Minoo Adenwalla & Chong-Do Hah-
“As a government major, I had the privilege of being taught by two of the most prestigious professors at Lawrence. Professors Adenwalla and Hah. Two quotes that have stuck with me... and one shaped me, quite frankly.
“Sophomores get D, Juniors get C, Seniors get B — only HAH get A!!” -Professor Hah. (Or something like that.)
It squarely set the rigorous tone of the class, weeded out those not committed to the charge, and motivated us (me) to try my hardest to get that A.
“Have you done your reading? You MUST do your readings!” - Minoo Adenwalla
Now, sitting in Constitutional Law - taught by Socratic method, I remember pouring over Supreme Court cases and trying to glean meaning from the pages and pages of historical rulings... because when Professor Adenwalla picked you - you HAD to be prepared. I always THOUGHT I had the best arguments and answers... but Adenwalla has perfected his teaching, uncovering flaws and missteps in my reasoning. Not harshly, but in honest and insightful ways. That class - and Adenwalla’s method - helped me prepare for other LU classes, AND out in reality... especially during election and Supreme Court coverage during my time with NPR. once again I poured over historical articles, and court rulings beefing up for interviews and reporting. Honestly, a quote that truly rings true.” - Nathan Heffel, 2002
“Professor Barnes is one of the kindest people I have ever met in my life; she is not only an extraordinary professor, she is remarkably kind, compassionate, and patient with all of her students. Her quick wit and sense of humor always made any of her courses take priority when the time came to register for classes.” - Elliott Dryjanski, 2018
Ted Cloak -
“For the four years of my college experience for many years following Ted Cloak was a guide and an inspiration. My own parents had little interest in what I was doing so Ted and his then wife took me under their wings. Ted was often a guest in our New York apartment and unlike fish and visitors we ere always sorry to see him leave. He cast me as Polonious in his memorable 1949 production of Hamlet. Really hated to see him exit. Bravo my dear friend.” - Don E. Jones Jr., 1950
Bart De Stasio -
“Bart was my gateway to a career in aquatic ecology. Growing up in northern Wisconsin, I was familiar with lakes, but Bart was the first to show me the joys of the science and ecology of lakes. And (wow!) you can have a career studying water and fish. I wasn't the only one inspired to follow the aquatic ecology career path, based on the number of professional aquatic ecologists in the 1999 Aquatics class.” - Titus Seilheimer, 2000
“What would my college experience have been without Bart DeStasio? No wading through pristine lakes and streams all around Wisconsin for my summers (and falls and springs), no singing the zooplankter song in Nash Lodge, no Christmas cookie decorating OR pierogi party at the DeStasio's... no marine term?! You made my Lawrence experience something unique. One thing that always amazed me about you is your patience. You could explain something to me as many times as it took for me to understand, without a hint of frustration. To me, you epitomize Lawrence: incredibly smart, driven, caring and all the while, humble. Thank you for being my professor, mentor and friend.” - Annie Ela, 2017
“This teacher appreciation week, I want to thank Professor Mark Dintenfass, who has greatly influenced me as writer. I was inspired by both the beauty of his novels and the wisdom and passion for literature he passed on in class. For over twenty-five years now, whenever I have sat down at my desk to write, I have sat down with the high standards for writing that I learned from Professor Dintenfass. Whenever I am uncomfortable with a sentence, I hear him saying, “Make sure every sentence in your story is true”; and so over the years he has helped me find the will to cut and rewrite and rewrite again countless sentences. He is a great writer and teacher, and I owe him a lot. I’m so lucky to have had him as a longtime mentor.” - Jessamyn Hope, 1995
“I was very fortunate to have Prof. John Dreher as my first Freshman Studies instructor in 1967. HIs Socratic method of teaching and his insistence on rigorous thought have had a lifetime impact on me and the way I teach.” – E. James Kehoe, 1971
John Dreher & Pete Fritzell -
“Always challenging, always interesting to--and always patient with--a student too foolish to know then that what they taught him would stay with him far longer than anything else he had at Lawrence.” - John Bruce, 1976
“I remember how nervous I was when I decided I wanted to study Economics two and half years into college. It wasn’t easy and I was playing catch-up, but Professor Finkler was so supportive. I learned so much from his classes and developed a great passion for the subject. Now I am a few months away from graduating with a Master’s in Economics. Thanks Professor Finkler!” - Armelle Otou, 2014
