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A Semester in Rwanda


May 2013 Archives

More pre-departure details

I am currently gathering credentials about myself that I haven't had to present to anyone in years: my degrees, my criminal records. Somehow, at my age, it seems remote, like it really was someone else who got an ScB in 1979. I also continue to worry about my two-name decision; I have a legal name that I took when I married a widower and adopted his two children and a professional name that had already seen a bit of use. As a professional, I'm one person; as a legal US citizen another. I've gotten a lot of mileage over the years by having an uncommon first name (I mean, how many Nanettes do you know?) 

At Simmons, I'm winding down. Today I hand off the CAS assessment committee responsibility to Niloufer and the CS program mantle to Bruce. I'd like to shift the iComps work to Ellen but she's cleverly decided to be on sabbatical this year as well. Handing off is much easier with google drive ... just share a folder full of stuff! On a positive note, I'm less (not un- but less) concerned about the fate of the CS program after meeting with the new (G)S(L)IS Dean. Also, our enrollments are looking strong for the fall. Perhaps young women have decided that CS is not just a boy's club ... again.  


Fulbright Orientation

So, from the blogging guidelines from Fulbright, the suggested disclaimer

This site is not an official Fulbright Program site. The views expressed on this site are entirely those of its author (Nanette Veilleux) and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations.


The views may not reflect those of Simmons College either. Possibly not even of Nanette Veilleux, say, in a year. Time will tell. 

Found out that I'm immune to Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Thought I was. Vividly remember two of the three diseases, tucked into my mother's bed with Peggy and Joey (also sick at the same time, of course) wearing blue plastic sunglasses to protect our eyes. Frankly, I don't remember actually feeling unwell.

Also found out that it takes a few phone calls to get a four month supply of malaria medicine since the standard insurance limit is 90 pills. Not insurmountable but apparently worth discussing with care givers, pharamacies as well as insurance providers.


First blog entry: here we go!

There's about 5 million things to do and not enough time to do them all! I have to finish up responsibilities at Simmons, which include transitioning our department to the (currently named) Graduate School of Library and Information Science. That's on my mind as well as the personal responsibilites that I'll have to let go of during my absence. It's an odd feeling to drop out of your usual life for four months: students, research, administration, political groups, my family and yeah, my kids (okay, they're grown up, but...) -- all of these threads interupted for a time. 

Naively, I thought it would feel liberating ...


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Associate Professor Nanette Veilleux has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach computer engineering at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Rwanda. Follow along on her journey.

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