In 2012 Rose and Raymond Tseng made a $100,000 gift to establish the Rose and Raymond Tseng Distinguished Lecture Series at UH Hilo. This endowment helps fund visits from leaders in a range of sectors, to UH Hilo. While in Hawai‘i, they deliver presentations on topics including international women's leadership, science and culture, indigenous culture and languages. These presentations help bring a global perspective on a range of issues to faculty, students and the community.
In recognition of their generosity, the formerly known Ho`oulu Terrace at UH Hilo was re-named the Rose and Raymond Tseng Terrace at a special dedication on March 13th. More than 80 friends in the community and UH Hilo faculty members were present to celebrate the re-named space with Chancellor Emerita Rose Tseng in attendance.
Tseng was accompanied by her grandson Matteo Sabantine, and friends Walter and Winnie Woo who flew in from California to join in on the celebration.
During Tseng’s remarks, she told the audience that amongst her many professional positions held during her career, she considered her time as Chancellor at UH Hilo as her most rewarding.
UH Hilo Chancellor Marcia Sakai said, “It is very gratifying to see the Tseng family legacy of nurturing critical thinking and enriching our community live on through this lecture series and be recognized through this symbolic naming.” Sakai continued, “As chancellor, Rose accomplished great things including securing critical research funding, and bridging science with culture. She was also at the helm when UH Hilo launched a range of masters and doctoral degrees, and oversaw the physical campus transformation and growth.”
UH Hilo will welcome the inaugural Rose and Raymond Tseng Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Jennifer Doudna to campus in the fall. Dr. Doudna is a biochemist and Hilo native, who has gained national recognition for her work in genetics, specifically for the design of the genetics-editing tool CRISPR.View Photos
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