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The Center is going to get an office!

Just heard some exciting news from the English Department:

The Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas is going to finally have an office!

It won't be a huge space, but it's about three times the size of my current office. Jim and I will have adjoining offices in the space that's currently the FSE offices (for those of you who know the English Department's space at KU). Jim will move to Mike Johnson's current office, and I will sit where Robin currently sits rather than my current office. We will probably keep a second desk in the space either for our AboutSF student employee to work or for visiting researchers to read and work.

The rest of the space will be dedicated to the Center so we can finally begin accepting donations again, despite the Spencer Library's policy of not accepting new book donations or donations of manuscripts and so forth. We'll also be able to formally display some of the neat things we've collected over the years, plus the Sturgeon and Campbell Awards. We'll set up a CSSF Research Library among other things. If you have something taking up space in your house that you would like to display for visitors, we'll now have a space for it.

Hooray for having to move offices! This is the next-best thing to having a brick-and-mortar Center for the Study of SF.

I'll make a formal announcement on the Center's site when we've moved, and we'll host a reception or something there.




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Apr. 6th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)

(Maybe you should start calling Jim Batman?)
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Hee hee.
Apr. 8th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Actually, I get to be Robin. Chris only pretends to be me. ;)

Seriously, congratulations on the office space, Chris. Nice to see the University giving more recognition the the Center.
Apr. 8th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Indeed! Jim was not only very happy to hear it, too, but looked a little stunned, as this is something we've been lobbying for for many years.
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I imagine that your school is like most others, where real estate given shows value received, so having lots of new space shows the school places value on what y'all do.
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely notion - I would like to think that's the case. Thanks!
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Too bad you can't get Sonya's office (with Jim in Mike's office) and have that whole center area for books and a couch for people to sit and read.
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but that would be asking a lot, what with our Department overall losing one office. I love the idea of a reading area... hm, perhaps we shouldn't reserve a desk just for the AboutSF employee, as he currently has an office assigned after the move, and instead use the space for visitors.

And lots of bookcases!
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
That's what I would do, certainly. You're going to need the storage space 100% of the time. A student employee will use the space...somewhat less often than that.
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
FanTAStic! I can't wait to see it.
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Same for me!
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Heya Chris!
That's great to hear about CSSF! You should get a golden shovel with the Center's logo on it, and parade it around in front of the higher-ups at the university... just to make them think about a ground breaking ceremony.
Ok. Just a thought.

I'm in Finland!

You can look at some Finnish stuff here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/geniustoddler/

Or read this if you're bored: http://nathanclaybarbarick.blogspot.com/

Soon, there should be more interesting things...

How's Gunn?? Drop me a line sometime! And take care!

Apr. 6th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya Chris!
Heya, Nate! Geez, great to hear from you. You should get yourself an LJ account and use an RSS feed from your Blogspot to post here and there simultaneously, plus then you could reply to accounts that don't allow anonymous.

Wow, it looks like you're having a proper debauch over there!
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Apr. 6th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
And for visitors wanting to do a little SF studying!
Apr. 6th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Happy to hear about the new office. A display of awards would be cool--a tourist stop, for sure.
Apr. 11th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed - and we'll work to make it a useful place for visitors and researchers to read and do other SFnal things.
Apr. 7th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's awesome! I'm really happy for you guys! Maybe the new grand master title helped. :)

Apr. 11th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
I would not be surprised in the least if that helped!
Apr. 7th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Space is incredibly rare, so this is an accomplishment indeed.
Apr. 11th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, it makes me very happy especially in light of that!
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