School of Public Health honors students at awards banquet
Jenna Waggoner smiles as she receives the Ruth White Award from Richard Blanco, MBA, director of student services in the School of Public Health.
The School of Public Health hosted a recognition and awards banquet June 14 to honor nearly 100 students. The Alumna of the Year and a few faculty members were also recognized.
Held at Wong Kerlee International Conference Center, the banquet began with a vespers service featuring music, prayer, and two brief talks.
Timothy Gillespie, MDiv, pastor for young adult ministries at the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists, gave the main presentation, titled “Where from Here?” He offered advice for making the most of life to students who are being sent out into the world. For example, he encouraged the audience to become the hope-givers of the world.
“We have the opportunity to be hope to those who are hopeless, and that is a responsibility we should never shirk or shy away from,” he said.
Torben Thomsen, PhD, professor in the department of health policy and management, School of Public Health, offered a Sabbath blessing. Noting the Seventh-day Adventist emphasis on the Sabbath as the time when God rested after finishing the work of creation, Dr. Thomsen played a recording of a portion of Hayden’s “Creation.” The exp
David Dyjack, DrPH, dean of the School of Public Health, hugs Hellen Mueni Ndiku as he gives her the Hulda Crooks Public Health Practice and Research Award.
losive C-major chord when God creates light exemplified the power of God.
Unlike when creation was finished, the world today is no longer an ideal place, Dr. Thomsen said. He turned to the Old Testament story of God calling out to Samuel as a child. Eli directed him to answer, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Dr. Thomsen connected this to the calling of public health professionals.
“Every disease, every affliction, should be the voice of God speaking to you,” he said.
Following dinner, the recognition and awards program began. The following honors were bestowed.Alumna of the Year: Gloria Amanda Madrid Guerra
Chancellor’s Award: Tina Hsueh-Ting Chiu
Dean’s Award: Maxine Newell, Janelle Worthington
Distinguished Service Award: Joyce W. Hopp
Hulda Crooks Public Health Practice and Research Award: Alexis Deavenport, Gemalli De Leon, Monica McKenzie, Hellen Mueni Ndiku, Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, See Wei Toh
Delta Omega Honor Society: Christine Anderson, Christine Sandra Binus, Benjamin Joseph Castillo, Michelle Asay Checketts, Rupinder Cheema, Ian Laurence Hudson, Richard Sung Hoon Lim, Jennifer Lopez, Cynthia Pik Ching Low, Claudia Elena Pineda, Diana R. Rayo, Jamianne Shoemaker, Erick M. Smith, Glen Andrew Thomazin, Nellie Ngozi Washington
Selma Andrews Award: Christine Anderson, Samah Arsanious, Natasha GabanChong, Mei Kin Chung, Gemalli De Leon, Danielle DiNorscia, Stephanie Do, Thelma Gamboa-Maldonado, Daniel Handysides, Mara Hollander, Johanna Kammerer, Salma Kweider, Long C. Ieng, Cynthia Pik Ching Low, Bernadette Macasias, Maryanna McGervy, Nkiru Nzerem, Angela O’Kelley, Amy Pao, Devan Romero, Shveta Sanghani, Candy Sim, Quynh Tran, Lesly Valbrun, Vicky N. Wong
Wil Alexander Whole Person Award: Cynthia Ortega
Hulda Crooks Award: Tina Hsueh-Ting Chiu, Hellen Mueni Ndiku
Bob and Ruth Hervig School of Public Health Scholarship: Sara Buxton
Merritt C. Horning Award: Jennifer Fix
Willard and Irene Humpal Award: Godwin Aja SPH student association awards
P. William Dysinger Excellence in Teaching: Jayakaran Job
Charlie Liu Award: Boaz Papendick
Ruth White Award: Jenna Waggoner Department of environmental and occupational health
Department Scholarship: Ashwini Shankar Erande, Olukemi Grace Famurewa
Excellence in Geoinformatics Studies: Atif Adam, Maria Anastario Department of epidemiology and biostatistics
Department Scholarship: Lucy Moreno and Lindsay Valerie McHenry Department of global health
Excellence in Global Health: Bruce Voss Department of health policy and management
Lynna S. Belin Scholarship: Dorena Ouattara
Becky Bushman Memorial Scholarship: Gina Newell
Jere & Marian Chrispens Scholarship: Lawrence Ruzagiliza
Wilton L. Halverson Scholarship: Atif Adam, Vikash Bansal, Dorena Ouattara
Gladys Hewes Scholarship: Mark Wierenga
Alexander & Maria Kirk Scholarship: Steven Peck
Ron & Madge Oh Scholarship: Aaron Marson
Sylvia Ram Memorial Scholarship: Jolly Mannanal
Teri S. Tamayose Scholarship: Naisha Louis-Jacques Department of health promotion and education
Glen Blix Award for Excellence in Preventive Care: Son Nguyen
DrPH Health Education Scholarship: Sanam Kazemi, Herminia Nieves
Gerken–Neish Scholarship: Patricia Baron, Thelma Gamboa-Maldonado, David Kasaji, Nellie Leon, Kyla Raynor, Margaret Salud, Aileen Tareg
MCH Scholarship: Samah Arsanious, Dennis Marke, Tiffani Mulder
MPH Scholarship: Merraf Abel, Christine Sandra Binus, Stephanie Do, Meeiling Fong, Claudia Elena Pineda, Tiffany Walton
Jeanne Wiesseman Award: RoWandalla Dunbar Department of nutrition
McLean Scholarship: Choon Chew Teo
By Heather Reifsnyder