by gwilson on Nov.26, 2009, under Uncategorized
As we take a few days off from school for Thanksgiving, the faculty and students of McMurry’s Biomedical Science program wish to say “thanks”…
…for an administration that supports risk-taking in academic programs. Without risk, there is no reward. Without risk, few moments of greatness ever occur. Without risk, we settle for average.
…for an administration that understands when not everything works as planned in the first attempt. We have seen some parts of the new program that have not worked out as well as intended. Fear of such failures would cripple faculty at other schools and prevent the try from ever happening. Those minor failures would be seen as cause for abandoning a new approach by some colleges. Here, our administration supports us and understands something professed by the great design firm IDEO: “Fail often so you can succeed sooner!”
…for a faculty comfortable with doing things differently from the way they were taught. Lecture on theory and memorizing facts in lecture, then disconnected techniques and exercises in lab to “support” lecture is the approach that formed our heritage. We’re blessed with faculty who see a better approach to connecting with students to engage them in science and give them lasting skills and knowledge.
…for students who tolerate uncertainty and change on the fly as an expected part of their learning experience. In the three semesters of the BIMS program, courses rarely look at the end like the syllabus suggested they might. Our students have seen the fluidity and uncertainty and flexibility of research firsthand. We are thankful for students who see this as an adventure in learning rather than as a broken contract or distraction.
—for a university where faith and science are not enemies at war for a person’s mind. Our faculty are comfortable in their love for science and love for their Savior. We hope this spills over to our students and encourages them to pursue their quest for understanding of the natural and supernatural world.
So, on behalf of the faculty of McMurry’s BIMS program – have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We have MUCH to be thankful for!