Saying Goodbye to Summer at Ole Miss

With the beginning of Fall semester 2014 less than a month away, the time has come to slowly begin saying goodbye to the joys of summer at Ole Miss.

Farewell abundant parking places near buildings where we work at any given time of day. It’s been great knowing that if I occasionally want to sleep in, there’s still likely to be at least one available spot when I arrive on campus. But I realize it won’t be much longer until University Police officers have more opportunities to write tickets for the various violations that come with increased traffic.

So long hot, humid temperatures. With unseasonal cold fronts already passing through the region, the climate has begun to chill. Thankfully, it’s also been just the right amount of sunshine and rain for those long walks around our award-winning grounds.

Adios to lighter work loads. Most of the faculty, staff and students I serve have been absent the past two months. I know all that will change come mid-August.

Hotty Toddy!


University to Host STEM Summit July 18-19

Meeting focuses on impact of forensic science on 21st century workforce

Students learn about forensic

The second annual STEM Summit will take place July 18-19.

OXFORD, Miss. – Representatives from governmental agencies, including the FBI and DEA, grades K-12 and higher education are scheduled to participate in a national conference this weekend at the University of Mississippi.

The second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Summit meets July 18-19. The two-day event is being sponsored by UM’s forensic chemistry program, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of BioMolecular Sciences, the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory and the Committee for Action Program Services-Analytical Training Laboratory.

“The focus of this summit is to continue the effort to create a consortium of colleges, universities, corporations and government agencies,” said Murell Godfrey, UM director of forensic chemistry and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “Our purpose is to address how forensic science will have an impact on the U.S. and the 21st century workforce.”

Scheduled UM speakers Friday include Godfrey; Tucker Carrington, director of the Mississippi Innocence Project and professor of law; and Maurice Eftink, UM associate provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Other presenters are Darrell Davis, former director of the DEA South Central Laboratory and CEO/president of CAPS-ATL, and Sam Howell, director of the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory.

Friday events include tours of the university’s marijuana field and medicinal plant gardens, the city of Oxford and an agency panel discussion featuring representatives from the Army Crime Laboratory, Mississippi State Crime Laboratory, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, DEA, FBI and Aegis Analytical Laboratory.

Saturday’s session includes presentations by Christopher McCurdy, UM professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, and representatives from the UM STEM research panel, Bay Waveland Middle School, Oxford-Lafayette County schools and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

Registration is $100 for out-of-towners and $50 for Oxford residents. For more information, contact Murrell Godfrey at 662-915-5143 or visit

UM, City of Oxford Renew Fire Contract

Arrangement mutually beneficial for campus, local communities

The Oxford Fire Department conducts rescue drills at several of the Ole Miss dorms, including Deaton Dormitory, before the students return for fall semester.

The Oxford Fire Department conducts rescue drills at several of the Ole Miss dorms, including Deaton Dormitory, before the students return for fall semester.

OXFORD, Miss. – Maintaining the longstanding arrangement that yields substantial savings and an improved fire rating, the University of Mississippi has renewed its quadrennial fire protection contract with the city of Oxford.

Effective July 1, the university and the municipality continue the mutually beneficial agreement, which began in the 1980s. The city will continue to lease land from the university for both its existing and new fire stations, while the university will be serviced in the event of fire on campus. The university pays the city $550,000 annually for the protection, along with debt payment assistance on the new station near the University-Oxford Airport.

“We are happy to continue the strong relationship with the city of Oxford for fire protection for our campus,” Chancellor Dan Jones said. “No university community has a stronger mutually beneficial relationship between the university and the city than ours. I am grateful to the mayor and other city leaders for this relationship and for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us out of harm’s way.”

On behalf of the board of aldermen, Mayor Pat Patterson said the city of Oxford is pleased to be able to continue to provide fire protection for the university and the students, faculty and staff on campus.

“Chancellor Jones and his team continue to be solid partners and friends with the Oxford-Lafayette community, and we look forward to many more decades of that friendship,” Patterson said.

