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  • Finding the Right Career for Your Personality [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Have you ever wondered why you are attracted to certain jobs? Ever thought about how happy you would be as an architect? Or how bored you would be as a software engineer? Your personality type could have everything to do with your preferences. Understanding your personality type could be a key factor in finding the […]
  • Do We Need Undergraduate Student Affairs Programs?

    Inside Higher Ed | Blog U
    Eric Stoller
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:50 pm
    The value of diverse academic backgrounds.
  • Student Engagement: A conversation with Kuh & Kinzie

    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs
    Heather Shea Gasser
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Focusing on student engagement may be a key to unlocking student success in college and working through the complex puzzle of designing campus systems to best meet the needs of students. In their book, Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter, George Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, John Schuh, and Elizabeth Whitt, define a successful student as one who persists, benefits in desired ways from their experiences while in college, and persists to graduation, ultimately satisfied with their college experience.  Yet, how do we know that our initiatives are educationally and developmentally…
  • How to Find a Job in 7 Days

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Let’s face it – life happens. Sometimes, we need to find a job FAST so we can keep the heat on during these cold winters. This week’s post highlights a few ways you can kick-start the job search and potentially land a job by the end of the week. NOTE: It’s a lot of hard […]
  • Meet the 26-Year-Old Behind Academic Twitter’s Most Popular Hashtags

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    Steve Kolowich
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:55 am
    It didn’t take much for Glen Wright to figure out that academics on Twitter are just like everyone else. “#AcademicWithCats—let’s get it started people!” wrote Mr. Wright, a Paris-based researcher, from the account for his blog, Academia Obscura. Many academics spend their days reading and purveying dense, largely humorless tomes, or buried in lab work or archives, and have a reputation as a serious tribe. Cats and Twitter, however, are great equalizers. Following Mr. Wright’s post, in early December, photographs of academics posing with their cats came pouring in. They are still…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #SAmobile – Growing Older in Student Affairs: Moving Two Lives, Not One

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    In the eight and a half wonderful years I spent working at DePaul University in Chicago, I always imagined that, if I left, it would be to the sounds of trumpets blaring, suns rising (what, exactly, does a sunrise sound like? Mystery!), babies giggling, and angels getting wings.  Well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but I did imagine my next step in this career to be as joy-filled and celebratory as the last time I’d moved across the country for a job in my mid-20s.  Now, in my mid-30s, I am a happily married man, partnered with a strong, brilliant, independent career woman.  Four months…
  • Top 5 Posts : February 2015

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Curious what Student Affairs folks read about the most in February ? Below are the top 5 posts for last month: 1) The Hypocrisy of Residence Life 2) When Your Coworkers Aren’t Your Friends 3) Why Going Greek During my Final Semester of Graduate School was Perfect Timing 4) #SAConnects: We Found Love in a SA Place 5) The Rule of Thirds and Your Professional Development
  • Tuesday Tally – 03/03/15 – Would you take a new job in the middle of the year?

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    I often feel that there is a stigma when someone leaves a job at a non-traditional time. Have you observed this? I don’t believe it is meant to happen (or maybe it is), but I have seen when professionals search for a job outside of the traditional #SAsearch season there seems to be this erie hush that falls over conversations about searching at that time. However, many of us are at-will employees, meaning we are not bound to work certain time commitments – we are free to go as we wish (obviously there is another side of that). So I ask this week would you take a new job in the…
  • But He’s a Good Guy! A Review of Action vs. Character

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    “He still hasn’t enrolled in the online homework, and our first test is Monday. I know him; I had him last semester, he’s a good guy!” Source: The above quote is from a lecturer in the department I work in. It is just one of many references to a character that seems strangely juxtapositioned with action (or inaction). Over the past month, they seem to appear at every turn, from online articles to in-person encounters like the one noted above. (See here, here, and here.) If I’m being honest, what set this whole notion in motion was my binge on Serial, the podcast by…
  • The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast Episode #48: Kimberly White on Experiential Learning

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Welcome to another great episode of The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast! We welcome Kimberly White to the show this week. Dustin talks with her about the value of experiential learning opportunities for students, and how we as professionals can best facilitate them. Kim gives a lot of great resources, which you can find all in the show notes. Many thanks to Kim for taking time out for the show! Show Notes: Kimberly White: Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog Levo League YouTern (@YouTern, #InternPro) Smart Girls Group “Learning Through Critical Reflection” by Sarah Ash & Patti Clayton…
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  • Compelling Career Advice from Barack Obama

    Study Hacks
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    A Compelling Answer  Earlier today, a reader pointed me toward a blog post about Barack Obama from the Humans of New York project. The post quotes Obama’s answer to the following question: When is the time you felt most broken? The president begins his response by recalling a doubt-ridden plateau in his political career… “I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped…for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do.” What caught my attention (and the attention of the reader who forwarded me the…
  • Deep Habits: Work With Your Whole Brain

    Study Hacks
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Surprising Understanding Last summer, I wrote a post detailing various strategies for reading mathematical proofs faster. Last week, I stumbled across a new strategy that I think may be relevant for many different types of deep information processing. I came across this strategy while peer reviewing a complicated computer science paper. As I read, I quickly became frustrated. I was processing lemmas and theorems, one by one, but as the details for each slipped from my short term memory to make room for the next, there was no sense of a coherent whole. It was as if I couldn’t get my…
  • J.K. Rowling’s Magical Writing Hut and the Pursuit of True Depth

    Study Hacks
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    A Magical Muse This past fall, news broke that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was building a replica of Hagrid’s hut near the border of a forest on her Scottish estate. Though its intended use is unknown, Entertainment Weekly speculated Rowling might be designing the ultimate writing cabin for her current project: penning the screenplay for a Potter prequel. This reminded me of Neal Stephenson. To set the right mood for his 17th century historical novel, Quicksilver, he wrote the manuscript longhand with a fountain pen, in a basement alcove decorated by an 18th century map of London.
  • This Company Eliminated E-mail…and Nothing Bad Happened

    Study Hacks
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Super Casual Friday Last week, an article in the Washington Post caught my attention. It was titled, “At some start-ups, Friday is so casual that it’s not even a work day,” and it focused on an Oregon-based tech company called Treehouse. This company, it turns out, offers an unusual perk to its employees: no work on Friday. The idea of a four day week upset people in the tech world. Michael Arrington, for example, responded: “As far as I’m concerned, working 32 hours a week is a part-time job…I look for founders who are really passionate. Who want to work all the…
  • Deep Habits: Work Analog

    Study Hacks
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:36 pm
    A Curious Observation I’ve written enough books at this point to notice trends about the process. Case in point, while many stages of pulling together a book end up going slower than expected, there’s one stage, in particular, that typically goes quicker: polishing the manuscript. I have a theory for the phenomenon. When I polish a book manuscript, I always work with printouts and a pen (as I also advise, in Straight-A, for paper writing). Because this work doesn’t need a computer, I tend to settle in somewhere conducive to concentration, like The Chair (above), and end up…
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    Campus To Career

  • How a Bad Thank-You Note Can Cost You the Job

    Kirk Baumann
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
      For those fresh out of college and new in the job market, getting an interview can be a daunting task. Picking out the perfect outfit: scary. Acing the interview: even scarier. But if you think first impressions stop there, you are horribly mistaken. What comes next is the thank you note, and I know […]
  • Finding the Right Career for Your Personality [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Kirk Baumann
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Have you ever wondered why you are attracted to certain jobs? Ever thought about how happy you would be as an architect? Or how bored you would be as a software engineer? Your personality type could have everything to do with your preferences. Understanding your personality type could be a key factor in finding the […]
  • Avoid These Entry-Level Salary Negotiation Mistakes

    Kirk Baumann
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Entry level positions are seldom open for negotiations. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you can’t at least try to land a better deal. The whole process can be nerve-wracking, and that’s because rookie negotiators don’t bargain, and they often end up accepting whatever offer the hiring manager makes. In the US, money is a taboo subject; […]
  • How to Find a Job in 7 Days

    Kirk Baumann
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Let’s face it – life happens. Sometimes, we need to find a job FAST so we can keep the heat on during these cold winters. This week’s post highlights a few ways you can kick-start the job search and potentially land a job by the end of the week. NOTE: It’s a lot of hard […]
  • Winged Migration: What a Flock of Geese Can Teach Us About Leadership

    Kirk Baumann
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    As I was out for a run recently, I observed a flock of geese landing in a nearby field. I watched as they touched down in what seemed like a carefully choreographed dance, their wings spread wide, feet lowered as they signaled to each other with joyful honks. Nature is all around us – beautiful […]
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    Career Spotlight

  • C&LD Internships: A Day in the Life

    Stephanie Gordon
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    In present day, it seems like every entry level position out of college wants to see some sort of experience. This experience is usually gained through an internship. While the internship search can be daunting and challenging, there is a department on campus that offers great internships. As current interns for Career & Leadership Development, we spoke to other interns in the office to see how working here has not only given them job experience, but so much more. We started in the SEAL office, where we talked to a few interns about what it is like being a part of SEAL and C&LD: “I…
  • Multicultural Career Fair Recap

