Thank You Notes to Br. Edward Salgado

We have two thank you notes to Br. Edward Salgado, Biology Professor Emeritus, this month.  One is directly from a student, and the other is from our Academic Services Staff:

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Brother Edward,

Thank you for the support as well as the letters of recommendation during my time at Christian Brothers.  I was fortunate enough to be accepted to the UTHSC College of Dentistry as well as being approved for the Army HPSP Scholarship.  Thank you so much for everything.

Austin Johnson

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Dear Brother Edward,

We wanted to pass along some feedback that one of your advisees sent us about you:

I would like to nominate Brother Edward for the Outstanding Academic Advisor award. He has been a great source of encouragement and love throughout my time at CBU. He had helped me in countless ways and I am deeply grateful for all the time and effort he has given to me in order for me to reach my goals. He is a great teacher and friend.

Thank you for the great service and guidance you provide to your advisees and for everything you do to support the mission of CBU!

Best Wishes,

CBU Academic Services Staff

Thank You Note to Dr. Mary Ogilvie

This month we have a thank you note to Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Professor of Biology, from Kelly Jeu, Biomedical Science 2013, who is now in medical school.

Hi Dr. O,

I hope you had a good Christmas. We just started back this week. We’re learning immunology, and let me tell you, I am so glad I took that class with you at CBU. We’ve been hitting this stuff hard this week (it’s even more fast-paced than first semester if you can believe it). Only 27% of our class reported taking immuno before so I feel sorry for those who are seeing this for the first time. We’ve managed to cover topics in the first 4 days that we didn’t cover until mid-semester with you. It’s all been coming back to me really easily. Although we did talk about complement today in way more detail than you required b/c apparently it’s overrepresented on the Step 1 exam.

So just wanted to say hi and thanks for being an awesome instructor.

I hope your spring semester goes well.

Kelly Jeu

Thank You Notes to Faculty: Dr. Julia Hanebrink and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald

One person from the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program sent thank you cards to Dr. Julia Hanebrink and to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.  Here are the texts of those two cards:

Julia,

Words cannot fully express my appreciation for all of your help! You have truly brightened my future. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime!

We all have time machines.

Some take us back, they’re called memories. 

Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.” – Author unknown

Thank you for the precious memories of this experience and the hopeful dreams that I now have.

And here is the text from the card Malinda received:

Dr. Fitzgerald,

Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am extremely humbled and grateful for your kindness and support.  This experience has truly changed my life, and I owe it to you!

Thank you for changing my life!!!

Erica Johnson

2013 MHIRT

Florianópolis, Brazil

Thank You Note to Professor Grilli

Hey Ms. Grilli,

How is it going? It’s been a while since I spoke to you.

Well, the reason I thought of you was because I am bored in class; and the reason I’m bored is because we are learning some graph theory today in my computer networks class. Surprisingly I am the only student who has studied graph theory and providing some valuable input.

I really thank you and the CBU math department. I feel that a majority of my graduate school work seems so easy to grasp and research because of my strong math background. Encourage all engineers to take a lot of Math. It’s extremely important. And especially encourage electrical engineers to take Discrete and Probability and Linear Algebra. They are extremely important in grad school.

Thanks for all your help last quarter with the probability tips and hints and hope you are doing well.

Take care and regards to all

Ozzy

Sincerely,  Osborn de Lima,  Grad EE Student, Rochester Institute of Technology

Thank You Note to Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology

Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:23 AM

To: Anna Ross

Subject: Anatomy of the human heart resource

Dr. Ross, I wanted to write and thank you for your great page
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~aross/APII/Heart-Lab.htm  ) …what a great collection of resources on the human heart! As a nurse I have been passing your page along to some of my hospital interns and fellow nurses. But it was actually my daughter Sarah who found your page. She is going into the third grade this year and someday wants to be a doctor.

Thanks and have a great day.

Mia [Hill]

Thank You Note to Science Faculty

The following note was sent to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology and Director of the Minority Health International Training (MHIRT) program.

Behind the success and all my accolades stands Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and the MHIRT Program. It has been said that those who truly know us, are the people who impact our lives the most. In my case, this is not true. Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald did not know me, but has incredibly shaped, accelerated, and perpetuated my life through the help of MHIRT Program.

Like most minorities, I didn’t come from a long line of wealth and success. I came from a disadvantaged background, both environmentally and economically. These disadvantages contain factors, which inhibited growth and therefore the abilities to succeed academically and professionally. Just to give insight, I came from a low-income family, low exposure to various cultures, never been on a plane, never seen the ocean, and struggled in high school. However, despite the hurdles, I was determined to succeed and quickly gravitated to the field of biology and life sciences.

During my early years in college, my interest grew to include neurobiology and molecular pharmacology. In my sophomore year, I had an opportunity to work in the anatomy and neurobiology research department at UT Health Science Center under the supervision of Dr. Kristen Hamre. This research provided information in neurobiological problems relative to premature ethanol exposure. In my final year of college, I wasn’t really satisfied with my academic career. I felt like any other undergraduate student seeking a bachelor’s degree with nothing really distinguished me. It was like I was moving in the right direction, but my wheels where spinning in the same place. The feeling didn’t really go away until I was introduced to the MHIRT program at Christian Brothers University though a friend.

