A long time ago, perhaps 1997 or 1998, I had a fine MBA student at Plymouth State College named Derek Tilley, who came to study in Plymouth from his home in St. John's, Newfoundland. After his outstanding performance in our program, during which he took at least two courses with me, Shirl and I invited Derek and his parents to have a post-graduation lunch at our home, an event that I recall as a most-pleasant May cookout on our patio.
Since that time, Mr. Tilley, who now lives in Toronto, and I have remained friends. I attended his wedding in Montreal some eight or nine years ago. I drove to North Hatley, Quebec, to have lunch at his in-laws' home there a few summers back.
Earlier this year, when PSU's current Romanian MBA student Alexandru M. visited Toronto (and his cousin's family there), I arranged also a meeting with his fellow PSU MBA, Derek
Today, Derek is on his way down from N. Hatley to join Alexandru and me for lunch at Biederman's Deli in Plymouth. It seems he has a shopping list to fill here in tax-free New Hampshire, so is taking the opportunity to keep our friendship current.
Such events are among the finest rewards of teaching.