The University of Hawaii at Manoa will recognize more than 20 students, faculty and staff from the campus with various teaching, research and service awards on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Orvis Auditorium. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
REGENTS' MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students.
Melody MacKenzie is an Associate Professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Passionate about law, she values generosity, humility and kindness in her teaching, and treats her students with the respect that each of them deserves. Her courses are described by a colleague as a “unique blend of indigenous peoples struggles with western law, both highly conceptual and intensely grounded in community cultural practices.” MacKenzie is well-liked by students who leave class understanding the complexity of law in areas as challenging as Native Hawaiian Rights, and realizing how fluid and dynamic law can be. As founding director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, MacKenzie is called upon to teach, consult and supervise outside of the classroom. Beyond the university, she is widely recognized in the local and international communities.
ROBERT W. CLOPTON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
The Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community recognizes a UH Mānoa faculty member for playing a socially significant role by applying intellectual leadership and academic expertise to the improvement of the community. The award was established as a memorial to longtime Mānoa College of Education Professor Robert Clopton and first awarded in 1977.
Calvin Pang, professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law, has devoted years of service, expertise and dedication extending beyond the UH Mānoa campus to teaching and research in the areas of family law, children’s rights, immigration law, clinical teaching of law students and intellectual leadership in justice. He has significantly impacted the lives and the life-world of the peoples of our island communities through years of service with an impressive range of organizations and settings. A sustaining feature in all his contributions expressed by many is highlighted by a colleague who notes that Pang’s “depth of commitment is truly spiritual and inspirational to other around him—his leadership is gentle and calm, aligned beautifully with the true meaning of aloha in our communities.”