NECC Profile: Ginger Hurajt
Ginger Hurajt is a reader, often reading four books at once, and for nearly three decades she has prompted, cajoled, and encouraged her students to become readers too. “I try to show them that no matter what you are reading or writing about, it relates to your world and can touch your heart,” she says. Her devotion to the written word as well as her students has made her classroom a popular destination.
Name: Ginger Hurajt
Profession: English professor, honors coordinator
Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, gardening, writing poetry
Last book read: The Overstory, by Richard Powers
Latest accomplishment: In April, I was recognized for my years of service at the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst, where I bring NECC honors students each spring to present.
Quote: “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell,
Profile: I’m a reader, a writer, and a lover of literature. I’m not afraid to take chances; for example, I come from a depressed steel mill city in Ohio, but by seeking out and following opportunities I attained my master’s degree in England, then made my way to New England. I love to travel. Recently I drove all around Iceland. I am planning a trip to Japan.
Why I do what I do: The Commonwealth Honors Program and Student Activities support student research and travel, and I’ve been privileged to help students present their work around the state and region. I love to see all of my students grow and become confident members of the college and community. They have so much potential. The world awaits them!