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  • Top Hawaii Business Execs Tapped to Find New UH Athletics Director

    · By Nathan Eagle

    University of Hawaii Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman has announced the formation of an eight-person search advisory committee to find a new athletic director, who will be tasked with turning around a department that’s expected to end this year $3.5 million in the hole.

    Current Athletic Director Ben Jay said last month that he plans to resign for “personal and professional reasons.”

    Top Hawaii business executives and doctors will steer the committee along with UH faculty members. Warren Haruki, president and CEO of Grove Farm Co. and chairman and CEO of Maui Land and Pineapple Co.,

  • Audit Faults University of Hawaii’s Use of Certain Funding Sources

    · By Nathan Eagle

    The state auditor’s office, led by Jan Yamane, has found that 17 of 65 funding sources for the University of Hawaii have at least one thing wrong with them and some should be repealed altogether because they no longer serve their original purpose.

    The auditor’s 74-page report, released Tuesday, offers a look at UH’s special, revolving and trust funds and trust accounts. Together, the funds collected more than $641 million last year and spent or transferred almost $637 million. The report shows an ending balance of almost $267 million as of June 30.

    The audit raises questions about the

  • University of Hawaii Makes Its Case for More State Support

    · By Nathan Eagle

    University of Hawaii officials want state taxpayers to help the 10-campus system pay its electric bills and unfunded federal mandates like the gender-equity dictates of Title IX that they project will cost more than $70 million over the next two years.

    UH President David Lassner, Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore, interim Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman and other officials presented their biennium budget request — $74 million in additional funding on the operating side, $400 million in capital improvements — to the House Higher Education Committee during an all-day informational briefing

  • The Projector: Pre-holiday Food Bank, UH Football and Where Rail Meets Highway

    · By Cory Lum

    Food Bank Finds Kekoa Eter, 2, clutches boxes of cereal after his mother stopped off at the Kaumakapili Church food bank on Wednesday. Scores of people arrived at 6 a.m. to await donated canned goods and cereal from various churches and nonprofit groups on the day before Thanksgiving.

    Helping Hands Volunteer Alfredo Garcia, right, assists a food recipient by carrying a large bag of canned goods upstairs at the Kaumakapili Church food bank.

    By the Bagful Volunteer Kim Thai of Honolulu works with bags

  • Meet the University of Hawaii’s Newest Lobbyists

    · By Nick Grube

    The University of Hawaii has enlisted a familiar face to lobby for federal research dollars in Washington, D.C., under a new contract signed last month.

    Jennifer Sabas, the former chief of staff for the late U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye, will be part of a two-person lobbying team from The National Group that will try to secure funds in fields such as astronomy, ocean sciences and food sustainability.

    The $189,000 annual contract also calls for the lobbyists to push for policies that will increase affordability at the university, in particular for immigrants, veterans

  • Former Judge Among New Picks for UH Board of Regents

    · By Alia Wong

    Gov. Neil Abercrombie has selected his candidates for the four University of Hawaii Board of Regents seats that were vacated because of a new law requiring regents to publicize their financial disclosure statements.

    They are Simeon Acoba, a former Hawaii Supreme Court associate justice who would represent Oahu; Dileep Bal, a Department of Health officer on Kauai; Peter Hoffman, a former Hawaii County councilman; and Helen Nielsen, a field representative for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz who lives on Maui. (Their bios are included below.)

    Abercrombie made his selections from a list of 14 candidates provided

  • National Campaign to End Campus Assaults Doesn’t Involve Hawaii Students

    · By Alia Wong

    The White House unveiled a new public-service campaign today that aims to combat sexual violence on college campuses through a network of student leaders, advocacy groups and corporations tasked with shifting the way people think about such assaults.

    The “It’s On Us” campaign wants everyone to see that it’s his or her responsibility to prevent sexual assault.

    “The campaign reflects the belief that sexual assault isn’t just an issue involving a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but one in which the rest of us also have a role to play,”

  • Candidates for Vacant UH Board of Regents Seats Announced

    · By Alia Wong

    The council in charge of nominating candidates for the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents today announced the finalists for the four seats that were vacated because of a new law requiring members to submit public financial disclosure statements.

    Specifically, the law requires that members of the Board of Regents and another 14 boards and commissions publicize their financial interests. Earlier this summer, the measure prompted the resignations of at least 16 members, including four regents: Carl Carlson (Hawaii County), John Dean (Honolulu), Saedene Ota (Maui) and Tom Shigemoto (Kauai).

    The board is made

  • UH Launching Center to Help Commercialize Research

    · By Alia Wong

    A great idea rarely achieves its full potential if it fails to make it into the marketplace.

    That’s the premise behind a new center at the University of Hawaii — the XLR8UH Proof of Concept Center — that aims to connect researchers and startup entrepreneurs with investors, “providing a launch pad for commercialization.”

    Vassilis Syrmos, UH vice president for research and innovation, says the absence of such a center often results in a “valley of death” — “the vast chasm that often prevents a great idea from reaching commercial viability.”

    The University of Hawaii’s

  • Gov. Abercrombie Releases $39M for UH Facilities Upgrades

    · By Alia Wong

    With fall semester classes starting up today, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced the release of $39 million to the University of Hawaii for capital improvement projects at various campuses statewide.

    The projects include repairs, maintenance and upgrades “to ensure functional academic environments and accessible, affordable higher education opportunities for the people of Hawaii,” Abercrombie said in a statement.

    A laboratory sink area at Snyder Hall, UH Manoa, on July 9, 2014.

    PF Bentley/Civil Beat

    Here are details on the projects, taken from a press release:

    $29,000,000 – Systemwide Health,

  • Money 101: The State of Fiscal Affairs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

    · By Alia Wong

    Lately the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s finances have garnered a lot of attention as faculty members, students and the public speculate about the firing of Chancellor Tom Apple and its connection with his directive to freeze all hiring in an effort to stop the budget bleeding.

    Talk about the budget has gotten especially heated as Apple supporters and others scrutinize the university’s Cancer Center, a research unit administratively attached to UH Manoa that’s been criticized for its divisive leadership and alleged over-reliance on students’ tuition money.

    In a recent

  • UH Closes All Campuses in Anticipation of Storm

    · By Alia Wong

    The University of Hawaii announced today that it’s closing all campuses on Oahu and Kauai tomorrow in anticipation of the severe weather expected to accompany Hurricane Iselle.

    The campuses include UH Manoa, UH West Oahu and the five community colleges on the two islands.

    UH yesterday announced the closures of all Big Island campuses all day today and tomorrow and all Maui campuses today starting at noon and all day tomorrow.

    A NOAA graphic demonstrating how Hurricane Iselle was expected to advance across the Hawaiian islands as of 12 p.m. Thursday.