BES (my student from a long time ago, whom some of you might remember) passed her PhD comps with flying colors Only the dissertation awaits!
If you shall be at MLA this year, you can meet her, as she shall be my roomie and I am going to drag her around to social occasions (mentoring, yo).
Also, if you’re going to MLA… stay to the bitter end as Dr. Crazy is on a presidential theme panel that is scheduled for the last session on the last day. I know, we all like to leave asap. But perhaps this shall entice you to extend your stay until the end of the convention.