Who Comes to Eastern?
You’ve got to excuse professor DAVID MORRIS' exuberance.
He’s just moved to a natural scientist’s paradise. And
left the stress behind: teaching at three colleges…fifteen
hours a week on freeways…the Sierra Nevada at his back, and
no time to enjoy it, much less nurture his students. Today, when
Morris, a professor of geology and astronomy, isn’t in class,
he’s meeting one-on-one with students and inhaling the nature
that surrounds him. “How do I describe it? Pastoral, bucolic,
serene…I look at the mountains and smile.” As for the
academic environment, he declares it “very structured, very
safe…yet one that catalyzes people. Our students are pushed,
but not beyond their boundaries or what they’re capable of.” And,
he adds, the students are nice. “They’re more civilized,
more attentive, well-mannered. They come to class ‘bright-eyed
and bushy-tailed.’ They’re interested in learning, which
makes them interesting.” When the weekend comes, there’s
hiking and backpacking, geology and botany, bird watching, hunting,
fishing, and stargazing. “This,” Professor Morris says, “is
a fun place to be. There are more smilin’ people walking around
here than any place I’ve ever been!”
Who Else Comes to Eastern?