“Allison Fleshman has had a huge impact on my Lawrence experience. During fall term sophomore year, I decided I wanted to add the chemistry major onto my biochemistry major as well as study abroad. I went into her office on a whim, and she planned out my next three years for me. I felt like she truly believed in me and made me feel more confident pursuing a chemistry degree as well. I went on to have her for physical chemistry which was one of the most challenging classes I've taken at Lawrence, but she made it so enjoyable and accessible through her devotion to her students. I will never forget the time spent in the chemistry suite drinking tea and discussing the Schrodinger equation.” - Eleanor Goblirsch, 2019
“You opened a door for me that I didn't know existed - both by way of your teaching and by way of your treatment of me as a student and a person. Thank you.” - Sean Boyle, 1979
“Alison embodies what makes Lawrence great: an authentic approach that fosters inquiry and honesty, both as a student and as a human being. She pushed me to think beyond a linear dichotomy, and made her class material so engaging, I still reference themes in my personal and professional life 10 years later.” - Spencer Neitzel, 2008
“Professor Hah was by far my most favorite and toughest teacher. He would also tell us at the beginning of the course that he had an open book test. But if you did not do the work and know the material, you would never complete the test looking through the book. It was always clear what he thought was important for us to know. No games, no obscure questions. He expected much from us and we wanted to meet that expectation. He was also my mentor in my independent study project my senior year. His knowledge was immense and the time he spent sharing that knowledge and guiding me in my work was invaluable. For those who had his courses, there was nothing more imposing than when he came into class wearing the black turtle neck with his black hair and that all knowing intense stare.” - Michael McDonald, 1983
“As a freshman it is hard to think of memories because it all feels so fresh. I would say however that I am extremely grateful to my Spanish professor Cecilia Herrera. I have had her for all of my three terms at Spanish. I am grateful and thankful for all of my professors, but having someone for three terms allows you to get to know them. My first term at Lawrence I was taking Spanish 101 and I didn't have my book. I didn't have the funds at the moments and she worked with me and even extended the temporary one for me so that I could do homework. When I got my book scholarship, I bought the wrong book. She didn't get angry at me but told me that I should sell it and that as long I was still doing the homework I was fine. I finally got my book after mid-terms and we both had a good laugh at the whole situation. She is a great teacher and better ally. I am not the best in the class, but she validates my effort. This last week I got my test back and while an 81 might not be worth celebrating to some, I was thrilled and I knew that she was happy for me and proud that I was trying my best.” - Jessica Hopkins, 2022
“Whenever she wanted to illustrate an example of a melody, harmony, counterpoint, etc., it was more than just dropping a needle on to a recording, she just sat down and played an example for us in theory class; no music set on the piano ... just sat down and played!” - Michael Sigman ("rabbi" L'88), 1988
“Marge was the most incredible teacher--piano, theory, everything! She understood me as an individual and encouraged me musically in her perceptive and energetic way. She also created a community amongst her students that was collaborative, never competitive. I love coming upon Marge's notations in my music when I play pieces now that I studied with her.” - Susan Chandler, 1979
Nicholas "Doc" Maravolo-
“As I go further in my medical training and career, I become more appreciative of all that Doc did for me to help reach my goal of becoming a doctor and for cultivating the curiosity that fuels being a lifelong learner.” - Cameron Blegen, 2012
Hugo Martinez-Serros -
“I always remember Professor Martinez-Serros as a great teacher, confidant and friend during the turbulent 1960’s. He remains a good source of inspiration even to this day. Abrazos” - Clarence Rixter, 1972
“Hugo Martinez had faith in me at a time in my life when I had no faith in myself. I am eternally grateful.” - John Sagan, 1972
