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Month: February 2014

2014 Legislative Testimony by the Chancellor relating to PISCES planetary sustainability technology initiative

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Testimony Presented Before the
Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs
January 30, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
by
Donald O. Straney
Chancellor, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

SB 2584 – RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS’ PLANETARY SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES INITIATIVE

Chair Espero, Vice Chair Baker and Members of the Committee:

My name is Donald Straney, Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo). We support the intent of SB 2584 to fund the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) to support planetary sustainability technology demonstrations and university-based competitions.

This proposal will help stimulate the growth and diversification of our State economy through applied aerospace research, the development, testing and evaluation new technologies that support the exploration of space and the creation of high-tech careers. UH Hilo views the proposal as an opportunity to collaborate with PISCES to provide higher education and career options to the people of our Hawaiʻi Island.

We support SB 2584 provided its passage does not replace or adversely impact priorities in our BOR approved budget.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on SB 2584. Aloha.

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Chancellor’s testimony on this topic to House and Senate committees:

SB 2584 RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS’ PLANETARY SUSTAINABILITY TECHNOLOGIES INITIATIVE January 30, 2014
SB 2584 February 26, 2014
SB 2584 SD1 March 14, 2014
HB 2150 RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS’ PLANETARY SUSTAINABILITY TECHNOLOGIES INITIATIVE February 4, 2014
HB 2150 HD1 February 25, 2014
HB 2150 HD1 March 13, 2014

2014 Legislative Testimony by the Chancellor relating to the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems

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Testimony Presented Before the
Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs
January 30, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
by
Donald O. Straney
Chancellor, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

SB 2585 – RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS

Chair Espero, Vice Chair Baker and Members of the Committee:

My name is Donald Straney, Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo). We support the intent of SB 2585 to fund the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) to support administrative and general tasks, strategic program initiatives, and the preliminary development of the PISCES research and development park.

This proposal will help to expand and diversify economic and workforce development opportunities throughout the State by promoting the establishment and growth of new sustainable and green industries, internships, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education programs. UH Hilo views the proposal as an opportunity to collaborate with PISCES to provide higher education and career options to the people of our Hawaiʻi Island.

We support SB 2585 provided its passage does not replace or adversely impact priorities in our BOR approved budget.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on SB 2585. Aloha.

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Chancellor’s testimony on this topic to House and Senate committees:

SB 2585 RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS January 30, 2014
SB 2585 SD1 February 26, 2014
HB 2152 RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS AND NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION LASER COMMUNICATIONS GROUND STATION INITIATIVE February 4, 2014
HB 2152 HD1 February 25, 2014
HB 2152 HD1 March 13, 2014

 

2014 Legislative Testimony by the Chancellor relating to funding mechanism of pharmacy school

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Testimony Presented Before the
Senate Committee on Higher Education
February 4, 2014 at 3:00pm
by
Donald O. Straney
Chancellor, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

SB 2550 – RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Chair Taniguchi, Vice Chair Kahele, and Members of the Committee:

Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on SB 2550 which establishes a five-year pilot program at the pharmacy school of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UHH), under which the school shall be financially self-sufficient and managerially autonomous from the University of Hawaiʻi. The bill establishes a UHH Pharmacy School Special Fund and a Board of Governors for the Pharmacy School; and appropriates an unspecified sum out of the special fund for the purposes of the Act.

The University of Hawaiʻi appreciates the intent of the bill, which provides an avenue for funding the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy’s facilities, which is required to maintain its accreditation. The college has met all requirements for accreditation except for having a permanent home. This requirement must be met by June 2014 or the college is in jeopardy of losing its accreditation. The University places a very high priority on maintaining the college, which is the only college of pharmacy in the region.

Provisions of the bill would duplicate or replace parts of the University’s functions. The University has an existing mechanism for evaluating new programs. The Board of Governors this bill would establish duplicates the function of the Board of Regents. We believe both provisions are not necessary for the purpose of establishing a self-supporting college.

We are concerned that there are uncertainties in the financial aspects of establishing a college as self-sufficient or autonomous. It is not clear that the college is able to be both self-sufficient on its tuition revenues and able to cover the debt service on the full cost of the building the college requires, especially over the 30-year period of the debt.

The budget request submitted by the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaiʻi and included by the Governor in his executive budget request has as its first priority for new construction $28M in general obligation bonds and $5M in revenue bonds to construct a permanent home for the college. The University continues to believe this is the best approach to funding this building. We stand ready to discuss alternatives, but at this point, we prefer the Governor’s proposal to the funding mechanism described in this bill.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony.

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Chancellor’s testimony on this topic to Senate and House committees:

SB 2550 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION February 4, 2014
SB 2550 SD1 February 25, 2014
SB 2550 SD2 Proposed HD1 March 18, 2014
HB 1652 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION January 28, 2014
HB 1652 HD1 February 21, 2014
HB 1652 HD1

 

 

Nomination period now open for UH Hilo Awards

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Nominations are being accepted for the following University of Hawai‘i at Hilo awards:

KOICHI AND TANIYO TANIGUCHI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION:
Recognizes creativity in teaching, scholarship, and artistic production at UH Hilo. Any full-time UH Hilo faculty or staff member is eligible. Teams consisting of two or more faculty or staff may also be nominated. (Students may be part of teams led by faculty or staff.)

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FOR IMPROVING STUDENT LIFE:
Presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to student life beyond the boundaries of their official responsibilities.

EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AND GROUND MAINTENANCE AWARD:
Presented to a building or ground maintenance employee who has made significant contributions to UH Hilo.

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD:
Presented to a faculty or professional staff member who provides service related professional skills to UH Hilo and their community.

PŪLAMA ‘IKE AWARD:
Presented to an individual who has made a significant contributions to developing and promoting the mission and spirit of UH Hilo.

Click here for nomination instructions and forms on our awards website. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21, 2014.

For more information contact Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, Interim Executive Assistant to the Chancellor.

Office of the Chancellor

2014 Legislative Testimony by the Chancellor relating to international flight training center and aeronautical training programs

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Testimony Presented Before the
Senate Committee on Higher Education
February 6, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.
by
Donald O. Straney
Chancellor, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

SB 3092 – RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Chair Taniguchi, Vice Chair Kahele and Members of the Committee:

My name is Donald Straney, Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. We support SB 3092 that appropriates funds for a program coordinator and technical support staff member to complete the necessary planning required for an international flight training center and associated aeronautical training programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College.

Following the approval of SB 1221 in 2013, we engaged a program coordinator to complete the necessary studies and planning for the programs’ implementation.

Based on his research, he wrote two Authorization to Plan (ATP) documents to support the implementation of SB 1221. These ATP are in the final process of revision before being forwarded to the University of Hawaiʻi Council of Chief Academic Officers. (CCAO)

This program will prepare students for this high level of academic and practical training. This proposal will help address the future needs of our island economy. UH Hilo views our
partnership and collaboration with Hawaiʻi Community College and other community college campuses as an important component in being able to successfully provide higher education and career options to the people of our Hawaiʻi Island. This program will also attract foreign students and provide a positive economic impact on the State of Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi University system

We support SB 3092 provided that its passage does not replace or adversely impact priorities in our BOR approved budget.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on SB 3092. Aloha.

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Chancellor’s testimony on this topic to Senate and House committees:

SB 3092 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION February 6, 2014
SB 3092 SD1 February 20, 2014
SB 3092 SD2 March 18, 2014
HB 1967 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION January 30, 2014
HB 1967 HD1 February 21, 2014
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