Biography In 1973 I received my draft card and was ordered to take a physical for possible induction into the United States military. After the physical, I was given many choices. I chose to do two years active duty with the United States Army. Those two years changed my priorities and perceptions that I had formed in my childhood growing up on the plains of Iowa. The military had become my total physical self-worth - it inspired me to set new goals. One of the greatest gifts I received from the military was a personal motivation to reach that next step in life. In 1977, I started college without direction or a major. I was only armed with a goal to learn. It was two years down the road before I sat down with a school counselor and asked if I could actually obtain a college degree. While I was in graduate school, my professor said, A teacher cannot make a student learn. It is the teacher's job to point to where the information and answers are located, but it is the choice of the student to make the effort to learn. This statement had a great impact on my life. It firmly put the responsibility of education on myself and told me self-motivation was the key to educational growth. I finished a doctorate degree on December 5th of 2008. Through life I tended to take small blessings for granted. In my books, I see it as a chance to give back, to create, and to excel beyond the place I thought I might land in life. I am more than hungry to cross the Rubicon, and jump in with both feet - the small town boy from Brunsville, Iowa to PhD in Health Administration. I am just your average American soldier, Harley Davidson motorcycle riding, 5th degree Black Belt, who likes to wander the face of the earth.