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TTUHSC Distinguished Alumni honored

TTUHSC presented the Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award to Valerie E. Kiper, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC.  Kiper is the regional dean of the TTUHSC School of Nursing in Amarillo and has been a trailblazer for nursing and nursing education in Amarillo for decades.
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Physician who protected church members from gunman awarded posthumously with top TTUHSC Presidential Award for heroism

John Cheng, MD, was known to many as a protector — protector of family, patients and many times protector to strangers. Cheng’s heroic actions saved dozens of lives on May 15, 2022, when he tackled a gunman who opened fire on members at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in California. Cheng was killed in the attack that left five other parishioners wounded.

Cheng’s wife Elise was presented the first TTUHSC Presidential Award for Heroism to honor him posthumously at the TTUHSC Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony on Oct. 21. Cheng, the son of a physician, was respected for his knowledge of nutrition and sports medicine, and was an accomplished master in Martial Arts instruction.

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