Medical Humanities News

Homecoming with the Medical Humanities

Nov. 5, 2013

The Baylor University Pre-Health Program and Medical Humanities Program hosted its second annual Homecoming Reception on Friday, October 18th from 5 - 8 p.m. The event was held at the newly built East Village Residential Community on Earle Hall Lawn. Guests included members from the Board of Advocates of the Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences, alumni of the Pre-Health Programs and the Medical Humanities Program along with their guests, and current undergraduate students.

Attending faculty from the Medical Humanities Program included Dr. Marcum, the program director and professor; Dr. Barron, the associate director and clinical professor; and Mrs. Sue Mock, the administrative associate of the Medical Humanities. A number of faculty members and staff from the Pre-health Programs were also in attendance: Dr. Richard Sanker, the director the pre-health programs at Baylor; Dr. Rizalia Klausmeyer, the associate director of the program and the director of the Science and Health LLC; Linda Hayes, the program manager for health profession advising; and Jane Lin, the program coordinator. Dr. David E. Pennington, a professor of the chemistry program at Baylor, was also present at the event.

Alumni from both programs conversed with faculty, current undergraduate students, and members from the Board while enjoying refreshments and musical selections played by sophomore university scholar and harpist Katherine Kappelmann.

Halfway through the event, two well-known Baylor celebrities made a surprise appearance and joined in the festivities. Judge Ken Starr and his wife, Mrs. Alice Starr, greeted guests, faculty, and current students at the reception. Mrs. Starr, in the spirit of Baylor Homecoming, sported a large green and gold mum on her suit lapel.

During his time at the event, Judge Starr spoke about the humanity that future medical practitioners graduating from Baylor would have while working in the healthcare field.

"We're going to have wonderful doctors, and our wonderful doctors who graduate from Baylor University will also be versed in the humanities," he said. "They are going to be prepared fully as human beings, not just to be practitioners of medicine, but to be truly human. That is invaluable and precious in the practice of medicine."

At 8:15 p.m., guests, faculty, and students adjourned to Fountain Mall to view the bonfire and the Homecoming Extravaganza.

Many thanks to Lauren Vorderkunz, the office manager of pre-health studies at Baylor, the Earle Hall Leadership Team, the student workers from both the Medical Humanities Program and the Pre-Health Programs at Baylor, Baylor Flowers, and the Olive Branch Bakery and Cafe for making the Homecoming reception a success.

by Maegan Rocio