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Dean-ing from home

Today President Vaccarino sent a letter to staff and faculty about changes to way the university works in lights of developments and decisions around the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Deans read books too (though not as many as we’d like)

It's the holiday season and in my house, no surprise, books are a frequent gift. I love the idea of a Christmas tradition where people exchange books on Christmas Eve. In Iceland, it's called "Jolabokaflod" or "Yule book flood." I read a lot of philosophy and academic writing about universities and governance. Fiction feels like a treat.

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Come celebrate with us!

Please join friends & colleagues at the College of Arts 50th Anniversary Research celebration in which we will announce teaching awards and kick off the festive holiday season! It's being held Thursday, November 14th 2019, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. University Club, 5th Floor UC RSVP to Jane Hawkes, COA.DeansOffice@uoguelph.ca by November 7, 2019

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Welcome Back Arts Gryphons!

As we enter the third full week of classes, I think I'm ready to pause, catch my breath, and wish you a warm "Welcome back!" It's been a very busy start of term. Each September I sort of wonder whether September just feels busy in comparison with August's leisurely pace. But no, it's just that busy. I'm just now catching my breath and getting back to my blog. Thanks for stopping by.

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What I did on my summer vacation

It's part of the ethos of the place. Yes, it helps that our President, Franco Vaccarino, champions sustainability and wellness. But in my experience at Guelph, an experience that spans union, professional, executive, and faculty employees, I've never been asked as often what my vacation plans are or how long I'll be away. Members of the senior administration team share holiday photos and talk about how good it was to get away and relax. Everyone puts email vacation messages on when they're on vacation and no one expects a reply if you're the one away. It's refreshing.

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