Tomorrow is the last day of school this semester, and it will complete fourteen years that I have been working at the University of North Alabama. When I started in the last century, there was already talk of a new science building somewhere on the distant horizon.
Through many years, much time has been spent on meetings and fundraising by the department heads of chemistry, biology, physics and earth science. New problems came up constantly. Sometimes, we thought it would never happen.
On Monday, during a cool day when it was raining straight down, the symbolic first shovelful of dirt was moved. We are thankful that this is now a reality. There are promises of quick construction with the building possibly ready for use in January 2015.
I was seriously thinking about retiring. However, wouldn't it be nice to teach in that new building where labs were modern and everything works, even the elevator? I may have to hang around for a while to find out.