These Professors Made a Lasting Impression

When an Apple for the Teacher Is Nowhere Near Enough 1

Rick Chard for The Chronicle

Shafique N. Virani (center), a popular associate professor of Islamic studies at the U. of Toronto, says he has been asked to perform a student's wedding.

Forget baking cookies. Forget writing a glowing teacher evaluation. Angelica Chavez wanted to do a little something extra to celebrate her favorite public-administration professor, Michael Clarke.

So when the former student at California State University at San Bernardino gained her U.S. citizenship, in 2001, she became Angelica Chavez Clarke.

No, they're not married, Ms. Clarke is quick to point out. She didn't get the professor's permission to adopt the name "Clarke." She