5/09/2018 Eric Forberger and Chris Karlesky

Object Lessons

This magazine article is part of Spring 2018 / Issue 91

The walls, shelves and desks in the offices of Franklin & Marshall faculty and professional staff are home to thousands of items: pictures, books, plants, nostalgic objects and computers among them. They often contain hidden stories about the people who work in those spaces. We recently took a walking tour of campus to discover some of the treasures hidden in the workspaces of campus. 

  • Cynthia Dinger is academic department coordinator in mathematics and computer science. Her office is a hub of mathematics history at Franklin & Marshall. Among other things, it has a growth chart of the children of department professors and staff. The space is also home to many math tools, some of which are decades old. Cynthia Dinger is academic department coordinator in mathematics and computer science. Her office is a hub of mathematics history at Franklin & Marshall. Among other things, it has a growth chart of the children of department professors and staff. The space is also home to many math tools, some of which are decades old. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Carrie Landfried, associate professor of French, has many reminders of the famed Eiffel Tower in her office — including desk lamps, pictures and small replicas. Carrie Landfried, associate professor of French, has many reminders of the famed Eiffel Tower in her office — including desk lamps, pictures and small replicas. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Album covers adorn the library office wall of Tom Karel, F&M’s resident scholar and expert on Bob Dylan. Album covers adorn the library office wall of Tom Karel, F&M’s resident scholar and expert on Bob Dylan. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Professor Danel Dragulic’s office on the second floor of Stager Hall is thousands of miles away from his native Bosnia. But when he looks beside his computer, this “classic old Bosnian guy” reminds him of his homeland. The figure, complete with a fez and cigarette, often puts smiles on the faces of visitors to the office. Professor Danel Dragulic’s office on the second floor of Stager Hall is thousands of miles away from his native Bosnia. But when he looks beside his computer, this “classic old Bosnian guy” reminds him of his homeland. The figure, complete with a fez and cigarette, often puts smiles on the faces of visitors to the office. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • There’s no guessing which building is home to Mike Horn’s computer: Shadek-Fackenthal Library. There’s no guessing which building is home to Mike Horn’s computer: Shadek-Fackenthal Library. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Ellie Rice’s research interests include population genetics in the context of plant genetic diversity conservation. In a lab in the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building, she displays an ear of corn—one of several she uses in her work on plant genetics. Ellie Rice’s research interests include population genetics in the context of plant genetic diversity conservation. In a lab in the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building, she displays an ear of corn—one of several she uses in her work on plant genetics. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Jorge Mena-Ali, visiting assistant professor of biology, is an avid coffee drinker. He says this Costa Rican coffee maker reminds him of home — but he usually uses a Kuerig. Jorge Mena-Ali, visiting assistant professor of biology, is an avid coffee drinker. He says this Costa Rican coffee maker reminds him of home — but he usually uses a Kuerig. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Postcards featuring murals by Diego Rivera hang above the desk of Jessica Cox, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics. Postcards featuring murals by Diego Rivera hang above the desk of Jessica Cox, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Gina Brown proudly displays international photos taken by her son, Ted, in her Keiper office. Scenes from Budapest, Iceland, Croatia and England are but just a few. Gina Brown proudly displays international photos taken by her son, Ted, in her Keiper office. Scenes from Budapest, Iceland, Croatia and England are but just a few. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
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