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Students named as Ambassador Scholars (5/11/98)

Kenda Jameson-Evans is fascinated by the mysteries of drug interaction. Leona Collier is interested in labor and delivery nursing. Mai Tran is anticipating a clinical career in orthodontics. Rafferty Laredo likes the diverse possibilities of occupational therapy. Jill Marie Beatty sees a future in emergency medicine.

These students at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are off and running toward their career goals, and they each were selected by their deans to be their respective schools' Ambassador Scholars for 1998-99.

The five Ambassador Scholars were announced at a ceremony on campus. They are Tran, third-year dental student; Beatty, second-year medical student; Laredo, junior student in occupational therapy; Jameson-Evans, graduate student in pharmacology; and Collier, second-semester undergraduate student in nursing.

The School of Nursing's Collier was recognized as an honor graduate in her U.S. Air Force basic training, which included classroom skills, leadership skills, physical training skills and organization skills. She served in the Air Force for four years before coming to the Health Science Center. She loves labor and delivery nursing and may pursue a master of science in nursing degree with possibly a family nurse practitioner major.

Tran, the Dental School ambassador, is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. In the Dental School she has served as freshman class secretary and sophomore class president. She is a member of the student leadership team of the Christian Medical Dental Society and has served the poor on mission trips to Mexico. She plans to pursue a private practice career in orthodontics.

Jameson-Evans, ambassador for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, entered the graduate program in pharmacology after completing a baccalaureate degree in chemistry at Southwestern University in Georgetown. She is in the final year of doctoral work, conducting research in the field of cardiovascular physiology. Among her many activities, she is peer adviser to new students entering the pharmacology graduate program.

The Medical School's Beatty is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she was a member of the Student Senate, chaired the Student Government Blood Drive, was president of the campus chapter of Kiwanis and participated in Volunteers in Public Schools. Even so, she was a cum laude graduate in the university's rigorous pre-medical curriculum. She has already served as vice president of her Medical School class and liaison for her pathology course class.

Laredo, ambassador for the School of Allied Health Sciences, is a graduate of Baylor University, where he was a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the Golden Key Honor Society. Shortly he will become president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association at the Health Science Center. Although he carries a full schedule and is an active member of several organizations, he finds time to do volunteer work with children with disabilities.

This is the 10th year of the Ambassador Scholarships, which were established and continue to be supported through the generosity of the H-E-B Grocery Co., the Friends of the Health Science Center and the campus Fiesta de Tejas Committee. The ambassadors represent the Health Science Center at a variety of campus and community events throughout their year of service. Each receives a $1,000 cash award.

Contact: Will Sansom (210) 567-2570