Friday, May 29, 2009

Salt Springs State Park, PA





I had a nice trip to visit my friends Art & Bernadette over the Memorial Day Weekend. It's great to find a new place to explore. Just south of the NY state border is a picturesque little park in PA. The weather was great the entire weekend, and we went over the various trails. Unfortunately the llamas were out of sight, but I'm told they are really there somewhere. The Texas Roadhouse was delicious as usual, and now I know about 5 Guys hamburgers, although not great for those trying to lose weight. We also took in a B-Mets game. Here's hoping that Ypsilanti gets a baseball team after this year's experiment with the Midwest Sliders.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Commencement 2009




Graduation is always a nice experience, despite the long roll call of diplomas. Actually, this event was larger than usual, and we moved along expeditiously. One day I'll get decent regalia (I'm still using the throw-away stuff meant to be used 2-3 times).

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tenure and Promotion!


The good news came on April 30, although I had already left the office. So the envelope was sitting in my mailbox when I came in to the office on Friday May 1. It's nice that the news is in all caps to begin the letter. The process of putting together the dossier takes quite a bit of time, since you have to account for and justify your work in enough detail so that people who know very little about you will get a good sense of your work. It also helps to organize the dossier, so that people will know where to find everything they are looking for. I turned in the whole thing very early in the Fall semester and then simply have to wait as it makes it through all the committees at the university for the tenure process.

I'm very happy to say the least but am also not quite sure what to feel in some ways. There are other mountains to climb, but this is putting a big goal behind me. I will be directing the doctoral program, so there are many goals I have for that. I also want to produce more scholarship, a lot of which is in the works. I have a busy summer, so I can't just rest on my laurels, but I am going to be celebrating in various little ways.