What’s going on in the library while you’re gone for the summer? Painting, cleaning, fixing, and planning for fall! #ucla #powell via Instagram http://ift.tt/1po8j5H
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— Robert D. Skeels (@rdsathene)June 27, 2014
I’m excited beyond words. I got the call that I was accepted around 8:00PM. This time last year I had no degree, and was anxious about returning to UCLA to finish up what I had started eighteen years earlier. Turned out that I’m still on top of my game academically. Now with a UCLA B.A. in Classical Civilization in hand, I’m getting ready to start at the same law school that one of my closest mentors graduated from in 1974. Peoples College of Law is a very special place, and an integral part of my community. I’m ready for this next step that will allow me to apply both my Freireian praxis and my social justice principles on a whole new level.
I walked in my department’s ceremony on Saturday at Royce Hall. Had I known the esteemed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was going to speak on Friday, I would have opted to attend that Commencement as well. Congratulations to Dr. Schekman for his accomplishments, and to all of us in the UCLA Class of 2014. Go Bruins!
Abdul-Jabbar’s speech is from 1:11:20 to 1:15:55
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such a pretty campus (✿ ♥‿♥)
Class of 2014
Spring of 1991 I was a 26 year old transfer student. My first class was Classics 41—Survey of Latin Literature in Translation—with Professor Robert Gurval who was in his first year at UCLA. Currently the Chair of the UCLA Department, Professor Gurval was gracious enough to provide me guidance and encouragement upon my return to the university. I’m forever indebted to him for both his scholarship and friendship.
I had more courses with Professor Sarah Morris than any other professor during my academic career. Like Professor Gurval, she was one of my instructors during the early nineteen-nineties. The difference was that I also had one her courses (Classics 152A Ancient City: Greek World) in my final quarter of my return nineteen years later. Needing A letter grades in both of my last two classes to pull my GPA up, I averaged four hours a sleep a night that last quarter. The studying paid off, I got an A+ in her class and an A in Professor Mellor’s History of the Roman Empire course.
Both Professor Mario Telò and the quality of my fellow students in the Fall 2013 Classics 191 Capstone Seminar (Greek Novel) were absolutely amazing. This was my first course upon returning to the university after eighteen years, and it was very challenging. Talk about reigniting my passion for academia. Reading and discussing Longus, Heliodorus, and Achilles Tatius was something very special. As was having UCSB’s Professor Helen Morales as a guest facilitator for one of our sessions.