2007-2008 Distinguished Alumni Visitors
Michael Boock '82
Captain Boock received his BA, cum laude, from Cornell College in 1982 and his JD, with distinction, from the University of Iowa in 1985. He was commissioned in the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps in 1985 and his first assignment was to Naval Legal Service Office, Corpus Christi, where he served as Senior Defense Counsel. He later attended the University of Washington, where he received a LLM in Law and Marine Affairs in 1997 and in 2004 received a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare. Captain Boock's career in the Judge Advocate General's Corps includes service asDeputy Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy for International and Operational Law, Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Senior Military Assistant and Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, and as an Adjunct Faculty of George Washington University Law School.
Captain Boock's visit included a visit to an International Politics course, dinner with his fraternity Mu Lambda Sigma, and a public lecture on ""Old Laws/New Wars: International Law for the International Fight Against Terrorism." His visit was co-sponsored by the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy.
Visit date: December 10-11, 2007
Mary Ann Lyman-Hager '68
Dr. Mary Ann Lyman-Hager is Director of the Language Acquisition Resource Center, a National Language Resource Center, and Professor of French at San Diego State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from The University of Idaho (Moscow), a M.Ed. in Education from the University of Idaho, an M.A. in French from University of Arizona in Tucson, and a B.A. in French from Cornell College. Before coming to San Diego State, she served as Director of Instructional Technology for the College of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA), where she was an Associate Professor of French and Supervisor of Intermediate level undergraduate French language instruction. Dr. Lyman-Hager is an expert in the emerging field of language acquisition and technology, with a special interest in electronic (digital) reading practices in a foreign language.
Her visit to Cornell included interactions with students in an Intermediate French course, a French seminar, and a Foundations of Education course. Her public lecture, "Strategic Languages and Language Policy: The 'Language du Jour' Phenomenon" engaged the audience in conversation about the role of language in society.
Visit date: January 17-18, 2008
Mark Weston '74
Since leaving the Hilltop, Mark's experience--in classrooms, board rooms, policy arenas, and research circles--has led him to recognize that the current system seems to do a good job of educating some students. An increasing amount of longitudinal evidence indicates that system is unlikely to be transformed to educate all students. So after 34 years doing "clean-up work" in the current system Mark is engaged in "revolutionary work" for establishing an alternate system with the capacity for educating all students to dramatically high levels of learning.
Mr. Weston's public lecture, "One Flea Can Worry the Whole Dog" focused on the need for educational reform in the United States and proposed a model of self-organizing schools as a possible solution. Throughout his visit, he was engaged in a variety of education-related conversations with education majors and faculty, as well as education alumni now teaching in the Greater Cornell area.
Visit date: April 23-24, 2008
David Klaus '67
David Klaus '67 was employed by the World Bank from September of 1973 through December of 2001, at which point he became a consultant to World Bank and to Mahidol University of Bangkok, Thailand and the Linguapax Institute, a branch of UNESCXO, in Barcelona, Spain. While employed by the World Bank, he held several positions, including as Lead Human Resources Specialist, Human Development Sector Unit East Asia and Pacific Region. With the World Bank, he has visited or lived in Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Viet Nam, Brazil, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, and Lesotho. Many of his projects include introducing the use of national languages in primary education.
Klaus graduated from Cornell College in 1967 with a BA in Religion and a minor in French. His passion for languages led him to study French language and literature at the Université de Dijon in France , German language and literature at the Goethe-Institut in Germany, and Theology, Latin and ancient Greek at the Universität Zürich in Switzerland before entering the Peace Corps. In 1973, he obtained a Master's of Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
Mr. Klaus gave lectures in a Macroeconomics Seminar and in the U.S. Foreign Policy Course. He also participated in a discussion of William Easterly's The White Man's Burden with the Berry Center's spring reading group. He lunched on pizza with faculty and students and presented a public lecture entitled, "The Use of Indigenous Languages in Early Basic Education in Papua New Guinea: A Model for Elsewhere?" Mr. Klaus' visit was co-sponsored by the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy
Visit date: April 28-29, 2008