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Citation Goddess!

Dr Madeline Messick dissertation is now online for your reading pleasure. This wonderful little sentence is to be found in the Acknowledgements: “Melissa Aho, AKA the Citation Goddess, deserves extra thanks for reviewing all my references”

Paper being published!

Good news! The paper “Technological Unemployment and Socio-Economic Change: Historical Perspectives and the Future” that Todd and I presented in Chicago at the MPSA is going to be published in the Communications in Applied Sciences!

Surfside Seaplane Base

Today was the Minnesota 99s business meeting at the Surfside Seaplane Base (8Y4), in Lino Lakes.

Graduate transcript finally updated!

Graduate transcript finally updated!

Your complementary cat photo

Here is your complementary cat photo to get you through the weekend. The lovely Ginger with two new books that just arrived on Friday. Ginger is a huge Star Wars fan and believes, as everyone should, that Han shot first.

Andrea Bocelli

This past Thursday (June 9) was a good day. I turned in grades for the class I was teaching (at a very dysfunctional university, but that’s a story for another time) and attended a Andrea Bocelli concert with my friend Kelley (originally the evil twin was to go with me, but that’s also a story for another time).

I would rank the Andrea Bocelli concert in the middle of concerts I have seen over the years. Not the best, but not the worst, but it was certainly one of the weirdest. It was held at the Target Center and apparently there were about 10,000 people in attendance. The official start time was 7:30pm and we arrived at 8:03pm due to parking issues (I got to try to parallel park, something I have not done for years) and we figured, well no worries, as concerts never start on time and there is always an opening act. Not this time. There was no opening act and apparently he started at 7:50. Which is odd as to why an Italian would be starting to sing so early and almost on time. Then the intermission came at 8:30pm and was for 20 minutes. Then the concert ended at 9:30. No, that’s not a typo, 9:30pm. I have never been to a concert that ended so early. Now Andrea does have a lovely voice for opera and the first half of the concert were all opera songs in Italian, which included the song from La Boheme. After the intermission he did movie songs, which were nice, but he really does not have the voice for pop songs or non-opera songs. He sang songs from Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, etc. He also had a lady violinist, a lady opera singer, a couple that danced to two songs, and a Cuban opera singer who was not very good and thought she was a pop diva or something (she also had really strange fingernails). There was no program and no names were really given out, so I have no idea who these people were. Andrea did not talk to the audience and had the conductor of the orchestra introduce the Cuban singer. Does he not speak English? The weirdest thing was that he needed to be escorted on and off stage after every other song. Yes, I know he is blind and all, so why move at all? So he would sing a song or two and then leave. Why could he not stand or sit there when he was not signing? As I remarked to Kelley, we brought up the median age of the crowd (who were mostly in the 60s and 70s) and it was weird to go to a concert where everyone sat in their seats and were not drunk, like the past two concerts I have been to (Madonna and Garth Brooks). But by far the strangest thing at the concert was the music video at the end. Imagine if you will a video showing a desert landscape the entire time with a horse, then Andrea, then a astronaut, then a kid, then a Roman Gladiator, then two airplanes, then Andrea walking, then Andrea riding the horse, then John Travolta, then a woman in front of an image of the Taj Mahal, then Andrea riding the horse, then an Asian kid, then John Travolta again, etc. It was truly bizarre. Kelley and I were laughing and I kept thinking “WTF”. I expected there to be credits with Andrea’s name or a relatives name or some explanation, but nothing.

So overall I had a nice time. It was fun to catch up with Kelley and hear about her husband and kids and what everyone is up to. I had an adventure trying to parallel park (Kelley is a magnet for driving issues) and went to a nice, slightly weird concert.

New publication!

New publication: Aho, Melissa. “Elizabeth Betty ‘Liz’ Strohfus, WASP.” 99 News: The Official Magazine of the International Organization of Women Pilots 42, No. 3, (May/June 2016): 31.

New publication!

New publication: Aho, Melissa. “Minnesota Chapter.” 99 News: The Official Magazine of the International Organization of Women Pilots 42, No. 3, (May/June 2016): 24.

Master of Education…degree #15

I received an email today saying that “You have been approved for the conferment of a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota,” that the degree will be posted to my transcript with the following conferment date of 05/31/16, and that I should receive the diploma in the mail in 6-8 weeks! Awesome!

 

A few years ago, I completed a Online Distance Learning Postbaccalaureate Graduate Certificate from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Learning Technologies Department so that I could have some methods and theory in online teaching (as I have been teaching online for years and years) and over the years I slowly worked towards the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Learning Technologies with a LT Focus Area: Online Distance Learning and for my final project I created a educational video game called “Harvey the Husky.”

So now the official degree count is… 15 degrees!!! Sweet 15! I know, I know, just a bit strange, but you must admit very cool. My motto besides the one I “borrowed” from Bill Holm’s: “She ran out of shelf space, again…” is “Some girls collect shoes or husbands, I collect degrees.”

When I got my MLIS, way back in 2001, my Grandma Kay gave me a graduation card and some money and said to me in front of my cousins “See, every time you get a degree you get money!” Haha. Grandam was very funny. Other times when she would give out birthday money she would say “Now don’t buy any booze or cigarettes with it!”

 

[Update: A friend said that I needed to comment on how I worked full-time while I was pursuing these degrees otherwise people will think that all I did was go to school. I wish! I have worked part-time since high school and then a few part-time jobs, then part-time jobs and unpaid internships, and eventually the part-time library jobs gave way to full-time library jobs. Starting in 2004 and going for the next ten years I worked full-time and part-time (2 jobs) while going to school part-time. Also for 4 years during that ten year time span I worked a second part-time job (so 3 jobs while taking classes). I was also very fortunate that many of my employers were colleges and universities that offered employees classes at reduced prices (for example the University of Minnesota through the Regents Scholarship pays for 75% of employee classes, but they also tax you for it). I am a life long learner and I love to learn, however I also need to work to support myself, pay my bills and student loans (yes I do have some of those), and have a full life. I know (and I am sure you do to) many people that spend lots of money on cars, fishing and hunting gear/trips, boats and things like that. They have their hobbies, I have mine.]

 

15. M.Ed. 2016 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Learning Technologies) (Focus Area: Online Distance Learning)
14. Postbaccalaureate Graduate Certificate 2012 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Online Distance Learning Postbaccalaureate Graduate Certificate)
13. Certificate 2010 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Applied Business Certificate Undergraduate)
12. M.A. 2009 University of St. Thomas (Art History)
11. B.S. 2008 Minnesota School of Business (Business Administration)
10. A.S. 2005 Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Cartography)
9. A.A.S. 2005 Minnesota School of Business (Business Administration)
8. Certificate 2005 Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Cartography)
7. Diploma 2005 Minnesota School of Business (Business Administrative Assistant)
6. Diploma 2005 Minnesota School of Business (Office Assistant)
5. M.L.I.S. 2001 Dominican University (Library and Information Science)
4. B.A. 1999 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Art History)
3. M.S. 1998 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Anthropology)
2. B.A. 1994 St. Cloud State University (Anthropology and History)
1. A.A. 1992 Anoka-Ramsey Community College

I’m a trading card!

I’m a trading card! A few years ago I backed a Kickstarter campaign to be turned into a trading card and I received it today!