In a unique spin of the annual Distinguished Alumni program, the Miramar College Foundation is pleased to announce two recipients for 2014 honors – Miramar faculty Sean Bowers and Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry. The Bowers siblings were born and raised in the Mira Mesa community, graduated from Mira Mesa High School, Miramar College, and universities 2,000 miles apart. They pursued very different careers, married and started families. Little did they know that one day they’d both return “home” to work side-by-side at their community college alma mater.
In 2006, professional soccer super star Sean Bowers joined the Miramar College faculty and helped launch the first women’s soccer program in college history. In the last seven years, head coach Bowers has led the lady Jets to undefeated seasons, four straight Pacific Coast Athletics Conference (PCAC) championships, and the program to a #6 ranking nationwide.
Baby sister Rebecca Bowers-Gentry also joined the Miramar contract faculty in 2006 and established her own successful record in biotechnology. After receiving her PhD in cellular/molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Dr. Bowers joined the research team at UCSD, where she realized she preferred the student contact that teaching provided. She organizes the Miramar Science Department’s Science popular “Fun for Kids 9 to 99” community activity every March as part of San Diego Science Month and coordinates multiple, week-long S2 Summer Science Enrichment Camps for middle-schoolers, sponsored by the Southern California Biotechnology Center (SCBC) at Miramar College.
Miramar’s dynamic duo will be presented with 2014 Distinguished Alum awards by Miramar College Foundation President Marty Hight at graduation on Friday, May 16, where they will also serve as Commencement speakers.