Bastyr University Mission and Founders’ Awards Gala A Success

Kenmore, Washington (October 18, 2010) — Bastyr University recently held its annual Mission and Founders’ Awards Gala on campus, an inspirational reminder of the school’s important role as an international leader in natural health.

Four individuals received 2010 Founders’ Awards, named after the visionaries who helped Bastyr University become a reality. The award recipients distinguished themselves through outstanding professional achievement and loyal service to the University:

Les Griffith, ND, Student Award: Jennifer Nelson, MA, ND Candidate (2012)
Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, Alumnus(a) Award: Kasra Pournadeali, ND
William A. Mitchell, Jr., ND, Service Merit Award: Leanna Standish, PhD, ND, LAc, FABNO
Sheila Quinn Service to Society Award: Katherine Rose Hart, MS, CN

Additionally, Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH, state health officer, Washington State Department of Health was named the recipient of Bastyr’s most prestigious honor, the Mission Award, given to those who show leadership in improving the health and well-being of the human community.
“Bastyr University is proud to honor this year’s Mission and Founders’ Awards winners,” University President Daniel K. Church, PhD, said. “It is a great way to recognize those who blazed a trail as well as those who are currently making a positive difference in the field of natural medicine, all at once.”
The gala also served as a fundraiser for the University to continue operating as one of the top schools for natural medicine in the country. The event, held October 9, raised $115,000 for scholarships and priority needs for the University. That amount was nearly double the amount raised last year.

ABOUT BASTYR UNIVERSITY
Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is an accredited institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. Bastyr is the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., combining a multidisciplinary curriculum with leading-edge research and clinical training to educate future leaders in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole food nutrition. Founded in 1978 as the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University now offers more than 15 accredited degree and certificate programs. Bastyr was the nation’s first natural health arts and sciences university to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bastyr University Research Institute plays a key role in the growth of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research. For additional information about Bastyr University and its teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, visit www.bastyr.edu or www.bastyrcenter.org.

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