Thu, May 23, 2013
UNTHSC’s 39th annual Commencement included two important firsts: a formal commissioning ceremony for graduates entering military service, and the Department of Physical Therapy’s first graduating class.
Col. Dennis Shingleton, U.S. Army (Ret.), TCOM Chief of Staff and Fort Worth City Council member, commissioned into the armed forces seven new physicians, graduates of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. A loved one pinned each new officer with his or her rank. See more photos on our Facebook page.
In addition to TCOM, UNTHSC’s 600 graduates were from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Health Professions. SHP’s Department of Physical Therapy, which recently achieved accreditation, graduated its first class of 29 students.
Interprofessionalism is crucial to creating a healthier community, the keynote speaker told graduates and their families and friends at the May 18 ceremony.
“You’ve got a massively wonderful career opportunity in front of you in every possible way, but please remember, teamwork is the key to turning our industry into a true health care system, and that’s all up to you,” said health-care safety pioneer John Nance, JD, in his keynote speech.
Three students were presented with awards:
Jordan Paige Eaton — President’s Award for Scholarly Excellence
Krishna Midde — Chancellor’s Award for Scholarly Excellence
Lauren Beadles — UNT Health Award for Scholarly Excellence.
To order photos or video from Commencement and related events, visit the Media Services website.
In the days and weeks preceding Commencement, the various schools and colleges held banquets and hoodings, and presented awards:
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
GSBS Hooding ceremonies preceded Commencement. Guest speaker was Paul Sieving, MD, PhD, Director of the National Eye Institute. He encouraged the graduates to be curious, passionate, audacious and responsible, and to give back to their community.
He praised the UNTHSC glaucoma research program and noted that his own passion is to complete his work in gene therapy treatment for a retinal disease, retinoschisis, that he began in 1985.
“Research work is painstaking and goes slowly, but it is never dull,” he said, and added that the array of medical tools now available is the result of “the investment of time, hard work and ingenuity of people like your professors and people like you graduates.”
GSBS awards were presented on Honors Day, April 30.
Sarah Oatts — Outstanding Graduate Student in Forensic and Investigative Genetics
Ankur Jain — Outstanding Graduate Student in Cell Biology
Tasneem Putliwala Sharma — Outstanding Graduate Student in Visual Sciences
Tatjana Talamantes — Outstanding Graduate Student in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Nathan Horton — Outstanding Graduate Student in Microbiology & Immunology
Sangram Raut — Outstanding Graduate Student in Biomedical Sciences
Thomas R. Bauman — Outstanding Graduate Student in Medical Sciences
Mathew Vandermaus — Outstanding Graduate Students in Clinical Research Management
Chandra Bathina — Outstanding Graduate Student in Integrative Physiology
Savitha Sridharan — Outstanding Graduate Student in Cancer Biology
Maninder Mallik — Harbans Lal Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student in Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Graduate Student Association Awards
Brittney Mott — Outstanding Member
Jacklyn Crisp — Outstanding Staff Member
Nathalie Sumien — Outstanding Faculty Member
Tom Cunningham — Golden Apple Award for Teaching
Carla Lee — Edward E. Elko Award for Distinguished Service
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Awards
Tasneem Putliwala Sharma — Reverend Barbara Wordinger Scholarship in Visual Sciences
Brent Shell and Victoria Kay — Rachel Dauphin Memorial Scholarship
Ankur Jain — Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement in Academics
Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement in Research: Krishna Midde
TEXAS COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Jordan Paige Eaton — Donna Jones Moritsugu Award
Wade Walker Swanson — Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Academics; President’s Scholar Award; Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award; and Wayne O. Stockseth OMM Students’ Award
Robert Cates — Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Research; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Chair’s Award; President’s Scholar Award
Matthew Hamilton — Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Clinical Studies
Christina Vu Tien Casey — T.R. Sharp, Department of Family Medicine, Chair’s Award
Craig Steven Pederson — Department of Internal Medicine Chair’s Award
Erin Elizabeth Brown — Excellence in Women’s Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair’s Award
Joanna Francis Gibbons — Wayne O. Stockseth, Department Of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Chair’s Award; and Academic Achievement in Rural Medicine Award
Emily S Gantz — Department of Pediatrics Chair’s Award
David K. Do — Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Chair’s Award
John Tyler Newton — William R. Jenkins, DO, Department of Surgery Chair’s Award; and President’s Scholar Award
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Scott Walters, Phd — Outstanding Faculty in Teaching (Presented by the Public Health Student Association (PHSA)
Sharon Homan, MS, PhD — Outstanding Faculty Advisor (Presented by PHSA)
Catherine Sembajwe-Reeves — Outstanding Staff Member (Presented by PHSA)
Kingsley Ebare — Bob Crow Outstanding Master’s Student in Leadership and Service
Mackenzie Cutchall — Kenneth Cooper, MD, MPH, Outstanding Master’s Student in Research
Laura Phipps — Leon Brachman Outstanding Master’s Student in Academic Achievement
Jordan Eaton — Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Academic Achievement
Tracy Wendling — Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Research
Joyce Hood — Richard S. Kurz Award
SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS – PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES
Rachael Mayfield — Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence-Academic
Lauren Beadles — Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence-Clinical
Jamie Patch — Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Phase
Anju Garg – Outstanding Achievement in Didactic Phase
Heather Capps — Outstanding Achievement in Pediatrics
Outstanding Master’s Project: Jeremy Diver, Rachael Mayfield, Eric Whitworth: A Critical Evaluation of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Pathway Protocol for Chemotherapy of State IIIA/IIIB Non-Resectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Advisor: Laurie Hill, MHS, PA-C
Master’s Project Excellence Award: Kristen Bacchus, Tiffany Fowler: Analysis of Factors Influencing Provider Perception and Treatment of Obese Patients. Advisor: Laura Mattingly, MHS, PA-C
SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS — PHYSICAL THERAPY
Jeffrey Guild–Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence-Research
Rauna Dallman — Outstanding Achievement in Physical Therapy Studies-Academic
Amanda Thompson — Outstanding Achievement in Physical Therapy Studies-Clinical Education
Laura Piland — Outstanding Achievement in Physical Therapy Studies-Leadership