Courtesy: Farzan Faramarzi
Many communication students can identify the professor with the rolling finger mustache, short hair and business attitude. This is Nathan Snyder.
“I’ve a knack for media technology, which is why I choose media. I choose to teach because I have benefited from lots of people teaching me and I get a great satisfaction by disseminating that benefit that I have to other people,” Snyder said.
Snyder, age 40, is a lecturer in the Communication Department. He teaches COMM 116, 117, 316 and 317. He was born in Greenleaf, Idaho, a town about 40 miles west of Boise, with a population of about 500.
Snyder got his undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master of Science in Human Performance Technology.
Kim Oswalt, currently enrolled in COMM 317 with Snyder, expressed his opinion on the class.
“My favorite part about Nathan’s classes is that they are completely hands on so we learn more about the equipment and the production by actually doing it than we would just hearing about it,” Oswalt said.
Most of the communication students enjoy talking to Snyder and he is always open to help the students. Zac Strohfus, who had two classes with Snyder before and is currently enrolled in COMM 317 with him, likes Snyder’s attitude.
“I mean he is really good about knowing when to be professional and knowing when to relate with the students,” Strohfus said.
Snyder is married and plays guitar. Snyder doesn’t like any specific sport in particular. However, his favorite color is orange but it’s not because of the Broncos.
“It’s a color of the fall,” Snyder said.
Snyder can talk about media, music, audio recording, languages and even farming. Students enjoy talking to him about various topics, like how to raise chickens. Or the definition of the word “dude.”
“I read a lot. I discovered sometimes the way we think may be a result of the language that we use so I am interested in knowing all kinds of languages and the results of how people think,” Snyder said.
The grading system of his classes is different from the other professors at Boise State.
He believes that students should absorb the course material and definition. So long as students turn in the assignments and try their best, they
“I think it’s a really good grading system. I actually like it. I know some people aren’t happy, but I think it’s a really good way to make sure that everyone is well-rounded in their production skill,” Oswalt said.
Snyder always encourages students to learn out of the classroom. He believes real life experience is invaluable.
“Take the courses very seriously but don’t think just the course is going to be enough. I think you have to study on your own time and create projects and things outside of the class room,” Snyder said.