The SHP Alumni Organization Board of Directors takes great pride in honoring outstanding individuals each year for their accomplishments, demonstrated commitment to the School and service to others. Those receiving awards today exemplify the highest ideals of the University of Missouri and a true Tiger spirit.
The Student Engagement Awards are given to one undergraduate and one graduate student each year who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, commitment to the School of Health Professions, and service to others.
The Undergraduate Student Engagement Award goes to Aliyha Hill. Aliyha is a member of SHP’s Committee on Inclusion and chairs the Diversity Across Curriculum Working Group. She is a Mizzou Parent and Family Ambassador, has been a Summer Welcome leader, a member of Griffith’s Leadership Society for Women, an executive member of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and has been a site leader for three Mizzou Alternative Break service learning trips. And that’s not all! Her nominator wrote, “Aliyha’s deep commitment to the service of those beyond her immediate community is remarkable and humbling.” Aliyha, thank you for all you do for SHP, Mizzou and the community. Congratulations!
This year’s Excellence in Mentoring Award goes to Edie Stark. A graduate of Communication Science and Disorders, Edie began mentoring graduate students when she was just a few years out of the program herself. She has worked most of her career in Columbia Public Schools and is a supervisor and mentor to graduate students during their clinical outplacements there. One recent student had this to say: “Edie demonstrates the perfect balance of allowing me to be independent and try new ideas while providing enough feedback and support for me to be successful. She is incredibly encouraging of me as a clinician, and is a terrific mentor thanks to her optimism and compassion for students.” Edie, thanks for all you do for our students, and congratulations!
This year’s Alumni Citation of Merit Award goes to Dana Evans. Dana is a graduate of the respiratory therapy program and serves as Director of Respiratory Care at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Her exemplary professional service includes leadership roles in the Missouri Society for Respiratory Care and the American Association for Respiratory Care – a service record that has earned her the President’s Volunteer Excellence Award, the highest such honor in the nation. She is a nationally known speaker and has been recognized as the AARC Specialty Practitioner of the Year. Her impressive contributions reflect positively on our school, and we’re proud that she’s part of the SHP Family. Congratulations, Dana!
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award goes to an SHP alum who is within 5 years of graduation. This year’s award goes to Gabby Heckman-Scheuler. As a student, Gabby earned numerous awards and honors, and was a member of the student ambassador team. As a new alumna, she is still actively supporting student recruitment efforts and helping engage other alumni. Gabby is an occupational therapist at Kidz First Therapy in the Kansas City area, and she’s implementing aquatic therapy with clients – a natural follow up to the award-winning adapted swimming lesson program she developed while a student at SHP. She is a co-director of the first-ever student ambassador reunion, during which, SHP will host the 90 ambassador alumni who have served our school. Her nominator wrote, “Gabby is an outstanding alumna who makes serving others and her school a priority.” Congratulations, Gabby!
The SHP Alumni Organization is also pleased to award two $1000 scholarships to outstanding health professions students each year, one undergraduate and one graduate or professional.
Emma Stetzenmeyer is our undergraduate scholarship recipient. She’s a senior in health sciences and was recently accepted to the physical therapy program. In her application essay, Emma noted that experience with health professionals, especially a particular physical therapist after an injury in high school, had a profound impact on her life and choice of career. She’s eager to begin the DPT program this summer and learn to provide not just mobility and function to her patients, but hope and encouragement too. Emma is a student ambassador and has been involved with Mizzou Alternative Breaks. Supervisor Cheri Ghan wrote than Emma is an outstanding student, organized and tenacious in pursuit of her goals. But also that “Emma’s personality is contagious. She is always smiling, empathetic and positive. One cannot help but feel hopeful around her.” Congratulations, Emma! Best of luck to you in the PT program!
The professional student scholarship goes to Anthony Skinner. Anthony is a senior in the radiography program. In his essay, Anthony wrote that he always knew he wanted a career through which he could help others. And during his grandmother’s illness he discovered his passion for the field of radiation therapy, which set him on the path to Mizzou and SHP. While here, he’s taken his commitment to serving others to heart – he is a member of Sigma Eta Rho, SHP’s service fraternity, serves as a student ambassador, and has been a part of Mizzou Alternative Breaks service learning trips. Carla Allen is one of Anthony’s professors and she wrote: “Mr. Skinner exhibits compassion that is notable. His skills in patient care will enable him to transition smoothly to radiation oncology. From day one his clinical instructors have commended his courteous, respectful interactions with patients, family members and other members of the health care team.” Congratulations, Anthony!