Particles of Global Experiences
(Photo by Bryan Cantwell)
“Everything, no matter how beautiful, is impermanent.” That’s how Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenpa Phuntsok assessed the process of creating a beautiful peace mandala only to be destroyed at the end of a four-day (February 1-4) campus residency. The monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in India carefully placed brightly colored grains of sand in intricate patterns that showcase a “world in harmony.” Destructing of the mandala symbolizes the finite nature of life. “I believe that the monks’ visit will inspire our student body to study parts of the world that remain unfamiliar to many college students,” says Tim Grose, assistant professor of China studies.
English Professor Julia Williams, PhD, is among faculty in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences who are known for pushing their students to develop strong written and oral communications skills.
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Just how high does a fly ball fly? The architects designing the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field in the 1990s needed to know, because it seemed possible that the new baseball stadium’s retractable roof might interfere with the game below if a fly ball would hit the ceiling.
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Spotlight on Professor Diane Evans, specializing in teaching statistics. Evans likes to run her class like a conversation.
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Award-winning civil engineering educator Jim Hanson, PhD, believes teaching is more about giving students the ability to ask the right questions than providing future engineers with just skills to address tomorrow’s challenging problems.
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