Happy #FacultyFriday featuring Professor Murat Tiryakioglu (Executive Vice President of STEAM Initiatives). He answered a few questions for us! ----- What is your favorite part about being a professor? “Working with students to help them realize and unleash their potential. Seeing the amazement of students when they realize what they are capable of accomplishing is extremely rewarding.” ----- What is your favorite memory or story from teaching? “I have so many, it is difficult to choose from. They all involve students, probably not the best in academics, accomplishing incredible outcomes in service-learning projects. In one case, they saved the jobs of three ladies working in a small manufacturer, in the middle of the economic downturn, by developing a more efficient process. Another involves saving a non-profit in Jacksonville from impending bankruptcy by developing a solution that has since turned hundreds of homeless people into working, rent-paying people with dignity. Little did they know at the time that this project would result in saving enough food in local food banks to prepare one million meals per year for the homeless.”� ----- How are you helping students shape their future now? “I am working on the STEAM Institute which will bring many programs from STEM, business, arts, and humanities together in one building. We will create an environment where students will find their potential, get ready to launch their careers as the researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators of tomorrow.”� ----- Why do you like working at Jacksonville University? “I quickly noticed that everyone is happy to be working at JU, willing to work together and adapt. It is an incredible institution with limitless potential.” ---- What is your best advice for the incoming students in the Fall? “Same advice I give everyone that I also try to follow myself. Every day, learn at least one new thing well and help at least one person.” ---- #College #CollegeProfessor #Professor
Happy Thanksgiving From Jacksonville University! 🍁🦃 Meet Todd Coleman, Assistant Vice President of Admissions. This #ThankfulThursday, he reflects on the community of dedicated professionals that make up JU. . . We want to hear what you're thankful for at JU! Share your stories with us by commenting below or tagging @jacksonvilleu in your post. #Fall4JU #ThankfulThursday . . Future Phins: Only a couple days left! Use the fee waiver code: Fall4JU to submit your application for free.
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It is #FacultyFriday featuring Professor Gerard Pinto (Associate Research Scientist/ Adjunct Professor of the Department of Biology and Marine Science, and consultant to the @cityofjax Waterways Commission) He answered a few questions for us! --- What is your favorite part about being a professor? “It’s got to be about the students first, and it’s an honor to work with some very smart and talented colleagues on important issues in the community. It’s the academic interaction and stimulation, always learning and helping students to love learning.”� ---- What is your favorite memory or story from teaching? “There are a few, but I was in class one morning at @msri_ju, when a colleague at FWC called me needing help. So my students and I jumped into cars and went to help rescue six stranded manatees. What a teachable moment that was, especially for the student who had never seen a manatee before, let alone being able to touch one.”� --- How are you helping students shape their future now? “By teaching them transferable skills and inspiring them to think for themselves, especially about what information is relevant for a given set of circumstances.”� --- Why do you like working at Jacksonville University? “It’s the people, the students, the setting. Jacksonville is a wonderful playground for a marine biologist/ecologist because we have the river to ocean connection and a good park system. JU is a great place for positive synergies, and my office has a view of the St. Johns River.” ---- What is your best advice for the incoming students in the Fall? “Listen to your mentors, work hard, play hard, get the most out of this time in your life and know that your JU family is here to help you reach your goals.” ---- #College #CollegeProfessor #Professor