Division of Legal Studies – President’s and Dean’s Lists Event Dear ASA Community, Join us for our President’s and Dean’s Lists event. The Division of Legal Studies would like to congratulate our students from the Criminal Justice and Paralegal programs who have made the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 Semesters. At ASA we understand how hard our students work to balance school, job and family responsibilities, which makes this achievement all the more meaningful. When: Dec...
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After ASA College recently celebrated the literary accomplishments of professor Eileen Ressler at a full-house event held at the Manhattan campus, we had time to sit down with the prolific author and universally beloved professor to speak with her about her other passion – teaching. Here are a few excerpts from our conversation.
Interviewer: Could you tell me something about what keeps you energized as a teacher, (and how long have you been teaching)?
Professor Ressler: Since graduating with an MFA from Brooklyn College, I’ve taught for over 30 years, over 12 at ASA. The start of every semester is always exciting because I meet some of the most resourceful, dedicated people on earth – my students. They energize the classroom with their ideas, their challenges and their willingness to participate. Every class feels like a lively collaboration. We work together as they deliver speeches, critique literature and share their own stories.
Interviewer: Could you tell me about a noteworthy student or two (an anecdote) whom you had this semester or last semester?
Professor Ressler: So many – last year In English Comp 1, Joseph Amon Komagum, an international student from Uganda, shared his personal narrative in “Stolen Childhood.” He wrote about the war in his country, and the hardship of being forced to fight in the military as a child. He also wrote about his escape at age 16, and his journey back to wellness that has led him to his studies in the medical field and his new life in the United States.
Embracing the importance of his message, he generously visited all my Comp 1 classes to read his powerful and inspiring story. With such respect and appreciation for his courage, my students interviewed him. It’s students, or shall I say teachers, like Joseph, who have humbled me and kept my belief in humanity – and the power of literature – to keep us united.
Interviewer: Lastly, what is teaching to you?
Professor Ressler: Writing and literature have been a consistent source of pleasure for me. It’s been an honor to share that passion with my students – cracking open stories, poems and plays and listening to their interpretations; encouraging them to be authentic in their own writing; teaching them the skill sets that they need to be effective writers and editors of their work. And showing them how to keep the creative spirit alive!
You can learn more about her book collection and also purchase them by visiting her website: www.emerwin.com
Conversation Club Dear ASA students, join us for our Conversation Club! This is a free group meeting for our ESL students from levels B, C & D, who do not speak English as their first language. You can improve your English knowledge, meet new people, and practice speaking in a relaxed environment. You are welcome to join us from the comfort of your own home. (Your family members and Pets are also welcome!). 🙂 Host: Professor Darius Saczuk When: Every Monday, from...
Grammar Club Dear ASA students, join us for our Grammar Club! Our Grammar Club helps ESL students from levels A & B practice basic grammar and communication skills through fun activities. Host: Professor Lucy Sedhom When: Every Thursday, starting on 12/3/2020, from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. For more information, please email Elena Akbacheva at email@example.com.