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  • Protests and controversy over how U. of Michigan responded to athlete's concusssion

    Inside Higher Ed
    Scott Jaschik
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    University's lack of immediate response to a concussion leads to mass student protests and demands for dismissal of athletic director. Editorial Tags: AthleticsImage Source: Twitter
  • #StudentEngagement: Making the case for social media in higher education

    The Student Affairs Collective
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Social media is, in some ways, an equalizer. It differs from traditional media in that anyone can create and share whatever they want; it’s TMZ for the hoi polloi. Social media connects us with one another, and serves as both an extension and an escape from our everyday lives. Every new territory into which we enter brings new responsibilities, and with individuals using social media with little to no guidance on ethical usage, it’s little wonder why we constantly see new examples of the worst in humanity popping up on social media outlets. After all, in its entirety, social media has…
  • On Getting #AcAdv Right

    Major Discoveries
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    So, my boss shared this article with me the other day, and, before I’d gotten too far into the article, I had added about 18 more things to my already-too-long “to do” list (the name of this file on my desk top is “Plot to Take Over the World”). Despite the fact that they misspell the word advisor (*grinning), it is an important—and quick—read. Have a quick go at it and then promise me you’ll come back for a few observations… The Problem of Competing Interests The first thing I started to trouble over was a…
  • Should You Work Like Maya Angelou or Eric Schmidt?

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    A Focused Digression David Brooks’s most recent column ends up on the subject of geopolitics, but it begins, in a tenuous but entertaining fashion, with a long digression on the routines of famous creatives (which Brooks draws from Mason Currey). For example… Maya Angelou, we learn, was up by 5:30 and writing by 6:30 in a small hotel room she kept just for this purpose. John Cheever would write every day in the storage unit of his apartment. (In his boxer shorts, it turns out.) Anthony Trollope would write 250 words every 15 minutes for two and a half hours while his servant…
  • Hitting the Books

    Athletic Management
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    A Wisconsin high school is partnering with a local community center to help its student-athletes study.
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #StudentEngagement: Making the case for social media in higher education

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Social media is, in some ways, an equalizer. It differs from traditional media in that anyone can create and share whatever they want; it’s TMZ for the hoi polloi. Social media connects us with one another, and serves as both an extension and an escape from our everyday lives. Every new territory into which we enter brings new responsibilities, and with individuals using social media with little to no guidance on ethical usage, it’s little wonder why we constantly see new examples of the worst in humanity popping up on social media outlets. After all, in its entirety, social media has…
  • Happy #CSAM14 – How We are Celebrating

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    We love it, alright!Source: Happy October! It is so hard to believe that it is already October. Up here in Northwest Indiana at Valparaiso University, summer is long gone and we are welcoming the crunching leaves of fall. We are also welcoming Careers in Student Affairs Month (#CSAM14). In our field every year October is dedicated to #CSAM14 as a way to create and foster an environment where people interested in the field of Higher Education & Student Affairs have the opportunity to explore our field. NASPA has issued these three goals of #CSAM Provide professional development…
  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 09/29/2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! "How are you celebrating the best parts of your day?" #SAGrad #SAChat — Junior Pena (@JuniorTheYoung) September 25, 2014 "We can't afford the Field of Dreams fallacy. It's no longer, 'If we build it, they will come?"…
  • Instagram Inspiration – 3 Reasons Your School Should Get One

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    One of the most exciting things I’ve been working on in my new position is our Instagram account (@benedictineks). You might roll your eyes at the idea of using Instagram, because it’s just a photo sharing service. Facebook didn’t—they purchased Instagram at a valuation of $1 billion last year. Since the acquisition, Instagram grew by 23%. Facebook only grew by 3%. In short, Instagram isn’t a social media platform to ignore. Let’s talk about how and why you should be leveraging Instagram on-campus.  Reaching Students Where They Are At:   As I said before, Instagram grew…
  • “It’s Okay To Cry” – What Students Need When Their Friend is Missing

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    There are a lot of firsts when working in Student Affairs. First interview. First job. First retreat. First day of classes. First “failure”. First program. First student in crisis. First student “ah-ha” moment. And then there is the first that no student affairs professional ever wishes for his or her community: first missing student. Last night, I helped students light almost 2000 candles for a vigil for an incredible young woman that has gone missing from our community. While lighting the candles, one of my students, who is also a friend of the young woman, turned to me and said,…
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    Major Discoveries

