See what alums, colleagues, and friends remember about Mark’s many wonderful years at Carleton.

  • Molly Patterson

    22 May 2020

    祝贺您,麦老师!I was a freshman in 2000 with no plans to take a language. On a whim, I signed up for Chinese and will forever remember the first day of class:…

  • Hunter K

    22 May 2020

    Mark- Happy retirement! When I signed up for Chinese 101, I wasn’t even sure it was a language class. After Mark tricked us with a week or two of tone…

  • Douglas Totten ’16

    22 May 2020

    Mai Laoshi was incredible. I looked up to him tremendously during my time taking Chinese. His guidance greatly assisted me in studying abroad in China as well. From advising me…

  • Peter Mackenzie

    22 May 2020

    Before I took Writing Systems with Mark in my sophomore year, I recall being very uncertain. I had recently switched into a Japanese major, but had no idea how I…

  • Sofia Serrano

    22 May 2020

    You are hands-down one of the best teachers I have ever had in any subject. I still remember you holding up the stuffed rabbit on the first day of our…

  • Ross Warner

    22 May 2020

    Dear Mark, Congratulations on your retirement! My Chinese friends always laughed when Michael Wenderoth ‘93 twisted the Chinese name you gave me, “Hua Wu Nan” into his preferred nickname “Wu…

  • Jason Engdahl

    22 May 2020

    Thank you, Mai Laoshi, for your many years of teaching. I remember fondly both your skill and your patience during my hearty attempts to learn Mandarin. I must tell you…

  • Gus Holley

    22 May 2020

    Mai Laoshi, I want to wholeheartedly thank you for all your engaging and insightful teaching over the past four years in the many Chinese classes I have taken at Carleton.…

  • Justin Tiwald

    22 May 2020

    I was fortunate to have learned Chinese from Mai Laoshi (Mark Hansell) and Zhao Laoshi (Qiguang Zhao) in the mid-90’s. I realized even then that Mai Laoshi was an excellent…

  • Dana Dudle (‘93)

    22 May 2020

    Mark Hansell’s ASLN 111 Writing Systems course was one of the last classes I took in college (in winter or spring 1993), was completely out of my field (Biology), and…