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.
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 10 UHWO Stories of the Year
- UH West Oʻahu fastest-growing among peers, per Chronicle of Higher Education
- Auliʻi Cravalho to reprise role in Hawaiian Language version of Moana
- University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu awarded $2.7 million GEAR UP partnership grant
- UH West Oʻahu’s Business Division accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
- Sustainable Community Food Systems/Albie Miles
- Cyber Security Success
- UH West Oʻahu welcomes new Chancellor Maenette Benham at Paʻa Ke Kahu
- Hoʻokani Kulanui
- Visits by notable guests
Top 10 UHWO Academic Achievements & Faculty Events of the Year
- Garyn Tsuru named to Pacific Business News’ 40 Under 40
- Joseph Bariyanga places third in age division at Boston Marathon
- Monica LaBriola receives Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
- Chris Conybeare’s Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi screened at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
- UH West O‘ahu’s Business program earns accreditation from ACBSP
- Joyce Chinen retires from UH West O‘ahu after 42 years of service with UH
- Bill Belcher elected as director-at-large for American Board of Forensic Anthropology
- William Puette recognized for 40 years of service with UH
- Albie Miles joins inaugural Food Policy Leadership Institute
- Collaborative UHWO, JABSOM, and UHM Outreach summer Forensics Workshop recognized by WASSA as best non-credit course
Top Gifts/Fundraising events at UHWO of the Year
- Honoring the James & Abigail Campbell Family with the naming of the Library & installation of portraits
- Hosting the 1st annual Scholarship Luncheon
- Creation of and celebrating the Dr. Rockne C. Freitas Scholarship & Endowment
- Funds donated by Mr. Frank Moy and Mrs. Marcia Mau to start the process of archiving CLEAR’s plantation histories projects and productions including digitization of the Rice & Roses Program
- Supporting student achievement with two (2) fulltime scholarships from Dr. Susan & Dr. David Chandler
- Roger Higa funding a UHWO Risk Management endowment in the name of his daughter Destiny to help perpetuate the importance of teaching philanthropy to next generation
- Creation of the UHWO Founders circle, honoring 15 donors/organization who’ve committed over $50,000 in the last five year.
- Association of Government Accountants Hawai’i chapter recognizing UHWO Accounting program graduates.
- Three (3) UHWO faculty in the process of creating $2,000 scholarships.
- Individual giving levels are higher than they have ever been.
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: