Chancellor Straney shared the news about the Office of the Governor releasing $33 million for the construction of the new facilities for UH Hilo College of Pharmacy.
Chancellor Don Straney stopped by the calling center at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation in Honolulu on Tuesday to kick off this year’s calling campaign to UH Hilo alumni.
“Thank you for coming to speak with us!” wrote on of the students on the UH Foundation’s Facebook page. “I can not wait to share all the wonderful information with the alumni! Thank you also for the delicious pizza!”
While with the students, Chancellor Straney shared the news about the Office of the Governor releasing $33 million for the construction of the new facilities for UH Hilo College of Pharmacy. The funds are for construction of a new building with classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, and offices, meeting the requirements of the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education standards and guidelines. When complete, it will house UH Hilo’s largest graduate and doctoral programs on campus. Prior to 2007, Hawai‘i was one of only a few states in the nation that did not provide pharmacy education. The construction of the College of Pharmacy building will allow local students to remain in Hawai‘i and eventually help the state’s need for more professionals in this field.
He also shared the news about several new programs being planned to benefit our local communities, for example, a proposed flight training center and associated degree programs to be offered through UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College. Also planned are a Master of Arts in Heritage Management, devoted to stewardship of the history of the island and its people, and a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering, where students are trained broadly across all disciplines of engineering.
One of Chancellor Straney’s top priorities is giving students the best learning community in modern facilities. The new Student Services Building recently opened giving students a one-stop service from freshman orientation through graduation, all under one roof. The center houses all the programs students need to support their college success: Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Advising, Career Development Services, Counseling, and the new Health Promotion Program.
The new Hale‘ōlelo College of Hawaiian Language also recently opened. The building houses classrooms, offices, library, and a performing arts auditorium. “It is both functional and extraordinarily beautiful,” says the Chancellor. “This building represents, to the members of UH Hilo, our dedication to being a Hawaiian university, a Hawaiian place of learning, a university where Hawaiian language and values inform what we do.”