  • On Getting #AcAdv Right

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    So, my boss shared this article with me the other day, and, before I’d gotten too far into the article, I had added about 18 more things to my already-too-long “to do” list (the name of this file on my desk top is “Plot to Take Over the World”). Despite the fact that they misspell the word advisor (*grinning), it is an important—and quick—read. Have a quick go at it and then promise me you’ll come back for a few observations… The Problem of Competing Interests The first thing I started to trouble over was a…
  • Positive Digital Résumé 1, “Vodka Samm” 0

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    So at my College’s Board of Governors meeting last night, I was invited to introduce myself and talk a little about my background, the direction I planned on taking the Office of AcAdv, etc. And during the seven minutes I spent talking about myself and my philosophy, one of the more tech-savvy governors googled me and was checking out the series of posts articles that represent my “digital résumé”. Later in the evening’s agenda, the topic of my travel for an upcoming conference was brought before the board for approval (any travel over $1000 is subject to this…
  • On Landmarks and Lighting Out for New Territory

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    I’ve been quiet for a while, so quiet on this blog that I missed this happen, as WP informed me 86 days ago:             I had a few other things going on                 So now, as I contemplate what I want the social media presence to be for my new office, word press has spurred some reflection on what my social media presence has been in general… and, funnily enough, has made me feel a little hesitant to jump in with both feet–for what seems like the first time in my advising career, to hesitate before…
  • Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike. What day is it, Mike?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Originally posted on CAST Blog: View original
  • Well It’s Both Obviously — #NotSpelledWithAnE

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    So, the author of this piece hangs Charlie Nutt (NACADA’s Executive Director) out to dry by publishing one sentence of his comments and offering that statement totally disassociated from the context in which it was used. The answer to this question is that BOTH Professional Advisors and Faculty should be involved guiding students to academic success, helping them develop within their chosen fields of study, and modeling their transition into the academic community. Why this yahoo decided to try to pit Professional Academic Advisors against Faculty Advisors is a huge mystery. But given…
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • Should You Work Like Maya Angelou or Eric Schmidt?

    Study Hacks
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    A Focused Digression David Brooks’s most recent column ends up on the subject of geopolitics, but it begins, in a tenuous but entertaining fashion, with a long digression on the routines of famous creatives (which Brooks draws from Mason Currey). For example… Maya Angelou, we learn, was up by 5:30 and writing by 6:30 in a small hotel room she kept just for this purpose. John Cheever would write every day in the storage unit of his apartment. (In his boxer shorts, it turns out.) Anthony Trollope would write 250 words every 15 minutes for two and a half hours while his servant…
  • Deep Habits: Use Dashes to Optimize Creative Output

    Study Hacks
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Obsessing About Selection I’m currently trying to solve a fun problem that’s captured my attention and refuses to relent. Here’s the basic setup: A collection of k devices arrive at a shared channel. Each device has a message to send. Time proceeds in synchronized rounds. If more than one device tries to send a message on the channel during the same round, there’s a collision and all devices receive a collision notification instead of a message. The devices do not know k. In this setup, a classic problem (sometimes called k-selection) is devising a distributed…
  • How the Best Young Professors Research (and Why it Matters to You)

    Study Hacks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Lounging in Lauinger Today I spent the morning in the library. As often happens, I arrived with a specific book in mind, but soon a long trail of diverting citations lured me in new directions. I’m a sucker for libraries. One such happy discovery was the book, The New Faculty Member, by Robert Boice, a now emeritus professor of psychology at Stony Brook. This book summarizes the findings of a multi-year longitudinal study in which Boice followed multiple cohorts of junior professors, at multiple types of higher education institutions, from their arrival on campus until their tenure fate…
  • Deep Habits: Jumpstart Your Concentration with a Depth Ritual

    Study Hacks
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    In Search of Depth Aaron is a PhD student. This requires him to spend a significant fraction of his time thinking about hard things. To accommodate the necessity of depth in his working life, Aaron developed a ritual he uses to quickly shift his brain into a state of concentration. Here’s how it works: Aaron puts on headphones and plays non-distracting meditative music (this track is a favorite). He launches FocusWriter, a stripped-down text editor that hides all the features of your computer (not unlike George R. R. Martin’s use of Word Star). He loads up a template that contains…
  • A Personal Appeal

    Study Hacks
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Saturday Update: Today was the charity event and it was a big success. With your support, our team ended up the top team fund raiser and I ended up one of the top ten individual fund raisers (out of 4,500 participants). This is a direct result and expression of your support. I thank you!   I don’t often allow my non-professional life to seep into this blog, so this post represents a rare violation of this habit… This Saturday, I’m participating in a fund raising event called the Race for Every Child. My team in this event is raising money for a foundation started by our…
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    Athletic Management

