UH Manoa honors its top student employees, notably Mandy Chen

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Noreen Okikawa, (808) 956-4396
Employment Services Specialist, Manoa Career Center
Posted: Apr 21, 2016

Mandy Chen
Mandy Chen

Four University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa students were recognized for their outstanding work as top employees at the 31st Annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards Reception on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

The Mānoa Career Center announced that top honors went to Mandy Chen, a Student Activities Coordinator at the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources' Academic & Student Affairs department.  Chen is a senior majoring in Animal Sciences and was nominated by Charles Kinoshita, CTAHR Associate Dean.  She was awarded a $1,000 cash scholarship.

In her nomination letter, Kinoshita wrote that Chen is a true scholar.  She is described as analytical, creative and perseverant, and excels both as a leader and a team member. "Mandy has been so consistently successful in what she does, my office and the faculty and staff who have worked with her usually allow her to take the ball and run, and feel very comfortable letting her take the lead on any project," said Kinoshita.

Chen was also selected as the SEOTY winner for the State of Hawai‘i in the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators.

Additional UH Mānoa winners:

Margot Fitzsimmons, nominated by John Mark Branner, Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance. Fitzsimmons is a Youth Theatre Assistant at Theatre & Dance and is a graduate student in Theatre. Fitzsimmons was awarded a $750 cash scholarship.

Leah Miyasato, nominated by Abigail Huliganga, Campus Tour Coordinator at Admissions & Records. Miyasato is a Campus Tour Guide at Admissions & Records and is a junior majoring in Civil Engineering. Miyasato was awarded a $500 cash scholarship.

Nathaniel Niemi, nominated by Rick Greaver, Assistant Professor at Theatre & Dance. Niemi is a Production Assistant at Theatre & Dance and is a graduate student in Theatre. Niemi was awarded a $500 cash scholarship.

UH Mānoa has celebrated the Student Employee of the Year since 1986, recognizing outstanding student employees throughout campus. The cash awards are from proceeds generated by the annual Craft Fair & Silent Auction, traditionally held on campus on the Friday before Thanksgiving.

For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/careercenter/