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Date Posted: February 15, 2010
Name: Tim Hundley
Year Graduated: CIS '88
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Email Address: thundley@us.ibm.com
Employer: IBM

Message:  To this day, I believe Glenn Smith influenced my education and subsequent career more than any other person.  He taught me things about computing technology, and business, that started me off on the right foot toward a successful career at AT&T and IBM.  I have mentioned his name often over the past 22 years; always with fondness and great respect.


Date Posted: February 11, 2010
Name: Kristen Halberstadt
Year Graduated: CIS '09
Location: Arlington, VA
Email Address: kristinhalberstadt@gmail.com
Employer: Deloitte Consulting

Message: In all of his classes, Professor Smith had the common goal to make sure his students not only learned what the objectives were for the course, but made sure his students knew how the material would be applicable beyond the classroom and in their professional careers.

All of the classes I took with Professor Smith were favorites – Consulting, Forensics, and Database.  I admired the respect he had from his students and the way he taught his classes.  My favorite lecture would have to be my very last lecture with Professor Smith, which included the very famous Peanut Butter and Jelly and somersaults on the class room floor.

Professor Smith – I can not thank you enough for all the advice, lessons, and wisdom you have shared with me during my time at JMU.  I am so lucky to have had you as a professor, as are all of your other students.

I look forward to applying the knowledge you’ve bestowed upon me as I start my career.

Congratulations on your retirement! 

Date Posted: January 26, 2010
Name: Lauren Mottley
Year Graduated: CIS '06
Location: Boston, MA
Employer: PwC

Message:  Prof Smith made my educational experience at JMU a phenomenal one! His door was always open (and if it wasn't, you could find me sitting next to it until it was!)  To this day, I can't talk about JMU without mentioning what a great teacher Prof Smith was to me and all of his students.  He really did help shape me into the professional I am today.

Good luck to you in your next adventure Prof Smith!  Thank you for making my experience so great!


Date Posted: January 13, 2010
Name: Diane (Williamson) Albert
Year Graduated: Data Processing '80
Location: Durham, NC
Email Address: harrydiane@mindspring.com
Employer: GSK

Message:  I am a 1980 graduate ... first of all, what happened to Glenn's hair?:)

I can still see Glenn helping us pick up our boxes of punched cards as we sleepingly and clumsily made our way back to our dorms for a few winks before returning to the our allotted time on the key punch machines in the computer lab to finish our lab work ... my, how times have changed!

Glenn was one of the most dedicated professors I ever had.  My plan was to attend JMU for two years, get married, and start a family.  Glenn helped to open my eyes to a gift with computers that I did not even realiz existed.  I was the first in my family to receive a four-year degree.

Now, at the age of 51, I am still enjoying a career in the computer field. Thank you, Professor Smith!  You made a difference!!

Date Posted: January 6, 2010
Name: Stephanie Marino
Year Graduated: CIS '08
Location: Arlington, VA
Message: As a student of Glenn Smith’s for three years, I can honestly say that I have never encountered such a caring individual who truly put his heart and soul into teaching and mentoring his students.  I’ll never forget my first day in his class during which I walked in, snagged a seat in the back row, and sat there quietly.  It didn’t last as long as I expected.  Within five minutes, Smith had already called me out for not smiling and from then on out, it was known that he will grab your attention and keep it throughout each and every class with his humor and interactive teaching approach.

Thinking back on my days at JMU as a CIS major, all of my favorite memories take place sitting in Professor Smith’s office lamenting on lessons learned – academically, professionally, and personally.  This man has truly defined my college experience, playing an integral role in helping me to select my major, internship, and career path.  I firmly believe that I would not be where I am today if I didn’t have him to coach me along the way and there are no words to thank him enough for everything he has done for me, the CIS department, and JMU as a whole.  

Congratulations on your retirement, Professor Smith!

Date Posted: December 29, 2009
Name: Melissa Reed
Year Graduated: MIS/DP '86
Message: Mr. Smith would often have a stream of students down the hall from his office waiting for his help -- he would never give the answer, but guide the student to finding it themselves -- improving their analytical skills.   I will always remember his availability to the students.

But my favorite class was BUS444 --Data Processing Seminar. "You've learned how it's supposed to work.  In this class you're going to learn how it *really* works in the IT world."   And it was true.  Languages and management philosophies come and go, but politics will always be part of the equation.  What Mr. Smith taught us -- learning how to analyze a situation and how to avoid common "rookie" mistakes -- are things I still reflect on today.   My favorite memory from that class: writing a user guide to making a PBJ sandwich.  I firmly believe that exercise had a lot to do with my reputation for solid system documentation and user guides that users will actually use.   To this day, I review my docs with a mind of "Would Glenn rip open the bread bag?"  Thanks for giving us a solid footing as we went out to the "real world!" 


Date Posted: December 22, 2009
Name: Ward Ponn
Year Graduated: CIS '95
Message:  Both of these fine gentlemen were influential in making a positive impact on my CIS experience.  Dr. Musselman's COBOL and Advanced COBOL programming classes and Dr. Smith's C Programming class were among my favorites while at JMU.  Thank you both for your dedication and service!  Best wishes in retirement.

Date Posted: December 22, 2009
Name: Vern Poyner
Year Graduated: MIS '81
Location: Great Falls, VA
Email Address:
Message:  Glenn Smith and Don Mussleman were instrumental in shaping me as a student in my MIS major both from an instructor and advisor standpoint. They have contributed greatly to the graduates of JMU in the College of Business.

Date Posted: December 11, 2009
Name: Edward Kelly
Year Graduated: MIS '84
Location: Herndon, VA
Email Address:
Message:  My most vivid memory was watching Glenn Smith follow the IT Seminar students' instructions for opening a cigarette pack or making a PB&J sandwich, using his box of goodies, to demonstrate how not to write a user's manual.  

I had the good fortune to take 4 classes from Glenn including Advanced COBOL and Database Management Systems which covered, at the time, the relatively new Relational database management systems.  His classes gave me a foundation for further studies completed with a masters in IS from GMU and a continuing successful career in IT.  Thanks for being a great professor.  You've made a difference.


Date Posted: November 14, 2009
Name: Greg Dawson
Year Graduated: MIS '84
Location: Tempe, AZ
Email Address: gregdawson1@gmail.com
Employer: Arizona State University
Message: Glenn Smith, through his leadership in the IS Consulting Class, has had an outsized influence on how consulting is practiced by JMU graduates. As a result of Glenn's hardwork on the consulting class, a generation of JMU CIS graduates and their clients owe a huge debt of gratitude to Glenn. Given the number of people who have taken the class, Glenn can rightfully be considered one of the most influential educators in IS consulting in the country.


Date Posted: October 30, 2009
Name: Rick Mathieu
Year Graduated:
Location: Harrisonburg, VA
Email Address: mathierg@jmu.edu
Employer: JMU CIS & MS
Message: Glenn and Don have provided years of outstanding service to JMU.  They have influenced the lives and careers of many CIS and MIS students.  Please take a few minutes and share your thoughts!


Date Posted: January 13, 2010
Name: Diane (Williamson) Albert
Year Graduated: Data Processing '80
Location: Durham, NC
Email Address: harrydiane@mindspring.com
Employer: GSK