Quinn was a winner on the pitch and in the classroom.
Two-time First-Team All-ODAC men’s soccer player Kevan Quinn ’09
was a standout on both the pitch—the soccer field, that is—and in the classroom
while at Randolph-Macon College.
During the past season, the two-time team captain earned First Team honors for the
second consecutive season. The defenseman started 17 games for the Yellow Jackets
and led R-MC with four goals, including two game winners, in 2008. The award capped
an impressive career in which Quinn started all but two games in four seasons.
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"The staff and faculty at R-MC create a world where students can thrive. We're not
just numbers, we're people with names, ideas, beliefs and goals,” says Quinn, who
graduated on May 30, 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Those who attended
this year's commencement program may have noticed that Quinn's hair was unusually
long. That's because the community-minded Quinn was growing his hair so that he
could donate it to Wigs for Kids, a service for Canadian children who have lost
their hair due to radiation treatments.
“The opportunities I had at R-MC, such as summer research, I wouldn't have had anywhere
else," says Quinn. "My friends back home tell me they would be lucky to get the
research opportunities I had here in their second year of graduate school.”
A member of the ODAC’s All-Academic team, this St. Catherines, Ontario native spent
two summers participating in R-MC’s unique Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship
(SURF) program in the chemistry department. Quinn focused on developing palladium
and platinum complexes to be used as catalysts in olefin (plastic) polymerization.
He developed a handful of complexes and catalysts in the lab—one of which is believed
to be brand new.
Quinn's post-R-MC plans are impressive: He will be teaching chemistry and coaching
soccer, hockey and basketball at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. “It
was a great experience and I learned so much,” says Quinn. “It was interesting to
be involved in something that is so important to everyday life. I was working on
making plastics, while my lab partners were researching possible cures for cancer.
It was an exciting thing to be a part of and something I will never forget.”
Randolph-Macon is a proud member of NCAA Division III, the Old Dominion Athletic
Conference and sponsors 15 intercollegiate sport.
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