Lori Arviso Alvord '79, assistant professor of surgery and of psychiatry and associate dean of Dartmouth Medical School, will speak at commencement ceremonies at three universities. Alvord, who is the first Navajo woman surgeon, will give commencement addresses for Drexel University College of Medicine, where she will also receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She will give the keynote speech for class day at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Alvord has studied Navajo ceremonies and developed models for healing environments and wellness programs based on Navajo healing principles. She holds a faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she teaches Native American Health/Cross Cultural Medicine. Alvord also has an NIH grant to examine surgical outcomes in Native American populations.
Jessica Spradling '06 won the 83rd Kathryn Irene Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Competition at Mount Holyoke College on April 29. The invitation-only competition is sponsored by the English department at Mount Holyoke and counts many well-known poets, including Sylvia Plath and James Merrill, among its past winners. This year's judges were professional poets Eamon Grennan, Elizabeth Spires, and Greg Williamson. Spradling is an English major currently completing her honors poetry project under the guidance of Cleopatra Mathis, Frederick Sessions Beebe '35 Professor in the Art of Writing.
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Last Updated: 12/17/08