TITLE: And Now We Return... AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: September 14, 2006 10:13 AM DESC: A ten-day break for big new projects ends with a one-day 'conference' here at the office ----- BODY: Ten days without blogging means that I have been busy. The work busy-ness has been two-pronged: teaching CS1 for the first time in a decade, and launching the department's academic program review, which the university requires every seven years. Off campus, in addition to family, the last two weeks have been my two biggest training weeks as I get ready for my upcoming marathon. Oftentimes, a conference is the "break" I need to get back to writing. (Next month, OOPSLA will give me my annual booster shot of inspiration and great ideas!) Today, it is a retreat of all the department heads in my college. We are discussing some of the major issues that face science and technology departments these days: fundraising, recruitment, and strategic planning. So I'm thinking about these issues right now, and I'll probably write down some of those thoughts here. -----