Examining and celebrating higher education
More than 250 business, education, community and government leaders gathered for E Kamakani Hou, our first-ever higher education summit at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Sept. 10. We’ve received extremely positive feedback. Video presentations and summary texts are available, including the remarks of U.S. Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter’s keynote address.
Post-summit workgroups will be established with members from the various community sectors to build on the rich conversations that took place at the summit and to form a solid foundation as these partnerships begin to take shape and emerge from the summit in the coming weeks. I will visit all of our 10 campuses in the next several months to share information from the summit and listen to the thoughts, questions and ideas of our faculty, students and staff.
I will be traveling extensively over the next month for a variety of meetings, including a board meeting for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and meets at the National Science Foundation. I will speak at the Science and Technology in Society forum in Kyoto and host a presidents breakfast, and then return to California to receive the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Award of Distinction and attend the Institute of Medicine annual meeting in Washington, D.C. and inauguration activities for C. L. Max Nikias at the University of Southern California.
University and campus news
- 2010 Convocation
- $36 milllion broadband grant
- Procurement and TMT project updates
- UH Hilo signs agreement with Samoa college
- Architecture students win national honor
- UH West Oahu focuses on K–12 teacher improvement
- Leeward automotive program certified
- UH Maui College professor gives back
- Kapiolani chancellor on national panel
UH System News
Procurement and TMT project updates
Since the Board of Regents approved revisions to the interim procurement procedures at its June 2010 meeting, the Procurement Advisory Committee appointed by President Greenwood has been meeting to review and make recommendations to the university regarding any further modifications that may be needed. More in the July report.
The Thirty Meter Telescope Project continues to move forward. The Mauna Kea Management Board unanimously voted to recommend approval of the draft conservation district use application. President Greenwood and UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney accepted their recommendation and the application has been submitted to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
It is expected that the DLNR will hold informational meetings on the Big Island and then make a recommendation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources, which will then act on the application.