Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Honored with New Endowment

On the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 26, a signing ceremony for the newly established "Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Endowment in Honor of Its Faculty and Staff" was held in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections reading room. The endowment was funded by Professor Emeritus Albert J. Schütz (pictured at right), whose relationship with the Library dates back to the time of Janet Bell (the Hawaiian Collection's first curator), Renée Heyum (the Pacific Collection's first curator) and Mary Muraoka (an early staff member), and continues until today. Prof. Schütz is the widely renowned linguist who has authored foundational scholarly texts on the Fijian and Hawaiian languages, as well as popular and well-known trade publications such as Say it in Fijian: An Entertaining Introduction to the Standard Language of Fiji and All About Hawaiian. The librarians and staff of the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections extend their gratitude first and foremost to Prof. Schütz for his generosity and thoughtfulness, and also to the Library's development officer SaraLyn Smith of UH Foundation for her work on their behalf. The signing ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by Interim University Librarian Monica Ghosh and the Library Administration.

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