In response to your question about today’s media landscape, and why what I learned from Dr. Jandoli is still so important, I recall a specific assignment which Dr. Jandoli had shared with me. This took place during the first couple years I began working for the school (during the 1985-1987 time period). The students in the class were each assigned to conduct interviews with people at the university or in the local community. The assignment he shared with me was the corrected paper from a student who had interviewed me. I learned a lot from the aspect of the interview and the interviewer.
Since that experience, I’ve learned the importance of clarifying the spelling of a name or a town for that matter. (For anyone not from the area, there are three variations of Allegany, Allegheny and Alleghany and it’s important to know whether you’re talking about a town, county, mountain range or river.) It’s equally important to familiarize oneself with as much background as possible, and to listen. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Dr. Jandoli had a way of correcting mistakes, without coming off as condescending and always found something positive to balance it out. This is a lesson we can all learn from. His wife, Catherine, told me that she’d asked him once why he spent so much time, marking up the papers and he responded, the more red ink, the more I love them!
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