Newman University Professor of Biology Surendra Singh, Ph.D. was among several Wichita area health care practitioners, educators and supporters honored as the 2013 "Health Care Heroes" by the Wichita Business Journal. The group was recognized at an Oct. 17 banquet. Singh was one of two who were honored in the Lifetime Achievement category.
"I greatly appreciate and feel honored for being recognized for my lifetime of service to the Wichita community," Singh said at the banquet. "Ever since I have been teaching at Newman, I see young people attending college with most ambitious dreams and challenging career goals. In addition to strengthening their educational background, especially in science and mathematics, so they are able to compete and out-compete others at national level exams, like the GRE, MCAT, OCAT, PCAT, DAT; we also encourage them to get work environment experiences related to their career choices. I greatly appreciate the Wichita community, especially hospitals, clinics, physicians and other health professionals for providing healthcare experiences to our students and get them more determined to accomplish their career goals."
Also honored as Health Care Heroes for 2013 were two Newman alumna. Marci (Ryan) Aycock earned a master of science in education degree from Kansas Newman College in 1994. She is now director of the Butler Community College Early College Health Sciences Academy. Occupational Therapist Shana Gatschet is a 1998 Kansas Newman College graduate and former student of Singh's. Gatschet is a certified aging-in-place specialist who helps ensure safe living environments for homebound patients. She works for Relive Rehab Group & Adaptive Living LLC.
Read more about the 2013 Wichita Business Journal Health Care Heroes.
.This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: Oct. 22, 2013
A previous version of this story did not include information about Newman alumna Marci (Ryan) Aycock.