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Max Staffa '12
November 20, 2016
I'm currently working for a PR agency in Beijing, China.
For our Astronomy and Culture class, Prof/ Aveni insisted to have a live demonstration regarding the laws of physics, which involved a student being propelled on a wagon by using a fire extinguisher. I was the first to raise their hand to volunteer. I remember Prof. Aveni rushed over, thrust a helmet in my hands, gathered some small scrap paper and wrote a short 'legal agreement' on it just in case I got injured, and prepared the wagon. Before I knew it I was sitting there in the hallway on a small red wagon with a fire extinguisher in hands. I forget who pulled plug, but suddenly I found myself flying across the room past all of my classmates and into the wall at the very end of the hallway. After the dust cleared, Prof. Aveni came over to help me out of the wagon and congratulated me, saying "good driving, we usually don't have the wagon go that far."
This is exactly why Prof. Aveni was one of my favorite professors, he has found the perfect balance between passion for his work, effective teaching, student engagement, and fun. His enthusiasm was contagious, even for students like me who didn't major in his field.
Best wishes to Prof. Aveni on his retirement. Colgate will miss you but your legacy will be a great influence on generations to come. I hope you won't retire the orange striped button-down shirt!