Spring 2018 Convocation/Professional Development Day featured lists and laughs

Faculty and staff attend Spring 2018 Professional Development Day on Jan. 3, 2018.

Faculty and staff attend Spring 2018 Professional Development Day on Jan. 3, 2018.

A major part of Spring 2018’s Convocation and Professional Development Day provided an overview of UH West Oʻahu’s accomplishments for 2017 – including sets of top 10 lists that recognized the top news stories, faculty achievements, the Institute for Engaged Scholarship, the UH Foundation, and institutional milestones. Chancellor Maenette Benham – who earlier in the day received a Kiaʻi award from faculty and staff for her first year at UH West Oʻahu – built upon the progress made in 2017 to set campus goals for 2018. She identified the following “beginning” goals for 2018:

  • Approved Comprehensive Institutional Strategic Action Plan, 2018-2028. Implementation of our 2-year action activities.
  • Approved SMART Assessment, Program Evaluation and Accreditation Action Plan that ensures we meet our aspirations (Vision, Mission, Value Proposition) and prepares us for WASC and other professional accreditations.
  • Approved Revised LRDP and Action Development Plan.
  • Opening of the Admin/Health Sciences Building
  • Selection of design-build team and start of the UHWO Creative Media Building
  • Invitation – Mauka Lands
  • Increase our extramural funding and engaged scholarship efforts. Publishing UHWOs first Engagement for Transformation.
Chancellor Maenette Benham addresses faculty and staff at Convocation/Professional Development Day on Jan. 3, 2018.

Chancellor Maenette Benham addresses faculty and staff at Convocation/Professional Development Day on Jan. 3, 2018.

Major campus project updates included the parking lot expansion to address health and safety matters that will be completed in Summer 2018; The Admin/Health Sciences facility that will be completed in Fall 2018; and the Creative Media facility, which is in the design phase, which is expected to be completed in 2020.

Following the session, which was held in the Multipurpose room on Jan. 3, faculty and staff divided into Academic Affairs, Students Affairs, and Administration units to workshop long-range planning to inform the campus’ Comprehensive Institutional Strategic Action Plan – one of the goals set for 2018.

The following lists (ranked in no particular order) were selected by various faculty and staff to reflect upon UH West Oʻahu’s accomplishments throughout 2017.

Top ten photos from 2017 collage.

Top ten photos from 2017 collage.

Top 10 UHWO Stories of the Year

Top 10 UHWO Academic Achievements & Faculty Events of the Year

Top Gifts/Fundraising events at UHWO of the Year

Top 10 Engaged Scholarship Programs and Accomplishment of the Year

  • Faculty and Chancellor attended the Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium in Birmingham, Alabama which focused on Best Practices in Community-Engaged Scholarship
  • Successful grants written and awarded:
  • Establishment of Engaged Scholars Seed Grant Program
  • First Semi-Annual Student Research Symposium supported through Institute of Engaged Scholarship funding.
  • Establishment of the Institute of Engaged Scholarship website
  • Identification of the Institute of Engaged Scholarship (IES) Advisory Committee
  • Establishment of faculty mini-grants for Engaged Scholarship Curriculum Initiative focused on Course Development, Redesign and Enhancement.
  • Collaboration among IES and Fiscal Administration to establish guidelines
  • Development of STEM Hui
  • Developed DRAFT of Institute of Engaged Scholarship (IES) Goals and Objectives for 10 Year Logic Model

Top 10 Institutional Milestones for 2017

  • New Chancellor, January 3, 2017
  • Advancement of a bold and ambitious Value Proposition, Commitment to 5 Core Principles/Pahuhopu, Campus-wide participation in our Comprehensive Institutional Strategic Action Planning Process.
  • Generating and Presenting the Financial History of UHWO FY 2013 – 2017
  • Building and Strengthening a “Teamwork” mind frame.
  • Academic program advancement:
  • Began the important work of reviewing and refining our organizational structures, institutional policies and procedures.
  • Revision work of our Campus LRDP
  • Completion of the PV Array
  • RE-framing the work of Student Success and Enrollment Management
  • Establishing and Strengthening Signature Initiatives:
Images courtesy of Brian Miyamoto and UHWO Staff