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October 2013 Faculty of the Month
Gender and Women's Studies Department
Have you ever noticed how some people just seem to totally have their act together? You know what I mean. They are really competent, efficient, responsible, dedicated, kind, serene, happy, and a hundred other wonderful adjectives (that’s a hint – adjectives). You never see them careening around in a state of chaos, rushing from place to place, looking all stressed out and frazzled.
Well, if you are like me, you wonder how they do that. What is their secret? Can they really be that “with it” all the time? Well, in the case of our October Faculty of the Month – the answer is yes, she has her act completely together, and it is not an act. As some would say, “It is just how she rolls.”
And while I haven’t yet learned the secret to her cool Zen state, I have learned some other things about her:
- Married to a physicist who works at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab
- Proud mom of two bright, funny, talented kids: a daughter in high school and son in middle school
- Soccer mom extraordinaire: coached her kids¹ teams when they were young and was her daughter¹s team manager for many years
- Has a twin sister who is a surgeon (do you suppose they ever trade places at work or pretend to be each other at parties, just for fun?)
- Works to be a good citizen of the earth by taking only public transportation to Ohlone (she will need that parking space, though, if BART goes on strike!) and by creating a native plant yard (no grass, low to no water) that's hummingbird, bug & squirrel friendly (Hmmm….gardening- maybe that’s the secret)
- Plays soccer every Sunday morning on a team whose members range in age from 20’s to 60’s (If playing soccer is the secret, I’m doomed)
- Has taken and enjoyed (!!!) many 100+ mile bicycle rides with her hubby (Please don’t let this be the secret to having one’s act together. Seriously, 100 miles per ride?!)
- Loves, loves, loves teaching, and if she isn’t teaching, she is thinking about teaching, or her students, or she is working on something related to teaching such as the following:
- Obtaining a grant with her colleagues to develop a new integrated reading and writing class to be offered spring 2014 in conjunction with the California Acceleration Project
- Coordinating the last two Nor Cal College Reading Association conferences with colleagues at De Anza College (oh, she has also been the President of that association for the past two years)
- Developing a customizable integrated reading-writing textbook for developmental college students for McGraw Hill publishing company
- Presenting insights she has gained from her students who transitioned from developmental reading into transfer-level composition at the “Teaching English in the Two-Year College Conference” this October
- And when she is not soccering (new verb - another hint, verb) or gardening, or raising kids, or teaching magnificently at Ohlone College, and being a wonderful colleague to work with, she co-chairs College Council! It is that group that meets all the time, works really hard, addresses many different and difficult issues – the committee that she writes those great updates for that keep us informed.
For those of us that know our October recipient, we know that this list of achievements and qualities is incomplete. But part of her having her act so together is also true humility and a genuine unawareness of all that she contributes to her family, friends, colleagues, students, the college, and her part of the world. So when she was asked for information and given the opportunity to highlight her accomplishments, the response was surprise and bemusement. She actually said that the honor was enough – not sending out an announcement would be just fine with her. The most amazing people are the ones that do not see themselves that way.
Please congratulate our October Faculty of the Month – Alison Kuehner, Professor, English Department, Gender and Women's Studies Department.
September 2013 Faculty of the Month
Head Athletic Trainer
Guessing Game Called “Who is this person?”
- An expert in the following:
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(Sound it out, you’ll figure it out!) No? Okay, more hints:
A member of the Rose Bowl teams in 1997 (Arizona State) & 2000 (Stanford), Final Four men's basketball in 1998 (Stanford) & National Champions in men's tennis in 2000 (Stanford).
Currently the Athletic Trainer Spotter for the NFL as part of concussion management program and injury video review system at all Oakland Raider home games. (Go Raiders!)
Native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduate of the University of Iowa. Once a Hawkeye – always a Hawkeye!
Admired by colleagues and students for dedication, enthusiasm, positive attitude, willingness to go the extra mile (or ten!), concern for others, a good heart, a warm smile, a humble spirit in spite of all his amazing accomplishments and abilities
Spends any spare time in activities such as officiating high school football games in Santa Clara County, serving on the Managing Board for California Athletic Trainers' Association as Region 2 Bay Area Director, and serving as Athletic Training Representative for the Coast Conference to the California Community College Athletic Trainers' Associations (this is an incomplete list, but you get the idea, right? Spare time? Really?)
Considers himself to be the luckiest man in the world because he has been married for 15 years to Katie, a Firefighter/Paramedic/Hazardous Materials/Special Operations/Urban Search & Rescue professional for the Santa Clara County Fire Department, a lady who, in his words—rocks!!
The proud father of two sons – Tyler, 11, and Ryan, 9. Both excel in tae kwon do, play on travel baseball teams from Morgan Hill and get way good grades in school – sounds as if they take after both of their exceptional parents! Oh, and again, in that spare time, he coaches for Ryan's team
Is beginning his 6th year here as Head Athletic Trainer/Associate Professor in Kinesiology after stints as Assistant Athletic Trainer at Miami (Ohio) University and Arizona State University, Associate Head Athletic Trainer at Stanford University and Clinical Coordinator of Athletic Training at San Jose State University. Is Ohlone College lucky or what to get this guy – wow!
And, as an example of his caring, sharing spirit, is donating his Faculty of the Month Parking Space to K.G. Greenstein because the space was always taken up by someone else when she was the monthly recipient.
Who is he? Yes! Our own Jeff Roberts, CPR master, amazing athlete, incredible professional in his field (or court!), and all-around great faculty member.