During his 22-year tenure at ECC, associate professor of physics John “Ted” Eltzroth’s fondly remembers his humble beginnings here in a way only a coroner could love and appreciate.
“When I started, the physics classroom/lab was adjacent to the biology cadaver room. For ventilation, the connecting door to the physics storage room was propped open so – formaldehyde!” said Eltzroth.
Much has changed for the better in those 22 years, including a better smelling classroom, and with the increase demand for engineering courses, Eltzroth's big wish now is to have another full-time physics faculty member.
We caught up with Eltzroth to learn more about his life and his work at ECC. Here is what he had to say:
In your words, what do you do at ECC?
I coordinate and instruct physics and astronomy courses and co-coordinate engineering.
What is your greatest accomplishment since you’ve been here?
My greatest accomplishment is reflected in my students—that there has been and continues to be even incremental advances in our students' foundational science understanding.
What’s on your “bucket list?”
To visit Norway in the winter and witness the aurora borealis during high solar activity.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Spending time with my two kids and playing guitar, hockey, and tennis.
Where was the best place you’ve traveled to? Or, where would you like to visit?
I was at Zion National Park with the family last year, and that's definitely worth a second visit.
What’s one fact we should know about you?
Grandma's cookies are a main staple of my diet.
What would be your “theme song?”
I used to strum The Eagles’ “Take it Easy” on the guitar quite a bit.
What was your first job out of school?
I washed cars after high school while at McHenry Community College.
What quote best describes your philosophy?
Currently, I believe that would be, “Knowledge and understanding are not amenable to a Google search.”
Complete this sentence: “I enjoy working at ECC because…“
…education is critical for the betterment of our world, and the folks here are getting that done right.”