Virtual Graduation: My 30 seconds of fame occur about 1:08:40. Congratulations to all my friends!
Started school, got a great job, felt like I’d finally figured it all out, took some library classes but was much more into the social informatics-type stuff and also my job my job my job. Went to France, dated some, felt pretty alone but also more like myself than ever before, applied to the doctoral program.
Started dating Shane, met a bunch of fantastic people, walked the Camino, lost weeks of my life to Moodle, started the doctoral program, got a for real job with the longest title ever, broke my arm, became a master of science!
Launched Moodle, left the doctoral program, walked at graduation, nationwide job hunt for both of us while working full time and taking three classes, moved to DC, started at the library, took a semester off.
Metadata, classes at GW, felt disconnected but actually able to do research at work, had an epiphany and put together a thesis project that addressed practical work and also my research interests, read and worked and collected data, hated job.
Last class, six weeks of frantic writing and revising, defense and Kams, and now….?
To: Faculty, Staff, Students
From: Robert D. Palinkas, M.D.
Director, McKinley Health Center
Subject: Handshaking at Commencement
Because of ongoing concerns about the possibility of spreading the flu virus, students receiving degrees and their families should not shake hands at Commencement if they have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection such as fever and cough.
McKinley Health Center will provide hand sanitizer on the platform at the Assembly Hall ceremonies so that graduates can, if they wish, use it before and/or after receiving their degrees. Members of the official platform party also are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer provided.
Everyone is encouraged to observe the other guidelines to reduce the risk of infection, such as covering coughs and sneezes; avoiding touching eyes, mouth and nose; and washing hands frequently.
Robert D. Palinkas, M.D.
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The Office of the Chancellor
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From: Caroline Haythornthwaite
Date: Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 5:47 PM
Subject: [Cas] Congratulations to Elizabeth Edwards
To: cas, itsupport_staff, all_faculty, phd
Congratulations to Elizabeth Edwards on successfully completing and defending her CAS project, “Examining the Preparation for Reference-Based Instruction Among Academic Librarians”. Committee members were Caroline Haythornthwaite (chair), Linda Smith, and Melissa Wong.
Raise a glass of (green) beer!
Advice I wish someone had given me, oh, five years ago.
One of my resolutions this year was to complete at least one craft project per month. I expanded that definition to be one CREATIVE project per month primarily for this month, when I went on a craft hiatus in order to write my first draft, which I turned in about 10 days ago. I would share pictures and stuff, but it’s really not all that interesting to look at.
February’s project, in addition to THESIS OMG PART TWO, is posting every day. This will be split between here, Outpost505, and various other less-public outlets. I tried to do this in November (I think) but failed. So if there’s anything you’d like to hear about, feel free to give me a blogging prompt.
Also, new project promises notwithstanding, I realized this weekend that I need to give myself permission to be bad at things for a little while until I finish my thesis. I need to do that, and I need to recognize it’ll be OK. It’ll be OK because in six weeks, this whole thing will be behind me! It’s kind of amazing to think about that.