Photo: Pat Piasecki
Recck has a long history at Babson, having first stepped foot on campus as a student 40 years ago. He still holds on to the notebook (1) from his first-year business law class. “I’ve just kept it,” he says. “It’s a Babson thing.”
Recck started teaching at the College in 1984, and his office sits next to the Math Resource Center, where he is faculty director. One of the more amusing honors he has received through the years was when students voted him “Funniest Professor of the Year,” an award he displays proudly (2). Recck uses humor to help brighten up his math lessons. “You have to keep students engaged,” he says. “It’s not always easy.”
Recck’s name, or at least his work, is familiar to Boston magazine readers. He calculates the publication’s popular rankings of public high schools in the Boston area. The annual rankings can cause anxiety in school leaders, says Recck, who receives concerned calls about where schools landed on the list.
On his office shelves, Recck keeps gifts that students have brought him from countries such as Bolivia, Burma, Canada, China, Scotland, and Thailand (3). “Those small things have helped me keep in mind the global aspect of the school,” he says. “I can become global without leaving the Babson Park campus.”