Friday, March 26, 2010

Jody Hoy

Jody Hoy - professor emeritus of Irvine Valley College, writer, photographer, activist, friend - died yesterday, March 25, 2010, at her home in Laguna Beach.

from The Power to Dream: Interviews with Women in the Creative Arts by Jody Hoy:

"There was a theme that was being played out on a daily basis in the lives of practically every woman I knew (not to mention my own): how can a woman satisfy the demands of the creative will and still preserve an intimate life? All the women I interviewed were driven in one direction or another by the fierce imperative of the creative will - whether to art, literature, psychology, or music. And all of them refused to sacrifice the private dimension of their lives: all were unwilling to give up the intimate and sexual rewards of a woman's life...These interviews document the joys and difficulties of being a productive human being in the shape of a woman."

More later.

(All photographs by Jody Hoy)


Anonymous said...

Jody Hoy was an instructor of mine and I just loved her. In fact, she was one of the best professors I had throughout my college experience. I learned so much from her. This is sad news.

Anonymous said...

I remember an interview she had with Julia Child in Santa Barbara near the end of Child's life that was well done, as Child could be prickly.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

That's a photo of the great author Tillie Olsen - Jody interviewed her.

Anonymous said...

Jody got that great donation for the Frogue recall - $40,000.

Anonymous said...

Jody was a stalwart during those very troubled times. Still was in some ways.

Anonymous said...

Great photos! What is it about IVC and great photographers? Anyway, nice to see you remember her when it seems the college has already forgotten. Shame. Any word on a memorial?

Roy Bauer said...

The college is a little late to the news, is all. I suspect we'll see something soon. My understanding is that the family is devastated and so no memorial service will occur any time soon.

Anonymous said...

Seems like they finally got around to it - but all they did was post what YOU posted...

Anonymous said...

Do you think Glen really wrote that himself?

Unknown said...

I had sent Jody an email yesterday, which didn't go through. When I went online a little while ago to see if I could find a better email address for her, I learned, with utter shock, that Jody died in March. Jody and I were junior- and senior high school classmates, and we stayed in touch until very recently. I've gone online to see if I could find out anything with respect to the circumstances of her death, but was unable to find anything. If anyone reading this post could provide me any information on Jody, I'd very much appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

I loved Jody. She was my mentor and friend. My life is so much richer for knowing her and I hope that I contributed to hers as well. Je t'aime, Je t'aime Madame ... avec tout mon coeur.


Unknown said...

Thank you, John (JAG), for writing about Jody. It's heartening to know that so many people loved her. I first met Jody in seventh grade, 62 years ago, and she sparkled even then. May her spirit light the way for us all. Alice Diane Kisch,

Deanna Hoover said...

Saturday, after teaching yoga, at the Surf and Sand Resort and Spa, on the beach, I called Jody to see if she would like me to stop by. Her phone number was disconnected so I stopped by. Renters told me my friend had passed. What a shock. Spent the day grieving. Dug up an old picture of us at my 40th birthday party and lit a candle for her. She is now spirit. I cried for me - I never got to say good bye. The last time I saw her she had a new puppy. I didn't know that would be our last time together. I will miss her. We were friends 38 years. I met her at UCI. She introduced me to Anna McFarland at Saddleback. Thanks to Jody Anna hired me as assistant Director of their Women's Studies program. I babysat for Josh. I am sad no one contacted me to attend a memorial or funeral or whatever. I would have wanted to attend.

She is my 1st friend to die. It brings to mind how my time remaining is limited and reminds me to make the best of it.

Anonymous said...


I am glad you found our modest tribute to Jody. Nearly everyone I know was shocked at the news of her passing. I don't think the family held a public memorial or service. We here - her friends at the college - miss her still.

Lisa Alvarez

take care - Lisa Alvarez

Unknown said...

Jody Hoy was my French professor at Irvine Valley College. I am so devastated to read of this. She believed in me. She took me with her to Paris and treated me, at times, like her own daughter. Her children must be at an utter lost, even now, 3 years later. I often drive by the college and am reminded of her guidance. I am proud to say I did master the language, finally, finalement. Toujour dans notre coeurs, Becca Williams

Rebel Girl said...

