In the wake of the death of sociology Prof. Joan Zielinski, her students and colleagues remember her as someone with a personality – and homemade baked goods – that left them wanting to come back to her classroom.
“Joan put her passion for life into everything she
did, and each piece of her cake just made us want one more,” wrote
economics Prof. Mark Witte in a Dec. 16 email to the Harvey Kapnick
Business Institutions Program email list. Witte worked with Zielinski on
BIP for the past seven years.
Zielinski passed away
unexpectedly Dec. 13. She served as executive director of the New Jersey
Lottery and as a marketing professor at the University of
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Dean Sarah Mangelsdorf sent a notice regarding Zielinski’s death to
faculty members on Dec. 14. An official email has not been sent to the
entire NU community.
BIP assistant director Lucy Millman said
Zielinski was instrumental in developing a three-course series of
Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior and Marketing Ideology for
students in the program. Zielinski also taught Sociology of Complex
Organizations and marketing classes in Kellogg before joining BIP.
was regarded highly by many of her students. She was nominated for
Associated Student Government’s Faculty Honor Roll multiple times and
was chosen by seniors to give the annual “Last Lecture” at the Cubby
Bear in Chicago during Senior Week in 2009, Millman said. Zielinski also
coached students in the L’Oreal Brandstorm competition, for which teams
devise a product and marketing strategy to pitch to consumers in
particular scenarios. She led her teams to national finals in New York
the past two years, Millman said.
“She made learning really fun.We mainly supply professional craftspeople with wholesale turquoise beads
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learned stuff and they really enjoyed it,” she said. “It didn’t matter
what the subject … whatever she taught, she made it really fun.”
senior Corey Moss, who took Zielinski’s Sociology of Complex
Organizations course last winter, recalled various “maternal aspects” of
her personality. He said she would bring cookies into class and held a
nametag-making contest during the first week of the quarter.
created such a homey atmosphere,” Moss said. “She was the type of
person who closely resembled the teachers I had in high school. She
doesn’t fit the mold of your stereotypical college lecturer. She’s
someone who really transcended that stereotype and made herself
available to her students.”
Kolin Pound (Weinberg ‘10), a BIP
graduate and Zielinski’s former student, served as a teaching assistant
for her 300-level classes during his senior year and said he took “all
the classes she offered.” He said Zielinski lived her life to the
“I think first and foremost, she loved her daughters,
she loved her students and she loved life,” Pound said. “I think she was
somebody that I personally looked up to and all her students looked up
to, a brilliant compassionate woman that made the most out of every
Zielinski’s husband, Dr. Peter Alsberg, explained how
she resonated with students, saying that she sought to make her classes
“a real experience” and that she thrived most when speaking in front of
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you create a real experience, the discussion is more firmly stuck in
the mind of the people involved. And when she walked into a classroom,
for her it was theater, and out of the theater would come
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not in the classroom, Zielinski made time to serve as a mentor to
colleagues. BIP lecturer Robin Soffer said she reached out to Zielinski
for advice on becoming a better teacher after hearing how highly
students thought of her.
“She … really gave me a lot of advice
and was very kind to me and very generous with her time,” said Soffer,
who also recalled Zielinski stressing the use of humor in the classroom
as a teaching strategy.
Wayne was thought to be the next world
champion and at one time was in line to get the belt before Colt Cabana
and Adam Pearce left the title in the middle of the ring in Australia
leaving the title vacant as they finished their "Seven Levels of Hate"
series that saw Cabana win the tie-breaker but refuse the belt in what
the NWA called an "unsanctioned" match.
Chance Prophet, a former
National Champion, lost that title to Kahagas in a brutal match in
Florida in spring of 2012 and since then he has been lobbying to get the
NWA World Championship. Sources close to the NWA say Prophet, while a
great performer in the ring, because of his character, does not fit the
mold for what the NWA wants in a champion.
Erikson has been a
source of controversy after legal troubles and alleged mismanagement in
his role as booker for NWA Mountain State. Erikson was at the forefront
of a storm of disputation between he and the NWAMS promoter after a
number of shows were canceled last summer with virtually no notice.The
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According to sources Erikson had told the promoter he was able to
line-up sponsorship for the shows which included then NWA Champion Adam
Pearce, to help offset costs. The promoter would find out those
sponsorships had not come to fruition and when his out-of-pocket costs
skyrocketed to over $6,000 he pulled the plug on the shows leaving a
number of wrestlers without bookings.
The NWA itself continues
to be mired in its own controversy and the Board of Governors has come
under fire for poor decision making where major title matches are
concerned. With two of their three major titles vacant the announcement
made to fill the vacancies came each time with less than a week to build
the program leaving a number of empty arena seats which many say may
have been filled if there had been more time to properly promote the
NWA CEO Bruce Thapre and Vice President Chris Ronquillo
have seemingly turned on NWA COO Fred Rubenstein and rumors persist that
Tharpe and Ronquillo are trying to force Rubenstein out. Ronquillo
continues to be a bane for the NWA due to his perceived heavy-handed and
near bullying tactics when dealing with constituents and supporters.
Two long-time supporters Phil Varlese and (former NWA President) Howard
Brody have recently pulled their promotions out of the NWA organization
and have spoken out against the new NWA regime.