  • Hitting the Books

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    A Wisconsin high school is partnering with a local community center to help its student-athletes study.
  • Unrest in Ann Arbor

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Nearly 1,000 Michigan students protested yesterday, calling for Athletic Director Dave Brandon to be fired.
  • Coach Suspended

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    In Idaho, a high school football coach was suspended after allegedly verbally abusing players.
  • Balloon Fight

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    An environmentalist is trying to stop the University of Nebraska from releasing balloons after its first touchdown of each home game.
  • Minn. Gives Coaches Teaching Tools

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    By R.J. Anderson The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) is now requiring all 25,000 coaches in the state go through an e-learning class on sexual violence prevention by the spring. The class instructs coaches on how to handle certain locker room situations and the power of conversation and appropriate language.
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    Campus To Career

  • Keep Your Job Search Game Strong With These Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Kirk Baumann
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    We’ve welcomed a few new players to the job search field. Today’s job seekers have more resources to help draw out the Xs and Os than ever before. The wealth of online resources and social platforms can help you break free from getting caught up in zone defense and look out on all sides. Social […]
  • 7 Embarrassing Meeting Dilemmas & How to Resolve Them

    Kirk Baumann
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
      From time to time, we all find ourselves facing embarrassing meeting dilemmas. Even if you have spent weeks preparing for a meeting, there is still a risk of the unexpected happening. The best way to deal with embarrassment is to keep calm, laugh it off with everyone and carry on. To help you succeed, […]
  • An Open Career Letter to Gen Z From Gen Y

    Kirk Baumann
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    We’ve all heard about Generation Y or the Millennial generation, but what do you know about Gen Z? They’re a lot more different than you’d think. This week, we have a guest blogger who’d like to speak directly to them. Be sure to check out the links in the article – there are some fantastic […]
  • LinkedIn: Let’s Get Personal

    Kirk Baumann
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Every week, I receive (and send) connection requests through LinkedIn. What continues to surprise me is the fact that the large majority of those who wish to connect fail to personalize the message. Now, let me explain first that I’m not too caught up with this since there are so many new smartphone and tablet […]
  • Career Change? What You Need To Know Before Making The Transition

    Kirk Baumann
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Circumstance in life evolve all the time. Some of these changes in life create an opportunity or need to change careers. This isn’t something that should be done impulsively, but should be heavily contemplated and considered. Here are some things to consider before actually making the change. Change to What? It goes without saying that […]
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Protests and controversy over how U. of Michigan responded to athlete's concusssion

    Scott Jaschik
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    University's lack of immediate response to a concussion leads to mass student protests and demands for dismissal of athletic director. Editorial Tags: AthleticsImage Source: Twitter
  • U. of Chicago Expands Aid for Low-Income Students

    Scott Jaschik
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    The University of Chicago today announced an expansion of efforts to help low-income students. Under the efforts, loans will be replaced with grants in need-based financial aid packages, no application fees will be charged to those applying for financial aid, the aid application process will be simplified, and the university will hold more than 100 free sessions, nationwide, to explain the admissions and financial aid process. Ad keywords: admissions
  • U. of California Will Review Out-of-State Admissions

    Scott Jaschik
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    The University of California System plans to review its recent push to admit more out-of-state applicants, the Associated Press reported. Janet Napolitano, president of the university system, told the AP, "There are enough people that are concerned about it and have expressed that concern to me — and I've seen it myself by looking at the numbers — that it deserves a serious look, and we are giving it that." Thirty percent of those offered admission this year came from outside California, a sharp increase from historic levels. University officials have noted the need…
  • Biomedical Patents

    Doug Lederman
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    With new technological advances come unforeseen legal issues. In today's Academic Minute, Rice University's Kirsten Matthews addresses the patenting process in the biotechnology field. Matthews is a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice. A transcript of this podcast can be found here. Section: Academic MinuteFile:  10-01-14_rice_biotech_patenting.mp3Event's date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:30pm
  • Survey shows training and support remain top issues among IT officials

    Carl Straumsheim
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Chief information officers have for years said they care about training professors and students, but a new survey shows they have yet to figure out how. Editorial Tags: TechnologyImage Source: Inside Higher EdImage Caption: Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen delivers a keynote speech during the 2014 Educause conference.
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  • Speech Code of the Month: University of New Mexico

