What are some highlights from the last 40 years?

  • I started Elon with no major (“undecided”) but after my first History class on the first day of college, I decided I wanted to be a college professor. I’m glad it worked out because I never had a Plan B. After Elon I was a grad student at U.Va. from 1980-86 (including one year of dissertation research in Vienna, Austria, on a Fulbright grant), then taught at U.Va. one year as a temporary instructor before coming to the University of Indianapolis, where I am now in my 34th year as a history professor.
  • I got married in 1997 to Rovena Sobarzo, a chemical engineer from Santiago, Chile, who had a long career here with Eli Lilly. Our son, Paul, was born in 2000 and is a business major at Dominican University in Chicago (current home doing college online because of COVID).
  • I enjoy reading, writing, and teaching history, traveling abroad whenever possible, and watching sports on TV with my three dogs.

Who would you particularly like to see at the reunion (virtual and in-person)?

Kappa Sig brothers and lacrosse club alums.

How many (and/or) who of your classmates do you still keep in contact with today?

Nobody, unfortunately.

What is your favorite Elon memory?

  • Playing with the lacrosse club, which included a lot of my Kappa Sig brothers. Crazy road trips (no adult supervision!) in an Elon minivan and a couple of cars. We used to start the season with a trip to Atlanta, Georgia. Freshman year (our first year as a team) Georgia Tech beat us by 19. Sophomore year we beat them by 4. We played those first Atlanta games in the Georgia Tech football stadium, a sharp contrast from the muddy or dusty intramural fields where we played most of our games.
  • My favorite professors (and teaching role models) were David Crowe and Carole Troxler. My only visit to Elon since the early ’80s came in the spring of 2014, when I received an alumni award. On my brief visit I got to spend several hours with Dr. Crowe (who was then nearing retirement); he walked me around campus, reflecting on how much the place had changed since the late ’70s.

What is something interesting that you want your classmates to know about you?

I have written 13 books and am working on number 14. Look me up on Amazon!