KU Medical Center student leaders honored

April 03, 2014

By Donna Peck

Kirsten Devin, the Dorothy Knoll Outstanding Student Leader Award winner, with Ryan Gove, director of student life

The Division of Student Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center presented its annual student leadership awards on April 1. The awards recognize excellence in student leadership, advising, organizations, and community service.

Vince Loffredo, Vice Chancellor of Student Services, in presenting the awards, said this year's group of honorees exemplified the excellence and diversity of student programs at KU Medical Center and the leadership skills of the nominated students.

Here are this year's awardees:

The Campus Program Award is given to an outstanding campus program which contributed to the campus environment and enhanced the quality of student life and academic pursuits. The winner was the Latino Medical Student Association for their 60 Minutos program. The purpose of 60 Minutos is to provide students in all health professions with educational opportunities that enhance their capacity to treat and care for linguistically and culturally diverse patients, particularly Latinos and patients with limited English Proficiency.

The Student Diversity Award is given for demonstrated, exceptional passion for diversity and the capacity to demonstrate leadership skills in this area. This year's winner was Ruaa Hassaballa, a senior in clinical laboratory sciences, for her involvement in extracurricular activities, many of which are focused on diversity, teamwork and cooperative learning.

The Outstanding Student Organization is chosen for its mission and the activities it has undertaken to complete their vision, and for demonstrated ability to work as a team within the organization and with other organizations.  This year's awardee is KUMC International Outreach, which immerses students in a new culture and provides them with a life changing experience.  More than a thousand people in Guatemala and Panama received much needed health care and medications because of the hard work of KUMC International Outreach members. 

The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award is given annually to a faculty or staff member for his or her involvement and knowledge of the organization, ability to challenge the leaders of the organization, and the amount of guidance and support offered when needed. This year's awardee is Shelley Bhattacharya, DO, MPH, for her mentorship of the Geriatrics Interest Group.

The Student Community Leader Award is given to a student who shows exemplary commitment to serving a rural or underserved community. This year's winner is School of Medicine student Brittany Bruce. While serving as the Co-President of Student National Medical Association, Brittany sponosored a fundraiser that raised over $2,000 to implement a new obesity awareness program for the Boys & Girls Club of Kansas City. She also serves on the Kansas City American Heart Association's Multicultural Leadership Committee, where she has been able to help brainstorm, plan, and implement ways to reduce cardiovascular disparities in minority populations.

The Dorothy Knoll Outstanding Student Leader Award is presented every year to a student whose exceptional leadership skills affect the entire KU Medical Center campus, for community involvement, and for the ability to interact and work with a wide variety of students and student organizations. This award is named for Dr. Dorothy Knoll, KU Medical Center's first dean of students.  This year there were eight outstanding nominees for the award, and the winner was Kirsten Devin, a second-year student in the School of Medicine. Kirsten is an active member of Medical Student Assembly, JayDoc, KUMC International Outreach, the Doctors' Notes, Medical Students for Choice and serves as the Chair of the Student Governing Council. She was honored for being an asset to KU Medical Center's student body and her commitment to representing the interests of all her fellow students.

Last modified: Apr 04, 2014