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Bajema’s students come through

Dr. Duane Bajema had a gratifying experience this semester. His Tuesday morning upper-level class of sixteen students scheduled to meet at 8:00 a.m. included a number of students who wanted to take the class but had conflicts with other courses. On the first day of class, students often try to negotiate changing the meeting time—an impossibility with sixteen students.

“After much discussion, we decided that we had three options—meet at the regularly scheduled time and say, ‘That’s the way it is,’  meet in the two free half-hour time slots in the schedule on Tuesday and Thursday, or lastly, meet at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday.”

Bajema asked the students to vote by e-mail. Twelve students voted for 6:30 a.m. and made comments like “If I can help someone else, I am willing to meet at 6:30 a.m.”

“I appreciated the servant spirit,” Bajema says.