“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The past six years, have been very good to me here at PPCC. They have also been very eventful, even without having to deal with a pandemic. And the amount of changes I have witnessed have been numerous during my time here. Which makes me think of how I got my start here…
I still remember interviewing for the position of Course Designer, it was a snowy day and I came in early to get a feel for the campus. I had stayed at a hotel the night before, after driving through the snowy desert that is Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas. It was calm and peaceful at the college, but I took the opportunity to talk to students about their experiences. Every single student said the same thing, they felt like the faculty and staff cared about them.
I looked at my watch and decided to head to Human Resources to check in. I was escorted to the interview through the winding halls of the rotunda, for my interview in the conference room near the leadership suite at Centennial campus. I was nervous as could be, but felt welcomed by the hiring committee. I met a number of faces during the interview process, and had quite the conversation with a certain guy named Nate. Overall, I felt good about the prospect of continuing my career at PPCC. I still had some lingering doubts though, as to whether I would actually be offered the position.
When I received the phone call saying I got the job, I was ecstatic! I was able to continue working in my field, and follow some passions of mine in an environment that felt like home to me.
And then I started my job on January 12, 2015. It was the beginning of Professional Development Week. In a way, it was a good way to start my job in eLearning. I had excellent training from my coworkers, and I got a taste of how hectic things can get in the office. Overall, I felt great about this new chapter of my life.
Every chapter though is the same, a beginning needs an end.
As some of you may have heard, I will be leaving PPCC at the end of June to pursue a new opportunity as Director of OER Initiatives in Indiana.
Honestly, this was a difficult decision for me, as I have made so many memories and friends here at PPCC. But, it was my time to go, and this new position will help me and my family have better opportunities for future success.
The timeline is that I will be taking some time off at the beginning of May to find a house, and then hopefully move to said house in June.
This means I will be busy during my last few months here at PPCC, juggling the needs of Family and Work, and dealing with:
- The “joy” that is house hunting
- And the further “joys” that come from moving cross-country
- Did I mention the “joys” that come from moving and house-hunting?
So, I will do my best to assist the college where I can, but there will come a point where I will have to transition to the next chapter of my life. Which is exciting for me, but also sad as I will have to say goodbye to all of you.
I have had so much fun working at PPCC. I also have learned so much from all of you, and garnered so much support, and assistance from the college. All of you have made me a better person.
My one goal when I started here, was to always ensure that I made a positive impact on our students, on the community, and of course a positive impact on our faculty and staff. I hope I have left PPCC in a slightly better spot, than when I first started here.
To all of you, I say thank you. Thank you for everything. I will truly miss being here, but it is my time to move on.
I will leave you with the immortal wisdom of Douglas Adams, along with the catchy song from the movie:
So long, and thanks for all the fish!–Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)