Spring 2011
Class Act

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Class of 2014 at the White Coat Ceremony

The 2010 Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony last summer welcomed the Class of 2014. Photo by Laura Levin

Sixty-two matriculate with Class of 2014

By Anne McMillin, APR

The Class of 2014 is comprised of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Thirty incoming students graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno while 11 graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Their age range is 20 to 35 years with the average age being 23.

Twenty-one percent are first generation college graduates and 11 percent are from underrepresented cultural or ethnic populations in medicine including African-American, Latino and Vietnamese.

Two percent of this class comes from a rural background, and men slightly outnumber women.

The class elected its officers last fall with the following results: Travis Anderson, president; Katie Lyons, vice president; Caroline Protin, secretary and Steeven John, treasurer.

Brandon Godfrey represents the medical school to the Association of American Medical Colleges' organization of student representatives, Rachel McCabe and Nicole Trodden are the American Medical Association representatives and Brett Hansen and Godfrey represent the medical school at the American Medical Student Association.

Gretchen Taylor and Krystale Tuano head up class fundraising efforts while Brandon Hockenberry and Natsuko Takakura will record class accomplishments as its historians.

Patrick Delaplain and Alec Runyon sit on the honor council while Erin Ostby and Dave Poertner are social chairs. Mike Lukowski, Poertner, Brett Hansen and Jon Brown comprise the class representatives to the Student Assistance Committee while Colin West and Ryan Rimer sit on the Student Curriculum Committee.

The class elected Jason Hill as the student health representative, Runyon for the student promotions and conduct committee and Scott Isbell and Nick Sich for the positions of class webmasters.

More than two-thirds of this class earned their bachelor degree in biology, biochemistry, biological sciences or molecular and cell biology, but undergraduate majors range from art history to environmental studies.

Members of this class have previously held jobs as a carpenter, a classical guitarist, a firefighter, a ski patroller and a veterinarian assistant. They speak several foreign languages including Spanish, Arabic, French, Korean, Tagalog and Chinese.