We asked Heather Morlang a few questions to get to know her better.
by Susie P. Gonzalez
Heather Morlang '98 combined her interests in the social and natural sciences at Trinity University through a political science major and environmental studies minor. While her major led her to law school (University of Houston), it was her minor that helped her find a niche in health law. Today she is an attorney-adviser working for the U.S. Army. To learn more about the blending of these interests, read on.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Trinity?
I wouldn’t dare limit a Trinity experience to just one! My vivid memories as a student include having amazing conversations with friends and faculty, living in Calvert and South Halls while curious activity was afoot in the Quad, growing on the First Year Leadership Council, pledging Sigma Theta Tau, and working as a Senator with the Association of Student Representatives to bring the tiger mascot statue to campus. As an alumna, I walked down the aisle of Parker Chapel to marry my husband, Dax, enjoyed music concerts with my mom at Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, and heard renowned guest lecturers in Laurie Auditorium. Today, I am in my fourth year of service on Trinity’s Board of Visitors.
What do the members of the Board of Visitors do?
We support the advancement of Trinity University through several efforts. We serve as ambassadors for Trinity in our communities.Members promote career networking opportunities for Trinity’s students and graduates. We help with fundraising and work on projects endorsed by the University. During meetings held on campus twice a year, we receive updates about the University and offer strategic advice to Trinity’s President.
Who was your favorite teacher at Trinity?
L. Tucker Gibson Jr., professor emeritus of political science, was my academic adviser and an admirable professor. He dedicated countless hours to ensuring that his advisees were getting the most out of Trinity and forging optimal paths ahead. His teaching style, coupled with humor, encouraged us to go beyond the textbook and hone our abstract thinking skills.
Describe Trinity in 3-5 words.
World-class education, hometown feel.
What advice would you give to a Trinity student?
Trinity’s academic program can be rigorous and challenging. Study hard, do well, but don’t forget to get out of the library once in awhile to explore student organizations, athletics, and the local community.
How did you get involved in your area of expertise?
Thanks in part to Trinity’s symbolic logic class, I passed the LSAT and attended law school at the University of Houston. I enrolled in a health law course as an elective hoping it might be a good way to blend my natural science and social science background from Trinity. I became captivated by the relationships between and among the law, medical science and technology, patients, and healthcare providers. I served as the first editor-in-chief of the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy, completed an internship at Baylor College of Medicine’s Risk Management Office, and went on to earn a Master of Laws Degree in Health Law. Thereafter, I was in health law private practice in law firms for 10 years. In 2013, I transitioned my career to government practice where I currently advise on health law matters around the globe for the U.S. Army.
What's your favorite expression?
“Semper Gumby” is a popular phrase in the military meaning “always flexible,” which I have come to appreciate. It is a great reminder that anyone’s best-laid plans can be derailed in a fleeting moment so versatility and resilience are essential for success.
Where would you like to retire?
Definitely near an international airport so Dax and I can continue crossing off our list of must-see destinations.