President M.R.C. Greenwood reported on “an absolutely amazing two weeks” in Asia and other UH System news in October. Read her account below and see photos on her blog.
University and campus news
- Community Colleges receive $25 million grant
- Student publishes on soil impact of moon landings
- UH part of new climate consortium
- Law school ranked outstanding
- Honolulu students and staff create garden
- Leeward’s Pearl wins Ilimia Award
- Gear-Up gets $2.3 million grant
- Indonesia college administrators visit
“We began in Vietnam to help inaugurate the new class of Shidler EMBA students and to appear on two APEC workshop panels, one in Hanoi and one in Ho Chi Minh City promoting business and investment opportunities in the APEC region. These were each attended by more than 150 to 180 of the top local business people in the respective cities and provided some preparation and context for APEC and how these CEOs might benefit from attending. There was extensive media coverage in print, on TV and online throughout Vietnam of these events and all considered them extremely successful.
“It was also my high honor and privilege to, along with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, lead the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Eve Parade—the largest gathering of Okinawans in the world; receive an honorary degree from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa; and plant a cherry blossom tree along with Ryukyus University President Teruo Iwamasa on university grounds as a gift from the University of Hawaii. Former Regent Ed Kuba and fellow Okinawan Goodwill Ambassador Bob Nakasone were a tremendous help to us during our trip!
“We presented a beautiful small glass-enclosed replica of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea to President Iwamasa, as a gift signifying ‘One Ocean, One People’ for the people of the University of the Ryukyus.
“Our Hawaiian protocol team traveling with us offered moving oli and hula presentations at the appropriate places we were guests. Thank you to Keawe Lopes, Kekai Avilez and Kaiulani Kanehailua of the Hawaiinuiakea College of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Manoa for accompanying us and representing our host culture so movingly!
“We also met with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology officials to foster a relationship with this new institution and to provide for possible exchanges with our faculty, students and researchers in areas where we can collaborate.”
The president also
• Congratulated Vice President for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana, named state Manager of the Year.
• Thanked regents for their time and Executive Vice President Linda Johnsrud and her staff for their efforts in development and passage of the new tuition schedule.
• Recognized her APEC advisor Denise Konan and assistant Keala Monaco for their part in coordinating with the Hawaii Host Committee on volunteer training and communication activities.
• Announced plans to sign a statement of intent with PACOM and other key players in the R-3 Initiative to promote improved risk, recovery and resiliency throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
• Provided an update on progress of the Kuali Financial Systems project.
• Announced award of a contract for construction of the $41.6 million Information Technology Center, which will house critical enterprise IT resources in a sustainable and secure manner, create the university’s first true emergency situation room and free desperately needed surge space on the Manoa campus to help address the deferred repair and maintenance backlog.
• Welcomed nine members of the first-ever Community College Faculty and Administrator Exchange program with Indonesia, hosted by Kapiolani Community College through an award from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
UH Hilo News
Student publishes on soil impact of moon landings
A study on the soil impact from Apollo moon landings co-authored by a UH Hilo student was recently published by the Journal of Geophysical Research. Jacob Smith, working with UH Hilo’s Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, co-authored the research in collaboration with Philip Metzger and John Lane of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center using data collected from tests conducted on the Big Island in January and February 2010.
PISCES is an international research and education center at Hilo dedicated to promoting student research and educational activities through its mission of sustaining life on the Moon and beyond. It has become an important facility for use by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the German Space Agency for their exploration research, demonstration and testing programs.