Fort Hays State University exists to improve life. I see this statement in action. All. Only. Day. I love learning more about each individual life in our mosaic of impacts – individuals such as new alumnus Anthony Ventura.
Anthony, a May graduate, is a truly amazing person who will truly make a difference in our world. In three years, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology (health profession) and a minor in Chemistry. He is fluent in two languages, a third with work proficiency and a fourth with elementary proficiency.
Anthony is clearly ambitious. His life philosophy of “working smarter and harder” has guided him successfully. His favorite quote: “Let whoever moves the world first move himself.” “(Socrates)
Anthony was born in the Philippines, raised in Los Angeles, California, and then moved to Plainville, Kansas at the age of 13. After graduating from Plainville High School in 2018, he came to FHSU to compete in college track and field on the Tiger Track and Field Team.
Many of our student-athletes take athletics seriously from a young age, and many are inspired by their fathers. Anthony was no different. Her father was a varsity athlete and later became a doctor.
âI am very grateful to God and my family,â said Anthony. âMy mom, stepfather, late dad and sisters are a big part of my life that I really enjoy. My role models are my mother, stepfather and late father, who have given me a lot of wisdom and discipline. Most importantly, they showed me love.
As Anthony came to FHSU to compete in track and field, he quickly found many other opportunities to be seized. And pursue them, he did.
Participation in the Kansas Startup competition – an event designed for entrepreneurs to meet, share ideas and start new businesses – exposed Anthony to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. His team won the Kansas Startup 2020 with the creation of a mental health app and was a finalist in this spring’s Faulkner Challenge, a business plan competition. The Faulkner Challenge has also allowed Anthony to establish professional connections that will help him in his graduate studies and the professional life that awaits him.
âMy passion for entrepreneurship is rooted in the idea of ââinnovating and helping others,â he said. âEntrepreneurship shows a metaphorical brick wall of challenges. This brick wall inspired me to be creative and to learn how to move forward.
One of the many things Anthony appreciates about FHSU is the opportunity to conduct meaningful undergraduate research. Anthony credits Dr. Nicholas Stewart with being a research mentor who has helped him conduct genetic research that is currently being reviewed by the Genome Education Project for publication.
During the pandemic, Anthony wanted to find a way to improve mental and physical health on campus. Thus, he founded the student organization American Healthy Heart at FHSU to advance mental and physical health in students with underlying health conditions. The group considers that the definition of âheartâ includes a holistic and integrative approach.
Club members enjoyed hearing from a wide variety of speakers, including Charles Camarda, an American engineer and NASA astronaut. Anthony is increasingly interested in space and the sustainability of Earth, and he really enjoyed hearing Camarda talk about the Columbia disaster, life in space and what lies ahead in our exploration of Mars.
While earning a bachelor’s degree in three years, serving on the Student Government Association, and participating in many organizations on campus, Anthony also served as Music Coordinator for Harvest Christian Church. Additionally, he worked at Hays Medical Center as a telemetry technician and coded app games for Apple’s digital app store.
It’s no wonder this very talented, hardworking and ambitious young man was trying to decide which graduate program to enroll in – Boston University, MIT, Columbia or the University of Oklahoma – and which program to study (business , biology or engineering). Finally, he chose Oklahoma, where he can combine a dual program of Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Industrial and System Engineering.
Anthony fully embraces his mantra “Be Fearless” while pursuing his goals. But I have no doubt that this Tiger will succeed and have a lasting impact on his community – and our world.