During the Friday Faculty Lunch talk, Political Science Professor Iva Deutchman spoke of her association with Professor Joe DiGangi in the political science department and read numerous letters of tribute to Professor DiGangi from former students. The letters, from those who went on to pursue careers in legal fields and from those who may only have had Professor DiGangi for one class, spoke to his knowledge, his excellence in teaching, and his friendly and caring ways.
At 4:30 on Friday, a panel discussion, titled “Out of This World: Living and Learning Through Off-Campus Experiences,” brought together three former HWS students, and two professors. Professor of French and Francophone Studies Marie-France Etienne moderated the panel. Included were Amy Diamond Barnes '75, associate vice president of human resources at Colgate College; Ian Leopold '86, who runs Campus Media Holdings, an entertainment and media company targeting the college market; Sarah Schoettle '03, a William Smith senior who recently returned from a semester abroad in Vietnam; and Sociology Professor Jim Spates, a five-time off-campus program participant.
During the conversation that followed, the panelists descibed how they came to study abroad and what that experience had meant to them. The word that came into each presentation was “transformative.”
Professor Spates noted that “while we do many things well here, our off-campus programs are one of the things we do best.” He pointed out that our programs expose both teacher and student to the culture on the street–such a different experience, he noted, than that of a tourist.
Barnes noted that while her semester in Paris probably did little to impact her career as a human resources professional, it most certainly shaped her in many ways as a person.
The Distinguished Faculty Award celebration continued following the panel discussion with a reception, dinner, and the award presentations in Comstock Hall.