Monday, August 31, 2009

Blackboard Feature: Myron Rolle

Who is Myron Rolle? From the picture above, he surely looks like a studious guy. If you were thinking that before I said that, you are absolutely right. Myron Rolle is a very studious guy. Myron Rolle attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in just 2.5 years with a 3.75 GPA. Myron Rolle was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and will study at Oxford University for the 2009–10 academic year in order to earn an M.A. in medical anthropology. The Rhodes Scholarship is an international award for study at the University of Oxford and was the first large-scale programme of international scholarships. According to the THE-QS World University Rankings, which is an annual publication that ranks the "Top 200 World Universities", and is published by Times Higher Education(THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds(QS), the University of Oxford is the 4th best University in the World ranked only behind Harvard, Yale and The University of Cambridge. Twenty-five British prime ministers have attended Oxford and at least thirty other international leaders have been educated at Oxford. The Rhodes Scholars may study any full-time postgraduate course offered by the University—whether a taught Master’s programme, a research degree, or a second undergraduate degree (senior status). The 106-year old award is arguably the most prestigious honor an American undergraduate can receive. Here is a small list of past Rhode Scholars:

Howard Florey
University of Adelaide
Australian pharmacologist,Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1945 for Penicillin

Wilbur Jackett
University of Saskatchewan
Chief Justice of theFederal Court of Canada(1971–1979)

Nicholas Katzenbach
Princeton University
U.S. Attorney General (1965-1966), U.S. Under-Secretary of State (1966-1969)

John Brademas
Harvard University
U.S. Congressman (Indiana) 1959-1981, President of New York University 1981-1992

Bill Bradley
Princeton University
American politician, NBA star, U.S. Senator for New Jersey,1979-1997, and Democratic presidential candidate, 2000

Bill Clinton
Georgetown University
American politician, 42nd President of the United States, 1993-2001, Governor of Arkansas, 1979-1981 & 1983-1993

Franklin Raines
Harvard University
Chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae, 1999-2004; Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 1996-1998

Susan Rice
Stanford University
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 1997-2001, and United States Ambassador to the United Nations, (2009 - present)

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
Brown University
Governor of (Louisiana) 2008-, U.S. Congressman (Louisiana), 2005-2007, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2001-2004, President of the University of Louisiana System, 1999-2001

Hopefully, I have demonstrated that Oxford University is one of the best universities in the world and that some of the smartest people in the world have won the Rhodes Scholarship.

With that, you surely know that Myron Rolle is one of the smartest people in the United States and the world. But did you know that this is also Myron Rolle:

Myron Rolle is also former safety for his college football team, the Florida State Seminoles. In 2008, he earned Associated Press 3rd team All-American honors as well as Football Writers Association America 2nd team All-ACC and CoSIDA Academic All-America. In the 2008 season game versus the University of Miami Hurricanes, Seminoles defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews remarked that Rolle played the best and most complete game he has ever seen a safety play at Florida State University in his 25 years of coaching. Rolle, a potential 1st Pick for the NFL, announced on January 12, 2009, that he will first study at Oxford for the 2009–10 academic year in order to earn an M.A. in medical anthropology and will then enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Rolle passed up a chance on NFL millions (Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez, the last pick of the 2007 first round, earned $5.4 million in guaranteed money) for a tuition-free Oxford experience.

Rolle is of Bahamian descent. He was born October 30, 1986 in Houston, TX to Beverly and Whitney Rolle of the Bahamas. He is very proud of his Bahamian heritage and Myron Rolle, along with his family, plan to open a free health services clinic in Steventon, Exuma in the Bahamas. The clinic will be named the Myron L. Rolle Medical Clinic and Sports Complex.

Usually there is not one day where you won't see Michael Vick on television fighting dogs, Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg and OJ Simpson over and over again. Isn't it sad and disappointing to you that you can't even get a glimpse of a truly amazing story? This kid has put the NFL on hold to pursue his educational dreams. The media does not stress stories like this. However, we will try to feature these kind of stories on The Blackboard to show people the positivity that is out here amongst the black community. It is our job to only watch and not absorb the Vick and Burress stories. We should be absorbing THE MYRON ROLLE STORY and showing young black kids that you can really do anything you want if you put your mind to it. There are a lot more positive images of blacks out here but we just are not exposed to them. Barack Obama gets well deserved acclaim for what he has done but please teach your children and yourself to understand and absorb the Myron Rolle's.

I guess all athletes aren't thugs!!!!

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