The accomplishments and contributions of five honorees were celebrated at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 12th Annual Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards Banquet held Feb. 24. The event was sponsored by UH Hilo Alumni and Friends Association.
The 2012 Distinguished Alumni recipients are Gary Hara, Brigadier General, Hawaiʻi National Guard; Dennis O’Brien, Principal, E.B. de Silva Elementary School; Gladys Sonomura, community volunteer; and Ross Wilson, Principal, Current Events. Distinguished Service honorees are Miyoko Sugano, UH Hilo Professor Emeritus, and Jimmy Yagi, basketball coach.
The event also featured a silent auction to raise scholarship funds.
I am pleased to announce that Stephanie Nagata will continue her leadership of the Office of Mauna Kea Management. Her appointment as director of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) was signed by President Greenwood.
Stephanie began working for OMKM in 2001 as its associate director and has served as interim director since 2008. During this time, significant and critical progress has been made on a number of issues regarding the Mauna Kea Science Reserve, development of the Comprehensive Management Plan and its four subplans, and development of the Major Projects Review Process.
Ms. Nagata has the extensive administrative experience to meet the challenges ahead and I look forward to working with her.
Nominations are now being accepted for the following UH Hilo faculty and staff awards:
KOICHI AND TANIYO TANIGUCHI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION:
Recognizes creativity in teaching, scholarship, and artistic production at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Any full-time UH Hilo faculty or staff member is eligible. Teams consisting of two or more faculty or staff may also be nominated. (Students may be part of teams led by faculty or staff).
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FOR IMPROVING STUDENT LIFE:
Presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to student life beyond the boundaries of their official responsibilities.
EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING AND GROUND MAINTENANCE AWARD:
Presented to a building or ground maintenance employee who has made significant contributions to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.
EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD:
Presented to a faculty or professional staff member who provides service related professional skills to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and their community.
PŪLAMA ‘IKE AWARD:
Presented to an individual who has made a significant contributions to developing and promoting the mission and spirit of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.
New faculty and staff were recognized at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2012 Spring Gathering; the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management held a farmers market stocked with produce, products and plants from UH Hilo’s Agriculture Farm Lab.
New faculty and staff were introduced at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2012 Spring Gathering event on January 26 at the Campus Center Plaza. Celebrating a “local first” theme, the crowd enjoyed a buffet menu of local fruit and vegetable dishes, pulled pork, a sweet potato dessert, coffee and fruit juices.
Adding to the theme, the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management held a farmers market stocked with produce, products and plants from UH Hilo’s Agriculture Farm Lab.
Chancellor Straney gave a presentation with updates on UH Hilo’s new Stategic Plan, spring enrollment numbers, legislative updates and other news (transcript to be published shortly).
The following new faculty and staff attended the event:
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s annual Chancellor’s Mahalo Celebration will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Campus Center Plaza.
Festivities will feature locally grown and produced foods. Faculty and staff also will have an opportunity to demonstrate their culinary talents through a Holiday Dessert Contest. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: