University of Hawai’i President and WICHE Commissioner David Lassner hosted a reception to welcome WICHE President Demi Michelau on June 18 in Honolulu. Attendees included Lee Putnam, chair of the university’s Board of Regents; several campus and system leaders, and representatives of the Department of Education. Other participants included Hawai’i’s two other gubernatorially-appointed commissioners, Carol Mon Lee, attorney and retired associate dean of the university’s Richardson School of Law, and Colleen Sathre, vice president emeritus of the university; along with former WICHE Commissioners Roy Ogawa, senior director of the Ogawa, Lau, Nakamura and Jew law firm, and JD Watumull, president of Watumull Properties Corporation.
Michelau also had the pleasure of addressing the graduation ceremony for the doctoral psychology interns at the Hawai‘i Psychology Internship Consortium (HI-PIC) on June 25 in Honolulu. HI-PIC is a partnership between the Hawai‘i state Departments of Public Safety, Education, and Health as well as the WICHE Behavioral Health Program and was created in 2012 to help build the behavioral health workforce in the state. The program has been a success, with over 60 percent of graduates staying and working on the islands as psychologists after internship graduation.