Chaminade University celebrated student leadership and involvement, as well as individual and organizational accomplishments, during its annual 2017 Co-Curricular Awards Recognition Dinner. The event, held on April 19 in Clarence T. C. Ching Conference Center, recognized 22 students, one staff member, and two student organizations for their positive impact and contributions to Chaminade University and the greater community.
2017 CO-CURRICULAR AWARDS
Awards Presented by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership (OSAL)
Bro. Joseph Becker Awards of Excellence:
Bro. Joseph Becker Award of Excellence (freshman): Max Karg (Business Administration major)
Bro. Joseph Becker Award of Excellence (sophomore): Dalton Alatan (Elementary Education major)
Bro. Joseph Becker Award of Excellence (junior): Rena Pascual (Historical and Political Studies major)
Bro. Joseph Becker Award of Excellence (senior): Kau’imaeole Perreira (Communication major — Marketing Concentration)
Awarded annually to a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior who displayed exceptional leadership through involvement in co-curricular activities; who showed outstanding qualities of character, leadership, service, integrity, and scholarship; who demonstrated initiative, motivation, and potential for continued student leadership; who motivated his or her fellow classmates to become actively involved in the campus community; who contributed time and energy to the improvement of student/campus life and his or her designated class/community/organization during the academic year.
Bro. Elmer Dunsky Outstanding Student Organization Award:
Residence Hall Association and the Filipino Club
Awarded annually to a student or student organization who has gone beyond the bounds of their membership by helping to create a positive campus environment for all students and made an outstanding contribution to Chaminade University as an organization.
Fr. Stephen Tutas Program Award for Excellence:
Alumni Reunion Street Festival (hosted by the Residence Hall Association and Institutional Advancement–Office of Alumni Relations)
Awarded annually to a student or student organization who has exceptional creativity, planning, and execution of a University program which significantly contributed to the quality of life at Chaminade. The program must have appealed to a broad cross-section of the University community, displayed originality, and elicited participation by members of the sponsoring organization during all phases of the effort.
Rev. David Schuyler Advisor of the Year Award:
Megan Robinson, Career Specialist for Retention, Advising and Career Preparation
Awarded annually to a member of faculty, staff, or administration who advises a student club/organization and consistently helped to identify, encourage, and support students in their leadership development and campus involvement, repeatedly demonstrated a commitment to the community and its needs, and expanded the horizons, skills, and value systems of Chaminade students by providing support and guidance within co-curricular life.
Awards Presented by Athletics
Male Athlete of the Year:
Rohndell Goodwin (Communication major)
Outstanding overall season performance in his conference sport; received ‘Player of the Year’ or ‘First Team’ conference recognition; must have represented Chaminade University in a prideful and honorable manner during his season.
Female Athlete of the Year:
Lilia Maio (Elementary Education major)
Outstanding overall season performance in her conference sport; Received ‘Player of the Year’ or ‘First Team’ conference recognition; Must have represented Chaminade University in a prideful and honorable manner during his season.
Cassie Rushlow (Psychology major)
Recognizes an act or series of acts associated with an athletic activity that represents the spirit of the Marianist philosophy to include sportsmanship, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, and respect for self and others.
Awards Presented by Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry Award:
Jerri Gisela Francisco (Accounting major)
Awarded to a student who has participated in all areas of Campus Ministry (liturgy, community service, and retreats). This person is an all-around amazing member of the Campus Ministry `ohana.
Kierstyn Oshita (Biochemistry major)
Awarded to an individual who has willingly volunteered his or her time and talent to contribute to the quality and spirituality of our weekend and special liturgies and prayer experiences.
Retreat Leader of the Year:
Payton Sorg (Accounting major)
Award acknowledges the overwhelming commitment and dedication shown by a retreat leader in creating communities of support, faith, and love on campus. The leader selected for this award has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, maturity, dedication, and commitment to the mission of Campus Ministry.
Hannah Sablan (Business Administration major)
Award acknowledges outstanding servant leadership in the area of restorative justice and service for the people and the `āina (land) of Hawaii. The individual selected for this award has demonstrated just moral character, leadership skills, good humor, dedication, and humility.
Presented by Retention, Advising, and Career Preparation (RACP)
Outstanding Orientation Leader:
Lyka Raza (English and Biology–Cellular and Molecular majors)
The position of Orientation Leader is for someone who enjoys getting to know other students and wants to make Chaminade an even better place by building community between returning and new students. Orientation Leaders are involved with planning, implementing, and evaluating New Student Orientation. Their primary objective is to welcome new students and their families and help welcome them fully into the Chaminade ‘ohana. While all Orientation Leaders play an important role in creating an environment of success for incoming students, the recipient of this award has displayed exemplary performance of their duties.
Outstanding Peer Mentor:
Toni Mitsumoto (Forensic Sciences major)
Students who apply for and are hired to be Peer Mentors take a leadership role in the University by being visible, available upper-class students to which first-year students can connect. As co-teachers of CUH 100, they commit significant hours to training and class preparation. Peer Mentors are responsible for maintaining regular contact with students in their class, engaging them in University life, and assisting them with both academic and personal transitions that occur during the critical first few months on campus. While all Peer Mentors play an important role in helping first-year students to adjust to and succeed at Chaminade, this Peer Mentor’s performance of these responsibilities is exemplary.
Student Employee of the Year:
Briyanna Vitug (Psychology major) and Nicole Sagapolutele (English and Psychology majors)
Awarded annually to a student employee who has demonstrated the following qualities/skills in the campus work setting: reliability, initiative, unique contribution, quality work, professionalism, community, and campus service.
Distinguished Tutor of the Year:
Milton-Eugene Bratter (Biology–Integrative and Organismal major)
Acknowledges the outstanding commitment and dedication shown by a tutor to serve the Chaminade University of Honolulu community better. This distinguished individual will be selected based on the following criteria: active attendance and participation in training seminars and meetings; overall performance; dependability; leadership skills; overall dedication to the Tutoring Center; ability to initiate contact with tutees, fellow tutors, faculty, and staff; tutor-report cards.
Presented by Residential Life
Residence Hall Association Award of Excellence:
Savannah Delos Santos (Business Administration major — Marketing Concentration)
Resident Assistant Award of Excellence:
Alilia Fataua (English major) and Cassaundra Song (Forensic Sciences major)
Dean of Students’ Special Recognition:
Kierstyn Oshita (Biochemistry major)
Frederick K.K. Kauhane, Sr. Aloha Spirit Award:
Gracelyn Lorenzo (Criminology and Criminal Justice major)
Awarded annually to a student who exhibits a humble, cheerful, and generous spirit; a dedication to fostering a sense of `ohana around campus; the ability to raise other’s spirits by consistently improving the environment around them.
Henry Halenani Gomes Alaka‘i Award:
Kahiau McKeague (Forensic Sciences major)
This award recognizes a Chaminade undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and service to the Native Hawaiian community. In ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language), Alaka‘i is the Hawaiian value of leadership. It includes coaching, guiding, and mentoring others to support their growth. Those who are Alaka‘i lead with care for their community.