Some of us were fortunate enough to have done Compensation in undergrad or as a graduate non-degree student like I did. But for those people who weren’t so fortunate, they’re suffering through the final phases of the FastCat project. That didn’t stop some of them from coming out to the Varsity Club though!
As you may be aware, one of our beloved professors is leaving us to go to Kansas. Venkat Bendapudi got us through Statistics and our 863 class, Business Practices and the HR Manager. His patience with us that were not great at math should be legendary.
It will be very sad to see him leave, as he is one of those rare professors who cares more about our education than cashing that paycheck from OSU. He is witty, funny, intelligent and passionate about all he does inside and outside of the classroom.
In order to honor him, about a dozen or so students descended on the Varsity Club patio to give him a surprise farewell. The look of shock and adoration on his face was priceless.
A few of us chipped in to buy him a bottle of Glenlivet 18, his scotch of choice. Peppered in with his lectures were exclamations of love for his wife, daughter, the program and single malt scotch. He mentioned the last one about 105,000 times. That could be hyperbole or just me being bad at math. We couldn’t think of a better way to send him off. His wife proclaimed that his speech to us at the Varsity Club was the one of the most emotional times she has ever seen him. The sentiment is returned, Dr. B.
Because it was a surprise party, he was unfortunately not able to stay long. But a few of us remained and continued to raise a glass to him. Here’s to you, Dr. Bendapudi. Best of luck in your future endeavors! You will be missed.