ACOM Dean Dr. Craig Lenz urges TROY graduates to 'do your best'

Posted: Tuesday, 17 December 2013

DOTHAN - Dr. Craig J. Lenz, dean and senior vice president of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, urged Troy University graduates in Dothan on Sunday to pursue excellence at whatever job they find after graduation.

"Once you are in an organization, do the best that you can for that organization," Lenz said. "Be ready to do anything that you have been offered to do, sometimes even if you are not ready for it or prepared. Have a positive attitude and say 'I can do it anyway.'"

Lenz delivered the keynote address during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Dothan Civic Center. Some 128 students received degrees this fall at the Dothan Campus.

Lenz urged graduates to do their best at whatever job they find in order to create opportunities for professional advancement.

"Once you get that job, no matter what it is, I want you to do the best that you can, because somewhere around the bend it can lead to something else," Lenz said. "Whatever you do, no matter what it is, do the best that you can."

Lenz also encouraged graduates to take a genuine interest in people and build meaningful relationships with colleagues and others in their professions.

"If you can demonstrate that interest with colleagues and get to know them better, then when those issues of conflict or disagreement come up later, it will be a much smoother road to try and fix them than if you have no ties or no understanding of each other."

Dr. Lenz has more than 30 years of experience in clinical medicine and medical education. Before coming to ACOM in September 2010, Dr. Lenz was Senior Associate Academic Dean/Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was one of two founding deans of the college.

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine is the first osteopathic college to open in Alabama. It is a comprehensive, four-year osteopathic medical college affiliated with Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, a 420-bed regional medical center.

