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A Semester in Rwanda

Final project presentations

So, my spirits have fallen and soared over this last week as the final presentations for the Object Oriented Programming class came in. First, I have never seen my students so engaged in actual coding as they have been on...

Thanksgivukkuh in Rwanda

So, the land of a thousands hills has very few turkeys. At the HRH Thanksgiving party last night we saw three of them, deceased, sadly. Or not so sadly. It's odd how "food from home" seems so compelling and exotic...

Good class, nice feeling

I think there's lots of things in life I would do better if I'd had a practice run first. Probably storming the fences at Seabrook, probably teaching my first  class back in the 80's, probably raising children, probably being a...

Animals at Akegera

Okay, I fully understand that I'm here for a teaching role and I have been doing plenty of teaching and mentoring. But I know that you really want to see pictures of animals. My internet is jumping in and out...

A brief interruption

Hi all, I'm sorry that I haven't written lately.In October, it was for good news (family was visiting) and then for sad news  (my nephew died suddenly). I'll catch you up on the former in the next few posts. Let...

Gorillas.

Okay, I could narrate this whole set of pictures, but I know you aren't going to read anything. You're just going to jump ahead to the pictures of the beasts. What you can't tell from the photos is that I...

First round of tests

One of the challenges here, at least for me, is figuring out how to give feedback to individual students, including formative assessment like graded assignments. I have students do in class exercises but we post most of these on the...

Random Hacks of Kindness

Last weekend I was able to mentor KIST and other Rwandan students in the Random Hacks of Kindness Hackathon (Simmons students: we gotta do something like this!)  It was a four nation, simul-cast event that had students coding for 36...

An entry for Stef

This entry is dedicated to Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel. No, sadly, it's not a long description of the best chocolate in the world (which, quite frankly, must be somewhere else ...) but pictures of the flowering trees, shrubs and plants. This whole...

Mo-Jo back

Just in case you were worried that I was fading away, don't! Took CiPro on Monday morning and feeling much better. In fact, I headed out to KLab (http://klab.rw/) yesterday afternoon. After being shown around the place, I met with a...

Bravado compromised

 I had sailed through the first set of firsts (first class, first moto ride, first wandering around at night, first grocery shopping) and was pretty proud of myself. I mean, I was negotiating taxi fares with the best of them....

Working

I just wanted to post some pictures of KIST where I'm working.  I walk from home, about 20 minutes away. The way is hilly. Very hilly. Once on campus, there are paths but there are more 'desire' paths -- basically...

First week of teaching, but with very little info about teaching

So, after much preparation and moving into an office (more about it and pics next week), I finally taught my classes for the first time. I'd been warned by everyone "not to expect too much" so I was pleasantly suprised....

Pictures!

Okay, by popular demand (and, after I figured out how to downsample my pics):  The view from my backyard:  The view down one tree-lined avenue:  The view from a pool-side chair at the Serena: ...

In answer to your questions:

Alejna: I've only seen one mosquito and it wasn't really interested in me. I've stopped using the net. Makes me feel penned in and this is an expansive country!  The coffee is good but not, like, omigod great. The food...

Arrived!

Arrived almost 48 hours ago after 18 hrs traveling. The first thing you notice is the weather: warm but dry. It surprised me because it's dark early but balmy. And there are the palm trees and summer growing things smells....

Making friends

Had brunch with Joyce Fletcher, an SOM connection. She is involved with this wonderful project:  the Maranyundo School (www.maranyundo.org).. I won't go much into it now but check out the link. The emphasis on girls is inspiring. The school has become...

Out of the Blue

So, it seems that the City of Cambridge has gone on record to recognize the Fulbright. I was a bit suprised to get the suitable-for-framing document in the mail. I guess I can only thank Leland Cheung who goes out...

More preparations, more excitment

Okay, so I've been bad about keeping the world updated on the minutia of preparation. To make a long story short, I've been interviewing, or rather, being interviewed by, roommates. Yes. With the KIST guest house kitchen-less, I'm looking for...

Preparations underway!

I have been busy getting together materials to support teaching while I'm there. It looks like I'll still be teaching Object Oriented programming and Signals and Systems. It's been, hmmm, almost 20 years since I've taught S&S (can that be...

More me, not yet in Rwanda

Found a couple of other people's blogs on their Fulbright's in Rwanda.  One, http://dpfeldman2.blogspot.com/ (Dave Feldman) even had pictures (oh! Alfie! listen to me say 'pictures'!) of the (or a similar) room that will be mine. Seems to make a huge amount...

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...

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...

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...

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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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