Students Invited to Karen Watson's Memorial Service on Feb. 11
Karen Watson's memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 11, at 10 a.m.; and, students are encouraged to attend as emphasized by her husband Dennis:
I need to make it known that students will be welcome at her memorial which will be on February 11, 2012, a Saturday (so as not to interfere with weeknight homework) at 10am at our church, Eastside Christian Church, at the corner of State College Blvd and Yorba Linda Blvd just north of Cal State Fullerton. I would love to make a special invitation to any students of hers that would like to come. After the memorial service I am inviting everyone to our house after. It will be crowded but we will give students and others a chance to talk about her if they wish. It is true that she cared for her students, she talked about it with me numerous times. I would love as many as wished to be there.
In lieu of flowers, Watson's family asks that donations be made for construction of a water well in a village in India.
Here is Dennis Watson's description of the effort:
In lieu of flowers Karen and I talked about it and would ask for donations to MMS International for the ministry of "Home and Jenny Steward" in the memo portion of the check. These are dear friends of ours in India. There is a neighboring village to Home and Jenny that do not have access to good water because the water table is more then eighty feet down. The donations will be used by Home to build a well three feet in diameter with concrete lining and there will be a plaque placed on the well which will read in English and Hindi: "The Karen L. Watson Well of Living Water." Donations can be brought to the memorial service.
Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to:
MMS International, Inc.
P.O. Box 10302
Glendale, Arizona 85318
Memo: Home and Jenny Steward
If you'd like to share your memories of Karen Watson, please do so on our Facebook page. Earlier today, Karen's daughter, Lani, posted that the comments there have been meaningful to the family. There is also a link there to Karen's blog.
In his email to the college, Dennis also mentioned a video of Karen teaching.
Last night my brother watched with me the video of Karen teaching a math class, (I need to find out who gave that to me, it is a treasure!). This truly was my favorite class that I had ever heard Karen talk about, but I had never seen her teach before.
Dennis went on to mention that he and his brother learned about logarithms watching that video.
Thanks to Susan Davis, in the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Division Office, I learnd of the video and that it originated with Dr. Gil Contreras as part of a PAL training session. He was kind enough to locate the video and deliver it to me on a flash drive.
I'm working on converting it for our YouTube site but, I can tell you this: If Karen Watson can get me to understand logarithms, she's must have been one amazing math teacher.
Folks, Karen Watson WAS an amazing teacher. Check out the video to see for yourself.
Related: Karen Watson, 2003 Teacher of the Year, Succumbs to Cancer.
In this video from the 2008-2009 academic year, Cypress College Mathematics Professor Karen Watson explains logarithms and works through solving them. This is a portion of a standard class, and was recorded by the college's Supplemental Instruction program to assist SI leaders.
Editor's note: We are sharing the full video because of its value to those who want to comprehend logarithms, in tribute to Mrs. Watson, and in hopes that her exemplary teaching will live on. If you want to gain the sense of the impact of this lesson, you can watch the first 3.5 minutes of the video and the final 2 minutes or so (pick up at the 14-minute mark). The progression of the students is amazing.
Posted by Marc S. Posner