I spend a lot of time these days observing with the two (current) largest single-dish radio telescopes in the world after having completed my doctorate in astronomy only a few months ago from Cornell University. I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow with the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves, working at West Virginia University.
I've known Professor Aveni for many years because my parents knew Professor Aveni for many years; my father went to Mexico one January with him and so I've heard many stories over the years from both ends. On a few special occasions, Aveni has shown me a drawing of a glyph my father drew from the trip. He always tells the story of the drawing and every time he does, you can hear him fondly recall the the experience. Now I get to warmly remember the story about the story.
I had the pleasure of taking a course with Aveni myself, one that blended the astronomy I knew so well with the cultural development of the science that I didn't. While I never took any upper-level astronomy courses with Aveni, he would offer me career advice knowing that I wanted to continue in astronomy. Many of his words have resonated with me over the last few years and I'm sure they will resonate with me for the rest of my career.
In all of his endeavors, I can only wish Professor Aveni the very best.