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Students Earn Research Award at FEMA Conference

“The most impactful part of the conference was the ability to network and develop relationships with professionals from around the globe.” —Shane Henry.

Alma students at the FEMA training facility.Alma students at the FEMA training facility.

For the second year in a row, Alma College students attending the Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium received the Overall People’s Choice Award for their research presentation.

Winning poster“This national conference attracts educators, practitioners and students from around the world,” said Dale Sanders, associate professor and director of health care administration at Alma College. “Our Alma students were the only undergraduate participants presenting among graduate students, academicians and industry professionals. I was honored to work with such dedicated students.”

Seventeen Alma College students pursuing majors in health care administration, accounting, integrative physiology and health science, general business and history attended the conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training facility in Emmitsburg, Md.

Three groups of Alma students presented posters at the symposium:

“Using Telemedicine to Bridge Health Disparities Gaps During Disaster Response,” which received the Overall People’s Choice Award
  • Thomas Anglin, Millersburg senior
  • Chase Beecher, Clio junior
  • Monroe Molesky, Alma junior
  • Mackenzie Hemmer, Wolverine senior
  • Sara Lesnesky, Armada sophomore
“Social Media’s Impact on Post-Disaster Response in Low-Socioeconomic Areas”
  • Shane Henry, Gobles senior
  • Nahuel Juarez, Dallas, Ga., junior
  • Camron Ramirez, Tekonsha senior
  • Willard Rose, Oxford junior
“Disproportionate Dental Care for Minorities in Post-Disaster Areas”
  • Alexander Henry, Newberry sophomore
  • Aubrey Root, Midland junior
  • Gregg Hartman, Rives Junction senior

Dale SandersDale Sanders“The most impactful part of the conference was the ability to network and develop relationships with professionals from around the globe,” said student presenter Shane Henry. “We attended a number of presentations and workshops and were able to ask questions and talk to people in the emergency management field about graduate school and career opportunities. To understand how to manage or operate a health care facility, it’s important to understand emergency management and disaster preparedness, and the symposium allowed us to broaden our knowledge.

“The highlight of the conference was the poster competition,” he added. “We presented against professionals from across the country. All of the presenters had a chance of winning, and I was so proud to see one of the winning posters belong to my peers from Alma College.

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 19, 2019