Besides fantastic teachers, we count among our faculty four former Peace Corps volunteers, a Fulbright scholar, an Olympic soccer player, a bilingual writer, a rescue diver with 50 dives in five countries, published authors of poetry, fiction, and academic and scientific writing, and an almost-grandmaster chess player. Others have performed all sorts of interesting roles in countries spanning the continents. All teach with an enthusiasm their students can’t help catching.
Students gravitate to teachers with similar interests and develop lifelong relationships. One faculty member says fondly of his former students, “I’m in touch with a great many. Two of them I’m convinced will make significant contributions to theoretical physics.” Another teacher recently heard from an alum who proposed to his girlfriend at a waterfall the teacher had suggested visiting on a trip to Puerto Rico.