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"Yorktown Heights, NY"
- Your alma mater?
"SUNY Cortland, Columbia Univ, Teachers College"
- What is your occupation/role in the CHS?
"I'm a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Honors College"
- How long have you been at WCU?
"27 years at WCU, teaching 46"
- How did you land at WCU?
"After completing my doctoral work at Teachers College, Columbia University, I was
looking for a faculty position in a reputable Physical Education Teacher Education
program. While interviewed and offered several positions, I chose WCU for their outstanding
reputation and its location. I made the right choice."
- What's the best part of your job?
"Students are the best part of my job. I decided I wanted to teach when I was in high
school. Another good decision for me. I've worked at all levels and in four different
states. I enjoy working with the different majors and also enjoy the enthusiasm that
students bring to their studies. I have the good fortune to teach in the Adventure
Education program and the Honors College which allows me to teach students from across
the various majors found at WCU. I also coordinate the Athletic Coaching minor and
teach assessment to our Physical Education majors. I have found these courses to be
rewarding to teach and it's always fun to find new and different eways to motivate
- What do you wish you could share with all incoming first-year students?
"I would tell incoming students to find something they are passionate about. It may
not be the first thing they major in. Too often, people get trapped in careers that
they don't find fulfilling although they might provide a paycheck.
If you have doubts, don't be afraid to explore other possibilities. Life is too long
to be unhappy in your job. I would also tell them to challenge themselves and step
outside their comfort zone. They will never reach their potential if they don't take
- What do you wish you could share with all graduating seniors?
"I would want them to realize that we will always remain students. As such, we need
to continually strive to be our best and learn more each day. We will never know how
good we can be until we try to do it. I would also remind them of what I told them
as first-year students. Find your passion, challenge yourself and strive to reach
your potential. As long as we're alive, we have the opportunity to improve ourselves."
- What makes you most proud of WCU?
"I am proud of the reputation and work of the University. I am proud to be a faculty
member of WCU. We do so many good things here. We do an outstanding job preparing
our students to impact society, we work within our local community to help our fellow
citizens and we work internationally to impact the world community. The University
has grown so much since I've joined the faculty. It's been amazing to see the growth.
But our legacy will always be our students. They will continue to be my pride and
joy. Knowing that I may have had some small part in helping these people become the
best they can become will always hearten me."