College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature
Dean Laura E. Lyons sends her sincerest thanks to State Representative Scott Y. Nishimoto and State Senator Brian Taniguchi for sponsoring the legislative proclamation recognizing the 35th anniversary of the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature. Dean Lyons also thanks State Representative Justin Woodson for presenting it to her and Associate Dean Kimi Kondo-Brown.
The proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, the people of Hawaiʻi believe that language is one of many aspects that make up our unique cultural identity and that the quality of education is strengthened by the COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS & LITERATURE of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, which provides wide-ranging offerings in English, foreign and heritage languages and literatures, second language studies, and linguistics; and
WHEREAS, since its establishment in 1982, the COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS & LITERATURE has provided a center for teaching and learning the world’s languages and literatures, performing outstanding scholarly research, and contributing to the creation of a rich literary arts community for the people of Hawaiʻi, the Pacific, and across the world; and
WHEREAS, the COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS & LITERATURE has helped to preserve cultural and linguistic resources through research and activities related to the documentation, preservation, and revitalization of endangered languages; and
WHEREAS, the COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS & LITERATURE has continued to provide community resources to the people of Hawaiʻi including bi-literacy efforts with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education, public and private partnerships to improve language-learning and cultural understanding, and by hosting workshops and conferences that attract international scholars to Hawaiʻi ; and
WHEREAS, the COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS & LITERATURE has earned a stellar reputation among institutions of higher learning for its unique curriculum focused on Asia and the Pacific; and
WHEREAS, the COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS & LITERATURE will celebrate its 35th Anniversary and continue to be an institution for teaching critical language skills, serving both as a center for academic research and as a place to welcome people as diverse as the languages that are taught; now, therefore,
The Legislature of the State of Hawaiʻi hereby recognizes and honors the COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES, LINGUISTICS & LITERATURE, including the faculty, staff, students, and alumni, on the momentous occasion of its 35th Anniversary, and expresses to the College its deep appreciation for the many years of academic leadership, research, and dedication to teaching world languages and literatures to the people of Hawaiʻi.