Delta Omega SocietyThe Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health recently inducted an honorary member, faculty member, 12 students and seven alumni into the local Alpha Tau chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health at a luncheon in their honor at Amico Nave Ristorante.

The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health as the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. Honorary members are selected based on exceptional qualifications and having attained meritorious national or international distinction in the field of public health.

Faculty members are nominated for outstanding performance in teaching and research, while students are chosen for scholarly performance and dedication to the advancement of the health of all people. Alumni are nominated for actively engaging in public health work.

The honorary inductee and luncheon guest speaker was W.S. “Chip” Riggins, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Executive Director and Health Authority, Williamson County and Cities Health District. Faculty member Mark Benden, Ph.D., CPE, was inducted along with the following students: Nida Ali, Monica Brown, Julia Butler, Carissa Fleskes, Krystal Flores, Safa Maki, Ashley Ojeaga, Leonel Ramirez, Jennifer Ross, Chelsea Stewart, Matt Yuen, and Chidiebere Opara. Alumni inductees include Bernard Appiah, Neil Dalal, Eric Garza, Doris Howell, Deb Kellstedt, Kahler Stone, and John Prochaska.

Pictured front row left to right: Monica Brown, Julia Butler, Dr. Marcia Ory, Krystal Flores, Nida Ali, Chelsea Stewart, Carissa Fleskes, Safa Maki, and Eric Garza. Back row left to right: Dr. Antonio Rene, Ashley Ojeaga, Dean Jim Burdine, Dr. Tommy McDonald, John Prochaska, Leonel Ramirez, Kahler Stone, Dr. Mark Benden, Deb Kellstedt, Doris Howell, Bernard Appiah, Dr. Ciro Sumaya, Matt Yuen, Niel Dalal, Jennifer Ross, Dr. Chip Riggins, and Chidiebere Opara.

— Rae Mitchell

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