ADA — Dr. Twafik Z. Ramadan has been named Ada’s 2006 Distinguished International Citizen following an open nomination and selection committee process. Dr. Ramadan, a pediatrician, has been practicing in Ada since 1977 and sponsors of the event say he has made a significant contribution to the area.

He will be recognized at the Global Ada Dinner to be held in the Wagner Ballroom on the East Central University Campus. The event will be 7 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by ECU’s International Connection, Students in Free Enterprise Team and Rotaract Club along with the Ada Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs and the Interact Clubs from Ada High and Latta High Schools.

Four deserving individuals were nominated according to Elaine Rhynes, ECU’s Director of International Programs, International Connection advisor and member of the Ada Sunrise Rotary Club. “It will always be hard to select a winner as there are so many foreign born people in this area who have made an outstanding contribution to Ada,” she said.

“The purpose of this event is to recognize our international community and thank them for their contribution by selecting one from among them to be named Ada’s Distinguished International Citizen,” she added. “When you consider the contributions of Dr. Ramadan and last year’s honoree, Loretta Yin, it is easy to both see what is being done in our community by our internationals and how hard it is to pick just one person.”

Ramadan was born in the El-Maliha area of Jerusalem, Palestine, and graduated from medical school at Cairo University. He specializes in neonatology and pediatrics and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He was a Fellow in Social and Preventative Pediatrics at the Hospital of the American University of Beirut and practiced pediatrics at Aramco Dharan Health Center Hospital. He was also a Pediatric Resident at Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City from 1976-1978.

According to event co-organizer Dr. Pat Fountain, ECU Students in Free Enterprise sponsor and member of the Ada Rotary Club, Ada has, for a town its size, a large international population. “At last year’s inaugural Global Ada Event over 20 countries were represented at the roll call of nations,” he said. “Our international citizens add diversity to Ada and keep us in touch with the rest of the world.”

“The event is also meant to remind everyone of Ada’s participation in the global economy,” he added. “We have businesses here in Ada that are owned by people outside the USA as well as many local businesses that are exporting their products all over the world.”

Tickets to the event are $20 per person and can be obtained by calling ECU Switchboard at (580) 310-5666. The menu for the banquet will feature food from Dr. Ramadan’s home country of Palestine.

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