It is a great sacrifice for a college professor to completely yield his free time to his students; it is an even greater feat that his sacrifice yielded an equal commitment from students. Another impressive aspect of this student community is that not all of the students were even in the class. Many participants heard about the project or observed the building as they walked by the site. Dr. Crawford brought these students into the project and showed them the gift of experiential learning.
I heard countless stories of young women learning to embrace physical labor, and in the process, challenging their own perceptions of self. I saw many young men working quietly on a calm Saturday afternoon, perhaps giving them a respite from their overly stimulating schedule of classes and homework. By the end of the project, more than 50 individuals donned flannel shirts to help raise the cabin’s rafters. The group of students dubbed themselves the THC, officially known as the Thoreau Housing Collective, unofficially known as admirers of Dr. Thomas Hugh Crawford (THC).
I believe that Dr. Crawford is the embodiment of teaching excellence. He inspires confidence, learning, and creativity in his students. He also inspires their admiration—something that students cannot learn to give, but give freely to those they respect.
Sarah W. Mallory Georgia Tech ‘03