The Fall, 2009 semester is now officially concluded. I hope students had as much fun in the courses as I did. We covered some great topics and had  lots of interesting discussions during the semester.

I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge a select group of students. In the interest of student confidentiality, I really can’t mention your names publicly. You know who you are because you received a note from me attached to your final grade for the semester in your chosen class. You small group of students achieved a significant milestone but may not realize how few have met that milestone. Specifically, you scored 100% on every assignment, quiz, project, and final exam. Yes, there were several students this semester in various classes I taught. I went back through my notes for the past decade that I have been teaching and have done a quick tally. Frankly, more people have walked on the surface of the moon than have achieved this milestone of a perfect score in one of my classes. If you are curious, I understand there are 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon. Yes, many students have gotten a grade of “A” in my classes, but most elect to take the final with minimal effort and get the course grade they have already earned. Only a very few pursue a perfect score on the final. So, congratulations to each of you. You know who you are. Keep up the great work.

I look forward to working with everyone in the spring semester. Enjoy the winter break and Happy Holidays to all.

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