Academic Alchemy

It is a magical process—the connection, the interaction, the click that brings together professor and student in surprising and impressive ways to further enrich lectures and learning.

When our teachers and students fuse their knowledge, interests, and ambitions, amazing results emerge: a stronger voice, a poem to God, a flourishing bakery—and more. The following six special matches showcase only a sampling of the transformative teaching and learning that happens here every day. Even more important, these pairings reflect the University’s unique hallmarks: leadership in science and health, dedication to community service and nonprofit leadership, a reliance on Chicago as our classroom, and a pledge to a faith journey in search for God.

Professor and student interacting on a bench

A Poet. A Scholar.

Deima Thompson C'13 met Rev. Dr. Rajkumar Boaz Johnson in his course Old Testament Poetry and Wisdom Literature, which launched their collaboration and Deima’s translations of the Bible from Hebraic-English text to African American poetry.
Students and professor pose for a picture in physics classroom.

A Sense of Belonging

Four physics majors—Bjorn Larson C’13, Anika Zima C’15, Mario Gutierrez C’16, and Olivia Chisman C’15—comprise the entire class for Professor Linda McDonald's Fall 2013 course Modern Physics.
Music professor and student.

Your Full Voice

Nyela Basney, artistic director of the opera, met Alexandra Plattos G’14 at her audition for the master’s program in the School of Music. Last summer, Alexandra studied at Orvieto Musica in Orvieto, Italy, an annual summer chamber music festival, which Nyela founded and serves as director.
Seminary professor and student in the chapel.

Awakening the Soul

At the urging of the Seminary’s Chapel and Globalization and Diversity Committees, Dr. Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom and Brandi S. Sanders S’15 volunteered to organize the Seminary Gospel Choir, which now performs on- and off-campus.
Nursing professor and student.

Heart for the Underserved

Jaimie Rickards C’11 G’16 was an undergraduate student when Heather L. Duncan, associate professor of nursing, led her first Global Partnerships trip to Zambia. That experience and the relationship that developed out of it helped transform her faith and has guided her toward a career as a family nurse practitioner.
People holding bakery boxes.

Achieved & Acknowledged

Family bakery owner Stephanie Rybandt C’13 credits School of Adult Learning academic advisor and prior learning assessment (PLA) coordinator Patricia McCanna with helping her realize her dream of earning a college degree.

Next Steps

Read more from the Winter 2014 North Parker.