Near the end of the each semester in his Classical Mythology (CLAS*2000) class, Professor John Walsh asks his students to nominate people on campus who have made a difference in their lives. He honours these 'legends' with a celebration in class; including prizes, photo ops and lots of cheering.
Professor Joanne O'Meara, a recipient of this year's 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the 2017-2018 Residence Life Favourite Fall Professor, was nominated and celebrated during the legendary celebration on Friday, March 22.
What her nomination said:
"I met her during an event called 'Profs are People Too!' during Orientation week at the very beginning of my journey here at the University of Guelph. It turned out she was teaching the first semester course I was dreading the most: PHYSICS 1300. I told her how afraid I was, and she said one sentence that with me: "My only goal is to show at least one of you that Physics is not all that scary, and you can understand it and maybe even enjoy it." She hid the joy of Physics in her Smarties boxes, and 12 weeks later, I went up to her to tell her that she had achieved her goal."
Congratulations Joanne! We will be updating your business cards accordingly.