Carpe Diem and Sapere Aude

By Margaret R. Ewalt

During my six years at UVA I noticed how equally as many female graduate students as male students looked to David Gies as a role model. After graduating, I have marveled how Mr. Gies continues to offer the gift of his time. Out in the profession he continues to mentor us, often facilitating scholarly opportunities at the most well-timed moments in a junior scholar’s career. Mr. Gies has also done a great job of modelling how to enjoy academic conferences to the fullest, including researching ahead and making dinner reservations at only the best local restaurants. I can honestly say that even though I don’t see him often, Mr. Gies’s lessons on embracing life have been sustaining me since 1998. None of us can predict when horrible moments strike, and the most important role Mr. Gies has modelled for me is facing personal tragedy with grace and maintaining faith that things will always eventually be ok. He’s helped me craft my own versions of carpe diem and sapere aude and I am forever grateful.

Margaret R. Ewalt
Ph.D. UVA 2001
Associate Professor of Spanish
Wake Forest University