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April 27, 2011

Dr. Jafar Hashemi Ready to Retire After a Successful Teaching Career at Cowley


Dr. Jafar HashemiDr. Jafar Hashemi began his employment with Cowley College on August 1, 1999. After teaching at the college for twelve years, he will retire on May 31, 2011. Dr. Hashemi is an instructor in the Natural Science Department. He has taught Physics, Calculus, Differential Equations, Computer Science, and Physical Science. He also directed the pre-engineering program, and served as the chess club sponsor. In 2009, he received a Master Teacher Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. Dr. Hashemi cites this award, as well as the time when the Board of Trustees approved the remodeling of the Physics Lab, as two of his most memorable moments at Cowley. He holds memberships with the American Association of Physics Teachers; National Audubon Society, Member SIGMA XI, and the Scientific Research Society.

Dr. Hashemi considers his experiences at Cowley, a treasured part of his life. He feels that the faculty and staff at the college are true professionals. His co-faculty in the Natural Science Department have become more than just his colleagues; they are now his friends. Jafar would also like to acknowledge the cafeteria staff for being extremely courteous and providing exceptional food. After retirement, Dr. Hashemi plans on traveling, spending more time with his grandchildren, fishing, and gardening.

Not only will Dr. Hashemi miss his times at Cowley, he likewise will be sorely missed by students, faculty, and staff. A few of his colleagues made the following comments regarding his upcoming departure:
Fellow instructor Karolee Weller will not forget the many times that Jafar unlocked her office for her, instead of watching her fumble around in her purse for her keys. Karolee and Jafar both drive to Cowley from the Wichita area, and through the years they have developed their own travel-network-information-sharing system about road conditions, repairs, and high-way patrol sightings. Karolee also states that no one in the Natural Science Department will be able to think about Jafar without also thinking of his fabulous Tabouli that he brought to share at celebrations which involved food.

Marcia Cales, Department Secretary, wants to congratulate Jafar on reaching retirement. When she thinks of Jafar, she’ll remember his sense of humor, dedication, and honesty. She considers him an all-around great guy, with whom it has been a pleasure to work with!

Natural Science Department Instructor Melinda Neal says she too will greatly miss Jafar. She wants to wish him well and let him know that he has been a great colleague, friend, and mentor. She will particularly miss his sense of humor, and being able to share stories of their driving experiences. She hopes Dr. Hashemi will relax, and enjoy his time with his family, friends, and his farm. She also hopes he’ll remember to keep in touch.

Her sentiments of well wishes and staying in touch are shared by all who have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jafar Hashemi.