UH Hilo end of year award winners

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Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

University of Hawaii at Hilo faculty, staff and a student were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions. Honored during the University’s End of the Year Celebration and Recognition gathering on May 11, 2006 were
Dr. Marilyn Brown, Dean Miyose, Gail Makuakane-Lundin, and Amber Lehua Botz.

Brown, an assistant professor of sociology, received the Excellence in Service Award, which recognizes a University tenure-track faculty or BOR-classified professional staff member for their service to the University, community, State or nation.

UH Hilo Women’s Center Director Candace Rosovsky nominated Brown for her work the past two years placing Sociology student interns at the Center to work on issues of violence against women. The placements have resulted in more campus programming in the fall during Sexual Assault Awareness Week through “Take Back the Night” activities, educational events and the visually graphic clothesline project. At the same time, Brown has served the University through her active participation in the UH Hilo Congress, the General Education
Subcommittee, and the Congress Executive Committee.

Miyose, a groundskeeping supervisor, was awarded the Excellence in Building and Ground Maintenance Award, which honors a building or ground maintenance employee who has made significant contributions to UH Hilo.

Auxilliary Services Officer Kolin Kettleson said in nominating Miyose that he has sustained a superior performance in maintaining the University’s campus landscape for nearly 20 years. “Simply put, Dean’s involvement has made the crews better, his management team better, the University better, and most importantly, our Hilo community better,” Kettleson said.

Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center Director Gail Makuakane-Lundin received the Distinguished Service Award for Improving Student Life. The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to student life beyond the boundaries of their official responsibilities.

In addition to Kipuka, Makuakane-Lundin has served as coordinator of the Hawaiian Leadership Development Program (HLDP) and worked with Na Pua Noe`au, the Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children and the John A. Burns School of Medicine to develop the Health and Community Opportunity Program (HCOP), which provides opportunities for Native Hawaiian college students to enter the health field.

Botz, who received her BA in sociology at the Spring 2006 commencement, was named Student Employee of the Year. She received a plaque, certificate of appreciation and a $2,000 scholarship, which she will use when she enters the UH Hilo Teacher Education Program in the fall.

A Student and Employer Relations Assistant at the Career Center, Botz has performed a variety of duties during her employment of nearly three years.

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