Fifteen Years Later

Fifteen years ago today, I moved into room 302B of the Central Campus Residence Hall at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. I did not know that I would put roots down in the Rocket City. If I had not co-oped, I would have graduated in 3 1/2 years and would likely have swooshed my… Continue reading Fifteen Years Later

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Back to School

https://twitter.com/gfmorris/status/103870228483686400 With more free time than I intended to have these days ((Again, thank you, AK, for that. You really pumped my tires.)), I’ve decided to go back to school. I still live close to my alma mater ((This means “nourishing mother” in Latin, which you probably didn’t know if, like me, you didn’t take… Continue reading Back to School

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Student Email Accounts at UAH

Back when I was getting my first ((I start my second on Wednesday)) baccalaureate degree at UAH, students were not automatically issued email accounts. This was 1997, and the University’s IT department created individual, access-limited accounts on a UNIX machine. If you knew what you were doing, you could do a lot of UNIX stuff… Continue reading Student Email Accounts at UAH

On Depression in College

In a post-Virginia Tech world, it’s understandable that colleges and universities would want to watch “at-risk” students. But as NPR notes, more often these days the schools are sacrificing the student to limit their liability. I’ve become more vocal in the last year about mental health issues, mostly because I’ve owned up to mine and… Continue reading On Depression in College

“We’re not sitting on the porch playing banjos down here.”

When we played Colorado College to start our season, Scott Owens, CC’s radio voice and a former member of the Michigan State organization, called our coach, Danton Cole, to talk about the Alabama-Huntsville team. Cole is an MSU alum, and so the conversation was free and easy. And then Owens asked about recruiting. And then… Continue reading “We’re not sitting on the porch playing banjos down here.”

Five Years

Well, today is Mother’s Day, so it means that UAH will be having commencement. [They’ve been doing this for more than the decade I’ve been associated with the school.] And so I realized this after I cleared out the cobwebs: five years ago yesterday, I graduated from college. I’ve now been out of post-secondary education… Continue reading Five Years

Norm Has Nothing on This Guy

My friend Norm—and most anyone who went to UAH from, say, 1993-2003 knows Norm—spent ten years working on his degree; amusingly, he now works for the university. But he has nothing on Johnny Lechner, who’s spent twelve years at Wisconsin-Whitewater. I love the closing comment: Michelle Eigenberger, an editor at The Royal Purple, said Lechner… Continue reading Norm Has Nothing on This Guy

Admissions Wonk

Dammit, UAH Admissions should still be paying me. I’m helping them get one of my co-workers’ kids away from the clutches of Auburn.

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SGA President? HA!

I was asked by someone last night—I won’t say who, to protect the innocent—if I was going to run for President of the UAH SGA next year. I tried not to laugh at the person’s suggestion, but it is pretty laughable. Why? Look, I was Executive Vice-President. I had a President who almost got thrown… Continue reading SGA President? HA!

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