The Norman Transcript

February 22, 2014

Honors College to celebrate 50 years

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President and Rhodes Scholar David L. Boren will lead a panel discussion March 4, titled “Education for the 21st Century,” featuring three of OU’s Rhodes Scholars, Jason Sanders, M.D., 2000; Andrea DenHoed, 2008; and Mubeen Shakir, 2013.

The event is in celebration of the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College 50th anniversary.

“The university is extremely proud of the high standards set by the Honors College and its students, faculty and staff,” Boren said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate its 50th anniversary.”

Sanders, who was named a Rhodes Scholar in 2000, is vice provost for planning and administrative affairs at the OU Health Sciences Center. An internal medicine specialist, he established his medical practice with OU Physicians, where he provides primary care services for adults. Sanders completed a residency at the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School, and he also earned degrees at Harvard Business School, Oxford University and OU.

DenHoed graduated summa cum laude from OU in May 2008 with an honors degree in letters and international and area studies. She was OU’s 27th Rhodes Scholar, graduating from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature. She then earned an Master of Arts in journalism from New York University’s Cultural Reporting and Criticism Program. She works as a web producer and writer for The New Yorker magazine.

Shakir, OU’s 29th Rhodes Scholar, attends Oxford University, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in medical anthropology with plans to study for a master’s in public policy next year.

Shakir graduated summa cum laude in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. During his time at OU, he took part in the President’s Research Mentorship Program that paired him with Pulitzer Prize-winning Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee of Columbia University Medical Center, as well as researching at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Department of Pediatrics at the OU Health Sciences Center. Upon returning to the United States, Shakir will attend Harvard Medical School.

For more information about the event and for accommodations on the basis of disability, call OU Public Affairs at 325-3784 or email specialevents@ou.edu.

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