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2016 Faith Davies Awards recognized staff, students and student organizations for leadership and contribution to Pacific and the community

May 16, 2016

The annual Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of students, faculty, staff and student organizations to the quality of campus life at Pacific. Family, colleagues and friends gathered for the awards ceremony in the DeRosa University Center Ballroom on Friday, May 13.

Podesto Award for Excellence in Student Life, Mentoring and Counseling - Allison Dumas and Marshea Pratt '93

The Podesto Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has played a significant role in enriching the student experience through direct advising and mentoring of students. This year's recipients were Allison Dumas, director of the Community Involvement Program, and Marshea (Jones) Pratt '93, assistant director of alumni relations and advisor to the Kilusan Pilipino student organization.

Allison DumasAllison Dumas
As director of the Community Involvement Program, Dumas advises first-generation college students as they move through their years at Pacific. In multiple nomination letters, she was described as someone who encourages her students to "Lead the Change" in their communities, empowers them as students in their journey to be role models, and inspires them to reach out and support their communities. She is said to be always available to listen and is the first person they call when they encounter problems at home or academically (and they do arise) because they trust her advice and know she offers a safe place to express themselves without fear or judgment. She is a true optimist, and it is her positive attitude that helps her accomplish whatever task she has been assigned. All her students respond to her honest support, gentle guidance, and unfailing belief in their talent and abilities.

Marshea Pratt and Patrick DayMarshea Pratt '93
In addition to her day job as assistant director of alumni relations, Pratt also became the advisor to the Kilusan Pilipino student organization last year, one of the largest clubs on campus. Taking on the new role, she educated herself on the club's traditions, history and culture to be able to provide advice and guidance. She also reached out to alumni to assist in building her knowledge and to continue their relationship with the university. Through her work with the Pacific Alumni Association, she has actively encouraged and developed alumni engagement with current students and programs, including the STEPS. She has also collaborated with and co-facilitated VISIONS Inc. Social Justice Training on campus to further improve campus climate for underrepresented and underserved students.

 The following student awards were also presented at the ceremony:

Jesse Marks Co-Curricular Award - Kiran Mazloom '16

Kiran MazloomThe Jesse Marks Co-Curricular Award recognizes a graduating senior who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the university through involvement in organizations and activities outside the classroom, whose involvement has positively impacted the campus community in significant, meaningful ways. This year's award recipient is Kiran Mazloom.  A health, exercise and sport sciences major, Kiran Mazloom also founded Caduceus, an undergraduate health journal, and WE- Fit, a community health education program. She also volunteered as an academic tutor, as a pathology and physical therapy aid, and at the Gleason House Medical Clinic, which provides no-cost medical care to the homeless of San Joaquin County.

Dochterman Outstanding Junior Award - Jawad Ehsanyar '17 and Delia Davila '17

The Dochterman Outstanding Junior Award recognizes a student with Junior standing who has made significant contributions to the university, demonstrates leadership in the classroom, and serves as a positive role model for others outside of the classroom to influence positive change in the university community.

Jawad EhsanyarJawad Ehsanyar, a business administration major in the Eberhardt School of Business, is president of the International Club and a member of Gamma Alpha Sigma Lambda. He has served as a STRIPE cadet in Public Safety and worked as front desk receptionist in the office of International Programs and Services. He has represented Pacific at the Northwest Model United Nations Conference in Seattle, Washington, the Millennium Campus Conference in Boca Raton, Florida, and the Afghan Leadership Summit in Berkeley, California. He will also be participating in the Asian International Model United Nations Conference in Beijing, China.

Delia Davila and Louise Stark

Delia Davila, a bioengineering major with an engineering management minor, is president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She was a leader in planning the Día de Ciencias, a community outreach event to encourage children to pursue STEM careers. She is active with the Society of Women Engineers and served as Team Tech captain. Their "CubeSat" device took second-place in national competition.

