School of Public Health awards students, faculty, and alumni
Ella Haddad, DrPH, receives her Alumni of the Year Award and a large bouquet of flowers from James Kyle II, MD, MDiv, dean of the School of Public Health, during the banquet June 10. Dr. Haddad was also honored during commencement the next day.
Public health students had more than one reason to celebrate during graduation weekend. In addition to approximately 100 students receiving either master’s or doctoral degrees from the School of Public Health, scores of students also received scholarships and awards during a formal banquet Saturday night, June 10.
The large banquet room at Wong Kerlee International Conference Center was filled with faculty, students, and their families celebrating their achievements.
“This event gives the faculty an opportunity to recognize our students who have worked diligently over the year to make a difference in peoples’ lives across the globe,” says Michael Conner, EdS, associate dean for student services in the School of Public Heath. “Hearing about their accomplishments is inspiring to both students and faculty.”
The School of Public Health gave awards to numerous students, both graduates and students still working toward their degrees. (See end of story for list of scholarships and awards.)
In addition to students, several faculty also received awards, and the School recognized its Alumni of the Year.
The School presented the Distinguished Service Award to Susanne Montgomery, PhD, MPH, associate dean for academic affairs, School of Public Health.
David Dyjack, DrPH, received the Faculty Research Award. He is the associate dean for public health practice in the School of Public Health.
Several School of Public Health Student Association Awards
Yen Ang was accompanied to the banquet by her husband, See-Wei Toh, and their daughter. Ms. Ang received the Wiesseman Scholarship from the department of health promotion and education.
were also given. The P. William Dysinger Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Larry Beeson, DrPH, associate professor, department of epidemiology and biostatistics, and to Lee Berk, DrPH, associate professor, department of health promotion and education. Dr. Beeson also received the Charlie Liu Award. The Ruth White Award was given to Fayomi Agboola, president of the School of Public Health student association.
The Alumni of the Year Award was given to Ella Haddad, DrPH.
Dr. Haddad is an associate professor in the School of Public Health’s department of nutrition, where she has served for 20 years.
In that time, she has demonstrated, according to her colleagues, the “highest qualities of service, achievement of ideals, and superior professional activities.” They explain, “In a society that applauds extremes and evaluates so-called experts by the narrowness of their specializations, Dr. Haddad presents a striking contrast. She is a well-rounded person in the tradition of a renaissance woman. Not only does she have a wide breadth of knowledge, she also embodies the virtues of a Christian professional.”
Upon arriving in the United States from her home country of Lebanon, Dr. Haddad worked at White Memorial Hospital as a therapeutic dietitian. In 1966, she returned to Beirut to teach at Middle East College. Until 1989 she worked between Loma Linda University, Middle East College, and the American University of Beirut. She graduated from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in 1978.
In 1989, Dr. Haddad made her permanent home in the United States to be a professional educator, researcher, and community volunteer at Loma Linda.
Dr. Haddad is in demand to speak at churches and community meetings. Furthermore, she has participated in nutrition counseling and education at the SAC–Norton clinic and has taught vegetarian cooking classes at various churches and community events. She is also very visible working alongside her students at community health fairs.
Currently, Dr. Haddad is leading the initiative to produce weekly half-hour health and nutrition television programming for LLBN to broadcast throughout much of the world. She participated in the design and release of the Vegetarian Food Guide Pyramid that was introduced at the Third International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition. And she was the primary architect for the community nutrition materials that are available through the nutrition department web pages.
To her family and friends, Dr. Haddad is famous for her gourmet kitchen. She also enjoys cycling, reading, listening to music, following the daily news, and traveling. Her favorite activity is tending her flower garden. Her travels have taken her as far north as the arctic circle in Alaska and as far south as the Republic of South Africa.
Renate Krause, PhD, contributed extensively to this report.
Award winnersWil Alexander Whole Person Care Award
Ann StrombergBecky Bushman Memorial School of Public Health Scholarship
Melissa SykesChancellor’s Award
Daniel HandysidesRobert and Zaida Cordero-MacIntyre School of Public Health Scholarship
Alberto RojasHulda Crooks School of Public Health Scholarship
Julie SchaepperDean’s Award
Micheline VargasWillard and Irene Humpal Award
Wendi KannenbergDelta Omega Honor Society
Talitha SanvikBob and Ruth Hervig School of Public Health Scholarship
Jared VogtSelma Andrews Award
Kara ZografosTraineeship Award
Anna Belle Supit
Karen WrightDepartment awards
Department of global healthExcellence in Global Health Scholarship
Department of environmental and occupational healthEnvironmental and Occupational Health Department Scholarship
Stewart CurtisExcellence in Geoinformatic Studies
Department of epidemiology and biostatisticsEpidemiology and Biostatistics Department Scholarship
Department of health administrationLynna S. Belin Health Administration Scholarship
Edward MartinPhil S. Carney Jr. Health Administration Scholarship
Erik RodriguezJere and Marian Chrispens Health Administration Scholarship
Adam MooreC. Joan Coggin Health Administration Scholarship
Johann RamirezWilton L. Halverson Health Administration Scholarship
Beena NairGladys Hewes Health Administration Scholarship
Dora BarillaAlexander and Maria Kirk Health Administration Scholarship
Michael MashniAnn C. Lee Health Administration Scholarship
Michael MashniRon and Madge Oh Health Administration Scholarship
Melissa SykesSylvia Ram Memorial Scholarship
Essence CarmichaelTeri S. Tamayose Health Administration Scholarship
Gerhard (Tim) Wolff
Department of health promotion and educationGlen Blix Award for Excellence in Preventive Care
Judi NightingaleDrPH Health Education Scholarship
Devan RomeroGerken-Neish Scholarship
Maxine NewellMaster of Public Health Scholarship
Sanam KazemiWiesseman Scholarship
By Heather Reifsnyder