2008 UH Mānoa Awards
Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching
An assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Jane Kadohiro believes an effective educator should “engage students in discovery, dialogue and discourse.” In her 17 years as a faculty member, she has proven herself to be a caring teacher, mentor to her students, respected colleague and valued member of the nursing faculty.
Kadohiro takes on some of the more challenging undergraduate nursing courses, as well as assuming a leadership role on committees and task forces that are essential to undergraduate success. She is highly regarded for her dedication, thoroughness, and commitment to continual improvement and community service.
A professor of political science, Sankaran Krishna believes that a teacher’s effectiveness “depends on how engaged and interested you are in the world around you, and how well you communicate that engagement to your students.”
A faculty member for nearly 20 years, Krishna views his teaching as a challenge to “creatively combine the circumstances and contexts of each semester in a way that energizes and excites both the students and myself about learning.” A student noted, “He opens your mind and challenges your thinking.” Regarded as an outstanding teacher, one colleague remarked that he “brings a tremendous spirit and commitment to everything he does.”
A professor of theatre and dance at UH Mānoa since 1991, Gregg Lizenbery believes his effectiveness as a teacher is partially due to his consistent involvement in the current dance scene, and he strives to maintain a complementary fusion of teaching and professional activity.
A highly regarded dancer, choreographer, artistic director and educator for more than 40 years, Lizenbery sees his role as a “catalyst and guide; one who encourages students to listen, see, think, intuit, analyze and push towards the discovery of themselves and the intricacies of their art form.”
An associate professor of English, Robert Sullivan believes his role as a teacher is to guide his students, and that “each student brings a wealth of experiences, relationships and ideas to the classroom.”
Since he began at UH Mānoa in 2003, Sullivan feels his teaching is greatly helped by the practical experiences he draws on as a widely published author and editor in several genres, including creative non-fiction, poetry and fiction. One colleague noted that he is “an inspired and captivating performer and teacher who has close and charismatic rapport with his classes and audiences.”
A professor in the department of educational psychology, Lois Yamauchi believes that “all students can learn; it is my job to figure out how to engage them so they will be successful.” She strives to be a teacher who has high expectations of all students while remaining sensitive to individual needs.
When asked to reflect on Yamauchi’s influence, a student said, “her ability to tap into each student’s interests, together with her enthusiasm for educating, inspire a sense of empowerment and a passion for learning.”
Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service
Sandra Enoki is a secretary of the Department of American Studies. As the department’s secretary for 26 years of her 31 years at UH, Enoki is indeed the center and heart of the department. She is highly respected by current and former chairs, faculty and students for her initiative, knowledge and dedication.
As the “command center,” she ensures the department operates in an effective and harmonious manner by providing calming advice and navigating through the bureaucracy. Her positive outlook, remarkable sensitivity and excellent problem solving skills contribute to a collegial atmosphere where all place absolute trust in her judgment.
Kyle Hamada, a preservation specialist at Hamilton Library, is responsible for the paper conservation and pest management activities. During his five years of service, Hamada has been an unsung hero and critical team member in the preservation and re-building of library resources after the 2004 flood and many rainy seasons.
Hamada continuously checks existing and new leaks during weekends to minimize damage and establishes appropriate protocols. His creativity and problem solving skills have ranged from building drying racks used to treat and quickly dry materials to the “Hamada canopy,” which diverts water and protects library resources. He works collaboratively with fellow staff and is able to quickly rally staff and students in times of emergency. His dedication, knowledge and initiative are instrumental in the protection of library collections.
Wesley Seto is a buildings and grounds maintenance employee at the Institute for Astronomy. With a positive, can-do attitude, Seto keeps the institute looking at its best and is always willing to assist with a variety of matters. He enthusiastically participates in various aspects of life at the institute and has taken an active role in the annual open house, including organizing and coordinating parking for the general public.
Seto is described as an ideal employee who is hardworking and conscientious. He is also active in community affairs as a Hawaiʻi Civil Defense volunteer. His dedication and commitment during his 15 years at the University of Hawaiʻi has been greatly appreciated by everyone he has worked with.