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Five Juniata Alumni Garner Achievement Awards

(Posted July 3, 2012)

Recipients of the 2012 Juniata College Alumni Achievement Awards are as follows from left: Lawrence Davis, professor emeritus and previous chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine and recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, with presenter, John Hille, executive vice president for enrollment and retention behind him; Kristen Holloway Querriera, founder and CEO of Operation Troop Appreciation and recipient of the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award, with presenter Jim Donaldson, professor emeritus of business at Juniata, behind her; Lindsay Briggs, assistant professor of health and community services at California State University, Chico and recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award, with her presenter, classmate Kelly Bishop behind her; Tim and Kathryn Statton received the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award, with their presenter Frank Pote behind them; and Eric Bridenbaugh, a physician assistant in Trauma and Emergency General Surgery at Altoona Regional Health System and recipient of the Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award, with presenter Sarah May Clarkson behind him.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College presented five alumni-related awards recently during Alumni Assembly, part of Juniata's "Alumni Weekend 2012." McDonough, Ga. resident, Lawrence Davis, professor emeritus and previous chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine, was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award; Sonoma, Calif. residents Tim and Kathryn Statton, received the Harold B. Brumbaugh Alumni Service Award; Indianapolis, Ind. native Lindsay Briggs, assistant professor of health and community services at California State University, Chico, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award; Pittsburgh, Pa. resident Kristen Holloway Querriera, founder and CEO of Operation Troop Appreciation, was awarded the William E. Swigart Jr. Alumni Humanitarian Award; and Eric Bridenbaugh, a resident of Altoona. Pa. and a physician assistant in Trauma and Emergency General Surgery at Altoona Regional Health System, received the Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award.

Dr. Lawrence Davis, a native of North Braddock, Pa., and a 1957 Juniata graduate and professor emeritus of radiation oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine, has been honored many times for his work in the treatment of cancers of the head and neck, as well as breast cancer. Over his long medical career he has served as president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and was later named a Fellow of the Society. He also was named a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and received the College's 2008 Gold Medal, the college's highest honor recognizing extraordinary contribution to the field of radiology.

He has served as president of the American Radium Society and is the associate executive director for radiation oncology of the American Board of Radiology. Davis is an associate editor of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics and is board-certified in radiation oncology. He is a clinical member of the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University.

Davis earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry at Juniata, and went on to earn his medical degree in 1961 at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He competed an internship at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital from 1961 to 1962 and completed his residency in radiation therapy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1962 to 1966.

From 1966 to 1968, he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. In 1968, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as an instructor. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1969 and was promoted to associate professor in 1972.

In 1975 he joined the faculty of Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine (in Philadelphia, Pa.) as a full professor. During his tenure at Jefferson he was executive officer of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and found the time to earn a master's degree in business administration in 1984 from the Temple University School of Business.

In 1984, Davis served as professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City. In 1991 he agreed to join the newly created Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory's medical school. He retired from the school in 2011.

He has published research and clinical papers in numerous professional journals and has served as an editor or on the editorial board of several professional journals.

Tim Statton and Kathryn Stavru Statton both graduated from Juniata in 1972, earning bachelor's degrees in business and economics and sociology respectively. The couple has been active as volunteers for the college. Tim has been a Juniata trustee since 1998 and Kathy, a native of Lansdowne, Pa., has served as a reunion volunteer, Juniata Admission Ambassador and worked for the Juniata Fund.

Tim Statton, a native of Rockville, Md., served as an "executive-in-residence" in the college's business department in 2011.

Statton joined the Bechtel Corporation shortly after graduating from Juniata. Bechtel is an international engineering, construction and development company that has built countless American and international projects including the Hoover Dam, the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France, Hong Kong International Airport and Washington's Metro and the San Francisco's BART rapid transit systems.��

He was president of Bechtel Enterprises from 2001 to 2004, Bechtel Communications from 2004 to 2007 and Bechtel Power from 2007 until his retirement in 2009. During his career at Bechtel, Statton has worked both at the company's San Francisco headquarters and worked at several field assignments. He served as the managing director of Bechtel's Asia Pacific Operations in the early 1990s, setting up offices throughout the region. He served on several joint venture boards, including independent power producers and water/wastewater companies.

