It’s June and, even with the summer break under way, UH Mānoa faculty, staff and administrators are continually working hard to prepare for the fall semester and advance the Mānoa Experience. I had the honor of sharing some of these successes, which I like to call Mānoa Moments, with members of the Board of Regents at their most recent meeting. In this issue, I share a few with you – our ever-supportive, deeply appreciated alumni.
- Our faculty, staff and students generate over $1 million in research each and every day of the year, involving diverse academic programs.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that Mānoa had more federal research support than 19 members of the American Association of Universities, which represents the top 62 universities in the U.S. and Canada.
- We are frequently asked which high school students come to us from Hawai‘i high schools. It’s really a mixture of public and private schools and, in fact, the three largest private schools (Kamehameha, ‘Iolani and Punahou) send more students to UH Mānoa than any other single university.
- Within the entire 10-campus University of Hawai‘i system, Mānoa awards over 70 percent of the bachelor degrees.
- We just had the largest commencement in our history – more than 3,100 graduates – and we are striving to keep up this pace.
- If you attended classes at this campus many years ago, I believe you would enjoy seeing some of the changes. Hemenway Hall has been renovated and is a beehive of activity. The expansion of Campus Center is well under way and will provide enhanced recreational facilities and gathering places for our students. And our residence halls and apartments have been spruced up or are undergoing major and long-awaited rejuvenation.
- Finally, television commercials for UH Mānoa produced by our alumni and current students from the Academy for Creative Media have won seven 2011 Pele Awards from the Hawai‘i advertising community. You can see these ads and follow our latest developments, including remarkable student and faculty achievements and expertise, on our new Media Resources website at manoa.hawaii.edu/media.
To see my entire presentation to the Board of Regents and to keep track of what’s happening at your alma mater, visit the UH Mānoa home page at manoa.hawaii.edu, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Beyond this summer break and into the exciting fall 2011 semester, there are more Mānoa Moments on the horizon.
Virginia S. Hinshaw
Chancellor, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa