HBU News, V50 #1, Spring 2013
In this issue: NO Messing Around, HBU Football Kicks Off in Houston; New Homecoming Tradition Gets Off to Wet, Tasty Start; Deans of Newest Schools Discuss Good, True and Beautiful; Generosity Takes Center Stage at Spirit of Excellence Gala.
campus news can make in the world would inspire Ghosn to pursue a career in cardiothoracic surgery. In the summer of 2012, Ghosn was given the unique opportunity to participate in the legacy of the surgeon whose work had made a lasting impact on his life. He was one of 10 pre-med students selected from more than 350 applicants for the annual Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program at the Baylor College of Medicine, and he shared the following thoughts on the experience in the newsletter of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Noteworthy Campus-wide effort secures reaffirmation of HBU’s accreditation » The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed HBU’s accreditation. The process, which includes completion of an institutional self-study every 10 years, required input and collaboration from faculty and staff in academic and administrative offices across campus, under the direction of Associate Provost Rita Tauer. “ HBU Web site voted Best Education Site of 2012 » For eight weeks, I had the exceptional opportunity to be part of the Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program through the Department of Surgery at BCM. This year, ten students were chosen and assigned different mentors in various disciplines spanning six affiliated teach ing hospitals within the Texas Medical Center. It began with an orientation to the operating room and sterile technique. Afterward, we each left for our respective hospitals, spending our weeks participating and building rapport with our mentors and surgical teams. Eleven exclusive brown bag lectures from physicians such as Melvyn Harrington, M.D., and Mimi Leong, M.D., helped join us together every week to share our experiences and also learn about various subjects from surgery specialties to skills needed to succeed in medical school. Shadowing William E. Fisher, M.D., closely, I saw him kindly attending patients, clearly explaining difficult matters, comforting them throughout their stay, and closely following their journey from admittance to successful recovery. Throughout many cases, I watched him share lovely humor with the whole staff and distinctly remember standing beside him during that long day he performed the Whipple procedure, speaking little, intensely focused, and working with remarkable speed and dexterity. In this program, I learned technical procedures, built a strong operating room discipline and skilled teamwork with the staff. This experience reinforced my conviction that this is the career that I want to build. The HBU Web site, which underwent a complete redesign last spring to resonate with younger audiences, was voted the Best Education Site in the Site of the Year 2012 competition hosted by Kentico International, which provides enterprise Web Content Management Systems to more than 1,200 partners in 80 countries. The other finalists in the competition were Dutch and South African institutions. thebestschools.org names HBU among top five Best Colleges for Studying Bible » In January, the editors of thebestschools.org ranked HBU fourth on a list of Top 15 Colleges for Studying the Bible. They highlighted the recent hiring of several acclaimed Christian scholars, including Provost John Mark Reynolds, and the addition of the new Department of Apologetics as key reasons for the recognition. They also noted the University’s holistically Christian approach and identified its many ministr y clubs as “a wishbook of options for incoming Christian students.” In June of 2012, the same editors ranked HBU seventh on their list of the 25 Best Colleges for Homeschool Graduates. - Jean Ghosn HBU selected to anchor local management district’s University Zone » The Greater Sharp- Reprinted with permission, Department of Surgery News, copyright 2012, Baylor College of Medicine Ghosn has been accepted to seven Texas medical schools and is currently completing an undergraduate research fellowship at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in the Texas Medical Center. stown Management District has designated the area surrounding the HBU campus as the University Zone, one of six culturally distinct zones within the more than 10 square miles of southwest Houston the district encompasses. The designation includes special landscaping, signage and other visual elements to give the University Zone an easily distinguishable and inviting identity. HBU News | 11