PUHI — Stu Burley liked the flying egret.
“It represents how people fly into Kaua‘i and come together with people, here,” Burley, a avid supporter of the technology programs on Kaua‘i, said.
The egret is part of “The Gathering Place,” a painting by Kyungsoo Lee which was dedicated Tuesday along with the new KCC Bookstore, both events celebrating the KCC One Stop Center.
The painting by Lee, an internationally acclaimed artist and lecturer at KCC, ties together the first and second phases of the KCC One Stop Center, said Dr. Helen Cox, chancellor for KCC.
“The painting is a brilliant metaphor of the purpose of KCC as the place where students, members of the Kaua‘i community and visitors can gather to learn and grow together,” Cox said.
“The Gathering Place” depicts a flock of delicate egrets gathering under a wide canopy of “Kaua‘i’s signature Red Flower Tree,” and is described by Lee as her “Kaua‘i painting.”
Cox said with the opening of the KCC Bookstore, the second phase of the KCC One Stop Center offers service to the students and the Office of Continuing Education and Training allows the community to be able to reach our own dreams.
“We are thrilled that the new building will make campus access and services even more accessible for our community and corporate clients,” said Dr. Bruce Getzan, the new director of the KCC OCET.
The KCC Bookstore and the OCET offices and training rooms are housed in the KCC One Stop Center, Phase II which started construction on the heels of the dedication of Phase I, home of the KCC Business Office and administrative offices.
“The KCC Bookstore, operating under the University of Hawai‘i Bookstore, will be able to provide enhanced services to students as well as the numerous visitors to KCC,” said Noel Mock, the bookstore manager. “It has a contemporary design aimed at supporting all the needs of the modern college student and campus community.”
In addition to textbooks, the store offers a variety of University of Hawai‘i logowear and its own unique KCC logowear. Mock said the store also offers the latest computers and technological gadgets and features a technology hub and lounge area for students.
Lee has devoted more than 20 years to teaching in Korea, California, and at KCC and has works in permanent collections of museums, corporations, and international collectors, including National Museums of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, California, and in Sorbonne and Bordeaux, France.
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