|My first clue that there was a misunderstanding: critics kept asking about the waitresses!|
As you know, the new faculty center will have its "opening" next Tuesday. It is called the CAFÉ.
I do hope that everyone realizes that the name CAFÉ is an acronym, like NASA and CREEP.* It stands for "Center for the Advancement of Faculty Éxcellence" (the accent is optional).
It is NOT "a small restaurant selling light meals and drinks."
The only decent description I have of the center (that has come to be called the CAFÉ) appeared in notes that my colleague took during an academic senate meeting in January:
IVC Faculty Teaching/Excellence Center – [Academic Senate President] Lisa [Davis Allen] had an idea and has full support from [VPI] Craig [Justice]. The concept is a space, a home, for faculty to gather, to be trained, with cabinets [to] house text books, journals, a place for colleagues to talk, a place to explore and test new software and technology, a place to do grant writing, – all things that relate to excellence in in teaching – a place to house people, technology , and support all in one place. We would be able to go into a space/place and meet with peers, discuss teaching, problems, strategies. It would be wide open. A morale booster of sorts.So, again, do not suppose that a café for faculty will open this semester. No. A "center" for "faculty excellence" will open.
One more thing: a quick reminder. Full-time faculty, be sure to get your lunch orders in early.
NOT LIKE THIS:
|A café in Vienna|
|An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (it was the closest thing I could find)|
MUCH MORE LIKE THIS:
Violins on television:
*NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. CREEP stood for "Committee to Reelect the President" (Nixon).
FOR THOSE INTERESTED: I've been spending a good deal of time on my family's blog. You might want to read this little essay that appeared there a few weeks ago: 2001: Ray's death. Or not.