Individuals honored at UH Hilo awards and recognition celebration

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Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A faculty, staff , student and volunteer were recently recognized with special honors during the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2014 Awards and Recognition Celebration.

The Distinguished Service Award for Improving Student was presented to Dr. Tom DeWitt, director of the Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX).

Emily Tarring, a counselor in the Office of Financial Aid, received the Pulama `Ike Award, which recognizes a significant contribution to developing and promoting the spirit and mission of the University.

The Excellence in Service Award, given to a faculty or professional staff for service-related professional skills to UH Hilo and the community went to Gary Nekoba, an IT specialist in the Office of Technology and Distance Leaning.

The Excellence in Building and Ground Maintenance Award, which recognizes significant contributions to UH Hilo by a building or ground maintenance employee, was awarded to Building Maintenance Supervisor Neal Nagao.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Special Campus Recognition Award was Danny Kosora, a community volunteer contributing his skills in landscaping toward improving the campus grounds.

Keani Santa-Isabel from the Office of the Registrar was honored as Student Employee of the Year.

The event also recognized retirees and employees receiving various years of
service awards.


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