Annual Hawkes Olympics

Every year, my colleagues like to have a little friendly competition in between answering phone calls, testing new content, and developing high-performance tools.

The Hawkes Olympics tests our skills in events like corn hole, trivia, bowling, crossword puzzles, and more. Now, it’s about having fun and testing yourself more than it’s about winning, but it’s safe to say that Anna Margaret came out as the main winner. She won…a lot.

Check out the Olympics below!

What are we thankful for this season?

The turkey’s thawing out, the casseroles are waiting to be made, and the pumpkin pie is going to be a delicious memory (as long as your baking skills are better than mine and don’t burn it). Thanksgiving is just a few hours away!

I’m thankful for working with such fun, charismatic colleagues who are ready to celebrate the holiday tomorrow. Before we all see our families and friends and gain those inevitable five extra pounds, I sat down with a few of them to ask what they’re grateful for this holiday season. Check out their responses below!


Jennifer: “I’m excited to be spending Thanksgiving with my nephew. It will only be his second Thanksgiving!”

Alex: “I’m grateful for my dog Murphy!”

Steven: “I’m thankful that I’m able to see my family for the holiday. I’ll be with my grandparents, parents, and my 20-year-old brother I haven’t seen in a long time. I’m also thankful I’ll have a week’s worth of leftovers so I won’t have to go grocery shopping.”

Jeff: “I’m grateful for my two grandchildren.”

Florie: “I’m happy I live on the East Coast now so I can fly into Connecticut to see my family. I haven’t been home for Thanksgiving in six years, so I’m thankful to be traveling there today.”

Laura: “I’m grateful for the new experience of living down here in Charleston!”

Caitlin: “I’m looking forward to seeing my family in Texas this Thanksgiving. My sister and her family haven’t been in the U.S. for the holiday since 2010. This will be the first Thanksgiving I’ll be spending with my niece and nephew!”

Casey: “I’m thankful for spending time with my family. They haven’t been home in more than a year, so it will be special to see them again.”


 

From all of us at Hawkes, happy Thanksgiving!

In terms of fall terms, this one’s pretty great!

We’re keeping busy at Hawkes, and we know you are too! In the midst of all the classes, lesson plans, grading, meetings, and those small windows that give you a few minutes to grab a quick bite before running to the next class, you’ve taken the time to share your valuable input via phone calls and in-person meetings, stop by our exhibit booth at conferences, and meet online with us to discuss your goals for the next term. As Halloween approaches, we’d like to say it’s been a treat working with you. Check out a few of our photos of the fall adventures below!

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You’re the apple of our eye!

Happy World Teachers' Day from Hawkes!

It’s World Teachers’ Day, and we want to take the time to thank instructors who help us all dream bigger, learn more, and create better things. In honor of these individuals, we at Hawkes took a trip down memory lane and reminisced about our favorite teachers. Check out our stories below!

“One of my favorite teachers was Mr. Reeder from high school pre-calculus. He was awesome at explaining concepts and creatively teaching the material. He would make up songs to parody popular hits so we could easily memorize important equations! I still know most of the songs today!” – Kristin

“My favorite teacher was my 7th-grade chemistry teacher, Mr. Piggott, or Mr. Pig2oπ as we called him. He managed to make many middle schoolers fall in love with science, including myself! From hands-on lab experiments to games with the periodic table, he made chemistry relatable for all. I remember a project where we designed and built models of our own viruses. Plus, he was a huge Pink Floyd fan, and I’ll never forget the black light posters all over the classroom and his tie-dye lab coat!” – Tiffany

“My high school precalculus teacher used to tell us over and over that ‘something is not truly yours until you can give it to others.’  At the time I didn’t appreciate the wisdom in this, but now I see it as a beautiful description of the learning process.” – Kara

“One of my favorite teachers was Dr. Blount, my philosophy professor. He would spend the whole class asking us questions. When class ended, you realized you had just learned more from the discussion than you would have during a regular lecture.” – John

“Ms. Layne, my first-grade teacher, was my favorite. She was so positive and supportive. I used to clean her chalkboard while waiting for the bus each day because she was the sweetest lady in the world.” – Andy

“My creative writing professor in college, Mr. Larson, made us think outside the box. He made class fun and interactive. That’s why he’s my favorite teacher.” – Jenny

