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June 2011

Leeward Community College’s winning Wai‘anae team

UH nominees for the 2011 Governor’s Awards

The annual Governor’s Awards honor state executive branch employees who exemplify the highest caliber of public service and dedication to serving the people of Hawai‘i.

UH Employee of the Year Morris Lai

Morris K. Lai heads the Research and Evaluation Section of the Curriculum, Research and Development Group in the College of Education at Manoa. He is a Native Hawaiian scholar and member of the Department of Educational Psychology graduate faculty with a passion for preserving the Hawaiian language and culture.

Lai established the “Laiberry” in 2006 with a donation from his family and scoured used bookstores, garage sales and e-Bay to expand the collection to nearly 4,000 books for anyone to browse and borrow. As Gloria Kishi of the Department of Education says, “One could not ask for a better example of the value and values that constitute a university and its service to the community.”

UH Manager of the Year Lui K. Hokoana

Through recruitment efforts, community outreach, support for faculty and staff training, development of a mentoring program or promotion of academic support strategies to improve student development, Lui Hokoana demonstrated his uncanny ability as a leader and manager while serving as vice chancellor for student affairs at Windward Community College. Chancellor Dykstra calls him “a charming man who exudes good will, an interest in the wellbeing of students and commitment to support faculty and staff.”

In May, Hokoana was appointed associate vice president for student affairs.

UH Team of the Year Wai‘anae Education Center

Laurie Lawrence and her team members at the Leeward Community College–Wai‘anae Education Center have increased enrollment 144 percent and increased the number of class sections by 93 percent through extending office hours and offering early morning and late evening classes with no increase in physical resources.

The team members are Walterbea Aldeguer, Darwin Bohnet, Jayson Corrales, Genai U‘ilani Keliikuli, Emi Kaneshiro, Scott Kuraoka, William Longanecker, Summer Miles, Danielle Saito, Jean StavRue-Pe‘ahi, Jennifer Wharton and Danny Wyatt.

Much of their success is due to the outreach efforts of counselors who recruit at Wai‘anae and Nanakuli High Schools and visited adults at homeless shelters and transitional housing organizations.

This team has adopted Hawaiian cultural values of aloha (love), kuleana (responsibility), malama (caring), lokahi (unity) and ho‘ihi (respect) as the basis for the way they work together and a core philosophy of helping students succeed every step of the way.

Presidential Updates

The president yielded the floor at the July Board of Regents meeting so chancellors could provide their own updates on their campuses’ progress in meeting performance indicators and share good news.

In lieu of campus news items, here is an update on presidential activities:

A promotional campaign celebrating the success of the Achieving the Dream initiative to help more community college students succeed—particularly those from Native Hawaiian, low-income and other traditionally underserved groups—began with radio interviews July 6 and will continue with more interviews and media appearances. A 60-second radio spot will celebrate the achievements of the program.

President Greenwood is scheduled to appear on Island Insights with Admiral Robert Willard of PACOM. They will discuss the UH-PACOM partnership and coming joint conference August 7–9 on the live PBS Hawai‘i’s program hosted by Dan Boylan on Thursday July 28, 7:30–8:30 p.m.

The university will host an APEC-related higher education conference August 4–6. Work is underway to plan and promote the conference.

Many regents joined the president at the Regents and Presidential Scholarship Awards dinner July 7. Governor Neil Abercrombie was the guest speaker at the dinner honoring incoming and continuing UH students who are among the state’s best and brightest.