College honors distinguished alumni of the year
On March 28 at University of Detroit Mercy’s annual Honors Convocation, the School of Health Professions recognized four distinguished alumni for their outstanding demonstration of excellence in their field. Each graduate of UDM’s School of Health Professions has committed their time not only to serving those in their professional community, but those in their personal community as well.
The following recipients of the 2004 College of Health Professions Alumni of the Year Awards are:
Mary Ellen Howard, RSM, - Nursing ‘68
Howard is the registered nurse director of St. Frances Cabrini Clinic of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Through her volunteer efforts, she serves as state coordinator for free clinics throughout Michigan, a member of several boards related to health care and concerns, and a volunteer for AIDS Partnership Michigan since 1994 for which she has won numerous awards for her work. Howard was honored with the alumni award because of her care and concern for her community and her continuous efforts to be the voice for the voiceless.
Daniel D. Hendee - Health Services Administration ‘89
Hendee works as a health services administrator at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Saginaw. He volunteers his time by serving on a variety of advisory boards and committees. He was recognized for this award due to his numerous special contributions for veterans in the VA system.
Earl Auty – Nurse Anesthesia ‘87
Auty is currently employed as a nurse anesthetist at Henry Ford’s Wyandotte Hospital. Auty volunteers his time as the President-Elect of the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He was recognized at the awards ceremony based on his outstanding leadership to many departments within the operating room at Henry Ford Hospital, particularly during the expansion and renovation of the hospital OR’s physical facilities.
Stuart Nathan – Physician Assistant ‘96
Nathan devotes his time and efforts at Livonia Family Physicians where he works as a physicians assistant. He was honored for his commitment to helping others and his dedication to the practice of medicine in and around his community.