“Thanks to Dr. Ronald J. Mason for bringing his subject alive in each class session. His enthusiasm for Anthropology was irresistibly contagious and facilitated complete understanding of the material being presented. I was introduced to a new area of study and a lasting worldview. Forty-five plus years later, I still find occasion to call upon his wealth of knowledge. The generosity of he and his wife in 'The Ronald J. and Carol I. Mason Excellence in Anthropology Fund' continues to impact current Lawrentians.” - Karen Rigotti, 1972
“Who can forget his lectures on Pleistocene megafauna. He is an incredible teacher, a fun-filled archaeologist, and a serious scholar. With his wife, Dr. Carol I. Mason, I learned so very much, which I draw on to this day.” - Jean E. DeLauche, 1971
Michael Mizrahi & Mary Van De Loo-
“These two pianists took me in as a lazy kid who didn't understand the steps it took to create well-crafted music or to lead a piano lesson. By the time I left Lawrence, I was far from perfect, but nonetheless my eyes and ears had been opened. Between Professor Mizrahi and Ms. Van De Loo I was exposed to styles of music I might otherwise had never heard, approaches to playing the piano I would never have known, and an academic standard of writing about music that I really needed. In short, they provided the foundation of skills I've used to be successful in my career so far.” - Alek Wasserman, 2016
“Thank you for your simplicity and kindness. Thank you for introducing me to the idea that the body holds wisdom through the simple act of asking, “how does your body feel today?” in the dance classes you taught. Thank you for showing me the power of touch and being witnessed. I am finding that these nuggets of wisdom are informing my work as a mental health counselor and shaping my interest in the healing arts. Much love and gratitude to you!!! :) <3” - Vijayashree Krishnan, 2017
“He saw potential in me when I didn't see it in myself. I wrote a fiery paper about Jonathan Kozol's "Savage Inequalities", where I disagreed vehemently with some of the author's conclusions. I was pretty sure I'd get an F. I got an A and an invitation to Professor Podair's office hours. He'd admired my critical thinking skills and that I'd worked hard on organizing my thoughts. Over my four years as his advisee, he kept fostering those critical thinking and writing skills, holding me to task when I got lazy or underperformed. Flash forward a few (ahem) years. It's a hilarious joke that history majors are worthless.Though I make my living in the health field, my colleagues prizes my ability to think critically and lucidly, to write passionately with dispassion -- which allows me to be highly critical and compassionate at the same time. In the words of a colleague of mine disagreeing with me about vaccines, "even when I disagree with you, I'm amazed at how well you write. For realsies." Much of my work these days is centered around inclusivity for marginalized people in the field of health and connection to nature. While it's a far cry from being a historian, Professor Podair fostered my skills. I would not have the successes in my career today if not for his care and nurturing.
A larger point in honor of the Lawrence Difference: I know of no other group of people on social media who can engage in respectful discourse, even in contentious disagreements. Many of my LU friends in contact with each other have noticed this. I am so proud every day of what I learned through my liberal arts education.” - Clare Kelley, 2003
“Professor Stewart Purkey is exceptional. He puts his heart and soul into teaching his education classes. He cares about the well being of the whole student and helps one strive for excellence. The “Lawrence Difference” allowed me to design an education minor with Professor Purkey as my advisor. Thanks to his dedication and encouragement I became the best teacher I could be as well as have such passion for my profession.” - Kim Kimberly Holland, 1990
“I my junior year, I unwillingly took a course called "Multicultural Education" with Professor Purkey at the direction of my parents. They were adamant that I get a teaching certificate to supplement my drama major in case my thriving acting career didn't pan out. The first day of class, Professor Purkey asked us "What do you stand for?" It was the first time I had ever been asked that question and it still haunts, drives and engages me today. Within a few weeks, I decided to become a teacher. Today, I still draw upon the lessons of Professor Purkey. His interest and discourse on education equality stirred an undeniable passion in myself to fight for students who are often overlooked. Professor Purkey had always made me feel that teaching and working in education was a great privilege and I am proud to be a teacher today because of his influence.” - Loni (Philbrick-Linzmeyer) Bergqvist, 2006
Theodore Rehl -
