Q. Why is what I learned from Dr. Jandoli at Bona’s still so important?

A. In my freshman year, I had aspirations of becoming a fiction writer or a humor columnist. But, Dr. Jandoli persuaded me that the art of non-fiction – telling true stories, not imaginary ones – was far more compelling. I followed his advice, and learned how to gather facts, observations, and quotes that told vivid and factual stories. This enabled me to succeed, first as a newspaper reporter, and later in public relations and corporate communications roles where authenticity and truth might otherwise be sidestepped in the name of expediency.

I also learned the art of patience. At first glance, Russ Jandoli was fast-paced, peripatetic man. But as you grew to know him, you understood his patience -- how he often took the long view, and understood that successful outcomes were the result of a deliberate journey, not sprinting to a finish line.

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