    Jonathan Fera
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
     Suit and tie. Padfolio filled with resumes. Business cards. A positive attitude. These are all things necessary when attending a career fair. When I decided to attend the Multicultural Career Fair here at UW-Whitewater, I had to prepare. Luckily, this was not my first career fair, so I already knew what to expect and what to do differently than the time before. I started the morning ensuring that I was going to be comfortable throughout the day. Having a filling breakfast, the “recommended” amount of caffeine, and enough time to get ready in the morning, set the foundation for a…
  • Tips for the Multicultural Career Fair

    Stephanie Gordon
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    With the career fair coming up soon, here are some tips for you: Before the Career Fair 1. Research the companies that you want to speak with. Before you go to the career fair, you should do some basic research on what the company does. This way you can spend your time telling the company representative about yourself, rather than asking them questions about what their company does. When choosing which companies to speak with, be open minded; just because you have never heard of a company doesn’t mean that they don’t have something great to offer. Make sure that you prioritize the…
  • Taking the Risk

    Stephanie Gordon
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    In high school, if you had asked me to point out Whitewater, Wisconsin on a map, I would have had no idea where to look. I was just a girl from the North suburbs of Chicago looking for a great place to go to college. I would have never guessed that I would end up in the small town of Whitewater at this University. Making this decision was not easy. I knew that Whitewater had a great business school, there were not too many students, and it wasn’t too far from home. However, being from the North suburbs of Chicago, there were not a lot of people who came here for school. I would most likely…
  • Big Buildings to Open Roads: Jonathan Fera’s Journey to Happiness at UW-Whitewater

    Jonathan Fera
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Being born and raised in a big city, I became naïve of what was outside the Milwaukee city limits. The city was so fast and so vast that any other area seemed unexciting in comparison. That mindset did not last past the age of eighteen. I decided to come to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater during my senior year of high school. My advisers informed me of the College of Business and Economics at this institution and it’s positive reputation, so it seemed like the perfect fit. That career path only lasted two days into my time at UW-Whitewater until I switched to a communications major…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Sweet Briar College will shut down

    Scott Jaschik
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    Board says it couldn't craft a strategy to preserve its mission and finances. Move is highly unusual for a college that has accreditation, some unique programs and a $94 million endowment. Editorial Tags: Liberal arts collegesWomen's collegesImage Caption: Sweet Briar College
  • The Hillary Email Disclosures

    Tracy Mitrano
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    Blog: Law, Policy -- and IT?No one has ever accused the federal government of being ahead of the technological curve, and understandably so. In our society it is the market that drives this kind of innovation, not the government. But even at that speed, it would appear that the federal government might do well to get its policy house in order. Allowing anyone, not to mention the Secretary of State, to operate out of a personal email account shocks even my jaded IT policy conscious! So what lessons do we in higher education learn from this news? First, policy is critical, not after the…
  • Clarkson U., Union Graduate College Explore Merger

    Scott Jaschik
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    Clarkson University and Union Graduate College on Monday announced discussions on possibly merging their graduate programs. Clarkson has a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Union, a free-standing institution that grew out of Union College, offers only graduate programs. A statement from the institutions said: "Clarkson’s national reputation in engineering, science and management would reinforce Union Graduate College’s strengths in those related disciplines, and offer additional resources to benefit students and alumni of each school. Meanwhile, Union…
  • Tennessee Temple U. Expected to Shut Down

    Scott Jaschik
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    Tennessee Temple University, a small Baptist college in Chattanooga, is expected to announce today that it will shut down and merge remaining operations with Piedmont International University, a Christian college in Winston-Salem, N.C., The Chattanoogan reported. Tennessee Temple has about 300 students. The institution had hoped to buy land and move, but was unable to raise the necessary funds.   Ad keywords: administrators
  • Controversial Climate Change Scientist Defends Work

    Scott Jaschik
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    Wei-Hock Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, issued a statement Monday defending his work, which has been under sharp attack, The New York Times reported. Soon has published articles and spoken out questioning the scientific consensus that climate change is real. A previous Times article noted that he has received extensive financial support from the fossil fuel industry, but has not reported that financial connection in his journal articles, even though many of the journals require such disclosure. In his statement, Soon attacked his critics. “This…
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    Gross, Point-Blank

  • Lessons From A Month Of Guest Bloggers

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The blog has been pretty silent lately, especially in comparison to all of the amazing posts that were published in January. That’s because you all tired me out! Well, sort of. After posting 31 posts in January, 28 of which came from guest bloggers, I’ve had some time to rest, reflect, and think about my Resolve 2015 experience. So here’s a peak at what I learned behind the scenes. Everyone Has Ideas Worth Sharing It didn’t matter if authors were a vice president or a new professional—their ideas resonated with someone. Similarly, for some contributors this was…
  • Get More Work Done

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many have heard the idiom “perfection is the enemy of good.” I like to modify that a little bit and say, “perfection is the enemy of done.” Think of the things on your to-do list that are not complete. How long will it realistically take to complete those items? As I glance down at my to-do list just now I can see many of these tasks will take only a few minutes. If suddenly the deadline on any of them changed to be very urgent—in most cases I could complete them quickly. Use the following tips to get more work done, each and every day. Two Minute Task —Do It Now! I am a big fan…
  • Maximize Vendor Relationships

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    No (wo)man is an island, and I don’t know a single higher education professional that doesn’t work with vendors in some capacity. But working with a vendor is so much more than participating in a business transaction. Read on for five ways to maximize vendor relationships. Spoiler alert: I now work for a vendor. Know What You Want Often, the first contact you’ll have with a vendor is to submit an inquiry about their product (or you’ll receive a sales call). All vendors exist to solve a problem or fulfill a need. To make the most of both your time and the…
  • Unwritten Rules of Student Affairs

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Though leadership is universally accepted as a cure for all organizational ills, it is also widely misunderstood. Many views of leadership fail to recognize its relational and contextual nature and its distinction from power and position. Shallow ideas about leadership mislead managers. A multiframe view provides a more comprehensive map of a complex and varied terrain.” (Bolman and Deal, 2013, p. 370) Let’s face it. As we rise through the field of student affairs, there are things that we wish that we were taught along the way. Certainly, it is impossible to know everything about…
  • Share Your Work

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the world of work, there’s work—what you were hired to do and what you tell curious relatives and people at cocktail parties, and then there is work—what you do every day. To you, this might seem boring. To me, well, let’s just say that my job didn’t exist five years ago and it’s changing faster than I can keep up with and the only way that I feel like I can keep on keepin’ on is by knowing that other people are doing what I do as well. While the mantra “Don’t assume people have your knowledge.” has been ringing in my ears for years now, 2015 is as good a year…
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  • Yes, Marquette’s Plan to Fire John McAdams Is About Free Speech and Academic Freedom

    Peter Bonilla
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In two previous Torch entries on Professor John McAdams’s fight to keep his tenure at Marquette University, I’ve focused on Marquette’s abuses of McAdams’s due process rights and the subversions of basic free speech principles it has used first to justify his suspension, and then to justify its aim of revoking his tenure. In this third and final entry McAdams’s case, my focus is on perhaps the most outrageous and dangerous argument Marquette has made to defend its position. In a statement released February 4, Marquette president Michael R. Lovell argued that the university’s…
  • FIRE Earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator!

    Ashley Adams
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    FIRE is excited to announce that we have been awarded a four-star rating from Charity Navigator—the highest possible! Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, awards this coveted rating to only a portion of the thousands of charities it evaluates. By designating FIRE as a four-star charity, Charity Navigator recognizes that FIRE “consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America.” We are very grateful to our supporters for choosing to give their hard-earned dollars to support FIRE’s mission, and we are…
  • Members of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Criticize OCR Overreach

    Joseph Cohn
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Since the release of the infamous April 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, FIRE has argued that the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR’s) guidance on Title IX misstates the law and exceeds the agency’s authority. Last July, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the threats to civil rights posed—ironically—by OCR’s overreach. Last week, two of the commissioners wrote to key members of Congress to express the same concern. In their February 26 letter, Commissioners Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow explain:…
  • FIRE Announces 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2014

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    PHILADELPHIA, March 2, 2015—More than half of America’s top colleges maintain speech codes that blatantly violate First Amendment standards. But every year the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) takes a closer look at the previous year’s incidents of college censorship to determine the nation’s 10 worst abusers of student and faculty free speech rights. This year’s list of the 10 worst colleges for free speech—published with detailed descriptions at The Huffington Post—includes many public colleges or universities bound by the First Amendment. Some of them, on…
  • Senators Introduce New Version of CASA

    Joseph Cohn
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Last year, FIRE commented on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), the bill spearheaded by Senators Claire McCaskill, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dean Heller, and Marco Rubio to address sexual assaults on college campuses. Yesterday, the senators introduced an updated version of the bill. Like the original CASA, this new version contains some provisions that FIRE can support and some provisions that FIRE cannot support. On the positive side of the ledger, the legislation would not codify the low “preponderance of the evidence” standard or mandate misguided “affirmative consent”…
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  • Top 10 Things to Do While in Boston for NAFSA 2015

    Guest Blogger
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    By Clare O’Brien We all know how easy it is to fill one’s schedule with back-to-back meetings, sessions, and events during the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. But please don’t forget to leave time to explore the beautiful city of Boston during your stay in New England. The list of things to do in Boston can be overwhelming, so I thought I would try to choose my top 10 favorite activities to share with you in my blog this week. If you can make this trip a family vacation, you will not be disappointed. All the things on my list are perfect for people of all ages! Walk the Freedom…
  • War, Education, and International Justice: Ishmael Beah’s Journey from Child Soldier to Activist Storyteller

    Guest Blogger
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Simon Adams It’s not every former child soldier who has a memoir on the New York Times bestseller list. Or has the Washington Post’s reviewer declare that, “everyone in the world should read this book.” Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone is a phenomenon, selling 1.5 million copies and even being offered over the counter at Starbucks alongside your morning frappuccino. A Long Way Gone tells the story of the day the civil war in Sierra Leone came to Beah’s home town. Displaced and separated from his family, he wanders from village to village with his boyhood friends trying to stay…
  • The Hub, Cradle of Liberty, America’s Walking City–Come Join Us in Boston!

