Friday Spotlight is a regular feature in which we highlight a member of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!
This week we are placing Chris Sabino in the spotlight.
[It’s a bird, it’s a plane, NO, it’s… CASTMAN!]
The dude is suave, cool, and collected. As far as I know he’s running CAST, he’s a member of Faculty Council, AND… makes time to teach the language of numbers to our students.
Stepping out of the telephone booth, er, I mean room 1046, here’s the man with a plethora of talents and aspirations, the one and only Chris…
Q: What’s your HWC story? How did you get hired?
A: I firmly believe that fate (not necessarily a mathematical or religious notion) has played a big role in my life and my journey to HWC. I got my Masters at Loyola, Lakeshore Campus. Toward the end of my time there I got two e-mails, one from HWC and one from Truman, asking about being an adjunct. I sent my resume to both and got the call (while driving back from NY) from HWC and was hired. Two weeks later (2 weeks into the semester mind you) I got the call from Truman. That semester, Spring 2006, I was an adjunct at HWC, Truman, Loyola Lakeshore and Loyola downtown. It was fun. At the end of the semester, I expressed my interest into transitioning to full time and I got the job. Had it not been for that e-mail, I may have never realized that the City Colleges even existed given that I’m not from Chicago originally.
Q: What do you like to do when you ain’t teachin’? Is it legal?
A: When I’m not teaching and feel like having some legal fun, there are many ways that I fill my time. My wife and I do a lot of traveling. Though it gets a bit hectic (that’s how I like it), I enjoy seeing how things are outside of Chicago. When I’m around here, I enjoy hanging out with my wife and friends. Usually that hanging out involves legal quantities and varieties of beverages (I’m a bit of a beer connoisseur.). I’m not terribly athletic, but would like to be. I love sitting down alone with my guitar and singing, assuming no one can hear me. If someone can hear me, than it turns from recreation to performance. When I used to sing in groups, and on my own during college, I always enjoyed the rehearsals far more than the performances. Of course, I also enjoy puzzles and games (crosswords, jumbles, etc…), watching tv, listening to music and reading recreationally (which seldom occurs unless I’m away.)
Q: What it’s like to be you? It may help to look in the mirror.
A: My life is very hectic. I like to complain about it but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Despite my capacity to kick back and be excessively lazy, I always need to be doing something. I’m a problem solver at heart and even if there aren’t problems, I’ll create them to solve or try to solve others’ problems.. My wife and her family helped break me of this a little. My family, New Yorkers, always has to be moving, doing something. That’s how I am at my core though it may not appear that way on the surface. Right now, my focus is on teaching. I’ve spent a lot of time looking inward over the past 8 years of teaching. I bring a lot of myself into the classroom and seldom stick to my plans though I’ve realized that I am, often, an over-planner. The times that I feel most like myself and the times when I’m just going with the flow and reacting to a situation. I like the impromptu and improvisational possibilities in teaching, and, of course, in life.
More superficially, I’m 5’8″, so I’m seldom the tallest guy in the room. As a kid, I was teased about my height before my growth spurt though I hold no grudges. I love math and music. I used to say, before I got married, that math is my wife and music is my mistress. These days, teaching is my life, math is my field that I’m always looking to expand my knowledge in and music is my disjoint passion. I love making and listening to music but have not found the time to do so lately.
Q: What would you’d be doin’ now if you wasn’t teaching at our fabulous institution (or answering these questions)?
A: So, if I could live my dream and deal with the stress of it and have the talent to do so, I’d be singing, likely on Broadway or in a professional chorus or acappella group. Or maybe I’d teach music or philosophy, not math. Or maybe I’d be a bartender while doing all of the above. Or maybe I’d do absolutely nothing but read, listen to music, make music and travel….and volunteer and schools. I don’t think that I could leave education. It means too much to me.
Q: Who should be the next Friday Spotlight?
A: People who may not check e-mail for a while but I’d like to hear about=Rocco Caponigri, Adam Bounas
More likely to check e-mail=Art Divito, Dave Richardson
I’ll see what I can do about contacting these fine folks.