Monday, June 9, 2014

Time to say fairfarren

 Please meet my fiend, Phd study leader and mentor, prof Rita Niemann.

Up to now prof Rita Niemann had been the supervisor and mentor 62 Master's and 23 PhD students that WOW! completed their studies. She believes that a supervisor should be both an academic leader as well as a mentor to students.
She establishes strong ties with her students and after they have completed their studies, they remain lifelong friends.  

A leader is a person you will follow

to a place you wouldn't go by yourself.

And Rita leads everybody

who are willing to end up in worlds

they wouldn’t go to themselves.

But Rita is more than a leader to me.

Somedays my life was all about

dreams, hopes and visions for the future

And then Rita was there

But there are some days

that my life was just about

putting one foot in front of the other

And then Rita was there

But now Rita is leaving the UFS at the end of July to take up a position in a private company in Pretoria. She remains an associate to the UFS and will remain the supervisor to her current students. I will no longer enjoy the face-to-face contact with her, but surely we will continue to have heart-to-heart contact.

Fairfarren, Rita, and may we always dance the Futterwacken vigorously with unbridled joy