Get to Know the Honors 101 Professors

October 11, 2019

 

      As first-year students in the Honors Program, all students take Honors 101. This class, which meets twice a week at the beautiful time of  8:20 in the morning, is a class through which students learn about and focus on building community through readings, discussions, and field trips. This year, there are several new professors teaching this course. In order for the Honors community to get to know these wonderful people, they have been asked a few questions, questions that were made by a few of the first-year Honors students that they teach:

 

What’s your name? 

John Raacke

 

Where are you from? 

New Orleans, LA

 

 

What do you generally teach? 

I am a psychologist who has taught courses in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Behavior.

 

Why did you decide to become a professor? 

I did not start off wanting to be a professor. Rather, I was more interested in being a researcher at a large Division I school. Fortunately, after teaching my first course as a graduate student, I was hooked on the interaction with students and their desire to learn. This completely changed my direction in academics.

 

Why did you choose to teach Honors 101? 

This is my first semester at SNC and I was asked to teach this course in early August. Having relocated to the area for my spouse’s new job, I jumped at the chance to get in front of students when asked.

 

What do you do when you’re not teaching? 

I pretty much take care of the household for my family. I do all the cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring of kids, etc. I live with three women and I just do what they tell me to do.

 

What is your favorite thing about St. Norbert? About the Honors program? 

My favorite thing about SNC is the campus and the campus community. The unique opportunities and events on a campus this size is impressive. My favorite thing about the Honors program are the students. My section of students are pretty great…so far!

 

Do you have a favorite memory from your years as a student? What is it? 

I have a lot of favorite memories but most I cannot share for this project. All of my memories are pretty impactful because I still haven’t left college.

 

Do you have any advice for the first years? 

Get out and try things. This is the time to do dumb things and go on new adventures. Life is going to come at you fast, so get out there and take full advantage of all the things that lay before you now.

 

If you were a cookie, what type would you be? Why? 

I’d be a chocolate chip cookie from the Yacht Club at Disney World in Orlando because…it’s DISNEY and that’s awesome!

 

What’s your favorite book? 

I know it should be something academic but any Potter book and Bill Simmon’s The Book of Basketball

 

Are you a cat or a dog person? 

Dog, no contest.

 

If you could only ever eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Shrimp Po-Boy from Johnny’s Po-Boys in New Orleans.

 

What’s your favorite useless fun fact?

It’s a correlation! There is a strong positive correlation between the number of new Nicolas

Cage movies and drowning deaths in the US each year. The more Cage movies, the more

drowning deaths in the US. Bottom line… someone stop Nic Cage from putting out movies… haha.

 

Do you like puns? If so, do you have a favorite?

I’m not much of a pun guy but I do like memes!

 

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What’s your name? 

Alexa Trumpy

 

Where are you from? 

All over - Born in Milwaukee, WI, moved to Evanston, IL, moved to Brookfield, WI, moved to Knoxville, TN, moved to Chattanooga, TN, moved to Chapel Hill, NC, moved to Naperville, IL, went to college in Indiana, grad school in Ohio, and then moved to Green Bay to work at SNC. 

 

What do you generally teach? 

Sociology courses - Intro, Social Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Social Movements

 

Why did you decide to become a professor? 

I loved college, loved teaching and learning, loved talking about sociology, and being a professor seemed like a pretty good gig. 

 

Why did you choose to teach Honors 101? 

Pass (explanation is long and boring)

 

What do you do when you’re not teaching? 

I’m pretty into fitness (I taught cycling, weight lifting, and plyometrics classes when I was in grad school). Now I like doing barre and yoga and walking. I’m also a big reader. I especially like British mysteries (The Likeness by Tana French and The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware are two of my current favorites). And I’m very into movies and TV (currently obsessed with Succession on HBO). Plus I have a dog, a husband, and a daughter who is 1.5 years old so I spend a lot of time with them, going on walks, hanging out outside (“oww-shide” as my daughter would say), and reading Dr. Suess. I also love to cook and bake. 

 

What is your favorite thing about St. Norbert? About the Honors program? 

I think my favorite thing about SNC is all of the friendships that have come out of working here. Some of my closest friends are my colleagues. I’m not sure what my favorite thing about the Honors program is yet, but so far I have been very impressed by the students’ level of engagement. 

 

If you were a cookie, what type would you be? Why?

I would be “The Consummate Chocolate Chip Cookie” (Created by Deb Perlman of Smitten Kitchen fame, adapted from David Leite’s famous New York Times cookie recipe). It’s the best cookie, in my opinion. The perfect blend of salty and sweet. Sophisticated and complex but not too fussy or difficult or inaccessible. SO those all seem like good things to be. 

