For Immediate Release Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org
Medina Foundation Grant Honors Corpus Christi Refinery Operator/Firefighter Gabriel Alvarado
Des Plaines, IL (January 12, 2010) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation announced today that ASSE professional member Rixio E. Medina, CSP, CPP, managing member of RE Medina Management, L.L.C., and general partner of Rixio Medina & Associates, L.P., Corpus Christi, Texas, has donated $5,000 to its general fund for scholarships and grants. For 2009 Medina added an additional $16,000 to his contributions to support the ongoing education of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals. Medina has contributed $79,500 to the ASSE Foundation since 2005 and raised a total of $143,800.

Foundation officials also announced that the “Medina Professional Development Grant” name has changed to the “Gabriel Alvarado Professional Development Grant” in honor of refinery operator and firefighter Gabriel Alvarado from Corpus Christi, Texas, at the request of Medina. Also, the “Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety” has been renamed the “Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety Scholarship”.

“My friend Gabriel was severely injured in an industrial accident in July 2009. His determination and gallantry to overcome adversity is an inspiration to all his family, friends and coworkers,” Medina noted. “I wanted to further recognize his heroic efforts by naming this Foundation grant after him.”

The “Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety Scholarship” is a $3,000 scholarship available each year for students seeking an education in occupational safety, health and the environment who are bilingual in Spanish and English. Past winners of this scholarship include Andres F. Rojas (2009), Marshall University; Edmundo Armendariz (2008), Columbian Southern University; Blanca D. Campos (2008), Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Juan D. Moreno (2007), Marshall University; and, Caz S. Alvarez (2006), Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The “Gabriel Alvarado Professional Development Grant” provides various awards at $650 and up for a total of $3,000 per year in financial assistance to ASSE members seeking to advance their education through ASSE Certification Preparation Workshops (ASP, CSP, CHST, OHST), ASSE Professional Development Seminars or Symposia, or the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference. It also provides BCSP certification fees for the application and exam. Past recipients of this grant include Peti Janine Singletary (2009), Cynthia King (2009 & 2007), Byron Curtis (2009), Nich Nichols (2009), Michael Staublin (2008), Shaman Ahuja (2008), Heidi Hoffman Brown (2008), Darrell E. Mealer (2008), Heather Earl (2007) and Laverne Ogieste (2007).

All available ASSE Foundation scholarships are for students pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health, safety engineering, safety management, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, risk management, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, fire safety, environmental safety, environmental health or other safety-related fields. Scholarships range from general criteria to regional-based, diversity and specific areas of study within safety. Grants are available to safety professionals wishing to advance their professional credentials in safety.

Rixio Medina & Associates, L.P, provides fire protection, safety and security consultation services to the petroleum, refining and petrochemical industries. For more information on Rixio Medina & Associates, L.P visit www.medinasafety.com.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.

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