Harry Paidas

Teaching Area(s): Communication

Title: Director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement
Courses Taught:
Public Relations

I have always been a carrier or creator of information. Had I lived a couple of centuries ago, I would have been a town crier. The modern version of that, of course, is the reporter. Couple that with a love of writing and you have my ideal profession—journalism, as it pertains to all media.

Professional Accomplishments
I have received a number of sports broadcasting awards that are especially meaningful because I have been recognized by peers for something I love and do on a part-time basis.

Teaching Style
I try to make every class interesting. I feel this generation of students needs to be entertained so I like to mix it up. Sometimes it’s lecture-lite, other times it is video and I especially like group work because this often gets students out of their comfort zones.

A Popular Course
I feel like I was somewhat prophetic when I designed a course for the major called Print, Production and Design. Of course, when it was developed years ago, the intent was that it would give students layout and design experience for newspapers and magazines. That course is still popular but the emphasis now is on technology and electronic means of communication. Who knew?

Best Part of the Job
My favorite part of the job is the interaction with the students. I especially enjoy being a part of their maturation process as they go from wide-eyed freshmen to seasoned seniors ready for what the real world has to offer.

There’s No Place like Home
My favorite building is van den Eynden Hall. It has been my home away from home. I worked there when I was a student at Mount Union. And, when I returned to work here, it served as the building where my office was located for 25 years. Ironically, when I was named to head the Regula Center, I returned for yet another stint in that building. When I’m gone from this planet, don’t be surprised if the ghost of Paidas revisits.

Mount Union Environment
Mount Union is different because of the culture that has been created through the years. Many universities differentiate themselves with concrete programs, but Mount Union is different because of the environment—an environment that is both challenging and supportive—and we do it better than anyone else.

Prepared Students
We have a great mix of broad-based education in the classroom and opportunities outside of the classroom, such as internships and study abroad. In addition to having an excellent career services office for placement of our students in the workplace, we have faculty members who are engaged in their disciplines and professions helping students make contacts and networking for future employment.

Research Interests
Public relations ethics, the intersection of media and public relations, the evolution of sports journalism.

B.A., English and Education, Mount Union College
M.S.J., Journalism, Northwestern University

In addition to having an excellent career services office for placement of our students in the workplace, we have faculty members who are engaged in their disciplines and professions helping students make contacts and networking for future employment.

Fun Facts

If You Could Teach Another Class
Greek culture—I am of Greek descent and speak the language. It would be fun to export my cultural upbringing to others.
Words from a Student
I am always amazed when a graduate comes back and tells me that something I said influenced his or her life. Most of the time I don’t remember having said what the student has remembered, but it is gratifying knowing that I have had an impact.
Favorite Quote or Motto
There is a great Greek saying that literally translated is “Bean by bean, the bag gets full.” This is appropriate on numerous fronts.
Surprising Fact About Yourself
I think people would be surprised to learn that I am deeply religious. I don’t wear it on my sleeve like many do, but God and prayer are very important to me.
If You Weren’t a Professor
I would devote full-time to what I already do part time—sports broadcasting and/or sports writing.
Places to Visit or Things to Do
I want to run the Boston Marathon, but I have to qualify. I have run eight other marathons including the original course in Athens, Greece, but speed isn’t my thing so qualifying for Boston is a difficult challenge that I am still trying to accomplish.
Favorite Movie
The Graduate. It was popular at the right time in my life and has so many interesting messages—both obvious and subtle.
Favorite Book
I can’t believe I am saying this, but Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I hated reading it in high school, but after reading some other works in college by Melville and enjoying them, I gave the white whale another shot and enjoyed it the second time through. I was too young to appreciate the book when I originally read it.
Hobbies and Interests
I am a sports junkie—I have done more than 1,000 broadcasts of sporting events on radio and television. And I am a late-blooming distance runner who has run more than 100 races of different lengths in the past six years.
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