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Communication is key; Professor’s preachings help students blossom in life

City College Communication professor Patti Redmond. Juile Jorgensen | Staff Photographer |
City College Communication professor Patti Redmond. Juile Jorgensen | Staff Photographer | [email protected]

Nicole Gira

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Guest Writer

College can give you the impression that everything about it will be hard. The workload, meeting new people, the new environment. The professors are usually the most challenging.

Choosing your college professors is always a gamble, because many can be boring, strict or lazy. However, there are also professors who are laid back and passionate. Patti Redmond does exactly that for her communication students.

Patti Redmond, 55, is a full-time City College professor. She teaches Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Persuasion. When you take a class with Redmond, not only do you learn about communication studies, you learn about life, as well.

“Intercultural Communication is all about diversity and that’s part of life,” says Redmond. “Sacramento and City College represent diversity very well and that creates a great connection in the classroom.”

In addition to teaching full time, Redmond has a heavy workload on campus. She has been working at City College for 27 years and continues to stay busy by serving on committees. Her roles include the Honors Scholarship awards, Academic Senate, department chair, hiring committees, faculty workload and more.

“Patti works very hard and makes sure that the students at City College have the best opportunity possible,” says Lori Petite, a communication professor colleague.
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Even with Redmond’s heavy workload, she still loves to teach her communication classes. She says her favorite classes always depend on three things: the semester, the students and her mood. However, she really enjoys Intercultural Communication. Yet she also enjoys her other classes. Public speaking is the root of the study of communication, and she says she loves being able to see a student evolve from a shy nervous speaker into a polished and confident speaker in front of a class.

Redmond’s teaching style is laid back and makes you want to attend class every day.

“My teaching style is very engaging and social,” says Redmond. “I demand respect from students when we speak our opinions and I like discussing uncomfortable issues such as race, because it allows us to deconstruct the issue and utilize critical thinking.”

Students like that they can have a voice in Redmond’s classes and that they can talk about sensitive and uncomfortable issues, including profanity, white privilege and politics.

“Patti’s class is great to take whether or not you’re a communication major,” says Madison Kanna, a former student. “Her intercultural class touches on so many different topics and you discuss many issues that other teachers wouldn’t dare touch.”

Redmond says she started her communication career in high school through a speech and debate club. After attending Imperial Community College for 5 1/2  years, she transferred to Long Beach State. Once she took a nonverbal communication class, Redmond became hooked and started studying communication. Communication studies struck a nerve with her because of the eye-opening teachers and diverse students at Long Beach State. After receiving her bachelor’s from Long Beach, Redmond received a full-ride scholarship to Pepperdine University to receive her master’s in communication. There she coached the speech and debate team.

When Redmond is not teaching she still carries a heavy load. She has two daughters, a husband, and lives on 5 acres that require work. To help take her mind off teaching, she says she likes to spend time outdoors, gardening and hiking. She also enjoys cooking, spending time with her pets and sleeping whenever she can.

Even with someone so busy, Redmond still tries to be the best teacher she can.

“Whatever you may study in your life, make sure it relates to your passion and will make you happy,” says Redmond. “It’s not all about money, but about becoming a complete and happy person with what you do.”

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