West Winds

August 2014

Na Kākou e Hoʻomālamalama (Together We Enlighten)

The start of the school year always reminds me of the start of football season, with August as “training camp.” The sense of excitement is building and I can’t wait to get going on another school year with our team of dedicated faculty and staff who, in their respective positions, are preparing for a new semester of students.

Our Fall 2014 semester starts on Monday, August 25, but the campus will be bustling even before then. The week of August 18 is a busy one, starting with Pili ʻĀina, a two-day professional development workshop on Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and 19; Professional Development Day on Wednesday, August 20; and UHWO Pūnua Days, Freshmen College Success Orientation, on Thursday and Friday, August 21 and August 22.

Strategic Plan

Our proposed Strategic Plan, Na Kākou e Hoʻomālamalama, will be released later this month to our campus community. Please take the time to review the proposed/draft plan and provide us with your manaʻo. The plan and details on the feedback process will be emailed to all faculty and staff in mid-August. You’ll hear more about the plan at Professional Development Day on August 20. The Strategic Planning Committee, consisting of students, faculty, and staff, met weekly over the summer to draft the proposed plan. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the committee members for their time, expertise, and diligent work. A special mahalo to Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sherry Proper, for her leadership role as chair of the committee.

Regents and Presidential Scholars Awards

Congratulations to 2014 Regents Scholar, Emma Jordan, and 2014 Presidential Scholar, Desiree Jale, who was also selected as the Albert Simone Scholar for demonstrating a particularly excellent record of academic and creative achievement. I had the pleasure of joining Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Eun Ahn, and Director of Student Development, Leslie Opulauoho, at the Regents and Presidential Scholars Dinner in July.

Chancellor Freitas with (from l-r) Director of Student Development, Leslie Opulauoho; Presidential Scholar, Desiree Jale; and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Eun Ahn
(With (from l-r) Director of Student Development, Leslie Opulauoho; Presidential Scholar, Desiree Jale; and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Eun Ahn).