The Mississippi Insurance Rating Bureau has given the city’s fire department a 4.0 fire rating. The ranking is used to determine local property insurance rates.

Both entities benefit from the decades-old partnership, said Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez, dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at UM and a Lafayette County volunteer firefighter.

“Once again, the university and the city of Oxford teach the nation how we can work in each other’s interest and create a safer community with a top-notch fire department,” Sullivan-Gonzalez said. “My thanks to Mayor Pat Patterson for his constant optimism and his belief in what we can do together.”

Oxford Fire Chief Cary Sallis agreed.

“The university leases us land for our stations and we share costs for new equipment, which is the biggest benefit to the city,” Sallis said. “It’s definitely a ‘win-win’ situation.”

ChE Alumnus Recalls Good Ole (Miss) Days

C. J. Fayard reflects upon tenure as student, military service and successful career



George Bailey’s not the only man who can claim “It’s been a wonderful life!”

Like the fictional lead character in Frank Capra’s popular Christmas movie, C. J. Fayard (ChE 52) has lived to fulfill the dreams he had as a young man growing up in Bay St. Louis.

“I attended and was valedictorian of St Stanislaus College, a college prep for boys dating back to 1854, and was taught by Sacred Heart brothers,” Fayard said. “After I graduated in 1948, I was awarded a minor scholarship to Loyola University in New Orleans.”

After learning Loyola did not have a chemical engineering department, Fayard looked northward.

“I decided to go to Ole Miss to study chemical engineering,” he said. “My decision was based on my older brother’s advice, as he graduated with a C.E. degree.”

Fayard came to Ole Miss in 1948, excelling as a student and earning many honors, including membership in Phi Eta Sigma engineering society and the Arnold Air Society.

“I thought Ole Miss would be my best choice,” Fayard said. “My favorite subjects were heat transfer, which was taught by Frank Anderson, and calculus.”

After being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Fayard was called to active duty during the Korean conflict. After being indoctrinated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he was assigned to the 4925th Test Group, a top-secret entity dealing with atomic weapons.

“My major projects included testing the B-2 trailer, which was used to load H-bombs,” Fayard said. “We also conducted escape maneuvers of aircraft carrying atomic weapons.”

Upon completing his two-year tour of duty, Fayard, by then a first lieutenant, retired from the military. He was employed with Copolymer Corp. in Baton Rouge for a year before being hired by Shell Chemical in Norco, Louisiana.

“After two years, I transferred to Shell Chemical in Houston, Texas,” Fayard said. “I was hired in the computer programming department and later went into training. Some courses I taught were ‘Presentation and Communication Skills,’ ‘Creative Problem Solving’ and ‘Time Management.’”

Fayard was later assigned to Gesimar, Lousiana, to lead the startup of an oxygen plant.

After 33 years with Shell, Fayard retired but he didn’t stop working.

“I formed CJF Seminars,” he said. “I designed many techniques taught by Dr. Anderson into my seminars. I had great respect for him and he was a great influence on my success. I had workshops in all the courses previously mentioned, plus new ones. I traveled all over and was even invited to teach on a 12-day cruise.”

After enountering some health issues, Fayard retired from teaching. He and Shirley, his wife of 52 years, enjoy spending time with their four married children and 12 grandchildren.

“Without question, my years at Ole Miss were some of the best years of my life,” Fayard said. “It’s been quite a ride.”

CE Doctoral Student’s Paper Voted ‘Best’ at Geophysics Conference

Leti Wodajo invited to present this fall in Greece

Leti Wodajo

Leti Wodajo

A University of Mississippi civil engineering doctoral student’s research into the early detection of dam and levee problems has launched him onto the national and global stage.

Leti Wodajo of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been conducting research in applications of geophysics and geotechnical engineering since becoming a master’s student at Ole Miss. His academic prowess and scholarly presentation yielded him an invitation to present a paper at the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics and Environmental Engineering Problems meeting in April in Boston.

“We submit our abstract, and session committees will review it and notify us if it is accepted for presentation,” Wodajo said. “Over 200 technical papers were presented, including oral and poster presentations. It was a great opportunity to know what is being done in the world of geophysics and its application. It also gave me a great chance to talk to and to learn from distinguished professors in the field and professionals in the industry.”

