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From left to right:
Diane Peters-Nguyen (Chaminade Institutional Advancement vice president);
Vaughn Vasconcellos (Chaminade regent);
Kathleen “Kitty” Wo (Chaminade regent chair);
Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM (Chaminade president);
Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye;
Jennifer Goto Sabas;
Dr. Larry Tseu (Chaminade regent);

and Stephanie Genz (Chaminade School of Nursing  dean)

Chaminade University honored the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye on February 24 for his tremendous impact on the university by naming its School of Nursing skills laboratory (Henry Hall 113) the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Nursing Skills Laboratory.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to recognize Senator Inouye’s contributions and honor the legacy of Hawaii’s greatest statesman. The federal programs Senator Inouye sponsored have had a transformational effect on our university,” said Chaminade Chair of the Board of Regents, Kathleen “Kitty” Wo. “Primarily through the Title III program as a Native Hawaiian serving institution, federal funding to Chaminade has totaled $25 million over the past five years.  The Senator’s office also worked with us for our nursing school to secure a $1.2 million capital grant from the US Dept of Commerce Economic Development Administration,” Wo added.

Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, Chaminade University president, shared that Chaminade chose to name the Henry Hall laboratory, the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Nursing Skills Laboratory because, according to the Senator, this was the very room that he had taken his medical exam in which the military deemed him fit for duty. During World War II, this campus, like many others across the island, was temporarily taken over by the military, and Henry Hall was specifically used as a hospital, Ploeger explained. “We are profoundly grateful to Senator Inouye for his service to our nation, our state and for the impact his work has had in our communities,” Ploeger said.

The Senator’s widow, Mrs. Irene Inouye, graciously received the words of gratitude expressed by members of the university community for her husband’s contribution to Chaminade and thanked them for remembering him with this honor.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###

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From left to right:
Diane Peters-Nguyen (Chaminade Institutional Advancement vice president);
Vaughn Vasconcellos (Chaminade regent);
Kathleen “Kitty” Wo (Chaminade regent chair);
Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye;

Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM (Chaminade president);
and Jennifer Goto Sabas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      HONOLULU—February 25, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Kapono Ryan  Kryan@chaminade.edu    Office (808) 735-4797

FACT SHEET
LOCATION:
Henry Hall Room # 113; School of Nursing at Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

NEW NAME:
Senator Daniel K. Inouye Nursing Skills Laboratory

PLAQUE INSCRIPTION:
In grateful appreciation for his service to the people of Hawai`i and to Chaminade University, and in commemoration of his campus visit in 2010, this room is dedicated to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this room in 1943, Senator Inouye received his physical fitness examination after enlisting in the U.S. Army. As a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, among the most highly decorated military units in our country’s history, he fought bravely and received the Medal of Honor. Senator Inouye served on Chaminade University’s Board of Governors, and through the federal programs he supported, helped transform this campus.

CONTRIBUTIONS OF US SEN. DANIEL K. INOUYE TO CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY
I.    Federal Funding through programs sponsored by Senator Inouye has helped transform Chaminade
a.    US DOE Title III Funding for Chaminade as a Native Hawaiian institution
b.    Title III with other federal funding totaled $25M over the last five years
c.    Funding allowed for major campus building renovations and technology improvements
d.    Helped nursing school to secure a $1.2 million capital grant from the US Dept of Commerce Economic Development Administration
II.   Senator Inouye served as a member of the Chaminade Board of Governors (BOG)
a.    Dates of service: Apr. 2003-Sept. 2008
b.    BOG is our senior advisory board
III.   Homeland Security Program
a.    At Senator Inouye’s urging Chaminade initiated a Masters of Criminal Justice Administration with an emphasis in Homeland Security
b.    Program is offered in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate Institute