Mary Ritchie Named LPGA National Coach of the Year

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership named UC Riverside Women’s Golf Coach Mary Ritchie the 2016 National Coach of the Year.

Mary Ritchie

Mary Ritchie

Ritchie led the Highlanders in a historic season that included two regular season tournament titles, the first Big West Conference Championship in program history, and a trip to the NCAA Regionals at Stanford. She also served as the interim head coach of UC Riverside’s Big West Champion Men’s Golf Team in the fall of 2015.

“I am very grateful and incredibly honored to be this year’s recipient of the LPGA National Coach of the Year award,” said Ritchie.

In 2014, her first year with the Highlanders, Ritchie led the team to three tournament wins and the highest-ever national ranking for the team (76 as rated by Golfstat). The Highlanders improved from sixth to third place in the Big West, which was the program’s best finish since 2006-07, and senior, Savannah Vilaubi became the first player to advance to NCAA Regionals in the program’s 15 year history. Read the full story.

Professor Jason Weems’ Book Wins Two Awards

UC Riverside Art History Professor Jason Weems has won the Fred B. Kniffen Book Award for Best Authored Publication, and the John Gjerde Prize for the Best Book on Midwestern History awards for his book, “Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the Midwest.”

Jason Weems

Jason Weems

“Writing a book is an all-encompassing commitment,” Weems said. “As scholars, we do it because of a belief that we can bring about a better understanding of the world. When trusted colleagues suggest that you might be succeeding in that effort, it is very special.”

The book offers a panoramic view of the transformative nature and power of aerial vision that remade the Midwest in the wake of the airplane. It addresses how fight led to a new view of the Midwest, and how aerial vision helped to recast the Midwestern landscape amid the technological change and social uncertainty of the early 20th century. Read the full story.

Nduati Receives the 2016 ‘Up and Comers Award’

“Modern Healthcare,” a weekly magazine ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives, has honored Michael Nduati, M.D., senior associate dean of clinical affairs in the UCR School of Medicine (SOM), with a 2016 Up and Comers Award. The awards program recognizes healthcare’s rising stars. Nduati was selected for his “deep desire to serve and improve the lives of their fellow citizens.”

Michael N. Nduati

Michael N. Nduati

A native of Upland, Calif., Nduati returned to his alma mater in 2012 to join the faculty of the then-developing UCR School of Medicine. Since then, he has undertaken a number of leadership roles in both the educational and clinical missions of the school – director of hospital medicine, associate dean for clinical affairs, co-creator of the new concurrent M.D./Master of Public Policy program at UCR, and co-director of an innovative medical education program called the Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience.

Recently named CEO of UCR Health, SOM’s clinical enterprise, Nduati serves as the physician executive leader of the medical school’s faculty practice. In 2014, he was nationally recognized as one of seven recipients of the New Faculty Scholar Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. The following year, he was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus by the UCR Alumni Association. He serves as a fellow for the 2015-2017 Association of Departments of Family Medicine.

“Modern Healthcare” is the industry’s leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. This year marks the 30th class for its Up and Comers awards.

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