A posting by Christine M. Ami, NCAP Grant Manager
Even during my wild undergraduate days – I was never a “spring breaker”. No trips to Cancun or South Beach for this young lady. Midterms were all about producing and excelling on exams. (I know – kinda nerdy but it paid off – hence my swanky grant manager title in the byline). And with all that cramming - who had the energy to party or go on crazy Spring Break trips? Not me! Did I miss out ? I never thought so. My parents would pick me up from school so I could hang out with my dog, Taylor, eat all the home made gravy and meatballs my little heart could handle, and annoy my little sister, Ann-Marie, as much as possible.
Things changed slightly during graduate school. Spring break meant lugging a suitcase filled with books through the airport as I made my way from California to visit with family. However, all intentions to get ahead on my seminar readings were quickly thwarted as soon as my nephew invited me to play Angry Birds or to learn the inner workings of Mine Craft. (Thank goodness I am not seeking a Ph.D. in either of those topics. According to Tristan, I “need improvement”). Despite never opening my luggage filled with books, for some reason, its weight always doubled as I made my way back to school. Who knew....graduate school guilt with a touch of graduate student penance adds more pounds than my mom's gravy.
I guess you could say that spring break has usually been down time for me but not this year! This year’s spring break has been filled with also sorts of firsts for me – primarily in the level of NCAP productivity.
NCAP Spring (No) Break To Do Checklist
✓Location and date for Inauguration of Lecture Series
April 20, 2016
NHC 2nd Floor
Dr. Wilson Aronilth Jr will speak on the significance of Navajo cultural arts
Ms. Leona’s NIS108 Weaving Class will display in progress weaving pieces during April 20th lecture
Graphic Designer, Corey Begay is finalizing our logo in time for its debut at the April 20th lecture
✓Navajo Community College Archive Photos
Ruth and Both Roessel Archivist, Vina Begay, assisted me with the selection of 8 NCC cultural arts photos from the 70s to be touched up, framed, and displayed in the silversmithing building
Hobby Lobby gave us a great deal on frames and mattes for the archive photos, which will be making their debut during Navajo Cultural Arts Week - April 18-22
Diné College Maintenance Department is renovating the Silversmithing Buidling with me. So far we have fresh paint, a purchased front desk, inventory of supplies and materials, and plans for a new ventilation system.
I won't bore you with anymore details but as you can see our next major event is going to take place during Navajo Cultural Arts Week - April 18-22 so I have spent my spring break preparing for that. I’m not going to lie; working on spring break has been exhausting but I am ridiculously excited for the remainder of the Spring Semester. No guilt here for an unopened suitcase of books! So when my boss lady asks me on Monday “How was your spring break?”, I can honestly respond in Ryan Gosling Spring Break Meme fashion, --->
We will be posting announcements this week about the inauguration of the NCAP Lecture Series - so stay tuned in!
PS: BUSI, when are you guys coming back? I miss you!