Chaminade University announced that this year’s Sue Wesselkamper Prize, endowed by Henry and Charlotte Clark, has been awarded to Kanya Gagarin, a third-year student at Chaminade’s School of Nursing. Nominated by her professor, Edna Magpantay-Monroe, Gagarin hopes to become a medical/surgical Registered Nurse. After gaining experience as an RN, she plans to achieve a master’s degree to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
A member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, Gagarin will soon be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She has demonstrated leadership as an active member in Chaminade’s Student Nurses Association, serving this school year as its secretary and president-elect. Gagarin comes from a Filipino immigrant family who has always motivated her to achieve academic success. Her family emphasizes diligence, determination, and compassion to others. Particularly interested in promoting health and good nutrition for the people of Hawaii, Gagarin is very active in community service. She participated in the annual Pu’ukohola Heiau cultural event last summer and helped run its health fair educating Native Hawaiians about their health disparities and lifestyle changes. She also participated in organizations such as Give It Fresh Today, where she helps gather fresh produce for homeless shelters and educates others about the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Aside from extracurricular activities, she finds great interest attending professional and educational in-services, especially those that affect the health of Hawaii’s people.
Gagarin could not be at the Na Liko ceremony today because she is in Nashville, Tennessee, representing the Chaminade School of Nursing at the National Student Nurses’ Association Convention.