    Samantha Harris
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for October 2014: the University of New Mexico. The University of New Mexico’s (UNM’s) Sexual Harassment Policy (PDF) states that “[e]xamples of sexual harassment which shall not be tolerated” include “suggestive” letters, notes, or invitations. The policy also prohibits “displaying sexually suggestive or derogatory objects, pictures, cartoons, or posters,” albeit with the vague disclaimer that such displays will be “evaluated for appropriateness such as art displayed in museums … .” This policy prohibits far more than the type…
  • Brown Releases Final Response to Ray Kelly ‘Heckler’s Veto’ Incident

    Susan Kruth
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Eleven months ago, my colleague Will Creeley wrote about a disappointing incident at Brown University in which a crowd shouted down New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, halting what was to be a speech followed by a question-and-answer session for students. The hecklers objected to Kelly’s enforcement of stop-and-frisk policies, and they opted to silence Kelly completely rather than challenge him to answer their questions during the allotted time. As Will wrote at the time, Brown President Christina Paxson condemned the hecklers, and free speech advocates lamented the lost…
  • After Denial, Group Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Approved at Notre Dame

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    NOTRE DAME, Ind., September 30, 2014—Months after being rejected on the grounds that it was considered “redundant,” the University of Notre Dame student group Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP) has finally won official recognition. Notre Dame denied the group recognition earlier this year following student opposition to SCOP due to its stance against same-sex marriage. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) called on Notre Dame to abandon its dubious rationale for SCOP’s rejection. “We commend Notre Dame for finally getting things right and allowing SCOP its…
  • Joe Cohn Writes for ‘The Hill’ on Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

    Susan Kruth
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Torch readers may already be familiar with the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), proposed federal legislation that aims to improve colleges’ and universities’ responses to allegations of sexual assault. As FIRE wrote when the bill was introduced in July, CASA takes some important steps in taking cases away from the jurisdiction of university athletic departments and facilitating the involvement of law enforcement agencies. But the bill also includes provisions that may exacerbate the already significant problem of accused students being denied a fair hearing. In an op-ed for…
  • California Governor Signs ‘Affirmative Consent’ Bill

    Susan Kruth
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 967, a bill that will require California’s university and college students to obtain verifiable “affirmative consent” for sexual activity. As FIRE has pointed out here on The Torch, under this bill students must receive not just explicit consent to sexual activity but ongoing consent—although it is impossible to tell how often students must pause to receive explicit consent in order for their sexual activity to qualify as consensual. The bill also codifies use of the “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof,…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, is Spreading a Powerful Message Across College Campuses

    Elizabeth Simmons
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Miss America is about to embark on a tour of college campuses that will allow her to share an important message with students that has nothing to do with red cups. Miss America, Kira Kazantsev of New York, first made waves during the talent portion of the competition. Eschewing pageant norms, she plopped down cross-legged on stage and sang Pharrell’s “Happy.” All while accompanying herself on a red Solo cup a la “Pitch Perfect.” Clearly her talent did nothing but help her, since Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 later in the evening. Now she’s ready…
  • Colorado Measure Against Civil Disobedience Incites Student Protests

    Elizabeth Simmons
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    At least 700 high school students in Jefferson County Colorado walked out of class Wednesday morning to protest proposed changes to their schools’ history curriculum. The suggested changes from their school board include an evaluation-based system for awarding teachers’ raises, and a curriculum committee that would push for the promotion of “positive aspects” of the United States and its history. The committee would ask educators to avoid any material that may encourage or condone “civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.” Ironically, this…
  • Here are the Top 10 Universities, According to U.S. News

    Elizabeth Simmons
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Love ‘em or hate ‘em the annual U.S. Rankings of the country’s universities have been revealed. Though many accuse the rankings of being an outdated system where the same schools always rise to the top, they can be an interesting way to compare some of the many institutions of higher education in the country. Though you really can’t narrow the college experience down to a few measurable data points, the people behind the U.S. News rankings try their best to determine what combination of factors creates the nation’s top schools. Factors considered include student…
  • Campuses Still Don’t Know What to do About Rape

    Elizabeth Simmons
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you were the victim of sexual assault while at school, you would expect that something would be done about it. Unfortunately, there are now nearly 80 colleges and universities under federal investigation due to Title IX violations stemming from how the institutions of higher education handle reports of sexual assault. Hint: it’s not well. Many times, when sexual assault or rape is reported on college campuses, the consequences hardly match the crime. Then there are the times when instead of the rapist being punished, the victim is blamed because they were too drunk or too scantily…
  • Students Invent Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

