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2018 Student Awards Ceremony: Excellence and Experience Abound at PAU

Thursday, May 31, 2018

What do a criminal defense lawyer, a former major league hockey player and a survivor of the Burundian civil war have in common? To begin with, all three are students at Palo Alto University. But they are also standout students — that’s according to the selection committee for Palo Alto University’s 2018 Student Awards that were presented during a ceremony on May 18 in PAU’s Wisniewski Hall. This year’s awardees represent only a small sample of the excellent work being done by PAU students across all programs, as well as the wide range of experience PAU students bring to their work. Nearly 50 students were nominated. Read more

“We have the most extraordinary students at Palo Alto University,” said PAU President Maureen O’Connor. “I am always amazed at the wide variety of experiences our students have — experiences that often provide perspective and direction in their field of work. Every day I am so appreciative of what they do and their commitment to changing the lives of people in need.”

Osnat Persky received the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology award for “Excellence in Teaching.” She came to PAU with a background as a criminal defense lawyer and uses her legal knowledge and public speaking skills to integrate legal themes into lectures she gives as a teaching assistant. Florence Ntakarutimana, a distance learning student in the M.A. in Counseling program, received the “Excellence in Service” award. She juggles her studies with work at Catholic Relief Service in the Central African Republic, considered to be the world’s least developed country. She is also a survivor of the Burundian civil war and uses her experiences with trauma and healing in her work.  Pete Aston, who received the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium award for “Excellence in Service,” was drafted to the National Hockey League at 19 years of age and played three seasons as a professional hockey player in the American Hockey League before deciding to pursue a second career in psychology.  His primary areas of clinical interest are anxiety disorders, emerging adults, and the athlete population.

Osnat, Florence and Pete were not alone at the awards ceremony. Following is a full list of the awardees who were individually recognized for outstanding work by leaders from their individual programs at PAU. Each received a certificate or plaque recognizing their accomplishment, as well as a gift certificate or monetary award.     

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Awards

Gabriel Corpus/Shikha Saggi/Lorna Chiu

2018 Award for Excellence in Research

Alexandra Barkin

2018 Award for Academic Excellence

Erica Rozbruch

2018 Award for Excellence in Research

Erin Furay

2018 Award for Excellence in Clinical Work

Osnat Persky

2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching

Tristan Hansell

2018 Award for Excellence in Diversity

Florencia Iturri

2018 Award for Excellence in Service

Taylor Stephens

2018 Award for Outstanding Student

 

M.S. in Psychology Awards

Michelle Tran

2018 Award for Excellence in Service

Amber Stewart

2018 Award for Academic Excellence

 

M.A. in Counseling Awards

Tila Laclette Perez

2018 Award for Excellence in Service

Florence Ntakarutimana

2018 Award for Excellence in Service

Cynthia Flores

2018 Award for Excellence in Diversity

 

Galyn Burke

2018 Award for Excellence in Clinical Work

Guadalupe Hernandez Bucio

2018 Award for Excellence in Clinical Work

Jan Prins

2018 Award for Excellence in Clinical Work

Amisha Mehtani

2018 Award for Academic Excellence

Moitreyee Chowdhury

2018 Award for Outstanding Student

 

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium Awards

Audrey Gill Johnson

2018 Award for Excellence in Research

Emily Livermore

2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching

Natalie Szykowny

2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching

Daniel Ryu

2018 Award for Excellence in Diversity

Julia Birt

2018 Award for Excellence in Clinical Work

Monica Allen

2018 Award for Academic Excellence

Pete Aston

2018 Award for Excellence in Service

Amanda Hilberg

2018 Award for Outstanding Student

 

 

Elton C. & Joan R. Waelde Meditation and Psychology Awards

Hilary Meyer

2018 Kangchenjunga Award

Adriana Panting

2018 K2 Award

Sarah McKenzie DeLuca

2018 Everest Award

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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