OBU Blogabout- Favorite Professor

Today’s Ouachita Baptist University Blogabout topic is favorite professor.

Well, like most things about Ouachita, I have more than one favorite. Actually this was pretty difficult to choose. Was it Dr. Steve Phillips (Speech Comm) who made me appreciate the art of public speaking? Was it Dr. Duvall who made me delve deeper into my faith during a class on Spiritual Formation? Was it Dr. Motl who finally made history come alive? Was it Dr. Ozmun who taught Communication Law (the HARDEST class I took at OBU) and made me study my butt off and EARN that A?

Well, while all those professors were great, and had a major impact on me while at OBU, I have chosen my favorite. And in this case, my favorites come in a pair.

Dr. Jeff Root and Dr. Deborah Root.

Dr. Jeff Root (Or Dr. Mr. Root as I would sometimes distinguish them) was the head of the Mass Comm department, and he was also my professor for Into to Mass Comm, where I solidified that I did enjoy Mass Communications and wanted to continue learning about it.

Dr. Deb, or Dr. Mrs. Root, was my advisor and a great mentor, as well as my teacher for many classes, from feature writing, publication design, and media ethics and many more.

They are a fantastic couple. They both have tons of experience and knowledge in the field, but that isn’t why I love them. I love them because they are so personable. They wanted to know me, not just in the classroom, but outside of it. They wanted to keep up with what I did over the summer, what my interests were (so that they could help me grow). In fact, Dr. Mr. Root gave me a great opportunity senior year by asking me to be the newspaper advertising manager. Dr. Mrs. Root let me write for the yearbook even though I didn’t need the work-study experience.

They opened their home to us, having Oscar watch parties, Christmas parties (which always included yummy sugar cookies!), and we even went over there to watch movies for class! I remember going to their house to watch a silent film for Intro to Mass Comm.

They let us into their lives, telling us about the stadium seats in their living room, which came from the old auditorium on Ouachita’s campus (where I think they had a first date or something?). They told us about their love story, and let us get to know their beautiful daughter Abby, who we enjoyed singing High School Musical with in the yearbook office. They bought us pizza on deadline nights. They did so much for us.

In the classroom, they were AMAZING at making the content interesting and relevant. I never felt like I was a butt in a seat in their classes. I was there to be a sponge and soak up every valuable piece of information they threw at me.

They were so much more than professors, more than mentors even. They were part of my Ouachita story and I will forever be grateful for not only the lessons they taught me in the classroom, and the doors they opened for me, but also for the kindness they extended to me during my time there. Thanks Drs. Root!

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