Monday, July 28, 2014

Almost famous...

Well, I made it big. I'm on the Qiagen website!  Sure, they're a molecular assay and diagnostics company that only scientists have heard of, but the website mentions me and my research team at Rockhurst!  Here's the pic that was emailed out (I only learned of it through at colleague in Wisconsin) and a link to the rest of the story:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Family time

I have been fortunate enough to have spent the last two weeks with my family, and doing so involved meeting them in both Wichita and Milwaukee.  It was totally worth all the driving to see my parents and my brother and his family (all from Texas), as well as lots of extended family in both cities (e.g. all of us in Milwaukee, below).  My nieces are so beautiful and smart, and they're getting so big!  Everyone just got back to their respective homes in Texas today, and I miss them already.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The last few weeks...

...have been lots of fun!  I volunteered as a recycling monitor at a Bridging the Gap recycling station at Boulevardia (a local beer festival) in an effort to help make it a green event.  I also went to an interesting talk (with some of my favorite people, below) about the Cambrian Explosion.  And in the last week, Dr. Sturgill and I have been to two Royals games!  Unfortunately, they were both losses; but they made for exciting times at the K.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Biology Field Trip

During the last two weeks of May, Dr. Chad Scholes and I took five awesome students to Appalachia for our Biology Field Trip class.  We packed the seven of us and all of our camping gear in the Rockhurst Student Development mini-van and headed east.  We saw so much amazing biology, and even went to a Willie Nelson concert and hiked 8.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail!  What a trip.

Monday, May 5, 2014


Yesterday, Dr. Sturgill (Psychology Dept., pictured below) and I went to Kauffman Stadium to watch the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers.  It was a perfect day for baseball and we had amazing seats, which slightly softened the blow of a disappointing loss.  The Tigers just made it look so easy!  But W or L, it's always a great time at the K.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Easter weekend

Since we have a four-day weekend for Easter break, I went down to the Texas Gulf coast to spend it with my family.  The weather was beautiful for cruising the beach in our golf carts, building sand castles with my adorable nieces and roasting marshmallows for them in the evening; but the water was a little chilly for my taste (though not for my brother and his border collie). We had an amazing and relaxing time and I already can't wait to do it again next year!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Honors Induction

On March 31st, we formally inducted the freshmen honors class into the program.  Our student speaker at the ceremony, Ms. Sarah Czirr, was outstanding, as was our faculty speaker, Dr. William Sturgill.  We had a great turnout, including first year students and their families, a few faculty members, and two of our Honors Student Association Executive Board members.  It was a successful morning celebrating the accomplishments of our freshmen honors students.