English Department

at the University of Michigan-Flint

In these posts you’ve learned that English Department faculty listen to music, see movies, and even watch tv.  Beyond those things, though, how do we like to spend our time?  We thought you’d never ask!  Just read below to find out the unbelievable truth.  All things must pass, and with this post WATPA? says farewell until the fall.  Thanks for looking, and have a great summer!

Fred Svoboda:  Hiking, Cycling, Dog Training (Golden Retriever), Travel, Reading.

Janelle Wiess:  Besides reading, I also enjoy running (I do compete, but I have no interest in running a marathon), yoga,  and playing the organ/piano.  I used to scrapbook, but now I just make photo books on Shutterfly.

Stephanie Roach:  Going to the movies and live theatre performances; Reading books (particularly debut novels, preferably ocean-side)

Cathy Akers-Jordan:  1. Counted cross-stitch.  2. Puzzles (Sudoku, crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, puzzle-based computer games, etc.).  3. Research about Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, and Egyptology.  4. Writing about stuff I read (Seriously, I spend most of my time reading!).  5. Watching Eagle Cam


Brian Boggs:  My hobby time is limited, but I would say that it is politics. Not only do I hold a position in the community in which I reside (which has me going to meeting and events regularly), but I also like to follow local, state, and national politics. It is a hobby and community service.

Stephanie Irwin-Booms:  We like to make beer, wine, and mead at home. We play a lot of board games on the weekend; Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Lost Cities, and Taj Mahal are a few many people have never heard of.  Gaming has come a long way since Monopoly and Sorry.  If have time or energy, I read or play video games but these days, not much of either one.

John Pendell:  Running.

Jacob Blumner:  Beyond Reading and grading: Ha ha ha. In no particular order, biking, hiking, woodwork, sewing, scuba diving, fishing, camping, running around the yard playing various forms of tag, really just about anything considered “outdoors.”



Kazuko Hiramatsu:  knitting scarves; needle felting; baking; playing video games, the ukulele, and piano.

Steve Bernstein: music (listening to it, playing it, seeing it live), travel, cooking, running, reading.