A few weeks later, Wodajo received an email informing him that his paper, titled “Enhancement of SRT and ERT Interpretations Using Time-Lapse Measurements and Cross-plot Analysis,” was voted on the evaluation ballots as one of the best delivered at the conference. As a result, the organization has invited Wodajo to attend the Near Surface Geoscience Division of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers meeting, set for Sept. 14-18 in Athens, Greece, to deliver his paper.

Wodajo has accepted the invitation and begun preparing to attend.

“I was really excited by the news,” Wodajo said. “My hope is it will be a great learning experience and that I will receive insightful comments to help improve my work.”

For the past several years SAGEEP have been exchanging the “Best Of” papers with the NSG/EAGE Division in Europe. SAGEEP is covering Wodajo’s delegate badge and gala ticket. Airfare, hotel accommodations and meals are his responsibility.

It is an honor and a worthwhile investment in his future success as a scientist, UM engineering faculty members said.

“This is a great platform for us to present our work and also to learn from the European geophysical society,” said Chung Rak Song, associate professor of civil engineering and Wodajo’s academic co-adviser.

Craig Hickey, interim associate director of applied research at the National Center for Physical Acoustics at UM and Wodajo’s research co-adviser, concurs.

“Only four papers out of the 160 oral presentations were selected to attend the Greece meeting,” Hickey said. “So it is a great recognition to the collaborative work we do at the National Center of Physical Acoustics and the civil engineering department and also a validation to what we are contributing.”

Wodajo earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Jimma University in Ethiopia and a master’s degree in civil engineering from UM. His brother, Bikila Wodajo, received his doctoral degree from UM before him.

“That is how I first heard about the university and their civil engineering program,” Wodajo said. “He encouraged me to apply and got me in touch with Dr. Song and Dr. Hickey. I was able to communicate with them and find out the different types of research they do. I was also offered a generous scholarship covering the whole length of my study, which made my decision easy.”

Previous honors and awards include memberships in Phi Kappa Phi, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society and Mississippi Academy of Science.

After graduation in 2015, Wodajo’s long-term plan is to return to Ethiopia and assume a faculty position, continue doing research and also teach while being involved in the industry as a consultant.

“But in the short term, I would like to be able to stay for a while and do a post-doc and work on different projects,” he said. “This will help me further the work I am doing now and gain experience on the overall aspect of running a research program, starting from proposal preparation to project management and fund allocation.”

Cathy Grace is Amazing!

Geology lecturer recognized for excellence in academic advising of students

Cathy Grace

Cathy Grace

Perhaps the only thing more rewarding than knowing you have done a job well is the acknowledgement that others know it, too.

That’s why when Cathy Grace received word she had been chosen for the Academic Advising Network’s Excellence in Advising Award, she was both surprised and gratified.

“I was very honored and humbled to learn of this award, as I know the level of commitment exhibited by my faculty colleagues,” said the lecturer in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of Mississippi. “I look forward to representing the university at these competitions. I also look forward to hearing from the real ‘experts’ in advising on how I might improve interacting with my students, as advising is not my full-time gig.”

Grace’s amazing journey to honor began when she joined the UM community in 1991 as an “over-the-hill” undergraduate student worker for the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute.

“I teach a lot,” Grace said. “I was instructor of record for over 600 students last semester and there just aren’t enough hours in the day for interactions with all of my students. So, I look forward to learning how the pros do it.”

Those who know her said Grace is truly deserving of her latest accolade.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the 2014 Academic Advising Network’s Excellence in Advising Award winners,” said Travis Hitchcock, assistant director for advising in UM’s Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience. “Cathy will represent the University of Mississippi for regional and national awards from the National Academic Advising Association.”

A native of Meridian, Grace received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the university in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Before becoming an instructor in 2008, she was employed as a coordinator of academic and administrative affairs and a project coordinator within the geology department and a marine projects coordinator at MMRI and the Center for Marine Resources and Technology.

