I traveled to Virginia Tech and took part in a Residential Curriculum Institute. Teddi and I met other Residence Life professionals from all over the country (and some super sweet gals from Canada) and learned a lot about some new up-and-coming trends in our field. We got to tour their residence halls and meet their students, which was a lot of fun.
|With the Hokey bird!|
|We were wined and dined multiple times. This was in the sky boxes of their football stadium.|
Teddi and I also presented at a state-wide conference in Chattanooga, but I don't have any pictures. We shared all the new technology we are using in training our professional, graduate assistant, and student staffs. We are now using online modules in the summer, interactive presentations via iPads, on-site assessment tools, and lots of cool stuff that no one reading this cares about. Teddi and I have been working on it a lot over the past few years, and we have really made some great progress in advancing our training processes.
I wrote a chapter for a book! A former colleague of mine who is now a professor at West Georgia and I wrote a chapter called "The Residential Experience" for a large book called Today's College Students. I have several articles published, but this is my first book chapter! Fun! You can even buy it on Amazon!
|That's my name!|
My staff is amazing and for National Boss's Day they got me treats and goats! The mascot I force upon my staff is the Tennessee Fainting Goat, so we love all things goat - and now I have handmade goat earrings! What?! Goats and candy. Love my staff.
|That's right, a Jane Austen air freshener! I think they may know me a little bit...|
|Goat earrings! I wear them all the time!|
I have a new office! Our area got moved into the new residence hall on campus, so I have a bigger and fancier office now. I splurged a tiny bit (aka coupons at Michael's and the Dollar Store) to get some new stuff to put up that would be worthy of the new digs. I miss our old little hallway, but I am getting more and more comfortable in our new space.
|I try to be professional, I really do. It just does not come naturally to me. I put goats and student-made trinkets on my door. And I always will.|
|Sitting area and look I have a masters degree! And a Chancellor's citation! Who knew?|
|Work table / showcase for I Dream of Jeannie cookie jar|
|New clock and professional looking frames for my certificates/awards. It is possible I counteracted the professionalism with the pics of the kids drooling and on slip 'n slides. Whatever. I tried.|
|Notice the kid's artwork still displayed, but I tried to make it a bit more nice looking than in the past.|
|Told her to smile so we could send a picture to Daddy while we stopped for food on our drive. This kid. Loving the oranges in the happy meals, btw.|
|Got to bunk with this mess while in Memphis. Sharing a twin bed with your struggling-to-potty-train daughter equals true love.|
I hang out a lot with my kids between the hours of 6pm and bedtime. That is mommy time. And the weekends are super special. I get cuddles and squeals and nighttime promises that Mommy will not go to work and will be here to play when the sun comes up.
And, last but most important, I have this guy who keeps us all running. The best dad in the world and the best partner in this crazy life!
And that is ME!