    Guest Blogger
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    By Clare O’Brien Greetings from Boston, a city renowned for being the epicenter of American history and a preeminent higher education location where tens of thousands of international students choose to study. I look forward to sharing fun facts, must-sees, and must-eats in and around this vibrant and multifaceted city in the coming months as you prepare for your stay in Boston for the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference & Expo. Conference Location: Downtown Boston You are certain to fall in love with Boston, whether you are a sports fanatic; enjoy art and theater; or just want the…
  • 2015 Student Mobility Forecast

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    With new tools providing greater understanding of the motives for student mobility and what drives students to seek out educational experiences abroad, international education professionals now have the unique opportunity to better anticipate where the next educational destination will be. To help uncover what 2015 holds for the student travel market, NAFSA invited Atle Skalleberg, CEO of StudentUniverse, a technology company that empowers students and youth to travel, to share his company’s insight on what their data is telling them about trends to expect in the coming months. What growth…
  • Honor Excellence in International Education – NAFSA National Awards for Leadership

    Guest Blogger
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    By Ivor Emmanuel Through my many connections with NAFSA colleagues spanning over 30 years, I have come to appreciate the deep sense of meaning and commitment that so many international education professionals have brought to our profession. Through countless hours they have given of themselves, not only on their campus, but also to the association and our field at large. They have attended committee meetings, organized workshops, delivered presentations, held leadership posts, mentored colleagues, engaged in advocacy and the list goes on. I personally have benefited from some of our finest…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • The Best Spring Break Beach Reads: Your Official Vacation Reading List

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    by Jessica Tholmer Thank goodness spring is almost here! More importantly, TGISB… thank God it’s (almost) spring break! Sure, the best part of spring break is the sunshine and revelry far from the strenuous day to day of college life. But to us, reading books is the best part, especially the kind that are not assigned to you. If you plan to catch up on some leisure reading while you’re spring breaking, here are some great reads that will keep you entertained while you lay on the beach. The Mortdecai Trilogy If the name “Mortdecai” sounds familiar, it is because…
  • Which College Town is Right for You?

    Elizabeth Simmons
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are already plenty of questions to consider when deciding where to go to college. Which school is the best for your program? How much can you afford to spend? How far from or close to home do you want to be? Though those may cover the basics, some consideration should also be given to what kind of place your college or university is in. Are you looking for a quaint, quirky college town? Or are you looking for a little city within a big city kind of feel with your campus? Source: WalletHub Tons of options are out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the folks at the…
  • Why Economics is Heating Up as the Economy Cools

    4 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    For decades, the study of economics has gotten a bad rap. Dubbed “the dismal science” for its devotion to numbers above all else, economics requires its disciples to have a strong grasp on complex mathematics and a commitment to rationalism even where rational behavior doesn’t exist. In the past, most American college graduates eschewed the emotionless field of economics for seemingly more passionate studies, like literature or biology. However, research shows that more and more university students are turning their attention toward the dismal science; the number of graduates holding…
  • An Argument for Continued Education

    4 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Almost all employers will argue that education creates a strong foundation for a workforce — that employees must have some degree of education to survive and thrive in the real world. However, most employers will also look down on employees who look to further their educations after finding employment. Professional development benefits — that is, programs that encourage employees to better themselves with further schooling — have many advantages to employers, including increased loyalty from a higher skilled workforce. However, the number of companies who offer employees incentives to…
  • 9 Things Nurses Do — And Why You Should Appreciate Them

    4 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Nursing is often an under-appreciated profession. While nurses spend more time on average caring for their patients than doctors, they often take home significantly less pay. About 89 percent of nurses feel ineffective in their work due to indifferent or argumentative physicians and staff, and most nurses rarely have enough free time to eat healthy meals or sleep soundly more than three nights a week. Despite all this, nursing remains one of the most attractive careers for people looking to contribute meaningfully to society. Nurses are amazing workers who provide infinite amounts of care to…
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  • Inspiring leaders, what do they think about?

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    In honor of National Ritual Celebration Week and International Badge Day, AFLV asked well known and respected fraternity & sorority professionals an important question: What do you think about when you put on your organization’s badge or letters and why? Their responses are inspiring and demonstrate lifetime commitment to their fraternal organizations. “Other than the lifelong
  • Five leadership “lifehacks” that can make your job easier

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
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  • Say "Goodbye" to Useless Class Assignments

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    How many times have you had to complete a class assignment you didn’t really want to do? You've sat there and stewed, thinking, “Why do I have to take this class? It doesn’t apply to me. I’m never going to use this again. This assignment is so boring!” Because you’re reading this, you have officially lost all excuse to say that about a class assignment ever again. Instead… Use your class
  • Divergent: Just like recruitment and our new member processes?

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:12 pm
    For those of you not in the Divergent loop (don’t worry, half of us weren't either), the plot of the movie centers around a society broken into five factions: Abnegation (selfless) Erudite (intelligent) Amity (peaceful) Candor (honest) Dauntless (brave) Following the results of a special test, teenagers are forced to make a binding decision of which faction they want to join. Should they
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:04 pm
    They are happy because they read these tips! The new year has arrived, and with the new year comes new opportunities to learn and engage at a variety of conferences, academies, and institutes hosted by institutions, inter/national fraternities and sororities, and interfraternal organizations. How can you make the most of these opportunities in 2014? Be sure to pack these seven tips I’ve
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    The Dean's List

  • Review: Recent Articles Highlight Sexual Assault Issues

    15 Feb 2015 | 9:43 am
    Editor's note: There will be a general campus forum on sexual assault at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Fiesta Room of the Coates University Center.Nearly everyday I receive a forwarded article about sexual assault on college campuses. While many contend that there are university efforts to cover-up assaults and there is gross incompetence in the handling of cases, I find these assertions to not be true in the majority of cases. These are really complex issues and situations and results can be second-guessed on any side of any given case. Processes should be evaluated in full, not…
  • Why a four-year advising model might be a good thing

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Four years since the process began, we are seeing some aspects of the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan come to fruition. Encouraging plans are underway for the soft launching of centers related to international initiatives, student success, and experiential learning. Other components in the plan, such as those related to academics, marketing, and admissions are well in motion. One recommendation yet to be addressed is a review of Trinity's advising model.According to the plan there should be an initiative:" revamp the advising process to include conversations about students' current and…
  • Is the Residency Requirement relevant any more?

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Boxed in...On the first night of the new year for the Class of 1996, my mentor and colleague, Coleen Grissom, announced an important change. With great enthusiasm and carefully chosen language, Dean Grissom told the new students they were the fortunate ones to be the first beneficiaries of the new three-year residency requirement (rather than two). Of course they didn't really buy it, but I am not sure she did either. Some twenty years later I share the ambivalence. President Calgaard, the driving force behind this, once told me he didn't really care if students wanted to move off for their…
  • Banner Quotes Capturing Attention

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am have to admit, I was lukewarm about the banners that recently sprung up around campus. Like Epcot Center, they just seemed too educational and not Magic Kingdom enough. Maybe this is why some faculty members have called me anti-intellectual (whatever that means). Then I heard Interim President Mike Fischer raving about them, which pretty much convinced me I was right. So in January, while meeting with the RAs, I asked their opinions. To my surprise, they loved them too. For the simpler people on campus, such as myself, I thought I would put the quotes into plain language,…
  • Prevention and Education the Keys to reducing Sexual Assaults

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Editor's Note: This is a two-part piece related to sexual assault. The first installment, related to policy and procedure, may be found here. For more background, please review this post from last spring.By Senior Staff Psychologist Kristin EisenhauerThe Education and Prevention Subcommittee of the Coalition for Respect is comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and is led by Dr. Sheryl Tynes.  The committee met four times this semester to address issues related to assessing campus climate around issues of sexual assault; coordinating a cohesive educational campaign for our…
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    Student Affairs Explorer

