Graduate Dean’s Office

This morning I had a meeting at the Dean’s office, so I had to dress up a bit today, so I wore my navy blue dress, with beige polka dots. I also wore a grey light weight long sleeve shawl. I might be cold. I am always cold in some of the offices.
At the meeting we discussed, what is up and coming; the two reports that are due October 1st, changes in the job styles; most DGS used to use and abuse Grad Admins, but those days should be over and we have a clear cut idea of what we are supposed to do vs. what a DGS is supposed to do, confidentiality issues.
On the topic of confidentiality issues, since I work with both undergrad and grad. I brought up the fact that I had a confidential meeting with a professor about a student yesterday, and I shut my door, but the entry way to a professor’s office is in my office. One of the members of the Dean’s office, was shocked to hear this, she figured we all have our own spaces. I said, “No.” She said, “well that needs to change. you can’t be in that office anymore. You have to have your own space.” I just nodded my head in agreement, even Phyllis chimed in for me, and vouched for the shared space. She used to  be in my office, when they were trying to fill the position.
When we left the meeting, I filled Nancy in on what the Dean’s office said, and she said, “okay, we will move you, but we put you there because you are doing both undergrad and grad and thought it would be easier for you to be next to the undergrad advisor. I said, but I do both now. She said, “Yeah, you do. We are probably going to move you into Wes’ office, and then move Wes into Sorcha’s old office, until we hire an assistant professor, then we will have to figure out something different.” I just nodded my head in agreement with her plan, but she had to talk to the Chair too. I was so excited for my own office, and not have to share space anymore. It’s not that I don’t like the undergrad advisor; we get a long. It’s just I have to sometimes handle confidential matters and undergrads, and or Dan can’t be walking through my office. I will miss my office number 2410. I love that number.
Around 1pm, I had lunch with Frank at the Porch. He filled me in on everything happening in the Jazz office, and how the new grad admin in Music is doing. We talked about the Jazz Seminar and concert week. He asked if I would help at the survey table, and gather people’s e-mail addresses the day of the concert. I told him I would be glad to help in any way. I am excited for him and nervous for him, because it is about to get really busy. He told me he would e-mail me the draft for the posters, when he got back to the office. It was good to see him and catch up. I am not sure when we will have lunch again next month. It is going to get so busy for him.

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