    Elizabeth Simmons
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Even if you’ve never been to a party or bar, I bet you know their number one rule: Never leave your drink unattended. There’s also its cousin, never accept a drink from someone if you didn’t see them make it. Why all the rules? In the United States, 18 percent of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s nearly one in five. Often, the assaults are facilitated by the use of date rape drugs. These include Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. Problem is, these drugs can be difficult to detect, and up to now, no one has figured out a reliable, and discreet, way to…
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    Hank Nuwer: Hazing Prevention

  • The Death of Clemson Pledge Tucker Hipps

    Hank Nuwer
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    The Death of Clemson Pledge Tucker Hipps By Hank Nuwer The death of Clemson University Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge Tucker Hipps, 19, understandably has torn apart the hearts of campus members at this close-knit institution of higher learning.   And I should disclose that I once taught at Clemson some 32 years ago and loved […]
  • Hazed and Confused Ice Cream? Ben & Jerry’s Warped New Flavor.

    Hank Nuwer
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    We’ve heard about the latest scoop from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. And we flatout don’t like the way the ice cream giant has come up with a new flavor to be called “Hazed and Confused,” the same name a Boulder (Co.)-based beer company chose for its new brand just about the time Colorado University […]
  • Women’s soccer coach at New Mexico suspended

    Hank Nuwer
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    The University of New Mexico punished coach and players alike after off-campus, alcohol-related hazing went wild. Police say they could file felony charges. Worse, the UNM soccer handbook seems to condone so-called “putting rookies in their place.” Liability issue? Two players (twin sisters) have left the squad.
  • Vermont columnist calls for a shutdown to Milton football program

    Hank Nuwer
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Link to editorial Excerpt: Court documents detail players being assaulted with broom sticks and pool cues… a locker room culture that simply can’t be tolerated. Hazing is often a cultural problem; in many cases a passive acceptance as leaders in positions of authority look the other way or don’t look close enough. Read more:
  • New Mexico columnist Will Weber Reacts to UNM hazing penalties

    Hank Nuwer
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Column by Will Weber
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    Eric Felix

  • A post to keep me honest

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    I wanted to write a quick entry to keep me honest. Honest in the sense that I stay true to the goals and ideals that motivated to pursue a PhD. […]
  • A Calculator Changed My Life

    20 May 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Starting my summer session courses, the first assignment was to choose between a TEDtalk and Moth style presentation. Given the following prompt, I went with the Moth style presentation. “What’s […]
  • #NationalLibraryWeek

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Before I start writing my final papers of the semester, I wanted share a bit about my love for libraries, being that it is the last day of #NationalLibraryWeek. I […]
  • Holistic Review in the Anti-Affirmative Action Era

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In the anti-affirmative action era, the process of “Holistic Review” has been used in college admissions as a comprehensive approach to evaluating students beyond the traditional high school GPA and […]
  • Getting Ready for #AERA14

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    So I just received a flight reminder for my trip to #AERA14.  Really, a reminder to get ahead in my coursework, decide what to pack, and yelp the best places […]
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    The Dean's List

  • Petty Coates

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Call it like it is: Dean has OCD! After 25 years of marriage my wife and I took a vacation together for a week in September. It was our first substantial trip away from kids and work -- and without visiting people -- since our honeymoon. While we both generally unplugged, I couldn't help but check the on-line Trinitonian and was aghast to see the lead article was about the posters no longer being displayed in the Coates atrium.It seems, well... petty. Understand, I am a huge supporter of our student press and the quality product they consistently create.The article makes me look like a…
  • Anatomy of a Lecture

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Edward Lee Elmore and Diana Holt sign books for our students. (Russell Guerrero)Diana Holt addressed a large, primarily first-year-student audience on Wednesday night after the first day of classes. She brought with her Edward Lee Elmore, the man who she and her team helped free after him serving 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. This was part of the Reading TUgether program, featuring the book Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner. Reading TUgether was started by former Student Affairs VP Felicia Lee years ago. It had been a collaboration with Academic Affairs until this…
  • When 74 is Greater Than 76

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Res Life staff dining in Skyline Room - Now accepting Bonus Bucks!Four years ago Trinity University set out to re-haul its somewhat stale dining program. This week, the University finally made a list of top dining programs in the country. Trinity was named among the top 75 programs by The Daily Meal. Over 2,000 dining programs were reviewed. That puts us in the top 4%. I have eaten at a lot of dining halls around the country and I sincerely believe we deserve to be in the top tier.In reviewing our program, students, faculty, and staff were interviewed and surveyed. Studies of campus foot…
  • Twelve Ways for Students to Affect Campus Life

