UH Day at State Capitol a celebration with a cause

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Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Faculty, staff and students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo will join their peers and colleagues from all 10 UH campuses on Friday, January 19, for UH Day, a biennial celebration of the University of Hawai‘i System, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the State Capitol Building in Honolulu.

The purpose of UH Day is to showcase the excellence and diversity of the University's offerings. UH Day 2007 holds additional significance as the University celebrates its 100th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public.

“The event provides legislators, the business community and the general public an opportunity to participate, meet and interact with UH representatives and students to become familiar with the variety of programs and community services provided through the University of Hawai‘i,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng. “UH Day also highlights and showcases the breadth and depth of the University’s contributions to the State of Hawai‘i.”

“We are featuring programs based on the top 2007 legislative requests for UH Hilo, which include the College of Pharmacy and the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i,” added Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, UH Hilo director of media relations. “We are also featuring Hale Kuamo‘o and Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikolani College of Hawaiian Language as well as Nursing and Student Life, which includes the Student Life and Events Center, the Student Services Building, and student life programs. The Office of Mauna Kea Management and EPSCoR (the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) will also be participating.”

UH Day also features a lecture series, each talk 30 minutes in length. From UH Hilo, Peter Giles, executive director of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i, will be speaking on ‘‘‘Imiloa: Celebrating Hawaiian Culture and Mauna Kea Astronomy” at 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room A. Dr. John Pezzuto, dean of the college of pharmacy, will speak at 1 p.m. on “Fresh Opportunities for Pharmaceutical Research, Education and Business Development Afforded by a New College of Pharmacy.” His talk will also be held in Conference Room A. There will also be presentations by UH West O‘ahu and UH Manoa.

UH Hilo students will be represented by the UH Hilo Student Association, the Student Activities Council and the UH Hilo Samoan Club. Approximately 50 UH Hilo students will be at UH Day.

“In the past, feedback from legislators was that they really enjoyed seeing students at UH Day, talking with them, hearing about their educational experiences, asking questions and interacting with them,” Kakugawa-Leong said.

In addition, 33 performers of the UH Hilo Samoan Club (Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao) will entertain at UH Day. Their first performance is at 10:15 a.m. in the Rotunda, which immediately follows UH President David McClain’s opening remarks. Their second performance is at 2 p.m., also in the Rotunda.

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