Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Today was a special day





Today I received my Chancellor's Medal, for "distinguished service" to the university. It was a wonderful gathering of about 30 people, made up of family, former colleagues, and academic staff from the humanities departments I liaised with during the 16 years I worked at the university. The Chancellor (seen holding the medal in the photo above) is a lovely, warm woman and put everyone at their ease. The academic who nominated me and gathered support from various sections of the university and with whom I've enjoyed working with for many years, is at the right. I spoke my piece and impressed Oldest Son with the fact that I looked at my cheat sheet only once. The cheat sheet by the way was nicely bound in handmade paper with a five hole pamphlet stitch.

I was joking with the Chancellor, saying that since I retired I've taken up crafts, and when I looked at the medal, all I could picture was using it as a stamp or something to emboss! But really, I could use it to do rubbings...

15 comments:

catsmum said...

congratulations ... I'm sure you deserved it :]

Peter said...

Do we now have to address you as Lady or Dame Val and curtsy to you?

Susie said...

Congratulations Val! I'm certain it's well deserved! I'm also glad to see your son made it home safe and sound...
xo

Annette said...

Cool, Dame Val. Oh this could be fun! Congratulations on finally receiving the award! Please tell Oldest Son that I, too, am impressed with your memorization skills. I like that you made the cheat sheet book. Very creative!

Annette

PEA said...

Congratulations dear Val!! What an awesome honour to receive that medal!!! I'm glad to hear that your son got home safely...enjoy having him home again:-) xox

Val said...

Thank you Peter for the suggested titles for me, and Annette for confirming my own preference: Dame it is! Curtsies not obligatory but most welcome for the fun factor.

Val said...

I am so pleased that your wonderful service to the university and the library have been recognised. What an honour! But I was pleased to see the craftswoman is supplanting the librarian in you, or should I say supplementing. Many congratulations!

Cris said...

You rock Val! Congratulations! I used to do tole painting and I miss that, after I started working 8 to 9 hours a day I haven't been able to handle kids, work and crafts, I'd take up only crafts if I could make money with it!

Jeanette said...

Congratulations Val on receiving your medal for your servicesto Uni. Well done,

Miss Eagle said...

Congrats, Val and well deserved. Have a lovely time going to and in Adelaide!

Blessings and bliss

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Congratulations, Val! Many hugs to you!

Tanya said...

Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing what kind of crafts you develop from your medal :)

Kerri said...

Good on you Val! That's a great honour and a lovely medal. Why am I not surprised that you're thinking of using it in your crafting :)
That's a neat shirt you're wearing.
Good job not looking at that nicely bound cheat sheet :)

Ulf Backstrom said...

Hi Val,

I just saw the posting on the La Trobe website regarding this - right on the home page, top of the news!

http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/new/2007-ValForbesaward.php

Congratulations!

/Ulf

Meow said...

Congratulations, Val ... and can I say ... WOW.
Well done, Meow