I am pleased and also saddened to
announce that I have retired from teaching. This day arrived quite
a bit sooner than I thought it would, but I am glad it is here.
After 40 years of teaching, it is time for me to enjoy life and do some
other things such as catch up on my hunting and fishing, reading,
travel, and other things I enjoy.
I will miss all of my students and some
of my colleagues. You, my students, were what kept me young and
inspired! I was challenged by your inquisitiveness and amazed by
some of the excuses you could come up with! It was always a joy
and a pleasure to share a classroom with you.
I do want to take a moment and thank an
educator who had a profound influence on my education career at Valdosta
State University... that person is Dr. F. D. Toth, former Dean of the
College of Education at VSU. Although Dr. Toth has held a number
of high level positions in education, he will always be "Dean" to me.
Thank you Dr. Toth for your sage counsel and advice and the good times
we shared... even some of the bad times were funny as hell and I often
tell some of the stories that arose from some of those times. Dr.
Toth hired me away from Erskine College in South Carolina and it was an
honor and privilege to serve with him at VSU. I count him as one
of my dearest friends.
I also want to thank my long time mentor
and friend, Dr. Quentin A. Christian. Dr. Christian took me as a
raw instructor in higher education and taught me how to teach and make
all my classes fun and exciting! I modeled a great deal of my
teaching style after Dr. Christian and it worked wonderfully for me.
Dr. C is probably the most talented man I know. He is a
calligrapher, artist, painter, and creator of wonderful things. He
served as president of AAHPERD and was the executive director of both
Texas AHPERD and California AHPERD. I consider myself fortunate
and lucky to not only know Dr. C, but to have the opportunity to shadow
him and learn about life from him. Our profession is better
because of your contributions.
To my colleagues, I will miss some of you
and to the others I'm really glad to be moving on! No need to name
names since I'm sure you all know where you fall. I strived to be
a good colleague by helping some of you write papers, prepare tenure and
promotion materials, serving on various committees, helping with
computer and technology problems, and etc. For those of you who
appreciated my help and told me so... you are more than welcome; for
those of you who got what you could from me with little or no
acknowledgment, well you can just
kiss my lily white
I will continue to live in Valdosta for a
while, but my plans are to eventually move to Montana and live on a
small ranch. If you are in Valdosta please feel free to come by
the house and visit. If some one different is living there, then
you will have to come to Montana to see me!
I wish each of you the best and hope you
achieve all of your goals and dreams.
Dr. Stan Andrews
4511 Golden Oaks Drive
Valdosta, GA 31602