“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
“Information is what we are all about. We are passionate about data management, information literacy, accessibility, preservation, connecting communities and many more current information topics. This blog is a reflection of that passion: Stories from our community of innovative information managers who are turning their knowledge into action, within Dalhousie and beyond.” INFORM
The Year 2018 celebrated #DAL200, the beginning of Dalhousie’s third century, a profound testament to the resilience of scholarship that has been passed down from generation to generation. The year 2019 heralds another Dalhousie milestone. The School of Information Management will commemorate its 50th anniversary. Our sister blog, INFORM, will be featuring the event in the coming months. We highly recommend a visit to this exciting virtual space.
CEGE Connection reached out to Kim Humes, INFORM’s Editor and Blog Coordinator, to share her thoughts on creating a virtual space that discusses cutting-edge research within the complex world of information management.
INFORM is a wonderful way to keep up-to-date about information management. Our blog articles are mostly about people in the School of Information (SIM) and what they are up to. We love to highlight the accomplishments of our students, faculty and alumni whenever possible. Feedback from our readership indicates that these articles attract the greatest interest. For example, a recent post highlighted a public lecture given by Anatoliy Gruzd & Philip Maia.
INFORM advertises upcoming events, such as the SIMAA Welcome Reception, and recaps past ones (both our events, and external events that may be of interest those in our community). We also advertise IM-related jobs or volunteer opportunities and share updates about our faculty research projects and awards. We may be a small school, but our faculty and alumni are remarkable. SIM’s stellar research and accomplishments are prolific, relative to our size, and are well-known within academic and business circles. INFORM blog is rarely at a loss for content!
My 5-year anniversary as Editor and Blog Coordinator for INFORM is only a few months away. I have enjoyed being involved in this exciting project that continues to respond to an ever-changing technological environment. Over the years, INFORM has transitioned from a biannual newsletter to a dynamic virtual space. Back issues of the newsletter are available on the School of Information Management website. Our blog was separate and entitled “SIMCast”. In August 2016, we renamed the blog “INFORM” and discontinued the newsletter in an effort to streamline our communications. The blog provides a more active way of sharing news in real-time, and provides readers with a more accessible, central place for news coming out of SIM.
SIM50 promises to be an outstanding celebration. We have many plans for SIM50! Most are still in flux, but the anniversary will run officially from September 2019 to August 2020 (as in the 2019-2020 academic year, which aligns with our usual timelines). We hope to hold a signature event here on campus in October 2019, to coincide with Dalhousie Homecoming, but there will be lots of other fun things happening throughout the year. In the meantime, we recommend people keep an eye on the SIM50 pages of the Blog and Website and the #SIM50 hashtag on Facebook/Twitter.
Stay tuned for more information, which will be sent via e-mail to those on our mailing list. If you would like to know more about SIM50 or add your name as a volunteer, we encourage you contact us at email@example.com. We appreciate your help in creating a memorable celebration.
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As the Class of 2018 graduation approached, I had the opportunity to reflect on the MBA (FS) program, a three-year journey which offered rigorous challenges while achieving personal success. Throughout my MBA(FS) years, I met professors and classmates who left a lasting impression in my life and provided an endless amount of camaraderie as we travelled our journey together.
What sparked my interest to pursue the MBA (FS) degree was somewhat unconventional. As many colleagues, mentors, leaders, and friends have taken their path through the program, it was a family legacy that truly guided me to DAL. Seventeen years ago, my mother, Ann Etter, graduated from the MBA (FS) program. As a high school student at the time, we could be found doing our homework collectively at the dining room table. Her discipline in managing work, school, a home, and an emotional teenager seemed effortless. Looking back, I recognize the many challenges she faced in completing her MBA(FS). During those formative years, my identity was created, including my belief in life-long learning. I have a huge respect and appreciation for my mother’s mentorship. It is a privilege to be able to complete this program and walk in the footprints of such an accomplished woman.
Applying for a graduate program was intimidating, particularly since I had been out of school and in the workforce for over a decade. Studies were stimulating and difficult but worth every second. The MBA(FS) gave me the skill-sets to recognize opportunities and participate within a complex, evolving environment.
Since moving to Ontario, my journey is slightly different. I have started my own family. My wife’s enthusiastic encouragement was truly remarkable, especially given the amount of time and financial resources that were devoted to achieving my goal. I look forward to moving forward, as a family, to the next steps in life.
I am proud to have Dalhousie University as my alma mater. My heritage is the East Coast of Canada; there are many in my family who are graduates of Dalhousie. As for the future, I am excited to see what it brings. With no immediate plans, health and well-being are important.
As I collected my degree, the Chancellor of Dalhousie, The Honourable A. Anne McLellan asked a profound question: if health and well-being would be for me, or for the world? I responded with an unequivocal – BOTH. I believe that question will be a guiding thought as I move forward.
I will continue to dream big, read more, and always attempt to be a better derivative of myself. While the future is wide open, I can always look back, with gratitude, at the path I have travelled to help define my future.
John-David Etter, Class of 2018
CEGE Connection is delighted to advise that John-David Etter has graciously agreed to be a repeat contributor on CEGE Connection.
“I have very fond memories of the class of 2008; so much spirit, engagement and a wonderful camaraderie.” Michelle Hunter
CEGE Connection would like to recognize the contribution of the MBA(FS) Class of 2008 as they celebrate their tenth-year anniversary. All our best goes out to the Class of 2008 on this very special milestone year. Thank you for your commitment to excellence, life-long learning and the communities in which you live and work.
Michelle Hunter & Rebecca Budd
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
As CEGE Connection enters our third year of existence, Michelle Hunter and I want to express our thanks for the positive and encouraging feedback that we have received from students, graduates and professors. Our blog has been designed as a space for ongoing dialogue and shared interests, which has enabled us to be ever more connected to our readers and supporters. This coming year, we will continue to feature our remarkable alumni and the pioneering research that is being conducted at Dalhousie University.
A special thanks to Michelle Hunter who celebrated her 25 years of service at Dalhousie University, the same year as #DAL200. Her compassionate support and invaluable advice have been appreciated by all who have been privileged to know Michelle.
“Universities are deeply entwined in the lives of their community, and the history of Dalhousie has been made rich and varied by its people. Dal’s history is shaped by esteemed students, faculty, staff, and alumni – poets, prime ministers, and a Nobel laureate – and by groundbreaking discovery across two centuries of engagements with community.”
President’s Message, A 200th Anniversary Portrait Dalhousie University.
Dr. Richard Florizone, Dalhousie’s 11th President