Closing down the semester

The CLA has published its most recent alumni magazine. Carol published a lovely article on our M.A. alumnus Christopher Connor and his amazing work with Denver’s Road Home, a City of Denver program addressing issues of homelessness. Read the article here.

Eric is also featured in that essay and the next bit of news is about him. At the Spring 2019 CLA meeting Eric will receive this year’s CLA Service Award. In my letter of nomination for Eric, I write this:

He has served on ten university-wide committees, 20 college-wide committees, and 29 department committees. In his “other activities” section of his CV . . . he has recorded 120 different ways of serving. On numbers alone, Eric has earned this award.

Apparently, the committee agreed with me that he earned the award!

Allison has a new essay that is available online in QJS. “Obama in Selma: Deixis, Rhetorical Vision, and the True Meaning of America.” It will appear in the January 2019 issue, but is available online now.

Liz’s Storytelling, Listening, and Ethical Community Engagement class was selected as an Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts course for the 2019-20 academic year. She will be teaching with Michael Humphry.

Had a great turnout for cookies, tea, and coffee yesterday for the Thursday installment of the Holiday Tea. Join us today 11:00-12:50 in the conference room for more of the same!

And that’s what I have for this week, my friends.

We are closing down the semester. Some of you are finishing out your first semester of teaching with us. Some you are ending your first semester as M.A. or Ph.D. students. Others of us having been ending semesters for years and years. And all of us, I suspect, are ready for the change of pace over the next few weeks.

I will catch you with one more Friday Email for 2018 next week. I hope you all have wonderful weekends. For me some time spent finishing my annual truffle making saga. I will walk the dog. I will keep reading the latest book from the urban sociologist Richard Sennett. And I will be back here on Monday hanging with all of you!