Students step up to wish Randal Crawford well

Delta student Cody WIedenbein holds up his art board for students of art professor Randy Crawford to sign. Recently, Crawford had to take a leave of absence for health-related reasons. (Maddie Fordos/Photographer)

By Haeley Huggard, reporter.

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Randal Crawford is an art professor on the main campus and has taught in Delta College’s art department for 26 years.

Recently, Crawford had to take a leave of absence for health-related reasons. This moved student Cody Wiedenbein to create an art board, so that he and other students could send their beloved professor some kind words.

“The most powerful thing to me, is how him believing in you allows you to believe in yourself,” says Wiedenbein. “He makes you feel able, like you can truly approach art no matter how bad you think you may be. He’s always wanting more from his students, he genuinely loves the work they put out and he has this way of just making you feel like your work is truly appreciated, no matter the quality.”

Delta alumni Kelsey Bailey also had Crawford as a professor before she graduated.

“He’s one of the most selfless teachers I’ve ever met,” says Bailey. “People think he’s an oddball, because he is. But he means well. He will always help any student that needs it, either in or out of the classroom. If you had an issue outside of school that was affecting your work, Randy would try as hard as he could to help you with it. Even if he didn’t have to.” 

Michael Glowacki, an associate professor in the art department, was quick to agree that Crawford is a spirited and passionate teacher.

“Randy has taught at Delta College for over 20 years with a consistent enthusiasm for the fine arts,” says Glowacki. “Anyone that has had him as an instructor knows he attempts to instill a passion, work ethic and energy into making art. The art faculty are hoping he makes a swift recovery and returns to the classroom, which is where he would always like to be.” 

The Randal Crawford board is located in S-wing, near Room S201. There is a catch to signing the board, though. Students who sign the board are required to create a piece of original art, which can be drawn, painted, glued or taped to the board.

Wiedenbein designed this as a unique and creative way for Crawford’s students to show that they miss him and hope that he recovers soon.

“The fact that he cannot be here and be involved in what he loves most is unfortunate,” says Wiedenbein.

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