玛丽亚·波诺维奇·马维奇85年, a Patent Analyst for the United States Patent 和 Trademark office, was planning on celebrating her 35th Class Reunion this year in Memphis. Unfortunately, like many things, 周末回家/团聚 was different.
接下来的几个星期, the Office of 校友关系 will be highlighting alumni who are celebrating their reunion this year. We are sad not be together this year, but look forward to having everyone on campus next year.
玛利亚姆Khayata, 22岁，是校友关系的数字内容RSA. She reached out to Maria 和 asked her a series of questions, this is part of that exchange. 记得把约会留到 2021年返校/团聚周末 - 2021年10月1日至3日!
玛利亚姆Khayata: Why did you choose to attend 正规博彩十大网站排名学院 和 major in 生物学?
玛丽亚Bonovich-Marvich: Dean Allen was manning the Southwestern at Memphis (soon to be Rhodes) table at my high school college preview day. 我从桌子旁边走过，没有再往前走. The images of the school, the emphasis on science 和 Dean Allen’s personal attention was it for me. 我回家告诉父亲:“我找到我的大学了。”. 偶然间，他最好的朋友， Joe Eades, 56岁他和他的女儿， 苏珊·伊德斯·麦基，85年他也决心要去. 她成了我的室友. 有趣的是，我的孪生兄弟就读于塞瓦尼学院! I always knew I was going to major in 生物学 和 Rhodes was just an ideal place for me to do so.
喜忧参半对我来说，罗兹岛是一个充满机会的堡垒. I joined the cross country team, having never run on a cross country team. I joined the soccer team at its inception my junior year, never having played soccer. I was a TA for the labs for work-study 和 there found my passion in science-based research. 那段时间很忙，但教会了我，如果我想做所有的事情, 我需要非常有效地管理时间.
- 最美好的记忆是第三学期. Back in my day, we had two 12-week terms with fast paced 和 intense schedules. 后 a late Spring break, we returned for a shortened 6 week term. I used that opportunity to life guard for work study 和 take a number of non-science based classes. My favorite courses were from an 英语 professor, Jeannie Watson, she was amazing. 在这学期里，我也终于有足够的时间玩恶作剧了. 由此产生了一些很好的朋友和回忆.
- Secondly, the smell of fall on a run brings back so many memories of cross country. We traveled every weekend for races, which was hard but definitely worthwhile.
- Another great memory is the time spent with Stephen, my younger brother. He 和 I did not always see eye to eye at home but became sooooo close at Rhodes. I cried when he left to attend Hamilton College in NY after his sophomore year.
MK: What are any life lessons or experiences you had at Rhodes that you continue to refer to today?
喜忧参半: Oh for sure, that anything 和 everything is possible if you put your mind to it!
MK: As a Patent Analyst at the United States Patent 和 Trademark office, 你的日常生活是怎样的?
喜忧参半: I spend most of my day doing research 和 writing legal analysis of proposed inventions. 具体地说, the day is spent assessing 和 analyzing a number of gene therapy inventions that may or may not develop into future therapies. Our current hot topics are CRISP (for which the 2020 Noble prize was awarded) 和 CAR T cell therapy. Since I am not actually doing the research anymore, I enjoy reading about them.
MK: 今年是你们35周年同学会! 你多久回正规博彩十大网站排名岛参加一次同学会? 你回到孟菲斯的第一件事是什么?
喜忧参半: 我参加了我们的第五次聚会，但生活变得忙碌起来. 我终于回到罗兹参加我的第25次同学聚会. 那是一场爆炸!!! 我决定这将是一个经常发生的事情，感谢COVID. 我来孟菲斯的第一件事? 嗯, 作为一名学生，我没有太多的空闲时间, 所以我每次都尽量多了解一下这座城市.
MK: Over the summer, you 和 your team won the Virtual Lynxfit Challenge! How have you been staying fit over the past couple of months since the COVID-19 outbreak?
喜忧参半: LynxFit挑战真是个好主意. 我遇到了两位很棒的DC团队成员， Madalyn Bryant, 17岁 和 金·梅德兰，91届. 整个月我们都在互相鼓励和鞭策. 我为这两个人感到骄傲，因为他们超出了自己的期望. Exercise is a major part of my day but this challenge really churned up my competitive juices 和 I amped it up. 我在北弗吉尼亚的朋友们对此并不惊讶!
MK: As an avid marathoner, did your love for running begin during your time at Rhodes? 之前? 后?
喜忧参半我其实不是一个狂热的马拉松运动员，但相对来说还是个新手. About 15 years ago, an autoimmune disease felled me 和 my running stalled. 但是，这次休息似乎对我有好处. 尽管我必须小心翼翼地治疗这种疾病, my running was good enough at my first marathon 4 years ago for me to qualify for Boston 和 to allow automatic entry to New York 和 Chicago. Perhaps, the break left me the knees 和 hips most folks my age wear out. 我基本上用马拉松来旅行. My favorite race was in the Arctic Circle, Tromsø Norway, for the Midnight Marathon. I had completed a relay with a group of women in Sweden the week before 和 decided to hop up to Tromsø for the marathon. 这是一次个人记录，也是一次很好的经历. 我的马拉松目标是参加所谓的六大赛事. 波士顿，纽约，芝加哥都结束了. I applied for 和 got entry into the Berlin Marathon but that is forestalled until 2021, 祈祷. 如果我在即将到来的纳什维尔马拉松比赛中跑得好, I will get automatic entry to London which is the most difficult marathon to get into. 最后一个是东京.
话虽如此，罗兹才是我竞选的原因. S和ra Buenahora, 84年 我第一天去罗兹的圆形剧场，他抓住我说, “和我一起跑越野, 团队有3人，需要5人。. We hobbled through the first few weeks 和 the team was so patient with us. And, one day it just clicked for us newbies 和 you couldn’t stop us from running. 我们是 84届的比塔·埃斯梅利，84届的卡罗琳·斯托克顿，82届的莉兹·哈特我和桑德拉. 第二年 艾莉森·麦卡锡，1985年 加入我们. 我们虽小但很强大!
MK: What do you miss most about your undergraduate experience at Rhodes?
喜忧参半:当然可以, 那种百分百相信我的感觉, especially as I left Rhodes to enter research science at a time when it was quite hostile to women. It caused me to look back at Rhodes as a magical place of learning where gender, 经济地位, 兴趣被模糊了. Studies of all sort were open to me 和 my professors encouraged me to be my best.