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Professor of Biomedical Sciences,

Dr. Joseph Orban, receives Presidential Volunteer Award

June 4, 2012

Bill "Sharp" Strother
Director-Office of University Communications & Public Relations

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SHREVEPORT, LA - Southern University at Shreveport. Dr. Joseph Orban, a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana (SUSLA) has received the Presidential Volunteer Award from President Barack Obama. This is Dr. Orban’s second time, as he received a similar award in 2007 from President George W. Bush for services he provided in Nigeria, Kenya and Bangladesh in relation to quality control, formulation and production of poultry feeds.  The 2012 award is in recognition for the services provided by Dr. Orban in Mali and Ethiopia.  In Mali, Dr. Orban provided training in the use of chromatography and amino acid analysis in assessing quality and safety of animal feeds for the people of Mali. 

The nomination for the award was made by Winrock International (www.winrock.org).  As one of the Certifying Organizations participating in the Award Program, Winrock International confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.  Winrock has a long history of international volunteer service, and more than 200 volunteers have been known to perform volunteer service each year on behalf of the organization.  “These recipients of the President’s Volunteer Award are role models for all Americans. Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities, and as a nation through their commitment,” said Kristi Burnham, Director of Community Partnership, US Fund for UNICEF.

Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offering courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities.  Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.

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