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It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday



Check out this incredible cake!!  This was made by Roseanne, wife of my friend Mark.  @RedHat — do you need someone to bake for your events?

Motley Crue

As great as it is to be heading off to Red Hat to start a new chapter of my life, it truly is difficult to leave my many friends at UConn. Again, thank you all — for the party, and for 17 years of sharing, mentoring, and friendship as we worked for the greater good of the University.  You will all be missed – please keep in touch!


[UPDATE 2013-01-18 13:54] The following was just posted to the weekly IT Employee Newsletter:

Matt Smith, a dedicated professional and highly respected employee of UITS announced his resignation from the University effective January 24th. Matt joined UITS as a student employee supporting desktops and distributed servers in 1996. In those 17 years he developed vast knowledge and technical ability. Under his leadership and “can-do” attitude many technical solutions were researched and implemented. Matt’s expertise made him highly sought after over the years by top leaders in the public and private sectors. Matt has always had a strong commitment to UConn; however, opportunity knocked and he decided to leave and accept a job offer with Red Hat, Inc. Matt will be missed by the University community, his friends and colleagues at UITS, and especially by the Linux team he led since 2009. Please join us in wishing Matt and his family all the best.

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Thank You!

As I wrap up my time at UConn, I have been greatly touched by the expressions of well-wishes from my colleagues, my friends.  Some I have worked with for only months, some for almost two decades, but I am truly appreciative of the time we have all spent together.

Cake!Today, at my last meeting of the Technology Implementers Group, I was surprised with a beautiful cake (and coffee!!).

Matt and Karen — thank you.  It has truly been a pleasure to work with you all these years.

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So long, and Thanks for All the Fish

As I sent out to several mailing lists on 2012-12-20:


January 24th will be my last day at the University of Connecticut.  I have been offered, and have accepted, a fantastic opportunity with Red Hat Inc.  Having been in IT at UConn since 1996, this was not an easy decision for me – but this is an opportunity that I just cannot pass up.  I have truly enjoyed working with and learning from you all; I will miss you all greatly.

The Linux/Virtualization team here is establishing a transition plan to maintain service levels.  I will also be working with UITS Leadership to reduce the impact of my leaving on various organizational activities and initiatives.  If you have any concerns or questions, please let me know — I’d like to leave as few “loose-ends” as possible when I leave.

I will remain local, so please do keep in touch.  My personal email address will continue to be .

So farewell UConn! Red Hat, here I come!

And for those that can’t use Google:,_and_Thanks_for_All_the_Fish

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