The word on the street is that the RIF machine is winding down. It was speculated last July that most of UTMB’s job cuts would be done by the end of the fiscal year, and it looks like that’s likely to be the case. How’d we do on the numbers? Did we hit 1300? Are there any more planned? All good topics/questions for Thursday’s Town Meeting. I think Dr. Stobo plans to spend a few minutes bringing people up to date on the RIF and plan, with at least half of the meeting reserved for Q&A.
The end of the fiscal year. That’s this week, my friends. Hard to believe another twelve months has rushed by, not unlike the sand and sea surging past our feet on a windy day walk in the shallows. When you bend over to reach for that wave as it churns round your calves and ankles, all too often you’re left with a fistful of foam and grit, and that’s what this summer has felt like: foam and grit. So although I’m not sure it was on purpose, there’s some poetic sense of closure in having a Town Meeting on the last day of the year, of this year. Maybe it’s a good time to end one chapter and start the next. And the next one will be, has to be, better.