April is the homestretch for college students. In just over a
monthclasses will be done, and summer is just around the corner. With
thatever-enticing vision of freedom, the drive and desire to stay
investedin classes fades and students quickly enter a downward spiral,
one thatmost professors cannot prevent. Dr. Anthony Champagne is one of
the fewprofessors that can not only keep students engaged in class but
alsokeep people invested, and interested in getting back to school
thefollowing semester due to the organizations and initiatives he sponsors.|
Dr. Champagne is always able to keep students interested in
coursework.While many students are dropping by the wayside as the
semester wrapsup, not only did Dr. Champagne keep the “Civil Liberties”
class focused,he tied in current, national events such as the Supreme
Court DOMA andCalifornia Proposition 8 cases that will be decided later
this summer.By incorporating these cases, Dr. Champagne was able to keep
hisstudents attentive and sparked lively debates. He has gotten
studentsinterested in national events well into the summer, when many
studentshave all but forgotten what has been discussed in the classroom.
While keeping students focused on classwork towards the tail end of
thesemester is an accomplishment in itself, Dr. Champagne didn’t
stopthere. This past month, the annual Supreme Court Trivia program
washeld, which is a program developed by Dr. Champagne where
studentsparticipate in a trivia contest about different Supreme Court
cases andlegal facts. The program is a huge hit, especially amongst
PoliticalScience majors and Pre-Law students, but also piques the
interest ofother students as well. Pizza, cookies, and drinks were
available andwhether you want to watch or participate, everyone was
invited. Thisprogram has become a staple of the Pre-Law community on
campus andsomething that couldn’t have happened without Dr. Champagne.
As if putting together and facilitating a large-scale program for
thecampus community while keeping your students engaged wasn’t enough,
Dr.Champagne is the advisor the for John Marshall Pre-Law Society
(JMPLS)on campus. There were numerous events hosted by JMPLS that Dr.
Champagnesupported. Early in the month, elections were held for
2013-2014 officerpositions, followed by JMPLS Final Exam Cram Spring
2013. This studysession occurs at the end of every semester, and Dr.
Champagne assistedin leading study sessions. Dr. Champagne’s active role
as JMPLS Advisorand his dedication to students are displayed in his
willingness toassist students in any way possible outside of the classroom.
As the month came to an end Dr. Champagne completed yet another
amazingfeat; the installation of a brand new, full sized, courtroom for
the useof such student organizations as moot court and mock trial.
Throughoutthe month Dr. Champagne was in constant communication with the
Texasprison that was building the courtroom and oversaw the installation
oncampus. The courtroom has been dedicated to Dr. Champagne for all
thathe has done for the University. Dr. Champagne also oversees the
UTDallas branch office of the Innocence Project of Texas (IPOT) on
campuswhere students are able to work with the IPOT to evaluate
prisonerclaims of innocence. With his investment in IPOT, Dr. Champagne
couldn’tdo anything but assist multiple inmates that approached him
during theinstallation of UTD’s new courtroom. During the installation
someinmates were able to deliver letters to Dr. Champagne asking
forassistance in proving their innocence by having their cases reviewed
Dr. Champagne is the epitome of what a faculty member of the monthshould be.
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