Bastyr University Announces Winners of Mission and Founders' Awards

Award winners standing around a table
Michael Naiman for TPNW, Inc. © 2011

As it should be, students were the driving force behind Bastyr University’s 2011 Founders’ Day Gala — an event uniting past, present and future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences.

Not only did dozens work tirelessly behind the scenes to successfully put on one of the University’s marquee celebrations, but several students also took to the stage and screen to highlight the mission of those who grew Bastyr into the leading academic center it is today.

In its fifth year, the gala recognized four people with Founders’ Awards, given for outstanding professional achievement and service to the University:

  • Pragati B. Patel, ND Candidate ('13) - Les Griffith, ND, Student Award
  • Sarah Acosta Smith, ND ('06) - William A. Mitchell, Jr., ND, Service Merit Award
  • Ryan D. Bradley, ND ('03), MPH -Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, Alumnus/a Award
  • BreAnna M. Waliser, ND Candidate ('12) - Sheila Quinn Service to Society Award

Catherine Parker, LAc ('05), received the university’s most prestigious honor, the Mission Award, awarded for her work as an acupuncturist, community volunteer and philanthropist.

“Our Mission and Founders’ Awards winners have shown true dedication to the vision set forth by our University’s framers,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “The paths they now pave are just as crucial as our founders’ role in shaping the health and well-being of our global community.”

This year’s gala was held Nov. 5 and emceed by KIRO-7’s Angela Russell. The event also raised more than $110,000 for scholarships and priority needs of the University, in part because of an unprecedented matching donation by the Board of Trustees.

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