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A collage of the Fall Term 2022 SCU Values winners



Fall Term 2022 Recap of SCU Values Recognition

January 2023

To promote and celebrate SCU’s values, the SCU Culture Crew recognizes a student, faculty, or staff, each month, who lives our University values, and/or the attributes named in our mission statement, including:

  • Integrative Health
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Inclusivity
  • Health Equity
  • Kindness
  • Integrity
  • Humor
  • Determination

To increase recognition of the great work people are doing and amplify SCU culture and values, following is a recap of the Fall Term 2022 SCU Values Winners:


The September 2022 SCU Values winner was SCU Medical Sciences student Makayla Parker Knighten, nominated for her kindness, integrity and humor. Congratulations, Makayla!

Her Certificate of Recognition honors her strength in difficult and stressful times. Her nominator wrote that “her presence is what should be recognized in being a great resource and classmate.”


Brian Ma pictured performing acupuncture as part of SCU’s service to the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) conference in San Diego, in October 2022The October 2022 SCU Values winner was Brian Ma, ‘22, nominated for his kindness. Congratulations, Brian!

His Certificate of Recognition honors his commitment to kindness, with his nominator writing that “He has taken much time and care to help students better understand the value of acupuncture and TCM in daily life. He is a true representation of what SCU is all about.”

Brian was once the Educational Advancement Committee (EAC) and Veteran’s Club President during the first couple terms of his DACM program. He went through his 10 terms studying hard with his cohort before, during, and after the height of the pandemic.

When asked about his favorite accomplishment, Brian said “I’m proud to say that I am an Eagle Scout, Marine Corps Veteran, and now a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.”

Brian graduated from SCU with his Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree in December with the Class of 2022! Double congratulations, Dr. Ma!

Brian is pictured (above) performing acupuncture as part of SCU’s sponsorship of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) conference in San Diego, in October 2022; (lower left) at the SCU Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony, with his fellow classmates; and (lower right) enjoying Mother Nature in Mongolia.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine graduates during the Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony.

Brian Ma in Mongolia


Deb Ward hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park.The November 2022 SCU Values winner was Deb Ward, Admissions Administrator. Congratulations, Deb!

Her Certificate of Recognition honors her kindness, with her nominator writing that “Deb is always very kind and extremely helpful when I need assistance. Not only is she kind, she extremely fast and efficient!”

Deb has been with SCU for 12 years. She started out as an Admissions Coordinator and was promoted to an Admissions Administrator about five years ago.

She says her favorite thing about working at SCU was meeting her husband, who is Bob Harrison, Director of Physical Plant.

“I have enjoyed watching my job evolve into what it is today. Over the years, management has appreciated my work ethic and rewarded me for it,” said Deb.

Deb Ward and Bob Harrison.



Jasmeen SinghThe December 2022 SCU Values winner was Jasmeen Singh, DC, AP, Instructor I, Ayurveda Clinical Education Director, Ayurveda Medicine Department. Congratulations, Dr. Singh!

Her Certificate of Recognition honors her integrative health, evidence-based practice, inclusivity, health equity, kindness, determination, integrity and humor. Dr. Singh’s nominator wrote that “She manages and coordinates all aspects of the staff and client experience in the clinic for clients, interns, and practitioners of the Ayurveda program. She exemplifies all the values mentioned in SCU’s mission statement. Dr. Singh works tirelessly to supply students with all the feedback, direction, and guidance necessary to be successful in their roles as student, clinic intern, and model of Ayurveda philosophy in practice.”

Dr. Singh has been with SCU since 2020. She started a couple weeks prior to the pandemic when everything shut down.

She says her favorite things about working at SCU include having the opportunity to teach Ayurveda, and mentor to students, as well as help patients heal. “It is highly rewarding helping students reach their potential. I also love how each individual at SCU helps uplift and support one another.”

When asked about her favorite accomplishment here at SCU, she said that would be “serving the community with Ayurvedic care.”

SCU Values nominees receive a certificate for recognition of living SCU values and are entered into a monthly drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.

To submit a nomination for those who exemplify any of our values, email SCU_Values@scuhs.edu.

SCU Values nominations can be as simple as “I would like to nominate [Person’s Name] for the value of [SCU Value]. They did [activity that exemplified the value].” One or two sentences will be sufficient.


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