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UDM Graduate Chanel Pattah Receives Vivere ex Missione Award

At its May 11 Commencement ceremony, University of Detroit Mercy recognized 2013 graduate Chanel Pattah with its Vivere ex Missione (to live out the mission) Award that is given to a graduating student who went outside the norm to live the UDM mission. Pattah, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology, was selected for exemplifying and living out the mission of University of Detroit Mercy.

Pattah is a true example of "living out the mission" at UDM. She has demonstrated her intellectual competence through her academic achievements and has demonstrated exceptional initiative in her concern for fellow students. While maintaining excellent grades in her own classes, Pattah has regularly taken time out of her busy schedule to tutor and mentor other students, helping them to not only understand the course material but also assisting them to connect and transfer related concepts and theories to other classes.

Pattah has also been a dynamic leader as the president of the Chaldean American Student Association and co-founder and treasurer of the Pre-Physician Assistant Club. In those two positions, she has used her leadership skills to bring solutions to her concern for worldwide social justice, specifically by raising large sums of money through extensive fundraising efforts for healthcare reform abroad and through her participation in medical relief trips to the Middle East and the Amazon Jungle. Her nominators describe her as one of the most caring, hard-working and humble individuals, and someone who stands up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves. They also describe her as a woman of tremendous faith who volunteers at her church and teaches others about the Catholic faith. She encourages others to strengthen their own faith and leads by example, guided by prayer and her relationship with God.

Release date: May 16, 2013

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