Troy University Dothan Campus Graduates, Fall 2013

Undergraduates
Andalusia, AL Hartford, AL
LaVerne Dyess Heffner Ashley Danielle Boin, Michael K. Kinman, Jr., Mary Malaena Sullivan Martin, Jordan M. Price
Alpharetta, GA Headland, AL
Toyka Nicolle Smith Mallory Dylan Clark, Elizabeth Ann Deal, Kerri Elizabeth Skipper
Ariton, AL Malvern, AL
Robert E. Leggett Chelsea Hollis Hatcher
Austin, TX Midland City, AL
Heather Elyse Smith Ashley Shea Johnston, Megan Elizabeth Smith
Bay Minette, AL Montgomery, AL
Jennifer R. Lewis Nancy Young
Bonifay, FL Monticello, MS
John Cullen Voorhies Tyeasa J. Thompson
Chipley, FL Navarre, FL
Kevin Christopher Smith Jesse Steven French
Crestview, FL Newville, AL
Erica Monique Stewart, Narvin Jermaine Stewart Alesha Dawn Saucier
DeFuniak Springs, FL Orocovis, PR
Anna Marie Vecchiarelli Vick Maria G. Matta
Dothan, AL Ozark, AL
Kimberly Chemise Anglin, Kevin Javon Barnes, Clarissia Farrey Bighems, Robert L. Bures, Steven Terry Caldwell, Alex Brandon Hagan, Lois Katherine Jackson, Kimberly Nieomie Knight, Jessica Wheelless Knowles, Justin M. Lord, Christopher Bryn Miller, Priya Patel, John L Pearce, Tabitha Annette Powers, Palmere Kismirla Ritter, Earle Howard Shaw, III, Krystal Shawn Smith, Chrystal S. Shorter, Wanda Renee Williams Taekeia Maree Cokeley, Jenifer Susanne Green, Tameaca Denise McErvin
Echo, AL Panama City Beach, FL
Alicia Beth Hyatt Marnie Jackson Skipper, Amanda Swift
Enterprise, AL Phenix City, AL
Gloriadine Pierce Horne, Ryan Manu Kalipi, Dennis Scott Miller, Katrina Chong Murphy, Pamela Lee Wilson Tony Alphonso Amerson, Sheena Evette Fanning
Eufaula, AL Stone Mountain, GA
Paulette Marvette Skipper Marina A. Anderson
Graceville, FL Tallahassee, FL
Jinfang Zeng Lindsay L. Cheesborough, Chantell N. Mitchell-Sykes
Greenville, AL  
Danielle Rae Hanson  
Undergraduates (Summa Cum Laude)
Charleston, SC Eufaula, AL
Louise Marie Hardy Lisa Crumpton Sells
Daleville, AL Gordon, AL
Susan Denise Newsome Miranda Lyn Freeman
Dothan, AL Headland, AL
Lauren Abigail Goolsby, William Joshua Hoover Jessica Marie Whiddon
Enterprise, AL Ozark, AL
Teresa Marie Starr Katie Michele Dunn, Jessica Anne Echevarrias
Undergraduates (Magna Cum Laude )
Ashford, AL Ozark, AL
Brandon Bishop McCardle Ashley Nicole Meeks
Daleville, AL Savannah, GA
Jared Evan Basso Charlotte Kay Trussell
Dothan, AL Seale, AL
Queen Elizabeth Ali, Travis Neil Patterson, Phillip Michael Pinyan Destiney Deschenes
Enterprise, AL Virginia Beach, VA
Ann Marie Benson, Audrey Lynn McCray David J. Chappelle
Geneva, AL  
Sabrina Dale Crabtree  
Undergraduates ( Cum Laude )
Andalusia, AL Ozark, AL
Stacy H. Varner Jacob Allen Godwin
Ronald Elvin Traenkner, Jr.
Daleville, AL Pace, FL
Amanda Kaye Phillips Charles A. Kye
Donalsonville, GA Pell City, AL
Shaquera Tanieca Moore Robin Blake Turner, Jr.
Dothan, AL Rhome, TX
Jeffrey Dwayne Brown
Mara Lee Faye
Andrew D. Sharp
Susan B. Greenwood
Enterprise, AL Virginia Beach, VA
Kevin Dean Bond Lisa Trammell
Headland, AL Wicksburg, AL
Christina Marie Glover Lisa Ann Pandori
Michigan City, IN  
Richelle L. Aus  
Graduate Students
Ashford, AL Headland, AL
Randall Scott Parnell, Master of Business Administration Elizabeth Daughtry, Master of Science in Education
Beijing, China Hernando, MS
Sen Xu, Master of Business Administration Dianna L Forbes, Master of Science
Boise, ID Laurium, MI
Erica Renee Compton, Master of Science in International Relations Robert O Holmstrom, Master of Science
Brantley, AL Marianna, FL
Regina Robinson Davis, Education Specialist Daniel Theodore Powell, Master of Business Administration
Chipley, FL Midland City, AL
Jenna Nicole Peel, Master of Business Administration John Michael Taylor, Master of Business Administration
Cottonwood, AL Miramar Beach, FL
Virginia Baker Askew, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology Eric Benjamin Rarus, Master of Business Administration
Cowarts, AL Mobile, AL
Mary Deanna Sowell, Master of Science in Education Wilson Adam Thomas, Master of Business Administration
Daleville, AL Montgomery, AL
Eric Victor Perez, Master of Science in Human Resource Management Elizabeth Ann Carothers, Education Specialist
Karen McDaniel Ingram, Education Specialist
Connie Woolard McNab, Education Specialist
Damascus, GA Newville, AL
Whitney Amber Cleveland, Master of Science Tonya Nicole Sanders, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
Stacie Elizabeth Whiddon, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
DeFuniak Springs, FL Ozark, AL
Kayla Kristen Maricle, Master of Business Administration Krystle Aurora Reid, Master of Science in Education
Dothan, AL Slocomb, AL
Casey Leigh Cameron, Master of Science in Education
Jennifer Guerin Drake, Master of Science in Education
Allyson Caroline Goolsby, Master of Business Administration
Orlanda Grimsley, Master of Science in Human Resource Management
Lindsey Nicole Grubbs, Master of Business Administration
Penelope Leigh Hermsmeier, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
John Ashley Hicks, Master of Business Administration
Steve T Hudson, Master of Science in Education
Mathew Elliott Jones, Master of Business Administration
Erin Mabry Merrill, Master of Science in Education
Tonja Denise Minnifield, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
Shaylee Angelia Moore, Master of Science in Education
Trevis Kiwauna Nix, Master of Science in Education
Lindsey Brooke Odom, Master of Science in Education
DeAndrea Dickens Peterson, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
Elliott Gabriel Smith, Master of Business Administration
Robert Milton Sowell, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
Stephanie Rene Wingfield, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
Bradley Alan Cox, Master of Business Administration
Casey McGriff Watters, Master of Science in Education
Enterprise, AL Tianjin , China
Joanne Mensalvas Requijo, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology Yakun Zhou, Master of Business Administration
Geneva, AL Webb, AL
David Blake Mixon, Master of Business Administration Retha Barnes, Master of Science in Education
Cynthia Jean Buie, Master of Science in Education
Grady, AL Wetumpka, AL
Tawana L. Lowery, Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology Deana R. Fuller, Education Specialist
Hartford, AL  
Frank James Gilmore Jr., Master of Business Administration  
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Dr. Craig J. Lenz, dean and senior vice president of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, delivers the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Dothan Civic Center. (TROY Photo/Cass Davis)