Executive Committee

Minutes of Meeting of Friday, September 16, 2011


1.            Attendance.  The Executive Committee meeting was convened at 10:02 a.m.  Present were Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, Nicole Beattie, Vice Chancellor Jose Bernier, Sue Feltz, Kaleikoa Ka‘eo, Vice Chancellor John McKee, Diane Meyer, Flora Mora, Brian Moto, Allan Pan-Takase, Vice Chancellor Alvin Tagomori, Vice Chancellor David Tamanaha, Ray Tsuchiyama, and Marilyn Umetsu.


2.            Introduction of Director of Marketing and Community Relations and Director of Institutional Advancement.  Nicole Beattie, the new Director of Marketing and Community Relations, and Ray Tsuchiyama, the new Director of Institutional Advancement, were introduced.  Nicole was most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Bamboo Living, and previously worked in marketing positions with Mattel Interactive, CamelBak, and The Developmental Studies Center.  She is a proponent of social media and online marketing.  Nicole is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.A. English, summa cum laude).  Ray was most recently a Senior Consultant with Google, Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, and has served as an advisor in venture capital start-ups and technology business marketing and development in Asia.  Ray was the Director of the Asia Office for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (M.F.A. English), and Western Washington University (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies).


3.            Launch and VOIP Reprise.  Vice Chancellor Jose Bernier reported that the Launch event committee met to evaluate the event, and notes summarizing comments and suggestions have been drafted.  Jose also reported that new Voice Over Internet Protocol phones have been distributed and installed throughout the campus.  A recent workshop provided campus personnel with training on the use and features of the new phones.   A video of the workshop presentation is available on the UHMC website.


4.            Maui Police Department/Maui Fire Department.  Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto reported that Police Chief Gary Yabuta and Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray met with him to discuss the Administration of Justice program and express support for a four-year degree.


5.            Maui Culinary Academy Deficit and Possible Culinary Arts Lab Fee.  Vice Chancellor John McKee reported that the Maui Culinary Academy is running a deficit that will have to be offset by drawing down other UHMC program reserves.  UHMC is considering a lab fee for the culinary program, and UHMC administrators have been meeting with Academy faculty to initiate tighter cost and inventory controls and to review program performance.


6.            Marine Science.  Vice Chancellor John McKee reported that UH Hilo is willing to collaborate with UHMC on UH Hilo’s Marine Science program and UHMC’s Sustainable Science Management program. 


7.            Fall 2011 Enrollment.  Vice Chancellor Alvin Tagomori reported that, as of September 15, Fall 2011 enrollment was 4,531, compared to an enrollment of 4,372 last year.  This represents a 3.6% increase.  However, Fall 2011 total student semester hours is lower than last year.


8.            2011-2012 Budget.  Vice Chancellor David Tamanaha reported that he is reviewing a draft budget adjustment incorporating potentially significant spending cuts, including the freezing of vacant positions, possible termination of the Construction Academy program, and reductions in funds for the Apprenticeship Program, Campus Security, student assistants, computer replacement, overtime, and maintenance support.  The UH Community College System and UHMC are reviewing various strategies to address the anticipated budget shortfall and avoid the expenditure reductions being considered.  Vice President John Morton is considering budget measures that may offer possible relief.


9.            JCI Chiller Installation.  Vice Chancellor Tamanaha reported that UHMC and Johnson Controls Inc. executed a contract on June 30, 2011, for a new chiller system and energy retrofits.  Project kickoff is scheduled for September 28, 2011.  Contract work is anticipated to start in mid-October and take eighteen months to complete.


10.          PV Carport Status.  Vice Chancellor Tamanaha reported that UHMC is negotiating with JCI for the installation of a photovoltaic/carport installation in the main parking lot.  The parties are expected to review a term sheet on September 28.


11.          Palauea Cultural Preserve.  Brian Moto reported that he is working with Office of Hawaiian Affairs staff attorneys as they conduct a due diligence review of legal issues and other related matters pertaining to a possible transfer of ownership of the Palauea Cultural Preserve to OHA.


12.          Strategic Plan and WASC Accreditation Preparation.  Diane Meyer reported that work continues on the Strategic Plan and WASC accreditation preparation.  No immediate deadlines are pending.


13.          New Developments.  The Committee was informed of the following recent developments:

·         The National Science Foundation has approved the ATST Mitigation Grant, which will provide $2 million per year for ten years to provide scholarships, internships, and curricular and support services for Native Hawaiian students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

·         The U.S. Department of Education has approved a five-year Educational Opportunity Center grant totaling more than $ 2.1 million at approximately $ 427,000 per year.

·         The U.S. Department of Energy has approved a $ 298,000 Clean Cities Initiative Award to UHMC and the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Hawai‘i.

·         The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture has approved a $ 1.225 million grant appropriated by the State Legislature for the renovation of the old Pilina kitchen to aid in the development and marketing of Maui agricultural products.

·         Cooperative Education and Job Placement Services staff members are developing an initiative called CareerLink, which will provide career options and opportunities for UHMC students and graduates.


14.          Marketing:  Early Directions.  Nicole Beattie reported that she is reviewing past and current UHMC marketing and public relations efforts and is developing a marketing plan that will use metrics to measure the effectiveness of various media.


15.          Chinese Grant Award.  Chancellor Sakamoto announced that Dr. Liping Liu has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China to study the impact of visitors on small villages along the China-Russia border.


16.          Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned at 11:25 a.m.