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August 15, 2014

Hi Dr. Trachte,

This is Justin Walker, and just for simplicity’s sake, I am

the soccer player that graduated last year with the NCAA

postgrad scholarship. I am writing to you in regards to my

first couple of weeks of medical school, and the profound

impact that it has had on my respect for the education I

received at Lycoming College.

While I never doubted my education at Lycoming - I know

I learned a great deal - I always wondered how it compared

to other science programs around the nation. My friends

at other universities would regularly discuss how much

detail their professors expected them to know, and I always

wondered if the big name status of their respective universities was proportional

to the amount they were learning. I have now been in medical school at Penn State

Hershey - a very reputable medical school - for about a month, and I have learned

that what Lycoming’s biology department does for its students qualifies it for elite

status around the nation.

I am involved in a small study group with four other students: one went to

Messiah, one to Allegheny College, one to Johns Hopkins, and one to Yale. While

they are all very intelligent individuals, the material that we are covering at this time

is beyond the scope of their undergraduate education. We are discussing biology in

molecular details they have never encountered before, and many of the terms they

have never even heard. I am currently teaching those sessions based entirely off of

prior knowledge that I gained in Lycoming’s biology courses. I have explained the

style of our courses to Lexy, the individual that went to Yale, and she sat in awe and

said “I wish our classes were run like that.” Specifically, I described Dr. Morrison’s

class style - with late night review sessions that were entirely of her own altruism,

clinical connections of material we learned in lecture, and depth at which we

were expected to know material. My very first lecture at medical school was a cell

biology lecture, a course that I took at Lycoming. There was not a single concept

that was unfamiliar to me; I had encountered it all. For many, and likely the majority

of my fellow classmates, this was not the case.

I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t also comment on both Dr. Newman and

Dr. McDonald’s biochemistry course, and the anatomy course offered at Lycoming.

The cadaver anatomy course that I took has set me apart from other students thus

far, and my friends are literally envious of the opportunity I had to learn on a human


I will also add, in short, that the humanities courses I was required to take at

Lycoming have also contributed to my success at medical school. Penn State

Hershey has a department of humanities that is integrated with the medical

education. While it is not as strenuous of a course, my ability to think critically

and ask relevant questions has been improved by the courses I took at Lycoming,

specifically those that were offered by Dr. Whelan in the philosophy department.

In summary, I want you to know how much respect I have for Lycoming College,

and how proud I am to have graduated from that institution. The foundation it has

laid for me as an individual and as a student has been invaluable to my first weeks

of medical school, and will certainly continue to facilitate my growth both as a

student and as a future physician. You commented to me that your future vision

for Lycoming College was to have it in the top 75 someday. Based on my current

experiences, I believe that Forbes and Princeton Review do Lycoming a huge

injustice, even in their current rankings.

Thank you, and good luck with the upcoming school year!


Justin Walker

Penn State University College of Medicine Class of 2018

Richard Hughes’ 10th book, “Genes,

Destiny, and the Cain Complex,” has been

published in Russia. Mikhail Melnikov,

the translator, is a clinical psychologist

who collected Hughes’ papers for this

book to promote Szondi studies in the

Russian Federation.

The book contains

13 chapters of essays

Hughes previously

published, with a

new introduction and

university lectures.

The lectures include

“The Symbolism

of the Bridge”

and “Moral Destiny and Relational

Cosmology.” Special attention is devoted to

epilepsy and the sharing of its equivalents

across the generations of the family.

The chapters refer to the life and work of

Leopold Szondi (1893-1986), a Hungarian-

born Swiss psychiatrist, who produced a

magisterial system of psychiatry known

as the “Analysis of Destiny,” under the

conditions of war, revolution, and the

Holocaust, which remains untranslated.

The book was translated by Mikhail

Melnikov and Maria Fomel and published

by Ergo Publishing Company in Izhevsk,