Sunday, January 30, 2011

Visits Akamai University Pohakuwaena Research Station

On Thursday, 20 January 2011, the IDEAL accrediting team paid an on-site visit to tour the Pohakuwaena Research Station operated by Prof. James Ferrell, of the Akamai University. Visiting the Research Station were Dr. Nelson Binag, IDEAL Accrediting Team Chairman; Dr. Serafin Ngohayon, Accrediting Team Vice Chairman; Dr. Ben Lee, CEO and President, EDS Business School; Dr. Anthony Maranto, Akamai Vice President; and Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, Akamai President.


From left to right: Dr Douglass Capogrossi, Akamai President; Dr. Serafin Ngohayon, Accrediting Team Vice Chairman; Dr Ben Lee, EDS President; Prof. Jim Farrell and Dr. Nelson Binag, IDEAL Accrediting Team Chairman

Prof. Ferrell conducted a brief orientation in one of the research station’s major greenhouses, demonstrating the method of growing vegetables by the hydroponic method using specially designed water tables to hold mineral nutrient solutions, growing healthy plants in water solution, without the need for soil. The Station also has experimental growths of special timber woods known for their beauty as furniture wood.






The Station also has experimental growths of special timber woods known for their beauty as furniture wood.



The Research Station is housed on more than a hectare of well maintained land, including more than an acre of mature coffee plants, among lemon, tangerine, tangelo, orange, macadamia, star fruit, avocado and other fruit trees and specialty wood trees. The visitors were treated to the juiciest oranges and tangerines, and Prof. Ferrell prepared us all glasses of the sweetest orange juice ever tasted. The Research Station also has additional land in production in nearby locations, including a two acre coffee crop established as an experimental commercial venture, and extensive aquatics ponds near the Islands major geothermal power stations.









Prof. Jim Ferrell, renowned professional horticulturalist and researcher, has conducted projects and visited countless locations worldwide. Profess Ferrell, Director of the Research Center is a longstanding member of the Akamai Board of Director. Plans are underway to provide research opportunities for graduate students to conduct projects at the station in cooperation with Prof. Ferrell and other Akamai researchers and local specialists. Programs included in the research program include hydroponics, greenhouse projects, orchard start-ups, sustainable agriculture, environmental management, and small scale commercial agricultural ventures. Graduate students associated with Akamai University, its affiliated universities and research associates may arrange access to the Pohakuwaena Research Station by making contact with Akamai University international headquarters in Hawaii, USA.

Pror. Ferrell earned his Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resource Education at Oregon State University (1978) and his Bachelor of Science in Plant Science and Horticulture from Utah State University (1975). He pursued post-Master's training and research in Tropical Agriculture from University of Hawaii, and Agricultural Studies from South China Agriculture University, Beijing Agriculture University, Peking University, Eurotechnical Research University, Mauna Loa Research Institute, and Australian Center for Minesite Research. Mr. Ferrell is currently a Teaching Professor with the University of Hawaii Forestry Department and Office of Continuing Education.

Among his many projects, Prof. Ferrell presently serves as a consultant in Tropical Forest Restoration and Resource Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Agronomy, Greenhouse and Nursery Management, Hydroponics, and Re-vegetation and Reclamation. His current areas of research include Chemical, Nutrient, Waste Cycling for Sustainable Reclamation Management, and Techniques for Adaptation of Site Specific Plant Materials. Mr. Ferrell holds National Teacher Certification through the Department of Education and Agricultural Extension Service, Certified Pesticide Application Trainer with USDA, and Certified Organic Farm Inspector with the Hawaii Organic Farmers Association. Mr. Ferrell's prior professional achievements include positions with US Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Department of Public Safety Office of Education, Hawaii Community College and Freeport Mining Company, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.






News by EDS Team @ 30 January 2011.

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Dr. Ben Lee appointed as Vice President of Akamai University


Dr Douglass Capogrossi, President of Akamai University present certificate of appointment as Vice-President for Asia-Pacific Business Programs to Dr Ben Lee. Looking on is Dr Tony Moranto, Vice-President of Akamai University.

The Board of Directors of Akamai University welcomed an important visitor at their Hawaii headquarters from 15 - 22 January 2011. Dr. Ben Lee of the EDS Business School, Penang, Malaysia, was invited to travel to USA to meet with the members of the Akamai University Board of Directors who gathered for the IDEAL on-site accreditation visit.

Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, Akamai President; Dr. Anthony Maranto, Vice President; Dr. Dale McSherry, Board Secretary; Prof. James Ferrell, Board Treasurer; and Dr. Deryl Gulliford, Chairman of the Academic Council all met on 16 January to conduct their First Quarter 2011 Board meeting. The Board was pleased with the presence of Dr. Ben Lee upon the occasion of his unanimous confirmation as Vice President for Asia-Pacific Business Programs.


Akamai University First Quarter 2011 Board Meeting on 16 January 2011 at Hilo, Hawaii. From left to right: Dr. Dale McSherry, Akamai Board Secretary; Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, Akamai President; Dr. Deryl Gulliford, Chairman of the Akamai Academic Council; Prof. James Ferrell, Akamai Board Treasurer; and Dr. Anthony Maranto, Akamai Vice President.

While Dr. Capogrossi appointed Dr. Ben Lee as the Asia-Pacific Vice President during November of 2010, this gathering was the first opportunity for the Akamai Board to meet and confirm the appointment. Dr. Capogrossi was very pleased to have his "long time friend", Dr. Ben Lee visit the Akamai headquarters in Hawaii, personally meet the Akamai Board and staff members and explore the many wonderful sites on the Island of Hawaii. Dr. Anthony Maranto, Akamai Vice President, was pleased with meeting the "dynamic Dr. Ben" who was his long time colleague, but had not the privilege of meeting together in person.


In Akamai University's president office. Vice-President Dr Anthony Moranto and President Dr Douglass Capogorssi

Prof. James Ferrell was "honored" to have Dr. Ben visit thePohakuwaena Research Station near Hilo, and was delighted with the ideas and support he felt in communications with Dr. Ben. Dr. Deryl Gulliford, Chairman of Akamai's Academic Council, mentioned his delight with the "strength of Dr. Lee's academic ideas," and "concern for quality in higher education". Dr. Dale McSherry, Akamai Board Secretary was most impressed with Dr. Lee's "delightful sense of humor" and his "ethical character". The Akamai administrative staff were very happy to meet Dr. Ben, with whom they have exchanged communications and conducted administrative tasks for the past few years.


On 20 Jan 2011 visit the Akamai University's Pohakuwaena Research Station. From left to right: Dr Douglass Capogrossi, President of Akamai University; Dr Nelson Binag, President Emeritus of Sultan Kudarat State University; Prof James Ferrell, Akamai Board Member; Dr Serafin Ngohayon, President of Ifugao State University and Dr Ben Lee.

Akamai has extended an open invitation for Dr. Ben Lee to return to Hawaii at his earliest convenience.


News by EDS Team @ 30 January 2011.

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