May 14, 2007
Kumu Victoria Kaiulani Visiko (above right), who teaches Hawaiian Dance and Culture, leads her students in the final performance of the semester on April 27 in the newly opened Munnerlyn Atrium in Goergen Hall. The dance ensemble was accompanied by the traditional sounds of Hawaiian slack key guitar played by Visiko’s husband, Wayne Knox, director of the Institute of Optics. Live music and dance performances will be part of a regular Friday afternoon series in the fall. (Read photos.)
The new Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics will be officially dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 17. The building is the new home of both the Institute of Optics and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), bringing together two of the University’s most successful academic programs and opening the possibilities for breakthrough research. (See photos.)
Bus service covering University campuses will switch to a private company and offer flexibility in schedules and customized vehicles for the University community beginning September 1.
A leader in higher education, a successful entrepreneur, and a Nobel Prize-winning economist will receive honorary degrees at the University’s 157th commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 20.
Four faculty members will be honored with teaching awards during Commencement ceremonies.
Jason Buitrago ’07, president of the Senior Class Council, will give the University’s first student address during the College Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. A math major from New York City, Buitrago plans to work in higher education after graduation. He recently shared his thoughts about the four years past and his expectations for the Class of 2007.
Four high school teachers from across the country were chosen to receive the Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching, a new award at the University that recognizes influential high school teachers.
A roundup of news and announcements.
More than $110,000 has been raised for the Jeremy L. Glick Memorial Scholarship, and the first two students to benefit from the fund were announced recently at the Fraternity and Sorority Community Reception.
A national search for a new chair of medicine at the School of Medicine and Dentistry has led to the selection of Mark Taubman, the school’s current chief of cardiology. The appointment is expected to be approved at the next meeting of the University Board of Trustees.
The University is proud to congratulate those faculty and students who have earned national recognition and teaching awards during the past academic year.