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West Winds

October 2015

Early in September, I had the pleasure of swearing in the newest members of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu (ASUHWO).

ASUHWO’s 2015-2016 leadership team consists of President Ryan Sommer, Vice President Brieana Williams, Secretary Joyleanne Santos, and Treasurer Shane Nishimura. These students and their endeavors are critical to UH West Oʻahu’s mission of developing life-long learners enriched and informed by career competencies and educational opportunities that address state, regional, and international needs.

ASUHWO members getting sworn in by Chancellor Freitas.

These students do a great job at working on specific initiatives, such as co-curricular transcripts, intramurals, a child-care program, and coffee on campus.

Watching these students grow and learn as leaders inspires me every day. They represent our student body and provide a voice. They remind me why we are all here: It is all about the students!

ASUHWO is in the midst of fall special elections – so please, if you are a student, get out and vote. And for those interested in student government or other student-led activities – get involved! Your voice and participation are important to our University.

We are expanding our student-success initiatives, which are supported by our administration. Did you know that our interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Doris Ching, helped to create the Student Caucus for the University of Hawaiʻi System? This is just one example of the student-centered focus that our administration embraces.

UH West Oʻahu strives to provide an environment that supports and enables our students to achieve. Remember: no students, no jobs, no University. The students, with support from our excellent faculty and staff, are the reason why we are here and flourishing.