I am back at Franklin College (yes, named after ol’ Ben F.) teaching a lab class this fall semester. Leading students in the fossil lab as they learn ins & outs of fossil clean up and preparation. I taught same lab class last year, and for some reason unknown to me, they invited me back to do it again. Franklin is a small, private college that couldn’t be more different than my personal college experience from 40 (!) years ago. I attended (and graduated from, thank you very much!) Indiana University along 35,000 other students. Franklin has an enrolment of around 1100 students. I sure like being a little part of this special college and hope I can provide a fun opportunity for students to explore paleontology and fossil preparation. I have two students signed up for class so far and we’re promoting the fossil lab across campus to generate some more interest. Like to have 4 or 6 students if I can recruit them.
First day of classes is today so I’m heading out to humiliate myself in the dinning hall by setting up some bones to generate interest. Let’s hope I don’t scare the student body too much! Teaching the lab Monday & Wednesday afternoons this semester.