Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Graduation Celebration

Just a few photos of this last week's graduation activities...

Us at the College of Math & Sciences Selected Assembly 2011, Michael was receiving the CMS Outstanding Thesis Award!

This is Michael's AMAZING and oh-so-helpful Thesis Advisor Fred Ringwald. I kept trying to get pictures of the two of them together but our camera is on the fritz. Dr. Ringwald was such a great advisor and mentor for Michael and they are going to be publishing their paper in the journal New Astronomy this summer...

If you look closely you'll see Michael's name on the right page :) Here he is (below) accepting his award from the Department head and the Dean of the CMS.

Michael with the Physics Department Head, Dr. Singleton and Dr. Tenney, discussing physics stuff.

This is the Physics Department's graduation dinner. It was so much fun! It was held at the Veterans Memorial Building in Clovis, CA. We had a scrumptious dinner and Michael got recognized again not only for his thesis work but for being one of only a handful of graduates this semester.
Here is his "major award" (...think "A Christmas Story") and it really is FRAGILE :) Somehow the glass was made in a linear accelerator...they explained it all but I still don't get it.
And now the moment you've all been waiting for...Introducing Michael J. Gariety, Master of Science, Physics!!!

We took a few pictures outside after the ceremony. I was so proud of him and seeing him walk into the arena while they were playing Pomp and Circumstance I had to hold back tears. It meant so much to me to see his dreams fulfilled. Michael is incredibly smart but he is also kind and deserves so many wonderful things out of life...
Saturday we celebrated with a little party at the park- thanks to all those who came out to wish Michael congratulations! You made the day so special for him. He couldn't believe that so many people cared about him enough to come by and share in his special day.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gariety's Garden

Our plants have been loving the weather lately. Warm days and cool night have put them in the mood to grow!
sugar snap peas

Bibb lettuce, strawberries and rhubarb


Habanero, Jalapeno and Thai Peppers

Heirloom tomato

We also planted 6 Cinderella Pumpkin plants and 1 Jack-Be-Little Pumpkin. Last year none of our heirloom pumpkins survived until maturity so we are implementing some new pumpkin-survival strategies, including starting them earlier and placing them in different locations in the yard. We have a few more trays of seeds left to be transplanted when they are a little larger (bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions and banana peppers) and we'd like to add some herbs to the garden like cilantro, chives and basil.