“I owe so much to Ted Rehl. His insightful teaching, sense of humor, backbone when it came to my musical laziness, and enduring friendship of more than 50 years have my inspiration as an educator, administrator, and just plain ole me! He still plays concerts even in his mid-80's, bringing joy to his friends in a retirement facility. What a great role model. Thanks, Ted!” - Edward Rath, 1966
“Professor Rehl not only taught me how to play the piano and hear musical things I had never heard before, he and his wife Fran (who also taught at Lawrence) opened their home and taught me how to grow into adulthood. They both changed my life and not a day goes by without my noticing something I learned from MN them.” - Rebecca Huston, 1973
“Brad took a very personal interest in my growth as a young biologist as well as demonstrated an intense love and joy for learning and discovery. Although his was on a personal sabbatical my senior year, he selflessly oversaw my senior research project on circadian rhythms and spent hours guiding, encouraging, and caring about me in very personal ways that went far beyond the classroom. Thanks, Brad, for your immense investment in my life and for demonstrating to me what it means to teach the whole person in and out of the classroom. As a professor now, I have always looked back to your example as one to emulate and build upon.” - Lewis Winkler, 1987
"Professor Rence, already retired, was a kind teacher who added pizzazz to the lectures in winter and spring. He enjoyed the information. I sure wanted to go to Puerto Rico with the grad students, but decided to focus my biology-chemistry degree on Nutrition instead." - Katherine Rivard, 1989
“Professor Richman taught me to think critically, to pay attention to experimental design and to explore ecology in depth through independent study. I still love copepods and cladocerans. His wonderful sense of humor and essential humanity, were evident throughout the year I worked in his lab; I use what I learned from him in my medical practice every day. He was a mentor for me, and helped me to direct my studies to my life's work as a psychiatrist. I am so thankful to him and the rest of the Lawrence community for the support and learning opportunities I was given. What a wonderful institution!” - Scott Bohon, 1978
“I would like to honor Dr. William Schutte, who taught Shakespeare courses in the 60s. Dr. Schutte was one of my favorite teachers because he made the difficult texts come alive. The material I gleaned from his lectures was so thorough that I ended up reviewing those notebooks a few years later when I was studying for my graduate exam in my Masters program. I was glad I saved them. When I was inducted into Mortar Board, my parents were unable to attend the ceremony, so Dr. Schutte stood in as my “surrogate father." We became friends and discovered we had the same birthday, so we would get together each year on our special day. I also signed up to take a tutorial from Dr. Schutte, which involved one-on-one meetings for an entire term to study “Hamlet.” It was an enjoyable and in-depth study. I now live in Ashland, Oregon, home of a Shakespeare festival––so I see plays on a regular basis. I always remember fondly the professor who introduced me to Shakespeare.” - Marcia Hunter, 1967
Herbert Spiegelberg -
“Prof. Spiegelberg left a long career at Lawrence for Washington University in my sophomore year. I believe we had had only one conversation at Lawrence, but I still remember his distinguished appearance, his aura of profundity, wrought by learning and experience. He was an international authority on phenomenology. He was also a refugee from Hitler’s Germany, one of many brilliant, world famous scholars who were welcomed to the United States and took teaching jobs at quiet colleges, seeking sanctuary from persecution and suffering. These scholars have had an almost magical way of influencing students long after they had come and gone from our lives. They carried a certain life wisdom that students like myself could sense but were far too ignorant and immature at the time to fathom.
I am now nearly 75, retired from professing philosophy at UC Riverside. And as fate would have it, I am only now reading Spiegelberg’s magisterial history of the phenomenological movement, a massive two volume work he had written at Lawrence. I am doing so to write a book review about a dissertation student of Husserl’s in Göttingen, a Harvard graduate who had previously studied with Josiah Royce, an American pragmatist I write about. To do so, I turned to Spiegelberg for background. And in doing so, I have finally discovered his breathtaking genius as an historian of that era, introducing me to now au courant figures I myself should have studied decades ago. Lawrence protected and nurtured this modest genius. And more than 50 years later I am beginning to appreciate him.
