Mānoa: $600,000 giveaway puts UH Business College’s computer lab on the cutting edge

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A blessing was held at the University of Hawaii at Shidler College of Business in Mānoa on August 11 to celebrate the completion of the renovation of the Tom WS Hee undergraduate computer lab into a state-of-the-art facility. The $600,000 lab renovation was funded by the estate of Clifford and Blanche Hee and named for their son Tom Hee, who was an admired college alumnus and accomplished banking professional, computer expert and a community-minded volunteer.

Lab upgrades include a complete refresh and modernization of the space, with sleek new furniture, improved computer systems, soundproofing technology, large digital screens and flexible workspaces designed specifically for collaboration of group. Additional Bloomberg terminals have been added to allow students to conduct high-level financial analysis projects. The renovation was managed by Bowers + Kubota Consulting, who transformed the space to evoke a modern yet functional workspace for current and future students.

“The transformation of this heavily used student space is amazing to see,” said Shidler College of Business Dean Vance Roley. “Students rely on the computer room every day for projects, group work, research and more, and they now have a modern, functional space they can be proud of. We are grateful for the generosity of the Hee family and are honored to be able to commemorate former student Tom Hee in such a meaningful way.

“I am thrilled that Shidler is dedicating this new undergraduate computer lab to current and future students,” said Tony Ching, administrator and brother of Blanche Hee. “Although my nephew Tom Hee has lived with many challenges, he has never let these obstacles define his life. Although Tom and his parents are not here to witness the transformation, I know they are celebrating the advent of shared ideas and technologies to foster learning and improvement in our community.”

“It is heartwarming to see the Hee family’s legacy of giving in honor of their son’s memory extend to the upgrade of a well-used computer lab that will benefit hundreds of Shidler undergraduates. starting with the new school year,” said Tim Dolan, UH vice president of advancement. and CEO of the UH Foundation. “Their generosity, which has already resulted in scholarships for more than a dozen Shidler students, ensures that Tom’s legacy will support even more students in the future.”

Clifford and Blanche Hee established a scholarship in 2002 in honor of their sons Tom and Michael Hee, who sadly predeceased their parents due to complications from hemophilia. The estate then pledged to make a $2 million bequest to the college to support additional scholarships and the upgrading and naming of the undergraduate computer room to further honor leadership and the legacy of Tom Hee.

Tom Hee graduated in 1978 with a degree in accounting and management information systems. During his college career, he co-founded the Management Information Systems Club and received the Excellence in Management Information Systems Award at Business Night. He enjoyed a successful career as Vice President of the Controllers Division of First Hawaiian Bank. Tom Hee has selflessly served the community as president of the Hawaiʻi Jaycees and the Honolulu Marathon Association. He was a strong supporter and volunteer of the Hemophilia Foundation. Tom was also the founder and co-owner of Star Computer.

For more information on how to support the Shidler College of Business, contact Kristi Bates, Executive Director of Development at (808) 956-3597 or email [email protected]

About Shidler College of Business

The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa was established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration and named in 2006 for alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and partner director of the Shidler Group. Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top business schools for international business by US News & World Report. Long recognized for its Asia-Pacific focus, the college offers a wide variety of degree, certificate, and executive programs. The college offers the only graduate program in the state of Hawaii and Vietnam accredited by AACSB International. http://www.shidler.hawaii.edu/

About UH Manoa

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa enrolls approximately 20,000 students pursuing more than 225 different degrees. Hailing from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation, and more than 100 countries, UH Mānoa students thrive in an enriching environment for the global exchange of ideas. For more information, visit manoa.hawaii.edu. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/uhmanoa and Twitter www.twitter.com/UHManoaNews.

About the UH Foundation

The University of Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaii system. The mission of the University of Hawai’i Foundation is to unite the passions of donors with the aspirations of the University of Hawai’i by mobilizing philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH , the people of Hawai’i and our future generations. Visit us at uhfoundation.org

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