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University Recognizes Award-Winning Scholars

May 9, 2014

Cal State Fullerton will be honoring its top graduating scholars and recent grads during the annual Honors Convocation Friday, May 16.

Among the honorees:

Chemistry major Julie Hofstra of Bellflower, a first-generation college student, is receiving the Alumni Association's Outstanding Senior Award. Hofstra has been awarded a $132,000 National Science Foundation scholarship for her future doctoral studies at Caltech. A Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation scholar, Hofstra will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in chemistry degree next week's commencement ceremonies.

Rachel McClanahan of Ventura, a member of CSUF's inaugural class of doctor of nursing practice graduates, is receiving the Alumni Association's Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Stephen E. Johnson of Long Beach, who completed an M.F.A. in art-sculpture in January, is the 2014 recipient of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Betty Robertson Award, which recognizes older graduates for their achievements. OLLI, a self-governing university support group retired and semiretired individuals, named its award after Betty Robertson, former director of community and in-house programs for University Extended Education. She was 89 when she passed away in the fall.

Vivian D. Oh of La Habra, who will graduate with a B.F.A. in art-drawing and painting this spring, is this year's recipient of the International Understanding Award. Funded by the Emil Grieshaber Memorial Fund, the award recognizes personal contributions to increase international understanding through leadership activities.

Oh, who has traveled to Korea, Italy, Morocco and Dubai, has been a member of the International Student Association, represented the College of the Arts on the Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors, founded and was president of the Italian Language and Culture Club, and served as an orientation leader with New Student Programs. She was a  curatorial intern at the Florence Biennale International Art Exhibition and is currently at work on a series of paintings based on childhood memories.

Emanuel Gluckman of Placentia and Jonathan Shapiro of Manhattan Beach are this year's recipients of the Miles D. McCarthy Health Professions Awards, which is named in honor of the founder of the CSUF Health Professions Committee and its interdisciplinary advising approach. For decades, the committee has been grooming students for successful admission to medical, dental and other health professions schools.

Gluckman graduated summa cum laude in January with a B.S. in biological science-cell and developmental biology. The scholar spent a year working in a microbiology research lab with Esther Chen, associate professor of biological science; shadowed an orthodontist, an endodontist, a periodontist, and an oral surgeon; and has volunteered at Linda Vista Elementary School, fostering children in difficult situations. He has been accepted to UCLA School of Dentistry to fulfill his dream in becoming a dentist.

Shapiro completed a pre-health professional studies certificate in January. Previously, he earmed a B.A. in economics at UCLA in 2009. Shapiro, former dental chair of the CSUF American Medical Student Association, was a Postbaccalaureate Admissions Committee member and a project leader with the Transformative Action Institute and Project B.R.I.T.E. He also volunteered as a dental assistant, crisis counselor and clinical assistant and will attend Harvard University to pursue a career in dentistry.

Paul Nguyen of Garden Grove, who earned a bachelor of science in biological science in 2013, was selected for this year's Kenneth Goodhue-McWilliams Award, given for outstanding contributions to the health professions. Nguyen served as secretary and treasurer of the Student Health Professions Association and was a volunteer with the American Red Cross, the Compton Initiative, and the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists Science Extravaganza. He shadowed health professionals at Western University's Patient Care Center, Cope Health Solutions St. Mary Medical Center, and Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in Irvine. He plans a career in podiatry to further limb-loss prevention.

Class of '13 biology graduate April Newlander of Arcata, is the 2014 recipient of the Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award for "Wash Flow Disturbance and Summer Wash Flow in the Mojave Desert: Influence on Dispersion, Production and Physiological Functioning of Dominant Shrubs." Her faculty mentor was Darren R. Sandquist, professor of biological science. The honor is named in for the former CSUF associate vice president for academic programs, dean of graduate studies and professor of history, who passed away in December.

The Honors Convocation will be held at 7 p.m. in the Meng Concert Hall of the Clayes Performing Arts Center.

Commencement ceremonies are May 17 and 18 beginning at 8 a.m. on the campus athletics field north of Titan Gym, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831.

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