Grace is a consulting and registered professional geoscientist with the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists. Her principal publications include the Geological Society of America and the American Association of University Women.

Previously, Grace received the 2005 Outstanding Staff Award in the UM School of Engineering and was named Best University Professor by votes to Best of Oxford in 2013.

Her institutional and professional service included reviewing a chapter for “Exploring Geology,” reviewing three chapters in the Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology and being an invited speaker for the 2009 math and science conference at UM’s Tupelo campus.

Since 2004, Grace has delivered multiple presentations regarding geology and geological engineering in Mississippi’s public schools. She has also conducted annual Naturalist in Training seminars and served as a judge for the Lott Leadership Institute’s intra-collegiate debate competition. Grace attended the 2010 National Conference of College Student Women Leaders.

When she’s not spending quality time with her mother in Meridian, Grace enjoys being outdoors.

“I live on a small lake and enjoy fishing and paddling around, either on the little lake or taking my kayak to Sardis and fishing, floating and paddling there,” Grace said. “I also enjoy puttering around on my two acres with flowers, weeds, critters and herbs.”

Jackson Prep Offering Engineering Courses

First dual credit courses scheduled for fall 2014 and spring 2015

Seated from left: Alex Russell and Lila Burton Standing: Camp Geary and Marsha Hobbs

Seated from left: Alex Russell and Lila Burton. Standing: Camp Geary and Marsha Hobbs

The University of Mississippi School of Engineering is offering its pre-engineering curriculum to students at Jackson Preparatory School.

Beginning in August, students will be able to enroll in dual credit courses taught at Jackson Preparatory that can earn them college credit. ENGR 207, a computer graphics course, is available during the fall semester. Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 100) will be taught in spring 2015.

“The purpose of the initiative comes from an effort to stimulate science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the state of Mississippi and encourage more students to pursue degrees in these fields at the college level,” said Alex Cheng, dean of the UM engineering school.

The courses will be taught by Marsha Hobbs, a Jackson Prep faculty member, in close collaboration with Ole Miss faculty. Additionally, UM faculty will provide guest lectures and students will have opportunities to visit the Oxford campus.

“We are excited about the dual credit course,” Hobbs said. “It will also be our first foray into distance learning, and we will partner with Marni Kendricks in her Engineering 207 course, which teaches AutoCad.

ENGR 207 introduces students to microcomputer-based sketching and drafting, interpretation of graphics, flow and circuit diagrams, graphical representation of data. ENGR 100 provides students with an introduction to the problem-solving methods that engineers use when applying scientific principles for the creation of realistic solutions to everyday technical problems.

Eighteen Jackson Prep students have enrolled in the fall engineering course and are excited about the possibilities of learning new skills.

“I am not sure that I will pursue engineering as part of my career, but I thought it would be beneficial to try it while I can still consider it as a field of study,” said Alex Russell, a senior from Ridgeland. “I enjoy being creative, and to me, engineering sounded like an opportunity to take a science class that embraced this passion.”

Russell said his career plan is to do something in film production, but that he’s still figuring out his options.

“That is why I am going to take this class with an open mind,” he said. “Who knows? I might end up changing my focus onto a more engineering-type career.”

Jackson Prep senior Lila Burton of Brandon echoed Russell’s optimism about the course.

“I enrolled in the course to learn more about engineering because I have gained an interest in what it is,” she said. “I hope to major in political science and have a career in international relations.”

Courses at Prep will mirror the courses at Ole Miss each semester, so that students at both campuses can have the same educational experience, said Ryan Upshaw, assistant dean for student services in the engineering school.

“The courses are meant to give students a better sense and understanding of the opportunities and careers available to them if they earn a degree in engineering or a related field,” Upshaw said. “They will also help them identify if their interests and skills are a good fit for the field.”

Founded in 1900, the UM School of Engineering has been educating engineers for more than 110 years, is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology and offers seven degree programs. School officials hope to develop partnerships with more schools throughout the state to continue to expand STEM education in Mississippi.

