I've had a frantic few weeks as I gather footage and begin editing two pieces that will be projected at an event at SUNY Potsdam- wrapping up the Take the Lead Campaign... a longer form video will also be done in the coming weeks along the same lines. And I just sprained my ankle playing basketball. I'm hobbling around on crutches, camera bag around my shoulder. I'm looking good.
As I gather footage in classrooms, rehearsal rooms, in labs, and in the field... I often find myself witnessing something wonderful. A professor fully engaged with his or her class. Above, Jerod, a friend and collaborator, is seen in his classroom teaching music students. The utter joy of sharing - this is the human experience!- is undeniable. Below, Fadi, is seen with some Chemistry students. Watching these people work, hearing the students 'get it' for the first time, listening to their questions.. the professor's answers, or even better, their leading questions.... it really makes my job fun. It already was fun. But this makes it even better.
Why not take a minute and reflect on your experience in college or high school. I'm talking to you, dear blog reader, yes, you. Was there a teacher or professor that made a difference? Did you ever let that person know? It is important to do that. About ten years ago I tracked down a film theory professor I had at Wayne State University- in Detroit- James Morrison (no, not from The Doors). James Morrison made a difference to me. He examined the films of Hitchcock, Welles, Capra, and many others. One class period we'd watch a FILM, a real film, projected... and the next we'd talk about it. I knew I liked film, he taught me to love it. I tracked him down and sent him a note, telling him just that. Take a minute. Give your Profs the Props. You'll be glad you did. And you know what? So will they.