Ilya Mamantov, Russian Language Professor, had a real connection with students as well as being an outstanding teacher. My favorite memory was when he had a group of students to his residence for Easter dinner, Russian style…. best Easter ever. I ended up minoring in Russian area studies because of him. I used my language skills later in life when my wife and I went to Kirzhach, Russia several times to conduct a vacation bible school at an orphanage in that city.