University of Hawaiʻi President M.R.C. Greenwood released a letter to the UH ʻohana today noting the many accomplishments of the university community over the past year.
An excerpt on Hilo:
We are also proud of the work going on at Hilo in addressing the future economic and educational needs of the Big Island community and beyond. UH Hilo is a partner with key community and government stakeholders supporting a new undergraduate certificate in agriculture, “Veterans to Farmer.” UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College are developing island-wide and statewide pathways to facilitate seamless transfer into UH Hilo in agriculture, Hawaiian studies, marine science, nursing, and psychology. And the College of Pharmacy has begun a grant-funded program called Pharm2Pharm designed to reduce medication-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits by establishing teamwork between hospital and community pharmacists on the islands of Hawaiʻi, Maui and Kauaʻi.
Chancellor’s Leadership and Development Council will assist the chancellor on campus strategy and resource development.
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney’s newly formed advisory council met for the first time yesterday.
“I am putting together a UH Hilo Chancellor’s Leadership and Development Council to assist me on campus strategy and resource development,” says the chancellor.
The council, made up of over 30 community and business leaders, will meet twice a year. They are charged to become informed advocates for the campus; support the educational and outreach mission of UH Hilo; enhance the lines of communication between the campus and various external constituencies; and provide advice and counsel. Participation in the council will be for a two-year period.
The first meeting of the council was held on Nov. 1 at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. The chancellor gave a presentation covering a general overview of the campus. PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc., and Design Partners, Inc. gave a presentation on UH Hilo’s Long Range Development Plan. The council also looked at the requirements needed for Hilo to become a true “university town.”
“The input that the council and other community leaders can provide will be critical to our future,” says Chancellor Straney.
Chancellor Straney represented the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo at a brief ceremony preceding the inaugural lecture for the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC) held at the UH Mānoa campus on Oct. 26. PICSC is one of eight regional climate science centers recently initiated by the U.S. Department of Interior as joint projects hosted by university partners. The PICSC university consortium is led by UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and the University of Guam.
The focus of work supported by the new center is on the effects of climate change on the ecology of the Pacific islands and implications for land and wildlife managers. Total funding to UH researchers provided through the new center is expected to be about $2 million per year. Chancellor Straney is the principal investigator for the UH Hilo portion of the project.
The inaugural lecture by Loyal Mehrhoff, field supervisor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Deanna Spooner, coordinator of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative, was titled Navigating Change: Climate Science and Collaboration in the Pacific. It was the first in a series of lectures about stakeholder-driven science related to Pacific climate and ecology.