State roundup for August 23
UH Foundation raises $66.3M
HONOLULU (AP) — The nonprofit organization that raises money to support Hawaii’s public university system has raised $66.3 million in the fiscal year.
The University of Hawaii Foundation said Thursday the money was raised between July 1, 2012, and June 30 for the system’s 10 campuses statewide.
The foundation says nearly $17 million was raised for student aid and nearly $11 million was raised for faculty and academic support.
For 99 percent of the gifts, donors were able to decide how and where money would be used. Alumni donated nearly $15 million. The bulk of the money— about $30 million— came from “other individuals.” Corporations kicked in nearly $7 million and parents raised about $240,000.
Ex-UH regents chairman quits
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii says former Board of Regents Chairman Eric Martinson has resigned.
The university said through its official Twitter account Wednesday that Martinson resigned for personal reasons. Martinson’s term on the board wasn’t due to expire until next year.
The school says his service is greatly appreciated and he will be greatly missed.
Martinson was board chairman for one year from May 2012.
He was at the helm when lawmakers heavily criticized the board for its oversight of the university’s response to the athletic department’s botched attempt to hold a Stevie Wonder concert.
Students can get flu vaccines
HONOLULU (AP) — Flu vaccines will be available to elementary and middle school students across Hawaii.
The state Department of Health’s “Stop Flu at School” program vaccinates more than 65,000 students statewide each year.
To sign-up for the free vaccinations, parents must return signed consent forms to schools by Sept. 6. Vaccination clinics will be held in October and November.
Health Director Loretta Fuddy says vaccinating children helps protect communities against the flu. She says with cuts to federal funding, public-private partnerships are important to continue the vaccination program.
The health department’s partnerships include school administrators, health care providers, pediatric associations and health insurers.
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