Brehm, Ann

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I grew up in Vermont and still have many ties to Brattleboro which is about 45 minutes from here. We moved to Harrisville about two years ago and I love the quiet. I have worked in education and technology for many years. I appreciate being in an environment where I learn new things everyday. I have three children, including a Dublin student, and two Boston terriers.

What book has made you think the most? So many to choose from... I recently re-read the short story "The Great Stone Face" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I had read it as a kid and back then there was a magical quality to it enhanced by the fond memories I had of traveling to the White Mountains with my parents and seeing The Old Man in the Mountain.

My father told of how his grandfather had worked on the face to shore it up even back then. When I read the story last month, I had the pleasure of reliving those childhood memories. The story also brought to mind this year's presidential race and the notion of how easy it is for people to get caught up in superficial matters rather than substantial ones. Dublin's school's motto of “truth and courage" reminds us to look deeper, ask questions, and decide for ourselves what we believe. We live in the shadow of a different mountain, but we strive to be the best version of ourselves.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I have been fortunate to have and known many fine teachers. I think the educator who had the strongest impact is my high school drama teacher Bob Smatresk. He was the first one who saw me as an individual and realized that my curiosity extended well beyond the classroom. He offered books and performances that expanded my thinking. We had the most exciting discussions about themes and what worked or didn't work and that lit a spark in me that has never gone out. I try to see the unique qualities in each of our students and I can thank him for that.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Caring, practical and tenacious.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I guess I have three favorites. The dining hall at lunchtime because there is a great energy and sense of camaraderie, the porch of the boathouse in late afternoon because I love the light playing on the water, and last but not least, the bot cave in lower Lehman in February, where all the creative engineering makes me smile!

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? Naturally I understand that there are small mistakes that people make all of the time. But I believe that the path of life is long. Sometimes you go in a direction you have planned out, but you end up in a place that you didn't expect. Is that a mistake? Or is it an opportunity to learn about myself and others that I might not have encountered without the side trip. I am the result of all of my experiences and that in and of itself is a positive outcome.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Nordic skiing of course!

Harrison, Jeff

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B.A. Plymouth State College

BA Plymouth State College

I grew up in Vernon Connecticut the fifth boy in a family of  eight. Family has always been a big part of my life. The sense of community here at Dublin was one of the main reason I went  from being a computer consultant at Dublin, to working full time here and finally living on campus. I can't think of a  better place to live and raise my own three kids. 

What book has made you think the most? The easy answer is any high level programming book I've read.  If I had to pick a non-technical book I would have to choose   between "The Speed of Dark" and "A Tale of Two Cities". I  remember "A Tale of Two Cities" as being the first book I read in school that I actually wanted to analyze and look closer at.  "The Speed of Dark" is a Science Fiction tale about a person with Autism and was written by an author who son is Autistic.  Having a number of relatives with disorders in the Autism spectrum, I found this book to be very thought provoking.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your  
superpowers to be?
 The power to heal others. 

If your life had a theme song, what would it be? This hasn't changed for me since I picked it for my high school  quote. "You can't always get what you want" by the Rolling  Stones. 

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they  
special?  
One of my College Professors. He wasn't the best teacher I ever had but he probably had the most impact. His philosophy of education being a journey has stuck with me. 

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people.  
Who would you choose and why?
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell.  Just imagine the ideas that would come out if these three  
people were in the same room together. 

 

Kennedy, William PHD

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PhD Loyola University of Chicago

William ("Dr. Bill") Kennedy earned a doctorate in Biochemistry/Biophysics in 1980 and continued his career as a research scientist at Washington University and at the University of Illinois studying the biochemistry of mammalian reproduction. He published several papers in internationally recognized academic journals through the 1980's.

Then the PC revolution came along. Swept up by the chance to participate in an emerging technology, Dr. Bill and his wife, Jeanne Dietsch, started a software company in the early '90s, creating computer-based games and educational programs. Which brought them to Peterborough, NH, home through the '90s to some of the best computing magazines in the world. While helping raise two children, Dr. Bill worked his way up from technical editor to editor-in-chief of International Data Group's A+ Publishing division, before the magazines moved west in the late '90s.

Newly familiar with the world of publishing, Dr. Bill tuned his attention to books and consequently co-authored what became one of O'Reilly & Associates' all-time best-selling books, HTML: The Definitive Guide. Translated into over 13 languages, the sixth edition of the book is in progress. True to their motto, Life by Improvisation, Dr. Bill and Jeanne saw another emerging technology come their way early in the 21st century: robotics. They launched MobileRobots from their kitchen table and within two years began manufacturing an intelligent mobile platform for AI research worldwide. Seeing opportunities for their robots in commercial and industrial applications, they merged the company with a larger, more established robotics (fixed arm) concern in 2010 and subsequently retired the following year. Dr. Bill now teaches Physical Sciences at Dublin School.

What book has made you think the most?: Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadtler

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: Ability to disappear.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: My Way. (Paul Anka's English lyrics to the melody of a French song "Comme d'habitude", composed by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux.)

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: The late Dr. John Evans at the Upjohn research labs introduced me to the real world of chemistry and science, teaching me the thrill of laboratory experimentation.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: Skeptical of everything.

You are hosting a dinner party and must invite 3 famous people. Who would you choose and why?:Einstein (Bertrand Russell's book about him launched my life-long fascination with physics), Benjamin Franklin (he was truly an incredible intellect, scientist and entrepreneur) and Archimedes (my kind of crazy scientist)

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?:Seriously? John Travolta (HA!, now that would be something)

 

Tullio, Tom

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B.A. Wesleyan University

I was born in New Jersey, spent my teenage years in Louisville, KY, and found my way to New England for college. My experience at Wesleyan University was so fulfilling I extended my stay, working primarily with the University Relations office on technology projects in the early days of the internet. My next engagement was 5 years of fast-paced corporate IT consulting in central Massachusetts, which was followed by 12 years as the Instructional Technologist at nearby Franklin Pierce University. There, I had the opportunity to teach Web Design and Web Programming courses, and work alongside my wife in the Mass Communications department on numerous TV studio productions and university webcasts.

I'm very glad to have found my way to Dublin for a new academic adventure, where my son has already enjoyed a successful freshman year.

What book has made you think the most? Non-fiction: How to Read a Film by James Monaco
Fiction: Dune by Frank Herbert

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? In college, professor Ron Cameron took a subject I had no prior interest in and, with the sheer force of his overwhelming enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge, turned it into an engaging and eye-opening experience. He demonstrated that "love of teaching" is as real and powerful as "love of learning."

Honorable mention though must go to my 7th-grade math teacher, Mr. Domeraski, who sat me in front of my middle school's very first personal computer (an Apple II) and gave me free reign to explore. Thanks, Mr. D!

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Myth & Ideology in the Western, a film class taught by Richard Slotkin. It was a fascinating exploration into the historical and cultural context of America's oldest film genre, and one of the courses that convinced me to change my major.

If I had a free afternoon I would... attempt to improve something. I say that in the broadest sense, since it could mean organizing, cataloging, building, coding, gardening, or even cleaning!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Enjoying the tranquility of nature -- particularly kayaking and camping with my family.