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“Lead, inspire, serve and dream big”

by Barb Boose No Comments

“Relentlessly pursue knowledge, seek wisdom, give service and demand excellence throughout your lifetime,” President Franklin charged the Class of 2011.

The event must feel like a mighty bright light at the end of the tunnel or a scenic summit after a formidable mountain climb: As they well deserved, members of the DMU Class of 2011 embraced the joys of commencement.

“You have to enjoy the process,” relaxed podiatric medicine graduate Eric Lew reflected during the campus picnic on May 27. “It’s arduous but fun. Enjoy the education, the professors and your patients.”

Lew was among the recipients of nearly 500 DMU degrees in May. They included the students who started DMU’s Homeless Camp Outreach and who worked with administrators to bolster the University’s pharmaceutical conflict of interest policy. They included grads like Amanda Eilers, who earned her D.O. and master of science in anatomy degrees while participating in DMU’s highly selective “Pathways of Distinction” research program, serving as a teaching assistant for multiple courses and being active on campus and in the community. No wonder she landed the lone cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity and will be forever indebted to the people who have helped me achieve my goals,” she said. They include her father, whose advice she included in her residency application: “If you aren’t going to do it right, don’t do it at all.”

Keynote speaker Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, encouraged graduates to “apply the methods common in the medical disciplines” in helping the nation tackle problems ranging from high federal debt and joblessness to “embarrassingly petty politics.”

A happy graduateDegrees granted

197 – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

60 – Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

47 – Doctor of Physical Therapy

69 – Post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy

48 – Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

26 – Master of Public Health

35 – Master of Health Care Administration

12 – Master of Science in Anatomy

1 – Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Two graduating studentsGraduates with Distinction

Osteopathic Medicine – Scott M. Boeke

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery – Sarah A. Rincker

Health Care Administration – Rachel E. Peters

Public Health – Shelley L. Horak

Physician Assistant – Terra A. Figland

Physical Therapy – Chad M. Kelley

Post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy – Joshua Meyers

The DMU Class of 2011 included Navy Lieutenant Shevonne Wells, who earned doctor of podiatric medicine and master of health care administration degrees. Shown here with Retired Navy Rear Admiral Ben Gaumer, D.O.’79, left, and her parents, Ginny and Rich Loos, Wells was one of the nation’s first podiatric medical students to receive the military’s Health Professions Scholarship. This fall, she will begin a three-year podiatric surgical residency through the Womack/Eisenhower Army Medical Centers.

The DMU Class of 2011 included Navy Lieutenant Shevonne Wells, who earned doctor of podiatric medicine and master of health care administration degrees. Shown here with Retired Navy Rear Admiral Ben Gaumer, D.O.’79, left, and her parents, Ginny and Rich Loos, Wells was one of the nation’s first podiatric medical students to receive the military’s Health Professions Scholarship. This fall, she will begin a three-year podiatric surgical residency through the Womack/Eisenhower Army Medical Centers.

Graduates, families and faculty dress up and chill out at the colleges’ commencement dinners.

Graduates, families and faculty dress up and chill out at the colleges’ commencement dinners.

DPT group

DMU President Angela Walker Franklin, sons Grant and Jordan, and spouse Thaddeus enjoy mingling with DMU grads, alumni and friends during the commencement festivities.

DMU President Angela Walker Franklin, sons Grant and Jordan, and spouse Thaddeus enjoy mingling with DMU grads, alumni and friends during the commencement festivities.

Students at picnic

Commencement is all about smiles. From the happy grads and the wee ones who enjoy the campus picnic to the newly “official” health care professionals who proudly march across the stage, it’s all good.

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