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Discover the University of Hawaii at Manoa

August 2011


Aloha to the UH Mānoa ʻohana!

This Fall 2011 semester is an exciting time of renewal and anticipation. We are welcoming new UH Mānoa students and families who have been exploring our campus for the past several days. They’ve had an advance look at what the rest of our ‘ohana is seeing now – our newly improved residence halls, many freshly renovated classrooms and lecture halls, and projects in progress, such as the creation of recreation and meeting places at the Campus Center and a new dining and gathering site on the ground floor of Saunders Hall.

I am also delighted to introduce you to this inaugural issue of Discover UH Mānoa — a new online newsletter designed to keep our Mānoa ʻohana informed of campus news, personal achievements and highlights in our research activity, which produces more than $1 million each day in grants and awards. There are so many exciting people and events at this flagship campus of the UH system that we value the opportunity to share these stories of excellence with you.

I hope everyone had some time to refresh mind and body over the summer - mahalo for your many contributions to our Mānoa ʻohana and let’s have a great Fall semester!

With warm aloha,

Virginia S. Hinshaw
Chancellor, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


In This Issue





  UH Manoa earns maximum 10-year reaccreditation

A reward of 10 years

UH Mānoa received the best news ever this summer. The Western Association of Schools and College (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities has reaccredited the campus for a full 10 years—the longest reaccreditation period that it could have granted. More »

    Philanthropist Judith 'Judy' Pyle

Gracious generosity

Philanthropist Judith “Judy” Pyle, a successful business executive and dedicated UH Foundation board trustee, has made a $2 million pledge to establish an endowed dean’s position at the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. More »





  National Institute of Standards and Technology's Microrobotics Challenge

Big news in microrobotics

When UH Mānoa fielded its first team ever to compete in the annual National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Microrobotics Challenge—held in May 2011 in Shanghai, China—the Honolulu contingent made quite an impression among competitors from the mainland U.S., France, Italy and Canada. Electrical engineering graduate students Wenqi Hu and Kelly Ishii finished second among seven teams in the challenge of building mobile robots smaller than 1 millimeter in size. More »

    Carl Bonham

Economics expert: Carl Bonham

Executive Director & Associate Professor
UHERO and Dept of Economics
(808) 956-7605 | bonham@hawaii.edu | www.uhero.hawaii.edu More »



  Sustainable and Organic Farm Training (SOFT) program

Fruits of their labor

They’re SOFT all the way, and proud of it. That’s true of students in the Sustainable and Organic Farm Training (SOFT) program, which has finally made the leap from two off-campus sites to a long-awaited farm in the middle of campus. More »

    Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute

An energetic bunch of researchers

The Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) was established to undertake and coordinate research and development of the island’s renewable energy resources. It has an exceptional record of achievement, including spearheading the discovery and use of geothermal power in Hawaiʻi, developing the technology to use biomass for energy, charcoal and high-value chemicals, and establishing the most comprehensive hydrogen program of any university in the nation. More »


Mānoa Arts & Minds

  50th Anniversary of Gagaku

Music: Gagaku

August 27

A concert in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first gagaku class held on campus. More »

    2011 Manoa Jazz & Heritage Festival

Music: 2011 Mānoa Jazz & Heritage Festival

September 24

Featuring Grammy award winner Bill Cunliffe with his trio. More »


On Stage: Oklahoma!

November 4-20

Lovers stake out the territory of the heart in this Rodgers and Hammerstein’s landmark musical. More »