Becca, It's nice to read your fond remembrances of our colleague Jody. She was wonderful and you should know that her students - especially those she took abroad - made her very happy.

Anonymous said...

This morning I thought of Jody after quite a while and discovered she left us three years ago. This is a shock to me! I thought of her because I got up this morning and played Francis Cabrel's Respondez Moi. The first French song I had ever heard. And I heard it in her class. I am deeply saddened by the news about a woman who always gave her students so much. I was one of them and she changed my life. Merci Madame Hoy. One day I will see you again so you can hold my paw while I tell you what is new and good in my life. Safe travels Jody, et a bientot.

Rebel Girl said...

Thanks for your kind words about our colleague Jody. We miss her too. I am moved by the fact that through the years her students and friends have come across our remembrance of her and have stopped long enough to add their own. The tributes to Jody continue to grow which is a fine testimony to her legacy as a teacher.

Here's a link to the song you mention:

Just beautiful.

Unknown said...

Professor Jody Hoy was a brilliantly beautiful woman of amazing strength. As my French teacher, she was the best and as my mentor, she is irreplaceable. Thank you for introducing me to an ever expanding world of intellectual and passionate pursuits. I will miss and lovingly remember you, Jody.

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Goals and Values and Twaddle

blather: long-winded talk with no real substance*
The whole concept of MSLOs [measurable student learning outcomes] as the latest fad in education is somewhat akin to the now discredited fad of the '90's, Total Quality Management, or TQM. Essentially, the ACCJC adopted MSLOs as the overarching basis for accrediting community colleges based on their faith in the theoretical treatises of a movement.... After repeated requests for research showing that such use of MSLOs is effective, none has been forthcoming from the ACCJC [accreditors]. Prior to large scale imposition of such a requirement at all institutions, research should be provided to establish that continuous monitoring of MSLOs has resulted in measurable improvements in student success at a given institution. No such research is forthcoming because there is none….
The Accountability Game…., Leon F. Marzillier (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, October, 2002)
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I wrote a post each for the district, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College efforts. (See the links below.)
This verbiage—stated in terms of “values,” “missions,” “goals,” “visions,” and whatnot—is often badly written. It is sometimes embarrassingly trite.
It occasionally communicates something worthwhile.
No doubt you are familiar with the usual objections to jargon. Higher education, too, has its jargon—an irony, given typical college-level instruction in writing, which urges jargon eschewery.
Sure enough, SOCCCD G&V blather is riddled with jargon and with terms misused and abused. For instance, in the case of the district’s dubious blather, the so-called “vision” is actually a purpose. Why didn't they just call it that?
As one slogs through this prattle, one finds that "visions" tend to be awfully similar to “missions,” with which they are distinguished. The latter in turn are awfully similar to “goals,” which must be distinguished from “objectives.” But aren't goals and objectives pretty much the same thing?
These perverse word games will surely perplex or annoy anyone armed with a command of the English language. In fact, readers will be perplexed to the degree that they are thus armed. Illiterates, of course, will be untroubled.
Here's a simple point: the district and colleges’ G&V blather tends to eschew good, plain English in favor of technical terms and trendy words and phrases (i.e., it tends to be bullshitty and vague). Thus, one encounters such trendy terminological turds as “dynamic,” “diversity,” “student success,” and “student-centered.” Even meretricious neologisms such as ISLOs and “persistence rates” pop up, unexplained, undefended.
Does anyone see a transparency problem with all of this? Shouldn't the public, or at least the well educated public, be able to comprehend statements of the colleges' goals and values?
In the case of the district, to its credit, all it really seems to want to say is that it wants to teach well and it wants students to succeed. Admirable!
So why all the ugly, common-sense defying, buzzword-encrusted claptrap?

Districtular poppycock: our “vision” and our “mission” and our tolerance of twaddle - July 31, 2013

THEY BUZZ: Saddleback College's "Mission, Vision, and Values" - August 4, 2013

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THE IRVINE VALLEY CHRONICLES: no ideas, just clichés & buzzwords - Sep 30, 2013

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