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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.
Outstanding First Year Student: Heather Rawls (she also was the outstanding freshman chemistry student!)
Outstanding Second Year Student: Christina Barr
Outstanding Third Year Student: Toyosi Adewunmi
Outstanding Fourth Year Student: Chris Tatum
Danny Cooley Award Winner: Brad Rowland
The Danny Cooley Award is in memory of McMurry alum Dr. Danny Cooley, who as a graduate student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at TTU discovered the cause of sick building syndrome. Danny was an outstanding student, war veteran, decorated firefighter, and man of great character. The recipient exhibits similar qualities and receives a financial award to help with the cost of their education.
In addition to the BIMS program awards, other BIMS majors also received awards from other areas of campus for their academic achievements.
Recently declared BIMS major Nicole McGunegle was named Outstanding First Year Writer by the Department of English.
Miranda Nguyen received the All-Conference Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award for Women’s Soccer.
Our congratulations to each of these students! BIMS majors are widely acknowledge as among the best students on campus and you make us proud!
On Sunday, April 25th, McMurry’s academic program honored its stars during the annual Academic Awards luncheon. The following students were recognized for their academic achievement in the BIMS program:
Outstanding Freshman: Oluwatoyosi Adewunmi
Outstanding Sophomores: Elise Hager and Krissy Cobb
Outstanding Junior: Jonathan Urbanczyk
Outstanding Senior: Lauren Bump (pictured at left)
Danny Cooley Award for the Outstanding BIMS Student: Lauren Bump
This is the first year for the Danny Cooley Award, established to honor the memory of McMurry graduate James Danny Cooley. Danny was a Viet Nam veteran and Abilene firefighter approaching retirement when he returned to McMurry to complete his bachelor’s degree. Modest and humble, no one would have guessed he had been a hero in both of his prior lives. As a McMurry student, he excelled in math and science and pursued a BS in Natural Sciences degree. But during his junior year, a love for microbiology was birthed that resulted in his consideration, at age 48, of pursuit of a doctorate in Medical Microbiology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science. His dissertation provided the first definitive proof of the fungal origins for sick building syndrome. He told me that the week his work became public he and mentor Dr. David Straus were contacted by over 200 news agencies from around the world. Later, the CBS show 48 Hours had a special episode featuring Dr. Straus’s lab.
Dr. Danny Cooley graduated from TTUHSC-GSBS and started an environmental testing firm in Corpus Christi. He and wife Sylvia (also one of my students at McMurry) made Corpus Christi their home until he was taken ill and died from multiple myeloma some years later. It is through this award that his memory is honored as a McMurry alumnus, world-changing scientist, and person.