Newly minted teachers and healthcare professionals graduate from Pacific
Professional Programs Commencement completes a day of celebration and fellowship.
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.
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
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