The Students Have Spoken: New Leaders Announced

The Students Have Spoken: New Leaders Announced

Outstanding organizations, faculty and graduating seniors were honored at the Student Government Association's annual banquet.

Written by Suzanna Cisneros

Outgoing Student Government Association officers were on hand at the event to honor those newly elected for 2012-2013.

Outgoing Student Government Association officers were on hand at the event to honor those newly elected for 2012-2013.

The Student Government Association recently hosted its awards and annual installation banquet honoring its newly elected officers, outstanding faculty, students and graduating seniors.

Elected officers 2012-2013 include:

  • President: Jason Chandrapal, a first-year medical student from Houston. Chandrapal will begin his second year next semester.
  • Vice President of Communications: Dalan Gore, a senior in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, who will begin his master’s in the speech language pathology this summer. He is from Tulia.
  • Vice President of Operations: Steven McDonald, currently a first-year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and will begin his second year next semester. He is from Lubbock.
  • Vice President of Finance: Jonathan R. Ford, currently a second-year medical student. He will begin his third year next semester. He is returning for a second term as vice president of finance and is from Bellville.
RaiderThon was named outstanding organization of the year.

RaiderThon was named outstanding organization of the year.

Awards presented included:

  • Outstanding organization of the year: RaiderThon
  • Outstanding Student Government Association committee of the year: Community Service, Chairperson Dalan Gore
  • Outstanding senator of the year: Nikki Sandt
  • Outstanding faculty – School of Allied Health Sciences: Michael Taylor, MPAS, PA-C; Melinda Corwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Stephen Zupancic, Au.D., Ph.D.; Timothy Pendergrass, MPT, PT; Sherry Sancibrian, M.S., CCC-SLP; Katie Bennett, Ph.D., MP (ASCP); Nick Coppola, MSA, MHA.; John P. Jackson, OTR, Ed.D.; Troy L. Hooper, MPT, ATC; Lynn Hamilton, Ph.D., MT (ASCP); Michael Keller, BS, BSN; and Melinda Corwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Outstanding faculty – Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: Luis Cuello, Ph.D.
  • Outstanding faculty – School of Medicine: Michael Phy, D.O.; Dennis Dove, M.D., FACS; Christopher G. MacGuire, D.O., FACOG; Jane A. Colmer-Hamood, Ph.D.; James Hutston, Ph.D.; and Robert Kirk Baston, M.D.
  • Outstanding faculty – School of Nursing: LaMicha Hogan, R.N., MSN; Linda Brice, R.N., Ph.D.; Lori Johnson, MSN, R.N.; Laura Gorby, MSN, R.N.; and Azucena Ortega-Mandani, R.N. MPH
  • Outstanding faculty – School of Pharmacy: Nikita Mirajkar, Ph.D., and Craig Cox, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • The Texas Medical Association Lubbock Chapter was also recognized as the section chapter of the year.


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