Despite Fletcher’s underpopulated summer feel, there are several groups in regular attendance in the building:
Staff, of course. Unless we’re taking vacation days, nearly all of us work through the summer.
Faculty, in small numbers. Many professors like to use their offices for their summer research or course preparation, and they can be found crossing the Hall of Flags in their casual summer attire.
Workers, many in hardhats. Each summer, there’s sure to be some maintenance or construction activity that is best done when the building is quiet. This year, the fire alarm system is being upgraded — an important improvement that, like most infrastructure projects, is unlikely to draw much attention from students.
GMAP students! With a one-week gap, GMAP hosted the final two-week residency for one class group and, today, welcomes a new group. They’ll be on campus for the next two weeks and then again to graduate in July 2016. In January, the class will meet in a special international location. I haven’t heard yet where that will be, but I know that the group that started its year of studies in March will be gathering in Brussels next month for their midterm residency.
The GMAP residency is fairly intensive and GMAP students, who are generally well-along in their careers, aren’t often found hanging around in the Hall of Flags. But their presence in the building is clear and it’s nice to add them to our summer mix.