|Staff Member of 2013: Congratulations, Marianna Sarkyssian|
On April 11th, 2014 over 100 staff and faculty members from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science attended the 2013 Staff Member of the Year and Annual Service Awards Ceremony.
This award recognizes the employee’s valuable efforts and contributions to the organization. For the CDU family, this is an opportunity to spotlight the staff and faculty for workplace perseverance, longevity, and notable tenure with the University.
The Staff Member of the Year award honors the employee that demonstrates outstanding attitude, performance, teamwork, creativity, organizational abilities, dedication, responsiveness, communication, and safety in the delivery of service to the University. CDU honored Marianna Sarkyssian as the 2013 Staff Member of the Year.
Watch her video acceptance:
Clip 1: The announcement
Clip 2: Her acceptance speech
More Employee Awards
Employees who were celebrating 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, and so on until the 35th anniversary years were recognized. Dr. Ronald Edelstein topped the list for having served 35 years here at CDU.
Watch his brief video award here
Other Service Awards include:
30 Years of Service: Dr. Mamdooh H. Ghoneum, Kessler E. Martin
20 Years of Service: Dr. Merlyn Asuncion, Dr. Mohsen Bazargan, Holly E. Johnson
15 Years of Service: Dr. Mayer B. Davidson, Dr. David S. Martins, Dr. Junko Nishitani, Albert L. Washington
10 Years of Service: Melissa L. Braga, Karen G. Cheng, Erik S. Fleming, Dr. Sheba M. George, Dr. Kabirullah Lutfy, Maria Quintana, Linda T. Towles
5 Years of Service: Patricia A. Avila, Deborah A. Jones, William Jason McCuller, Deborah G. Potts, William D. Quintana, Jennifer Sancen, Mike Scott
|Mattison Haywood Remembered by Students, Faculty and Admin|
The CDU family gathered Thursday April 17th, 2014 to remember Mattison Haywood, first year post-baccalaureate student whose life and nine others, (including her fiancé's) were taken too soon. The somber mood permeated the cool evening air as classmates, faculty and administrators took turns remembering "Matty" as she was affectionately called.
L.A. County Board President Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Ryan Higgins from the Office of Assemblymember Isadore Hall III, Carson Councilman Mike Gipson and other notables were present.
Dr. David Carlisle shared his first hand encounter with Mattison:
"I personally remember the occasion when I met Mattison. I remember the joy and happiness and sunshine she brings to every occasion when one would interact with her... I talked with Mattison's family this past weekend, and note that her family has remained strong in the most trying of circumstances...Mattison was committed to community service and improving the lives of others, which is exactly what she was doing when her life ended. She personified all that our university stands for: our vision our mission and our values,” he said.
Referring to her fiancé who also perished, Dr. Carlisle said "I also want to acknowledge Mattison's fiancé, Michael Myvette. He was a similar person with a similar commitment. He served as an autism counselor in the Carson and Torrance areas. And indeed, you'll note that the color theme of this evening is the color blue, and that is in celebration of the fight against autism, in the honor of Mr. Michael Myvette. Michael also had ties to CDU. His uncle Keith Andre is a former CDU employee. He wanted to be with us this evening. He appreciated the thoughts expressed to him and to his family during this most difficult time.
"CDU is honored to have had Mattison enrolled as a member of our student body.”
Listen to the Services Now: The students' memories of Mattison are happy, sad, painful and uplifting. Please click here and fast forward to 16:11 to hear her classmates remember her.
A letter to CDU from Carla Haywood, Mother of Mattison Haywood:
To the staff and students of Charles R. Drew University (CDU):
I was deeply moved with love and compassion after hearing the audio presentation of the vigil that was held last week Thursday for my dear Mattison Haywood. I am so sorry we were not able to attend due to the immediate obligations at the time.
Mattison was very excited about attending CDU and was looking forward to increasing her opportunities to be competitive as a future doctor in our community. We stand in solidarity of the love and appreciation you gave to Mattison during her short time at CDU. We will forever remember you as part of our extended family as you have demonstrated your unconditional support during this difficult time for the Haywood and Myvett families.
Thank you once again for the beautiful words of comfort and prayers and the tributes from you the students and faculty of CDU. I will cherish his audio forever in my heart!