  • Ice on the Beach

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I took advantage of the sunshine on Saturday and ventured to the east side of Duluth to Brighton Beach. Apparently, several other people had this same idea. It was packed. Like middle of the summer packed. Anyway, I was able to stand the cold for a little while and had some fun with my camera. Here’s one of my favorite shots of the ice.
  • Around Here – February Edition

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Reading: just finished Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince and now I’m onto Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. Seriously love these books. Watching: Season 3 and what has aired so far of Season 4 of Hart of Dixie. I forgot how much I enjoy that show. Some of it is just pure ridiculous, and that is what makes it great. Progressing: I’ve read in a book for fun every day since January 1st. My goal is to read for fun every day this year. Giving up: Said goodbye to soda for Lent. Hoping it’s a forever goodbye. However, the afternoon lack of alertness is a struggle.
  • Starting a Book Challenge

    30 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Hello my dear internet friends who I’ve been slightly ignoring this year. I’m back! Here’s to a better blogging year in 2015. I LOVE to read. The past year or so I’ve been in a little bit of a reading-for-fun rut. I found myself returning to my beloved books and re-reading them instead of pushing myself to read new-to-me books. In 2014, 9 out of the 23 books I read were re-reads. About mid-December I found a fabulous book challenge from PopSugar via Pinterest. I’m really hoping that participating in a challenge like this will jump start my interest in reading…
  • Palm Trees at Sunset

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    I think this is one of my early favorite photos that I took on vacation this past weekend. It was sunset over the Gulf of Mexico via Treasure Island near St. Petersburg, Florida. Sitting on the deck of Sloppy Joe’s on the Beach and watching the sunset was the cherry on top of a great vacation. I also love how the light from the sun silhouetted the palm trees. I took the photo with my Samsung Galaxy S5.
  • Sharing is Caring

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Hello internet friends! I hope that your Fall is shaping up to be a good one. If you’ve missed me, sorry! A major component of my job is doing social media for my department and when I come home at night, I don’t have the motivation to keep crafting a message. I’ve been choosing to unwind in other ways (like crafting, reading, and watching my shows). I just thought I’d pop in with a few things I’ve been loving lately. Because, let’s be honest, sharing is caring. Elise Blaha Cripe’s speech from the World Domination Summit conference. This was…
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    The Evolution of Strength

  • ReFLEXions on CrossFit Open WOD 15.1

    Ardith Laverne
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:49 pm
    See what I did there? I think I’m going to make this a regular thing. The 2015 CrossFit Open is underway, everyone! For those of you who don’t participate in CrossFit, this is probably the start of the most annoying season of all. All of us CrossFit nerds are going to be geeking out on workouts, our favorite athletes, and of course the Regional and Games events. So, without further apologies, here’s a recap of how your favorite average CrossFitter did. (That would be me, you guys.) 15.1 (shorthand for “2015 Open” and “Workout #1″) turned out to be…
  • The Most Important CrossFit Open Post You Will Read

    Ardith Laverne
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:49 pm
    The Open is nigh, my friends. Are you ready? Well, ready or not, doesn’t matter, because it’s happening. Now that I have you here (oh, and this is the most important CrossFit Open post for me, but I was maybe exaggerating in the title), let me tell you that I’m not ready at all this year. This year is my third year participating in the CrossFit Open, and the second time I have officially signed up online. In 2013, I was still scaling for the majority of my WODs; in 2014, I had just started Rx’ing things more often. This year, I’m a solid intermediate, with many…
  • From Whence You Came

    Ardith Laverne
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Hi there. I’ve been out of blogging action again, for all the same reasons I’ve stated before: writer’s block, being too busy living, spending most of my time processing aloud with my colleagues and friends and significant other instead of in my head and onto the blog. But. What better activity for yet another sick day than to finally get back to writing? Armed with Kleenex, some tea, and a warm blanket, I’m dazed enough to share thoughts with the world wide web. First of all, yes, I am upset that my Seattle Seahawks lost by way of a heartbreaking late-game…
  • 2014: The Year in Review

    Ardith Laverne
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    I rang in 2014 on a Seattle sidewalk with lovely lady friends on a walk back from our neighbourhood Dick’s Drive-in. Now I’m sitting on a couch in my jammies. In Scotland. Sore from two days of CrossFit in the midst of my two-week holiday from work and eating properly and regular work-outs. A lot of things happened this year, a lot of good things. I’ve cut back on blogging because I’ve been busy in the gym and with my offline life. It’s been really fun, I have to say. I have some 2015 goals, mostly in regards to what I do with my fitness. Rehab and build up my…
  • Checked Baggage

    Ardith Laverne
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    My biggest piece of advice when it comes to CrossFit has always been, “Listen to your body.” My next piece of advice in all that I do has always been, “Leave your ego at the door.” Well, it turns out, I really have to do both things this month, and I swear to all that is holy that it is the most frustrating, infuriating, and humbling process. After two years of making steady progress in my fitness abilities despite coming to the table with a boatload of chronic injuries, I managed to piss off my left shoulder. I pulled too hard in some drill (a drill! a skill-building,…
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    Musings of a New Professional

  • Upward Battle…

    Justin Sipes
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    With my job, there are lots of times that I feel like Sisyphus. I feel the most like this Greek mythological figure during budget season.  I am one of two full-time professional staff members in my office.  We have an operating budget of $3500 (actual budget is more however is tied specifically to items that I cannot control – cell phone budget, office phone lines, student assistant salary).  That’s it.  The money we do receive is mainly for materials and supplies for our office to function.  We are able to support programming and professional development…
  • A Little Bit Personal…

    Justin Sipes
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    I find myself more and more in situations I was not expecting.   When I was younger, I felt that by the time I reached my current age, I would have been married, had at least one kid, and content with the direction of my life.  Well now at 31 and creeping closer to 32, I can honestly say that I am not sure what the future holds for me or what I want. Single life in my early thirties is quite the endeavor.  In fact, it is downright scary.   Mostly because the last time I was not in a serious relationship, I was still an undergraduate.  We are talking over a dozen…
  • Musings of a Not So New Professional…

    Justin Sipes
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I am just staring my seventh year of full-time employment within higher education. Two of those were prior to completing my graduate studies, so if we throw them out, we are talking four full years and kicking off my fifth. I find myself in some new territory that I have not been in previously, so even though I have been doing this work for a bit, it is quite different and often makes me feel like a new professional from time to time. Over the summer, I was promoted from Coordinator to Associate Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life. I am the senior-level staff member in my department.
  • Separation of Church and State?

    Justin Sipes
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I was raised Catholic.  I attended private Catholic school from K-3 and high school.  Over time, I have strayed from religion as I continued to discover paradoxes in Catholicism.  I explored some other religions (Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism in particular) through reading about them and being around people who practiced those faiths.  I have grown to realize that our faith/religion/spirituality/non-religious identity is a construct to explain what we struggle to understand. As I have matured and become more educated, I have also realized that a system that is supposed to be based on…
  • Transformation…

    Justin Sipes
    8 Mar 2014 | 10:29 am
    Back in December I decided I needed a change to my physical health.  I fully committed to being active in some way, shape, or form a majority of the days (5-6) in each week. It was painful when I initially started for many reasons. Physically, my body was not ready for this drastic change.  I played competitive sports all through middle school, high school, and briefly in college.  That was almost a dozen years now.  I had not done any consistent working out since then, besides walking, which I tried to do as often as possible.  So I was combating a decade of lethargy.  I wanted to be…
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  • Higher Education Financial Outlook

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    Negative Financial Outlook for Higher Education Sector The two most prominent investment rating firms (Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s) have recently issued negative outlooks for higher education. Moody’s expressed concerns about the ability of colleges and universities to significantly increase tuition revenues the way they have for the past 20 years.  Additionally, there is little optimism that state funding for public institutions will grow enough to offset increased expenses. The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEOA) reported in 2014 that total…
  • The Higher Cost of Higher Ed

    Julie Smith
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Political Pressure Mounting to Control the Cost of Higher Education The costs of higher education have come under increasing scrutiny during the recent recovery from the Great Recession. Over the past 30 years, tuition and fees have grown at a rate that significantly exceeded general inflation. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the published “sticker price” for tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year was more than 3.5 times the published price 30 years earlier, adjusted for inflation. As the overall economy has struggled to regain its footing…
  • Congratulations to the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute Scholarship Recipients!

