Former student of Glenn Ellis
Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year
Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel
Nov. 15, 2007
Good Afternoon. My name is Linda Sorto and I graduated from Smith College this past May, with a double major in engineering sciences and Spanish. It is my great honor to be here this afternoon to introduce a professor who deserves great respect and admiration and who will carry this title with honor: Professor Glenn Ellis.
My words of introduction express sentiments widely conveyed by students and engineering faculty at Smith College: that Professor Ellis is an excellent professor. I have always believed that while for many, teaching is a profession, for a select few it is also a gift. It is clear to me that Professor Ellis possesses this gift and I consider myself lucky to know it from personal experience.
A gifted teacher is not the one who tells students that 1+1=2. A gifted teacher presents concepts efficiently and effectively. To me, this means introducing them clearly, supported by examples, and highlighting important points that tie concepts into the big picture. Most importantly, a gifted teacher's students walk away from class knowing that they learned the core knowledge of the day's lesson. And as a student, let me tell you that this is the most rewarding feeling.
I maintain that all it takes to learn the lesson of the day is to sit down and pay attention during Professor Ellis's class. Key to his teaching success is the clarity and conciseness of his lessons. Every day they attend his classes, students learn the material, even when they are mentally "not there" because of working late into the night on difficult homework.
His influence doesn't end in the classroom, however. Professor Ellis continues inspiring his students after they complete his courses. Here's an example from my own experience. I can tell you that after taking Professor Ellis's Solid Mechanics class the majority of my classmates decided they wanted to pursue a concentration in Engineering Mechanics, and so did I.
Two minutes are definitely not enough to talk about Professor Glenn Ellis and his eminent work as a teacher, but I have to stop before I exceed my time. Thank you very much to all of you for your attention and for your support to Professor Ellis in this well-deserved award. Now I leave the floor to my role model, Professor Glenn Ellis.
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