While we often celebrate student accomplishments, it’s equally essential to applaud our dedicated faculty members who educate, encourage, inspire and nurture our students to succeed in their academic and creative endeavors.
This past summer, the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Online Education (CETLOE) launched a pilot project, “Thank a Teacher Program,” where students took the time to write letters to their professors to express their gratitude. At the College of the Arts, here’s what some students had to say.
“I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for all that you did to make my return to school attainable Of course, I came in with a lot of apprehension. From the beginning, you assured me that I was not in the wrong course and continued to steer me along the way. I have had so many FIRST in your course and you assisted which provided the necessary confidence to keep going. The countless hours that you devoted are immeasurable. Your kindness came through those virtual walls.”
Inez Cox to Lisa Alembik (Art Intro Studio)
“Of all the courses I have taken at GSU, there is no course I have enjoyed more than yours. You opened my eyes to the wonders of jazz music. Single-handedly, you impacted me as a musician and changed my life for the better. I now perform a jazz-influenced instrumental hip hop act and I don’t think I would be doing this now without taking your class.”
Anonymous student to Dave Frackenpohl (Jazz History)
“Thank you for being so patient with us and extending deadlines. This was such a crucial summer for a lot of us who work full-time and go to school and you’ve shown us a lot of mercy.”
Elie Mam to Richard Stafford (Media Ethics)
“Professor Prudencho, thank you for your awesome teaching and dedication in making Music class fun and educational. I love music, but never cared for the musicians. This class has made me have great respect for them and it is because of your exceptional knowledge and teaching. I have learned that music is not just for enjoyment but life, because it penetrates areas of life which human beings cannot reach and brings darkness to light. I very much appreciate you. Also, thank you for working with me when my class was dropped due to Financial Aid issues. Thank you so much sir, keep up the good work and May God continue to bless you.”
Justina Okpala to Slava Michael Prudchenko (Music Society and Culture Section)
“I really appreciated the projects/work you assigned last semester. I feel that they really helped me grow as an artist. I look back on the art I created in your class, and I’m really proud of it and myself. Having a weekly sketchbook assignment was seemed tedious at the time, but it really pushed me to get creative in a sustainable way. Before the spring semester, I only made art when I was sure it would be amazing. This put immense pressure on me and prevented me from creating anything. Introductory studio helped me view art as more attainable.”
Indya Davis to Coorain Devin (Introductory Studio)
“Thank you for helping me in piano this semester…summer. I learned how to play a little more confidently after taking your class. I also am learning how to break up time signatures that are in 6.8, and 2.4 and break out of my comfort zone. I am used to playing music written in 3.4 and 4.4. This semester was a brand new adventure. When I sit down at the piano now, I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride that my long-term goals are achievable, yet I learned to pay attention to the small details and take small steps, and not overlook them to try to play the piece fast. I learned to play the music at my pace which is perfectly fine and enjoyable. The 5-finger pattern is becoming more and more familiar to me and it does assist me in reading the notes better to achieve a smooth sound. My fingers no longer feel crowded on the piano keys and I strive to maintain the correct fingering to consistently keep improving.
Lisa Patrick to Sergio Gallo (Group Instruction Piano 1)