Chapter Recognizes Work of James Shellhaas

Butler University’s Pi Alpha Chapter Council inducted new members into the Physician Assistant (PA) National Honor Society on May 11. The chapter council also inducted Professor of Biology James L. Shellhaas as an honorary member for providing exceptional service to the pre-professional physician assistant students.

All 2012 graduates of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, the new members include Michelle L. Davis of Centerville, Ohio; Laura C. McKeague of Indianapolis; Lindsey S. Rush of Greenwood, Ind.; and Meredith M. Freeman and Kristin L. Kelly, both of Fishers, Ind.

To be eligible for Pi Alpha, students must hold a minimum 3.5/4.0 grade point average and demonstrate excellence in research, publishing, community/professional service or leadership activities. Student membership is limited to no more than 15 percent of any graduating class.

Shellhaas is the first educator to receive honorary membership to the chapter. He has worked with the pre-professional physician assistant students in microbiology and immunology since 1995.

“Dr. Shellhaas is a committed and compassionate professor for the undergraduate PA students,” said PA program director and associate professor Mike Roscoe. “He is invested in our students and cares very deeply about them as people. We are fortunate that he has an influence on our pre-professional students.

“Students describe Shellhaas as dedicated to his work and having a great ability to effectively convey the microbiologic importance of material for clinical practice.”

Butler University is a charter member of the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for PAs, started in 2005.

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