Recognition and Awards

Every year, The Council of Academic Advisors recognizes an individual and a unit who have demonstrated excellence and/or innovation in advising, and/or have made a significant contribution to the advising community. Please consider nominating an individual or unit so they can receive recognition for all their hard work. 

Pakela Individual Advisor Award Nomination Form

‘Oikela Advising Unit Award Nomination Form

Congratulations to our 2018 Recipients!

Pakela Award

Ernest “Niki” Libarios Jr. was the Director of the College of Education Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS). As an academic advisor, he worked tirelessly to support underrepresented students in higher education, securing multiple grants to provide scholarships, host campus visits, and waive test fees. Niki also established a “culture of collaboration” and partnership between OSAS and other offices on campus, which led to joint workshops and recruitment initiatives. In addition, he coordinated with STEM departments to encourage more students in STEM fields to consider a career in education. He advocated for Filipino students and was the primary catalyst for the College of Education’s Tinalak: Filipino Education Advisory Council, which was established to recruit and support Filipinos in the education profession. More broadly, he was one of the creative forces behind the “Be a hero. Be a teacher.” campaign, a statewide push to get more students interested in and excited about educating the next generation. Most recently, Niki collaborated with the DOE and the legislature on the “Grow Our Own” initiative, securing significant scholarship funding for post-baccalaureate students to pursue a certificate in secondary education. However, for all his accomplishments in education, NIki will probably best be remembered simply for his smile, positive attitude, and compassion. He was a valued colleague who is missed by all who knew and worked with him.

‘Oikela Award

Since its creation in 2008, the Manoa Advising Center (MAC) has been assisting students in selecting a major that best fits their interests, abilities and goals. MAC’s advisors – Matt Eng, Eve Millett, Andrew Nguyen, Winnie Tang, Megan Terawaki, and Director Megumi Makino-Kanehiro – work with these exploratory students by meeting with them regularly in mandatory advising appointments and providing the opportunity for greater exploration through several advisor-created and -taught courses. Several other courses offered by MAC advisors provide training for the Manoa Peer Advisor Program (MPA), a program co-founded in 2010 by Director Megumi Makino-Kanehiro to develop resourceful peer advisors who service advising offices and students across the UHM campus. MAC advisors are also responsible for overseeing the Manoa Sophomore Experience, a program created to engage and retain sophomores and second-semester students. In addition to serving exploratory students, the advisors have made scholarly contributions to the field of academic advising, regularly presenting at local, regional, national, and international conferences and holding leadership positions in NACADA. As one colleague summed it up, they are “great partners and collaborators.”



For previous award winners, please visit our Awards Page.