With that being said, I applied to the MHIRT Program, interviewed, and was given an opportunity to participate in one the nation’s most astounding international research internships. I gladly accepted this opportunity and was assigned to Dr. Antonio Padua Carobrez at Universidade Federal De Santa Catarina located in Florianopolis, SC Brazil. This research, pharmacology, primarily focused on the affects of beta-blockers, on Long Evans Hooded rats in two anxiety models, cat odor and elevated plus maze. The goal of this research was to provide information on the actions and differences between anxiolytic drugs, propranolol and nadolol, and their involvement in behavioral responses.

This experience impacted me tremendously. I learned about micro-analytical procedures, advanced instrumentation, ethics, experimental design, scientific writing, data interpretation, and oral scientific presentation. Overall, this training has helped me solidify and refined pervious lab techniques plus gain invaluable skills and principles. It also help clear some doubts and insecurities about research and techniques, while expanding my experience.

Post-graduation, MHIRT has open many doors of opportunity for me. This experience has definitely made me a more viable candidate in the job market. Since graduation, I have conducted invertebrate genes research in Lille, France with Dr. Jacapo Vizioli. Later, I was recruited by a fortune 500 company and took many leadership roles in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. Subsequently, I worked as a Facility Microbiologist and then started my own Pathogenic testing laboratory. I have worked with leaders within the biotech industry such as BioMeriueux, the creators of VIDAS and VITEK. Furthermore, I worked on validation studies with the Biotechnology Research Institute in Montreal, Quebec Canada. Currently I have accepted a position with United States Food and Drug Administration as a Regulatory Microbiologist and Expert Witness. MHIRT has made outstanding contributions to my career and success.

I am truly thankful and honored to have participated in such an amazing program. I have gain so much academically, scientifically, and culturally. Dr. Fitzgerald and MHIRT have taken me from a disadvantage to an extreme advantage. Words cannot express my gratitude.

Sincerely,
Annette Diggs

Thank You to Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology

From: Wendy Michelle Rose
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013 4:45 PM
To: James E. Moore
Subject: RE: statistics help

Hi James,

I have to tell you, I do not ask for help very often.  I could probably count on one hand how many times that I have.  I just want to let you know that the help you gave me may not have seemed like a huge deal to you but it made all of the difference in the world to me.  I messed with those graphs every day in January and could not figure out what I was doing wrong.  I talked to you Thursday morning and had all of my graphs revised by Friday afternoon!  They are now exactly as Dr. Simco requested.  I cannot thank you enough James.

Wendy

Thank You Note to Sciences Faculty

This month we have a thank you note to Mrs. Sandra Davis, Instructor of Mathematics, from a student.

From: Ross, Mary
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2012 12:37 PM
To: Sandra Davis
Subject: thanks

Ms. Davis,

I just wanted to send you a note to say, thank you.  I appreciate all your hard work, help, and attention you gave our class.  I originally was going to avoid taking Finite Math.  I had built up a fear about taking the class.  I just decided to overcome that fear, I had to face it head on.  I was going to either have to face now or later, I knew in order to graduate.  I would have to take that class.  I so appreciate educators such as yourself.  You can see your infectious passion for math and it is catching.  I so appreciate your optimism and encouragement.  You would not allow us to focus on what we could not do, you just keep telling us it’s not hard.   It may appear that sometimes those small things don’t mean much.  They definitely spoke volumes in my life.  I now feel differently about math.  I don’t have that fear anymore, you helped me to overcome that fear by creating a positive learning environment.  I will walk away from this class a better person.  This class has helped me with my critical thinking, it has improved my organizational skills, it has helped me to have more of an eye for detail, and it has helped me to logically approach difficult task.  It has been an pleasure and honor.  I hope I see you on campus in January.  Once again, thank you very much.

Happy New Year,

Mary Ross
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
Information Systems – IT Manager

Thank You Notes to Sciences Faculty

The month’s note comes to Br. Joel Baumeyer, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Director of the Math Center, from a former student.

From: Stephen Allen
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:41 PM
To: Joel Baumeyer
Subject: Overdue gratitude

Dear Brother Joel,

It is unlikely that you remember me but I was a student of yours during the 1993/1994 academic year. While my performance in your Cal I & II courses may have ended in disappointment, the inspiration you provided has persisted for nearly 20 years. I spent only one year at CBU but my education continued at State Tech, Univ. of Memphis, Univ. of Central Arkansas, and Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock. Along the way I earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and Higher Education. For the past eight years I have worked in higher education serving as a teaching assistant, adjunct faculty, and tutor in the discipline of Mathematics.

Thanks and gratitude are hardly sufficient but are the least I can give you. Your passion for the subject and compassion for people left an indelible impression upon me. You are in part responsible for my good fortunes to this day. Thank you so much for what you gave me in the short time we spent together.

I immediately liked you when you commented on a M.C. Escher t-shirt that I was wearing as we passed each other in the stairwell.

Hope you are well,

Stephen Blue Allen