Mandy Chen

Four University of Hawaiʻi 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.

The Mānoa Career Center announced that top honors went to Mandy Chen, a student activities coordinator at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR) academic and 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 Hawaiʻi in the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators.

Additional UH Mānoa winners

Margot Fitzsimmons was nominated by John Mark Branner, assistant professor of theatre and dance. Fitzsimmons is a youth theatre assistant for the Department of Theatre and Dance and is a graduate student in theatre. She was awarded a $750 cash scholarship.

Leah Miyasato was nominated by Abigail Huliganga, campus tour coordinator at admissions and records. Miyasato is a campus tour guide at admissions and records and is a junior majoring in civil engineering. She was awarded a $500 cash scholarship.

Nathaniel Niemi was nominated by Rick Greaver, assistant professor of theatre and dance. Niemi is a production assistant for the Department of Theatre and Dance and is a graduate student in theatre. Niemi was awarded a $500 cash scholarship.

More on the Student Employee of the Year award

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 and Silent Auction, traditionally held on campus on the Friday before Thanksgiving.

A Mānoa Career Center news release