"It was a true pleasure to have the opportunity to learn from Professor Garivaltis."
"Great professor that understands students and is there for them. Allows for questions and clarity during challenging material. Fair in grading and would recommend others to take the class."
"Professor Garivaltis was one of the best teachers I have ever had. He spent a lot of time crafting insanely educational and enjoyable Excel demonstrations. He also explained every topic in multiple ways, allowing for people who learn differently to comprehend the information. His class was a breath of fresh air. Easily one of my favorite courses ever."
"Hello Professor, I hope you are staying safe and healthy. I was working on this spreadsheet this semester in your class, for kicks. I wish I could have had more entries, but CORONA...anyways, I hope that it brightens your mood a little bit--did not want it to go to waste."
"Fantastic professor. Prof. Garivaltis shows liveliness to the classroom. This is needed so much more in this university!! I learned so much. Such an incredible topic. Sports and Econ?! What more could I want?!"
"I took your Sports Economics class in the Spring of 2020 and bumped into you at Ross a couple months back. I really enjoyed your class and economics in general and it gave me the confidence to go into the financial world. I recently became a financial advisor [...] and I am definitely thankful for all the work in Excel spreadsheets that I did in your class. I’d love to tell you about what I am doing [...] over a quick Zoom call if you would like."
"Professor showed extreme knowledge in the course and material. Knows the importance of face-to-face lectures and understood the stress and the challenges of students during this time."
"I definitely learned a lot of new information in this class [ECON 360]. The professor presented the material well, even with the course being strictly online. The grading system and curves were very generous."
"Great professor." (2x)
"Prof. Garivaltis was very gracious & helpful."
"Instructor was very understanding with the pandemic and although exams were difficult, the instructor had great material and would help a lot."
"I really liked Dr. Garivaltis' way of teaching and the knowledge he shared with the class. He offered different perspectives that you don't normally get in other classes. It's regrettable that we had to transition to online classes."
"Dr. Garivaltis presents the material in an interesting manner, [and] uses in-depth examples of the theory. It is very very very evident that he knows what he is talking about, and there is no hesitation in his explanation of the material."
Gentleman's C: "I would like to know what options I have for extra credit. Preferably not math related. I need to make up for the first two problem sets."
"You're a really good teacher...and it seems like you already know that." --Kid in the front row
"He's a rare talent that can teach well while possessing such a profound knowledge of the subject matter. Our Econ department is full of great professors, and yet, Dr. Garivaltis contends for the title of the very best."
"I really like this professor. I think his personality is better suited in person. He is so [gratuitous high praise] but I think he thinks we are all on his level (in my dreams). It was [a lot of information]. I really like this professor. I have him next semester. I thought he was very fair. I hope some of his knowledge rubs off on me. I wish I had him in person."
"Everyone knows you're the chillest teacher [smirk]."
"I have Garivaltis--that's why I know so much about monopoly models [straight face]."
"Thank you for this semester even though it was cut short. Your class was awesome. Loved it all the way through."
"Cares about his students."
"As a math major, this class made me appreciate analysis and linear algebra even more..." --Appreciative undergrad
"Alex is a brilliant mind, and provided many documents and readings that really got me thinking from a business perspective of the owner and consumer. He is very knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects, and he cares about his students. He is an interesting character but he knows what he's talking about."
"Can I have a B? All I want is a B." --C student
"[Sad, resigned look] Can I have an A?" --A student
"Make sure that you give out A's to all your favorites!" --Indignant C student
"[Pure fear, deer-in-the-headlights facial expression] You don't have to be a dick about it." --Ph.D. candidate struggling to take a derivative
"I came here to learn. I want to work. I don't wanna be trash. You were the only one who showed us." --Student who can take a derivative
"Do you think with my current grade after this last assignment will be a 411/600, would it still be possible to get a B in your class considering the final?" --Not a B student
"[Deadpan] Trying to do this exam in front of me...I feel stupid [nervous laughter fills the classroom]." --Honors student
Industrious A Student: "It was evident to me that I will not be receiving a grade that will align with my standards of performance. I was hoping that from here forth I could schedule times with you to receive tutoring so as to make sure that I have a copacetic understanding of all the material necessary for top marks."
Wet Behind the Ears: "I plan on getting an A on our final in this class, and am just wondering if that would be enough to bring my overall grade to an A, and if not, is there anything I could do for extra credit to get me there? I intend on getting A's in all my other classes this semester and am really trying to get on the deans list [sic], so if there is anything I can or need to do please let me know!"
"Among the most humerous [sic] teachers I’ve had at Northern Illinois University."
"[Dead serious, stoic look] You were the only one who helped me."
"Thank you for a great semester! I appreciate all your efforts to make this class easier, from making outstanding Excel spreadsheets to making jokes in class. [Based on] my three years of college, I can say that you are an exceptional professor with a unique yet interesting approach to teaching. It’s been great having you as an instructor for one of my major classes."
"The past year has really made me re-evaluate my academic career, to the point where I am now considering switching majors to Economics. You and your class have made me feel excited about learning for the first time in a long while."
"My dream is to become a second Professor Garivaltis!"
"I am in your 315 Sports Econ class this semester and really enjoy the content/teaching style. I am getting a minor in ECON and have room for some more ECON classes. I've enjoyed having you as a professor this semester and was wondering what you are teaching in the upcoming Fall semester? If it lines up, I'd love to take another with you!"
"I cannot thank you enough. A letter like this will no doubt play a huge role for me while I look to start my career. Thank you for the kind words and wish you the best. See you on campus."
"Another day, another dollar." --Professor G.
"GO EASY." --Written at the top of a student exam
"Professor Garivaltis is my favorite Professor. This is my second course with him. He is very intelligent and enthusiastic about the topics he teaches. The combination of reading, lecture, and homework makes a good foundation to prepare for exams. The exams are very difficult. The exams are like in the movie Karate Kid where Daniel-san has to fight the Cobra kai, he is intimidated, scared and defeated, but once he realizes Mr. Miyagi gave him all the tools for success, he is victorious against Johnny Lawrence. I know the material covered in this course is far beyond the curriculum. After taking this course I am more confident heading into the remainder of my degree. The professor was also a great help when I had questions. He was quick to respond to e-mail and gave really thorough explanations. I really appreciate everything the professor taught me. Plus, he is entertaining and makes the best of the online format."
"Thanks again for all your help and advice with [everything]. It has been a nightmare in many ways and you have helped me navigate it in a big way, so thank you again!"
"There is something about Professor Garivaltis that seems to resonate with me; he is one of my favorite professors that I have ever had. There is a slew of information that he provides for students so that people who learn in different ways can still gain a whole lot from his class, he is extremely kind to his students and understanding of the issues they face. This class has been one of the best I have had, I cannot overstate this enough, this class and Professor Garivaltis have made me remember why education can be fun."