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In the past 48 hours, three people I've not seen for a long time reestablished contact with me. This occured by phone, by email, and in person. First, Bjorn Loftis, former grad student now working at SBC, was on campus and came by to say hello. Next, Kathy Headley sent me email. Kathy is a friend of mine from Rice (my res college Will Rice College to be exact), and I don't think we've talked since graduation. She came across my email address on the WRC alumni web page. Finally, Steve Vlcan called from DC. Steve was in my first batch of advisees, before I perfected the perfect balance of goodies to give out at advising time.
When I was at IBM and living in New York, I observed that we should not get in the habit of giving going-away parties, because going-away parties will only encourage going-away behavior. Instead, those who go away should be shunned but upon return they can have a grand coming-back party, to encourage coming-back behavior.
So, in honor of the trio that made contact with me this week, come by my office for a special chocolate treat (OK, it's the usual stuff, but I'll offer a 2 for 1 special).
[no oatmeal cream pies, this offer not to be combined with any other offer, 102 students are especially encouraged to stop by]
Wow...didn't take long for someone to track you down on the WRC alumni page...
Posted by: James at March 25, 2003 8:54 PM
Yeah, I guess that's true, didn't think of it. When I went to find myself it took a long time to page down to my graduation year.
I wish I had put something witty in there now, but it doesn't seem easy to add to your posting without human intervention. The only other person listed is Alan Josephson, my roomate of 4 years at Rice.
Posted by: rkc at March 25, 2003 9:34 PM
Yum...chocolate. I will definately stop by.
Posted by: Nathan at March 25, 2003 9:45 PM
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