With Johnson’s reopening, the majority of the nearly 4,000 Manoa campus housing units are either new or newly renovated—and Manoa is now housing a record number of students on campus.