As Mattison would say “Love is Key”
Carla L. Haywood and Family
Mattison Haywood's parents have announced her final services:
May 10, 2014 @ 11:00 am
At Crosspoint Church,
6950 Edison Ave.
Chino, CA 91710
All are invited!
|A Moment in Time: The First Day Mattison Haywood Is a Student at CDU. Services Set for May 10.|
Jackie Brown, President Carlisle's Chief of Staff, remembers snapping this photo on the first day the Post-Baccalaureate students arrived here at CDU. At the time she served as the Director of Communications here. "With all the new faces, I am not sure why I remember that this was Mattison Haywood who was front and center in this photo," she said. "That's God working."
|CDU Celebrates the Legacy of Cesar Chavez with a Lecture by Jose Gonzalez|
On April 1st, the CDU Pre-Med Society and Office of the President hosted an event celebrating the legacy of Cesar Chavez. Jose J. Gonzalez, M.P.A., Health Care Management Consultant, community activist and former CDU Board Member lead the conversation. He spoke about his real life interactions with Cesar Chavez, and the impact he had on farm workers’ wages, healthcare and safe working condition. While Chavez organized or many changes, the conversation discussed how we can continue to advocate for the ideals of Chavez. Dr. Carlisle noted: “One of the highlights of my life was having the opportunity to meet Cesar Chavez and shake his hand at a health care reform event in Northridge in 1992.”
At CDU, we honor leaders, like Cesar Chavez, who served the underserved and led with excellence and compassion.
Watch a Few Video comments: Black and Latino relations:
Under Spanish rule: Caste system, Cinco de Mayo, French/Mexican mixing:
|Student Profile: Belinda Addo
"Students from the School of Nursing Go to Ghana for GHI"|
Students headed to Ghana, West Africa on a mission to examine and improve health care systems in impoverished areas.
Belinda Addo (pictured above, front row center) is a nursing student at CDU's Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing. She is very active in student government, and a mom of a nine year-old son. A native of Ghana, West Africa, she jumped at the chance to organize a trip to her homeland with fellow classmates interested in examining health care systems around the world. The group leaves in late July. They are a part of the Global Health Initiative (GHI). They have launched a crowd funding project to raise money for their plane tickets and travel accommodations. To contribute to this effort, support the Go Fund Me project currently ongoing: http://www.gofundme.com/71n1a4.
To further explain the Global Health Initiative, Belinda submitted the following:
Belinda submitted this summary of the initiative:
The Global Health Initiative (GHI) is comprised of diverse and innovative health professional leaders who strive to improve all facets of healthcare that are defined by a society which include diverse cultures and cultural health beliefs. In particular, GHI is interested in providing preventative care and primary care to rural areas around the world, with its first quest to Ghana, West Africa. In rural areas, preventative care and primary care are scarce in the sense that services are not readily available for natives who reside outside of the suburbs. Contributing to health disparities is the cost to maintain care. Collectively, we intend to curb the increasingly growing numbers of preventable health disparities which contribute to expensive hospital treatment.
Our main focus is to improve patient centered care through education, promoting health, and educating communities about susceptible health risks. We are collaborating with Global Human Services a non-profit organization directed by Roger Williams III to provide care and services to a local orphanage where a new clinical site is being built.
The goal is to increase patient education and decrease preventable diseases by:
- Emphasizing health prevention, promotion and treatment to underserved communities. We plan on accomplishing this task, globally, one country, city, and community at a time.
- Providing medical supplies as we are aware that rural areas lack resources that enable them of the awareness to susceptible diseases such as Hypertension, Diabetes Type II, and cardiovascular disease.
- Ensuring health advocacy and culturally sensitive health beliefs through clinical service using evidence based practice.
- Identifying how cultural beliefs influence and affect health behaviors which will assist in providing patient focused care.
Find out more at: http://cduglobalhealthinitiative.wordpress.com
|News from the Office of Medical Student Affairs (OMSA)|
King Drew Seniors receive $500 scholarships from CDU
The month of March ended with several activities in one day for the Office of Medical Student Affairs – College of Medicine. On March 29, the Partnership for Progress (P4P) ended yearly activities with student presentations and a luncheon. In P4P, CDU medical students act as mentors for senior high school students at the King Drew Medical Magnet High School. Mentorship responsibilities include helping senior students understand the education and training involved with health care jobs, sparking an interest in health care related fields, and academic and professional guidance in selecting and applying for a college. The culminating activity consisted of student presentations on related topics of interest in the health care field. Students were judged on the projects by the entire group of medical school student/mentors. The winners were Ms. Melissa Wenceslao and Ms. Aziza Wright, who will both receive a $500 scholarship check from CDU.
The Office of Medical Student Affairs takes a “Second Look”
The Office of Medical Student Affairs hosted a “Second Look” for accepted applicants into the CDU College of Medicine program. Current CDU medical students mixed with the new students and talked to them about life as a CDU medical student. A large number of newly accepted applicants were present who represented a host of colleges in California and across the U.S.
Submitted by Joseph Corrao
Director for Student Affairs
|CDU Alumni Publish Findings on Dietary Supplements and HIV + Women|
Two graduates have published their research in the esteemed journal ElSevier, entitled: “Using the theory of planned behavior to explore attitudes and beliefs about dietary supplements among HIV-positive Black women."
The alums, Stephanie Lino and Danielle Campbell, are recent graduates. Download and read it here:
Submitted by Prof. Cynthia Davis
|CDU Newsletter and Social Media|
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