I came to Concordia College in the fall of 2009. It now is time to move on.
Coming to Concordia College for this three year period is one of the highlights of my life. Three years ago, I needed a break from the large state university environment, because I felt broken from numerous political battles (see explanatory note at bottom). Concordia offered a safe haven, a respite from the battles of a faster (but not better) track. Not being completely foolish, I jumped at the chance.
Concordia College is devoted to the academic, social and cultural education of its students. At this point in my career, student education and development are so predominant on my professional priority list, anything else has difficulty edging in. So this part of the job has been a match.
So, why am I moving on? My family and long-time friends are in Ohio. Moving closer to the area is necessary for my personal health and happiness. Also, I believe I better can explore the potential of becoming a social media savvy accounting professor in an increasingly small and social world.
About 99% of what I will miss are the students. Some are brilliant, some aren’t. But generally they are good and conscientious. At Concordia there is a culture of studying that a majority embrace. But more than studying for the sake of earning their grades, Concordia students are on a mission to prepare themselves for life. And for many, the purpose of that life will be to help make the world a better place for others. I admire and respect the people that come to Concordia as students. Many are terrific human beings. It has been an honor and privilege to teach them.
What has been a new experience for me is how closely I’ve come to know some of the students. A majority of my students have taken two or three courses from me. In very small classes with close interaction, developing personal relationships becomes an integral part of the learning-teaching process. There are many to whom I can say, “I like you as a person.” Some professors love their students, and I will miss Concordia’s in my heart.
I’m gratified that the relationships have been two way. It has made many a day to receive a smile upon meeting, or a lingering pause upon parting. Many of my students have said, “I hope you won’t forget us (me).” Not a chance.
I’ll also miss the colleagues with whom I have the closest ties. I don’t share lunch, and cookies, with just anyone. Ron, Maggie, Jim L, Bruce V, Shawn, Oksana, Al, Bruce A, and Dan, I’ll miss you the most.
I leave Concordia a much richer person than when I arrived. I bid you all a fond farewell.
Note: Woodrow Wilson was president of Princeton College prior to entering state and national government service as governor of New Jersey and President of the United States. When asked why he would leave the ivy tower, he is reputed to have said that he did it to take a break from the intense politics of academia.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht