Thus, today I met my new "boss," Vice Dean Dr. Mihaela Lutas. Mihaela showed me to my new office, and arranged for my having a tour of the huge (15,000 student) Faculty of Economics (their term for "School of Economics and Business"), which is equipped with beautiful lecture halls, seminar rooms, a cafeteria and exercise space for faculty with both machines and a masseur, lockers and showers, etc. It is a world class facility. My tour guides were Professor Dr. Alexandra Mutiu, with whom I shall teach management accounting in the spring, and Ph.D. candidate Melinda Plescan, who is to be my teaching assistant. I also met Prof. Ioan (John) Plaias of the Marketing Department, who was once a Fulbright Professor at UVM in Burlington, as well as a number of important staff members and other new colleagues.
As the meeting closed, Mihaela and I compared schedules and learned that we both have meetings in Bucharest on Thursday. That fact decided my transportation question. We will drive down together on Wednesday by way of Sibiu, another important Transylvanian city. That means that I will have a guide, and that we can have a really good talk on the seven-hour drive. (How wonderful it would be one day to have a chance to get to know some of our PSU administrators in such a way!) In Bucharest, I will drop Mihaela at her hotel, then join my fellow Fulbright-RO newbies at Hotel Victoria.
As Mihaela will return to Cluj by train on Thursday night, I will be driving back by myself. That gives me an opportunity to see more of the country, so I decided the time had come for a GPS.
At that point Alexandra offered to help. She has a friend who happens to be a GPS wholesaler in Cluj! Voila! An affordable unit! The Beamer is now also a navigator. I tested it out tonight, and sure enough, it guided me back to my free parking spot at the Administration building. I have contacted Romanian PSU Professor Roxana Wright to see if this Saturday would be a good time to visit her parents in Brashov, which lies on the other good road between Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca.
I continue to be impressed with the beauty and culture of Cluj, and most of all impressed with the people I have met at UBB.
Tomorrow, I shall meet with the European Studies Faculty. I am not to be teaching a course there until spring, but will likely take part in their academic life. This is where Mircea Maniu teaches. Knowing Mircea, I will be put to good use.