December 14, 2009
As 2009 comes to an end, I want to take some time to express my gratitude and thanks to you for your hard work, dedication and perseverance throughout the year. I hope you will enjoy a well-deserved holiday break with family and friends, celebrating the joys of the season and returning refreshed and reinvigorated for 2010.
Thank you for the warm welcome I have received everywhere I’ve gone. I enjoyed visiting all of our 10 campuses. Because of the dedication of our outstanding faculty and staff, our graduating students are well-prepared to make significant contributions wherever they may go. Those students who are continuing their studies with us will receive an education that will serve them well into the future.
Over the last few months, I also met with many community groups, business leaders and government officials. I can assure you that the University of Hawaii has a legion of supporters behind us who would like to do everything they can to help us succeed in our mission of serving the people of Hawaii by providing a quality education, new knowledge and many opportunities for all of Hawaii.
During the fall semester, we have faced—and survived—a number of challenges, some of which will continue into 2010. I am confident that we can meet those challenges, and together, we can find solutions. We will succeed, and we will thrive.
In the spirit of the holidays, I hope that you will join me in reflecting on what is truly important—the love of family and friends, good health, peace, hope and happiness. Best wishes to all of you for a happy holiday season, and I look forward to working with you in the new year.