BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Student leaders and teachers were recognized by Northwestern Health Sciences University recently for their outstanding service and dedication to the University and the natural health care profession. "Once a year we take the opportunity to show our appreciation for these leaders, and recognize them for their hard work, dedication, and talent that adds so much to the life of the University," said Emily Tweed, PhD, associate vice president and dean of students at Northwestern. The awards were presented at a dinner on March 26, 2009.
In addition to student recognition, the Student Leadership Hall of Fame award was given out to four students for going over and above expectations. The awards were presented to:
Joessa Austin, College of Chiropractic student;
Katy Lundell, College of Chiropractic student;
Anna Jensen, School of Massage Therapy student; and
Nichole Vanecek, Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine student.
During the evening the Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year awards were also presented. Michael Wiles, DC, chiropractic dean and interim provost, received the administrator of the year award.
The Teacher of the Year awards were presented to:
John Pirog, LAc, MOm, professor, Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine;
Tom Braem, MS, assistant professor, School of Massage Therapy; and
Bill Elkington, DC, professor, and Renee DeVries, DC, professor, College of Chiropractic.
The final award of the evening was the first-ever Student Leadership Scholarship award, which was presented to Linda Hanson, chiropractic student, for her accomplishments as Student Senate president. The award was created by three Northwestern College of Chiropractic alumni: Cody Hoefert, DC, ('04); Michael Smith, DC, ('06); and Jason Sherman, DC, ('99).
Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.