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University recognizes nine alums during Homecoming celebration

RootsAs part of the celebrations for Homecoming at Creighton University this week, the University announced the recipient of its 2017 Alumni Achievement Citation and honorees for the Alumni Merit Awards representing each of Creighton’s nine schools and colleges.

The Creighton University Alumni Achievement Citation is the highest all-University award presented to a Creighton alumnus. It recognizes exceptional men and women who demonstrate high moral standards and have given distinguished service to their community through philanthropy or other outstanding public service.

The 2017 Alumni Achievement Citation is presented to Floyd J. Malveaux, BS’61, MD, PhD. A nationally recognized expert in the field of asthma and allergic diseases, Malveaux’s career is highlighted by nearly four decades at the Howard University College of Medicine, where he led initiatives to address asthma morbidity among inner-city children. He has served in a leadership role at the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc., and spent seven years as a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He served on the Creighton University Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2015, while giving generously to help ensure the future of the University.

Winners of the Alumni Merit Award have distinguished themselves through service to the University and to his or her community in a way reflective of Creighton’s mission and values. The honorees have also established themselves as of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and women for others. This year’s Alumni Merit Award winners are:

SimpsonJim Simpson, BA’80 Simpson is president of strategic initiatives at Sirius Computer Solutions. In his role, Simpson is tasked with executive oversight of Sirius’s consulting and security organizations and leads its emerging technology initiatives including cloud, healthcare and mobility. Previously president and CEO of MSI Systems Integrators, Simpson managed the growth and development of an organization he had helped shape into one of the nation’s top IT business integrators. In 2006, he was recognized with the Executive of the Year Award presented at the VAR Business 500 Conference. In 2007, Simpson was named as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Executives by CRN magazine.

LanphierTerrence Lanphier, BS’78, DDS’82, MBA’10 Lanphier has been associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Creighton’s School of Dentistry since 2001. He also is the regional president of Summit Dental Health, PC. A committed teacher, Lanphier serves as director of the dental school’s local anesthesia and pain control course and is a clinic instructor for oral surgery courses. He has served on numerous University-wide and School of Dentistry committees, including the Committee on Planning and Assessment, the Student-Faculty Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning and Assessment Committee and the School of Dentistry Alumni Advisory Board. served on many committees throughout the University. A tireless advocate for underserved patients, Lanphier has a longstanding practice of providing a free day of dentistry annually and has provided much needed dental care for incarcerated men and women.

HiggenbothamPatti Higginbotham, BSN ’86 MS’95 In 1994, Higginbotham, an oncology nurse, founded Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center, designed to provide emotional support and guidance to people with cancer, at all stages of their illness, as well as to their family members and friends as they cope with cancer in their lives. Today, Wings of Hope provides services to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers throughout southwest Iowa and the Omaha metro area, making more than 2,000 contacts annually with cancer patients, survivors, family members and the community. The organization provides a broad range of services, from counseling sessions to assistance with medication, supplement and equipment costs for cancer survivors. Higginbotham remains actively involved in the Council Bluffs, Iowa-based center and serves as the president of its operating board. She leads many fundraising events, as well as efforts to secure grants for the center. Staying firmly connected to its ground-level mission, she still leads some Wings of Hope support group sessions.

ZinniGen. Anthony Zinni, MS’15 Following his 1965 graduation from Villanova University and commissioning as a U.S. Marine Corps officer, Zinni has gone on to hold numerous command and staff assignments. Zinni’s military service includes deployments in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. His operational experiences include two tours in Vietnam, emergency relief and security operations in the Philippines, Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey and northern Iraq, and Operation Provide Hope in the former Soviet Union. He was involved in the planning and execution of Operation Proven Force and Operation Patriot Defender during the Gulf War and noncombatant evacuation operations in Liberia, Zaire, Sierra Leone, and Eritrea. He has received an array of military and civilian awards, including the Papal Gold Cross of Honor, the Union League’s Abraham Lincoln Award and the Purple Heart. Since his retirement in 2000, Gen. Zinni continues to serve. He has participated in presidential diplomatic missions to Somalia, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as State Department missions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and conflicts in Indonesia and the Philippines. Gen. Zinni is a published author and is currently pursuing his doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton.