After graduating from Juniata, Tim went on and earned another bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from San Francisco State University.â?¨

Kathy Statton helped start the Bechtel Community Network, an "Intranet" Bechtel website that helped Bechtel families facing moves to research schools, doctors, culture and other factors across the globe. Kathy visited many jobsites and coordinated with other companies to support this initiative. Bechtel made the program an official part of the company in 2001.

Lindsay Briggs, a 2002 Juniata graduate, has been teaching at CSU Chico since 2011.Her primary research focus is on sexual behavior and its connection to HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the differences between Christian-dominated cultures and Muslim-dominated cultures and HIV prevalence in Africa.

Briggs has extensive experience in Africa, traveling to Uromi, Nigeria on a medical mission every summer between 2006 and 2009. She also volunteered for a health mission to Iguala, Mexico in 2008. From 2009 to 2011, Briggs spent three weeks every summer as assistant trip leader for Juniata's annual undergraduate study trip to Senegal and The Gambia. In 2010 Briggs spent four months living in Benin City, Nigeria, working on her dissertation fieldwork, which examined various aspects of sexuality in an Evangelical community.

After earning a bachelor's degree in international affairs and Asian studies at Juniata, Briggs went on to earn a master's degree in public health in 2006 and a doctoral degree in health behavior in 2011 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Briggs started her career in 2005 in the public health sector, working for the Indiana Public Health Association as an administrative assistant from 2005 to 2006. From 2006 to 2008, she was a program manager for Girls Incorporated in Indianapolis, Ind., where she oversaw a pregnancy prevention and substance abuse program funded by the Centers for Disease Control. From 2008 to 2011, she worked as executive administrative assistant at the St. Francis Neighborhood Health Center and also served as project coordinator at Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion.

From 2008-20011 she taught classes and conducted research at the university's Center for Sexual Health Promotion. At CSU, Chico, Briggs teaches such courses as Human Sexuality, Community Health, Personal Health, and International Health.

Her volunteer work in Nigeria was funded by The Mercy Foundation in Indianapolis, and her work in Mexico was funded by the Lions Club of Indiana. She also volunteered as a sexual health education and HIV educator for The Damien Center in Indianapolis.

She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Kristen Holloway Querriera, a native of Coatesville, Pa., graduated from Juniata in 1997. She started her business career in 1997 as sales development manager for PPG Industries and recently left PPG after 14 years to become a full-time mother.

She is being honored by Juniata primarily for her work with Operation Troop Appreciation, a national, nonprofit organization that provides "wish-list" items for military troops in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Querriera started the program in 2004 to provide Under Armour T-shirts to a Pittsburgh-area National Guard unit, and since then has expanded the project to send items to more than 100,000 soldiers from across the United States. She has been featured in Redbook magazine, receiving its 2005 Mothers and Shakers Award. In 2006 she received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award personally from President George W. Bush. She was again recognized by President Bush in 2008 at the White House as part of a ceremony recognizing volunteerism.

At Juniata, she earned a dual bachelor's degree in international business and German. She also spent a year studying abroad at Fachhochschule Muenster in Germany. She went on to earn a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business.

Eric Bridenbaugh, a native of Martinsburg and a physician assistant since 2008 at Trauma and Emergency General Surgery, will receive the Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award.

Bridenbaugh works with a team of trauma surgeons and assists in surgical cases, trauma follow up, hospital rounds and a variety of procedures. He also assists the group's surgical team in management of trauma patients with multisystem injuries.

In addition to his duties at Trauma and Emergency General Surgery, Bridenbaugh also works at Somerset Hospital in the Emergency Department, a part-time commitment he has done since 2010.

Since last year, he also started teaching as the instructor for St. Francis University's Emergency Medicine course. He lectures on all aspects of emergency care for first-year graduate students.

Bridenbaugh earned a bachelor's degree in natural and social sciences in 2006 from Juniata and went on to earn a master's degree in 2008 in Physician Assistant Sciences from St. Francis University.

He is a member of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants and while at Juniata he was active in Health Occupations Students of America and with Juniata's Academic Judicial Board.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.