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Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (http://www.umbc.edu), and Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She is Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research is on global diversity in STEM and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: https://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Google+ google.com/+RenettaTull. Follow on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull; https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

Posting & Blogging

I’ve decided to let this blog become my new “personal” website. I’ve updated some of the items on the About,  Life/Work Balance, and Professional pages in the tabs above.  I’ve noticed that only 10 posts show at a time, and I’m not sure how to fix it, even though […]

The POWER of ONE

Those of you who have been reading my blogs know that music really moves me to reflect, contemplate, and even to act. The latest song that I wake up to is Israel Houghton’s POWER OF ONE. Here are the words, they speak for themselves. What if it all […]

A mi hogar

Today I go home! Adios to the warm tropics. Hola to the cold. It was a good trip and as much as I liked it, I’m ready to go home. 🙂 I have more pictures to post of my apartment, car, backyard, etc. I’ll get to that over […]

Muchos lugares

Host and colleague in Palmas del Mar One of the kioskos (kiosks) in Luquillo (near Fajardo) On the patio at the home of my host. At the clock in Caguas, across from “Dulce Nombre de Jesús” Host and colleague at the coffee stand in Caguas. Muchos lugares … […]

Trabajando

Trabajando – working. Today, I was working with students for most of the morning and I had meetings in the afternoon. I gave a talk yesterday and today I had a “Coffee Hour” which was similar to “drop-in office hours.” So I worked with students on their statements […]

¿Ayudo?

¿Ayudo? This literally means “I help?” I was struggling with my keys outside of the gate today and a gentleman asked “¿Ayudo?” I realized that he was asking me if I needed help, so I said “No, gracias.” I’m learning some of the shortened ways of saying things […]

Estoy Cansada

Today I am home early, recovering from a bit of laryngitis so my communication for most of the day was via text messaging. It cleared up a bit yesterday, but I had meetings today and nearly lost my voice again. I enjoyed my lunch meeting today. Here are […]

Lo pongo aqui

Lo pongo aqui … “I put it here.” That’s what I said to the man that I helped at the train station this morning. He was trying to refill his farecard for the train (shown in photo) and he was putting it in the wrong space. I had […]

El tren

I just finished with my meetings for the morning and a quick lunch. I usually eat lunch in my office, but was determined to do something different … so I went outside to eat and walk around a bit … afterall, it’s Puerto Rico, and it’s warm and […]

Mi primera noche

I arrived in Puerto Rico this afternoon and was treated to wonderful, warm hospitality by my hosts from Universidad Metropolitana. The weather was hot (for me) but warm by Puerto Rican standards … 80+ degrees and humid! I went to the store (supermercado) this evening to buy some […]

Giving Love Away

At last night’s vigil and memorial service for UMBC student Jamie Heard, there was a great poem read at the end of the night which spoke of people dying, but love living on, so give love away. A simple concept, but one that really would change the world. […]

Academic Church

At one of our recent student conferences, a student came to the microphone and publicly described one of our graduate student support and development programs as “ACADEMIC CHURCH.” He said that sometimes you fall away, and you know what you’re supposed to do, then you come back and […]

The Secret

Well, it has been a few months, and I’ve been contemplating another post for a while. I’ve wondered what to say and figured that I’ll talk briefly about The Secret. Yes, we’ve heard Oprah talk about the book, she did a show on it, it’s even been in […]

Wow, what a world!

A few weeks ago, following the UMBC Research Symposium, I was talking with a group of students about some of the research that we’d observed throughout the day. We were all impressed by the various projects and the depth of scope in some of the work. As we […]

Another Ph.D. joins the ranks!

Today I had the pleasure of attending the Doctoral Dissertation Defense for one of our PROMISE students. She did a fabulous job and demonstrated her excellent science! Her advisor and committee used words like “outstanding” and “fantastic” to describe both her and her work. Days like today make […]