How it all started…

After my “retirement” from FSU in 2007 I immediately began teaching half-time with the FSU Panama City Campus–one graduate course per semester in the ABA Masters Program. I had been teaching in the program since 1999 and after a decade felt that I had learned about teaching at the Masters level but something was missing. With doctoral students our bi-weekly Research Meetings were a chance to cover a wide range of topics not included in any course but there was nothing similar to this in the Masters curriculum. I felt as if I needed more time with the students but not in another formal class. I would occasionally meet with students outside of class at my local Panera Bread coffee house and that was a great way to casually discuss issues they were concerned with. Then it hit me, we could meet there at Panera, the coffee is good, the parking is ample, and there is great food of all kinds. But, when to do this? It had to be a time when the students were available and hopefully had few other commitments, that sounded like a weekend, more specifically a Saturday. And it should probably be in the morning before everyone got caught up in their weekend activities. My idea was taking shape but I knew that it needed a name. “Conversation Hour” sounded too formal but generally described what I hoped this would be. I ran it by my wife and colleague Dr. Mary Burch and said, “I was thinking about calling it ‘Saturday Morning with Dr. Bailey’ what do you think?” She liked and I announced it to the students in the Fall of 2009.

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