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Member Spotlight: May 2017

Dean Walters
AZPOD Class of 2019

What is your favorite song?

To be 100% honest, I don’t have a single song on my iPhone! And I don’t have a music playing devise of any kind other than the car radio ... but I do like listening to country stations.

What is your favorite meal?

Salmon. I've actually never had home-cooked salmon before, but I try to order it as often as I can at restaurants. I'm rarely disappointed.

What characteristic do you most value in a person?

Dependability. It means a lot to me when someone does what they say and always follows through. It’s nice to have a handful of dependable people you can call on for help, and you don’t need to think twice if they'll be there or not.
What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?

I'm from the Rocky Mountains in Canada. I spent all my summers hiking, caving, and climbing ever since I was a young kid. You can't beat a day in the wild!

If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?

I would actually just pick a seniors center! There is so much life experience in those buildings.

Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact.

Getting up early. It adds precious hours to your week and I feel like I’m so much more productive in the mornings compared to afternoons and evenings.

What is your favorite vacation destination and why?

A cabin in the mountains! Picture this: floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a pristine glacier fed lake with snow capped peaks and an evergreen forest. Log walls, wood floors, a stone fire place, and the sound of a crackling fire ... you can't beat that!!!
What would you title/name your autobiography?

Dean, keep it simple.

What is something new you learned this week, not related to school, that others may find interesting?

My wife and kids just received their American Green Cards. In case you’re wondering, they really are “green cards”. Go figure.
Finish this sentence, “People would be surprised to learn that I…..”

Had 3 sets of teeth! No joke, I had baby teeth, adult teeth and now grandparent teeth! Seriously, the tooth fairy hates me!




Member Spotlight: April 2017

 Alex Bischoff
CPMS Class of 2020 

What has been your most interesting experience since arriving at DMU?

I have had a lot of cool and interesting experiences since coming to DMU.  School related I would say I have really liked learning how to do ankle taping, and I loved being a part of the “Foot in the Door” event where I was able to teach high school students ankle taping.  Non-school related I would say it was awesome to watch my 2nd daughter, Riley, be born in September.  Then, of course learning to balance family, school, church, and other responsibilities has been a fun challenge that I would definitely categorize as “interesting”.

What is your favorite meal?

I just straight up love all kinds of food!  A few of my favorite meals are chicken parmesan with alfredo, and any type of nacho’s.

What was your proudest moment you had in undergrad?

I was able to be a cadaver lab TA for the anatomy program at BYU for a few years.  One of the most rewarding things for me was that my students would regularly score above the overall class average.  It really made me feel that I was doing a good job, and I loved seeing them be successful.

What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?

I love to play any type of sports, especially football, volleyball, and basketball.  Any time I can do that I will try to take it.  I also love going to the zoo and park with my family because the excitement and happiness on my 2-year old daughter’s face is priceless when we do those things she loves to do.

As far as indoor activities go, any opportunity I can take to beat our SGA President-Elect in Foosball, I will take it.

If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?

President Thomas S. Monson.  He is the current Prophet for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) of which I am a part.  He is a man who has dedicated his life to the service of other people whether they are members of the LDS church or not.  I am really impressed by his desire to give of himself and his constantly happy attitude. That is something I would want to model as well.

I also think it would be really cool to get to know Ellen DeGeneres.  Similarly, she is impressive with her ability to help all sorts of people, and maintain a very fun and exciting personality.  I think she just does a ton of good for the world.

Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact.

Getting married. Haha!  Just kidding, that was a huge change.  I would say scheduling every day.  It sounds excessive to some, but I have found that if I take 5 minutes at the end of every day to plan out what I will do the next day and what my goals are, then I am far more productive and feel way more accomplished.  I also get to spend more time with my family and friends when I do this because my study time is more effective.

What is your favorite vacation destination and why?

Puerto Rico.  Kara (my wife) completely surprised me with a trip to Puerto Rico for our 2 year anniversary. And when I say surprised, I mean that we were landing in New York before boarding our plane to go to PR before I knew where we were going!!!  It was an impressive secret she kept from me.  We spent a week on the beach, zip lining, paddle boarding, golfing, kayaking, and exploring.  It was so much fun and I would go again in a heartbeat. . . or in 7 years when I can actually afford it. . .

What would you title/name your autobiography?

The Bisch

Finish this sentence, “People would be surprised to learn that I…..”

Have been a male clothing model for BYU (my undergrad program) on 3 separate occasions.  I was just never able to master the “Masseter Jaw Clench” like the elite models do, so I chose a different career path: Podiatry.  Haha! 



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