Sunday, August 20, 2006

On the eve of the last meeting....

before classes start. (yes, there will be more meetings, I know).

Tomorrow is a campus wide meeting--time to get out of my college and mingle. Although I don't expect to get much in the way of pertinant info at this meeting, it should provide some campus basics (hopefully). If not, there at least looks to be a good lunch planned and an evening reception (maybe with cocktails? boy do I deserve one after all the meetings I've sat through!).

What I still need to know:
  • How to get a key to the building (and eventually my office)?
  • How to log onto the university library system?
  • How to get the computer programs I need on my office computer?
  • How to get a blackboard site up and running for my courses?
  • Where is my mailbox?
  • Why does my computer give me an error message everytime I log on?
  • Where do I make copies? Do I need a copy code?
  • A million other things I can't think of yet....

What I have learned:

  • I am the only new faculty member in my college who got a reduced course load as part of the deal
  • My class is full (but I don't know how many students that is).
  • Where my classroom is for the first day.
  • The bookstore has possibly ordered the wrong book (?).
  • That my office is now vacant (but still needs to be cleaned and painted)--I have chosen a lovely light shade of orange.
  • Lots of other misc. things about the new U--but basically I just jotted down website to go to when I actually need some of this info.

What still needs to be finished:

  • Obviously, I still need to settle into my office (maybe next week??)
  • Syllabus is still not done. . .
  • Need to make a to do list of research projects/presentations/ due dates, etc. Can't even remember half of what I have going right now.
  • 3 remaining boxes to be unpacked at home.

All in all, even though the new semester is about to take off....the settling in to a new city stuff is finally winding down and my new house is starting to feel like home.


psychgrad said...

Wow - sounds like you've got a lot to look forward to. Exciting.

RageyOne said...

How exciting! I hope you get your answers soon.

Seeking Solace said...

Hope all goes well!!! Can't wait to hear about it!!!!

Abbey said...

Glad things are sort of clearing up in time for classes to start.