ne of the things that make Quinnipiac professors unique is that many remain active in their respective industries, continuing to bring innovative, industry-leading techniques to their curriculum. Kent Golden ‘02, senior instructor of interactive media and design, is one of those people.
This past summer, the School of Communications instructor began the journey of writing his first novel, “Ricky the Time Traveling Trash Panda,” which was published earlier this year for young adults. The story follows Ricky the raccoon working through his mission of saving the planet from the impending climate disaster that is brewing with the help of another raccoon, Monique, and a young human girl named Emma.
“On the surface this might seem like just a fun adventure book about a bunch of animals, but it’s actually very deep in terms of the moral messages related to animals and the future of our planet,” explained Golden. “My hope is that when someone reads this story, apart from simply enjoying a fun adventure, it helps them to question their own choices in daily life that impact both animals and the planet.”
Over the years, Golden said he has been considering various techniques to show people different ways of thinking about these issues, and eventually decided to write a book to convey the message of kindness and compassion.