“My favorite teacher was Dr. Kreutzer at James Madison University, my Intro to Microeconomics professor. He was really funny and made the class incredibly interesting and engaging. He used relevant examples and interacted with each student so that we were involved in the learning process. I really fell in love with learning about economics through his class, and I ended up switching my major to economics because of it—best decision I made in college!” – Jen

“My absolute favorite teacher was my high school English and journalism teacher, Mary Strickler. Coincidentally, today is her birthday! Her passion for literacy and communications is contagious. Aside from being a great instructor, she is a wonderful role model. I have never met a teacher who is as selfless as she is. She is the type of person who would drop everything to help a student in need. I will never forget when she surprised me at my home one day after class with a chocolate milkshake just because she knew that I was going through a tough time. Mrs. Strickler truly does inspire students with her passion for education and humanitarianism.” – Rachel

“My favorite instructor was Mary Ann Raymond at Clemson University. She always found a way to make real world connections to the classroom and motived every student in her class to give 110%. I also spent part of my summer with Dr. Raymond in New York where she helped me develop lifelong business relationships.  I am thankful for my time in her classroom!” – Jen K.

“One of my favorite professors from college was Moore Quinn. I was with her for several semesters of anthropology class. She always had a way of drawing the passion from her students and connecting far-away issues to our world at home. A quote of hers I think about to this day is ‘Make it Strange.’ She challenged us to make our normal everyday practices strange, as if we were foreigners in a new land driving our cars or picking up our to-go meals all wrapped in packaging. Make it strange and think about things in a new light! Thanks, Moore, for broadening my horizons and leaving a permanent positive impact on my ever-learning mind. You are appreciated.” – Betsy

“One of my favorite teachers was my astronomy professor in college, Professor Richardson. He liked to do ‘magic tricks’ where he taught us things about physics. One day in lab, we had a competition between the girls and the guys to see who could set up a tent faster. I don’t remember how that related to astronomy (oh now I do–because he had the awesome idea to take us on an astronomy camping trip and we needed to practice), but his class was always very fun and challenging.” – Amber

“My favorite teacher was Professor Hoffman. I took one of his courses that was an inside-out  prison class on our criminal justice system and drug abuse. We would spend an hour a week learning the material alongside inmates at a local minimum security prison. The additional time of the class was spent analyzing the discussions and interactions that we had during the hour in the prison. It was amazing to learn so much about a controversial topic with people that were heavily impacted by it.” – Greg

“One of my favorite teachers in high school was my American Government teacher, Mrs. Fairfield. She always put in extra effort to get to know us as students and ensure she had an open, comfortable classroom. American Government could be dry at times, but she was able to convey concepts to us in such a way that made learning them much more active, engaging, and fun!” – Kelsey

“My favorite teacher was Mr. Laurenti, my high school AP Calculus teacher. He always made class fun, which can sometimes be a daunting task in mathematics! I’ll never forget the day he carved a potato in class to teach us about revolving curves around an axis. He had a great ability to add comedy to his teaching while also keeping impeccable attention to detail. I owe a lot of my love for mathematics to Mr. Laurenti and am very grateful to have had him as my teacher.” – Daniel

“One of my favorite teachers was Mr. O’Connor, my Brit Lit instructor in high school. He always made everyone feel comfortable with his sense of humor. He gave us assignments that challenged us and made us question what we read and how we ourselves wrote. He was a character; he had a wall in his classroom dedicated to Bob Dylan that included newspaper clippings and photos. I learned a lot from him, and I’m grateful I was in his class!” – Kate

August Travels to August Institutions

Our Training and Support Specialists and Courseware Specialists love being out on the road and meeting with instructors as the fall term begins! Our teams are dedicated to providing support to instructors and their students using Hawkes. We’re lucky to be able to see many instructors face-to-face and hear about their implementation stories, as well as see the courseware in action as students log in for the first time! Check out some of the photos from our travels below.

Soaring into the Fall Semester

As the summer begins to wind down, we eschewed cold sandwiches in the break room for hot pizza and outdoor games during lunchtime today. We took a moment to reflect on the past academic year and think ahead to the upcoming semester. Hawkes employees always work hard, so taking a quick break to have some fun in the sun is always appreciated!