By Dean Tim Holt, Special to Horizons
The College of Aviation is pleased to welcome both new and returning students for the start of academic year 2019-2020. We hope that each of you have had a great summer!
As teachers, we believe the fundamental goal of teaching is to foster learning. This takes place in many different circumstances and contexts, keeping in mind that a student’s desire to learn can be a vital pre-condition to effectively mastering new concepts and skills. Our job, as educators, is to help create the atmosphere that fosters learning. We serve in this role because we have a passion for guiding students through the learning process, in addition to a passion for the material we present. One of the best ways to foster learning is to demonstrate those feelings to our students. We encourage learning by creating a relaxed environment for students, stimulating conversation about concepts being presented, and organizing material in the way that makes it easiest to understand. We treat subject matter as interconnected, emphasizing that everything you are learning fits together into a holistic understanding of the industry, from which you may develop your personal experiences.
One of the most important concepts we hope to impart to our students is that learning is a process that never ends. For us, the learning process includes improving ourselves professionally, which is key to the term “life-long learner.”
I ask you all to assist us by taking ownership of your learning. Be your own advocate! By being your own advocate, you have an understanding of your program, where you are in it, and what is expected as you move forward. Additionally, as a college we continually look for program and process improvement. Please reach out to your College SGA representative, Dylan Horan, with your thoughts or if you would like to serve on our college Student Advisory Board. If you have questions or concerns, let us know, as every member of this college is here for you.
Our College Academic Advisor Merrie Heath is available, as are your Faculty Advisors, to help address your needs. I’m also very happy to announce that we now have a second Academic Advisor, Stacey McIntire, to help assist with any flight questions and advising requirements. She is located in the Flight Department spaces, Bldg. F6/#104.
Be safe, and please stop in and say Hi! You can find me in the Dean’s Suite (AC1/#232), and my door is always open.