Page 11 - 2012 Spring Lycoming Mag

love helping students to grow. I am the great-
granddaughter of Ukrainian peasants who came
to America a century ago to expand their family’s
opportunities. Having earned a Princeton B.A. and
a Columbia Ph.D., I felt lucky and humbled to stand
on Ellis Island, under a picture of the ship that carried
my illiterate great-grandfather here. I feel a deep sense
of mission to make these same types of opportunities
available to my own students.
Every day in class and in lab, I am excited by
my” undergraduates’ sense of discovery, and their
eagerness to explore new ideas and new technologies.
Every experience can open new worlds to them.
Lycoming freshmen may enter as hardware store
owners’ or peach farmers’ children, but they can leave
as budding graduate students headed for some of the top
Ph.D. or M.D. programs in the country. What an honor!
What a responsibility it is to nurture and challenge them
as they develop! What a reward it is to see their horizons
broaden, to watch as they work out their own true passions
and decide what kind of adults they will become, regardless
of where they began their lives. I can think of no better
way to honor the spirit of my ancestors, or to keep my
own spirits high.
Mary Morrison
Assistant Professor of Biology