Dear Dr. Provost

We have never met; you have never e-mailed me, yet I learned yesterday via my dean that you were terminating my contract, as a full professor who has received above average evaluations for braun.hockeyseven years, effective June 30, 2013, because of bad attendance.

Lawyers will figure that bit out.

As a father of five daughters, I have strove to find a work-home balance for 25 years. I’ve probably failed more than succeeded. But I tried. My four older girls helped establish girls hockey in Canada, and I’m going to help establish girls hockey with my 4-year-old in Australia. And like I teach all the girls I’ve coached over the years, always go into the corners with your elbows up, Dr. Provost.

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A former professor of food safety and the publisher of, Powell is passionate about food, has five daughters, and is an OK goaltender in pickup hockey. Download Doug’s CV here. Dr. Douglas Powell editor, retired professor, food safety 3/289 Annerley Rd Annerley, Queensland 4103 61478222221 I am based in Brisbane, Australia, 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time