MLK, Alumnus William King Legacies Honored


April 25, 2017

 

"The Dream Meets Tomorrow's Leaders" event, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Compliance and the PCOM chapter of the Student National Medical Association, honored students, alumni, faculty and staff who embody the lives and legacies of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and PCOM alumnus William M. King, DO '62.


 

The Office of Diversity and Compliance and the PCOM chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) held its third annual awards dinner and ceremony on Friday, April 21. Titled “The Dream Meets Tomorrow’s Leaders,” the event was held to honor students, alumni, faculty and staff who embody the lives and legacies of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and of alumnus William M. King, DO ’62, who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his patients and the larger Philadelphia Community.

The evening's keynote speaker was Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, PhD, who has served as the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia—the spiritual home of Martin Luther King Jr.—for more than 12 years. At 35, he became the fifth and the youngest person ever to serve as senior pastorate of that church, which was founded in 1886.

This year’s award recipients were:

Students:

  • Kevin Amuquandoh (MS/Biomed ’17): SNMA Biomedical Sciences Student of the Year
  • Chinyere Ebo (DO/MBA ’ 18): SNMA Fourth-Year DO Student of the Year
  • Obianuju Egwuonwu (DO ’ 19): SNMA Elton Cosby Jr. Student of the Year
  • Margaretta Gergen (DO ’ 19): SNMA Second-Year DO Student of the Year
  • Ifeanyi James (DO ’ 20): William M. King, DO '62 Scholarship
  • Odelia McFadden(PsyD ’19): Student of Merit
  • Ali Mohammed (DO ’ 20): William M. King, DO '62 Award
  • Kerby Rauscher (DO ’ 20): SNMA First-Year DO Student of the Year
  • Sydney Walker (DO ’ 18): SNMA Third-Year DO Student of the Year

Faculty/staff:

  • Arthur Evans, PhD, clinical professor, psychology: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award
  • Meshonea Fox, administrative coordinator, Student Affairs: Mentor of the Year
  • Pat Lannutti, DO ’71, professor and chair, Division of General Internal Medicine: Outstanding Faculty
  • Suzanne Walker-Garland, office manager, Family Medicine at PCOM: Outstanding Staff Award

Alumni:

  • Matthew Montgomery DO ’ 09: Meta L. Christy Award
  • Beverly White, PsyD ’04: Distinguished Alumni Award

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