Connor Haysbert

Connor Haysbert, named Dominican's Outstanding Student at Commencement on May 17, was recruited to the University primarily as a NCAA Division II basketball player, but his inspiration as a pre-med student was fueled by the associate professor of biochemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Dr. Maggie Louie coached him and helped instill a passion in him to become an orthopedic surgeon.

“She has been a fantastic mentor to me by continually pushing me in her classes to really learn, and by immensely helping me prepare to apply to and eventually attend medical school,” says Connor, who, as of October 2014, has been accepted to six medical schools.

At Dominican, Connor was successful on the court and in the classroom. He was tri-captain of a Penguins team that progressed from a four-win season his freshman year to winning 22 games and playing in the Pacific West Conference Championship game this year.  As a junior, Connor was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society and as a senior he was named to the Capital One Academic  All-District Team. He is a four-time member of the PacWest All Academic team and is one of 118 nominees nationwide for the All State NABC Good Works Team.

In May, Connor was named Dominican’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Connor also is a member of Tri-Beta Society and Gamma Sigma Epsilon and was a recipient of a Lillian Wang Yin Scholarship. He participated in research dealing with stem cell differentiation, an experience that, he says, “allowed me to develop research lab skills that I hope to use in clinical research as a doctor.”

Through Dominican’s partnership in Kaiser Permanente Scholars/Mentors Program, Connor shadowed doctors in different specialties such as Emergency and Anesthesia. He also volunteered at Marin General Hospital in the Med unit to help nurses and served an internship at Mill Valley Sports Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy.

In short, the 6-foot-8 student-athlete has been an ambassador for Dominican on many levels.

“What I value most about my experience at Dominican are all of the great relationships that I have formed over the last four years,” says Connor, who met his girlfriend here and developed special bonds with his teammates."

“With the small class sizes at Dominican, I have been fortunate enough to get one-on-one help from professors and have even been able to receive personal mentorship from several professors. This teacher-student dynamic that I believe is uniquely Dominican is extremely valuable to the quality education our school provides.”