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Miyose UH Hilo Admin Affairs employee of quarter

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Date: Thursday, July 14, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Groundskeeper working supervisor Dean Miyose has been named the Administrative Affairs Employee of the Quarter at the University of Hawaii at Hilo . Miyose has been employed at UH Hilo for nearly 18 years.

“It was an honor to be recognized,” Miyose said about his selection. “I think the whole crew should have been recognized. They do most of the actual work.”

“Dean increased productivity by reorganizing work areas, holding crew meetings, and splitting up a large crew into smaller units according to various projects,” wrote the anonymous UH Hilo employee who nominated Miyose for the award. “Dean also leads by example. You often see him working side-by-side with the other groundskeepers, and yet he still is able to check assigned special projects, and groundskeepers working in other areas.

“The past two months have included office relocation, graduation and the clearing out of entire buildings for construction, and it was a total group effort from everyone. But the groundskeeper working supervisor is a key and pivotal position, and Dean did an absolutely fabulous job and still kept the campus grounds well groomed. I'm confident Dean will do the same great work at the end of summer when the construction is done and the classrooms and labs need to be reset.”

Miyose began his career at UH Hilo in August 1987 as an emergency hire janitor. A month later he was hired for a limited term appointment as a janitor. He was hired as a regular janitor in June 1988. He was promoted to janitor working supervisor in April 1998; in April 2003, he assumed a groundskeeper position. In of this year he was promoted to his current post as working supervisor.

Miyose says he enjoys his job, although he concedes that he and his crew have been operating under adverse conditions.

“I guess all departments are short-handed and lack resources,” he said. “The expansion of the campus makes it more challenging with the number of people that we’ve got. You just have to do the best that you can with what you’ve got. We try hard to please the public with the appearance of the grounds.”

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