BCOM Student Government Association President Jessica Jacob volunteering at the Renaissance ArtsFaire.

Many students from BCOM’s class of 2021 are still new to the community, but they’re already lending a helping hand where needed. A group of six year students recently joined forces with NMSU students majoring in nutrition and high school students from Arrowhead Early College High School to volunteer at the Special Olympics event.

Nancy Phu, Abby Darnell, Macken Yrun-Duffy, Rochelle Almario, Hayle Scanlan, and Adriana Padilla participated in the health promotions portion of the event which was held the last weekend in October on the NMSU campus. The future doctors educated special needs children and adults on the importance of sun protection, bone health, hand hygiene, and food balance and portioning. “We also helped individuals fill out their health assessment form, particularly with their blood pressure, height and weight, and BMI,” Phu said.

Other BCOM students from both the first year class and the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences program, volunteered at one the biggest annual events in the area, the Renaissance ArtsFaire hosted by the Dona Ana Arts Council. Class of 2020 student Shelby Reyes organized the BCOM volunteers as part of a community service project she is required to lead as a member of the osteopathic honors service fraternity Sigma Sigma Phi.

Reyes said, “I thought it was a fun opportunity to give back to the community. The Dona Ana Arts Council is non-profit and their volunteers are crucial to the success of this Faire. I immediately contacted my fellow students, and within two days I had about 15 people signed up to volunteer.”

Thank you to these students for donating their time to the event:

Aries Callado
Ariel Francois
Terris Igwe
Jessica Jacob
Sara Javadi
Matthew Johnson
Robert Lyday
Diksha Mohapatra
Mohan Muvvala
Alex Nguyen
Marlina Ponce de Leon
Gabe Pontipiedra
Shelby Reyes
Shobhana Sandu
Natalie Siegfried
Liang Xue