InterestsI enjoy my job, but having a balanced life is important. Here are some of my interests outside of work and computer science.
Society for Creative Anachorism
The SCA is a major hobby for my wife and myself. My primary focus within the SCA is the study of the The Art of Defense. To learn more visit my SCA page.
There are many aspects outside of advising that interest me. I was on the school board, a teacher, and an alternative school principal. Through all three, I developed a love for alternative teaching methods (reverse classroom, self-paced, etc), predicting and defining student success, aesthetics of beauty in education, and classical perspectives on education. There are many areas of research that interest me, even though I am not formally pursuing any research interests this moment. To learn more about past research and current interests. Vist my Research page.
I am an avid gamer, especially 'pen and paper' roleplaying games.
I love theatre, even if I don't have as much time as I like for it. I have been in a number of shows including playing Miles Gloriosus in a A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To the Forum and the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. I have also directed, which I find my current passion is going towards. Recently, I directed The Trial of God by Elie Wiesel, and Proof by David Auburn.
Additional Interesting Facts
I run with my family the oldest sustinable agriculture company in America. It started in 1947 with my great grandfather, and I continue managing it today. Visit U.S. Soil to learn more.
My wife, Heather, and I started a Real Food and Lifestyles magazine, called Real Food and Health. It was the third food magazine on the kindle before the kindle fire came out.
Family is important to me. I have two sons and my wife. All of us bleed green and gold, as Heather and I met at Colorado State University! She was a CIS major, and we met in fencing class.
While an RA on campus, we started RamCon. It was a giant LAN party / gaming convention, and it became the largest in the four state area with over 250 participants.
As an RA, I also started the media / graphics lab in the CNS residential college (precursor to the CNSLC), and was one of the founders of the Interactive Murder Mystery Club. Our first mystery had a fair number of students from the Computer Science floor participating, and was based on X-Files, Time-Travel and Arthurian legends.
I was the first 'Technology' rep on ASAP, which means I was on the very first ASAP committee. This was connected to RamCon, but I also used it to bring in things such as RHPS to campus (just because) and laser tag.