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eG Foodblog: Monica Bhide - Thoughts without a thinker

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Thanks, Monica, for such an enlightening week.

We're going to close this journal now, but first I'd like to make an announcement regarding Monica and her future with the eGullet Society.

As you know, Monica has been one of our most tireless, loyal and creative volunteers for more than two years now. In addition to hosting the India forum, she has been a contributor to the Daily Gullet and has enjoyed increasing success as a freelance food writer. Perhaps her most significant contribution to the Society was that she was the founding dean of the eGullet Culinary Institute (eGCI). This incredible distance-learning project has been a jewel in the crown of the Society's offerings, and Monica made it happen.

Monica is now going to take the reins of another critical project. Starting this month, she will be the leader of our eG Scholarships team. In keeping with the long-range plan we announced last fall, the Society has recently secured commitments from underwriters for two culinary scholarships. And, as the Society's funds have accumulated -- slowly, slowly -- we have reached the point where we will be able to give back some of those funds in order to bring culinary learning opportunities to those who might not otherwise be able to pursue them.

We'll be providing much more information about eG Scholarships this summer, as Monica and the eG Scholarships team develop the program.

In addition, in order to allow Monica to make the investment of time and effort that the eG Scholarships project will require, she is going to be stepping down as the host of the India forum. She'll still be here as a guide and fellow traveler, but will be devoting herself to the new project.

Thanks again for everything, Monica, and best of luck in your latest eGullet Society venture.

Steven A. Shaw aka "Fat Guy"
Co-founder, Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, sshaw@egstaff.org
Proud signatory to the eG Ethics code
Director, New Media Studies, International Culinary Center (take my food-blogging course)

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