Trip to Washington, D.C.
I spent a week in Washington, D.C., earlier this month meeting and connecting with a number of different university constituencies.
The East-West Center is celebrating its golden anniversary this year, marking 50 years of success in promoting better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific. I had the opportunity to attend its 50th Anniversary Celebration, and I met and spoke with a number of East-West Center and UH alumni at a special event with the UH Alumni Association. It was a great experience to hear from these alumni about their affinity for the university and their ideas for how we can continue to engage them.
Campus news from my May report
- Champion Wahine Softball Team
- College of Pharmacy Awarded $16 Million
- Hawaii Internment Camp Studies
- Serving Deaf Students at Kapiolani
- Leeward Culinary Arts Gala
- Maui Conference Highlights Culture and Business
- New Hilo Chancellor Named
- New West Oahu Campus Funded $48 Million
- Outstanding Kapiolani Faculty
- Second Annual MELE Workshop
- Spring Commencement 2010
- Thirty Meter Telescope Moving Forward
- Three Outstanding Manoa Students
UH West Oahu
New West Oahu Campus Funded $48 Million
At the close of the 2010 Hawaii Legislative Session, the Legislature had approved $48 million in general obligation bond funds to be used toward the construction of UH West Oahu’s new campus in Kapolei. This will help bring to fruition a dream to provide greater access to four-year baccalaureate programs for a key underserved region of our state.
The next step is formal go-ahead from Gov. Linda Lingle to put the bond funding toward the first phase of the university. Construction is set to begin Aug. 16. The funding will pay for construction of the first classroom buildings at the campus site in Kapolei, with classes projected to begin there in spring 2012. Additional funding may be generated as a result of a future sale of a land parcel located next to the campus site.