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March 2012

Fire update and our education week event

Fire update

Our Fire Recovery Team continues to meet regularly and work diligently toward completely restoring operations.

By March 7, 2012 we had processed all stipends, scholarship and fellowship payment requests received by the disbursing office. We also caught-up on all utilities and travel advance requests submitted. In all, we released 1,193 checks, 190 Banner checks and released 72 EFT payments, representing 1,075 vendor payments.

We made tremendous progress despite the inconvenience of moving the disbursing staff into 14 locations. They’ve done a fantastic job.

Education Week at the State Legislature

The University of Hawai‘i participated in Senate Education Week at the State Capitol on March 13. There were displays from all 10 campuses and information about the programs offered by the university.

Students and staff from the Kapi‘olani Community College Culinary Arts Program provided cooking demonstrations and samples, but the highlight was the punt, pass and kick competition. UH Manoa coaches and athletic department members greeted legislators, staff and the public, and participated in a friendly competition between the House and the Senate. UH Vice President Rockne Freitas served as referee.

Coach Norm Chow was warmly welcomed as the new head coach of the UH Warrior football team.

As part of Education Week, I accepted, on behalf of the university, a certificate congratulating the UH Commission on the Status of Women on their 25th anniversary. Many women and men worked hard to improve the status of women at the University of Hawai‘i.

Top News

Risk Reduction and Resiliency Initiative

I just returned from Washington, D.C. with PACOM, our partners in the evolving Risk Reduction and Resiliency Initiative.

The University of Hawai‘i is very much at the center of this exciting effort, which includes the creation of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Resilience and Sustainability (AIRS). AIRS will provide an interdisciplinary approach to creating resilient communities while serving as a laboratory for world-class research. AIRS will expand relations with other regional universities, which will help us move toward our goal of offering funding for advanced degrees and executive education.

We are hoping to secure approximately $750,000 from two of our partners—the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations—to assist in establishing this network.

The UH System is also working on a proposal-based partnership program with USAID which we hope will provide an additional $1 million. This will be integral to funding the Institute and educational efforts discussed during APEC.