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  • When Stacey Durham graduated from Bryant & Stratton College in 1999, she said her instructors inspired her to continue learning and working toward her bachelors. When she returned to campus as a recruiter for a local company, she had the chance to network and mingle with the same directors and instructors she looked up to as a student. It was a different dynamic than she was used to from her time as a student at Bryant & Stratton. Coming in as an outsider, though one with an intimate kn...

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  • After 25 years practicing law, instructor Michael Geary said being in the classroom “is a joy.” “If I had known how much fun teaching was I would have started long before,” Geary said. “This is my place. This is my element.” Geary, who teaches classes in the paralegal, criminal justice and health and human services programs at Bryant & Stratton College, said the rush he feels when presenting in front of a courtroom is very similar to how it feels to teac...

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  • When Mary Pat Rohde began her own college career, she wasn’t sure what to major in. Her counselor reminded her that she also needed to add a math class, a subject that Rohde excelled in during high school. When Rohde selected calculus as her freshman level math choice, the counselor took notice. You know, you can major in math, she said. So Rohde majored in math. And now as an instructor at Bryant & Stratton College’s Wauwatosa Campus in Wisconsin, she helps her own students s...

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  • Patricia Morris has a solid piece of advice for students: study what you love, but have a backup plan. At Bryant & Stratton College Morris teaches philosophy and critical thinking, a career path that began with a subject she loved. “When you are young and foolish you get a degree you love with no practical purpose,” she says with a laugh. “I have a master’s in religious studies and philosophy. I love it but both are not money makers.” Lucky for Bryant & St...

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  • Students in every degree program funnel into Jenny Heilborn’s Psychology 101 and Sociology 101 classes. Many students may wonder how the emotions based studies will serve them in a technology driven world. Heilborn said understanding both yourself and others is a key component of understanding how the world works. “I think for most students, especially those going into the human services field, it is a good idea to understand not just ourselves but where other people are coming from...

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  • Before you can win the job you want, you have to know how to get it. In career development courses at Bryant & Stratton College, students learn just that. Instructor Holly Klingler, M.A., M.L.I.S., said she begins the semester by helping her students build a framework for their career motivation. “What is their motivator? Why are they motivated toward the field they are in? What are those motivating factors?” she said.   “We want to create an awareness for why they a...

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  • Patricia Morris says most students wait until the very last moment to take her course. Philosophy, critical thinking, ethics and reasoning, all part of PHIL250, is a course she says that students say they fear.  “Logic is hard. You have to consider questions that you might not want to know the answers to, like, where am I going in the afterlife,” Morris said. “If I can get students to relax and have that discussion they usually find they enjoy it.” But many student...

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  • College is all about sharing ideas, considering different points of view and understanding others. And then, students stumble into the landmine filled class post of a controversial subject. Tempers can flare. Feelings can be hurt. What is the best way to navigate an online discussion for a potentially volatile subject? Remember that college is about sharing ideas, considering different points of view and understanding others. “I really tend to think students here support each other and...

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  • Jenny Heilborn stands in awe of her students. She loves working with them. She is proud of their achievements. Her admiration is one of the first items on the syllabus she hands to each student. It reads, “I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to teach and learn with students who are juggling what each of you are: other jobs, families, and BSC all at the same time. I admire your dedication and drive!  My goal is to support you so that you can be successful through your academic...

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  • Jessica Bland sees her role at Bryant & Stratton College as much more than an instructor. Rather, her goal is to light the flame that motivates her students to succeed. In her welcome packet to students she quotes William Butler Yeats to summarize her teaching philosophy: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but he lighting of a fire.” She tells students that her goal is not simply for them to recite facts verbatim, but to develop a passion for learning and embrace their cal...

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