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April 28, 2009

The Woods celebrates 168th commencement

More than 140 students are expected to participate in St. Mary-of-the-Woods College’s 168th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday.

During the ceremony, Marlene EchoHawk, Ph.D., a graduate of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and an advocate for Indian behavioral health and adolescents, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the College, and she will deliver the 2009 commencement address. During the ceremony, SMWC will also recognize Mary Pat Kelly, Ph.D., an author and filmmaker, as the College’s 2009 Distinguished Alumna award recipient.

EchoHawk, who obtained a bachelor of science degree from SMWC in biology in 1953, has committed herself to helping improve the overall health care of American Indian and Alaska Native individuals, families, villages, communities and tribes.

Born in Pawnee, Okla., EchoHawk is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe in northern Oklahoma.

Growing up, her native language was spoken in the home, but English was also spoken when necessary.

She graduated high school at age 15 and went on to study at The Woods.

In 1962, she took a job at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Oklahoma City, and she worked in the biochemistry laboratory from 1962 to 1973. She returned to graduate school in 1969 and obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1976.

After serving as an independent consultant for various universities and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, she decided to settle down into private practice in 1983. She focused her attention and skills on helping newborn through adolescent children.

In 1986, she joined the Indian Health Service Mental Health Program and served as staff psychologist in Chinle Comprehensive Health Facility in Chinle, Ariz., on the Navajo Reservation. In 1989, she became the Mental Health Branch Chief in the IHS Aberdeen Area Office in Aberdeen, S.D., where she provided oversight to 17 tribal mental health programs in 14 states. And, in 1993, she was recruited to be the deputy chief of the IHS Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Program Branch at Headquarters central office. From 1999 to 2009, she worked at IHS Headquarters in Rockville Md., in the Behavioral Health Program. She recently retired from that facility, where she last served as a health science administrator.

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