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Students Earn Top Research Awards at FEMA Conference

Twenty-four Alma College students attend emergency management higher education symposium.

Alma College students at the 20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium.Alma College students at the 20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium.Alma College students attending the 20th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium in Emmitsburg, Md., captured top awards for their research presentations.

“This national conference attracts educators, practitioners and students from around the world,” says Dale Sanders, associate professor and director of health care administration at Alma College. “Two groups of Alma College students competed in the research poster contest at the conference. They were the only undergraduate entries presenting with graduate students, academicians and industry professionals.”

Summary of awards:

The Overall People’s Choice Award - First Place
“Improving Mortality Rates of Individuals with Limiting or Debilitating Conditions in Disasters”

  • James Budrick-Diaz, Joliet, Ill., junior
  • Maxwell Linscott, New Albany, Ohio, senior
  • Laura Smith, Pittsford junior
  • Maurice Tawil, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, senior

The Dr. Tom Phelan Poster Award - Second Place
“Teaching and Reaching Cultural Proficiency in Emergency Management”

  • Alex Bilbo, Dewitt senior
  • Haleigh Mitter, Howell sophomore
  • Quinton Moeggenborg, Elwell junior
  • Will Rose (not in attendance), Oxford sophomore

Students Kohlten Ratliff and Bailey Keefe attend the poster session.Students Kohlten Ratliff and Bailey Keefe attend the poster session.Twenty-four Alma College students pursuing majors in health care administration, accounting, integrative physiology and health science, general business and nursing attended the conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training facility.

“This was my second year traveling to the symposium, and I have been looking forward to the conference since our trip last year,” says Bilbo. “Thanks to this opportunity, I have discovered what I am passionate about, and I am now planning to attend grad school for emergency management.”

“Going to the FEMA conference was such an amazing experience,” says Moeggenborg. “Taking second place for our poster was a huge accomplishment.”

In addition to the student presentations, Sanders co-facilitated a workshop session on “The Benefits and Challenges of Living, Teaching and Working in Today’s Diverse World” with Linda Martinez and Henry O’Lawrence of California State University and Norma Jones of Howard University.

Story published on June 13, 2018