    Julie Smith
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute Scholarship. We are very pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients: (in alphabetical order) Candice Baldwin, Elizabeth Boretz, Gaye Cooksey, Maria Fuentes-Martin, and Kristi Jovell.  Congratulations to all of you! A reminder for those who will be attending the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute, the deadline for early bird registration is November 4, 2014.  We look forward to seeing all of you there!
  • Leadership on Campus Panel Program at NASPA Region I – 2014

    Jenny Braudaway
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    SJG’s Valerie Szymkowicz will be speaking at the NASPA Region I Annual Conference as part of a panel program with Scott James and others, entitled “How to be young, experienced and in a leadership role on campus.” The panel presentation will feature individuals who have advanced quickly in their career and will address the challenges and opportunities faced by young individuals who have navigated the traditional career paths in higher education. Panelists will address career strategies that have been valuable to their professional growth and development and the first 90…
  • SJG’s Ellen Heffernan Receives NASPA 2015 Pillars of Profession Award

    Jenny Braudaway
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    On October 3, 2014, the NASPA Foundation and its Board of Directors selected Ellen Heffernan as its new member of the Class of 2015 Pillars of the Profession! The Pillars award is designed to honor members of the profession who: Are individuals of sustained professional distinction in the higher education field, as defined by donors and supporters; Have served in leadership roles in NASPA, either regionally or nationally; Are being recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students, or student organizations for extraordinary service; Have significant lifetime contributions to the…
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    Livin' Loyno

  • Go Forth and Set 2015 on Fire

    Amy Boyle
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    We’ve arrived at a new year, which means time for the annual list of things I want to accomplish, how I want to develop, habits I want to create, or habits I want to leave behind. But, at the back of my mind, I also know it’s time for me to consider what resolutions I won’t keep, ones that would be okay to put at the bottom of the list, or the ones I won’t even start! It sounds a little ridiculous to even admit! As I approached the end of 2014, I “resolved” to be more intentional in my personal resolutions and made a task of researching what makes goals stick and how to stay…
  • Preparing and Making the Most of Your Winter Break

    Amy Boyle
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    While heading home might be incredibly exciting and you are itching to finish up with your exams so that you can start your break, but take some time to prepare fully before you go home. When the buildings close on Wednesday, December 17 at 10:00AM, students will not be permitted to enter again until Tuesday, January 6 at 8:00AM.  Therefore, planning thoughtfully for your upcoming break is critical and our team has put together a few notes to help you out. PREPARING YOUR ROOM: Your Refrigerator- Remove all foods from the unit and unplug it so that it can defrost.  To defrost the fridge,…
  • Gratitude In, and Beyond, the Season of Giving Thanks- Guest Blogger Kaitlin Short

    Amy Boyle
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Kaitlin is a Graduate Community Director for Cabra Hall and is in the Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Loyola Brené Brown, a Residential Life favorite, writes in The Gifts of Imperfection, “Every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice.” Sure, we all have those days where it is an absolute miracle to have survived responsibilities and demands of school and work, or in our personal lives, but how fantastic would…
  • All about people

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    As I prepare to enter my senior year, I am reminded about how much I have learned in the classroom, but I also recall the numerous relationships that I’ve developed and continued. Both will be useful in the next couple of years, but networking with people in my field of study has opened doors for my future. During my time at Loyola, I have had the opportunity to learn from professionals at| The Times- Picayune, The Lens, and WWL-TV. These experiences alongside the numerous other professionals I met have helped shape the path I will take after graduation. You may not remember…
  • Explore Themed Living Communities

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    With the 30th Anniversary of the University Honors Program celebrated on June 20, you may be interested in the Themed living Learning communities Residential Life offers students. A glimpse into each Themed Living Community: Honors TLC- Students on this floor will live with their honor classmates. The headquarters of the Honors program now located in Monroe library will allow honors students exclusive access to study space and other resources. Leadership TLC- A community that strives to surround students with Jesuit values and offer students opportunities from resume workshops to public…
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    Jeff Lail

  • A Model of Involvement for Student Activities

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    I’ve been working on this model for several years.  There are still some pieces that need to be tied up programmatically, but the general principles work and can be assessed. This model is based on Astin’s Theory of Involvement, which says that investment level in the involvement is equivalent to value of the experience.  In short, deeper involvement begets more learning and value.  In that spirit, the model has levels. Participating in programming board events – Example: coming to a comedy show.  This is passive involvement, because you’re coming to an event but…
  • How I’m Making Change On My Campus

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    My friend Mallory Bower asked, essentially, for us to stop talking about it and start being about it.  Preach on, homes.  She issued a challenge to tell everyone how we’re making change on our campus.. Here’s what I’m doing to make change on my campus in the area I care most about, which is doing quality assessment to make us better at our work. Created a card swipe system to track event participation and I’m now supporting it for the entire division.  The system ties event participation to student records, so I can see a plethora of data about students who participate in event.  …
  • Changing Education from My Angle

    10 May 2014 | 5:13 am
    I went to see Michael Wesch, US Professor of the Year, speak on campus at UNCG on Monday.  You should Google the man.  He’s big on YouTube and Twitter.  I’ve been wrestling with his talk for the last two days and I had some things I wanted to share: After seeing some of the ways he was looking at teaching students, I couldn’t help but think about how much better most of my education could have been.  I’ve learned a lot of facts, but didn’t produce a darn thing that was worth much value out of any of my courses.  As I’ve sat in some of these undergrad…
  • Adminducator

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    I saw this little video float across my timeline this afternoon As I mentioned in the comments of a previous post, part of the email exchange I’ve referenced before was the question “are we educators or administrators?”. I’m not really comfortable calling myself an educator and I’m not really comfortable calling myself an administrator.  So, I’m going with adminducator. Let’s break this down, using my job as an example Admin – I was trying to calculate how much of my job was administrative and I came up with 67.3%, which is really a made up…
  • Creating a Student Card Swipe System

    28 Apr 2013 | 5:44 pm
    Because I don’t have the clout to actually benefit financially from these ideas right now, I’m going to share this with the world.  Also, I know that some people out there in TV land are already doing these sorts of things, especially one company that is called (name extricated because I’m not getting paid to endorse products). I do think these ideas are so self evident that I’m sure other people have thought of these things, even if they couldn’t do them. I would love to collaborate if you’ve got the means or ability to work on doing these projects.  I…
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  • Five Factors That Will Determine Where You Go to Law School

    Guest Blogger
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    There are a number of factors that most law schools will consider when admitting students. Two common factors that help predict law-school success are prior academic performance and a student's LSAT score. Students who are not well-qualified or not so unsatisfactory as to be denied admittance make for a difficult decision in the applications process. However, these students constitute the majority of students who apply to law school. The following five factors will likely carry the most weight in determining where you attend law school.
  • 6 Surprising Lessons Learned from Studying Abroad

    Guest Blogger
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Students of all concentrations are pursuing college abroad because of the fantastic personal and professional growth opportunities it offers. Students study abroad in a variety of countries around the world. The number of students studying abroad is on the rise - a report showed the number reached an all-time high in 2013. So why is studying abroad so popular? Here are six reasons learned from students who had the experience of a lifetime:
  • 5 Money Rules Every Young Adult Should Live By

    CTB Staff
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Before you moved out of your parents' house, managing money probably wasn’t a priority; after all, your parents made sure you were taken care of. Now, it’s up to you to manage the funds from your paycheck to meet your basic needs. If not, you could find yourself hungry or buried in a mountain debt. Here are some financial habits you should grasp sooner than later to achieve financial freedom:
  • Job hunt: Acing the phone interview in four easy steps

    Guest Blogger
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    Modern technology has allowed us to communicate with one another no matter how far away we might be, which has changed the way we conduct both personal and professional interactions. But as a college student just entering, or re-entering, the workforce, don’t assume that tech-savvy will be enough to perform well in a phone interview. In the professional realm, interviewing by telephone or video conferencing is almost as common as traditional in-person interviews because it saves time and money for both parties involved. However, the unfamiliar set-up of a phone interview can often be…
  • Balance College Stress – Natural Energy Booster #2 – Listen to Your Body

    Felicia Harlow
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    You've heard it before... “You’re not listening to me!” or “You need to listen better!” Was it a professor who says you're not getting it? A parent schooling you about the money you’ve wasted? Your roommate who's fed up with you ignoring them? Or your boyfriend trying to get you to agree with his perspective? What if the person you're not listening to is yourself. I’m not talking about being crazy, I’m referring to the art of listening to your “inner voice.” It's the voice that says “don’t go partying tonight because you have to get up early tomorrow for a final…
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  • Let’s Have a Conversation: “Social Justice”

    Angus Johnston
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    This is the second entry in a series of posts in which I answer questions posed by readers. See more about the series, or ask your own question, here. This question was posed via What’s the best definition of social justice that is generally accepted among its advocates? Further what is the reason why the concept of social justice specifically is needed, as opposed to just calling it “justice”? Thanks. Here’s a case where Google can get us most of the way home. I typed in “what does social justice mean” and Google’s built-in dictionary…
  • Let’s Have a Conversation: Sexual Ethics in Activist Communities

    Angus Johnston
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    This is the first entry in a series of posts in which I answer questions posed by readers. Find out  more about the series, or ask your own question, here. Today’s question was prompted by my tweets about faculty-student sex yesterday, in which I argued for a flat ban on sexual relations between students and professors. Here’s the question, sent to me by Twitter direct message: I’m curious to know if you think that that kind of relationship is comparable to a relationship between a prominent student activist in a radical community and someone brand new to this community…
  • Let’s Have a Conversation.

