[teknoids] Well, this is it

Johnson, Cyndi johnson at law.unm.edu
Thu Dec 22 10:35:42 EST 2016

Thanks, John. It has been a long and interesting journey, that’s a fact. I still have the “IBM PC on Campus” t-shirt from maybe 1982. It has a few stains but it’s a classic. And you’re right – I was in the first graduating CS class and the only female. I’ll probably do some mentoring with girls in STEM programs and try to dispel the myth that only male geeks find careers in the STEM areas. And no offense to my male geek friends. =)
I was known for a long time as R2Dean2 when I became the Assistant Dean for IT and my name was Cyndi Dean. Then they started calling me The Computer Goddess when I got married, and that’s what is inscribed on the beautiful piece of Nambe they gifted me with.
You and I also share a love for all things four-footed (or tripods) so somehow I think that will also keep us connected in the future. Right now I have two bottle baby puppies in my office. Many people here, students, staff and faculty, have said they’ll miss that most about me; I’m rarely without a bottle baby these days.
Much love back at you!

Cyndi Johnson
Director/Assistant Dean for Information Technology
UNM School of Law
(505) 277-0695

From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of John Mayer
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2016 8:19 AM
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Subject: Re: [teknoids] Well, this is it

You will be missed.

My earliest memory of you is making a bad joke about your former last name .. "Dean".  I think I said something silly like, "When you get promoted are they gonna call you Dean Dean? or "Dean^2 ?"

Very few folks still around from the DOS PC days when the idea of a law school having a computer lab or Director of Computer Services (later Dir of IT).  You could write a book about the journey I am sure.

It was a always interesting reading your posts, attending your CALICon sessions and just talking shop.  It was doubly so that you were an all too rare representative of another gender in our "profession".

Good grief, this is sounding like a eulogy.  I do feel a little sad that you are leaving, but I am happy to call you a friend.

Luck on your next adventure!

With Love,

On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 9:06 AM, Johnson, Cyndi <johnson at law.unm.edu<mailto:johnson at law.unm.edu>> wrote:
Today is my final day doing an honest day’s work for a paycheck. UNM will close for winter break after today so I’ll leave with the rest of the staff and just won’t come back in January. Chad Covey will take my place as the IT Services Manager.
I’ve made such incredible friends over the past many years and am having a hard time thinking about not seeing you again, so let’s just leave it that we’ll meet again in the future somehow, somewhere. I wish nothing but the best for you in your future endeavors, both personally and professionally.
With lots of love and fond memories,

Cyndi Johnson
Director/Assistant Dean for Information Technology
UNM School of Law
(505) 277-0695<tel:(505)%20277-0695>

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