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Davidson County Community College (N.C.) will host a public lecture featuring Olivier Peyré, a Business Administration faculty member at Nicolas Brémontier Technical College in Bordeaux, France. His talk will cover topics including the Greek crisis, Brexit, the increase of migrants, the Common European Defense Project, the rise in populism and other impacting changes in the European Union. Peyré will also offer commentary on France’s recent election and its global impact on society and culture.
Peyré, who holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Toulouse, has led his students in virtual video conference exchanges with DCCC students for more than a decade. “The world is now interconnected like never before. It’s invaluable for our students to virtually meet people across the world who are like them in many ways, but different in others. We’re honored to have him here in ‘real life’ this summer,” said Suzanne LaVenture, director of International Education. Peyré will lead the audience through shared connections between the U.S. and the world by focusing the similarity of issues being faced in the U.S. and abroad. He will bring to light how the European Union’s current state could impact the world’s economy. “My talk could be the opportunity to introduce today and tomorrow’s main challenges,” said Peyré.
Kialynn Glubrecht isn’t particularly excited to leave Spokane Falls Community College, where she has taught math since the school was built five decades ago. She’ll miss her students, and her small office on the second floor of Building 18, where potted plants hang from the ceiling and trinkets rest on a tall gray filing cabinet. And she’ll especially miss her friends in the Math Department, whom she thinks of as family. “It’s hard to leave them,” Glubrecht said. At 74, she has grudgingly decided it’s time to retire. This quarter will be her last at SFCC. It was the job she had always truly wanted, although there were times when she considered becoming an attorney or an accountant, she said. “It’s almost embarrassing, but when I was a freshman in high school, we had to take some preference tests and ability tests and stuff, and then we had to write an essay on what we wanted to do,” she said. “And I said I wanted to be a math teacher.” After graduating from Shadle Park High School, Glubrecht earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Eastern Washington University. She started at SFCC in 1967. She interviewed for the job with the college’s first president, Walter Johnson, and watched as the campus and the students blossomed.
“Having a brand-new school gave us a big sense of cohesion. There was a time when I think I knew every faculty member on campus,” she said. “It created a real sense of community.” A few colleagues from the early years remain, but Glubrecht could think of no one who’s taught there as long as she has. Glubrecht has taught every math course offered at SFCC, from pre-algebra to business calculus, and has rarely missed a day of work, even after she broke her foot while hiking in the Galapagos last year, an injury she described as “an unplanned and unwanted souvenir.” To help her students learn, she offers a counterintuitive piece of advice. “I ask them to take fewer notes,” she said. “I think students tend to take notes in lieu of letting the information process through their brains. And I think the processing, the paying attention … is more important than being a stenographer.” She’s leaving the school on a high note, having recently won a lifetime achievement award from the Washington Mathematical Association of Two- Year Colleges.