To paraphrase a Chinese curse, "I live in interesting times." The past term has provided may surprises and challenges to overcome. In the Department, two of the programs were faced with staff reductions that lead to the need to revise the curriculum. We were able to finally get the changes approved. I several cases I believe that we made some significant improvements.
On a personal note, I was in the hospital for much of March dealing with a number of unexpected health issues. The good news is that several months later, I am feeling much better and walking over five miles a day (4.5 miles of that aerobic exercise). Hopefully I will be able to continue this efforts. I am down that I was unable to travel with students this year to New Zealand and Australia. Hopefully, I will get the chance to do that in the future. I also have not been able to plan my international travel. I try to spend at least a month a year overseas. Hopefully, I will get some travel in later this year.
Still trying to get the house in Charleston Illinois fixed up and sold. Once sold, I want to start looking for a place (or building a place) in Valdosta. With the air base, University, retail and travel serves, and manufacturing, there seems to be a lot of turnover in property in town. So, we are not in a rush to find a place. We will make sure that we find a place that we like and hast the facilities we want at the price we want.
Starting to look forward to Fall. I have finished designing my classes. I think I have finally worked out the wrinkles in the flipped model that I like. The result is a class that is full of activity and action to facilitate learning. It took a great deal of time and thought to get to this point. I hope that it works out.