As I think back over my 28 years as a faculty member at Indiana University I have sometimes thought it was a mistake to leave my tenured position at another big ten school to come to Indiana University and IUPUI. But every now and then a golden nugget hits the pan and makes me glad my career took the path it did. This is an excerpt from Facebook post by Denis Jimenez, a former student of mine. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I could be the first person in my family to go to college and become what I am today. While it might seem that graduating from college doesn't merit a FB note, this have been the greatest achievement of my life. The weight of the significance of what I have just done, fell on my shoulders as I left Sherry's [Ricchiardi] international journalism class. It's over. I can't believe its over. I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. A complete mixture of emotions that were hard to contain. Right then, I knew I needed to do something to put my mind at ease. So I decided to do what I do best: help people. So I went to the 24hr IT lab and helped Shelly and a student from J210. And then I drove home and I talked to my mom and dad. "I'm so glad you're done," my mom said," because this means you'll finally pay me my money back." It's a Venezuelan mother thing. Because of their sacrifices, I've become who and what I am today. And for that I'm forever indebted to them. Of course, I wasn't alone for these 6 years. The amazing people I met, became my friends and mentors. So from the bottom of my heart I thank you. Dean Brown thanks for teaching me how to shoot and for inspiring me to have a passion for this great thing called photojournalism." Denis is one of many students I will fondly remember as long as I live. Denis is a native of Venezuela and grew up speaking Spanish but is a true polyglot speaking Italian and English too. He was my teaching assistant as well and I know him well enough to constantly joke with him. My colleagues surprised me with an endowed scholarship in my name at my retirement. Denis was told to be at the ready with his camera so that he could make a picture of the winner of the first scholarship for the school newsletter. The winner was announced and it was him! He was surprised and a bit at a loss for words--very unusual for him. He was asked if he wanted to say a few words. He came to the microphone and said, "Wow, I didn't expect to get a scholarship named after a white man!" The whole crowd roared with laughter. Typical Denis. One of the rewards of teaching is getting to know students like Denis. Professors like to think they guide their students toward success. But the really great students succeed on their own brain power and energy. Denis, I am eager to see how you will change the world.