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

  • Lei Yang

    20 May 2020

    Mai laoshi, I have been so lucky to work with you over the last three years! You are the best office neighbor, always ready and patient to answer my questions…

  • Mike Kowalewski

    19 May 2020

    You know of course that you’ve had the coolest —excuse me, the most distinguished – beard on campus for some time now. You’re a class act, Mark. I’ll miss seeing…

  • Carol Donelan

    19 May 2020

    Best wishes to one of the most kind and generous collaborators on campus. Enjoy your retirement!

  • “Don’t worry, only the first ten years of Chinese are difficult. It gets easier after that.” Prof. Mark Hansell. Well, Mark, nearly thirty years after first studying Chinese under you,…

  • Santi Rico

    19 May 2020

    Congratulations on your retirement Mai Lao Shi! I know I might not have been the most disciplined or talented of your Chinese students during all these years but as I…

  • Marianne Gunnarsson

    18 May 2020

    我第一次和最后一次上麦老师的中文课就是上他的新闻课。我第一天一进去了那门课的教室听到他说的普通话,就愣了一下,我那么惊讶。我个人以前的偏见就是,嗯,他是来自美国的白人,所以他的中文可能不会那么好。我错了,我错了,我错了!!他的普通话是完美的。完。美。说实话,他的中文像一条河一样流利。那天,我决定了他在我脑海里会当我的行为榜样,因为我希望我的中文有一天能跟他的一样好,一样完美。我上了他的课就是2019年秋天。在那顿时间内,我学到了超多超多生词,也给同学一个有关联觉这个脑子里的现象的报告,也读了有关中国的集中营、有关CRISPR这个技术的新闻。我觉得上他的课之前我的中文脑子就是个小朋友可是上完麦老师的课以后我的中文脑子就是个成人了。麦老师给我很多学习的机会,也给我写一张推荐信。我感谢他。这个教授永远会住在我的心里。很抱歉我没上他上个学期教的书写系统课。

  • Juliane Schicker

    18 May 2020

    Congratulations on your retirement, Mark. I hope you can enjoy your cute house and yard, which I have enjoyed walking past with my dog so many times. Your presence will…

  • Adriana Estill

    18 May 2020

    Mark, Congratulations on retirement! I hope your next adventures bring you as much joy as your teaching and mentorship brought to those around you.

  • Fred Hagstrom

    18 May 2020

    Hi Mark We all try to do our best while we are here, leaving behind something, and having made deep connections with many people over the years. Next year will…

  • Christopher Tassava

    18 May 2020

    Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement!