Friday, May 22, 2009

Four years, hundreds of posts, and a million memories later....time to say goodbye....


It started right here, in 2005.

I was in New York, at the Media Summit, and I opened up blogspot, created a file I serendipitously called "All Things Park," and voila! "the blog" was born.

At that point, the big news was mobile delivery (and by the way, the Media Summit was the event that also spawned Cellflix, the first student film festival for work shot on cell phone....)

I had been the dean of the Park School for six months. I was deliriously happy to be in Ithaca. And anything was possible.

And you know, that's still the case.

Since then, we've been through a lifetime (in Internet time) of magic moments, big victories, amazing events, and extraordinary accomplishments.

This space has documented a mere smattering of that history, but just to remind you....

We've marked the arrival of our collective media heroes and heroines -- from Seymour Hersh and Bob Woodward to Bill Moyers, Tom Wolfe, and Christianne Amanpour -- to the Park School and Ithaca College.

We've celebrated scores of your national media awards, recognition of the extraordinary excellence of the work you do, day after day, month after month, year after year.

We've announced the arrival of new faculty, new programs, new degrees, new clubs, new projects, and even the infamous Wii to the Park School faculty/staff lounge (for which I got up at 4 a.m. to be accosted by a very rude, very in-your-face gamer in the Target parking lot). New, new, new. That's us. Always recreating ourselves, always better, always ahead of the curve.

And we've shared the news of big internships, job possibilities, alumni connections, and Parkies-only opportunities (ooohhhhh, and there have been so many, many, many of those...).

You -- all of you: students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents -- have been the producers and creators of these extraordinary events and accomplishments.

And I have been proud to serve as your historian, your reporter, and your greatest fan.

The time has come -- such times inevitably do arrive in a culture that's all about change and moving forward and getting better -- for me to sign off, to embrace my own next big adventure, and to turn the blog over to you -- the community that owns it.

There will be another reporter to capture your achievements and your announcements; that lucky writer is to be announced sometime in the weeks to come.

And I will leave you with a single thought that captures, I think, my own experience in the Park School since 2004:

If you can dream it, you really can do it.

The blog has recorded hundreds of examples of your dreams, and the hard work, talent, energy and commitment that have made them real.

It has been an amazing five years. We have much to be proud of.

And I will miss you all.

2 Comments:

Blogger MGMT said...

thanks! i read this blog for all of my four years at IC.

have fun in MO, prez.

oh, and when you're at your first commencement ceremony there, just try not to leave out an entire school when it's time to confer degrees...

9:54 PM  
Blogger Cody said...

Good luck, Dianne! Ithaca will miss you!

1:42 PM  

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