Midwestern recognizes community outreach at annual gala

Left to right: Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer; Joe A. Tyler, artist, 2018 COMET Award winner; and Gregory J. Gaus, Midwestern University Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, at the 2018 Bright Lights, Shining Stars Gala at the University’s Glendale Campus on Oct. 13.
 

Left to right: Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer; Dana S. Devine, D.O., and William H. Devine, D.O., AOBFP, AOBNMM., 2018 Shooting Star Award winners; and Gregory J. Gaus, Midwestern University Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, at the 2018 Bright Lights, Shining Stars Gala at the University’s Glendale Campus on, Oct. 13.
 

Academic, healthcare, business, and community leaders from around the Valley joined together at Midwestern University on Oct. 13 at the annual Bright Lights, Shining Stars gala, which recognizes and honors community service and leadership. The event was held at the University’s Glendale Campus, 19555 N.59th Ave.
This year, Kathleen H. Goeppinger, president and CEO of Midwestern, presented the 2018 COMET (Community Outreach: Motivating Excellence for Tomorrow) Award to Joe A. Tyler, and the 2018 Shooting Star Award to Dana S. Devine and William H. Devine.
Tyler is an artist, sculptor, and horticulturist whose work has been commissioned and displayed all over the world. He graduated in 1972 from Arizona State University with a master of science degree in environmental horticulture. He then owned and operated a nursery for 15 years, after which he sold his business and became the founding director of the arboretum at Arizona State University for six years. After deciding to pursue art on a full time basis, he has worked on more than 100 projects, most of them large public art sculptures. Among his artworks on display at Midwestern University are a collection of decorative benches lining the campus’ reflecting pool; an artistic ironworks sculpture representing the College of Veterinary Medicine’s inaugural graduating class gift; and a symbolic iron sahuaro cactus in front of Sahuaro Hall.
Dana Devine has spent 45 years educating physicians, residents, interns, and student doctors and has taught pathology at Midwestern University for more than 20 years. Devine worked for more than 40 years as a pathologist at various hospitals in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including John C. Lincoln Deer Valley and Mesa General Hospital Medical Center. She is also a past president of the Arizona Osteopathic Board of Examiners. Devine graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri, and received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine.
William Devine is the director of Postgraduate Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) at Midwestern University’s Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute (OPTI) and the program director of the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM) Residency Program at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also the OMM Specialty Clinic coordinator at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic and clinical professor at AZCOM. He is the recipient of numerous educational and service awards, including the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association’s “Excellence in Osteopathic Medical Education Award” and Midwestern University’s highest honor, the Littlejohn Award. Devine received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1970 from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, and his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma University.
“I am so pleased to honor Mr. Tyler, whose wonderful work has enlivened our campus with its beauty; to pay tribute to the Devines for their extraordinary service as faculty at Midwestern University; and to recognize our student scholarship winners. On behalf of the entire Midwestern community, I would also like to thank everyone who joined us tonight for their generosity toward our students,” Goeppinger said.
Six Spirit of Service scholarships were awarded at the gala to students representing three Midwestern University colleges for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarship recipients include: Kathy Choi and Victor De Dios from the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG); Revan Dawood and Christy Tran from the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (CDMA); and Karlie Ann Krause and Chelsie Smyth from the College of Health Sciences (CHS-Glendale) Clinical Psychology Program. The Spirit of Service scholarship program recognizes outstanding Midwestern University students based on community service, leadership abilities, academic standing, and financial need.

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Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit graduate and postgraduate educational institution specializing in the health sciences with colleges located on two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to over 3,000 students and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, the Chicago College of Optometry, and the College of Graduate Studies.  The Arizona campus, located on a 156-acre site in Glendale, is home to over 3,800 students and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, the Arizona College of Optometry, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Graduate Studies. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit http://www.midwestern.edu or call 623/572-3215.

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