Villas Resident Sarah Arnold Receives Distinguished Award from Alma Mater

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Kathleen Owens, PhD, president of Gwynedd-Mercy College, with award recipient CDR Sarah Arnold

GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA (10/27/2010)(readMedia)-- Commander Sarah J. Arnold, MD/MPH, of Villas, N.J., was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Gwynedd-Mercy College's Alumni Association at a September ceremony. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the College's highest alumni honor. It acknowledges the achievements of exceptional alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements and community service embody the objectives of their alma mater.

Arnold, class of 1991, is a preventative medicine officer for the United States Navy who has served in Indonesia, Japan and two tours of duty in Iraq, among others. She was recognized for her tireless work to provide medical care to her fellow soldiers and to the people living in impoverished nations around the world.

In U.S.News & World Report's 2011 edition of "Best Colleges," Gwynedd-Mercy College ranked in the first tier of its category, which is largely attributed to its high graduation and retention rates. The college prepares students to become top professionals in the fields of allied health professions, arts and sciences, business, education and nursing. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1948, Gwynedd-Mercy College is a coeducational institution offering more than 40 associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs on a full- and part-time basis. Main campus is situated on Sumneytown Pike between routes 309 and 202 in Gwynedd Valley, Montgomery County. The college also offers degree programs for working adults through its Center for Lifelong Learning campuses in Plymouth Meeting and Philadelphia. Learn more at