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    These students show determination to affect campus life. Or maybe they just play football.In advising student governments for decades I have worked to help them understand some elements of campus decision-making and administration. As non-profits, notions that schools are merely trying to make money are erroneous. Money gets plowed back into student programs and operations. Administrators generally want to give students what they want. Why wouldn't they/we? Most decisions are made based on the greater good; moral and legal liability; and resource availability and allocation. And believe it or…
  • End Game

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Nardin House - 1980I have never really left college, though I did graduate some 30 years ago. This summer I joined one of my old peer groups for their annual weekend camping trips. Indeed, a great deal of conversation over the  weekend was around the topic of whether or not I had invited myself. I did, sort of, but I had a standing invitation to the upper mid-west from my friend Nep, who lives in Madison, where we all attended college together. This year the event was held at the new old farm house just over the Minnesota border to Wisconsin and owned by our friend  Rucksie. So that…
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    Student Affairs Explorer

  • Saturdays are for Adventures

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Had a fabulous time on the North Shore of Lake Superior today with my mom. Below is probably one of my favorite photos. More to come!
  • Badlands NP

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Well, I’ve made it through the first couple weeks of the Fall semester. It hasn’t been too bad. Besides dealing with my cold, it’s been downright pleasant. I was going through some photos from the epic summer of 2010. I came across this beautiful photo from Badlands National Park in South Dakota. I just felt compelled to share it. I’ve had a touch of the wanderlust lately and I feel like I should start thinking about my next travel adventure. Thankfully, I’ll be taking a microadventure up the North Shore this weekend to check out the start of the changing leaf…
  • Summer Road Trip – Universities

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Wow, this summer has just flown by! I’ve spent most of my time working (so many fun projects) and crafting, reading, and Netflix binging during my free time. In July, I went on vacation for 2 glorious weeks. I visited family and friends while roadtripping out to see my dear friend Kristen who lives in northeastern Ohio. I had great weather and great driving the whole time. My favorite accomplishment of the whole trip (and I think it earned admiration from many people) – not checking my work email the ENTIRE time I was out of the office. Talk about awesome. Anyway, one of the…
  • 3 Years a Bulldog

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:58 pm
    This week I’m celebrating my 3 year anniversary at UMD. All week I’ve been thinking about writing this post and have been struggling with what I want to write. Yep, still struggling. Here’s the nitty gritty. I love my job. I don’t know if I can really put it any other way so simply. 3 years in and I still feel challenged by my position. Challenged in a good way. I’m excited to see where the next year takes me. The core of my work will be very similar to previous years and some of it will be different. I’m taking on some new roles including with the Commission for Women on campus…
  • Full Circle with my Undergrad Degree

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    As an undergrad, I earned a degree in Communication with a minor in Management from UW-Eau Claire. Could I have picked two broader topics to pair together? My emphasis in Communication was Organizational Communication, which is the study of how communication happens within an organization. Another way of looking at it is – the human side of business. Between my major and minor I pretty much studied the same topic, from two different schools of thought. It was fascinating at the time (and still is), and if I had to choose today, I’d probably minor in marketing. At the time of choosing…
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    The Evolution of Strength

  • Two Years’ Time

    Ardith Laverne
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    September 19th, 2012 is the day to which I ascribe my CrossFit anniversary. Two years ago, I wrote: Finally made it back in to the local box. The coach at this particular box is fantastic, and the team members are fairly easy-going. Now, I’m no strength trainer. Never have been. The prescribed weight for today’s Workout of the Day (WOD) [The Chief] was 95 lbs. for females during hang power cleans. Guess what I used? A 35-pound bar. And that was still difficult. It’s okay, though. Weights are something that I have always avoided. That said, I got through the work-out. It broke down to…
  • Reaching for Good

    Ardith Laverne
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    “I just wonder, when will I stop feeling like I’m bad at this,” I said, lamenting to that boy on the phone about my lack of confidence in all things CrossFit. I noted that two years ago, I couldn’t do a single box jump, pull-up, rope climb, double-under, or wall ball, and I sure as heck couldn’t tell the difference between a clean, a jerk, and a snatch (no, not like that, come on). My work clothes didn’t fit, I thought pasta and low-fat dairy would solve all my problems, and yoga was my only tie to physical activity. Nowadays, I complain about different…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-ish

    Ardith Laverne
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Last night, I was nominated by a friend to “take the plunge” and join in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I accepted, but being that I am who I am, I decided to do things a bit differently. I filmed a short video explaining what I’m doing, which is pretty standard. However, I have to clear up a few things because I had just woken up from an unintended couch nap, so I’m a bit fuzzy-brained, as you can see. I am, indeed, going to chip in to the ALS Association. When I say, I’d “feel bad” about dumping water and ice on myself, it’s not because I…
  • Positive Polly

