I have an idea. I'm going to try and make a bunch of these little grad hats to go on top of cupcakes for my graduation party. However, these little suckers aren't as easy to make as you would think. And, it is really hard to find an edible candy that can be used as a tassel.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The annual CSAA banquet was a wonderful time of celebration. I was asked to give the doctoral student speech. For the presentation, I did a modified version of pecha kucha which is a form of presentation with 20 pictures for 20 seconds each. I was honored to be asked. I was even more honored to win the outstanding doctoral student of the year.
Dr. Cooper awarded me this outstanding doctoral student of the year award.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A colleague who works in another office on campus brought in a cake today in celebration. Oh.My.Goodness. The cake was six layers of dark chocolate goodness with caramel in the middle and drizzled over the top. Surprisngly it wasn't too sweet but rather the perfect chocolate cake!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
It's nice to have days where you have absolutely nothing on the calendar. Although I've been working on edits myself, and sending them to an editor, today was a major catch up day on editing. My dissertation is due to the graduate school by April 28th, so I need to get a move on and turn around the edits from my advisor, committee, and editor quickly.
Today we celebrated Dr. Mullendore's farewell to the profession and to CSAA faculty. He has been counting down the days to retirement since I started ;) Unfortunately, the cake from publix didn't turn out quite like a golf course. Ha!
Dr. Mullendore right before he was the VP for Student Affairs at UGA.
Shannon R. Dean
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Today is our LAST tax assistance workshop! WOOHOO! This is Wendy our volunteer intern this semester. She's funny, and has been learning more and more about US sarcasm this semester. She always pulls something out that seems to make us laugh.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Today the staff celebrated my accomplishment (successful defense) during staff meeting. Leslie got me those gorgeous flowers and pulled together the cupcake and other congrats stuff for my door! I am so grateful for this group of people I get to work alongside. They are good people and I will miss them when I leave UGA and ISL.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Today I successfully defended my dissertation and became Dr. Dean. It's strange, but glorious. It's been a long four years filled with a lot of fun and learning, but also a lot of tears and grief. Today was a good day. My defense went well, obviously, and my committee offered great feedback into ways I can strengthen some sections of my dissertation (read: more edits) and publications that can come out of my dissertation. Dr. Cooper was really proud of the work I did, and I could not have made it through this process without her!
She also really, really loved the gift of a Texas State University mug and the tea from South Africa. After the defense, I celebrated with some friends at the capital room with drinks and appetizers.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
International Street Festival is a wonderful event held in downtown Athens. Faculty, staff, students, and the community come out to celebrate a variety of cultures. There are performances and musical acts, and 30 tables with international activities to try. We had approximately 5000 people show up, and stay for the day. It was a huge success and I'm excited to have been a part of it!
We couldn't have done it without an amazing group of volunteers!
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Today is my sister's birthday and she's traveling. However, I got a fun surprise in the mail from my mom and sister in celebration of almost being done! I got a couple of different things including a book for my upcoming trip to Hawaii! Thanks mom & CJ!