Professors retire after dedicating over 20 years to teaching

After many years of dedication to teaching and being on staff, a few faculty members will be retiring and turning their career over to focus on other aspects of their lives.

Professors Lisa Marchand, Steven Coughran, Ellen Arden-Ogle and Christopher Impinna have all taught on campus for over 20 years.

ESL Professor Marchand has been full-time teaching for 28 years.

“I’ve decided to take a step down from full time employment to think about my work and what I’ve done over the years,” said Marchand.

Marchand said Cosumnes River College was always special to her and didn’t think she could have found a better training ground as a teacher than she did at CRC.

Given the opportunity to teach different students everyday, Marchand said she will miss being in the classroom and watching her students learn the most.

“Students who have taken my classes have become more autonomous as learners,” said Marchand. “They are encouraged to learn rather than how to get an A.”

Marchand said work is her happy place so she is looking forward to coming back to teach part-time in the future.

Professor Coughran has been teaching music for a little over 20 years on campus.

From music of rock to jazz, Coughran has taught students how to appreciate the culture and social norms in music from all over the world.

“Not many people out there are as fortunate as I am to be able to teach something you love,” said Coughran.

Over the years, Coughran has been active in embedding musical and cultural events on campus.

Coughran says he loves being a part of any cultural celebration because it is important for the CRC community to carry on these traditions.

“I’m going to miss seeing my students really engaged in the music that we do,” said Coughran. “Music is so much fun so if I can share and still get excited about it, it’ll give students a new perspective.”

Communications Studies Professor Ogle has been teaching and made great accomplishments with the campus for 32 years.

“CRC is the nicest,” said Ogle. “It’s the people here that makes it feel like home.”

Ogle has trained hundreds of people in conflict management and helped many colleagues in the district to teach in the internships program, as well as writing her own textbook so students wouldn’t have to pay out of pocket.

“There has definitely been a huge change to the college since I’ve been here,” said Ogle.

Ogle has also put in work with the studying abroad program over the last 13 years, giving students opportunities to study in countries all over the world.

Although Ogle achieved many accomplishments on campus, she said the most fun anybody can have in a classroom are with their students.

“I value the relationships I have with all my students and I love when students come back to ask for advice or just to visit,” said Ogle.

Having a great interest in making tea, Ogle plans to teach about it after retirement.

Director of Veterinary Technology Christopher Impinna started teaching in the district in 1998 at American River College and started at CRC in 2005.

“CRC will always feel like family because everyone is always so welcoming,” said Impinna.

Impinna said the most fulfilling thing is making sure students graduate and have employment opportunities.  Impinna has helped students overcome their fear of working with animals and go on to succeed in their careers.

“I am most proud of the adoption rates that we as a program here at CRC have gotten over the years,” said Impinna. “It has been almost 100 percent.”

Impinna has helped the program grow over the years with the funding to buy equipments that is needed to take care of the animals.

After retirement, Impinna wishes to do relief work for other veterinarians and become part of the Emeritis Association of Retired Professors.

“My students have taught and help me perfect some changes in the way that I as a teacher cannot teach myself,” Marchand said.