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06/14/94

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15 students honored for service with Lyons Awards

STANFORD -- Fifteen Stanford University students have received the Spring Quarter James W. Lyons Awards for Service for their exceptional service to the university.

The students were honored at a ceremony and dinner on June 1. The awards, named for Stanford's longtime dean of student affairs, were presented by the current dean of students, Michael Jackson.

Robert Fleck, a graduate student in music, served for three years on the Working Group to Assess the Needs of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students. Fleck also was honored for his initiative in helping to form Gradnet Lambda, a social and educational organization for lesbian, gay and bisexual students, and for his performance and scholarly contributions to computer music and acoustics.

Arash Anoshiravani, a senior in human biology, chaired the Volunteers in Health program at the Stanford Hospital, was head advising associate in Rinconada and served as a teaching assistant for psychiatry Professor William Dement. He also served as counselor, associate director and finally as co-director of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, which brings low-income youngsters to the Medical School for five weeks of exposure to science and medicine.

Ana Rowena Mallari, a senior in human biology, was cited for her role in creating the Stanford Youth Environmental Science Program (SYESP), a summer residence program for gifted, low-income, mostly minority high school students who are concerned with the environment. She also was recognized for hundreds of hours as a fund-raiser, director of curriculum and database development, and reader of SYESP applications. At the same time, she worked on the state and national levels for the Environmental Defense Fund and maintained a 4.0 grade point average.

Renee Romano, a graduate student in history, was honored for her leadership in the Graduate Women's Network and for her service on the advisory board of the Women's Center. Romano provided "thoughtful advice and information about the concerns of graduate women" and was cited for "her articulate, energetic support of all women students by her example of committed teaching, serious scholarship and academic service."

Seema Jain, a senior in human biology, won a Lyons Award for "wide-ranging service and dedication" as a resident assistant at Roble, as general coordinator of the 1992-93 ProFro (prospective freshmen) Program and as head advising associate in Serra. Jain also volunteered at the Bridge peer counseling center, with the Spring Fair and with the SURE (Students United for Rape Elimination) Escort Service. She also worked as an AIDS awareness volunteer and as an HIV peer counselor at the Cowell Student Health Center, and did summer research in India.

Janna Friedly, a senior in human biology, was honored for "four years of helping students to take responsibility for their personal health and promote the well-being of others." She established and directed the Health Library at Cowell Student Health Center, helped develop a Cold Clinic that recruits and trains peer health clinicians, and launched the Peer Health Education Project, which provides dorm-based programs and resource referrals. Friedly also created and chaired the Cowell Advisory, Review and Education Service.

Andi Marmor, Elizabeth Springer and Kamy Wicoff were cited for developing a comprehensive and effective program on body image and eating habits, culminating in a week of programs on "Reclaiming Our Bodies: Examining Body Image at Stanford." The three successfully solicited the support and involvement of the Intersorority Council, ethnic populations and other target groups. Marmor is a senior in psychology, Springer a graduate student in psychology and Wicoff a senior in English.

Catherine Amirfar, a junior in international relations, was honored for "providing the vision behind the 1993-94 You Can Make a Difference conference," and for having the creativity to include music and art in the conference programs, as well as more traditional media. In doing so, Amirfar helped "raise student knowledge about urban issues." She also was cited for "dedicated attention to the needs" of her residence, Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, the Women's Center and the Haas Center for Public Service.

Jim Ruel and Paula Dybdahl, juniors in electrical engineering and anthropology, respectively, were cited for serving as president and vice president, respectively, of the Stanford chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The two helped attract new members while retaining and energizing older members. They sponsored a job fair and organized tutoring and study groups, programs that brought national recognition for AISES both locally and nationally.

Eddie Garcia, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, helped create the Student Advisory Group on Undergraduate Education, which enabled significant and systematic student involvement in the work of the Commission on Undergraduate Education. He also helped develop the Haas Center Visiting Mentor Program and co-chaired the 1992-93 You Can Make a Difference conference.

Delia Lopez, a senior in international relations, was honored for her work as Shadow Student Coordinator in the Career Planning and Placement Center. The program pairs students with alumni for career exploration opportunities. Lopez was recognized for "making career services more visible and available to Chicano/Latino students," including organizing the placement center's first open house for the Chicano/Latino community, and for her leadership roles at El Centro Chicano and the Council of Presidents.

Adarsh Bhat, a senior in engineering, was cited for his leadership of SPOON, the Stanford Project on Nutrition, and for expanding its collection of unused food from dormitories to include area high schools and restaurants. Working with volunteers and Food Service workers, he helped "address the broader policy issues of hunger and homelessness." Bhat, the citation noted, had the "modesty to nominate his co-workers (but not himself) for this same award last quarter."

The James W. Lyons Awards for Service were established to recognize and applaud service contributions made by students from a variety of schools, departments, teams, clubs, residences and community projects. Selections are made on the basis of nominations by faculty, staff and students. All enrolled students are eligible.

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