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.

Nominations for the 2017-18 year are now open. Please take a few minutes to nominate an individual or unit that you would like to see recognized for their outstanding work.

Congratulations to our 2017 Recipients!

Pakela Award
Garrett Clanin is a Junior Specialist Academic Advisor with Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS). He is the primary liaison for GradesFirst, a web-based system designed to increase student engagement, improve communication, and identify “at-risk” students for early intervention. In this role, Garrett ensures that the system operates effectively for SAAS. He also works with other advising units (five currently) to determine whether GradesFirst will serve their students’ needs as well. Garrett is also SAAS’s Eligibility Coordinator and is the liaison with the Compliance Department in Athletics and advising units across campus regarding NCAA academic eligibility and certification. His work in this capacity helps to ensure that our student athletes meet both UHM and NCAA requirements so that they can be successful in both arenas. Garrett also plays a lead role in the annual orientation for new student athletes and has worked hard at developing the program to make it more engaging for students. As a fellow advisor summed it up, “Garrett has an excellent rapport with his students and other advisors. He goes out of his way to help others. He is an invaluable resource for students and colleagues alike!”

‘Oikela Award
Advising Center for the Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics, & Literature
The Advising Center was formed in 2015 as part of the reorganization of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Student Academic Services. Before, during and after this transition, the Advising Center provided advising services to its students and other Arts & Sciences majors (particularly in the physical sciences) without interruption. The creation of “Tiered Access to Advising” and the coordinated efforts of the new eight-person office – Director Ruth O. Bingham; academic advisors Kay S. Hamada, Nanette C. Miles, Craig Mitchell, and Julie Terlaje; IT support David Yeo; Operations Manager Heather Young; and Secretary Carolina Asiatico – have improved students’ access to advising and alleviated long wait lines. In addition, the Advising Center team worked collaboratively to created new advising programs in an effort to provide students with more academic advising opportunities to help them stay focused and on track. In these and many other ways, the Advising Center has developed and implemented new and innovative methods to improve their services and provide students with the support they need to be successful.


For previous award winners, please visit our Awards Page.