This is the second in a series of Garfield Log stories.
The Garfield Log, a 5 ½-foot maple bench, made its debut on campus over the summer. Placed behind Hinsdale, in the heart of the campus, the log symbolizes President James Garfield’s vision for the perfect college. The connection between teachers and students was important to Garfield, who once referred to a professor sitting at one end of a log and a student at the other as symbolic of the ideal college.
Alaina Seguin, a double major in communication and business management, joins her favorite teacher and her mentor, Aninda Shome, DBA, assistant professor of management, on the Garfield Log today. Shome, who watched Donald McFall, visiting assistant professor of accounting and financial management, install the log on the green last summer, is excited about what it represents for the campus.
“Hiram is incredible because the small class sizes allow us to talk with students about many things, in and out of the classroom. And the campus is beautiful,” Shome says, adding that the connections he has with his students are the best part about teaching.
It is clear that Shome and Seguin have a close bond. While sitting on the log, the two discuss everything from how Shome’s class inspired Seguin to pursue a business management major to stories of Seguin’s summer travels and her plans for the future. Seguin even shows her amused professor Snapchat filters on her phone. Laughing, Shome, who is from India, remarks that his students are always teaching him new things about cell phones and American culture.
Seguin comments that conversations like these are why she loves professors like Shome and the close nature of faculty and students at Hiram.
Shome says he is honored to be chosen to be a part of the “Garfield Log Series” and grateful to have classes at Hiram with students like Seguin. “This is the kind of student you get into teaching for. Students like Alaina, who are focused and committed, make me happy because they want to use my class to get somewhere in life,” he says.