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2013 USU Alumni Day Speakers

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in News |

LtGen Thomas W. Travis (SOM 1986), USAF, Surgeon General LtGen spoke about his days at USU and the lifelong friendships he made – including the annual fly-fishing tradition he and his amigos developed, for which he was on his way to the airport that morning! He also spoke of F. Edward Hebert and other early supporters of USU and how their visions have been realized in the University as it stands today, 40 years since its inception. He expressed his emotional experiences traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan, meeting patients, families and providers. He summed up his thoughts about USU by saying, “USU has paid this country incredible dividends – proven again and again through this long and challenging war, where we have learned so much.” MG Joseph Caravalho, Jr. (SOM 1983), USA, Commanding General, US Army Medical Research & Materiel Command and Fort Detrick Having passed up a promising career with Second City, a comedy club in Chicago, to achieve success as a Cardiologist and leader in the Army Medical Corps, MG Caravalho regaled us with his advice on “how to become a General”. Although he saluted those esteemed colleagues who are members of AOA, he was a charter member of “BOB – bottom of the barrel”. Despite some struggles in med school, along the way he met individuals who inspired him with their success and he paid attention to how they got to where they were. His advice to junior officers is to pull out all the stops – if you love the Army, then you have to go “all in”, plan on being a career officer. You need to know about the “Big Army”, not just about medicine. Medicine revolves around the war fighting leaders and is there to support them. After 34 years, he continues to be impressed with USU grads who appear to be comfortable in uniform. They are not service divided and there are no prima donnas. We now have USU alumni as senior leaders to assist those insightful early visionaries who have always loved the school in their support of USU. RADM Sandra L. Kweder, Ret. (SOM 1984), USPHS, Deputy Director, Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration She connected the dots between lessons learned at USU, inspired by such mentors as Dr. Simon Auster, and development as a leader. “Understanding one’s self” and “understanding people and their culture” were two of the most notable precepts she has used throughout her career. RADM Kweder gave us a rare glimpse inside the FDA. One specific example she focused on was the all too familiar problem of dealing with drug shortages and the common misunderstanding of the...

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2013 USU Alumni Day Story

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Latest New, News |

We tried something new for the 2nd Annual Alumni Day. This year we wanted to increase our emphasis on including students. We started the weekend with a reception in the Hall of Flags on Friday afternoon. All of USU was invited and the turnout was great! Looks like a keeper for next year. The morning Leadership Symposium, featuring USU alumni, was both informative and inspirational. Jeff Longacre (SOM 1986), USU Vice President for Affiliations & International Affairs and Vice President for External Affairs (Interim), introduced Dean Hinshaw, Graduate School of Nursing, and Dean Kellermann, the newly appointed Dean of the School of Medicine. Jeff gave some of the latest statistics on performance of USU grads in military medicine – one in ten new medical school graduates is from USU, by mid-career one in four officers is from USU, and now one in three senior leaders is an USU alum. Leon Moores (SOM 1990), President of the USU Alumni Association, introduced the distinguished guest speakers. Read a summary of their presentations here. For the main events on Saturday, the sky was overcast but luckily the torrential downpours held off until after the softball game. The alumni went undefeated once again! This paradox was not too unexpected as no scores were kept and two alumni represented over 6000 of us. Thanks to the students for their great turnout! The game was played at Forest Glen Annex due to the renovation of the recreation fields at USU (which are looking fantastic!). Next year we’ll be back on our home field. Better get those softball skills back in action to take on the students with a formidable alumni force! –and don’t forget your gloves! There were enjoyable events for families including a moonbounce and an artist for face painting and creating balloon animals. Our “young at heart” alumni also took advantage of these attractions. A scavenger hunt enticing adventurers in USU trivia was added to the fun. Students hosted golf cart tours of the base showing off the recent developments. The Hall of Flags served as an exhibit space for posters showcasing some of the current research that is being done at USU. The highlight of Alumni Day really is the Saturday evening social. We gathered for a customary cocktail hour in the Hall of Flags with an abundance of food and beverages. Kathryn Troutman and her staff from USU catering outdid themselves again this year. Her staff had transformed the cafeteria once again into a warm, inviting reception hall with mood-setting ambient lighting. Trees with miniature lights were artistically placed throughout the room. Fresh flowers and table linens adorned the tables. The buffet tempted with scrumptious offerings, topped off with cake. We...

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2013 USU Alumni Awards

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in News |

1st Annual USU Alumni Association Awards Recipients Zoom in Graduate School of Nursing Award Heather L. Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, ‘99 Lt Col, USAF (Ret) Zoom in Graduate School of Medicine Award Bruce A. Schoneboom, Ph.D., CRNA, FAAN, ‘00 COL, NC, USA Zoom in School of Medicine Award James R. Ficke, M.D., ‘87 COL, MC, USA Zoom in Military Medical Service Award Rhonda L.S. Cornum, M.D., Ph.D., ‘86 BG, MC, USA (Ret) Zoom in Lifetime Achievement Award Brooks D. Cash, M.D., FACP, FACG, AGAF, FASGE, ‘93 CAPT, MC, USN View list of nominees for the 2013 USU Alumni Awards...

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