I just got word this morning that I am being hired as an IT Security Analyst by a prominent local university.  I cannot tell you how excited I am, for all sorts of reasons.  It will be good to be employed again, and the fact that I will be in a permanent position at a university (and that it pays more than what I made at my previous job)  just makes it all the better.  Right now it looks like my first day will be in mid-March.  They will be contacting me with more information and sending me my orientation packet soon.  The university HR department is going to conduct an orientation program at some point for new employees, and obviously I will be attending that.