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November 13, 2011
About a week ago one of my earliest students was appointed superintendent of a very important neighboring school district. He was a very smart student more than 35 years ago and he is still smart today. The students will benefit greatly from his leadership and my sense of pride is enormous in recognition of his accomplishments. I have stayed in touch with this particular alum over the years. We even played tennis a number of times but I am a better educator and economist than I am a tennis player so the tennis matches were few and far between.
November 13, 2011
I have been to State College, PA, exactly once in my life, and then it was to visit friends in a Quaker retirement community there. I don't know anyone who currently attends Penn State.
November 11, 2011
Somewhere, a provost is feeling a little naked.
November 11, 2011
Call a lawyer today!  That is more or less why I have come to D.C. for the NACUA conference on compliance for the last couple of days. I wanted to hone in on what, precisely, the legal language would be in a vendor contract to address the need that higher education has to protect its institutional information and take advantage of selective cloud providers of transmission and storage services.
November 11, 2011
The future, for colleges and universities, will require that we re-establish the local ties that many of us have been moving away from for generations. Operating a campus sustainably -- simply administering, lighting, heating, and plumbing its buildings; feeding their occupants; providing necessary supplies and handling physical output streams -- will require that the institution adjust, adapt, and rethink very much in integration with moves made by the surrounding community.
November 11, 2011
Today a colleague and I were feeling discouraged about the library sessions we’d been having with first year students.
November 10, 2011
I will threaten financial, if not physical, punishment for the next student who sits opposite me and glibly announces that s/he desires, “time off.”  These seniors then expect me to find them a fellowship for the self-proclaimed period of inaction.
November 10, 2011
Can an academic decide, mid-career, to reinvent herself? I'll find out since that's exactly what I'm going to try and do. Digital Humanities, here I come! 
November 10, 2011
At dinner last night, TW saw a ladybug crawling on the wall.  I was drafted to catch it and set it loose outside, but it fell to the floor and scurried under the rug.

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