Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
As an undergraduate, Michael Lewis majored in history and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the Interfraternity Council, and the "B" Club. He was class treasurer and involved with Men's Student Government and WVBU. He participated in football, track, and lacrosse.
His service to humanity began in 1982 when, at his own expense, he traveled to China and spent four weeks lecturing and training health care workers in clinical dentistry in schools and hospitals in Beijing, Nanjing, Guelin, Shanghai, and Canton.
In 1991 he traveled to India, where he spent three weeks traveling from New Delhi, Madras, Bangalore, and Bombay to teach dentistry in offices and in hospitals. In 1995 he traveled to Nepal with three other practicing dentists and provided primary dental health care education to people living in remote and impoverished regions of Nepal.
In 2000 he returned to Nepal and traveled to the remote villages of Mabu and Ilam and provided dental care and education to about 450 people in five days and trained two Nepali health care workers to give anesthesia and perform simple oral surgical procedures. In 2001 he traveled to Colombia to determine the need for and feasibility of establishing a dental and medical clinic in the small Indian fishing village of Taganga.
He plans to return to Nepal again this fall to participate in the construction of a permanent dental health facility.