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From the Fall 2019 Edition of Discovery

Outstanding Scholars, Scholarship Donors Celebrated at Fall Convocation

Alum Willy Lensch visits with his undergrad mentor, Dennis Welker

Alum Willy Lensch ‘91, left, visits with his undergrad mentor, Biology professor Dennis Welker, at the 2019 Fall Convocation

Photo courtesy Nichole Bresee

Aggie scientists gathered Oct. 10 for the college’s 2019 Fall Convocation, an annual event that honors scholarship recipients and their donors.

More than 45 undergraduates and graduate students, who were awarded donor-established scholarships, had the opportunity to meet with donors and donor representatives.

Featured student speakers Rebecca Strong and Jordan Lapp gave lively talks, expressing their appreciation for opportunities afforded by their respective scholarships.

Featured donor speaker was Dr. M. William “Willy” Lensch (BS’91, Biology), strategic advisor to Harvard Medical School.

Lensch, who serves on the college’s advisory board, emphasized the importance of timing and seizing opportunities.

“Ability is insufficient without opportunity,” he said. “And when opportunity arrives, you better be ready to go fot it.”

The Lehi, Utah native recounted his own story of receiving the Innes Family Scholarship, which “gave me the gift of my own future.”

In his address, Lensch announced he was dedicating his annual donation to Dean Maura Hagan, in honor of her being the first Aggie to be elected to the Natoinal Academy of Sciences.

He told convocation attendees not to fear failure.

“Tenacity is the secret to success in science,” Lensch said. “A person can live with failure, but not regret.”

By Mary-Ann Muffoletto

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