Dear Friends and Fellow Raptors,
On behalf of the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) alumni community, welcome to the second issue of The Kettle.
Through a year of upheaval, change and rejuvenation, the UMR Raptor community has grown, persevered and pushed the envelope forward. Raptor alumni have conducted research into the COVID-19 virus, earned their "White Coats" and well-deserved promotions, and explored new and exciting career opportunities. UMR graduates have truly risen to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.
With the arrival of the Class of 2025, we encourage you to stay engaged with campus and connect with current students and faculty. Much has changed around UMR, including the addition of The Nest, the building of the NXT GEN MED program, and the launch of the Beyond the Nest podcast.
This issue of The Kettle captures some of that change, but more importantly, aims to share the stories behind our unique UMR experience. Please enjoy and always stay in touch.
The UMR Alumni Advisory Committee
Mohamed Addani ‘18, Nitya Chandiramani ‘17, Glen Morris ‘17, Rachel Nguyen ‘14 and Mikayla Schmidt ‘18
ket·tle /ke-tᵊl/ noun
A term derived following field observations of hawks, “kettle” means a group of soaring raptors.
The Power of Mentorship
Marilyn Stewart: A Lasting Legacy
Alumni Profile: Sarah Vang
Faculty Profile: Molly Dingel
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Q&A
Steps Towards a Better World
Future Raptors Find Their New Home at UMR
Dear Raptors, a letter from Chancellor Carrell
Hannah Elsenpeter '13
McKenzie Bangasser '16
Cassie Kersten '16
Paige Diedrick '18
Kelsey Gilman '19
Emily Padilla '19
Stephanie Lindquist '20
Katlyn Long '20
Ryker VanderHeiden '21
Brought to you by UMR Student Success Coaches.
Shannon Holmberg started a Master of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Mason Schlief was accepted into the University of North Dakota’s Master of Social Work program and will start in Spring ‘22.
Danielle Schreb was admitted to Des Moines University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Eric Sturdevant joined Be The Match as a Biorepository Technician.
Khachialia Thor enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program at American University of Antigua College of Medicine.
Alanna Vossen joined the University of Miami as a Clinical Research Coordinator II.
Victoria Ajayi enrolled in Tufts University School of Medicine’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree program.
Nathan Carlson was accepted into the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s DDS program.
Kaylee Cole joined Mayo Clinic Florida as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
Alynn Kruse was accepted into the Genetic Counseling program at Sarah Lawrence College.
Amarachi Orakwue has enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.
Kaillie Paulson joined MN Adult and Teen Challenge as a Case Coordinator.
Anjelika Anker was accepted into Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Surgical First program.
Share your news with UMR!
UMR graduates achieve great things every day. From breakthrough research and career success to weddings and the arrival of baby Raptors,
send your updates to UMRalumni@umn.edu and stay social @UMRochester.
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