“Committees Are Death”

Today was catching up on grading (two classes down, three more to go), which had been piling up for the past few days.  As the campus coordinator of the student literary competition, I was preparing student submissions for judging on Monday,  so that Monday was a wash.  Then Tuesday and Wednesday came and gone with nary a red pen to essay (actually, it’s purple), as I was answering judges’ questions and then prepping for the PowerPoint presentation I was giving for a Common Book session during the campus’ mandatory professional development day, just this past Thursday.

As much as I enjoyed my small contribution to the session — as much as one could enjoy giving a PowerPoint presentation for one’s colleagues —  in addition to attending a fellow colleague’s session, what I most enjoyed was, of all things, a video address by the keynote speaker.

The speaker’s name was Dr. Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida, and the title of this post comes from one of his quips.  Once he said it, the entire audience sitting in that performance hall — employees of the college — erupted into spontaneous applause.  In other words, his taped address was GREAT.

The other memorable quip: “I [Incomplete course grade] is just a pregnant F.”

My only wish — likely shared by everyone in the audience — was that the address couldn’t be in person.  🙂

Brilliant.

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2 Responses to “Committees Are Death”

  1. lizardqueen says:

    Brian: EEEP. That’s what I meant to write. Another example of why it’s not a good idea to blog when it’s close to midnight and I’m fighting sleep. 🙂

  2. Brian says:

    Do you mean that your only wish was that the address *could have* been in person?

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