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UH Community Colleges honors recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards


HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i announces its recipients of the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes a faculty member or civil service or administrative, professional and technical (APT) employee for outstanding demonstrated work performance, service, leadership and fostering of excellence in higher education.

Barbara Arthurs is the recipient of the Hawai‘i Community College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Arthurs is the vice chancellor for student affairs at Hawai‘i CC. She has unselfishly served the UH System for over 20 years as a counselor, acting dean of student services and head counselor. Arthurs serves as a role model of tireless and faithful commitment to the cause of education, which has been evidenced by the long hours put in, night after night, even on the weekends to improve present and future opportunities for students. A diligent and dedicated educator and administrator, she has made it her life’s mission and work to improve our educational system through student services.

Lorri Taniguchi is the recipient of the Honolulu Community College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Taniguchi is a registered professional nurse in the student services department at Honolulu Community College. She has been an active participant and leader on campus over the years and has worked diligently to improve the campus with a positive outlook, integrity, an approachable manner and attention to detail. Taniguchi has participated in the Health and Safety Committee, Emergency Planning Subcommittee, Health and Wellness Committee and Committee on Disability Access. Students, faculty and staff all appreciate Taniguchi’s warm, caring and nurturing demeanor.

Phyllis Vidinha is the recipient of the Kaua‘i Community College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Vidinha is a fiscal accounting specialist in the business affairs office at Kaua‘i CC. She has over 30 years of service with the college and maintains a high level of professionalism while handling sensitive and confidential information. In addition to her many duties, she also finds time to be involved in other areas of the college such as chairing the employee Christmas party and graduation committees. Her colleagues concur that Vidinha’s warm smile and gentle greetings, dedication to detail, organized skills, fairness to all students and energetic sprit is a model for all.

Alice Nitta is a recipient of the Leeward Community College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Nitta is a lecturer in the language arts department at Leeward CC. She is known as an enthusiastic and energetic teacher that is always available to help her students succeed. Nitta teaches a wide range of courses and utilizes a variety of technology in her classes such as Turning Technology™ Clickers, which is a real-time student response program, and has embraced the use of the Reading Plus™ computerized silent reading fluency program. She actively seeks opportunities to improve her professional development and regularly volunteers for Leeward CC’s Family Fun Day, Welcome Committee and Recycling Committee.

Linda Saiki is also a recipient of the Leeward Community College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Saiki is an administrative officer in the business office at Leeward CC. She has 20 years of experience in the university system and is a highly dedicated professional who always puts the best interest of the college as top priority. Saiki has coordinated the S.P.A. Workshop (Summer Prep Academy), created the college’s Business Home Page, was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program and served on the Taste of the Stars and L’ulu committees. Her colleagues agree that Saiki believes in teamwork, fairness and equality, leads with encouragement and a can-do attitude, and gives unselfishly of her time and knowledge.

Kilohana Miller is the recipient of the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Miller is an assistant financial aid officer in the student affairs department at UH Maui College. He is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that all students and community members have access to get into college and succeed. Miller has shown great dependability and competency when presenting information and answering questions regarding financial aid, scholarships, and any other financial assistance that students may want to know about. He is often described as an amazing team player that is always willing to lend a hand.

Sandie Carmichael is the recipient of the Windward Community College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Carmichael is an office assistant IV in the media center at Windward Community College. She is the sole office support to the center that provides all media, duplication and audio/visual services to the college. Her supervisor says that she excels in her job, especially in developing rapport with the media center’s patrons. Carmichael unselfishly gives to the campus by volunteering in many areas outside of her normal duties and responsibilities. She has an eye for what is needed by the campus and a knack for bringing others together to satisfy those needs.

These individuals will be recognized for their achievements along with other UH award recipients at the annual Convocation ceremony in the fall at the UH Mānoa campus. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed. For more information, visit

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