Mike Richmond

Class of 1974

At Lyman Briggs College you are not a nerd, not a number. The size of the school ensures that your needs are addressed as an individual. The scope of the school ensures that you leave the program with a perspective much broader than when you came in. In the fall of i70, computers were behind glass and on raised floors tended to by specialists. Briggs students, as freshman, had interactive access (albeit at 110 baud!) and everyone learned to program. This was over 10 years before the personal computer boom. The exposure to computers changed my life- I moved from chemistry to computer science. At the time Briggs did not offer that major. But the administration supported my needs and we created a joint Briggs/College of Engineering degree in Computer Science. Briggs makes you write and debate about the sciences. My required term paper on Kuhnis The Structure of Scientific Revolution analyzed the authoris notion of scientific paradigms twenty years before that word became a staple of social commentators. None of Briggsi forward-thinking offerings are at the expense of the basics. Briggsi math and required science classes were always the smallest, the professors the most dedicated to undergraduate teaching and available to help. When I hit differential equations in the EE department, I was better prepared than my peers. Maybe they forgot their calculus lessons on the bus back to their dorms in cold weather. For Briggs students, it was a walk down the heated corridors of Holmes Hall.