For the past year, we have been fortunate enough to have Melissa L. Antonucci, a doctoral candidate in the English Department, serving as our Graduate (Administrative) Assistant. I would like to take the opportunity to recognize her outstanding, and often overlooked, efforts in keeping track of the workflow with our patrons, cleaning up old collections and overseeing their transfer into Archivist’s Toolkit, as well as riding herd over the birth of this blog. She is leaving to spend more time with her degree studies, and she will be missed. Hopefully she will still be able to contribute to the blog in the future.
I should point out that she has been only our second GA. Her predecessor, Kristen Leatherwood Marangoni, another doctoral candidate in the English department, gave us two spectacularly productive years, even during some of the more stressful times for the department, before returning to teaching. She too is greatly missed.
In the fall, Ashley Schoppe, yet another doctoral student in English, will be joining us as our GA. We all have the highest hopes and expectations for her.