    Angus Johnston
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    There’s been a lot of talk recently about a revival of “PC,” much of it centering on the idea that identity politics debates are leaving people afraid to speak their minds for fear of being attacked or misunderstood. I tend to think those concerns are a bit overblown, but I understand and sympathize with them, and so I’m creating a space on this site for people to raise issues that they don’t feel comfortable broaching openly elsewhere. Got a question you’re worried about asking? Ask me. Got an opinion you feel is unfairly excluded from lefty…
  • Afraid of Getting Yelled at Over Politics? Let’s Talk.

    Angus Johnston
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    I just tweeted a bunch of stuff about intra-left fights and people’s fear of being shunned because they say or believe the wrong thing. Briefly, while a lot of attacks on “PC” are actually cover for real and important political disagreements, I also recognize that some folks who honestly do want to do the right thing — by whatever definition — are scared to death of making some sort of misstep that will bring the wrath of the just down upon their heads. I’ve written before about how getting yelled at isn’t the end of the world, and about how folks can recover…
  • On Censorship, Campus Free Speech, and “Silencing.”

    Angus Johnston
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    A few days ago I wrote about an incident from last fall in which author and attorney Wendy Kaminer used a racial slur illustratively in the course of a panel discussion on freedom of speech on campus, and in fact encouraged the audience at the panel to call out that slur. That incident — and the op-ed that Kaminer wrote about it last week — came up last night at a debate I participated in on whether “liberals are stifling intellectual diversity on campus,” and I’d like to take a moment to discuss some of the issues raised there in greater detail than the debate’s…
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    E-Learning Queen

  • The Best Possible Collaborations in the M-Learning Space

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:30 pm
    I've been doing quite a bit of thinking about the way in which new needs and technologies are impacting the way education and training are prepared, delivered, and administered. All the advantages of m-learning come to the forefront: on-demand, ubiquitous (esp with wifi), and practical. There are also new advantages as well, which have to do with the way in which multimedia and social networks
  • Interview with Rick Zanotti, RELATE, Leaders in E-Learning Series

    14 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Taking an integrative approach to e-learning, with perspectives gained from working across disciplines and with evolving technologies can provide unique insights. Welcome to an interview with Rick Zanotti, an influential e-learning leader whose perspectives have shaped products and approaches to e-learning and the development of learning management systems. 1.  What is your name and your
  • Interview with Don Tharp, COPAS: Leaders in E-Learning Series

    6 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Quickly changing environments pose special challenges for training and education developers and providers. The regulatory environment can be in flux, as well as the economic, political, and physical contexts. Being able to meet the challenges is of particular use, and it is gratifying to be able to talk to a professional who has successfully developed and implemented training and assessment in
  • Interview with Nikolas Baron, Grammarly: Innovators in E-Learning Series

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Becoming a more effective writer by means of interactive, cloud-based grammar and composition tools has become much easier as adaptive elearning-focused web applications have become more sophisticated. One of the leading innovators, Grammarly, has pioneered new algorithms and approaches for writing enhancement software which are of great use for anyone who must write reports, proposals, and
  • Interview with Sofia Khan: Innovators in Science and Technology Series

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Innovation in science and technology ties directly to the transfer of knowledge and distinct learning strategies. In many ways, scientific advancements are both the outcome and the foundation of ongoing research and development of breakthrough products and techniques. Welcome to an interview with Sofia Khan, NonLinear Seismic Imaging.In it, she describes her goal to help develop a new method of
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • The Opportunity to Speak at TEDxBSU

    Ed Cabellon
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Next week will be quite a busy one for me as I will be delivering four talks, one at the New York Institute of Technology and the other three during Bridgewater State University’s (BSU) annual Social Media Week events, with the big one on stage at the inaugural TEDx event at BSU. This Monday, February 23rd, beginning at 5:00pm EST, I will be one of eight speakers at TEDxBSU, organized and sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL) and Student Government Association (SGA). Thrilled, humbled, nervous, and excited are just a few of the words that describe…
  • The 2015 Student Affairs Health and Wellness Pledge

    Ed Cabellon
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    Happy New Year everyone! At the 2014 NASPA Region 1 conference in November, Hank Parkinson, Becky Lindley and I presented on “A Journey to a Healthier You in Student Affairs” and shared our individual transformation stories. As part of the presentation, I shared our (almost) three year journey as an #SAfit community. Our stories built on the blog post that kicked off our commitment (new or renewed) to health three years ago, that we are continuing to grow this year. It is no secret that our overall health (mental, nutrition, and fitness) plays a major role in what we accomplish…
  • My 2014 Holiday Wish

    Ed Cabellon
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was driving home with my friends and doctoral cohort mates, Kara Kolomitz and DT Henry after our final class of the semester last Saturday night and we did some reflecting on 2014 both personally and professionally. As we talked about our plans for the holidays and the much needed 27 day break from our academic lives, I started thinking about how incredibly blessed I was in 2014. As the new year quickly approaches, I wanted to share a quick glimpse into the my professional highlights of 2014, along with a sincere holiday wish I ask of anyone who knows me, knows of me, or if you happened to…
  • Cabellon & Ahlquist Co-Edited Publication: Engaging the Digital Generation (NDSS)

    Ed Cabellon
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Josie Ahlquist w/ Ed Cabellon at ACPA 2014 Josie Ahlquist and I are thrilled to share that we have been selected to serve as Co-Editors for an upcoming “New Directions for Student Services” (NDSS) sourcebook, to be published in 2016, tentatively titled, “Engaging the Digital Generation.” The book will cover a variety of topics including how digital technologies have fundamentally changed higher education; new concepts of college student and professional staff identity and self development; building digital leadership capacity; applying big data in relevant and useful…
  • Student Affairs and Information Technology Partnerships

    Ed Cabellon
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    In late September, I was afforded the opportunity to travel to the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and experience my first non-student affairs professional development opportunity. Since my promotion in July, I’ve had the opportunity to sit at a number of new “tables”, particularly meeting with our colleagues in Information Technology (IT) on a more regular basis. When coupled with the opportunity to attend EDUCAUSE, it’s clear that intentional partnerships with IT are necessary to support student satisfaction and success. Here’s how you can foster and grow these…
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  • Post Doctoral Position at UTA

    20 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    I’m pleased to announce a new post doc position at LINK Research Lab at University of Texas Arlington (we will be announcing several additional positions in the next month in various topic areas). The first position, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, is focused on assessing labour market data, specifically how the changing nature of work impact higher education institutions. For example, what type of work will we be doing in an age of increasing automation? How do universities identify important trends that require alteration of teaching practices from current models? What will the…
  • I now have a Canadian Father

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Over two years ago, I complained about the cruel and frustrating rejection of my dad’s Canadian citizenship. It has been a long process. It is deeply discouraging to see your parent frightened and stressed that he will be sent back to a country that hasn’t been his home for over 40 years, leaving behind children and grandchildren. The recent immigration discussion in the USA takes on a new meaning in the light of this experience. In our case, my dad was a Canadian citizen. Had been one since 1978. Voted in municipal, provincial, and federal elections for decades. Was employed his…
  • Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m grant from the Gates Foundation – more info here. From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. I’m defining digital learning as anything that has a technology component:…
  • Brilliant folks that need to be read.

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Folks like Mike Caulfield, Bonnie Stewart, and Kate Bowles, deserve far more attention for their thinking and writing than what they are currently getting. It’s really not fair to lump them together, but they represent for me an intersection of humanity, tangible change, and deep thinking in education. Build your next conference around these three and I’m there. Just send me the registration link. A recent sampling of their thinking: From Kate: I really think the measure of our capacity to call ourselves a community relates to our responses in a whole range of situations for which…
  • Moving from openness advocacy to research

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Openness in education – including content, teaching, pedagogy, analytics, or any other flavours – is a 15+ year trend that is starting to cross over into the main stream. I’ve been involved in numerous faculty/leadership meetings with different universities and colleges over the past year and openness has become one of those concepts that everyone agrees with, supports, and promotes. In a way, it’s like “diversity”, given lip service, recognition in planning documents and policy statements, but often not reflected adequately in practice. A few weeks ago,…
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  • 2015 Black History Month Google Student Tribute: Michael Tubbs

    Sarah H
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Over the past month, we've been showcasing the amazing work of some of Google’s Student Programs Alumni in their communities. In the final installment of the Black History Month Student Tribute series we are catching up with Michael who participated in the 2010 BOLD Internship Program and went on to be elected as a Councilman for the city of Stockton, California. What’s one thing about you that many people do not know? My email address in high school was “”! This is a tough question. I feel like J. Cole when he said, “Share my life with strangers who know me…
  • EMEA SMB Sales Employee Spotlight: Julia Arndt

    Sarah H
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Internal mobility is one of the great ways that Googlers can develop and grow their careers. Meet Julia Arndt a German university graduate, who started her Google career learning and working in the SMB Sales team and has now gone on to work with the world’s top advertisers. Take your first step towards a Google career, by checking out our Associate Account Strategist positions in the SMB Sales and Global Customer Experience teams, here: us about your path to Google?I’m from Naumburg, a very small town situated two hours South of Berlin near Leipzig. I studied…
  • 2015 Black History Month Google Student Tribute: Maurita Ament

    Sarah H
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    We’re continuing our student tribute in honor of Black History Month and showcasing Maurita, a Sophomore at Spelman College and Google Student Ambassador. Tell us one really interesting fact about you? I used to live in Italy for 2 & ½ years! How were you introduced to Computer Science and what prompted you to study it in College?I was introduced to Computer Science when I was twelve years old living in Rome, Italy. I spent a lot of time on the computer playing games like Neopets when I lived there. On Neopets, users connected with each other through “Guilds”. After joining a few of…
  • Google Science Fair 2015: what will you try?

