Happy Purim Jewish people around the world celebrate the Festival of Purim today to honor the survival of the Jewish people under ancient Persian rule. Purim is one of the most entertaining Jewish holidays and has a carnival-like atmosphere. The celebrations start this evening and end in the evening tomorrow.
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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
ASA students, faculty, and staff – we are a community that honors and values the achievements of our heroes. Now is the time to honor the 2020 graduates of our Nursing Program by taking a moment to observe their Pinning Ceremony. The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is a notable nursing school tradition. It signifies the graduates’ official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses. In 2020, a year with so many challenges, this ceremony takes on greater significance. Our Nursing graduates have...
The University Eye Center is providing “free” vision screenings on the following dates: Monday March 1st from 1pm to 3pm Monday April 5 from 2pm to 4pm Monday May 24 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Thursday June 10 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Monday August 23 from 9:30am to 11:30am Tuesday September 14 from 4pm to 6pm Tuesday November 9 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Please be advised that these are Vision Screenings not Eye Exams however, Infants under 18 months can have a complete eye exam done for free instead of a screening...