1971 was an exciting year; the gates to Walt Disney World opened for the first time, Apollo 14 landed on the moon, and the floppy disk was released by IBM. For uOttawa Professor Geraldine (Gerry) Arbach, it was the year that she first set foot on the uOttawa campus as a part-time professor at the Faculty of Arts for the Centre for Second Language Learning (now known as the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute or “OLBI” for short) – a position that she still holds today, 50 years later.
“I feel like I was a born teacher. I love what I do and I care about my students,” says Arbach, who still recalls how hot it was during her first summer in Simard Hall.
As she nears octogenarian status, Professor Arbach has lost none of her passion. The many testimonials from former students, TAs, and colleagues confirm that she has guided countless people to success.