The University of Missouri at Columbia
Chemistry 216 - Honors Organic Chemistry I - Fall Semester 2001

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Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 17:25:36 -0600

Dr. Glaser,
I really enjoyed your class this semester. Your teaching style really helped make the subject interesting and I feel like I learned a lot. I wish I could have come to lunch on Friday. Have a great break.


Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 16:25:33 -0600

Hi Dr. Glaser-

I just wanted to know if you could e-mail me my grade on the final as well as final grade for the course when you get the chance. I also wanted to thank you for the class. I honestly don't think I've ever learned so much in one semester. I appreciate the enthusiasm you have for the subject, and feel like I'm well prepared to go one to Organic II.

Thanks again,
Laura Kuchnicki

Season's Greetings!

Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 22:54:08 -0600

hi prof glaser
i have actually already gone home for the break and was wondering about my final grade. i really enjoyed your class, it's been one of my favorite classes so far and i truly mean that. thank you so much. have a great break and i hope to see you soon.
love, karen

Subject: Thanks
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 18:18:49 -0600

Dr. Glaser,
I was truly honored to be a part of your Honors Organic class this semester. I think you are a wonderful teacher, and I feel that I have learned much, all the while improving and refining my skills as the course progressed. I believe that your method of relating chemistry to today's news is excellent. I also feel that your implementation of group study in the course was very helpful in testing and improving my skills. I think absolute grading is another of your strong points. It seems that many teachers today get lost in the "curving game," and this tends to lead to less prepared students. When an average for an exam is 50%, this cannot indicate that the teacher has done very well in preparing the students. Well, perhaps I have said too much. I should leave teaching styles up to the teachers. I just want you to know that I am thankful that I could be a part of your class. I wish you and your family the best of holidays and may each year be filled with ever increasing goodness.
Christian Balzer

Subject: RE: It's a wrap!
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 15:21:57 -0600

Hello Dr. Glaser,
Your class was really fun to be a part of. I enjoyed your enthusiasm and your knowledge on the subject. I was hoping that you could send me my final grade in your class.
Thank you, Rohit Parihar

Happy Holidays :)

Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 17:50:03 -0600

Dear Dr. Glaser,
First I would like to thank you for providing me with such a solid learning experience. I enjoyed your class and your laid back attitude that you brought to the class as well. At first I wasn't too sure how much I was going to like this class (especially after my first test performance), but I learned what to expect on the tests and how to study for them a lot better after that experience. You pushed us to the limit more than others do to see what we were made of and I think I not only came out a better student but also a better person. Finally, I would like to inquire about my final grade. If you could please e-mail it to me.
Thanks and best,

Subject: chem 216 final
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 19:38:30

Dr. Glaser,
I just wanted to make sure you received my final exam for chemistry 216 today. I slid it underneath the door to your office in 321 around 12:45 p.m. If you didn't get it for some reason, let me know.
I also wanted to thank you for a great semester of chemistry. I think I have learned more this semester than the previous three semesters of chemistry I have had at MU. Thanks for keeping us motivated to excel in the class--not all professors care as much as you do about students' performances. I appreciate that.

Tom Ream

Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 10:27:44 -0600


I am a student in Dr. Glaser's class and must say that this class has been a welcomed change in my academic schedule. His use of the Internet and other technology in computers is amazing because I can say, without doubt, it changes your way of thinking. I actually liked this class and part of that reason was due to the use of computers. Before every test, the last bit of studying I'd to as review would be to consult the online links to other websites or do some of the recommended activities. This was very helpful, considering every test had some type of question relating to the weblinks. The best part of the course, I can say, is when we had the opportunity to actually make our own "Chemistry Is In The News" Project with our groups. It was fun in the sense that we not only learned about team work, but the main idea was to use the Internet to find articles relevant to Chemistry. This is very important since finding out how the classroom material we learn actually applies to everyday life, and technology is a big part of this learning process. Anyway, in response to some of the other professors' comments, I believe students are much better equipped to think independently than even several years before. Working with the Internet or other technology required one to think of what information he/she needs and from such a broad number of resources, decide how to narrow their search. It is very important for students to use technology in this day and age, and I'm actually looking forward to how our final will be set up to include activities on the computer.

Mona Hdeib

Subject: Personal Evaluation--Read Later
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 17:49:04 -0600

Dr. Glaser.
I'll make sure to fill out the evaluation form as soon as I get it from Anna. On the same note, I'd like you to read a little essay I wrote. Not now, but after the course is completed. Just save this email as a word document. Pay particular attention to my comments on "the professor." It's not the best essay, but I used it as my transfer statement to Washington University in St. Louis

Essay Propmt- Why transfer to Washington University?
October 2001

I arrived at the University of Missouri with a dream to fulfill. A dream, I believed, would only be realized through academic excellence. I excelled in thirty-nine hours of coursework by the end of my freshman year. However, my dream slowly deteriorated as the year progressed; I felt that my education was inadequate. Although I performed well scholastically, by my second semester I realized that I would not achieve true success until I pushed myself to explore the areas of academics in which I was least proficient.
Throughout my education, I have always focused on the core sciences because my dream has been to attend medical school. However, I have come to believe that human relations and communication skills are equally essential to success in any field. I feel that MU's "Pre-Professional" curriculum fails to address such needs and provide a balanced education. Professors should encourage students to incorporate and refine these skills during their education. In addition, students should value a professor's effort to supply a better education. While I consider the University of Missouri an outstanding institution, I can truthfully say that many of the professors cater to the masses, providing students with simple exams and less demanding work.
While any university can provide textbook knowledge, a truly exceptional university generates enthusiasm in students to go beyond classroom learning. This distinction is what inspired my interest in Washington University. Their professors' passion, enthusiasm, and willingness to teach motivates even the most dispassionate students. In addition, their students have a competitive spirit. My time at MU has taught me to appreciate a professor's desire to challenge his students. Even more, I have come to admire the students who are eager to strive for higher goals.
My interactions with both professors and students at Washington University have shown me that passionate teaching and a competitive student environment are what I am missing at MU. I want to prepare myself for the academic vigor of medical school. By attending Washington University, I am confident that I will be able to refine my weaknesses, as well as broaden my horizons. Only then, will I have the opportunity to reach my full potential.

I just want to let you know that this essay isn't worth crap after taking your course. You have done an excellent job in teaching and I really appreciate it. I have a whole new outlook at the University of Missouri, and now I don't feel bad about staying here next semester. I have found exactly what I looking for in a Unversity. I never reliezed that such a little push could make such difference. Keep it up; it's well worth the effort.

Best Wishes

P.S.--Enough said for text book knowledge; My Organic book still has it's original plastic covering! Amazing!!

Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 15:48:23 -0500

Dr. Glaser--

I am writing a "Learning Theories Paper" for my education classes, and we have to choose a teacher and show how s/he uses the different theories in the classroom. I would like to choose you as this teacher. =) Would it be okay if I quoted you in my paper?

Thank you!
Sarah Lowrey