Yoshitsugu named UH Hilo’s Admin Affairs Employee of Quarter

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Date: Friday, April 7, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilohas named Albert Yoshitsugu Administrative Affairs Employee of the Quarter.

Yoshitsugu will have 30 years service at UH Hilo in July. He started as a janitor in 1976 and was promoted to his current post, working supervisor, in 1987. He and his crew work on the main campus, cleaning the Performing Arts Center and Old Gym area, as well as administration offices and vocational shops.
Yoshitsugu said he was “pretty surprised” upon learning he had been honored. His nominator said that Yoshitsugu “symbolizes what public service is all about.”

“Simply put, Albert leads by setting a good example,” the nominator wrote. “He shows up for work early, is very pleasant to all his co-workers. Albert always goes above and beyond for his customers, getting them anything they need or request, working around their schedules and deadlines. When his cleaning duties are complete, Albert always makes the extra effort to pick up rubbish and cigarette butts around the buildings and parking lots, making sure the campus looks as good as possible.”

“I enjoy my job,” said Yoshitsugu, who prefers to speak with his actions instead of words. Asked what he enjoys most, he said, “The people I work with, the University surroundings.”

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