Every once in awhile, students will show their appreciation by giving me a present. I discourage this; a thank you is more than sufficient, and even this I don't expect.
But as I wrote, every once in awhile someone will give me a souvenir bat (St. Louis Cardinals even though I grew up a Cubs fan), some small forks from Cambodia, a decorative vase, a Galilean thermometer, and even a fossil fish. You can see these displayed in my office.
Last week, I received my first poem. The author is Selene Ramirez.