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A special visitor

This might be of interest to you: Jimmy Carter visited campus the other day. Sterling and I were running errands in the main building, then we went to the park for an hour. When I got home, facebook was alight with photos of Jimmy Carter in and around...the main building. We'd just missed him.

We get notable visitors every once in a while. Most we don't know about until they've already left, unless they're here to give a speech or attend a public event. Will Smith came here with one of his kids a few years ago. We also get a lot of diplomats, journalists, and authors.

Here is Mr. (Former President?) Carter with His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi. My first thought when I saw this photo was that someone should have handed him (Mr. Carter) some sunglasses. I'm sure HH is used to it but the main plaza in direct sunlight is so dazzling that it seems to burn your retinas. Then again, maybe protocol doesn't let dignitaries wear sunglasses at official receptions.

It was fun to have a special visitor on campus, even if I didn't see him in person. Apparently he spent some time in the library talking to random students who were at the study terminals on the ground floor. Can you imagine?

March 27th, outsourced

Triathlon success!

Triathlon success!