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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Meral K. El Ramahi to receive President's Medal at Commencement

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It is a long-standing tradition at the University of Southern Indiana to name an outstanding graduate as recipient of the President's Medal. This year's award goes to Meral "Kitty" El Ramahi, who is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pott College of Science and Engineering. The Commencement ceremony will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 9 at Roberts Stadium.

Along with her achievements in the classroom, Kitty played an exemplary role in student life. She served as a resident assistant in Residence Life and participated in leadership roles in the Student Government Association, the Pre-Professional Health Club, and USI Honors Program. Her favorite activity was her role as an orientation leader or AMIGO. She said, "This marvelous opportunity allowed me to interact with incoming freshmen and granted me the platform to channel my love and admiration of the University to them."

She knows how important community is in a student's life. She explained, "I am ecstatic at the growth that is rooted to come. The level of camaraderie and support at USI is easily one of the University's assets."

She added, "I experienced USI as a commuter student freshman and senior years and as an on-campus resident sophomore and junior years. I loved USI from each perspective, which is proof this University is versatile and has the resources to accommodate all types of students.
However, it is dependent upon the student to take advantage of such spectacular resources. Faculty and staff offer guidance to assist one in realizing such opportunities."

While a senior at Castle High School in Warrick County, Kitty craved an undergraduate institution where a reputable premedical program would translate into great success in medical school. She was looking for a place where faculty and staff genuinely cared about the success of each student, and she wanted opportunities for growth and involvement. She said, "USI was the perfect match."

Her long term goal is to become a reputable and well-respected physician. She has earned acceptance into three medical schools and an interview at Harvard Medical School. This summer in Long Island, Upton, New York, she will work in research at the renowned Brookhaven National Laboratory, which operates for the U.S. Department of Energy. She will delve into the process of research and network with scientists, engineers, and others who work at the national laboratory. She said, "The project I will be managing will be challenging as it will require me to learn new skills and knowledge, but I am excited at the potential contribution this project can make with regard to the treatment of tumors and central nervous system targets."

Family and friends are supportive of her accomplishments and career plans. Family members who plan to attend the ceremony are her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Kamal El Ramahi three sisters, Meram, Mera, and Mayda, three brothers, Wes, Raed, who will be traveling from Australia to attend her graduation and Luke Sharara along with a nephew Lany Sharara.

Other finalists for the 2010 President's Medal are graduates Roneshia R. Clark, Stephanie N. Opolski, Raul J. Ramirez, and Kayla L. Troutman. The Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate selects the President's Medal recipient.

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