WSU Spokane students win state community service awards

SPOKANE, Wash. – Pharmacy students involved in organizing mumps vaccination clinics in Spokane as well as two students in the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology program will receive community service awards Friday from the Washington state chapter of a national organization that promotes community service from higher education students and employees.

Pharmacy students Tram Huong Pham, James Kent and Natalie Tucker, were the organizers of the vaccination clinics staffed by pharmacy students in collaboration with the Spokane Regional Health District and held earlier this year in response to an outbreak of mumps.

The Washington state chapter of the Campus Compact organization will award their group $7,500 for Outstanding Service, to be divided equally between the group, WSU and the health district. The group will donate its $2,500 to the WSU student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association.

Nutrition and Exercise students Kira Miller and Shannon Gaston were selected for Presidents’ Leadership Awards. Miller is being recognized for working with children with diabetes and congenital heart disease and helping at the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant in Spokane. Gaston is being recognized for opening and operating a campus pantry to serve fellow students, and her involvement in the community through the Greater Spokane Dietetics Association.

Awards will be presented at the Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony and Student Symposium on Friday in Seattle. Campus Compact is a national organization formed in 1985 to support community service by institutions of higher education. The state chapter was formed in 1992 and has 39 member institutions.


Media Contact:

  • Veronica Puente, Washington State University Spokane community engagement coordinator, 509-358-7522,
  • Lorraine Nelson, Washington State University Spokane communications, 509-368-6671,