    Sarah H
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog.)The 2015 Google Science Fair starts today! To learn more about entry details, prizes and more tune in to today’s Hangout at 2pm EST and follow along on Google+. Science is about observing and experimenting. It’s about exploring unanswered questions, solving problems through curiosity, learning as you go and always trying again. That’s the spirit behind the fifth annual Google Science Fair, kicking off today. Together with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, we’re calling on all young researchers,…
  • EMEA SMB Sales Employee Spotlight: Rene Zimmermann

    Sarah H
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    Internal mobility is one of the great ways that Googlers can develop and grow their careers. Meet René Zimmermann, a German university graduate, who started his Google career learning and working in SMB Sales and has now gone on to work together with the world’s biggest brands, in Google’s Large and Customer Sales (LCS) team. Take your first step towards a Google career by checking out our Associate Account Strategist positions in the SMB Sales and Global Customer Experience teams here.Describe yourself in keywordsHamburger, curious traveler, football lover, passionate foodie, movie and…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Reflecting on Why I Love My Job in Student Affairs

    Joe Sabado
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:25 am
    I came across a couple of blog posts and some tweets on why it’s not a good idea to love one’s job. It made me think of how I I approach what I do in student affairs. I’ve come to the conclusion that for me to do what I do, I really do need to […]
  • Beware: Don’t Become The Very Thing You Criticize

    Joe Sabado
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:36 am
    I once belonged to an organization as a student. It was an organization that had a relatively large membership, I would say more than 100 members. As such is the case with an organization of that size, cliques and sub-groups based on interests and backgrounds began to form. In addition, “in-crowds”, those considered popular and influential […]
  • What Do You Want For Your Staff?

    Joe Sabado
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:25 pm
    As managers, how often do we ask ourselves this question “what do I want for my staff?” Sometimes we focus so much on getting deadlines met and tasks to be completed that we fail to ask and consider what can we do to help our staff to grow, to learn, and frankly to make sure […]
  • Nowhere I’d Rather Be Than in Student Affairs

    Joe Sabado
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:16 am
    It is during the most challenging times of my job when I find myself thinking how blessed I am to have my job in student affairs, specifically as an IT leader within student affairs. The sometimes convoluted nature of higher education bureaucracy, the pressure of having to deliver critical technology services with the limited amount of resources, […]
  • Own Your Story. Share Your Story.

    Joe Sabado
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:21 am
    I watched a clip of Dr. Victor Rios’ interview about the adversities he faced growing up and how he overcame them to obtain his PhD. Dr. Rios is a very highly regarded Sociology professor at UCSB. He is also known for his work in the community working with youths. In his interview, he said  the words […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • Rethinking Office Hours

    Laura Pasquini
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Office hours were designed to offer a space and place for learners to meet with their faculty. The practice of holding a “office hours” at every higher education campus, and even within a single department, varies drastically. Some institutions/departments set guidelines, whereas others see this as a service expectation that will automatically be assumed by the faculty member. Image c/o Flame @ KZK The basic idea of faculty office hours was to carve out time to be available for your students. This set time each was is designated for the instructor to be in a physical, set space…
  • Does HR Influence Organizational Culture? #AHRD2015

    Laura Pasquini
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Does the human resources (HR) function influence organizational culture? To review all four roles of Ulrich’s (1997) HR function model –  administrative expert, employee champion, change agent, and strategic partner – our 2015 AHRD abstract presents the results from our literature search to identify scholarly publications from 1997 until 2014. In human resource development (HRD) research, organizational culture is “limited to the rational managerial perspective on culture, employees and organization” (Plakhotnik & Rocco, 2005, p. 97). The HR function impacts…
  • How is social media being researched to support student development/success in higher education beyond the “classroom”?

    Laura Pasquini
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    I recently curated a  reading list of literature/research on social media and technology use, specifically outside the higher ed “classroom” for a colleague at Niagara University, Dr. John Sauter. For his Sociology of Higher Education course, John wanted to share readings that demonstrate how social media and technology are being utilized outside formalized learning, and provide more information beyond the Social Media Resources [from the WNY Advising group] the practical guides/strategies. A recent prompt from my #edusocmedia friend Ove, made me think that this short list…
  • Research Wanted: Distance Education & Technology in US Higher Ed #DETAsummit

    Laura Pasquini
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    Last week, I was invited to join a group of educators, researchers, practitioners, leaders, and more before #eli2015 to discuss the state of online and blended learning at the DETA Summit (#DETAsummit), hosted by the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA). With the primary role of the DETA Research Center “to promote student access and success through evidence-based online learning practices and learning technologies,” the morning’s agenda was full and the purpose of the DETA Summit meeting was to: Gather key partners and…
  • What’s On the Horizon [REPORT] – 2015 Higher Ed Edition

    Laura Pasquini
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    The New Media Consortium (NMC) just put out the NMC Horizon Report – 2015 Higher Education Edition last week to share what is ahead in technology and learning in post-secondary for the next few years. This report identifies the trends, challenges, and specific technologies we might see in higher ed over the next 1-5 years.     Image c/o Johnson, Adams Becker, Estrada, & Freeman (2015)   Key trends expected to be adopted in educational technology in higher ed (from the report) include: Evolution of online learning Rethinking learning spaces – what our learning…
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    Wired CampusWired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • New Social Network Is All College, All the Time

    Casey Fabris
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:59 am
    Once upon a time, Facebook was reserved for college students only. A new social network is trying to reboot that idea, with a college-only service called Friendsy. The service is the creation of two Princeton University undergraduates, Michael Pinsky and Vaidhy Murti, who hope to help facilitate connections among college students who might otherwise never meet. “It’s kind of nice and reassuring to know that there’s a network of people just like you out there who are trying to meet other people and who are trying to branch out,” Mr. Pinsky said. The service has two main features:…
  • Understanding the New Higher-Ed Landscape: Chronicle Sessions at SXSWedu

    Jeffrey R. Young
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:48 am
    Big challenges face higher education these days, and plenty of talk about new models and approaches. At this year’s South by Southwest education conference, in Austin, Tex., The Chronicle is organizing a morning of sessions to share some of the trends and challenges we’re seeing, and we invite audience members to share their big ideas. As part of the event, we’re borrowing a page from the TV show Shark Tank. We’re inviting several academic and start-up leaders to make a three-minute pitch about an innovative project or product they think will deal with a key problem facing higher…
  • Meet the 26-Year-Old Behind Academic Twitter’s Most Popular Hashtags

    Steve Kolowich
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:55 am
    It didn’t take much for Glen Wright to figure out that academics on Twitter are just like everyone else. “#AcademicWithCats—let’s get it started people!” wrote Mr. Wright, a Paris-based researcher, from the account for his blog, Academia Obscura. Many academics spend their days reading and purveying dense, largely humorless tomes, or buried in lab work or archives, and have a reputation as a serious tribe. Cats and Twitter, however, are great equalizers. Following Mr. Wright’s post, in early December, photographs of academics posing with their cats came pouring in. They are still…
  • Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

    Jeffrey R. Young
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them. (Neilson Barnard, Getty Images, for The New York Times) A big question for MOOCs, the free online courses that hundreds of colleges now offer, is whether employers will take them seriously as credentials. But some of the biggest MOOC producers may have figured out how to jump-start employer buy-in: Get big-name companies to help design them. On Wednesday, Coursera, one of the largest…
  • Professors Know About High-Tech Teaching Methods, but Few Use Them

    Casey Fabris
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Innovation is sweeping the world of higher education, but not all faculty members are embracing it in their classrooms. A new survey from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has found that 40 percent of the professors surveyed use or are interested in using innovative techniques and technologies. But of that 40 percent, only half—or 20 percent of the overall survey sample—have actually used them. The survey asked professors whether they had used various kinds of high-tech teaching methods, including clickers, the flipped-classroom model, hybrid courses, and social media or discussion…
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • 3 Reasons We Want to Introduce Girls to Cybersecurity

    Marie Lindberg
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    There’s a popular adage among cyber security experts that says that there are two kinds of companies: Those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked. From high-profile data breeches at big companies like Sony Pictures, Apple, and Target, to the 44 percent of small businesses that have reported cyberattacks, the vulnerability of the growing amount of digital data has become a national crisis. Just last month the president called for cybersecurity legislation in the 2015 State of the Union address. In order to combat this growing crisis, companies are…
  • Learning from the Future: A Report from an AAUW Tech Savvy Conference

