Rowers Rachael Thornton and Rachael Ross Join Elite Group
Jan. 11, 2012
Duquesne rowing fourth year students Rachael Thornton and Rachael Ross have been selected for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) along with 87 other students from Duquesne. ODK is a National Leadership Honor Society which recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus or community services, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech and mass media as well as creative and performing arts. Membership is awarded to students with a minimum of 60 credit hours and a 3.25 GPA or higher cumulative grade point average.
Thornton is a student-athlete in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the Rangos School of Health Sciences. She has maintained high academic standards with a 3.45 GPA and made the Dean's list in the spring of 2011. She sings in the Voices of Spirit on campus as well as campus ministry, is an active member in the Laval Service Project, the Duquesne University Physical Therapy Association (DUPTA), and PKE, which is the professional health sciences fraternity on campus. Along with all of her involvement on campus Rachael has been voted as captain for the women's rowing team both in her junior and senior years. Over the summer Rachael attended the USRowing under-23 lightweight camp and raced at the 2011 USRowing World Trials in New Jersey. This fall she rowed 6 seat in the varsity eight which had one of its best fall performances ever. Next year Rachael plans to return to the team as an assistant coach and hopes to either work with a sports team or a children's hospital upon earning her doctorate degree in physical therapy.
Ross is student-athlete in the Doctorate of Pharmacy program and is attaining her Bachelor's Degree in Pharmaceutical Research. While maintaining a 3.73 GPA, Rachael has also been very involved in the campus community. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority having held the positions of Bylaws Chair, Standards Board, and Tau Honor Council. Rachael is also a member of the Order of Omega (the National Greek Honor Society), Rho Lambda (the National Greek Women's Honor Society), and Phi Eta Sigma (the Freshman Honor Society). Rachael is also involved in undergraduate research in the Surratt Lab working on Methamphetamine and Cocaine addiction therapy development. Athletically Rachael is also a very hard worker. After walking on to the team her sophomore year with no previous experience she went on to stroke with women's varsity four in the spring of her junior year. This year as a senior Rachael has earned a spot in the varsity eight sitting 2 seat and has help the boat have its most successful fall in team history. Rachael plans to return to the team next year so continue her success as a Duke. She also plans to attend graduate school to earn her Doctoral Degree in either, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, or Medicinal Chemistry and one day hopes to work as a professor