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quote from MRC Greenwood

October 2011

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


President’s narrative

“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 Hawai‘i. 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 Hokule‘a 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 Hawai‘inuiakea 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 Hawai‘i 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 Kapi‘olani Community College through an award from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

UH West O‘ahu News

Gear-Up gets $2.3 million grant

Gear-Up program logo

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)–UH West O‘ahu has received notice from the U.S. Department of Education (through U.S. Senator Dan Inouye) of a $2.3 million grant across seven years representing a partnership between UHWO, Nanakuli-Wai‘anae Complex schools, Kamehameha Schools and American Savings Bank.

The goal of this partnership is to increase the percentage of students going on to college from single digit percentages up to 75 percent for participating students.