    Ardith Laverne
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    A few days ago, one of my friends tagged me in a “five days of positivity” challenge. I figure I’ll go ahead and post my daily pluses here (when I remember), seeing that I’ve been inconsistent these past few months with blogging. Day One 1. I’m excited about the progress I’ve made in CrossFit. Two years ago, I walked into CrossFit HEL and got my butt handed to me. I could barely run around the block, lifting a 22lb. bar was nearly impossible, and all the skills and lingo were foreign to me. This summer, I’ve definitely been able to see results, and…
  • Time Flies

    Ardith Laverne
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    During the past two weeks, I was busy. At the end of July, I drove back to my hometown for my ten-year high school reunion, where many of my good friends were back in town. We all had the chance to reconnect with people we hadn’t seen in-person for quite some time, and I left feeling content. People from my graduating class grew up to be some really cool individuals, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to converse with so many people. I had some good conversations, including one where a classmate somewhat lamented that he had taken so long to decide to go back to college, but I was so…
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    Aaron Hood

  • The paths to burnout

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I’ve had a relatively short career in student affairs but over the course of my 3+ years post masters degree, I have seen (including myself) a couple dozen new professionals accept positions directly out of graduate school and the results haven’t always been awesome. With that in mind, I’ve thought of a few examples of things that I’ve seen or felt take a toll on myself and my peers. Taking everything too seriously In student affairs, we sometimes get stuck dwelling on the very serious situations that we work with. These incidents or interventions can stick with us…
  • Reaching Men for Social Change

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Over the course of the last two years I have been facilitating a workshop about how patriarchy negatively harms men. The workshop is facilitated through a feminist lens and asks participants to list the characteristics that make up what it means to be a man or the “rules” they know that men receive. We then frame the conversation of these rules in the influence of patriarchy and how these rules harm men and put men in a position to continue to do harm to themselves and those around them. The response has been overwhelmingly positive from the students who have attended the…
  • How does identity influence leadership?

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We know that the traditional vision of leadership is broken (and we know that this isn’t an original idea) because it does not recognize the cultural implications of leadership. We thought of leadership as someone who was giving orders. This was someone who had a unilateral vision of what needed to be accomplished and gave orders for how things should be done. Leaders were generals, kings, CEOs. Leaders were somehow appointed by a higher power (not necessarily a spiritual power). We knew that we had to listen to these people because that’s the way it was. We had to assume that…
  • Positive Power Dynamics

    2 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    “Time and again, despite differences in the context of the relationships, students characterized their worst relationships as unequal and unfair. These types of relationships made people feel diminished, inferior, weak, and violated.” (Goodman, 2000, p. 197) It’s not at all surprising to me that people describe the worst relationships that they’ve had as being one-sided or feeling inferior to another person. This makes total sense to me. Being taken advantage of in a relationship (whether romantic, work, friendship, etc.) would sour that entire experience. Feeling that…
  • Mindfulness and Social Justice part 2

    30 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    I started writing about mindfulness in the context of social justice work back in February and thought that it would make a good series as there is always more to learn in both social justice and in mindfulness because there is so much personal work (self-discovery, whatever you would like to call it) to do. This post is a continuation of that irregular series, but focusing a little more on background of why I had the thought to link them and some resources I’ve found since thinking of the idea. Mindfulness and meditation are becoming more visible in the mainstream eye (see Time…
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    Finding the Words

  • Boil, boil, my pasta pot

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Being a quarter Sicilian (where my paisans at?), food is an integral part of my life. I'm not just talking for basic survival purposes, which is, of course, accurate, but I really mean that food - good food - comes in near the top of my Maslow's hierarchy of needs, right up there with love, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.Image via Wikipedia - pasta fits right in the middle of that purple "self-actualization" sectionNot only do I describe food as an interest in my life; I'd call it (and eating) more of a hobby. I'll let my ever-evolving waistline speak for itself when it comes to…
  • Slow Growth

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Now is the winter of our discontent /  Made glorious summer by this son of York - Richard III, Act I, Scene i, Lines 1-2The lines above may seem a little incongruous considering that summer is now over. Soon gone are the days of 9-5 office hours; kiss the lazy summer weekends by the poolside goodbye. Long-term project thinking must take a backseat to short-term proactivity and reactivity (read: firefighting). Bloomington has doubled in size once again; the roads are clogged with new students just trying to get to Target to buy that new futon. Soon, the hazy summer heat will melt…
  • #mightykacy

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Courage is a scary thing. You can reach for something, and miss. You can jump, and not have anything to land on. You can ask a question, and be told "no," or "you can't."For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here is a video of Kacy Catanzaro, my new (s)hero, DOMINATING the Dallas finals of American Ninja Warrior. In under 9 minutes, Kacy takes on HUGE, seemingly insurmountable obstacles... and overcomes them with (seeming) ease. She leaps across huge gaps, she climbs intimidating heights, but she does it all with grace, and gratitude for the support she's receiving... and fear.Watch her…
  • Treat Yo'self.

