Recognition and Awards

Nomination forms for the 2014 Outstanding Academic Advisor and Outstanding Academic Advising Unit are now available:

You may submit as many nominations as you like, but please submit a separate form for each nomination. All nomination forms should be submitted via email to Rikki Mitsunaga by Thursday, October 31, 2013.

AY2013 Winners

Two individuals were recognized with 2013 Outstanding Academic Advisor awards.

Rikki Mitsunaga, Undergraduate Academic Advisor for Shidler College of Business, has accomplished impressive achievements that demonstrate breadth of service within and beyond the UHM campus and depth of service in her dedication to her students.

The following lists some of her accomplishments. In addition to her regular duties as an academic advisor, Rikki

  • redesigned the $250k FISH Scholarship Program to include community service and service-to-school opportunities;
  • coordinated the $100k Freeman Scholarship Award;
  • serves as the International Exchange Advisor for Shidler College of Business;
  • designed the International Exchange Webpage;
  • serves on the Shidler Faculty Senate Executive Committee, MBA Review Task Force;
  • reformatted mandatory advising sessions for all her students to include an interactive component;
  • developed a comprehensive Shidler Student Handbook;
  • created the Shidler Success Seminars in collaboration with the ACE Program;
  • serves as a supervisor of the MPA Program;
  • serves on the System-wide STAR Board representing CAA;
  • serves on the 2-4 Year Transfer Committee;
  • provided leadership at Mānoa and beyond as CAA chair for two consecutive terms and as past chair for three terms;
  • served as co-chair of the Academic Advising and Transfer Network for two terms;
  • co-chaired the first annual System-wide Advising Workshop
  • serves as a model for professionalism in advising; and
  • provides leadership, guidance, and advice to her colleagues throughout the UH System.

Kiana Shiroma, Academic Advisor for the Honors and Regents and Presidential Scholars (RAPS) Program, has been a source of inspiration for her fellow advisors, due to her limitless energy, creativity, and enthusiasm. In just a few short years as an academic advisor, she has helped the Honor’s program expand and improve its services and the opportunities offered to students. The following lists some of her accomplishments.

In expanding her programs, Kiana

  • integrated the use of technology into her work, including online scheduling and internet-based advising;
  • created websites to promote her program, including re-einvisioning the Preparation for Graduate School site;
  • offered presentations to share her knowledge and educate other advisors;
  • developed Engagement and Resume Building workshops for students;
  • created Access to College Excellence Learning Communities for Honors students;
  • established a Residential Learning Program for Regents Scholars;
  • taught Honors 303 and 380 courses and established Focus designations for them;
  • developed Honors tracks within majors;
  • coordinated Honors Program Student Ambassadors;
  • served as faculty advisor for the Honors Student Organization;
  • helped establish and helps run the John A. Burns School of Medicine Early Admission Program (DMEAP);
  • co-chairs the Sophomore Experience Committee;
  • serves on the CAA Advisor Training Taskforce;
  • serves on the CAA Professional Development Committee;
  • serves on the Committee on Enrollment Planning, 2-to-4-Year Campus Workgroup and Keeping Hawai‘i High School Graduates In-State;
  • has been and remains essential in the rapid expansion and success of the Honors and RAPS programs; and
  • inspires her colleagues with her energy, hard work, and dedication to academic advising.

AY2012 Winners

Ruth Bingham was presented with the 2012 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for her leadership and work at the Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC). Ruth was also recognized at the national level for her work with PAC as the recipient of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Commissions and Interest Group Service Award. The award "recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to a specific commission, interest group, cluster, or the CIG Division." 

The Colleges of Arts & Sciences Student Academic Services received the Academic Advising Unit Award for Excellence/Innovation for their leadership and innovation in working with students.

Congratulations to this year's awardees for their exemplary leadership in promoting innovative strategies in academic advising and student success!

AY2011 Winners

Megumi Makino-Kanehiro was given the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for her work at the Manoa Advising Center. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reed Dasenbrock commended Dr. Makino-Kanehiro for her leadership of the Manoa Advising Center and her work with the peer mentoring program and mandatory advising, which have been "major influences on student success."

The College of Education's Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS) received the Academic Advising Unit Award for Excellence/Innovation for their leadership and innovation in working with students. OSAS was recognized for integrating alternate modes of advising delivery like Skype, Facebook, and E-lluminate to make advising accessible to students who are not able to come in during normal business hours. Read more about this award on the UH System news site.

Contact Us

Council of Academic Advisors
Office of the Assistant
Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
QLCSS 213
2600 Campus Road
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI  96822

Current Chair:
Megumi Makino-Kanehiro
(808) 956-7273
makino@hawaii.edu