An 87-year-old man was recently honoured in the USA after dedicating 50 years of his life to the goal of learning at Arkansas State University. Professor Sammy Gennuso has seen many changes to the campus during his time at the university, from the installation of stair lifts to the construction of whole libraries, but he remains as one of the most constant parts of students’ lives at the institution.
He still insists on using typewriters when he is in the office which he has occupied for the last 40 years, one of the traditional comforts that make his days teaching English at Arkansas State University so enjoyable. As well as seeing the campus change and grow, such as in the addition of the Reng Center, he has seen thousands of students come and go. When he started in 1963, 3,508 students came to the university, a number which has now risen to well over 14,000.
Professor Gennuso has left a remarkable impact on the university, and as well as honouring him on his recent anniversary, the university also remembered his efforts in starting the student newspaper: The Arrow.
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