Health Sciences campus leaders celebrated Salerni Collegium’s award as Volunteer Organization of the Year at the September 21 Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner. (Pictured, left to right: Donna Elliott, Molly Gervais, Catherine Herrera; John Gonzalez, Irma Gonzalez, Michele Cannis, Tim Cannis, Lidia Beltran, Robert Beltran, Sandra Campione and George Stoneman.) (Photo/Stephen Blaha)
By Amy E. Hamaker
On September 21, guests gathered at the annual USC Alumni Association Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner to recognize the volunteers who keep USC running. The event was held to honor volunteers from alumni clubs and organizations with affiliations throughout the university for their dedication and service to USC.
This year, Salerni Collegium Alumni Association (SCAA), home to Keck School of Medicine of USC alumni, resident alumni, faculty, parents and friends, was the recipient of a Volunteer Organization of the Year Award.
Leadership from the Keck School and Salerni Collegium were present at the dinner, including Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, John House, clinical associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology; Donna Elliott, associate professor of Pediatrics and associate dean for Student Affairs; George Stoneman, president of the Keck Parents Association Board of Directors; Robert Beltran, member of the Salerni Collegium Board of Directors; Michele Cannis, president of the Salerni Collegium Board of Directors; and Kenneth Geller, vice president of the Salerni Collegium Board of Directors.
“Volunteers are an essential part of any academic endeavor, and we are incredibly proud of those who volunteer for Salerni Collegium,” said Puliafito. “We are thrilled to see them honored for the time and energy they commit to helping USC’s alumni, and we are grateful to have their continuing support.”
Established in 1958, Salerni Collegium has evolved into one of the largest medical support and networking groups in the nation. The organization provides scholarships for medical students, funds student programming and offers access to the alumni online community KeckNet.
Volunteer Organization of the Year Awards are given to USC alumni organizations or clubs in recognition of extraordinary efforts to engage USC alumni lifelong and worldwide and build a culture of philanthropy among the Trojan Family.