Community and International Outreach
In the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to share the university’s goals and objectives and some of the good things that we’ve been working on with a number of community groups and business organizations, including the Hawaii Economic Association, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and the Organization of Women Leaders.
I also participated in the East-West Center’s very successful 50th Anniversary International Conference where I was a panel presenter and part of a great discussion on the challenges and opportunities in higher education with a global perspective. It was a wonderful conference, and I extend my congratulations to the East-West Center for putting it together and on celebrating its 50th anniversary.
I also recently traveled to Japan, where I was invited to speak at a symposium of the National Women’s Education Center of Japan focused on advancing women scientists in Japan. I had the opportunity to meet with our ambassador to Japan and with officials from the Japanese Ministry of Science and Technology. These opportunities help us lay the groundwork for strategic alliances with Japan, and I look forward to more discussions on collaborative efforts.
Campus news from my July report
- 2011 APEC Hawaii Host Committee Update
- Funds for West Oahu and Hawaii CC
- Construction Procurement Advisory Committee
- Kudos to UH administrators
- Hilo telescope captures first images
- National honors for Manoa faculty and staff
- Senator Inouye recognizes UH West Oahu
- Ocean exploration with the Hokulea
- Respiratory therapy students lobby
- New environmental challenges course
- Pumping energy into Maui campus
Maui College News
Project pumps energy into Maui campus
Maui College celebrated completion of a student-installed photovoltaic array last month with a clear, sunny day pumping energy into the college’s electrical grid. Shortly after the dedication ceremony at noon, the array of 84 photovoltaic panels had produced 45 kilowatt hours for the grid. The project reduces the campus’ energy footprint while providing practical training in assessing, designing and installing a photovoltaic system for students in two sustainable technology energy classes.
The photovoltaic system was installed on the roof of a sustainable technology classroom building, and three more classroom buildings will offer more opportunities to provide students with a practicum on small-scale photovoltaic systems while cutting the college’s reliance on diesel-generated power.