UH Alumni Association Opens Nomination Process for 2005 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Annual award recognizes outstanding University of Hawaii alumni

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Oct 19, 2004

The University of Hawai′i Alumni Association (UHAA) announced today that nominations are being sought for its annual University of Hawai′i Distinguished Alumni Award. The UH Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding alumni who have used their university education to excel professionally, provide inspirational leadership to others, and extend service for the benefit of the community.

"The Distinguished Alumni Award provides us with the opportunity to continue to pay homage to those notable alumni who have used their University of Hawaiʻi education to bring excellence to their professional achievements and develop exceptional qualities," said Karl Fujii, UHAA president and 1990 UH Mānoa BBA graduate. "We encourage everyone to honor those alumni who are deserving of this prestigious award by helping us identify and nominate alumni from any of the 10 UH campuses."

"We have a long and illustrious history of past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients which speaks very well for the caliber of graduates from the university" added Kevin Takamori, associate vice president of alumni relations at the UH Foundation. "We look forward to welcoming the 2005 recipients who, as in years past, have committed themselves to the mission of the university."

Previous award recipients include Senator Daniel Inouye, Larry Price, Francis Sogi, Michael Nakamura, Beadie Dawson, and Margaret Oda. Nominees must meet one of the following criteria:

· Completion of 50 percent of his/her educational program within the University of Hawai′i System.

· Receipt of a degree from a University of Hawai′i campus.

Selections will be based on material submitted by a nominator, with consideration given to the following areas:

· Professional accomplishments

· Service to the University of Hawai′i

· Service to the community

Nominations are reviewed by a committee comprised of members of the UHAA Board of Directors. A completed formal Nomination Packet and all supporting material must be received by 4pm on November 30, 2004 and can be mailed to:

UH Distinguished Alumni Awards

Alumni Relations Office

University of Hawai′i Foundation

2440 Campus Road, Box 307

Honolulu, HI 96822-2270

Nominations may also be hand-delivered to the Alumni Relations Office in Bachman Hall 101 on the UH Mānoa campus.

The 2005 awards will be presented at a gala dinner which will be held on May 10, 2005 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu.

To request a Nomination Packet or for more information, please contact the UH Alumni Relations Office toll-free at 1-877-UH-ALUMS or at: emily.fay@uhf.hawaii.edu.

About the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association

The University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association (UHAA) was informally constituted in 1922, a few years after the first graduating class of 1911, and formalized into a systemwide umbrella organization for all UH-recognized alumni groups in 1988. Its members support the university and UHAA sponsors events that showcase the university‘s excellence. Governed by a Board of Directors, UHAA includes a nationwide and international network of 37 affiliated alumni groups. The Association's goal is to generate support for the university by encouraging interaction among UH graduates and friends. The work of the chapters and the support of the alumni association make the university a stronger learning institution and thus contribute to the strength of the community.

About the UH Foundation Office of Alumni Relations

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation established the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) with the approval of the Board of Regents in December 2002. The OAR works closely with the UHAA to serve the community of UH alumni and students in Hawaiʻi and worldwide.

For more information about alumni programs, activities, and UHAA membership, please call the Office of Alumni Relations toll-free at 1-877-UH-ALUMS.

About the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is an independent, university-related, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise private funds according to priorities determined by the academic leadership of the University of Hawaiʻi and approved by the Board of Regents. Founded in 1955, the Foundation provides a full range of fund raising and alumni relations services for all 10 UH campuses. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.uhf.hawaii.edu.

For more information, visit: http://www.uhf.hawaii.edu