“Out, out, brief candle!” As Shakespeare’s Macbeth realizes, life doesn’t last very long. So, we have to make the most of the time we have. While I know you’ve heard sentiments like these before, today, as we celebrate Professor Consalvo’s life and contribution to Southern Vermont College, the truth in such a statement is dramatically portrayed.
Though he wasn’t very tall, Professor Consalvo had a big role in all the good that has happened at SVC. He mentored faculty, and he guided students. He contributed to the administration, and he celebrated the staff. Professor Consalvo did all of this every day and every evening without complaint and helpfully.
As we have been thinking about good teaching that leads to deep learning in these entries for the past several weeks, I want to remember the professor who gave all that he had and more to these ends. While his candle burned too quickly for all of us, he did indeed bring a great deal of light. So, today and ever afterward at SVC, we remember Professor Bob Consalvo, and I want to cite Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55 as a testament to Bob’s everlasting imprint on all of us:
Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmear’d with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword, nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
’Gainst death, and all oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes.