Newly minted teachers and healthcare professionals graduate from Pacific

Professional Programs Commencement completes a day of celebration and fellowship.

View photos from the Pacific University Professional Program Commencement on May 19, 2012.

Students within Pacific University's colleges of Education, Health Professions and Optometry celebrated their future careers with their families and friends at Commencement in Lincoln Park Stadium on Saturday.

Sixty-seven College of Education students graduated with a master of arts in teaching, master of education or master of arts in education degree.

Twenty-seven students were hooded for earning a master of occupational therapy degree, including Director Award recipient Victoria (Tori) Eaton.

An additional 93 students earned a doctor of pharmacy degree,  40 a doctor of physical therapy and 89 a doctor of optometry degrees, including 69 year-old Norm Smith.

President Lesley Hallick expressed admiration for the graduates. "An advanced degree is something you should be very proud of," she said. "With it, you have an opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of many."

Also providing inspiring words to the graduates was Dr. Stanley J. Yamane, a 1965 alumnus of Pacific who earned his doctor of optometry from the school the following year. Yamane was named the 2012 recipient of the Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist.

"Today commences the next phase of your lives, and I wish you the best in becoming wonderful professionals in your respective practices," he said.

Among the burgeoning occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists and optometrists were exceptional students. Following is a list of the 2012 award winners from the School of Occupational Therapy, School of Physical Therapy and College of Optometry.

Valedictorians: School of Occupational Therapy - Nicole Kuhl; School of Physical Therapy - Jandra Mueller; College of Optometry - David Glabe.

School of Occupational Therapy Director Award - Victoria Eaton

School of Pharmacy Awards

Dean’s Excellence Award - Bing Tang

Professionalism Award - Jessica Thompson 

Outstanding Service Award - Erik Van Amerongen, Ashley Kauffman, Aman Patel, Tieuvan Phan, Srilatha Tavisala 

Community Service Award - Amy Isaacs, Kristen Malabanan, Shirley Wong

Leadership Award - April Von Allmen, Tiffany Himes, Lehua Kay, Erica Malcolm, Shane Orr

Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award - Lisa Wang

Public Health Award - Feuy Saechao 

Eli Lilly Excellence in Diabetes Care Award - Andrea Rupniewski

Excellence in Ambulatory Care Award - Ngoc-Diep Pham

Facts and Comparisons Award of Excellence - Rebecca Williams

Lexi-Comp Excellence in Drug Information Award - Charlotte Vincenzes

Merck Index Award: - Mandeep Gill, Scott Swanson

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award - Eric Schettini 

Pfizer Excellence in Patient Care Award - Minh Le

Purdue Pain Management Award - Carly Davis

Natural Products Database, Pharmacists Letter - Vincent Dang

Outstanding Class of 2012 Poster Award - Mandeep Gill, Lehua Kay, Tieuvan Phan, Joy Sinsongserm, Shirley Wong

School of Physical Therapy awards

Outstanding Service to the School of Physical Therapy - Jandra Mueller, Melissa Murray, Ashleigh Stroud

Community Service Award - Chantelle Bruyn, Carole Gibson, Kelsey Imondi, Darleen Morris, Camas Weraky

Director Award - Talina Marshall

College of Optometry awards

Alcon Clinical Case Report Award - Justine Aguilar

AOA Advantage Scholarship - Eilene Eugenio

AOF/Vistakon Award of Excellence in CL Patient Care - Chad Rosen

Brian Lee Hill Memorial Award - Eilene Eugenio

BSK Chapter Award for Exceptional Research - David Glabe

BSK Silver Medal Award - David Glabe

COVD Award for Excellence in Vision Therapy - Adam Motacek

Dean's Award - David Glabe, Sarah Swanholm

Designs for Vision William Feinbloom Low Vision Award - David Glabe

Donald A. Bybee Memorial Award for Vision Therapy - Cristin Mattione

Eschenbach Low Vision Award - Seth Jensen

Essilor Award for Excellence in clinical dispensing - Grace Brown

GP Lens Institute CL Clinical Excellence Award - Justine Aguilar

Marchon Practice Management Award - Nathan Langemo

MiraMed Award for Excellence in Primary Care Optometry - Brandon Reed

NBEO Part 1 Highest Score - Jessica Barbay

OPW Student Member of the Year Award - Eilene Eugenio

OPW Student Member of the Year Award, Honorable Mention - Jesse McCarrell

PECAA Award for Excellence in Future Private Practice - Ashley Larsen

PU Outstanding Clinician Award - Aaron Cole

PUCO Private Practice Scholarship - Jaime Balzan-Hazen, Brendon Bjarnason

Tole Greenstein Award - Megan Sis

VSP Scholarship - David Glabe, Scott Pitts

View photos from the Pacific University Professional Program Commencement on May 19, 2012.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on May 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

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