Happy Friday. I’ll tell you what, it was a bit of a shock to return to the cold and snow of Fort Collins after the sun and warmth of California. Nearly all of us at WSCA worked hard giving and listening to presentations, staffing our graduate open house booth, making sure the programs we planned (Andy was program planner for the Communication Theory Interest Group) went forward smoothly. I am not going to hide the fact that I also spent time with my oldest friend in San Francisco, with wonderful alumni at Olivetto in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, and meditated for a bit on the beach in Santa Cruz (the conference theme was mindfulness in communication, after all). Those things happened too.

But I am happy to be back with all of you digging into the middle part of the semester.

Lots of good news to share from the community this week.

For example, Karyl will be presenting a 1.5 hour break out session at the 2018 NAADAC (the association for addiction counselor professionals) conference. The session focuses on resilient families. Great example of engaged communication scholarship from our faculty, weaving Karyl’s communication research, teaching, and community commitments.

Meanwhile, Ziyu has two new online first publications. The first essay analyzes the data about graduate students and parenthood that we heard a bit of in colloquium this fall. The second is out of Ziyu’s work on Chinse Post80s generation meaning of work.

Long, Z., King, A.S., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2018). Ventriloqual voicings of parenthood in graduate school: An intersectionality analysis of work-life negotiations. Journal of Applied Communication Research. Online first. doi:10.1080/00909882.2018.1435901

Long, Z., Buzzanell, P.M., & Kuang, K. (2018). Chinese Post80s generational resilience: Implications of chengyu (成语) as guides for dealing with adversity. International Journal of Business Communication. Online First. doi: 10.1177/2329488417747598

Hayley is hosting her MA project on March 6th. You have probably seen the posters for the conversation about the criminal justice system and reintegration. Here are links to more information and to RSVP for the event. As the saying goes, space is limited so if you would like to attend, here is the RSVP Link for the event as well as the Facebook Event Page.

It is a short, sweet note this week. Fortunately, I get to see many of you over these weeks for our annual evaluation meetings. I am always struck as I read your materials and talk with you in the office just how committed, skilled, smart, and creative all of you are. You are doing amazing things. I am honored to hang out with you!

I hope you all have a good weekend. I am going to start mine with cheese and wine at Welsh Rabbit with Elizabeth and Sue. That’s a pretty sweet way to start a weekend, don’t you think?