A Walk with Honick

Storied history professor Jonas Honick is a renowned figure on campus. From his current position as history teacher, to  his former roles as basketball coach, senior dean, and department head, Honick has played an integral role in the Branson community. Of course, many of us know him for his sarcastic quips, his digressions, and his barking. The Blazer caught up with him this week in order to unmask the man, the myth, and the legend.

What is the most rewarding part about working at Branson?
“When teaching and coaching, being a part of the community is the most rewarding part. It’s all about relationships, right? And it’s about developing relationships and being able to connect with people and then hopefully drop a little knowledge from one generation to the new generation…We’re in a relationship business.”

Who or what inspires you?
“That changes from time to time, and it’s not any one person…Coaches, thinkers, writers, historians, people in the history department…You can actually get excited about teaching the students, and they can provide inspiration for you.”

What is your favorite quote?
Senator Wayne Morris, when questioned on his rationale for being one of two people to vote against a law, said, “Being a minority never proved one to be wrong”.

What about a piece of advice?
In the U.S. History class, one quote from Jefferson says, “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing”

How do you think your students view you as a teacher?
“Hah! I’m not going to answer that one.”

“Branson has always been greater than what happens in the classroom. It’s been a central part but there’s still more”