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Alumni Profiles

Ursinus College alumni association boasts more than 15,000 teachers, doctors, writers, scientists, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals. The accomplishments of our extraordinary alumni continue to make us proud. These are just a few of their stories.

 

AT URSINUS, I WAS A STUDENT-ATHLETE.
NOW I’M AN NCAA DIVISION I HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

Dan Mullen

Dan Mullen ’94 has a passion for college football. As head football coach at Mississippi State University, Coach Mullen has helped set attendance records for the Division I Bulldogs, who play in the nation’s highly competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC).

After graduating from Ursinus, Coach Mullen took a job as a graduate assistant at the University of Notre Dame, then went on to become offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the University of Florida Gators. There, he mentored a Heisman Trophy winner and played an integral role in the Gators’ 2006 national championship.

At Ursinus, he was a football tight end, earning first-team All-Centennial Conference honors.

AT URSINUS, I WAS IN THE PRE-LAW PROGRAM.
NOW I’M AN ELECTED STATE COURTS JUDGE.

Odessia Joyner

The Honorable Odessia Joyner ’89 is a magistrate in Orlando, Florida’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Magistrate Joyner worked with the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition and the Tenant’s Action Group of Philadelphia before entering and graduating from Rutgers University School of Law.

She was a staff attorney at the Regional Housing Legal Services Corp in Philadelphia. She also served as a General Counsel of the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation.

Magistrate Joyner’s work has centered on the reclassification of social security benefits for children with disabilities and has helped provide children with important benefit opportunities.

AT URSINUS, I EXPLORED THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING AN ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER.
NOW I’M AN EMMY AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION PRODUCER.

Gaylen Gawlowski

Gaylen Gawlowski ’96 is an Emmy Award-winning television producer. She won the coveted Emmy in 2010 for her work as an executive producer for the popular reality show Top Chef.

Ms. Gawlowski is Vice President of Current Programming at Magical Elves Productions in Hollywood, California. The company is responsible for creating Top Chef and Project Runway, both hits on the Bravo network.

At Ursinus, Ms. Gawlowski majored in politics and minored in accounting. She found her way into the competitive entertainment industry as a field producer and story editor for several programs on The History Channel, Travel Channel, HBO, and Discovery Channel. As a researcher for The Learning Channel, she worked on the series Case Reopened.

AT URSINUS, I WAS A MEMBER OF THE PRE-MED SOCIETY.
NOW I’M A CARDIOLOGIST.

Dr. Michael Adenaike

Dr. Michael Adenaike ’00 is pursuing his Fellowship in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann Hospital.

Dr. Adenaike holds an M.S in Medical Physiology and is an M.D., certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He presents and publishes scientific research on sudden cardiac death in patients with sickle cell anemia.

In medical school, he was a national board member of the Student National Medical Association, a group dedicated to the advancement of minorities in the health professions.

Dr. Adenaike also remains committed to music. While a student at Ursinus, he founded the Ursinus College Gospel Choir—Voices In Praise—which remains under his direction today.

AT URSINUS, I DID INDEPENDENT STUDY IN THE SCIENCES.
NOW I’M A NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE.

Dr. Gerald Edelman

Dr. Gerald Edelman ’50 was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1972 for his discoveries concerning the chemical structure of antibodies.

A physician and cell biologist, Dr. Edelman graduated magna cum laude from Ursinus and received an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. from The Rockefeller Institute, where he became a professor.

In 1992 he joined The Scripps Research Institute in California, where he currently chairs the neurobiology department. Dr. Edelman also directs the Neurosciences Institute and is president of the Neurosciences Research Foundation. He has made significant research contributions in biophysics, protein chemistry, immunology, cell biology, and neurobiology, most notably in the area of how consciousness develops.

AT URSINUS, I PLAYED GUITAR IN SEVERAL COLLEGE BANDS.
NOW I OWN A CHAIN OF MUSIC STORES.

George Hines

George Hines ’77 is the owner and founder of George’s Music, the largest musical instrument retailer in the Philadelphia region. He launched the business right after his Ursinus graduation, leasing a storefront near the college, repairing instruments and teaching guitar.

Today, George’s Music includes an online catalogue and ten stores in Pennsylvania and Florida. His stores contain more than 7,500 guitars and rare and unique instruments from around the world.

At Ursinus, he majored in history and planned to teach. He never made it into the classroom but still considers himself a teacher. George’s Music participates in the national Blues in the Schools program, and sponsors the Springing the Blues Festival, Florida’s largest outdoor free blues festival.