Academic journal article Honors in Practice

Sam's Challenge

Academic journal article Honors in Practice

Sam's Challenge

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I remember many things about the remarkable Sam Schuman. The quality I most appreciated, though, was his humility While many of us feel compelled to call attention to ourselves, Sam had the self-possession that comes from smarts and accomplishment, so there was no need for him to make a fuss in front of others.

A few years back, he and I found ourselves early to one NCHC session and we were being questioned by a new honors director about whether it was worth the expense of bringing students to the conference. Sam, who had forgotten more about higher education than I'll ever know, deferred to me. I launched into a passionate defense of how much students could learn at NCHC--how they develop as leaders, network among academics, present papers, connect with students from other programs, challenge themselves in new environments, and so on. I suspect I was showing off just a bit for Sam. Once I had finished, the new director turned to Sam for his opinion on the matter. Sam pointed at me and said simply, "What he said."

That anecdote reminds us also that Sam cared deeply about students. Whenever he was available, he volunteered to chair one of the Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel sessions at our national conference. Even though he held many important administrative positions, he enjoyed being with students and urging them on during the learning process. …

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