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CSPM Honors Irma Walker- Adamé for 35 Years of Service

This past summer Irma P. Walker-Adamé, Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs in the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), a school within Samuel Merritt University, was honored for 35 years of service to the podiatric community during the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM)/California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) Alumni Reunion.  The event was held in June during the Western Foot and Ankle Conference in Anaheim, California.

Walker-Adamé was presented with a resolution on behalf of the California School of Podiatric Medicine by the school’s Dean, Dr. John Venson.  "Irma Walker Adamé is without equal in her commitment to students and their education," said Dr. Venson.  "She is beloved by students and alumni and, for 35 years, has been the glue holding the CCPM and CSPM ship together."

Ami Sheth, DPM, board member of the California Podiatric Medical Association and CCPM alum, assisted in announcing the creation of the Irma Walker-Adamé Podiatric Medicine Scholarship Fund.   "Given Irma’s service to our students in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program over the years and her never ending commitment to the podiatric medical profession, establishing a scholarship to benefit the next generation of DPM’s, just made sense," said Carla Ross, Director of Alumni Affairs.

"Words can't describe how much I appreciate the honor of having a scholarship created in my name," said Walker-Adamé.  "When I was just beginning my career, I remember being at a ceremony where they were naming endowed chairs and scholarships on behalf of individuals who had provided outstanding service.  And now 35 years later, I'm one of those individuals.  It still seems unreal."

Walker-Adamé began her career at CSPM (formerly known as the California College of Podiatric Medicine) in April 1976.  By 1987 she was appointed as Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs.  She was instrumental in the merger in July 2002 when CCPM merged with Samuel Merritt University and the name was officially changed to CSPM.  By 2005 she became the school’s Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs.  During the past 35 years, Walker-Adamé admits she has challenging times.  She credits students, faculty, staff colleagues, and a supportive spouse for geting her through all the years.

"My initial goal was to work no more than five years at CCPM," said Walker-Adamé.  "There were times when we weren't sure if CCPM was going to survive because of multiple problems.  Looking back on how dedicated the staff and faculty members were who continued to make sure that we offered a quality education in spite of the difficulties, makes me proud to be here at CSPM from this side of 35 years."

For more information on the Irma Walker-Adamé Podiatric Medicine Scholarship Fund contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 510-869-8628.

Dr. John Venson, Dean of the California School of Podiatric Medicine presenting Irma Walker-Adamé with a Resolution
Irma Walker-Adamé receiving a plaque commemorating her 35 years of service from CPMA Board Member and 2002 CCPM alum, Dr. Ami Sheth