When I was growing up, I was often told not to “put all my eggs in one basket”. This phrase is meant to convey the idea of risk management – being sure changes in circumstances could not ruin all plans. Even as a young adult watching my grandfather’s horses run at Sunland Park Racetrack, I knew that hedging my bets (literally and figuratively) was probably a wise strategy. Rarely did I bet on a horse to win – it was usually more lucrative to “baseball” a quinella. If luck was not on my side, after my $20 for betting was gone my friend Bob and I would become spectators for the remainder of the evening. If we hit a race or two, it meant we went home with more than we came with. Relatively cheap entertainment, punctuated with support for my grandfather’s stable of horses.
The BIMS program is now looking at the reality of not having our labs ready for the beginning of school. Our $20 in wagers is gone and now we are spectators as walls are built, cabinets are installed, and equipment arrives from suppliers. Did we put all our eggs in one basket, with the expectation that all work would be done by August 23? No. Had we done so, all those eggs now would be broken. We began contingency plans for teaching in alternate spaces before the summer began. Yesterday, science building faculty met to complete the details of what might be taught where and when in order to deliver our programs without compromising quality. We took those broken eggs and scrambled them to make an omelet – to rescue a delightful outcome from an unwanted one.
The BIMS program is too new to have any graduates with a BS in Biomedical Science degree. However several of the most recent McMurry graduates with other majors were heavily involved in BIMS courses.
Derek David distinguished himself on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. As a player he was named the NCAA Division III Baseball Player of the Year for 2008 in his final year of eligibility. This year, he took Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology among his courses to finish out his Biochemistry degree. He begins his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in the fall.
Salvador Prieto was born in Mexico but raised in Texas. His Biology major was filled with BIMS courses as he prepared for a career in the medical profession. During his junior year, he made the decision to pursue Physician Assistant training rather than the MD. This fall he will begin the Masters in Physician Assistant program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA.
Whitney Truran graduated in December after completing her Biology degree and playing golf for McMurry. An avid baseball and basketball fan, she was frequently seen talking sports with Dr. Tom Benoit and others when she was not hard at work as a lab assistant for the department. This fall she begins a career as teacher and coach in the Houston area where her knowledge of biology and exceptional interpersonal skills should make her an instant success and highly effective teacher.
There are other stories to be told, but they will have to wait for a future post.