Karen DeRosa Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award - Christopher Yang '17

Christopher YangThe Karen DeRosa Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award recognizes a graduate student who has completed a master of arts in educational administration and leadership with a specialization in student affairs. The recipient demonstrates leadership in the classroom; makes a significant contribution to the field of student affairs through research, service, programming and/or advising; and as made a significant contribution to the co-curricular student experience at Pacific. This year's recipient, Christopher Yang, is a graduate assistant for the Pride Resource Center. He co-developed and implemented campus-wide educational programming regarding LGBTQ+ issues and concerns, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills and enhanced programming and events offered as part of Coming Out Week, Pride Week and Welcome Week. He also is a co-creator of Healthy Masculinities Week and coordinated the Lavender Graduation ceremonies celebrating the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ students.

The Elizabeth Griego Outstanding Student Leader Award - Laurel Klafehn '16

Laurel Klafehn

The Elizabeth Griego Outstanding Student Leader Award recognizes a graduating senior who has made significant and sustainable contributions to the student experiences at Pacific. The recipient will have significantly improved the student experience in a way that is sustained beyond graduation, demonstrated outstanding scholarship and service to the campus community and to the student's academic department or school. The award is presented during the University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14. A development and cultural change major and honors student in the School of International Studies, Laurel Klafehn is also a member and past president of the Council of Social Entrepreneurs, contributing substantially to the implementation of sustainable programming and events. She tutored at the Pacific Center for Community Involvement
and taught English classes to students of all ages in Mexico as part of DERHGO. She also assisted in establishing the annual Hunger Banquet, which raised $1,500 this year for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Four student organizations were recognized for leadership and philanthropy:

Pacific Tiger Award - The Muslim Student Organization

Muslim Student Association

This award is presented annually by the Pacific Alumni Association to recognize a registered student organization that exhibits extraordinary school spirit, encourages student participation in activities and events, and/or provides students with a knowledge of school traditions and history. This year's recipient is the Muslim Student Organization. During the past year, the group sponsored several events and philanthropic outreaches to benefit the needy and increase awareness and understanding of Muslim social values, morals and religious practices. These include United for Peace, United Cultural Council International Dinner, Sacred Songs of Love Concert, meet a Muslim, Swipes Against Hunger and the Noor Tagouri Lecture. The group also raised 45,000 for Syrian refugee children with Helping Hands for Relief and Development and supported the homeless population in Stockton by partnering with ALL4114ALL providing meals to those in need.

Anderson Y Community Service Award - Community Involvement Program Student Association


This award recognizes an outstanding registered student organization engaged in Pacific and the surrounding local community that routinely engages in ongoing community service. This year's honoree is the Community Involvement Program Student Association (CIPSA). This organization, made up of students in the Community Involvement Program, provided 25 Thanksgiving dinners to families in San Joaquin County and promoted literacy with local elementary schools in programs such as "Commodore Skills Carnival" and "Reading with a Superhero." Members also volunteered with Pacific's Financial Aid Office in the annual bilingual financial aid workshop.

Pacific Fund Philanthropy Award - Student Community Outreach for Public Education


This award recognizes a registered student organization, club, or council that demonstrated outstanding commitment to charitable giving. Nominees must have achieved excellence in fundraising for a nonprofit or civic group during the current academic year, have significant involvement in community activities that impact the local community in meaningful ways, and encourage student participation. This year's awardee is the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE). SCOPE has provided oral healthcare and education to many underserved populations in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. This past year, SCOPE participated in 40-50 community health programs, serving nearly 4,000 people and sponsored or participated in several signature events such as Project Homeless Connect, Senior Smiles Health and Wellness Fair, and Give Kids a Smile, which focus on underserved populations including the homeless, elderly and children.

Student Organization of the Year Award - Pacific Chapter of the American Student Dental Association

Pacific ASDAThis award recognizes a registered student organization that has made a lasting impact on the Pacific community. The organization is visible on campus and is recognized and respected for providing quality programs, provides services and/or experiences to its members and the campus community, collaborates with other clubs and organizations, involves the campus community in positive programs and activities, and promotes Pacific's definition of responsible leadership. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) was the recipient of this prestigious award. This student-run organization introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, recreation and representation. This past year, the group raised $2,015 for Mind Matters SF during the annual Penny Wars, provided opportunities for professional development for all members, and participated at the national level in ASDA events.



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