Founded in 1970, Jackson Preparatory School was the first and continues to be the largest secondary independent school in the Jackson metropolitan area. Established as a premier coeducational college preparatory day school for grades 7-12, it has exhibited more than four decades of excellence in education and has more National Merit semifinalists and finalists than any other school in Mississippi.

For more information, contact the School of Engineering at 662-915-7407.

ChE Graduate Staying at UM for Law School

Sneed seeking juris doctor and career with successful firm


Lindsey Sneed

At a time when many University of Mississippi engineering graduates are securing their first position with an engineering company or pursuing graduate work in their fields, Lindsey Sneed of Jonesboro, Arkansas, is taking a different route.

Sneed, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, is staying in Oxford to begin studies at the UM School of Law, where she received a generous scholarship.

After considering the University of Arkansas for her undergraduate work, Sneed chose to attend the Ole Miss because of the opportunities available through the School of Engineering and the affordability of the university. She is confident that her engineering school experience will be beneficial as she pursues her law degree.

“Being a student in the School of Engineering has taught me a completely different way to approach and solve problems,” Sneed said. “Reasoning skills are key to the successful practice of law, and I feel that the Ole Miss School of Engineering has taught me that there is no problem too big or too hard.”

Sneed’s short-term goals include completing her law degree and passing the bar exam. She would also like to live in a larger city (such as Nashville, Tennessee) and join a reputable firm with an environmental or intellectual property practice. Ultimately, Sneed hopes to become a law firm partner or begin her own practice.

As an undergraduate, she has developed a passion for environmental engineering. She participated in a study abroad program at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom that focused on the field. She said she believes that the increasing interest in sustainable energy practices will lead to new technological advancements that require patent protection.

“While abroad at Leeds, I learned a lot about alternative energy, as well as the practicality and feasibility of different types of energy: solar, hydro, tidal, and wind power,” Sneed said. “The use of biomass as a fuel source was also touched upon.

“It was very interesting to analyze climate trends, and then discuss the different ways to try and fix some of the damage we’ve done over the past few decades. It was very much an ‘engineering’ approach to climate change.”

During her time outside of class, Sneed was involved with the Associated Student Body, Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and Mock Trial, and she served as treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers. She credits John O’Haver, director of UM’s Center for Mathematics and Science Education and professor of chemical engineering; and Peter Sukanek, professor of chemical engineering, for their mentoring and advice during her undergraduate experience.

Wilkins Named Outstanding Engineering Faculty of the Year

Computer science professor is loved by students, respected by colleagues

Dawn Wilkins

Dawn Wilkins accepts the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award from Dean Alex Cheng.

Nineteen years ago, Dawn Wilkins joined the University of Mississippi School of Engineering faculty as an assistant professor of computer and information science. Six years later she was promoted to associate professor with tenure and a few years later, Wilkins became a full professor.

Throughout that period, Wilkins has been active in teaching, research and service. And at the 2014 UM Commencement, she was presented the engineering school’s Outstanding Engineering Faculty Member of the Year award.

“I am honored and thrilled to receive the Outstanding Engineering Faculty of the Year Award,” Wilkins said. “The award is especially meaningful since the process involves faculty colleagues, current students and alumni, and is based on both teaching and research. One of the most challenging aspects of an academic position is finding a balance between the various components: research, teaching, service and advising.”

Building on her doctoral research in computational learning theory, Wilkins constructed a pragmatic research program in bioinformatics, computational biology, machine learning and related areas. She built relationships with researchers at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, at the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center in Vicksburg and at other universities across the region in departments of computer science, biology and chemistry.

“Dawn drew our colleague, Yixin Chen, into the statewide National Science Foundation EPSCoR project and, together over the past five years, they have built a successful program that has supported several graduate students and resulted in many publications,” said H. Conrad Cunningham, chair and professor of computer and information science.

“Dr. Wilkins is also a diverse teacher. In her 19 years on the faculty, she has taught courses on over 20 different topics, including at least seven of our 11 core undergraduate courses and several electives of her own design.”

