|Faculty share life stories
RELEASED: March 28, 2002
DANVILLE, KY-Centre College prides itself on having professors who are accessible to students. Centre students recently learned of a faculty member who loves horses and another who met his wife at a mini-marathon.
These details were shared recently in the "Life Stories" convocation at Centre's Norton Center for the Arts. "Life Stories" is an annual event sponsored by the Centre Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership organization.
Jennifer McMahon, assistant professor of philosophy, and David Anderson, associate professor of economics, told their life stories to the audience.
McMahon, who has taught at Centre since 1997, spoke of her upbringing in Saratoga, N.Y. She said Saratoga and Danville have similarities but also significant differences. Horses and the horse racing industry are the biggest similarities as Saratoga is home to Saratoga racetrack, which McMahon described as "the oldest and finest racetrack. Sorry, Keeneland." McMahon spoke of her "addiction" to horses and how she loves to ride.
McMahon earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Skidmore College in New York. She initially was a studio art major, but became interested in philosophy when taking a general education class at Skidmore.
McMahon holds master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Anderson, who has taught at Centre since 1992, said he was conceived in Calcutta, India. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and master's and doctoral degrees from Duke University.
A Duke Blue Devils basketball fan, Anderson once camped out for season tickets. But when he got to the window to order his tickets, the person before him had bought the last ones. He did get to see some games (and he was able to see the Blue Devils play recently in the NCAA Tournament) and in a stroke of good luck, later met his wife while a Duke student. They met at a half-marathon out west.
To learn more about these Centre faculty members and others, go to Centre's faculty Web page at http://www.centre.edu/web/academic/faculty/faculty.html.
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