Northwestern Medical Center has received a generous estate gift, courtesy of the late Dr Martin Wennar. Dr. Wennar gifted $100,000 to the fund that bears his name, the Martin H Wennar, MD Health Education Scholarship Fund. Dr Wennar, a retired general surgeon, passed away in August of 2009 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. “Marty always felt that it was a privilege to care for patients,” says his widow, Carol Streeter Wennar. “He hoped the Scholarship Fund would help others to make an impact on people’s lives.”Dr. Wennar helped establish NMC’s Health Professions Scholarship Program in 1987. In 2003, the scholarship fund was renamed and dedicated to Dr. Wennar, in honor of his long-standing commitment to encouraging health professions through scholarships. In recent years, the need to ensure the long term viability of the program has become even clearer, as health professions have faced shortages nationwide. Dr. Wennar’s gift will help achieve sustainability for the fund. On the value of pursuing a health career in a rural community, Dr. Wennar once said, “I want to see kids go into health care because it’s a wonderful career. It’s very rewarding to be able to help people. And, Franklin County is a wonderful setting for someone to work in—it truly affords you an opportunity to make an impact on people’s lives.”For more information about the Martin H. Wennar, MD, Health Education Scholarship Fund, please visit our website at: http://bit.ly/bL3Hxs(link is external).Source: NMC. 7.19.2010
In an effort to sustain and enhance spirituality and the Hindu culture, the Viraat Sabhaa (Guyana) has initiated programmes to educate Hindus and non-Hindus.“The Viraat Sabhaa has placed spirituality at the pinnacle of its agenda.” This is according to Pandit Ravi Persaud, the President of the organisation, who is convinced that for there to be self-transformation, the process must include higher spiritual education wherein foundational principles are based on truth.As such, the Sabhaa is encouraging Guyanese from different backgrounds to pursue educational and capacity building initiatives.It is against this backdrop that the Sabhaa awarded certificates to persons who took part in its four training courses.The Sabhaa distributed certificates of participation to the persons on Sunday at the Hall of the Valmiki Vidyalaya High School inThe Viraat Sabhaa team poses for a picture with Swamiji in the centreQueenstown.Pandit Persaud outlined that there were four courses held over the past six months. Those started last November and concluded this month (May). Courses were conducted by Swami Kaivalyaananda Saraswati of the Kaivalya Ashram, India. Swamiji is a senior disciple of world renowned Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. He is also the spiritual head of the Viraat Sabhaa.One course was for in-service Pandits. In this Module-One programme, over 20 Pandits participated. The course was conducted at the Guyana Pandits’ Council headquarters.An introductory course on the theoretical study of the Puja System for aspiring Pandits was also offered, attracting 26 participants.The Viraat Sabhaa also indicated that for the “Introduction of Vedanta course”, the organisation saw 40 students pursuing the six-month training programme in various aspects of Hinduism, inclusive of Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita and philosophy.Also notable was the establishment of the youth training programme. Swamiji conducted a two-month training course, “Introduction to Hinduism”. That programme was attended by 21 young persons, many of whom are full-time professionals in the Public and Private Sectors.Executive member of the Viraat Sabhaa, Bhaiji Siri Persaud called on the graduates to use the knowledge imparted by Swamiji for the upliftment of themselves and their respective communities. He also applauded the participants who overlooked organisational affiliations to benefit from the courses offered by the Sabhaa.