A full day of activities took place at the annual affair, including breakout sessions covering topical issues and five staff members receiving special recognition.
Five staff members have received special recognition at an annual event held earlier this month by the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.
The STAR Awards recognize outstanding staff who render exceptional service to students, faculty, staff, and others in the UH Hilo community, and who are contributing to the DSA mission to support student success. Nominations are made by peers to honor those who are exceptionally reliable, inspirational, energetic, and full of ideas.
“The honorees are representative of the dedicated and hardworking staff in the Division of Student Affairs and are well deserving of the recognition,” says Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, interim vice chancellor for student affairs.
Winners of this year’s STAR Awards:
- Leadership Award: Leonard Woods, Director, TRIO Student Success Programs
- Positivity Award: Susan Shirachi, Director, University Disabilities Service
- Work Smarter Award: Malia Callo, Records Specialist and Supervisor
GO-TO Award winners:
- Ho‘oleina Ioane, Residence Manager, Living-Learning Communities
- Keani Santa-Isabel, Records Specialist
Division of Student Affairs Institute
The awards event was held at the Division of Student Affairs Institute, a day-long annual event with “good information, good people, and good food,” according to the invitation to DSA staff.
Keynoting the event was Marina Piscolish from the organization MAPping Change. Piscolish led the group through a timely presentation entitled, “When Controversy Comes to Campus.” The day ended with honoring the winners of this year’s DSA STAR Awards.
The event was paperless this year and took place in the auditorium at Haleʻōlelo, the beautiful new home of UH Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language.
The day began with welcome activities, followed by breakout sessions. Topics included Title IX compliance, conflict resolution, problem solving, and the role of a university during controversy on campus.
The group enjoyed an ice cream social during the award presentations.
About the writer of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.