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In the year of the new millennium, Jerry's professional path crossed mine. Eleven years later, almost to the day, we mourn his passing. I salute him for having been an important mentor in my career, a man who was extremely generous with his professional knowledge and expertise, a man who touched the lives of thousands of students over several decades as a professor at Colorado State University.
By Noelle Chesley, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, firstname.lastname@example.org
"There is no question that Phyllis Moen is an important scholar. However I hope, through this article, that more people have an understanding of her great achievements as a mentor and a person, as well." ~Noelle Chesley
by Thomas Matta, with the collective reminiscences of brothers James and Dana
The significance of "mentoring moments" is not lost on teachers, coaches, parents, neighbors or anyone who is in a relationship with another. The key is for the potential mentors to be attuned to the moments and mentees--and for the mentees to search the mentors for the pearls of instruction, wisdom or skill. These moments are embedded in everyone's everyday life if we choose to seize them.
It dawned on me that when my relatives before me died, not only were their children out a father, but their grandchildren were out a grandfather. Where there is no father, for descendants, there is no grandfather.