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
UH System News
Construction Procurement Advisory Committee
The President’s Construction Procurement Advisory Committee has been appointed and includes two representatives from the Board of Regents, industry and government representatives and individuals from the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii.
Regents Dennis Hirota and Carl Carlson will be joined on the committee by Johnny Higa, executive director of the General Contractors Association; Lester Fukuda, vice president of HDR: Hawaii Pacific Engineers; Jadine Urasaki, manager of construction management for the Department of Education; Alan Ah San, retired UH associate vice president and RCUH project manager; and Derek Chow, Honolulu civil and public works chief for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
This spectrum of excellent individuals will review the interim procurement procedures and provide comments and recommendations for further modifications.