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Tulane University recognizes PRC staffer for excellence

The Tulane Prevention Research Center is proud to announce Revonda Darensbourg, Program Manager of the PRC’s Movin’ for LIFE program, received a Tulane University President’s Staff Excellence Award in December 2017.

University President Mike Fitts surprised Darensbourg with the award at work and brought a caravan of university administrators and mascot Riptide the Pelican to help celebrate the event. To view a video of the surprise visit, click here.

“I don’t want to embarrass you, but I’ll embarrass you,” Fitts said to Darensbourg before reading some comments people gave for the award nomination. “You are described as a model of healthy living and epitomize professionalism, teamwork and respect for others in the office like nobody else. Your genuine kindness is present in everything you do and that you show passion for helping others in a genuine way and are driven to create healthy programming in the community.”

Darensbourg’s award was in the category for “Humanitarian” and was based on her efforts with the Tulane PRC’s core research project Movin’ for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy). And Darensbourg was both flattered and surprised by the recognition, which included a $1,000 check. (Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of images from the event.)

“I was so surprised and truly overcome with joy for such a beautiful honor,” Darensbourg said. “I am very appreciative of the opportunity to serve and to continue to build a culture of health in communities. I am passionate about inspiring others to live healthy lifestyles. I have lost too many family members, friends, and know of others with preventable health conditions. I am compelled to do what matters and to continue to create and promote opportunities for everyone to have access to healthful community resources.”

The President’s Staff Excellence Awards are bestowed every year to the top University staff employees who best represent high achievement in their contributions to the University. This year’s recipients included 10 individual staff awards and 2 group awards.

A longtime Tulane PRC partner, the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, also received a staff award for “Humanitarian.” Assistant Director Shokufeh Ramirez was also surprised by President Fitts with the announcement and a check for $1,000 for mentoring students and junior staff, collaborating with public health partners, and being trustworthy and caring.

By Naomi Englar, Tulane PRC Staff
December 2017

(Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano / Tulane New Wave)

Topics:   worksite wellness , health communication

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