TTUHSC Student Government Association Presents New Officers and Student Senate Awards

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its awards and annual installation banquet. Newly elected SGA officers, outstanding faculty, students and graduating seniors were honored.

Outgoing SGA officers Hunter Atkins, Eric Edwards, Dalan Gore and Morgan Schmeits were recognized and the new officers for 2014-2015 took their oath of office as the transfer of the gavel was made. Elected officers include:


  • President — Eric Edwards

  • Vice President of Communications — Rebecca Marquez

  • Vice President of Operations — Mike Russell

  • Vice President of Finance — Sareh Cavazos


Edwards said the SGA serves as the voice for students and this year will focus on a number of key projects.

“The new SGA leadership team will updating fitness equipment in the Synergistic Center; promote healthy food choices in the cafeteria for TTUHSC students; expand the SGA leadership summit by providing 50 tickets to students from satellite campuses; and increase institutional and community awareness of all five schools here at TTUHSC,” Edwards said.

Edwards said this banquet was an opportunity to honor faculty and senators who are mentors and go above and beyond.

“These are the only awards given by students who voted directly for them and it is an honor to host this for the faculty and students who give so much to the institution,” Edwards said.

Awards presented included:

Outstanding Organization of the Year — MusiCare

Outstanding SGA Committee of the Year — Community Service

Outstanding Senator of the Year — Luz Ordaz

SGA President's Award of Excellence recipients are:

Sareh Cavazos

Tori Gauer

Timmi Ickert

Luz Ordaz

Theresa Phan

Nick Sankowsky

Bryce Stash

James Wang.

Outstanding Faculty — Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Luis Cuello, Ph.D., Kendra Rumbaugh, Ph.D.; Min Hee Kang, Pharm.D.; and Lenin Mahimainathan, Ph.D.

Outstanding Faculty — School of Medicine

James Hutson, Ph.D.; Jane Colmer-Hamood, Ph.D.; Edward Yeomans, M.D.; Steven Urban, M.D.; and Charles Sponsel, D.O., MS

Outstanding Faculty — School of Nursing

Debra Winckler, MSN, R.N.; Graciela Flores, DNP, R.N.; and Lisa Campbell, DNP, R.N.

Outstanding Faculty — School of Allied Health Sciences

Toby Brooks, Ph.D., LAT; Jacquelyn Dalton, Ph.D., CRC; C. Roger James, Ph.D., FACSM; Michael Taylor, MPAS, PA-C; Dwayne Paschall, Ph.D., CCC-A;

Leigh Ann Reel, Au.D. Ph.D.; Timothy Pendergrass, MPT, PT; Lois Stickley, Ph.D., PT;

Jean-Michel Brismee, PT, ScD; James Dembowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP;

Carolyn Perry, Ph.D.; Katie Bennett, Ph.D., MB (ASCP)CM; Robert Posterano, M.D., MBI; Matthew Geddie, OTR, Ph.D.; Lynne Hamilton, Ph.D., MT (ASCP); and Melinda Corwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Outstanding Faculty — School of Pharmacy

Harold Miller, B.A., M.T. (ASCP), Ph.D., and Craig Cox, Pharm.D., BCPS

Outstanding Faculty — Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Osvaldo Padilla, M.D., MPH; Dale W. Quest, Ph.D.; and Bert Johansson, M.D., Ph.D.

Outstanding Faculty — Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing

Betty Dement, R.N., MSN, and Sandra G. Imperial, R.N., MSN

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