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AZ: Midwestern University's Highest Honor Bestowed on Four Individuals

October 14, 2014

by Office of Communications

From left to right: Howard Babcock, D.O.; Shari Burns, CRNA, Ed.D.; Judith DeLorme-Loftus, D.Min., M.S.W., LCSW; John Burdick, Ph.D.

Recipients 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 honorees are Midwestern University alumnus Howard B. Babcock, D.O., Chair of the Midwestern University Alumni Senate; faculty member Shari M. Burns, CRNA, Ed.D., Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Sciences-Glendale; and staff member Judith A. DeLorme-Loftus, D.Min., M.S.W., LCSW, Manager of Student Counseling, Glendale Campus. A special Littlejohn Award was presented to John R. Burdick, Ph.D., Vice President of Clinic Operations and Dean of Basic Sciences.

Dr. Babcock is a family physician who graduated in 1976 from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and served his internship and residency at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. Babcock spent 20 years as a Professor of Family Medicine at CCOM until retiring in 1998. A military veteran, he served in Vietnam and retired from the United States Army as a first lieutenant. Now living in Phoenix, Dr. Babcock continues to serve the University as the Chair of the Alumni Senate, past Treasurer of the CCOM Alumni Association, a member of the Heritage Circle, and an admissions interviewer for the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Burns is the Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program for the College of Health Sciences. She came to Midwestern University after serving in the United States Air Force, from which she retired as a major. Dr. Burns has been part of the University's Nurse Anesthesia program for 10 years, became Program Director in 2011, and was promoted to Professor in July 2014. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, a master's degree from Loyola University of Chicago, and her Ed.D. degree from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Goeppinger praised Dr. Burns' excellence in teaching, publishing, research, and her dedication to her students.

Dr. DeLorme-Loftus has been a counselor at Midwestern University's Glendale Campus for 11 years and was promoted in 2010 to Manager of Student Counseling. After completing her undergraduate degree at Amherst College in 1971, Dr. DeLorme-Loftus went on to earn three master's degrees from Fordham University and Arizona State University, as well as a Doctorate of Ministry from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Prior to joining Midwestern University, she served as a social worker for the Dysart Unified School District. Dr. Goeppinger noted Dr. DeLorme-Loftus' vision in managing student stress and the commitment she shows to the entire University community.

Dr. Burdick has been with Midwestern University for 36 years. Beginning as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University's Downers Grove Campus in 1978, he transitioned to Arizona in 1998 as Dean of Basic Sciences and has been instrumental in developing and expanding the Glendale Campus' educational and clinical operations. Dr. Burdick served with distinction as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Medical Services Corps. He earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and his graduate degrees from Iowa State University. Among his extensive contributions to the University, Dr. Burdick has led medical missions for the University to Central and South America for the past 15 years.

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 was the founding college of Midwestern University. 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.

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