Happy 2017, everyone! It’s been a time of tremendous change for the world, and I’m happy to say it’s been time of positive moves for me. After a rather dark winter mourning the loss of Gary, I luckily poked my head up enough to see a job listing that seemed tailor made for me. And, dear readers, I landed the job! I am now working at UNH’s office of Military & Veteran Services, developing programming, leading outreach, and serving as an advisor for the student veterans organization, SAFA. So life now includes quite a bit of time re-learning Windows on a Dell machine on the third floor of T Hall!
My colleagues are marvelous–I first met my boss Karen Gilbert back in 2013 when she attended Make Sure It’s Me at WEST, and last October she brought me to campus to do my traveling version of the show. We had student readers from various departments, including Theatre, English, and Communications, and four out of five were veterans or active duty. The presentation and Q & A were extremely moving and seemed to make a great impression on the department, because here I am filling the role created by Navy veteran and long-time UNH employee Denny Byrne. I can’t hope to fill his shoes completely, but I’m having a crazy-fun time following up on all the important projects he has developed along with Karen, Lonn Sattler, and Katie Romero. Our biggest event of the spring will be hosting The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of The Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C., which will be on campus and available for the public to experience May 4-7. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.
I also remain on the roster of PowerPlay, David Kaye’s applied theatre company which provides interactive employee training on issues such as bias and harassment to university, nonprofit and corporate clients. I had a great time with them last year working with Easter Seals, UNH Manchester, and UVA. I have been learning a lot about improv, facilitation, and the enduring complexity of human behavior through my work with PowerPlay. CJ Lewis is the Program Manager and does an incredible job, not only developing and delivering training material, but also just getting all us ducks in a row, on time and in good form!
My work with HAVEN and assorted theatre projects keeps rolling on as well. But, as always, the most compelling part of my life is documented on the blog of Boris Pasternack, Siberian of New Hampshire. Click here if you just need some smiles in your life. Love to all.