After ten years in the religion department, Professor Richard Israel is ready for his time at Vanguard to come to a close.
“It’s going to be a nice change of pace. I have enjoyed teaching but there comes a time to finish out,” he said.
With retirement comes a time to reminisce. Israel reflects on his time with his students, as he will miss them.
“Some of my favorite memories would have to be lunch with faculty colleagues and students. As well as just teaching the material, especially when students get into the subject. It feels good to enlighten and teach,” Israel said.
Many of Israel’s students can attest to how much exciting the word of the Old Testament gets in his class, as well as how much they enjoy learning through conversation.
“His lectures allow an openness for debate,” sophomore Hannah Jepsen said.
These deep discussions both stimulate students and help them better grasp subject matter.
“I really like it when we have deep conversations about the material in class because it helps me to understand what I am learning better,” said junior Jessica Cardenas.
Israel has taught many different classes in his time, but Theological Themes of the Old Testament, as theology major course, has always been a favorite.
“It gives us a chance to dig into the Old Testament and figure out if God in the New Testament, is the same as in the Old Testament. He loves us and is willing to reconcile with us,” he said.
As he transitions into retirement, Israel knows someone will have to come along to take his place. For whomever that may be, he has parting advice for his or her time to come.
“Enjoy every moment because time goes by in a hurry. Be student-centered, be part of the students’ spiritual development through scripture and through the Old Testament,” he said.
Every retiree looks forward to being able to rest and relax after years of hard work. Israel is no different, and he revealed his plans for retirement.
“I plan on moving to Texas, as I have family already living there. I also plan on doing a lot of traveling. I also invested in a property with my kids,” he said.