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November 2011

APEC Highlights

At the Board of Regents meeting, President M.R.C. Greenwood highlighted ways the university was showcased during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation week in Honolulu. These included:

Co-hosting partners and prospective partners in the Thirty Meter Telescope project planned for the Mauna Kea Science Reserve with Gov. Abercrombie at Washington Place. Representatives from the governments of several countries in Hawai‘i for APEC had a chance to get to know each other better while exploring the incredible potential of the TMT.

Signing of the joint statement of intent to work on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resiliency throughout the Asia Pacific region by eight agencies—UH, PACOM, USAID, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Japan Council and NOAA. This was especially significant for those who heard Secretary of State Hilary Clinton discuss resiliency in the Pacific region as one key way the U.S. can maintain stability and prosperity during her speech the day before at the East West Center and high-level policy dialogue with APEC leaders that morning. UH has offered to house the beginnings of the program. UH Foundation staff and Executive Director Donna Vuchinich have been helping develop this and it promises to be a substantial feather in our cap as it takes shape and form.

Promotion of UH as part of Hawai‘i’s four pillars of economic excellence. University activities in Health and Life Sciences and Ocean/Earth/Sky were prominently displayed at the convention center, airport, Ala Moana Shopping Center, on Leaders Week TV and in various media supplements.

Activities of students, including 200 student volunteers and 16 APEC interns , some of whoom served as liaisons and interpreters for the Chinese, Russian and South Korean delegations. Olga Bogach, a graduate economics student, was the lead liaison between the Russian and U.S. APEC delegations for Leaders Week. Undergrad econmics student Kelly Park rode in the South Korean presidential motorcade and sat in on a bilateral meeting between Presidents Myung Bak Lee and Barack Obama.

Hosting a China Day lecture November 8 in conjunction with the Hawai‘i Overseas Mainland Chinese Association and the UH Chinese Students and Scholars Association.featuring Zhang Lijun, chair of the China APEC Development Council.

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Kuali status report

With the hiring of four experienced Kuali Financial System functional consultants from the successful Kuali implementation at University of Arizona and Cornell University, the university is becoming better positioned to continue efforts to roll-out the new financial system by July 1, 2012.

UH Kuali Financial System staff members’ skill sets are growing, as evidenced from their presentation of system operations at town meetings attended by administrative and fiscal officers.

Recently, some project team staff visited Colorado State University, which is celebrating its second year of closing its financial books using Kuali. CSU continues to be very pleased with the Kuali Financial System and is an exemplar of a successful implementation in only nine months. Select UH staff also attended Kuali Days, the national forum for all projects within the Kuali Foundation. It was attended by more than 800 Kuali users and interested parties. At the forum, UH staff were able to network with other Kuali users and to attend presentations of Kuali Financial System modules in development and scheduled for near-term roll-out. These new modules will be free and offer capabilities to enhance operations and services support.

As part of the Kuali implementation, reports are being designed to provide data in a form and format that will support and facilitate data driven decision-making by executives at all levels.

The Office of Research Services has begun phased roll-out of its Kuali-Coeus system, a research administration system for contracts and grants management. UH researchers will be able to develop their proposals in myGRANT (UH’s Kuali-Coeus system), which will automatically feed into federal grant application systems, and once the proposal is awarded it will interface with the Kuali Financial System.