UTMB honors four with MLK awards

Feb 17, 2017, 16:08 PM by Simone Parker

Four UTMB employees and students were honored at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards Ceremony and Luncheon in January. The annual event celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King by honoring faculty, students and staff who promote diversity, inclusion, civic engagement and service to UTMB and the greater community. The ceremony was hosted by the UTMB Diversity Council at Levin Hall on the Galveston Campus.

This year’s honorees, who were selected by the UTMB Diversity Council from a record number of nominations, are Laurel Sabol, a School of Health Professions student; Dr. Maurice Willis, director of UTMB’s Hematology/Oncology clinic; Carlton Gentry, Correctional Managed Care licensed vocational nurse in the Gib Lewis Unit in East Texas; and Leah Jacobs, an analyst in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

UTMB President Dr. David L. Callender congratulated the award winners and encouraged attendees to continue Dr. King’s unfinished work.

“I encourage everyone at this great institution to foster a diverse, inclusive learning environment. Working together, in a spirit of community and inclusion, we are working wonders,” said Callender.

Lisa Cain, PhD, director of UTMB’s Medical School Enrichment Programs and associate professor of Neurosciences and Cell Biology, delivered the keynote address. As director of the Medical School Enrichment Programs, Cain implements research and academic programs for undergraduate and medical students. Over the past four years, she has helped provide research opportunities to over 250 individual students and served as the director of three National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Training Grants.

A proclamation was presented to Cain, declaring Jan. 13, 2017 as Dr. Lisa Cain Day in Galveston.

“I am thankful and honored to receive the Proclamation from the City of Galveston. It has invigorated me to be a greater voice for equality and justice. I am also committed to helping ensure that the horizons of opportunity are available for all youth to receive the education, mentoring and support necessary to help them to achieve their goals,” said Cain.