Friday, August 15, 2014

First week

We successfully made it through the first week of the academic year at SJCJC!  My colleagues and students are amazing and so much fun.  This promises to be a great semester!  The pictures below are of the students in the chapel during the general assembly on the first day of school (Monday, August 11th) and then dispersing to their respective departmental meetings across campus. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's official!

As of today, I am officially a member of the St. John's College Junior College faculty!  I now have an ID (below), a desk (the view from behind it is pictured), an office key, and a class under my belt.  Now I'm off to my second one...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ahhh, Belize.

Today marks one full week since I arrived in Belize to begin my sabbatical working at St. John's College.  On my past trips to Belize, our group would have gone back to KC after a week; but this time, I'm just beginning this adventure.  I have already learned a lot about the people (everyone has been so kind and accommodating!) and the city, primarily via my new bike (below).  Most days have consisted of walks and bike rides, trips to the gym, and working to prepare my fall classes.  Last night and this afternoon I was treated to excursions to local restaurants by my new friends and colleagues, and I look forward to more of these outings.
I will be teaching a course that is brand new to SJC, Genetics, so I am basically starting from scratch.  But

I can't wait to start the semester on the 11th!  Until then, more learning about the country and more prep for work...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Almost famous...

Well, I made it big. I'm on the Qiagen website!  Sure, they're a molecular assay and diagnostics company that only scientists have heard of, but the website mentions me and my research team at Rockhurst!  Here's the pic that was emailed out (I only learned of it through at colleague in Wisconsin) and a link to the rest of the story:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Family time

I have been fortunate enough to have spent the last two weeks with my family, and doing so involved meeting them in both Wichita and Milwaukee.  It was totally worth all the driving to see my parents and my brother and his family (all from Texas), as well as lots of extended family in both cities (e.g. all of us in Milwaukee, below).  My nieces are so beautiful and smart, and they're getting so big!  Everyone just got back to their respective homes in Texas today, and I miss them already.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The last few weeks...

...have been lots of fun!  I volunteered as a recycling monitor at a Bridging the Gap recycling station at Boulevardia (a local beer festival) in an effort to help make it a green event.  I also went to an interesting talk (with some of my favorite people, below) about the Cambrian Explosion.  And in the last week, Dr. Sturgill and I have been to two Royals games!  Unfortunately, they were both losses; but they made for exciting times at the K.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Biology Field Trip

During the last two weeks of May, Dr. Chad Scholes and I took five awesome students to Appalachia for our Biology Field Trip class.  We packed the seven of us and all of our camping gear in the Rockhurst Student Development mini-van and headed east.  We saw so much amazing biology, and even went to a Willie Nelson concert and hiked 8.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail!  What a trip.