April 30, 2014
Avila University became the only institution of higher education in the Kansas City and surrounding areas to house a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, an honor society for pre-health students, when the Missouri Zeta Chapter was installed during a ceremony April 24 in the Whitfield Conference Room.
The Missouri Zeta Chapter became the 223rd chapter of AED in the U.S. The only chapter in Kansas is at Kansas State University in Manhattan, while Missouri has chapters at the University of Missouri in Columbia, St. Louis University, Central Methodist in Fayette, and Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau.
A total of 24 Avila pre-health students were inducted into the first class of the Missouri Zeta Chapter during a ceremony which included welcoming remarks from chapter president Michael Hudson, a presentation about the society from AED National Treasurer Dr. Don Schreiweis and member-at-large Donna Nonnenkemp and an impassioned speech from guest speaker, Dr. Michael Woods, M.D., FACOG.
According to Schreiweis, AED is “dedicated to the pursuit and recognition of excellence in pre-professional healthcare scholarship.” The organization’s motto is “Truth I Pursue” and, befitting Avila’s mission, service is a critical component.
AED inductees were: Adam Adler, Dayton Antley, Austin Armstrong, Hannah Baum, Tela Beaver, Jordan Burns, Tracie Geile, Matthew Graham, Jessica Gustafson, Michael Hudson, Jacqueline Jimenez, Benjamin Koerner, Taylor Lind, Kelsey McConnell, Alexsus Mers, Viviana Ortiz, Haley Padgett, Zak Reneau, Anthony Spalitto, Alitha Stamer, Pedro Vargas, Emily Volker, Anna Woods and ShaKaila Wright. Other than Hudson as president, officers were: Lind, vice president; Woods, secretary; Armstrong, treasurer; Jimenez, historian and Wright, Scalpel reporter.
About Avila University
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.