My former students?

In the “secret identity” post, “Cindy” outed herself as the former Cindy Evers, one of my former students. Others have shown up from time to time. Are any of you readers former students of mine? I realize that I passed so few of you that it is hardly likely. And yet, I’d love to hear if any of you have become contributing members of society. Have you, despite your fears at the time, found VOCATIONS into families, workplaces, the church, and the culture? Do you still remember anything at all that you learned in my classes?

Seriously, identify yourselves and tell me what you are doing these days. I’d be glad to hear from you.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.roundunvarnishedtale.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I had the pleasure of learning from you at a classical education conference one time–does that count? :-) And I would say that all of us who have read your books are honorary students, too.

    But I know that’s not quite what you were asking!

  • http://www.roundunvarnishedtale.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I had the pleasure of learning from you at a classical education conference one time–does that count? :-) And I would say that all of us who have read your books are honorary students, too.

    But I know that’s not quite what you were asking!

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com TKls2myhrt

    I am also a “student” of The Spirituality of the Cross and a conference or two!

  • http://bestronginthegrace.blogspot.com TKls2myhrt

    I am also a “student” of The Spirituality of the Cross and a conference or two!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy (Evers) Ramos

    So I inspired a Cranach post…that’s a real honor, Dr. Veith! At Concordia, I had your English Lit I and II and linguistics/history of the English language courses. While I’ve retained my appreciation for literature, I’ve been even more influenced by the things I’ve learned from you since college by reading your books. My favorites are The Spirituality of the Cross (which enlightened me about what it means to be a Lutheran, even though I’ve been one all my life) and God at Work (which cleared up a lot of things about my role in this world).

    I wish I had learned about the doctrine of vocation earlier. It would have helped me through my struggles to choose a career during college. I actually left Concordia for one semester to go to Martin Luther College, the WELS college of ministry. I had adopted the fallacy that the best way to serve God is as a full-time church worker, so I had to become a WELS teacher. Reality set in as I realized that I neither had a knack for nor particularly enjoyed teaching, so I had to give up that goal.

    After graduating from Concordia, I went to the University of Texas to study library and information science, no doubt influenced by Dr. Krenz’s love of books and libraries and Dr. Wilmeth’s love for Texas (the state, not UT). I worked at the LBJ Library and discovered that I had gotten it right this time, that librarian or archivist would be good vocations for me. I could have gone down the federal worker path and progressed as an archivist, but around this time my vocational focus shifted from career to family. When I got married, I dropped out of grad school and left my job at the LBJ Library to take a higher-paying job as a computer programmer, which I worked at for a few years until our first child came along. Then it was out of the workforce and into the home to raise the kids (two boys so far).

    By the way, you’ve won one more child for classical education. Our oldest will soon be starting kindergarten at Providence Academy in Green Bay, thanks largely to your influence and to the serendipity one of your commenters posting a link to the ACCS, which led me to discover that there is a classical Christian school nearby. Save a place for my son in the PHC class of 2025!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy (Evers) Ramos

    So I inspired a Cranach post…that’s a real honor, Dr. Veith! At Concordia, I had your English Lit I and II and linguistics/history of the English language courses. While I’ve retained my appreciation for literature, I’ve been even more influenced by the things I’ve learned from you since college by reading your books. My favorites are The Spirituality of the Cross (which enlightened me about what it means to be a Lutheran, even though I’ve been one all my life) and God at Work (which cleared up a lot of things about my role in this world).

    I wish I had learned about the doctrine of vocation earlier. It would have helped me through my struggles to choose a career during college. I actually left Concordia for one semester to go to Martin Luther College, the WELS college of ministry. I had adopted the fallacy that the best way to serve God is as a full-time church worker, so I had to become a WELS teacher. Reality set in as I realized that I neither had a knack for nor particularly enjoyed teaching, so I had to give up that goal.

    After graduating from Concordia, I went to the University of Texas to study library and information science, no doubt influenced by Dr. Krenz’s love of books and libraries and Dr. Wilmeth’s love for Texas (the state, not UT). I worked at the LBJ Library and discovered that I had gotten it right this time, that librarian or archivist would be good vocations for me. I could have gone down the federal worker path and progressed as an archivist, but around this time my vocational focus shifted from career to family. When I got married, I dropped out of grad school and left my job at the LBJ Library to take a higher-paying job as a computer programmer, which I worked at for a few years until our first child came along. Then it was out of the workforce and into the home to raise the kids (two boys so far).