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
      Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from a post that originally appeared on YWTF Chicago’s website. Visit their page to read the rest! In November 2014, the Chicago chapter of the Younger Women’s Task Force, a sub-organization of AAUW, attended Tech Savvy in Wheaton, Illinois. Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers. The day began with hands-on workshops in various math, science, and…
  • AAUW’s Support of Hungarian Scientists

    Suzanne Gould
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Last year AAUW began a collaboration with the Alcoa Foundation to encourage new generations of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians and to extend our own successful STEM programs to sites where Alcoa already is, including Székesfehérvár, Hungary, where we plan to debut a new program for local girls next year. But this isn’t AAUW’s first foray into supporting women scientists in Hungary. Madeleine Forró and Erzsébet Kol, two prominent Hungarian women scientists, were bolstered by AAUW support during their careers. 1935-36 AAUW Fellow Dr. Erzsébet Kol Accomplished botanist Kol…
  • Budget 101: What the President’s New Plan Means for Women

    Anne Hedgepeth
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Every year, on the first Monday in February, the president sends a budget proposal to Congress. That budget covers the next fiscal year, which begins in October. While Congress will end up passing its own proposal (or proposals), the president’s budget kicks things off. AAUW pays close attention to the president’s plan — it’s a signal of where women and girls stand in the administration’s work and a place where good ideas often get their start. This year, in a $4 trillion FY16 budget from the president, several new initiatives are included. The main focus? Middle class economics.
  • Beyond Bossy, Slutty, or Bitchy: College Students Fight Gender Stereotypes

    Hannah Moulton Belec
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    If you’ve ever been to middle school, you’ve heard your fair share of the insults that are routinely hurled at girls in the hallways, online, and everywhere. It doesn’t matter what clubs you’re in, what you do after school, or what subjects you like. No girl walks away unscathed by gender stereotypes and bias. The sad truth is, stereotypes and bias follow us into adulthood. They hurt us professionally, psychologically, and physically, and they intersect with discrimination that’s based on race, sexuality, gender identity, disability, and so much more. That’s why AAUW is thrilled…
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    This Side of Theory

  • A Note About Thank You Notes

    Stacy Oliver
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Earlier this evening, I tweeted: Whether you opt for stationery or emails, write your thank you notes with sincerity and cite specifics from your interview. #theope2015 — Stacy OliverSikorski (@StacyLOliver) February 15, 2015 It launched a conversation about whether thank you notes are a necessity at placement exchanges or if they should factor into employment decisions. Several years ago, a candidate I interviewed attempted to be stealthy and pre-write the thank you note for his first round interview at a placement exchange. He dropped it into the employer mailbox for distribution before…
  • Throwback Thursday: International Hall Staff Appreciation Day

    Stacy Oliver
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    International Hall Staff Appreciation Day does not, for reasons unknown to me, come pre-printed on the blotter calendars that are delivered to my office each year by the local furniture vendor representatives. Each year it sneaks up on me in the midst of staff selection and room lottery seasons, a seemingly innocuous Wednesday in mid-February. There are traditions for this day in my world. They involve rallying the Community Council, oversize signs on staff member’s doors, a Dairy Queen ice cream cake at staff meeting just when the staff has reached their threshold with my full agenda. They…
  • Letting Go of Normative Expectations

    Stacy Oliver
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    A recent article published in the Detroit Free Press highlights a new notion of parents taking their students to college — and then staying there with them, buying a house or renting an apartment in the town where their student attends classes. As the article has circulated via social media, with student affairs professionals adding commentary, questions have been raised about how this new pattern will impact student development. It’ s been assumed that these are helicopter parents or bulldozer parents. In a comment thread in a Facebook group, Renee Dowdy astutely pointed out that…
  • Tuesday was a Bad Day

    Stacy Oliver
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Tuesday was a bad day. It wasn’t bad in a typical sense. There were no coffee stains on my shirt, I didn’t forget my lunch, and I left work at a reasonable hour. It was one of the days that lurk around corners in student affairs, ambushing us and unexpectedly reminding us that that the work we do has the potential to be raw and emotional. By noon, I felt like I had been punched in the gut, and spent most of the afternoon pulling together resources to help a student. We often talk about the bright, shining parts of our jobs — and we should because there are many of them. We…
  • The Best Part of My Semester

    Stacy Oliver
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Every semester, I’m tasked with sending residence hall closing information to students via email. I time it for the day before the last day of classes, just before the students slip into the twilight zone of endless studying, too much caffeine, and 24/7 pajama wearing. It’s information they also get at community meetings; I like to make sure they have a written copy to refer back to. For the past several semesters, I’ve embedded a question in the email, with the promise that the first five people to respond with their answer will win a Starbucks gift card. This…
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    eighteen and life

  • Let It Snow

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:28 am
    Photo: Ken Libbrecht Juno. Linus. Marcus. Our friends at The Weather Channel began naming winter storms in 2012 to aid communication during complex storm systems. And although I am not a fan of winter’s shorter days and wind chill, I appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of a snowfall despite the chaos major storms can wreak with travel, school, and safety. Understanding the conditions and temperature that will produce certain snowflakes allows scientists to assist in the prediction of snowfall. Check out the latest snow science at including beautiful photography…
  • Flipside

    9 Feb 2015 | 4:28 am
    Photo: Alex Cornell Designer and filmmaker Alex Cornell took amazing photographs of this flipped Antarctic iceberg last month and forever changed the way I look at ice. The beautiful clear gel of this colossal ice mass reminiscent of Smurf jello salad and the earrings I wore to my last formal is the remarkable alter ego of jagged white frost hiding just beneath the surface of the sea. Does your day need a flipside? New project need a reset? Wish that last program could have a do-over? Even the worst day has a few shining moments; that email from a friend or a sunset on the drive home. The…
  • Make Shift Happen

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    When I first began a career in student affairs, my director was a good and fair person, always supporting a life in balance. Work late for a program? Take a few hours of personal time the next day. Spend a weekend away at a conference? Be sure to take a personal day to catch up on things at home. As a supervisor, I have attempted to mirror this courtesy, believing that people, and family and lives, are more important than a 60-hour workweek. There will always be work to done, reports to write, and programs to plan. The theme of work-life balance remains a popular topic among colleagues as we…
  • Ascent

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Photo: Kevin Jorgeson A couple of fellows completed a climb up the sheer, smooth granite face of Yosemite’s El Capitan using only their bare hands. What will you accomplish this week? What will you do for others?
  • Magic.

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Photo: Iowa State Athletics The pride they have in Iowa State is really cool. I think that came through.  ~Jay Bilas in The Ames Tribune.
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • LIVE! from Tampa – ACPA Convention Preview

    Tony Doody
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Join hosts Heather Shea Gasser and Tony Doody as they speak with ACPA Convention Chair–Kristan Skendall, ACPA Executive Director–Cindi Love, and ACPA President–Kent Porterfield as they discuss some of the exciting initiatives planned this week in Tampa. Learn how to best plan your schedule, connect with others, and dip your toe in to new learning and experiences. If you’re not attending, learn how to engage and learn from home and contribute to the conversation. We’ll also explore hotspots and best places to eat in the Tampa area. Hope you join us. As always, please tweet…
  • Student Engagement: A conversation with Kuh & Kinzie

    Heather Shea Gasser
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Focusing on student engagement may be a key to unlocking student success in college and working through the complex puzzle of designing campus systems to best meet the needs of students. In their book, Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter, George Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, John Schuh, and Elizabeth Whitt, define a successful student as one who persists, benefits in desired ways from their experiences while in college, and persists to graduation, ultimately satisfied with their college experience.  Yet, how do we know that our initiatives are educationally and developmentally…
  • Idea Generator – Did It Work?

    Tony Doody
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Following the live Idea Generator Panel Program, join Tony Doody and Heather Shea Gasser with on-stage guests and invited audience members as they discuss the experience and key takeaways from ACPA’s inagural Idea Generator Panel. Did the format generate useful ideas for “Narrowing the Gap Between What We Learn and What We Do?” What could be done to improve the concept moving forward? What were the challenges of facilitating such an untested method? Tweet your own questions to #HigherEdLive and join the dialogue.
  • Idea Generator Panel Live from ACPA Tampa

    Tony Doody
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Premiering at the 2015 ACPA convention, the Idea Generator is an interactive, dynamic approach to considering potential solutions or ways of addressing a broad area of concern in our field. This year’s topic is #frompreptopractice: Narrowing the Gap Between What We Learn and What We Do. Facilitated by a “provocateur,” the conversation will begin with a well-regarded panel of faculty and practitioners. After the dialogue is rolling along, members of the audience who have something to contribute can “tap-out” a current panel member to take their seat and join the conversation on the…
  • Proven Marketing Strategies that Drive Student Engagement

    Ashley Budd
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    What is marketing strategy and why most people in Student Affairs misuse the term? Marketing to students on our campuses means more than just reaching them with institutional messaging. In this episode of Marketing Live Ashley Budd speaks with Tony Doody, Elyse Washington and Roxanne Delere from Rutgers University about marketing strategies that reflect modern methods of student engagement. Who are the key players and how can you measure success? Learn new methods of breaking away from traditional marketing models to reach students in a meaningful way. Learn more about the Rutgers Student…
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