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Featured Alumni Profile (September 2017)      



Alumna of the Month, Ms. Shaun Strong

Alumnus of Aug 2017Good afternoon.

Our Alumna of the Month of September is Lane Lady Shaun Strong, a member of the Class of 2001. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a proud 1997 graduate of the historic Charles Sumner High School.

Shaun's record shows that she has always demonstrated high scholastic abilities graduating salutatorian of her class. Her success in high school was fueled by her willingness to not become a product of her environment, but a positive outcome of it. Shaun stated "growing up in St. Louis can be challenging for many due to many broken homes, high crime rate, and a lack of positive role models. Throughout my life, my first and only role model has always been my mother. My mother was a single parent, working hard each day to provide a better life for the both of us. She instilled in me at an early age, that I could be whatever I wanted to be in life as long as I worked hard and remained committed to what I wanted to do. She encouraged me to go out and see the world and all that it has to offer me. Those words led me to Lane College during one hot summer in July for New Student Orientation."

Alumnus of Aug 2017
One memory that she will never forget is when she was initiated into the Beta Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She still remembers tutoring on campus and tutoring the little children at TR White Sportsplex, located next to Lane Field.

Her close friend Lane Lady Taneshia King offered these words "Shaun Watson-Strong has always embodied a Family First attitude. From her first years at Lane it was evident that she would use her Power of Potential to help others. Whether it is working hard in the lab at St. Mary's Hospital, working tirelessly as Chapter President of the St. Louis, Alumni Association, or being a devoted wife and mother to her family here in St. Louis, Shaun continues to exude the true definition of being a daughter of Lane."

After leaving Lane, she embarked on a healthcare career path. She spent her first 8 years after college pursuing a nursing career working in the operating room on the trauma and transplant team. Shaun later felt compelled to seek out opportunities to find better treatment of patients with sickle cell anemia. Many of her closest friends at Lane recall the tragic loss of her uncle in 1999, who suffered from sickle cell. After that, she transitioned to a clinical laboratory role where she has worked in laboratory management for the last 8 years. Shaun stated "there is an immediate need to find alternative methods for treatment of patients with sickle cell anemia."

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and traveling. She enjoys giving back to the community and being an advocate for sickle cell research. She currently holds the position of President of the St. Louis Chapter of the Lane College National Alumni Association and is also a proud member of the Omicron Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She is a diehard UNC Basketball Fan. You can always find her cheering them on during the NCAA Final Four tournament.

Let us salute Lane Lady Shaun Strong!

You may wish her well at shaunstrong01@gmail.com.

Warmly,

Tori Haliburton


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