Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-02-22

Emily Morris Hawes, a fourth-year student at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, was named the 2010 recipient of the Joseph O. Dean, Jr., Student Professionalism Award presented by the Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA).

The award is given annually to recognize a pharmacy student in Alabama who possesses a high level of professionalism, is a true leader in pharmacy and non-pharmacy endeavors, and is a visionary in the areas of future pharmacist functions and healthcare programs.

Hawes was cited for her many academic and pharmacy-related accomplishments as well as her involvements beyond the classroom. She received a plaque at the APA mid-winter conference on Jan. 20, and a $500 donation was made in her name to the APA student scholarship fund.

As an undergraduate student, Hawes was a varsity soccer player at Samford, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine in 2006. In the summer of 2009, she spent five weeks as the first McWhorter pharmacy student to serve an international rotation at a hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Hawes will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Samford in May.

The award is named for Dr. Joe Dean, a longtime leader in Alabama pharmacy and former dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.