On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) hosted a Back to School event. Eight state representatives; Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman; Vice Chancellor Reed Dasenbrock; and community members joined COE Dean Don Young, faculty, staff, and students in a celebration of the college’s national accreditation.

COE Faculty Senate Chair Tara O’Neill, who organized the event, explained that, in addition to recognizing the tremendous successes of the college, the event was designed to reconnect with community partners and build relationships with members of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.

The program began with a ‘school bus’ pickup at the State Capital. Senator Brian Taniguchi and Representatives Tom Brower, Isaac Choy, Takashi Ohno, Mark Nakashima, Kaniela Ing, Matt LoPresti, and Calvin Say participated in a community impact tour along the way to the COE. The tour highlighted some of the many programs, partnerships, and affiliations the COE has throughout the community.

Following a walking tour of the COE campus, led by the dean and student docents, the vice chancellor spoke about the college’s seven-year accreditation renewal. Shannon Hillman, co-chair of the COE Doctoral Student Association, provided closing remarks before an interactive poster presentation of COE academic and research units.

“I am thankful for everyone’s participation and the wonderful community turnout,” O’Neill said. “We were able to showcase the extraordinary work being accomplished at the COE and open pathways to friendships and partnerships that will benefit education across the state.”

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