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OUR BELOVED PATRICK

KAFU celebrated the 70th anniversary of Prof. Patrick Mitchell (PhD). For 14 years former INTEL engineer, Patrick Mitchell has been working as a teacher of Information Science at KAFU. That is his 14th visit to Ust-Kamenogorsk.

-  Our friend and like-minded person - Patrick plays special role in development of this university – says Erezhep Mambetkaziev, member of Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences, KAFU president.

In best kazakh traditions, the hero of the day was presented with luxurious peace of traditional clothe – chapan.

Patrick is an American with kind smile, who vividly personifies KAFU. Happiness and warmth, that he radiates, attract students, command his colleagues respect and develop friendship of many years. University executives, Patrick`s colleagues, friends, and students mentioned these many times during the evening. People, who were at his house, are surprized by the number of notes in his guest book. All these would be impossible without his hospitable wife Jaroslava.  By way of gratuity, in the end of the evening, Patrick`s students presented the film about their favourite teacher.

-  Patrick Mitchell was the first foreign professor, who came to our university with his family, with his wife Jaroslava, and his daughter Melody – says Galina Konopyanova, vice-president of KAFU. – Now, it is the 14th year of their coming to our city and working at our university. All people, who at least once heard Patrick`s outstanding speeches during seminars and workshops, will never forget it. Everyday Patrick implements principles of leadership on practice. But the most important is, what wonderful relationships Patrick builds with his students.

-  I am very grateful to each of you for your attitude towards me – says Patrick. – That is not a coincident, that my birthday I celebrate here, in KAFU. Teaching here is the most important part of my professional life now. When I just started that, I had no idea, what influence I would have on my students. But I had the goal to help each of my students to achieve their aims.  We always want to give more than only knowledge. For my doing all these I owe only one person, and this person is my wife.

In his speech, Patrick remembered his parents; they were hard-working people, who appreciated their family life more than anything else in the world. His father knew the value of education, so he is very proud, that all his children work in the sphere of education.

-  As you remember, several years ago I delivered the speech about world financial crises. I mentioned that qualitative education can be a key to solving of the situation. And you probably remember that I did an unusual thing during my speech. I took off my shirt, and showed my T-shirt with words “Yes-yes-yes”.

Gabdul Mautkan

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