Jeffrey A Pike

Jesus is the Hero of my life story. I grew up feeling genuinely loved and encouraged. Of course, I got disciplined plenty when I fouled up, and I recall my dad in particular saying "this hurts me more than it hurts you". I believed him. Turns out while raising my two sons I have had the same feelings. I think Jesus feels the same way. Maybe that is too simplistic since He is God and I am not. Anyway, I graduated high school, went to America's First Engineering College, married my high school sweetheart, served in the Army for 22+ years as an Airborne Ranger Infantryman, worked in an engineering firm for a couple of years, and now I serve as a senior lecturer. Several of my military years were spent in higher education. I enjoy working with college students who are getting ready for the next phase in their lives. All along the way, Jesus has been my Hero, disciplining and discipling me. I have noticed it's easier when I cooperate.

My Life

Favorite Quote

That's tough to narrow down to a single favorite. I'm going to share two. They're both from real people God used to shape me in a positive way. They could shape you, too. “What you tolerate, you condone.” “You’ve got a lot of potential. Use it.” Colonel (Retired) Cole Kingseed was one of my battalion commanders in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. I was asked for advice recently by one of my current students who is an ROTC Cadet serving as a platoon leader. He said he’s having trouble deciding when he should speak up to his squad leaders if he sees them doing something wrong. I told him “every time”. I shared advice a wise battalion commander taught me that if you see something wrong and don’t make a correction, you’ve just set a new standard. “What you tolerate, you condone.” I told him to be sure to speak up when he sees subordinates doing something right, of course. The best leaders do both well. Pat Wright was a wood shop teacher and a football coach of mine in junior high school. He signed my yearbook with, “You’ve got a lot of potential, Jeff. Use it.” It stung a little because I knew he knew I was not striving for excellence at that time in my life. Instead, I was settling for mediocrity. He pushed me to greater heights. I think of Coach Wright often as I continue to strive to measure up to what he saw in me.

Friends describe me

as not fitting the mold of a stereotypical engineer

My hobbies

spending time with family

Fantasy dinner guests

Is dinner the evening meal or the noon meal?

Best advice I ever received

Be strong and courageous. Never quit. Persevere.

My undergrad alma mater

US Military Academy at West Point, NY

In college I drove

I didn't have a car until I graduated. Then my wife and I used her car until it blew up. She bought a new one for us when I was in Ranger school at Fort Benning, GA.

If I weren't a professor, I would

be a stand up comedian

Favorite books

Don't Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table, It's Time To Win The Battle Of Your Mind... Louie Giglio

Favorite movies

inspirational ones like Saving Private Ryan that remind us of great sacrifices made for all of us

Favorite city

Arizona community between Homer and Lisbon, Louisiana

Favorite coffee

Stars & Stripes Java, Reveille Blend, 50% of all profits go to Semper Fi & America’s Fund to benefit our combat wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured members of ALL branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families

Nobody knows I

am an introvert

My latest accomplishment

Marriage. Since 1985. First date with my bride was February 13, 1981. Still glad the Valentine's Day Dance got cancelled to encourage us to cheer on our high school basketball team. Otherwise, my date would have discovered I can't dance. She might not have gone out on a second date with me!

Current Research

How wide, long, high, and deep God's love truly is for me. From the Bible's book of Ephesians Chapter 3, verses 16 through 19. "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:16-19, New International Version, Holy Bible