As an educator and researcher at a small liberal arts institution, my success is measured (to me) in watching former students from my classroom and laboratory go on to do great things after graduation. Here, I share some great information about (and by) a former student of mine, Franny Gilman, who is working on her PhD in Microbial Ecology at the University of Montana. Franny spent last summer in Greenland, and wrote a few words about the experience for my blog, and shared some photos. This is why I do what I do: to see more former students do great things. I'm very proud of Franny!