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Faculty Spotlight

Sharon Fugate, Professor of Biology


Where are you from originally and where did you attend college?

Eastern Kentucky near Hazard, KY. Alice Lloyd College for a bachelor's degree and Morehead State University for a Masters degree. 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I have always been fascinated by living things and biology and science have always been classes I enjoyed. I did want to become a nurse so that I could help others but couldn’t handle blood. Biology teaching has been my favorite and I believe that I came to be where I should be. I also worked in an environmental lab testing water for 20 years. 

Who has been a major influence in your life?

I would say my mother, Gearldine Whitaker who was kind to everyone and she had a wonderful giving heart. 

What hobbies do you pursue?

Genealogy, reading and travel. 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one band or musician would help keep your sanity?

One Republic, Maroon Five, Charlie Puth 

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I really don’t know if I could just eat one food for the rest of my life. There are so many good choices. I do like fried green tomatoes though. Catfish is a good choice too. 

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?

Edgar Allan Poe. I love his poetry. 

What do you love about Madisonville Community College?

Actually everything – the atmosphere, the attitude, the ability to make a difference in students’ lives, the colleagues that work at MCC, the MCC Lions Club, and the opportunity to enjoy the artistic part of life with the Glema Mahr Center.