Wilkins’ sections are among those that students rate the highest, and her elective courses are among the most popular each semester. She is sought out by many students as their project, thesis or dissertation adviser. She has been the adviser or co-adviser for four Ph.D. graduates and numerous master’s degree students.

“I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Wilkins and benefit from her tremendous talents as researcher and teacher,” said Kathy Gates, chief information officer and one of Wilkins’ former doctoral students. “In the classroom, she is known for getting students excited about learning, making them think and developing their creative problem-solving abilities. As a researcher, she applies her expertise in machine learning to develop prediction models in science domains, working as part of cross-disciplinary teams.

“Through her generous spirit and sharp intellect, Dr. Wilkins challenges everyone around her to discover and grow, greatly enriching all aspects of the university environment.”

Wilkins has served as graduate coordinator and undergraduate coordinator, and twice as acting department chair during Cunningham’s sabbaticals. She is the long-time adviser for the student Association of Computer Machinery chapter, has served on the leadership of the Faculty Senate and many other committees and organizations on campus.

Wilkins has reviewed National Science Foundation proposals and is a founding member of the leadership of the Mid-South Computation Biology and Bioinformatics Society.

“My parents both passed away when I was in college, but I am certain they would be happy about my career choice,” Wilkins said. “Neither had the opportunity to attend college. I recall when I started college, as a woman who enjoyed mathematics, my mother suggested I become an accountant or a high school mathematics teacher.”

Wilkins began college as an accounting major but quickly found that boring. Since she was taking calculus for fun, she decided to change her major to mathematics.

“I had to take a computing class, using punch cards, and knew immediately that I had found what I wanted to do,” she said.

A native of Springfield, Illinois, Wilkins earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Springfield (formerly Sangamon State University). She taught seven years at Illinois College before earning her doctorate in computer science from Vanderbilt University.

Wilkins enjoys reading, tracing her family history and caring for her pet dogs.

Making My Move (Back) to Mac

From PC to Mac to PC and back, the cycle continues

Life truly revolves. Everything new becomes old – and then becomes new again.

I realized how true this is when I recently switched from being a P.C. user to being an Apple Macbook Pro user.

Many years ago, I lived in a world where PC’s were all that existed. I cut my journalistic teeth on one as an undergrad at Ole Miss back in the late 70s. When I started my professional career as a news reporter at the Grenada Sentinel-Star, the PC was all that I knew. Everyone I associated with used the same type of computer as I did. Since most of my time was spent writing, I was largely unaware of developing technologies, which offered the ability to do much more than that.

Even after I left the newspaper to become a public relations practitioner, I used PCs. So did most of the people that I worked with. Though I wrote articles for publications, I rarely associated with people in the design and layout arena – all of whom were Apple users.

Years later, I accepted a position as managing editor of “REJOICE!,” a gospel music magazine published by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss. My career move immediately placed me in an Apple environment. It was a huge transition. Surrounded by publications designers, I quickly adapted to the software and culture. I was no longer using just a word processor; I was now using design software as well. The process of learning how to effectively use a Mac was very enjoyable.

Unfortunately, the unforeseen demise of the publication brought about another career move and a return to the PC-dominated world of academia. For the better part of 20 years, I was once again immersed in n environment where Mac was the exception, not the norm. Even when I switched from teaching journalism back to Ole Miss Public Relations, I was surrounded by PC users.

But over the years, my professional colleagues became younger and younger. Soon, I found myself virtually surrounded by Mac users. Furthermore, my PC gradually became obsolete. The combination of factors created the perfect storm for me to make my move back over to Mac.

I had expected the transition to be a lot more difficult that it actually has been. Honestly, my experience has been quite the opposite. With my PC gone, I no longer have wires running every which way underneath my desk. I never have to worry about my Mac running low on memory or threatening to crash. My mouse, keyboard and screen are all conveniently located on a computer roughly half the size of the old PC. The Mac allows me freedom to move about as needed. And there are so many apps!!

So, in the words of Jack Nicholson’s character in movie “The Shining,” “I’m baaaaacccckk!!” Hopefully, the MacPro and I will be together for the duration of my tenure at the University of Mississippi and beyond.