 

What’s your favorite book? 

Could not pick, but some favorites are The Likeness (Tana French), Luckiest Girl Alive (Jessica Knoll), Night Film (Marisha Pessl), and Naked (David Sedaris)

 

Are you a cat or a dog person? 

Both but I’m allergic to cats so can’t be around them too long. 

 

If you could only ever eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Perfectly ripe peeled and sliced mango

 

If you could solve one major problem in the world, what would it be? 

Unnecessary inequality

 

What’s your favorite useless fun fact? 

Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid. 

 

Do you like puns? If so, do you have a favorite?

More of a corny joke than a pun but . . . What do you call cheese that’s not yours? Nacho cheese

 

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What’s your name? 

Joel Mann

 

Where are you from? 

Arizona/Texas

 

What do you generally teach? 

Philosophy and classics: Greek stuff

 

Why did you decide to become a professor? 

Seemed like a great alternative to prison. Jury's still out.

 

Why did you choose to teach Honors 101? 

Choose?

 

What do you do when you’re not teaching? 

Grading.

 

What is your favorite thing about St. Norbert? About the Honors program? 

I'm always impressed by how many Honors students come to college just because they love learning. They don't even care about grades.

 

Do you have a favorite memory from your years as a student? What is it? 

My senior thesis presentation.

 

Do you have any advice for the first years? 

Work on object permanence and do your best with solid foods.

 

If you were a cookie, what type would you be? Why? 

Girl Scout cookie Caramel Delight. For obvious reasons.

 

What’s your favorite book? 

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality.

 

Are you a cat or a dog person? 

Allergic to cats.

 

If you could only ever eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Vegan protein smoothie.

 

If you could solve one major problem in the world, what would it be? 

Suffering.

 

What’s your favorite useless fun fact? 

Nothing is useless.

 

Do you like puns? If so, do you have a favorite? 

See 4 and 9 above.

 

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 What’s your name?  

John Hennecken

 

Where are you from? 

Short answer is Augusta, Georgia. I was born in Connecticut, lived in Texas for a short time, then lived in Georgia from age 5 onward. My family moved to New York when I was in 3rd grade then back to Georgia a year later. I then pretty much lived in Georgia until I moved up to St. Norbert.

 

What do you generally teach? 

Music Composition, Theory, and History

 

Why did you decide to become a professor? 

Becoming a professor is a common career path for classical composers. It was a goal of mine from the first year of college. Teaching gives me a chance to help students on a daily basis, which is really important because it can take much longer to accomplish anything in composition. 

 

 

Why did you choose to teach Honors 101? 

I thought it would be interesting to teach a course that is structured much differently from my music theory classes. I am hoping to learn new pedagogical methods to apply to my music classes. In addition, I was looking forward to working with the most dedicated, hardworking students at SNC.

 

What do you do when you’re not teaching? 

I mostly prepare to teach, grade papers, compose music, work out, and eat. Recently, I have been working on cooking, especially grilling steak and cheeseburgers. I am also getting married in November, and those preparations take some time.

 

Do you have a favorite memory from your years as a student? What is it? 

Conducting a piece that I wrote for my college wind ensemble as a senior.

 

Do you have any advice for the first years? 

Well, take it or leave it, but in my opinion: Focus and commit to what you are working on with unrelenting, borderline insane intensity (that's an ideal that I aspire to). Commitment will lead to a passion for what you are doing that will sustain you even when the work is painful, tedious, or exhausting. A considerable portion of anything you choose to do will not be fun, but if you keep your eye on your personal vision for the future, you may learn to love the process. Be a self-starter, and don't depend on anyone to keep you going––no one should need to encourage you. Have a proactive mindset, and don't wait around to be told what to do next. 

 

If you were a cookie, what type would you be? 

I love cookies, particularly chocolate-chip and sugar cookies, but I would not want to be one. I also can't get enough cake. 

 

Are you a cat or a dog person? 

Dog. I've never liked cats.

 

If you could only ever eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Italian food. 

 

If you could solve one major problem in the world, what would it be? 

Tough question. I admit that as a composer, I can sometimes have a "problem-solving complex", in the sense that my work does not really address a survival need. If I could live a parallel life, I'd probably be a medical doctor so I could solve more tangible problems on a daily basis. However, I hope my music is a positive thing for performers and audiences. If I'm successful, it could have a meaningful impact long after I'm gone. I hope it adds to the things in the world that make it worth solving problems. 

 

Do you like puns? 

I'm pretty neutral on puns.


 

 

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