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New digs

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It's 32 years later and I'm back into the dorm life (only I have been advised to call them residence halls).

Old Master Competitor was selected for a faculty in residence program at Appalachian State, and I now have a crib in the far corner off the ground floor at Cannon Hall.

The sign at right was attached to wall outside my door...guess the students are happy to have Tom Terrific on board.

This is a very prominent gig. The protocol to being selected was stringent; interviews with both students and staff members were conducted to determine that I was the best choice for the job. Faculty in residence isn't about discipline, but rather to promote interactive time with students away from the classroom. This could be as simple as dinner at the school cafeteria, or the discussion on more weighty issues such as Lady Gaga's new 9-minute music video.

Having student access goes both ways. They can learn from me and I make no bones about it...I can learn from them. Relative to this blog is the fact many students embrace the outdoor mountain lifestyle in and around Boone. I had dinner Saturday evening with one of the resident assistants at Cannon and was made aware of several new hiking trails off the Blue Ridge.

So the move is behind me, I'm in a great new place and student activities await. I just need to get a colonoscopy and 100-mile run out of the way so I can get down to business.


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