Message from the Dean – Spring 2017

Aloha, Friends and Alumni of the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature,

As we welcomed 2017 and the fresh start of another year, I took some time to reflect on the college’s role within both the university and larger community. Adding to my reason to ponder how the college enhances both academic and daily life is the fact that 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature.

I’m so pleased that the Hawaiʻi State Legislature has recognized the college’s milestone. I send my heartfelt thanks to State Representative Scott Y. Nishimoto and State Senator Brian Taniguchi for sponsoring a legislative proclamation for this important anniversary, and to State Representative Justin Woodson for presenting it to me and Associate Dean Kimi Kondo-Brown. The proclamation wording is in College News and beautifully captures the essence of the college.

Our reputation as a stellar academic entity as well as an excellent community resource had existed long before our formal establishment in 1982. LLL disciplines and curricula have played an important role on this campus for over a century. Additionally, as one of the four colleges of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences (the largest single academic unit on the Mānoa campus and in the UH System), Languages, Linguistics & Literature plays an integral role in teaching subject matters that are key to an engaged liberal arts education. Simply stated, LLL enhances the educational experience of all undergraduates on campus.

I’m grateful to all the individuals—faculty, staff, students, and many others—who have helped make the college unique among other institutions of higher learning. We are proud of our many areas of expertise and of faculty, who come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, who live what they teach.

On behalf of the entire college, I thank you for being a part of the college’s history and helping us acknowledge our 35th anniversary. I wish you a wonderful 2017.

Me ke aloha pumehana,
Laura E. Lyons

You can view this letter and the Spring 2017 LLL News here.