The purpose of an association is to foster a spirit of loyalty and to promote the general welfare of the organization. Alumni associations across the nation exist to support the parent organization's goals and to strengthen the ties between alumni, the community, and the parent organization.
To this end, in 1980 in a tremendous show of pride, a group of alumni established the College of Education Alumni Association (COEAA) with an explicit desire to support the efforts of the College of Education (COE). Today, the COEAA continues this commitment of support by raising funds to further embellish the COEAA Endowed Scholarship Fund, helping to improve relations between the COE and the communities in which it operates, supporting its efforts at the legislature, and promoting professional development of Association members. The COEAA also continues to sustain a partnership with the University of Hawaii Alumni Association (UHAA), its parent organization, in fostering a spirit of fraternalism and loyalty among its broader alumni base.
Alumni relations are an important part of an institution's advancement activities for many reasons. Alumni are an institution's most loyal supporters. They take their knowledge of the institution to their hometowns and countries and into their professional and social networks.
Consequently, the COEAA continues its commitment to the COE and the communities in which it operates. Currently, with the support and leadership of Dr. Nathan Murata, Dean of the COE, plans are underway to "reach out" to alumni on the neighbor islands. One of our goals is to ensure that the COEAA is a statewide ohana, inclusive of alumni on the neighbor islands.
The COEAA supports the COE's endeavors and works closely with two student organizations--College of Education Student Association and College of Education Doctoral Student Association. With respect to the education community, the COEAA continues to participate in Hawaii Department of Education's events like the science fairs and speech festivals as judges and to provide assistance at various state educational conferences.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as COEAA Publicity Chair for the past three years and Vice President for the past two years. Recently, I was elected as President for the next two years. In this role, I look forward to working with the other COEAA officers, directors, and members to achieve the organization's goals. We will work collaboratively with the COE and its community and will strive to develop a stronger relationship and partnership with other UHAA chapters.
We would like to extend an invitation to all alumni of the COE to join us. May I encourage you to work with us on our journey to achieve the COEAA's goals and to strengthen the ties among alumni, the COE, the education community, and UHAA. Together, as a team, we can make a difference!
Mahalo nui loa,
Helen Hasegawa, Ph.D.
Ways to Join
- Activate your FREE UHAA Online Ohana account – you will need to enter your name and 10-digit alumni ID number. Don’t have your ID? Contact the Alumni Relations Office at info@UHalumni.org.
- Sign up for or renew your paid membership to receive discounts, event invitations and special pricing, and more. Visit the UHAA website to see a complete list of benefits. See what you’re missing!
To catch up on some of our recent activity, visit our photo album on the College of Education Facebook page.