This is what I have to say about Lawrence: there are brilliant gems among the faculty who are teaching such ignorant students as myself, giving us insights that might take a lifetime to appreciate. Getting to know these teachers in the more intimate setting of Lawrence gives us gifts that keep on giving, even if at the time we were entirely clueless.” - David Glidden, 1966
“You were instrumental in helping me complete my honors project senior year. Your patience, commitment, and sound advice helped me every step of the way. I am incredibly grateful for all you did to help me succeed. Thank you!” - Allison Juda, 2015
Richard Stowe -
“His wise counsel, gentle manner and quiet sense of humor were the needed components to inspire me to set sail on my own teaching career which spanned 55 years.” - Chuck Hunter, 1961
“Professor Tapia is such an asset to the Spanish Department at LU and to the campus as a whole. I would not be the person I am today without her guidance and support during my time as an undergrad, and her friendship beyond my years at Lawrence is something that I am grateful for everyday. I think about her every time I step into the classroom to teach and I frequently channel her advising skills when I meet with university students of my own. I often wish I could still be a fly on her classroom wall because she was engaging, respectful, responsive, and open to new ideas. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to study with her. Rosa, thank you for everything!” - Jen Gabriele, 2010
“Herb Tjossem was friendly, helpful, approachable, and full of wisdom. In short, everything a professor should be. He helped me focus my writing and avoid throwaways phrases. I remember how he gently railed against the overuse of "situation," for example. Communication lies at the heart of all learning, and I will always remember how one kind and sagacious man reinforced this message.” - Paul Jenkins, 1983
“In 2007, the rowing team had a particularly exciting season, winning medals at races all across the country. Towards the end of the year, we were invited to compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships- a big honor for us, and for the school, since no one from LU had ever been invited before.
Unfortunately, this was far outside of our club sport budget for the year, and it was close to the end of the school year after our season was set to be finished.
Dean Truesdell worked with us and LUCC to ensure that we had the funding to represent Lawrence at the IRA regatta for the first time in LU's history. A pretty big feat, considering we had to caravan five people, a coach, an extra driver, and a rowing shell halfway across the country. Dean Truesdell helped us pull it off flawlessly.
Oh, and we took third in our race at the regatta. I still have the medal- and it's an LU experience I will never forget.” - Stephanie Martin, 2009
“Professor Vaughan, You instilled in me the understanding that business is more than the numbers it’s also the connections you make. I’m now working on my MBA at Clemson and sit on the Student Association as the VP of Professional Development and Alumni. I credit You in instilling this understanding with my current fortunes.” - Will Evans, 2013
“I was staying in Brokaw Hall where Mr. and Mrs. George Walter were supervisors. Mr. Walter (Chairman of the Education Dept.) asked me if I had considered being a teacher. My reply was I enjoyed helping younger kids with football and baseball skills. Mr. Walter told me he would get in touch with the Registrar to see if my schedule could be arranged to complete a teachers license as well as a physics degree. The decision was that I could with one semester of extra credits. My senior year joined the Army Reserve to eliminate the possibility of being drafted. Upon graduation I opted to fulfill my Army obligation. After basic training I was stationed Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville,AL (now NASA) to work in the missile research field. After my two year obligation I decided that teaching would be a better choice for me. Thirty-two years of teaching Physical Science and Math, and coaching 20 years of football and 32 years of wrestling I knew Mr. Walter guided me in the right direction. Thank you Mr. Walter for changing my purpose in life." - Willard Schmidt, 1956
Carl Wellman -
“When I was at Lawrence (1962-66), Prof. Carl Wellman was a nationally well known academic philosopher who specialized in the ethics of language, in a post-WWII era when American philosophers had taken a linguistic turn away from directly addressing moral issues. Wellman was also deeply interested in Wittgenstein, whom I had yet to understand, despite his efforts to enlighten me. Yet, thanks to Wellman, I pursued a career in philosophy. He presented to his students a somewhat cold, analytical personality along with a brilliance that mesmerized me. It was another decade before I was able to fathom what he and Wittgenstein offered, when I began teaching political philosophy myself. He soon left Lawrence to join the Washington University Philosophy Department, where he joined the new era of activism and became politically engaged himself, teaching prisoners and the oppressed about rights and justice. He became “woke” as the saying goes. Faculty grow as well as their students.” - David Glidden, 1966
“As the deadline to submit plans for summer research approached I was trying to narrow down my field of study and I turned to my first Spanish Professor, Allison Yakel, who I hadn’t talked to in a couple months. After being delayed in an airport overnight she still met with me and gave me her undivided attention and expert insight. Regardless of her schedule, she clearly explained to me how I could go about my research and helped me develop a plan to start working in public health, something I had never even considered. After creating a plan, she told me I was welcome anytime and we continue to communicate about research and just to say hello.” - Jason Bernheimer, 2022