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Update on Some Graduates

by gwilson on May.16, 2016, under A Day in the Life...

tara_danni_PharmSome news on some of our recent graduates…

Bryce Stash, Russell Stanley, and Jonathan Urbanczyk recently completed medical school. Bryce (TTUSM) will be headed to St. Louis and a residency in Plastic Surgery.  Russell will be headed to Lubbock and residency in OB-GYN, Jonathan is headed to Scott & White and a residency in Internal Medicine.

Danni McMahon and Tara Williams both completed their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at TTUSP.  Danni was the top student in the class!

Karen McAlister and Heather Rawls Zamarron begin their Physician Assistant programs at the end of this month.

Undoubtedly there’s more news to share, but these are the ones we’ve been made aware of in recent days.  We are excited about the students who have  committed to McMurry this fall and hope you’ll spread the word to students who might like to join the next class of success stories!

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And the winner is!….

by gwilson on Apr.29, 2016, under A Day in the Life...

68649635The Biomedical Science program is blessed with some outstanding students!  This year was no exception.  From numerous All Academic Conference and Region athletes to others who simply excelled in their academic lives, we found this year to be filled with points of light to celebrate.  That said, we had tough decisions as we selected our outstanding students for the Department of Biology.  Though they come from all three Biology degrees (Biology, BIMS, and Life Science), our BIMS students were well represented.

So here are the recipients for the Department of Biology Academic Awards for 2016. (forgive me if I get Academy and Academic confused…)

Outstanding First Year Students:  Bethany Everett and Haley Shepard

Outstanding Second Year Students:  George Gutierrez and Kelsey McKiernan

Outstanding Juniors:  Payden Dompe, Maddie Fatheree, Sophie Southwell

Outstanding Seniors:  Ella Mackowiak, Taylor Russell, Rachel Thompson

We were also able to award numerous endowed merit-based scholarships to some of our more advanced students.  This is not the totality of merit scholarships our students will receive, but represents some of the key scholarships we know about at this time:

The Dr. Richard D. Moore Scholarship.  This award is in honor of Dr. Richard D. Moore, long-time Biology professor and pre-med advisor for the department.  Winners:  Payden Dompe and Maddie Fatheree.

The Bob Uselton-Ko Sari Scholarship.  This award is in memory of graduate and Ko Sari member Bob Uselton.  Winner: George Gutierrez.

The Dr. J. Danny Cooley Scholarship.  This award is in memory of McMurry graduate and environmental microbiologist Danny Cooley.  Winner: Sophie Southwell.

The Dr. Charles Bloomer Scholarship.  This award honors alumnus and local oral surgeon and McMurry supporter Dr. Charles Bloomer.  Winners:  Dona L’Ne Kirkes and Rachel Thompson.

The Dr. Victor Hudman Scholarship.  This award is in memory of alumnus and physician Dr. Victor Hudman, signifying three generations of the family preparing for careers in medicine through McMurry Biology.  Winner: Kelsey McKiernan.

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March Madness

by gwilson on Mar.19, 2016, under A Day in the Life...

mcmgymAny basketball lovers out there?  If so, you probably are like me and have a love-hate relationship with the NCAA Division I basketball tournament – March Madness.  It is a time when anything is possible, any team entering the field has that dream that if they can just string together 6 perfect games they can win a national championship.  I was in love with March Madness back in the early 90s, when I chose three of the final four and ultimate champion Arkansas.  Contrast that to this year, where two of the teams I pegged for the final four were eliminated in the first game.  Like everyone, I try to predict the early upsets, and I actually hit on one – Arkansas-Little Rock defeating Purdue.  I had to root for UALR because their coach, Chris Beard, as coach at McMurry not so many years ago.

I think there are some similarities between the highs and lows of March Madness and our BIMS program.  Like selection Sunday, where there’s great anticipation about what teams will “go to the dance”, our recruiting season is a time of great anticipation as we await those who place their deposits, sign up for SOAR, and enroll as our majors each summer.  And just like the tournament itself, there are those very talented students who stumble and those underdogs who achieve beyond anyone’s expectations.  College, after all, is the greatest participation sport you can imagine.

So what are the similarities and differences that make some students succeed and others flame out?  Just look at the Cinderella teams in the tournament.  They tend to have great coaching, better than average talent, and lots of heart and determination.  They are so focused on the tournament that they do not let any distractions or other interests get in their way.  And they leave their entire effort out there on the floor.  When our students commit every bit of their talent and effort to pursuing their education, they always come away winners.

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