Classroom Connections: Furman
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 09/27/2018
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

Furman volleyball player Carris Campbell & Dr. Randall Childree

About Carris Campbell:
  • Senior volleyball player
  • 6-2 middle blocker
  • Latin major

About Dr. Childree: 

  • Assistant professor of Classics
  • Owns a B.A. in Classics from the University of Alabama and a M.A., PHD in Classical Studies from the University of Florida

Carris Campbell and Dr. Childree the Classics' suite in Furman Hall

Q&A with Carris Campbell:

  •  What makes Dr. Childree a good teacher? Dr. Childree is great at making things relatable. A lot of the topics we cover come from thousands of years ago, so it can be easy to lose the real meaning of a text in how formal some of the translations or interpretations are. However, Dr. Childree always makes sure to remind us that the people living in 700 BC were living regular lives just like we are in 2018, which makes the topics so much more applicable. He is also good at picking interesting topics to focus on. We could just have a translation course where the only goal is to learn how to translate, but instead we have translation courses where we use our ability to translate to talk about things like religion and social constructs.
  • What do you like most about Dr. Childree's class? I have taken one of Dr. Childree’s classes almost every semester and they are always a refreshing addition to my schedule. With Classics courses, it’s easy for them to become tedious or boring, but his classes always cover engaging topics. Instead of just learning about the ancient world, he wants us to interact with it, and I always find his classes thought-provoking and enjoyable.
  • What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? This past summer I worked with another professor in the Classics department to create an encyclopedia on Roman material culture and social history. It was intended to be used by high school and college students, so I was excited to have a hand in creating a reference work that I could have used when I started learning about the Classics. In years past, I have also volunteered at the Greenville Zoo as a docent (I love talking about the lions the most!). Working with the education staff there helped spark my interest in conservation and sustainability and has shaped my post-graduate goals.
  • How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? In the past few years I have found that my days are more productive and enjoyable when I can get the bulk of my work done during the day. If I have a break between classes or a weird chunk of time between class and practice or workouts, I try to get my homework done then. That way, my evenings are free for dinner and time with friends. I used to try and squeeze a nap into those times, but I find that it’s better for me to do my work in those gaps. Then my homework doesn’t cut into my sleep and I don’t need the naps in the first place!
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is the library patio. I always enjoy studying outside and on a nice spring day nothing is better than sitting in the breeze and listening to the fountains!
  • What are your plans post grad?  I intend to pursue a master’s degree in Environmental Anthropology after graduation.

 Q&A with Dr. Childree:

  •   What’s it like having Carris in your class? Carris is great; she's one of my favorite people. In class she's a mixture of exhausted, friendly, and tall, along with wryly funny and on-the-money smart.
  • What is your favorite sport or hobby? What do you like to do in your free time? I love college football, and watch religiously. I'm no football player, of course, but I do like biking and hiking.
  • How often are you able to watch your student-athletes compete? Not as much as I'd like. I think sometimes student-athletes assume their professors are too busy or aren't interested, but oftentimes it's just a matter of not knowing when things are happening. If a student-athlete asks me to come and I can, I always will.
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? The Classics department just moved into a new suite all our own, and it has quickly become my favorite place. Not my office, I mean, but the communal space out front where students and professors casually and randomly mingle in and out. We've had so many fun conversations already.
  • What is your favorite thing about teaching? Just like athletes lifting, practicing, studying tape: it's a bunch of people in a room all trying to make themselves wiser and better — it's the most amazing and beautiful thing in the world, and I love everything about it.

About Classroom Connections: Classroom Connections is a new, bi-weekly feature that showcases student-athletes away from the playing field and highlights the relationship between student-athlete and professor. 


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