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Classroom Connections: Furman
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Release: 05/09/2019
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Track and field athlete Frank Mara and Dr. Scott Murr

About Frank Lara:
  • Runs cross country and track and field 
  • Senior from Houston, Texas

About Dr. Scott Murr: 

  • Assistant Professor - Health Sciences
  • Owns a B.A. from Furman University, an M.S. from Slippery Rock and an Ed.D from the University of Georgia
  • Has been a full-time faculty member at Furman for six years

Frank Lara and Dr. Murr on Furman's campus

Q&A with Frank Lara

  • What do you like most about Dr. Murr's class? The best part of Dr. Murr’s classes is being able to experience using various human performance testing equipment. This kind of hands-on training is a rare opportunity that allows for students to take their education into their own hands.
  •  What makes Dr. Murr a good teacher? Dr. Murr is a professor who truly cares about his students, not just through his class, but also in their future endeavors and wellbeing. His approachability as a professor allows for students to not only seem him as a teacher, but also a mentor and friend.
  • What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? Outside of class and sports I spend much of my time playing music and learning how to play new instruments.
  • How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? I consider my family and loved ones to by my highest priority. Following that are both academics and athletics. I have found that If I avoid procrastination and do everything I need to for my classes, or for my running, my remaining time is plenty for a social life.
  • What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus would have to be the Belk Track & Field Complex. This is the place I have been coming to for 5 straight years almost every single day to do what I love to do and without it I wouldn’t be who I am today.
  • What are your plans post grad? My post grad plans are to run track & field professionally and fulfill the Olympic Dream. I plan to eventually attend chiropractor school.

 Q&A with Dr. Murr:

  • What was it like having Frank in your class? Entertaining, enjoyable and refreshing. While an intelligent student who is always prepared, Frank’s interactions in class usually bring a smile to everyone’s face. His unique sense of humor provides a thoughtful and accurate contribution to class in an entertaining way. Frank’s demeanor is always pleasant and positive. With two workouts a day, Frank remains alert and energetic in the classroom and lab. He is able to find a healthy balance towards being successful in the classroom and successful in the competitive arena. 
  • What is your favorite sport or hobby? What do you like to do in your free time? Being outdoors running or cycling is how I spend a good bit of my time; I also enjoy sports photography.  Indoors, I am usually listening to classic rock while doing a little post-production on photos I have taken.
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? Because the field of human performance is so broad, I spend a lot of time in our Human Performance Lab testing many athletes (collegiate, elite and age-group competitors) as they strive towards peak performance.  When I get a chance to sneak out of the lab, I head over to our art building to check out the creative endeavors of our students.
  • How often are you able to watch your student-athletes compete? I try to attend as many of our athletic events as possible.  My kids also compete so it seems that most days during the school year, I am attending some sort of athletic competition.  There have been plenty of days that I have gone from watching my daughter’s high school game then back to campus to watch one of my students in a game, match or meet.  As a runner myself, I try to make it to as many cross-country events as I can.
  • What is your favorite thing about teaching? Working with students in our Human Performance Lab and helping them develop and improve their skills is one of the more enjoyable aspects of my job.  Interacting with college-age students helps keep me on my toes while I am able to provide instruction and assist in their progress towards their career goals.

About Classroom Connections: Classroom Connections is a new, bi-weekly feature that showcases student-athletes away from the playing field and highlights the relationship between student-athlete and professor. 

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