I’m Curious What You Think

Tomorrow is a big day for many students at Villanova. It is the last day they can withdraw from a course with no academic penalty.  Students will receive a grade of WX on his or her official transcript for the course that he or she drops. Such a grade does not factor into their GPA, … Continue reading I’m Curious What You Think

Why I Love LinkedIn

I've used LinkedIn for several years, and it's one of the sites I go to every day. As a college professor, my favorite feature is simply reading through the Notifications to see what my former students are up to. If one of them is starting a new job, has gotten a promotion, or is going … Continue reading Why I Love LinkedIn

The Power of Knowledge

This is the 30th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. This message first ran four years ago. We said it in 1979, and we … Continue reading The Power of Knowledge

My Teaching Philosophy

As part of my evaluation at work, I have been asked to submit a statement of my teaching philosophy. You would think after 28 years of teaching I would either have such a statement, or at least be able to easily articulate what that philosophy is. Sadly, I do not have a statement, nor am … Continue reading My Teaching Philosophy

What’s Your “Big Bath”?

In business, there is a practice known as Big Bath accounting. The way the practice works is that when a company is having a bad year financially, it will opt to do everything it can to make it look as bad as possible. This may involve delaying revenue for the current year until the following … Continue reading What’s Your “Big Bath”?

Why I Love DonorsChoose.org

Imagine making a donation to a cause that you really believe in, one that you believe will make a difference. Then imagine getting personalized hand-drawn thank you notes like the one above, telling you how awesome you are. Well that pretty much describes how the online charity DonorsChoose.org works. Its mission is  to "engage  the public in public … Continue reading Why I Love DonorsChoose.org