Former Health and Human Services Secretary Keynoting Scholarship Reception

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Eva M. Noles Scholarship to be Awarded to RPCI Employee; Special Recognition for Cancer Health Disparities Staff

WHAT: Third Annual Eva M. Noles Recognition Program honoring the legacy of Eva M. Noles, RN, Director of Nursing at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) from 1971-74, Buffalo’s first African-American registered nurse.

Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Founding Dean and President Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, who served as U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services from 1989-93, will deliver the keynote address.

Toya LaMar, a Clinical Support Assistant in the Ambulatory Services Department at RPCI who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Medaille College, will receive a $2,000 award as recipient of the second Eva M. Noles Scholarship, an annual educational award for RPCI employees from underrepresented groups.

This program will highlight the efforts of the Office of Cancer Health Disparities (OCHD) at RPCI, and will include special recognition for Deborah Erwin, PhD, Director, and Detric “Dee” Johnson, Senior Project Coordinator, both of the OCHD.

WHO: Dr. Sullivan, Ms. LaMar, Dr. Erwin, Ms. Johnson and Reggie Clark, RPCI’s Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, will be available for interviews.

WHEN: FRIDAY, November 19, 2010, 9:30am to 10:15am; reception to follow

WHERE: David C. Hohn, MD Lecture Hall, Research Studies Center
Roswell Park Cancer Institute – Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email

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