I'm a college student, and it's the last semester teaching for one of my professors. He's a really incredible guy- he's actually been lecturing unpaid (!) for the last 17 years (!!) just for the sheer joy of teaching electromagnetics. As someone else put it, "he's who you think of when you think of a university lecturer". We're all sad to be his last class.
He has a little squeaky alligator toy that he brings to class every day: this
) is almost exactly it. (Here
is another similar item with a larger photo- although the alligator I'm talking about is smaller, maybe 8" long from nose to tail.) Somebody has to squeak the alligator at the end of lecture so that he stops talking, since we don't have bells and he'll keep talking forever otherwise.
I'd really love to give him a great farewell gift as a class, and I thought it'd be fun to get an alligator trophy made for him. Ideally, I'd get a version of that alligator cast and mounted on a little base, maybe with something engraved on the front of the base. But I don't really know how to do this. Who should I talk to? Do trophy shops do this sort of thing? How much will it cost?
Some other bits:
- It's a class of 15-20 people. I assume people would be willing to chip in normal college student amounts, $10-15ish, so it would be great if this cost under $200. If it's slightly more I can make up the difference, but I gotta eat too.
- The original alligator is in his office, and I could probably get in and steal it over the weekend for casting or some such, as long as the process was non-destructive. If that's not possible, maybe I could find another alligator to purchase somewhere, although it's fairly old so that's not a sure bet.
- The last lecture is Dec. 5 or so, so this needs to be done this month.