2010 UH Mānoa Awards

Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching

Established in 1986, the Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching recognizes UH Mānoa faculty members for significant contributions to teaching and student learning. Below are recipients of the award.

Review the Eligibility Requirements to learn how to nominate an employee.

2010 Recipients

Jonathan Deenik

Jonathan DeenikDeenik is an associate specialist in the UH Mānoa Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences. His approach to teaching is founded on core principles: a passion for teaching, a mastery of the subject matter, the expectation that students will rise to meet high standards, and the creation of a safe and nurturing learning environment. He strives to create lively and animated lectures combining the use of pictures and stories that bring the subject of soil sciences to life. Deenik has developed an extension program consisting of an educational component—including formal workshops and outreach to farmers, agricultural professionals and the general public—and a strong participatory research component directed toward practicing farmers.

Michael Dunn

Michael DunnDunn is an associate professor in the UH Mānoa Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences. He has made outstanding contributions to both his profession and the various nutrition and allied health fields, and to the training of graduate and undergraduate students through a well-balanced research and instruction program. Dunn's core instructional duties are to teach basic science classes, such as nutritional biochemistry and the molecular effects of diet on disease processes. His nutritional biochemistry course is one of the most important knowledge domains for students majoring in food science and human nutrition. Beyond undergraduate instruction, Dunn excels in his teaching of graduate students. Without his leadership and advocacy, it is unlikely that the new interdisciplinary PhD program in nutrition would have been approved.

Joel Moffett

Joel MoffettMoffett is an assistant professor in UH Mānoa's Academy for Creative Media at UH Mānoa. As a teacher of art, Moffett has enormous respect for the creative process, and encourages students to take risks, experiment and explore. His aim in teaching is to develop students' understanding of specific artistic principles, and cultivate their ability to apply these lessons to their film work. Spurred by both his commitment to building a film school and his focus on screenwriting, Moffett has created a number of "Filmmaker Initiatives," whose main purpose is to help nurture underrepresented voices within the student community. He established the internship program for the "Lost" set that allowed students to participate in a 16-week program to learn about the local film industry. He won the best short film award at the 2008 London Independent Film Festival for his film, "Horsepower," and the Award of Merit for a short film, "Poi Dogs."

Michael Nassir

Michael NassirNassir is an instructor in physics and astronomy at UH Mānoa. His workload duties have steadily expanded during the past nine years, and now includes 3-4 physics and astronomy courses each semester, plus physics lab supervision, astronomy lab coordination, lecture-demonstration improvement, undergraduate physics-major advising, student professional club advising, and service on both campus and departmental committees. Nassir believes that by demonstrating to his students the relevance and ubiquity of physics in their daily lives, engagement and interest will follow naturally. Nassir serves as a member of the Faculty Senate's General Education Committee and provides analytical skills in dealing with trends in student behavior and improving undergraduate education.

Katrina-Ann Kapa Oliveira

Katrina-Ann Kapa OliveiraOliveira is an assistant professor and interim director of UH Mānoa's Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language. The combination of Oliveira's strong knowledge of Hawaiian language combined with her superior knowledge of Hawaiian language pedagogy makes her one of the best language teachers on our campus. As an educator, she seeks to nurture young scholars so that they too may establish their own roots and create niches of knowledge for themselves, their families, and their communities. As a teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students, Oliveira engages students to think critically about their application of Hawaiian language and knowledge with a strong emphasis on contextual learning. She developed and administered a highly successful summer immersion program for Hawaiian language students from across the UH system.

Jan Shoultz

Jan ShoultzShoultz is a professor of nursing in the UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She is a key leader in the school's effort to be directly involved with community development and health care in the state. Her specific nursing goals with students include development of lifelong learning, critical thinking and effective communication. Shoultz is an expert on the principles of Community Based Participatory Research. For a number of years, she has secured federal and state funding, and provided leadership for the Quentin Burdick Rural Health Project that offered interdisciplinary students an opportunity to experience the health-care needs of rural communities. She has coordinated and taught two interdisciplinary courses, Rural Health Teams and Child Welfare. The classes that she teaches contribute to the programmatic and institutional goals of the nursing school.

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Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service

The Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service recognizes UH Mānoa employees for their sustained exceptional leadership and service to their departments/offices and the campus. Each year, the chancellor honors one employee in each of three categories:

  • Administrative, Professional & Technical
  • Buildings & Grounds Maintenance
  • Civil Service

Review the Eligibility Requirements to learn how to nominate an employee. Recipients are automatically nominated for the Governor's Award for Distinguished State Service.

2010 Recipients

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw has bestowed 2010 Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Service on Gary Rodwell, Delia Gumayagay and Amelene Higashionna. The annual award recognizes UH Mānoa staff members for outstanding work performance, service and leadership. Criteria include record of competence and efficiency, exceptional contribution toward the attainment of program objectives, finding creative solutions to difficult problems, and demonstrated integrity and dedication to the mission of a program.

“These three individuals are truly deserving of this award because they go above and beyond the call of duty. Our UH Mānoa ʻohana is fortunate to benefit from their many contributions,” said Chancellor Hinshaw.

Gary Rodwell

Gary RodwellRodwell is an information technology specialist with UH Mānoa’s Office of Undergraduate Education. Employed at UH Mānoa for 12 years, Rodwell took the campus Banner student information system and put a face on it, which is known today as STAR. With his foresight, expertise and can-do attitude, Rodwell continues to develop new access to information, including the development of Giving Tree, which keeps students current on timely scholarship information via the online process, and Data Matrix screens, which gives faculty and administrators timely access to course availability, enrollment information and student demands during registration. Rodwell’s work has fundamentally changed the way that students engage with the campus, and so empowered them with information that they now view themselves as participants in their academic journeys.

Delia Gumayagay

DElia GumayagayGumayagay, with 19 years of service at UH Mānoa, currently serves as a janitor II assigned to various areas including Sinclair Library. Described as an “absolute gem,” she works around staff schedules to minimize disruption and meticulously strives to keep offices “exceptionally spotless.” Her special touches and conscientious way of keeping team members aware of safety issues, as well as cleaning areas from top to bottom and making surfaces sparkle, ensure that the staff’s work environment is a safe and productive one. Gumayagay’s genuine spirit of aloha, and her cheerful, positive attitude, are reflected in how she works and interacts with those around her.

Amelene Higashionna

Amalene HigashionnaHigashionna has been an office assistant III with UH Mānoa’s Office of International Student Services (ISS), serving the campus for over four years. Described as the “center of navigation, the core processor, (and) the heart of the ISS office,” she was instrumental in assisting the office in preparing for and maintaining compliance with new regulations and procedures issued by the Department of Homeland Security. ISS provides immigration advising and cross-cultural support to approximately 1,700 international students annually. Recognizing the immense responsibility, Higashionna diligently addresses the quality and speed of services to students, making sure that they are not compromised by changes in immigration law. She monitors requirements, and continuously safeguards processing efforts, improves efficiencies, and creates solutions to issues and challenges.

Rodwell, Gumayagay and Higashionna will be recognized for their achievements along with other UH award recipients at the annual Convocation ceremony held in the fall at the UH Mā campus. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed. For more information, visit http://www.hawaii.edu/about/awards.

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