As an instructor, you always remember those students who speak up and fire away with the tough questions that make you think.
Those in my Introduction to Journalism class here at the University of Alabama this spring will surely remember William Malnati’s frequent exchanges with me on things such as how I enunciated words, pronounced his name or provided the specifics of a journalism assignment.
Sadly, I won’t have the opportunity to see Mr. Malnati complete his journalism studies as he passed away Monday after an illness.
Despite his sickness that required hospitalization this semester, this 24-year-old journalism major from Centennial, Colo. did not let that keep him from staying abreast of the current events and up-to-date on his assignments.
He had a passion for his studies and took every assignment very seriously. I believe he made as much of an impression on me as an instructor as he did on other students in the class.
In my eight years on the journalism faculty here at the University of Alabama, I don’t ever remember losing a student who was currently in one of my classes.
I admire Mr. Malnati for staying focused and fighting this illness to the very end. His parents can be proud of raising a young man who was on his way to making his mark in the world, even as he pursued his journalism degree.
Today we celebrate the life of this University of Alabama student and remember him for the short time that we had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.
In William Malnati, we saw a true example of perseverance in the face of significant adversity.
I thank God for the privilege of having William Malnati in my class and for the opportunity to cross paths with him this semester.