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Name: Christopher Swearingen.

School: College of Graduate Studies—Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology.

Nickname growing up: We all had Cajun nicknames —mine was Henri.

What attracted you as a student to MUSC: I received a letter from MUSC after taking the GRE.  I did not know the program existed and was intrigued by the university and the city.

Something you do in your spare time: Play with my 2-year-old son.

An unforgettable moment in my life: My wedding reception on a walking bridge over the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville.

Last book you have read: “Effective Prayer” by R. C. Sproul.

Favorite Charleston restaurant: Santi’s Mexican Restaurante.

Something your parents always told you: “Because I said so!”

Person you admire the most and why: My wife, whose passion and diversity drive her to maintain three part-time jobs while she cares for and teaches our son.

Favorite summer Olympic event: Team and beach volleyball.

Something people don’t know about you: I was once ranked as the No. 1 card player in the world for the Star Trek Customizable Card Game made by Decipher Inc.   

Friday, Aug. 22, 2008
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