Dear Dean Hazeltine,

Happy Birthday!

It has been almost 14 years since I walked into my very first class at Brown and had the honor of meeting you at Sayles Hall.. With the recommendation of Van Evanoff ('93), a good friend from my hometown of Valparaiso, IN and one of your TAs, I enrolled in your EN 9 class as a freshman, not knowing what to expect from your class, let alone Brown University.

Within minutes of first hearing, "Is everyone O.K.?," I felt at ease in your classroom and knew that I was in for a great learning experience at Brown. Ultimately my favorite class at Brown, EN 9, was special because of you. Your energy, knowledge and passion for teaching business is unrivaled by any professor that I encountered as an undergrad or a graduate student at the Kellogg School of Business.

I feel honored to have been a TA for your EN 9 and 93 classes and have fond memories of Sunday nights discussing HBS cases with other fellow Brunonians. I hope that you know that in addition to spending more time around you, my primary reason for volunteering as a TA was to give something back to your classrooms because they were so important to my Brown experience. Please call me if you are ever in the Chicago area or if I can ever be of assistance to you in the future.

Yours truly,

Kevin Hites
Class of 1996
Senior Vice President Acquisitions
Transwestern Investment Company
Chicago, IL

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