I love surprises. I love them more when I know about them but get to share in surprising someone else. It was a real win when I was asked if it was okay for SMU President, Gerald Turner, to drop in on my digital classroom to chat with students. The SMU President is iconic for walking across campus, shaking hands with students, and chatting them up. Of course, none of us can do that right now. This was a chance to invite some anti-distancing in a safe, digital environment.
It was great to have the President join our class, address seniors’ concerns about the delayed Commencement ceremony (moved to August), and take questions from my students. You can see some of that in this fun little video.