The new year starts off with another departmental party at Oscar's. Here is a shot of everyone enjoying some good food and good drinks.
A group shot of our senior students, everyone here is taking a break from their comprehensive exams and dissertations.
Here Dena is resting her eyes during Finn's story.
Say "Hello" to Allen Shamow joining the PhD program after completing his master's degree at Washington University.
Another new student, Mike Vecchio, joining us from Bowling Green University.
Amanda Gendon and her boyfriend Marcus. Amanda was in our master's program but apparently wanted more reading and work to do and is now starting her first year in the PhD program.
Here is Ethan either involved in a conversation or staring at something completely mesmerizing.
Always photogenic Dan is boring the life out of another new student Tiffany Polk who is joining us from Howard University.
The fifth floor crew. Tiffany, Jena, and Katrina. Jena is also new to the PhD program, joining us from Nebraska.
The older students discussing ways to torture and haze the incoming PhD students.
Feels like we zoomed in too far.
Ahh now we have everyone in the shot.
Ahh quite a rare shot, Brendan without a book in his hands.
Yes it's disturbing, but this is what happens when you share a house and an office together. A few more drinks and we'll be doing karaoke for the whole party.
Katrina is trying to explain that she really enjoyed Andres's class, despite the looks on her face all semester.
Janet and Lee laughing over a joke.
Another shot of the happy couple Mandy and Marcus.
Breanne and Dena, close friends after just a year of classes and occasional beers to get through all the work.
Always stylish Brad Brick.
Brendan and Andres, happy they aren't in a rental car driving across Kansas.
Brian Oliver--one street tough PhD student.
Brian is coaching Mark on how to toughen up his image.
The center piece and fuel for any good party, a well-stocked bar.
Two great minds enjoying a drink. Doctors Esbensen and Rosenfeld.
Another shot of the new students Hyon Namgung and Allen Shamow. Hyon comes to St. Louis after spending several years as a police officer in Korea.
Two more close friends, Kim and Michele.
Brendan is so excited that Kim just requested him to sing another song. He loves performing for a happy crowd.
Jessie, Kristin and her adorable daughter.
Lee and her husband Eric.
Mark trying to get his cute girlfriend Michelle to come sit next to him.
Rick, sporting a new goatee, and Andres.
Rick and Finn discussing a ridiculous handout given to all TA's and RA's
Rick, Kaitlin and her handsome son Alex.
A shot of some senior students, Brendan, Mark and Brad.