They have a tradition in the Notre Dame biology/environmental sciences department. When you have completed the presentation and defense of your dissertation they have a little party. You pop open a bottle of champagne and where the cork hits the ceiling, you put your initials with a sketch related to your thesis. The theme of aquatic stream insects and leaves was echoed in the handsome cake prepared in Chris’s honor. Actually he had two cakes, another made by his girlfriend Laura, but the photo of that cheesecake covered with Oreo cookie crumbs is on my husband Peter’s camera so there is only one cake in the current slide show…but just imagine.
It was a great time, and yes anyone who was asking me..he is done and will be receiving his Phd. at the young age of 27. He just has to do a few final additions to the manuscript. CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTOPER J. PATRICK!!!