Outstanding Service Award Fall 2015: Hannah Lamberg

By Savannah Decker

Hannah Lamberg is an outstanding third year pre-medicine student at Ferris State University who was recently awarded the Honors Outstanding Service Award for Fall of 2015.

Hannah won this award because she participates in numerous community services activities throughout her time at Ferris. She went on two mission trips to Louisiana shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit. Through these trips she helped rebuild damaged homes from the hurricane in New Orleans and Houma. Hannah has also been on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. While there, she provided healthcare to people living in mountain villages.

Hannah holding a baby in the Dominican Republic.

Hannah holding a baby in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to Hannah’s mission trips, she performs community service at Ferris State University. Her service on campus includes volunteering for Ferris Fest, participating in Ferris’s annual Rake and Run, and volunteering at the Hospice of Michigan.

On top of community service, Hannah also participates in extracurricular activities. She has been the volunteer coordinator of the FSU Pre-Med club since fall of 2013, and she is also the vice president of Real Life and has been a member since Fall 2014. Hannah currently participates in research with two professors at Ferris: Dr. Zhu and Dr. Griffith.

While studying at Ferris, Hannah has earned many achievements. She was awarded the Ferris Founder’s Scholarship in Fall 2013. She is also a member of the Honors Program, and has been awarded the Honors 4.0 Award for every single semester she has attended at Ferris State since Fall 2013.

Hannah has also conducted her studies overseas. She went on a study abroad trip to Russia in May 2015.

“My favorite experience started here at Ferris State in Big Rapids, but concluded in Russia,” Hannah said. “This past summer I was blessed to have the opportunity to go on a short-term study abroad trip with a few Ferris professors and a handful of other students.”

Other than earning awards, Hannah said there are many more perks to the Honors Program including funded travel.

“The Honors Scholarship for student-funded travel has allowed me to spend a lot of time serving communities away from home,” she said. “I have been able to go to Louisiana twice to help rebuild homes that are still damaged from Hurricane Katrina. I have also been able to travel to the Dominican Republic to help provide healthcare in mountain villages. I have learned a lot about myself and about other cultures from those experiences. This year, I am helping set up another trip to serve in the Dominican Republic to make it possible for more students to experience the Dominican culture and serve in an environment that is much different than the American healthcare system we are used to.”

Hannah is expected to graduate in December 2016. She states that her plans after graduation include “go on a road trip, continue working in an assisted living care setting, and attend medical school!”

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