Tuesday, February 7, 2017


UCLA's Faculty Women's Club Annual Scholarship Dinner welcomes twelve extraordinary young scholars: two graduate students and ten undergraduates. It was a time to meet and greet old and new colleagues and friends, and to congratulate our awardees.

From left standing:
Michael Lin Chen, Yuna Kim, Haven Alicia Nisly, Yang yang, Fadi Aboud Syriani, Mercede Amber Ramjerdi, Brenda Rubio, Lily Hui, and Francesca Albrezzi
Front row: Joslyn Elena Garcia, Hannah Marie Hylen, and Chloe Pan

The students had a chance to network, interact with members of the Faculty Women's Club, and to tell their stories, aspirations, and to briefly describe their projects and career paths.

Our guest speaker Dr. Verna Porter was herself a recipient of the FWC Scholarship award as an undergraduate student at UCLA in the 80s. She is UCLA Health Sciences clinical professor of neurology and director of clinical programs at the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA.

Dr. Verna Porter presenting at the FWC Scholarship Dinner February 7, 2017
Porter discussed advances in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and current approaches to treating neurogenerative diseases of the brain.

Three generations: Scholarship winner Verna Porter in 1987 with
her grandmother, FWC member, and her mother Prof. Donna Vredevoe, UCLA School of Nursing

Awardees for the first met with their peers, reconnected with scholarship committee members, and got introduced to other UCLA faculty and their spouses.

Merry Cerrito, Scholarship Committee and Barbara Lippe Board member and Scholarship Committee, with two recipients: Joslyn Elena Garcia and Haven Alicia Nisly
Zorana Ercegovac, Co-chair of the FWC Centennial Committee and Past President
Prof. Emeritus Ho who with his wife Shirley Ho (not in the photo) sponsored
the Shou-Nan Hsing Chang Scholarship, established in loving memory by her daughter Shirley Ho's Family
Prof. emerita Joy Frank chats with a recipient Michael Lin Chen
Recipient Joslyn, mechanical engineering third year student with
Jarka Wilcox, Scholarship Committee member
FWC keynote speaker for 2017 Scholarship Dinner Dr. Verna Porter (right) with
FWC President Carol Betti