Winners of Midwestern University's Littlejohn Awards were recognized by Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., at the University's annual recognition dinner held in September at the Renaissance Hotel in Glendale, Arizona.
This year's winners are Midwestern University alumna Jodi Burgess, Pharm.D., Director of Clinical Pharmacy and Wellness at Potter's House Apothecary, Inc., in Peoria; faculty member Jacqueline Spiegel, M.S., PA-C, Director of the MWU Clinical Skills and Simulation Center; and staff member Christina Taylor, M.B.A., Assistant Director of Human Resources, Glendale Campus.
A 2006 College of Pharmacy-Glendale graduate, Dr. Burgess enjoys the distinction of having earned two graduate degrees from Midwestern University - a master's degree in Biomedical Science, and her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. During her time at Midwestern, she served as both Class President and President of the Student Senate and received multiple honors, including the Outstanding Community Service Award and the University Services Award. As Director of Clinical Pharmacy and Wellness at Peoria's Potter's House Apothecary, Dr. Burgess continues to work closely with Midwestern by assisting College of Pharmacy-Glendale students with their clinical education.
Ms. Spiegel joined Midwestern University in 2006 and has performed the roles of instructor, clinical coordinator, and assistant and associate professor. She currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centers on both the Glendale and Downers Grove campuses. Ms. Spiegel is responsible for developing programs and curriculum, as well as supervising standardized patient actors and high-tech simulated patient mannequins. Dr. Goeppinger praised Ms. Spiegel's innovation and creativity in her approach to education.
Ms. Taylor, a member of the Midwestern University staff since 2007, rose rapidly to her current position as Assistant Director of Human Resources through hard work and a passion for working with people. Over the course of her tenure, she has been instrumental in recruiting faculty and staff during a significant period of expansion for the University in Glendale, including three new colleges and five additional graduate degree programs. Ms. Taylor has also contributed to recruiting efforts at Midwestern's Downers Grove campus.
The Littlejohn Awards take their name from the Littlejohn brothers, physicians who in 1900 founded the American College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery, the precursor to the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine which formed Midwestern University's foundation. The awards, which have been presented annually since 2000 by Dr. Goeppinger, are Midwestern University's highest honor. Littlejohn Award winners are selected from Midwestern faculty, staff, and alumni for their outstanding service to the community, the health professions, and the University.
Midwestern University extends the warmest congratulations to these outstanding representatives of the University and the healthcare community.
Photo: 2013 Littlejohn Award winners, from left to right: Jacqueline Spiegel, M.S., PA-C, Director of the MWU Clinical Skills and Simulation Center; Christina Taylor, M.B.A., Assistant Director of Human Resources, Glendale Campus; and Jodi Burgess, Pharm.D., 2006 alumna of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale and Director of Clinical Pharmacy and Wellness at Potter's House Apothecary, Inc. of Peoria.