Autumn Changes


Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?

In her poem, “Messenger”, Mary Oliver asks the question that has informed much of our wondering during these recent commotion-filled weeks. A New England autumn brings us a heightened awareness of the length and quality of life, and an opportunity for thoughtful questioning of the efficacy of our good work. And, just as the leaves shift color in their usual manner, we too are enveloped in changes, some predictable and others unforeseen.

A few days ago, we moved from our two-year temporary quarters into newly renovated space a few hundred feet west. We’re still on Main Street in Kendall Square, but now closer to a classroom portion of campus. We are located in Building E19 with entrances at 50 Ames Street and 400 Main Street. If you are on campus, feel free to stop by and say hello!

Our next campus event will be held this coming Wednesday, November 30, at 4:00 PM when we welcome Professor David Miele for a DUET seminar. Professor Miele is from the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and will deliver a presentation on “Increasing Student Motivation through Instructional Practices”.

In these newly and deeply uncertain times, we are drawing strength and confidence from the words of our president Rafael Reif who urges us to “[follow] our students’ lead [and] find ways to listen to one another — with sympathy, humility, decency, respect and kindness.” Listening carefully to self, others, world will be a worthy and necessary challenge for many semesters ahead.

Finally, along with all this, we are taking a temporary break from blogging. This was a new experience for many of us. We’re mostly pleased with our progress over the past fifteen posts since August and we have begun to identify ways to improve. We realize, though, that our initial conception of this work as a weekly sprint ought more properly be called ‘a marathon with weekly rest stops’. So, we’re going to regroup and come back to you in the new year, starting out again but a bit wiser and ever hopeful.

Grateful for so much, we wish you and those you love a very Happy Thanksgiving!

(“Autumn: Maine, Pond, Woods” from Janet Rankin / cc by-nc-sa)

On Our Way

Autumn Woods 2013 - Newton MAA while ago, many of my colleagues began to think about ways to more effectively share the good work we do here. Some individuals have moved on and others have arrived – as happens in the way of offices – but the ideas took shape and persisted and now are bearing some fruit:

Last year, we began to play more often in the Twitter sandbox (and will pass 1,000 tweets later this week). Earlier this summer, we launched this blog (six posts and counting!). And, in recent weeks, we have begun redesigning and adding to the content of our website. While we do not claim to be social media wizards yet, we are pleased and proud about these three new ways we’ve embraced in order to share our story with you, our campus, and the wider higher education community.

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