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Linfield Magazine #27

Goodbye classroom, With a combined 127 years of service, four long-time faculty members share their biggest surprises, favorite classes and the secret to what’s kept them at Linfield all these years. Bob Wolcott, professor of chemistry, at Linfield since 1980 Memorable moments: During the Harry Potter craze, appearance of a carefully lettered sign on the door of the organic chemistry lab that read “Potions Lab”; another time, in the same lab, a Muppets poster appeared: “Another Day in the Lab” featuring Beaker and friends. Favorite course: Biochemistry Changes in students: In recent years a higher proportion have become very intentional and dedicated to doing well academically and maturing personally. Learned from students and colleagues: How to work constructively with people with different learning and communication styles. What I will miss: Seeing the joy of “I get it!” in students when they first understand a difficult concept; positive interactions with students and colleagues. What I won’t miss: Grading lab reports. Biggest surprise: A phone call out of the blue from President Hellie to ask if I would consider being the interim dean of faculty (2010). Best thing about Linfield: Sense of cooperative community among students and faculty. Retirement plans: Some travel in the western U.S./Canada, volunteering in my church and the community, possibly part-time teaching. Diane Welch, professor of nursing, at Linfield since 1992 Memorable moment: The moments just keep coming: every time I encounter a Linfield student out in the community taking care of clients I feel so proud of having contributed to their careers. Favorite course: I enjoyed introducing students to nursing in the fundamentals course Nursing 106 and watching them go from knowing virtually nothing about the discipline to becoming ‘nurse persons.’ Changes in students: It was very exciting to add the second degree summer students to our program. Their commitment and focus brought amazing energy to the program and the college. What I will miss: The individual connections with students. What I won’t miss: Grading papers in APA format in the evenings, weekends, early mornings, late nights, etc. 1 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2013


Linfield Magazine #27
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