Reflections from the Classroom

I spent most of last week in Lancaster, PA, teaching LSP 907 Team Dynamics to a cohort of 12 Ph.D. students. It was an energizing week with a great group of students who stayed engaged from start to finish. A few highlights:

  • One of the students, Tony Morales, was a Compassion child (sponsored by Compassion International) as a young boy in the Dominican Republic. He was the first graduate of Compassion’s Leadership Development program there and is now on staff with Compassion in the Dominican while he works toward his Ph.D. Here’s a picture of him giving a presentation to the class:

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  • Another one of our students was from Haiti and had previously served in the Haitian government before fleeing the country during Bill Clinton’s U.S. Presidency. He requested prayer for peaceful relations between Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic, then led the class in prayer — in Creole — for peace and that Tony might be instrumental in leadership in the D.R. to that end.
  • I had the opportunity to team-teach with Dr. Tommy Kiedis, pastor at Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, FL. I enjoyed getting to know him through this process. We worked together really well and I learned a lot from his teaching. In the photo below, he is explaining the power of teams by holding up a cable and telling the class that the Golden Gate Bridge is held up by two super-cables consisting of 27,952 of these smaller cables.

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  • On the last day of class, the students had us take a photo of them re-enacting Leonardo DaVinci’s “The Last Supper,” sans Jesus.  A rather random idea but impressive nonetheless:

photo 3(Click here for the real thing.)

  • Four years ago, I was a Ph.D. student at Southern and my cohort went to dinner at the home of one of our professors, Dr. Hal Pettegrew. Hal now directs the doctoral program at LBC and invited the current students to his home in Lancaster. It was a thrill to return to the Pettegrew residence, this time as a professor.
  • I had my first taste of Ethiopian food with my friends the Kollers. It was tasty and not as spicy or curry-flavored as Indian or Thai food. The food in the middle — a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes — is eaten with torn-off pieces of Injera, a traditional flatbread with a spongy texture. (The injera can be seen rolled up around the perimeter of the serving platter in the photo below.)

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Have I mentioned lately that I love what I do?

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