President and COO, Champion, Inc.
Iron Mountain, MI
LSSU Business, Economics, and Legal Studies Distinguished Alumni '07
Former LSSU Board Trustee
Profiling the Good Gray Poet.; Answering Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a
distinctly American poetry, Whitman (1819-1892) sought to break away form
European conventions. His earthy language, innovative meters and prophetic
images were used to convey broad themes of sexuality, war and urban life,
in ways that sometimes shocked contemporaries. The hour surveys "Leaves of
Grass," which Whitaman wrote and rewrote over 40 years, and Civil War
elegies that reflect his experiences as a battlefield nurse. Poets Allen
Ginsberg and Galway Kinnell acknowledge their debt to Whitman; Louis Turenne
portrays the poet in old age.
VOICES AND VISIONS
"I’ll be beginning medical school at Wayne State University beginning the fall of 2009 while participating in the U.S. Air Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Upon receipt of my MD, I intend to enter into a residency in family Medicine and afterwards practice as a family physician in the U.S. Air force."