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Local Physician Assists NMJC Students

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Athl. Trainer Kayla Schmidt, Dr. Pat Homer, Athl. Director Don Worth

10/6/2008 10:40:25 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. One of New Mexico Junior College's own is giving back. Pat Homer, D.O., who is currently a physician at the Nor-Lea Lovington Medical Clinic, was once a NMJC Thunderbird. Now he returns at least twice a year to volunteer his time at NMJC, offering free physicals to NMJC students. He also offers athletes needing an extra bit of attention the chance to see a physician without having to leave campus.

Homer, who played basketball under the guidance of former men's basketball coach and current board member Ron Black, went on to play for Cornell University, but honors his time at NMJC.

"Pat was a very good shooter and a smart kid," said Black. "He has achieved a great deal in basketball, but even more academically. I'm just tickled that he came back to serve in his hometown and that he is giving back to NMJC. We're really proud of him."

Homer seems to feel the same way about Black. "Coach Black helped direct my life. My heart is still with NMJC," he said.

It is interesting to note that during his time at NMJC, the men's basketball team won their first college championship, and while he was playing for Cornell, the University's basketball team won an Ivy League Championship and qualified to play in the NCAA Tournament.

"This is a phenomenal thing Dr. Homer does for the school and for our students," said Athletic Director Don Worth. "To come out and provide these services voluntarily is a blessing. This man has a great heart."

For more information, please contact the Athletic Department at (575) 492-2740.

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