HenkelsMark Henkels, BSBA’83 Henkels is a managing director at Moelis & Company and is among the founding partners of its New York office. During his nearly 30-year career, Henkels has specialized in mergers and acquisitions and restructuring advisory, as well as raising equity and debt capital for corporations around the globe. Prior to joining Moelis approximately 10 years ago, Henkels built leading Wall Street industrials investment banking franchises at Merrill Lynch, CIBC World Markets, Salomon Brothers and Smith Barney in sectors such as metals and mining, capital goods, chemicals, aerospace and defense, and building products. He began his career in Omaha as a certified public accountant at KPMG and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago. Each year, Moelis & Company hosts Heider College of Business students during their weeklong New York travel course. Henkels and his wife Deborah, BA‘83, also established the Mark and Deborah Henkels Endowed Baseball Scholarship and contributed to the Heider “Ignite the Greatness” campaign.

MontgomeryDonald Montgomery, BSBA’84, JD’89 Montgomery serves as global tax director for General Electric Gas Power Systems in Atlanta. Working for General Electric and its subsidiaries for more than 20 years, he has served as tax integration leader, tax director, and tax counsel. Prior to Montgomery’s tenure with GE, he was an associate at the law firm Bell, Boyd & Lloyd in Chicago and he began his career as a staff accountant, then tax consultant, for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago. A member of the Creighton baseball team in his undergraduate days, Montgomery is a past member of Creighton’s National Alumni Board and 2014 recipient of the School of Law’s Pittman Award. He cofounded the Junior Titans Basketball Program, for which he raised money to enable disadvantaged youth to participate and has assisted several youth organizations in obtaining tax exemption status to enable them to solicit charitable contributions. Montgomery also has been heavily involved in Junior Achievement, bringing the program to at-risk ninth-graders in Atlanta and helping to highlight the importance of education. He also serves his church as a volunteer accountant and has given his time and expertise to the United Way in support of disadvantaged youth.

Dr. MauMarjorie K. Leimomi Mala Mau, BS’81, MD’85 Mau is professor and founding chair of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. The first Native Hawaiian woman board-certified in both endocrinology and internal medicine, Mau is also the first woman to be selected as a master in the American College of Physicians in the state of Hawai’i. She is currently director of research in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and is principal investigator of multiple grants at the University of Hawai’i, where she has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the last 25 years. Mau’s enthusiasm for health disparities research, with a special emphasis on diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, along with her advocacy for engaging diverse communities in the biomedical process and mentoring the next generation of emerging investigators reflect her commitments to public health awareness. She has widely broadcast her mission, caring for patients in rural communities on Molokai as well as in urban Honolulu, Oahu, and served as the medical officer on Hokule’a, the iconic traditional voyaging canoe in the Pacific. She is the inaugural holder of the Myron “Pinky” Thompson Endowed Chair for Native Hawaiian Health Research, and earned the National Kidney Foundation Medical Professional of the Year 2002 and selection as an NIH Biomedical Faces of Science (2009-2013).

HillemanDaniel Hilleman, PharmD’81 Hilleman is a professor of pharmacy practice and a professor of medicine at Creighton University. His career as a pharmacist-scientist spans more than 35 years and includes clinical research, clinical teaching, classroom teaching and patient care. He has been a member of the Creighton pharmacy faculty since 1981 and served as the clinical pharmacist for Creighton’s Cardiac Center since 1982. Hilleman is recognized as an international expert in the field of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. Hilleman has held various administrative and leadership positions within the School of Pharmacy of Pharmacy and Health Professions and School of Medicine over the years. His list of professional publications includes some 400 papers, book chapters, monographs and abstracts. Hilleman’s professional service includes involvement in several professional organizations and societies. He also volunteers for pharmacy and cardiology professional organizations and medical journal editorial boards, as well as the Siena/Francis House and Magis Clinic. The director of the Office of Continuing Education at Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Hilleman also teaches and provides patient care in collaboration with the Cardiology Department at the new academic medical center at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – Bergan Mercy.


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