    By the way, you’ve won one more child for classical education. Our oldest will soon be starting kindergarten at Providence Academy in Green Bay, thanks largely to your influence and to the serendipity one of your commenters posting a link to the ACCS, which led me to discover that there is a classical Christian school nearby. Save a place for my son in the PHC class of 2025!

  • http://www.prochristoetlibertate.blogspot.com Elizabeth Horst

    Dr. Veith,

    I’m not one of your former students… but perhaps I am a future student! I’ve been taking DL classes from PHC since Spring ’05 (with a break of two semesters in there somewhere) and Lord willing, I’ll go on campus in Fall ’09.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. All of your posts are thought provoking and encourage the reader to consider what his/her personal views are. Keep up the good work and may God bless you richly!

    Elizabeth Horst

  • http://www.prochristoetlibertate.blogspot.com Elizabeth Horst

    Dr. Veith,

    I’m not one of your former students… but perhaps I am a future student! I’ve been taking DL classes from PHC since Spring ’05 (with a break of two semesters in there somewhere) and Lord willing, I’ll go on campus in Fall ’09.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. All of your posts are thought provoking and encourage the reader to consider what his/her personal views are. Keep up the good work and may God bless you richly!

    Elizabeth Horst

  • LAJ

    A student only of your books, but I learned a great deal from “Reading Between the Lines” and “State of the Arts. The former I wish I had had at UW-Madison years ago when I was an English major. I especially loved your explanations of the paintings in the latter.

  • LAJ

    A student only of your books, but I learned a great deal from “Reading Between the Lines” and “State of the Arts. The former I wish I had had at UW-Madison years ago when I was an English major. I especially loved your explanations of the paintings in the latter.

  • Adriane

    You should probably know that any time anyone in the LCMS asks where I went to college, I say, “I attend CUW . . . mainly because of Dr. Veith.” And they always understand!

  • Adriane

    You should probably know that any time anyone in the LCMS asks where I went to college, I say, “I attend CUW . . . mainly because of Dr. Veith.” And they always understand!

  • http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/profile/PastorMarkHass?viewAsOther=1 Pastor Mark Hass

    Dear Dr. Veith,
    I remember the sadly few courses I took under your tutelage at CUW, but the Lord of the Church called me to the vocation of pastoral ministry and much more time was needed for those courses. I shall always fondly remember our groups trip to Estonia in the Winterim of ’92. I also have the joy of brining more students to you through using “Spirituality of the Cross” as part of my adult instruction. God’s blessings to you in your continued endeavors.

    Mark

  • http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/profile/PastorMarkHass?viewAsOther=1 Pastor Mark Hass

    Dear Dr. Veith,
    I remember the sadly few courses I took under your tutelage at CUW, but the Lord of the Church called me to the vocation of pastoral ministry and much more time was needed for those courses. I shall always fondly remember our groups trip to Estonia in the Winterim of ’92. I also have the joy of brining more students to you through using “Spirituality of the Cross” as part of my adult instruction. God’s blessings to you in your continued endeavors.

    Mark

  • http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/profile/PastorMarkHass?viewAsOther=1 Pastor Mark Hass

    bringing not brining

    My spelling errors are in no way the responsibility of my incredible teachers, just a lack of editorial power on my part.

  • http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/profile/PastorMarkHass?viewAsOther=1 Pastor Mark Hass

    bringing not brining

    My spelling errors are in no way the responsibility of my incredible teachers, just a lack of editorial power on my part.

  • Matt L

    While I did not have the pleasure of having you as a professor in any of my classes while at CUW (class of ’02), I did appreciate the Cranach lectures. Drs. Menuge and Locklair both plaid a big role in encouraging the CS students to attend.

    Now, I am finishing up my vicarage and am only 286 days and 21 hours away from receiving, Lord willing, my call (but who’s counting).

  • Matt L

    While I did not have the pleasure of having you as a professor in any of my classes while at CUW (class of ’02), I did appreciate the Cranach lectures. Drs. Menuge and Locklair both plaid a big role in encouraging the CS students to attend.

    Now, I am finishing up my vicarage and am only 286 days and 21 hours away from receiving, Lord willing, my call (but who’s counting).


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