UTPB Sophomore Alex Rathbun is a member of Students in Philanthropy (SIP) Club
and serves as the Crew Captain of “Love Your Melon” at UTPB
. “In SIP, we spend the fall semester raising money and the spring semester deciding, based on a grant process, which local nonprofit organizations to donate the money to. The ‘Love Your Melon’ (LYM) crew promotes the sales of beanies and other LYM products, and the LYM Company donates a percent of its net profits to other organizations that aid in the fight against pediatric cancer.” Attracted by the affordability of the University along with its prestige in the pre-medical program
, Alex stated: “What I like the best is probably the small class sizes and the willingness of the professors to help you succeed. You can always go to your professors for assistance and they are always willing to help! You don't usually get this luxury at a larger school.” She states that she plans on completing the academic requirements to become a medical doctor or a surgeon.