Graduating Student of the Year Award

2014-2015 Doisy College of Health Sciences Graduating Student of the Year

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Graduating Student of the Year Award Amanda Waltos and Heather Crosby.

Amanda Waltos, a Bachelor of Science in Investigative and Medical Sciences graduate of the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science (formerly Clinical Laboratory Science), Honors Program and SLU Medical Scholars Program, has been awarded the undergraduate-level graduating student of the year award. She has volunteered at the Health Resource Clinic, St. Francis College Church, Stray Rescue of St. Louis and as a tutor at Loyola Academy. Waltos was a Resident Advisor in Walsh Hall, the Flats at 374, and was active in Housing and Residence Life initiatives. She was a University 101 Peer Instructor, SLU 101 Orientation Leader, private chemistry tutor, Intern with Information Technology, and a teaching assistant with the University Honors Program

She has been active in Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, SLU Dance Marathon, the Honors Student Association, Kappa Alpha Theta, Oriflamme, Pre-Health Club, the Presidential Scholars Society and the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls.

Waltos was inducted into Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Eta, Alpha Sigma Nu, the Golden Key International Honor Society, the National Residence Hall Honorary and the Order of Omega. She has also been awarded the SLU Presidential Scholarship, Electrolux North American Scholarship, Zonta Club of Cleveland Scholarship, Alpha Epsilon Delta Service Award, Kappa Alpha Therapy Pearl Award, Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Four Year Service Pin, Order of Omega Luminary Award and the Spirit of the Billiken Award. She also graduated with summa cum laude honors.

Heather Crosby, a Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate of the Program in Physical Therapy, has been awarded the graduate-level graduating student of the year award. Crosby has volunteered at Brookfield Parks and Recreation, Saint Francois Society, Tennessee Manuel Therapy and as an assistant for the elderly. She is currently a volunteer at St. Ben’s Meal Program, Girl Scouts of America and is a Eucharistic minister at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. She has also been active in a prayer group and a support group for victims of rape, incest and abuse. Crosby has been inducted into Alpha Eta, is a National Collegiate Scholar and graduated with cum laude honors. She also was nominated for the Who’s Who Award.

Crosby has been a student physical therapist at SLU Student Health PT Clinic, Missouri Baptist Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, PhysioTherapy Professionals, Vanderbilt Hospital and was a respite care worker for a woman with Down Syndrome.

Each year, the Doisy College of Health Sciences awards one undergraduate and one graduate student the Graduating Student of the Year Award. These awards are presented to the students in front of their family and classmates during the Pre-commencement Ceremony. For more information, see

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