As we plan for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year, we find ourselves in that exciting time of welcoming our new students into the fold. They will not start classes until late August, but right now it is time for them to SOAR!
Summer Orientation And Registration brings students to campus to meet advisors, pick their classes, and tend to all of the student life necessities associated with starting college at McMurry. No matter how many times our faculty have been part of SOARs, there is always something special about getting to know our bright, excited incoming freshmen. And it seems like there is always some new program available for our students. This year is no different, with new initiatives aimed at helping our freshmen not only survive, but thrive! And McMurry will be adding a faculty member to strengthen the BIMS program – Dr. Malaney Lopez-O’Connell, graduate of UTMB and biotechnology guru. Can’t wait to see what is in store for her!
McMurry’s BIMS program is one of the campus leaders, a large program with students who rank among the brightest and most driven on campus. That should not surprise anyone, as our students often want to be forensic scientists, doctors, dentists, and medical researchers.
Three SOARs are planned at this time: June 10-11, June 24-25, and July 29-30. There is still time for you to come join us! Call 325-793-4700 and see how you can claim your seat in the Class of 2020!
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!
The 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.