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Young Alumni Recipients at McPherson College are Announced

posted Sep 25, 2009 in ALUMNI

Three distinguished alumni have been selected as 2009 Young Alumni Award recipients. Paula Worley, Siri Harrell, and Glen Snell will receive the award at the annual Honor’s Convocation October 2.

Paula Worley graduated from MC in 1994 with a bachelor’s of science in Spanish and biology. A year later, Worley accepted employment with the National Institute of Health in cellular immunology. In 2001, Worley received her M.D. from the University of Kansas and is currently a medical doctor at Hunter Medical Clinic in Wichita. During her first two years of medical school, Worley served as a peer educator with the Dramatic AIDS Education Project and served as the Community Service Chair for the Latino Midwest Student Association.

Throughout her years as a student, Worley was given several opportunities to work abroad with non-English speaking patients.

“During my semester abroad in Ecuador through McPherson College, I had the opportunity to participate with an Ecuadorian medical team to serve rural areas of the jungle for one week,” Worley said. “During medical school I spent one month in Paraguay for an international rotation.”

In her practice, Worley speaks Spanish daily, as 40 to 50 percent of her patients are Spanish-speaking only.

Outside of her practice Worley volunteers as a faculty member at University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, and has several opportunities to work with several medical students, pre-medical students, and mid-level students.

Worley is a member of the Wichita First Church of the Brethren, where she has been a member of the choir, served as service committee chair, and occasionally participates in worship planning.

Worley lives in Wichita with her husband Michael Jensen and two daughters, Lydia and Ava.

A 1989 MC graduate, Siri Harrell received her bachelor’s of science in accounting and went on to receive her master’s of taxation from the University of Tulsa in July of 2007.

Harrell has been a self-employed CPA for over 12 years. She has also taught accounting courses for area colleges for the past 15 years.

Harrell has been very active in her community, serving as both a board member and in officer positions for several boards, including the Kansas Society of CPAs, The Cedars, Sunflower Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Central Kansas KSCPA. She was also in the Leadership McPherson class in 1994.

Additionally, Harrell has assisted several non-profit organizations on a pro-bono basis, including providing accounting services to Wings Theatre in New York City.

Harrell lives in McPherson with her husband Rex. She has three grown children.

Glen Snell graduated from MC with a bachelor’s of science in agriculture economics in 1984. In 1989 he received his master’s of professional accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

Through the years Snell has had various employment opportunities; including owning and managing FGL, inc. and serving as financial aid director and assistant professor at MC until 1996. Since 1996, Snell has worked as a financial planner for Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., in McPherson.

Snell is also involved in several community activities. Since 2005, Snell has taught Sunday school for middle school youth at Free Methodist Church. He has also served as an adult Sunday school teacher at Free Methodist, and treasurer at Countryside Covenant.

Snell also serves as a charter member of McPherson County Community Foundation. He was a graduate of the Leadership McPherson 1998 class. In 2007, Snell was named volunteer of the year by the McPherson County Community Foundation.

Snell lives in Mcpherson with his wife Kerri and son Andrew. They have four children, three of which have graduated from high school. Snell has strong family ties to McPherson College, including his uncle, Galen, who was president in the 70’s.

Instituted in 1994, the young alumni awards typically honor three alumni each fall at the Homecoming Honors Convocation. The purpose of the awards is “to recognize achievement and potential for accomplishment of McPherson College young alumni.” Recipients are recommended by the alumni awards committee and approved by the board of trustees. All alumni of the college are eligible for nomination, with preference given to those celebrating 10-year to 30-year class reunions during Homecoming weekend.

The convocation and awards ceremony will be held in Brown Auditorium on Friday, October 2, at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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