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89. Joseph Scanio (LGB 1960)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 16 décembre 2014
Joeseph Scanio1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
One year, 1958-1959.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father, professor of Romance Languages at the University of Michigan had a sabbatical leave and we spent that year in my mother’s house in Gy.  She was born in Geneva, one of the first woman graduates of the University of Geneva, and came to the States in the 1930’s.  I have since inherited the house.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
P.K. Ghosh – Math – He allowed me to take calculus without having had trigonometry.  I was able to take sophomore physics as a freshman at Harvard, and graduate courses as a senior. And N. Poirel – English – She taught me precis, the most important skill I learned in high school.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?

Greek Theatre. Out of sight of the teachers.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
Our village, Gy, and being able to bring fellow Ecolint students into the real Swiss countryside.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Professor of Physics at the University of Cincinnati. Several sabbatical years and summers at CERN. My wife and I spend as much time as possible in my house in Gy. We’ll spend more time after retirement in 2015.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Teach students to think critically and to write well.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?

Learn to think critically and to write well, skills that will be invaluable throughout life whatever your academic or non-academic focus.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Teachers were great, classes were great. Most importantly I got to know students from many, many countries and many, many backgrounds. A far cry from Ann Arbor High.



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