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I had the Honor of welcoming the Simmons Community to the Investiture of our new Dean of the Graduate School of Library & Information Science.

 

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I have been using a version of this wonderful old lantern slide projectionist for many years. And since it has been many years, my image manipulation now features the professor with long White hair and beard, rather than the previous black. And the Quite Interesting course is Communications Media. Designing the syllabus handbook cover has been quite a lot of fun. Several little elements added to bring the design together.

 

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The tent was a Giant this year. It arrived like the skeleton of a whaling ship upsidedown in the Quad behind the Main College Building.

It was my Honor to read the Proclamation announcing the start of the Academic Year. And it was a most beautiful day.

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I have a steamer trunk with a heavy padlock that I keep in a cool, dark place. All Summer long.

Before the Classroom can come alive again, the trunk has to be dragged out, exposed to sunlight, memories of Summer, and the promise of crisp Autumn New England Air.

Let the Fun Begin.

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It was a Glorious Gathering that I attended deep in the Summer.

Surrounded by the Joy of Reading. And the Joy of Writing. It was like waking up on a July Morning in Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine.

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As part of Summer Orientation for the incoming Class of 2017 I attend a luncheon with a group of students and their Orientation Leader. To assist me in the generation of conversation I created a series of drawings and pictures for everyone. Pick one & tell us what you want it to mean or think it is supposed to mean.

For me they are: an alarm clock=schedule your time. Upsidedown it says "bob." a speech balloon=ask to get into courses even when they are closed, two faces=did your mother take a class with me? did your grandmother take a class with me? :), a question mark="I don't know" is a perfectly fine answer, minus & plus=you may drop and add classes as late as 3 weeks into the semester, Hogwarts=consider studying abroad, the light bulb=ideas & at Simmons you are learning how to learn, which you will do for the rest of your life, the Citgo sign=if lost late at night follow the sign to get back to the campus, explore the city of Boston, books=good, baby's raised fist=I am woman from a commercial, the Simmons legacy, the empty square= ...

 

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  • Two days.
  • Making new friends.
  • Choosing courses.
  • Listening, daydreaming, worrying &
  • Seeing the Rainbow.

 

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As I prepare to greet the members of the Simmons Class of 2017, I remember bits and pieces of what it was like for me to come to college. I will never forget the three books that we had to read during our summer. As I pulled them down from the bookshelf (an article of furniture which was once used to contain books in their pre-electro-tronic form) I discovered new things about my experience with them.

Although I recalled the three groups of people identified in The Lonely Crowd I wasn't aware that it was a significant sociological study. It was a tough read.

All I remembered about George Apley was that it was set in Beacon Hill. No idea that it had won a Pulitzer or that movies had been made of it. I am inspired to read it again. 

Loved Lord of the Flies. That smudge of red paint over the line drawing of the boy trying to protect himself - it just said, "Horror!" As did the novel.

I haven't found out what the Class of 2017 will be reading, but I look forward to joining them.

 

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The Traditional Summertime Undergraduate Orientation is about to begin. The website is humming with activities and schedules. The Class Facebook page reflects the questions, anxieties, and EXCITMENT of the new students. Orientation Leaders return to campus to begin their training in guiding and welcoming the Class of 2017.

 

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