Nine representatives from the Samuel Merritt University community attended the 29th Annual Spring Banquet put on by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on April 23, 2014 at the Peony Seafood Restaurant.
The keynote speaker was Colleen Quen, a local artist and Haute Couture designer. Attendees feasted on a 10-course meal of Chinese delicacies. They also had a chance to meet Former KPIX news anchor Dana King, who is currently running for Oakland City Council.
Attendees included: student ambassador Tram Dan, Master of Occupational Therapy assistant professor Beth Ching, assistant vice president Enrollment and Student Services Craig Elliott, librarian Hai-Thom Sota, staff member in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity Pamela Carrasco, Assistant to the VP of Finance and Administration Joy Smith, student ambassador Rhonda Johnson, VP of Enrollment and Student Services John Garten-Shuman, and Student Services and Veterans Resource Coordinator Dennis McReynolds.
The banquet was the first event in which student ambassadors attended. Ambassadors carry the message of institutional quality, inclusiveness, and educational opportunity, specifically to potential students and community groups who promote and support educational success. Read more about ambassadors here.
Pictured left: (left to right) Tram Dan, Beth Ching, Craig Elliott, Hai-Thom Sota, Pamela Carrasco, Joy Smith, Rhonda Johnson, John Garten-Shuman, and Dennis McReynolds
Pictured right: Joy Smith, Dana King and Pamela Carrasco