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Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching 2002-2006 Award Recipients

Davis Award Winner

Gertrude Ueoka, headshot

Gertrude Ueoka

Gertrude Ueoka is an assistant professor of nursing at Maui Community College. She is an exceptionally effective teacher, with a calm and constructive approach. Ueoka prepares her students for a complex and sometimes risk-laden nursing career where patient health is at stake. With 33 years of service, she taught the majority of nurses in Maui County.

Year after year, student evaluations reflect their deep appreciation for her individual attention, patience and systematic presentation of information. Words like "nurturing," "caring," and "fair" are used to describe her. A colleague notes, "Students call her the ‘velvet hammer,’ meaning she is gentle yet adherent to the high standards of nursing practice they must attain."

The Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching recognizes dedication and demonstrated excellence as teachers of undergraduate students. It was established as a memorial to the late Frances Davis, who taught mathematics at Leeward Community College and UH Manoa for 19 years.

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