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Google Training

Google Training
I’ve been wonderfully busy at work with a few different projects. I’m spearheading efforts at Terrapin Tech to train our community in Google Apps for Education, now that we’re migrating as a campus from Exchange. There’s been a fair amount of grumbling from the community, as with any big change, but for the most part ...

Black Squirrel 2

Black Squirrel
There is a black squirrel on UMD campus! Every morning on the walk to work from my car, I look for this little critter. I see him frequently enough to wonder if there is more than one on campus, but for all his persistent appearance, I was unable to take a photo of him until ...

A Good Effort in “Troilus and Cressida” 3

A Good Effort in
On Friday evening, February 19, I attended the antepenultimate performance of “Troilus and Cressida” by UMD’s School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS). The play was put on as part of a campus-wide celebration of the Bard’s 400th birthday, and as an admirer of Shakespeare and college theater productions in general, I was excited ...

Coffee with President Loh

Coffee with President Loh
On Thursday of this week, I and seventy-nine other UMD community members departed our desks and made for University House, where we would be having an informal sit-down with our president, Wallace Loh. I was among the lucky eighty people who responded first to an email advertising this event. I replied for a spot because ...

Why I Joined Scribophile 2

Why I Joined Scribophile
Although I didn’t make big mention of it, last June I joined the growing group of writers and reviewers at Scribophile. I fiddled around on it for a few months very tentatively. I was a bit unsure about even joining the site in the first place, mostly due to anxieties wrought by the publishing establishment ...

Writers Here and Now: Courtney Brkic & Timothy Donnelly

Writers Here and Now: Courtney Brkic & Timothy Donnelly
Wednesday night was miserably cold in College Park, bitingly chill. I stayed late on campus to attend a fiction and poetry reading hosted by the Department of English at UMD. The coordinators had invited a diverse pair of authors to feature their recent publications: Courtney Brkic, an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason ...

Dear Mindy

Dear Mindy
When I have the time and inclination, I like to write letters to my favorite authors, mostly as a way of putting some good karma into the world for myself, but also with the littlest glimmer of hope that just maybe, they will write me back. But since I’m also keeping this blog (and it’s ...

#tdc1464 Your Favorite Watering Hole 2

#tdc1464 Your Favorite Watering Hole
TDC1464 This is currently favorite watering hole: Footprints Cafe, located just inside McKeldin Library at UMD. I’m a regular visitor for my daily caffeine boost. Bringing coffee and food into libraries is possibly the greatest marriage in the history of history. To create this image, I took a morning photo with my trusty iPhone and ...

Last Year and the Next 2

Last Year and the Next
It would be wrong to say there isn’t always a lot going on in my life, but to be fair to the busy and social lives of others, I try to keep my schedule simple. I enjoy a few activities and act social in short bursts. But entering 2016 feels like a whirlwind of goals, ...

Student Power at UMD’s DIT 2

Student Power at UMD's DIT
Student workers power UMD’s support technology base. In the Call Center, the majority of the staff are student employees, with a couple of full-time staff who act as leads. At Terrapin Tech in McKeldin, student employees are the reason we can be open on the weekend and after usual business hours (barring unusual circumstances like exams ...