Thirteen Named Dean of Students Honor Recipients

Graduating students are recognized for their outstanding academic performance, community leadership and service
Thirteen students stand with Chancellor Agrawal and Provost Lundgren in front of a UMKC backdrop and smile

Thirteen graduating UMKC students have been named Dean of Students Honor Recipients in recognition of their accomplishments on campus and in the community.

Every semester, exceptional graduating students are honored with this designation. These students maintain excellent academic standards while actively participating in university activities and community service outside of the classroom.

The Spring 2023 honorees’ accomplishments include founding new service organizations, being published in peer-reviewed journals, holding leadership positions in student organizations, volunteering in the community and more.

“These students embody what it means to be a Roo with their dedication to academics, service and community," said Michele D. Smith, Ph.D., vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. “I am thrilled to recognize them for their many accomplishments and look forward to the bright futures ahead of them.”

Students shared reflections on their time at UMKC at a special breakfast celebration in their honor. Some excerpts:

Shaan Patel: “UMKC has taught me so much about what it means to be a good physician, student and person. One of my attending (physicians) once said that being a physician is not just about treating the disease, but it is about treating the person. Through my clinical experience at UMKC, I have learned so much about caring for the underserved and how quality of health is impacted by so many factors separate from disease pathology. I have been inspired by my attendings who have been critical in helping patients beyond the hospital setting.”

Emily Puthawala: “I am a non-traditional student, and tomorrow will be the first time I hold a diploma since my high school graduation eleven years ago. I would like to recognize one very special group of people. This group has not only made my time at UMKC special, but I believe they are what makes the UMKC experience so unique and inspiring: my fellow non-traditional students. One will be attending medical school in the fall, one will be interning at the World Health Organization, and another will be taking the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) with me this September. With an average student age of 26, UMKC is dedicated to supporting and nurturing students like us as we strive to achieve our wildest dreams, something for which I am forever grateful.”

Meredith Clark: “One of the most important things UMKC has taught me through my program is that you won’t have to go through the experience alone. The last four years have been no easy feat by any means, but my faculty, classmates, staff and administration have all been there to help me be the best dentist I can be. I have been shaped by the people at the dental school in more ways that I can count. I am continually awed by the time and energy the faculty put into investing into my future as a dentist but also by the energy they put into getting to know me and my personal life as well. It’s a true testament to the environment created within the dental school.”

Congratulations to the Spring 2023 Dean of Students Honor Recipients!

  • Olaide Bankole, School of Science and Engineering
  • Meredith Clark, School of Dentistry
  • Erin Galakatos, School of Medicine
  • Jordan Grimmett, School of Medicine
  • Jordan Held, School of Medicine
  • Faith Kapp, School of Medicine
  • Mahnoor Malik, School of Medicine
  • Darryl Monroe II, School of Pharmacy
  • Sage Morgan, Conservatory
  • Christy Nwankwo, School of Medicine
  • Shaan Patel, School of Medicine
  • Emily Puthawala, School of Science and Engineering
  • Lanisha Stevens, School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences

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