hello retirement Robert McCann associate professor of education, at Linfield since 1994 Memorable moments: Bob Week 2014. At the end of December, before I retired, students organized “Bob Week,” decorating my offices, delivering flowers, wearing “Bob Week” T-shirts. It was really something special. A second memorable moment was a faculty exchange with a professor from Nottingham Trent University in 2000. I taught classes and experienced life in a small English village. I returned to England for two January Terms and our students were able to work in British schools. Favorite campus hangout: Steve Bernhisel’s office. I would go to Steve’s office and he would give me dark chocolate. Favorite course: Educational Psychology. It is one of the most important classes education students take. It lays the foundation for all the classes that follow. Changes in students: We have a larger multicultural student population and it is wonderful. When we talked about social issues in the schools and how society affects schools, I could ask students to share their own experiences. They added a richness to classes. Learned from students and colleagues: I took a personal interest in my students. I could ask them to share their personal experiences and use those illustrations as teaching tools. It added a depth to the classes. What I will miss: Friendships and interactions with students and colleagues. Best thing about Linfield: The students are serious, well-rounded and have many interests and that is energizing. Study abroad changed my world view and students who study abroad come back different people. Retirement plans: More tennis, more music, more time with my dog. Building a garden shed and learning new skills. Summer 2015 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 5 Vivian Tong professor of nursing, at Linfield since 1992 A memorable moment: Receiving a call from Shaik Ismail in International Programs requesting that I do a January Term course in India. My response was, “No.” He persisted and it wasn't until weeks later that I finally agreed. This was the beginning of many January Term abroad courses. That one phone call affected my career and my attitude about life. I learned a lot about myself while I was attempting to learn about others. Favorite course: I have two: the Adult Health Theory and the January Term International Health Care courses. Changes in students: When I first started teaching, nursing students were mostly single, female and were supported by their parents. Today, many of our students have jobs (many full-time), are married (or in serious relationships) and have children. Their lives are complicated and stressful. Learned from students and colleagues: Determination is key to being successful. What I will miss: Colleagues and staff at the Portland Campus. What I won’t miss: Faculty meetings. Biggest surprise: In the course syllabus, we include a policy that says all cell phones must be turned off during class. During one of our class breaks, a student approached me and asked if she could have her phone on. Her husband was in the military in Iraq and it was unpredictable when he could call her. Best thing about Linfield: There is a sense of community. Retirement plans: Live life!
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