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    If you're anything like me, multitasking is NOT your strong suit. I have tried and tried to develop multitasking as a skill, and you'd think that as a part of the Millennial Generation I'd be a pro at hopping from task to task, but more often than not I find that multitasking confuses and exhausts me. I much prefer to focus on one task at a time, working towards that task's completion (or at least to a good stopping point).The problem, of course, is that the nature of my work - fast-paced, people-oriented advising and event planning - doesn't really allow for a "slow and steady wins the race"…
  • Why buy the cow?

    22 May 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This blog post is inspired by this past week's #SAchat, which jumped on the oft-thought-taboo topic of leaving student affairs and higher education, but still utilizing student affairs skills. Or, as I'd like to call it, "taking your talents to South Beach" (and yes, some Lebron-leaving-Cleveland comparisons DID get thrown into the chat!).As the chat went on, a question came up on whether Student Affairs preparatory programs (especially master's programs) should expose their students to opportunities outside the profession. Some participants said "No way, Jose" - this isn't the job of student…
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    One More Blog.

  • todayinhistory: September 21st 1866: H.G. Wells bornOn this day...

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946) First edition cover of ‘The War of the Worlds’ New York Times reports on the panic caused by the broadcast todayinhistory: September 21st 1866: H.G. Wells bornOn this day in 1866, the English science fiction writer H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent. Sometimes called ‘the father of science fiction’, Wells is best known for his works ‘The War of the Worlds’ and ‘The Time Machine’. Wells was also a socialist and a pacifist, and his political views colored much of his later work. In 1938 Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of ‘The War of the…
  • Filling the Page

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Crossposted from Co-Create UMBC. If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself in this position before: sitting at your computer with Microsoft Word on the screen and ready to go, staring at a blank document, typing 58 first sentences and repeatedly hitting backspace, erasing each one. Coffee doesn’t help. Music doesn’t help. Nothing I write is good enough. I think I know what I want to say, but the words just don’t fully capture the point. And whatever I do end up writing, I don’t want to be misunderstood. It sounds like writer’s block, but it…
  • congressarchives: Today marks the 200th anniversary of the end...

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    congressarchives: Today marks the 200th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Baltimore. It was on this day that Francis Scott Key watched the American flag being raised over Fort Henry and was inspired to write a poem that would eventually become our national anthem. congressarchives: The new exhibit, Congress and the War of 1812, Part 1, at the Capitol Visitor Center is on display until October 2014. We’ll post highlights from the new exhibit all week.“The Star-Spangled Banner,” a song based on a poem by Francis Scott Key, was inspired by the American flag during the War of 1812. In…
  • Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Star Spangled Spectacular,...

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Star Spangled Spectacular, 9/13/14.
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    18 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
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  • A Discussion of the Challenges Campus Activities Offices Face Today

    Jenny Broudway
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As a new academic year begins, our friends in the fields of campus/student activities are facing several challenges. Some are fairly new challenges, while others seem to always be around. How many offices have recently changed their name or are considering a name change? Many campus activities offices are moving toward names like the ‘Office of Student Engagement’ or ‘Campus Engagement’ to more accurately reflect the services and programs the office is now responsible for maintaining. These offices have never only been about activities – it has always been so much more. Perhaps a…
  • Article Spotlight: “What to Ask at Career Services”

    Jenny Broudway
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    We wanted to share a great article from the July 2014 issue of Money Magazine by Kim Clark, entitled “What to Ask at Career Services: A college’s placement office is now one of the most important stops on the tour.”  The article covers important topics that students should discuss at their career services office, including staff, types of services, career preparation, and internships. To read the full article, follow the PDF link:  What to Ask At Career Services – Money Article
  • SJG’s 2014 Summer Reading List

    Julie Smith
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Greetings from SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group! With the long days of summer ahead, it is time to consider grabbing a favorite cool beverage and a good book to nurture body and soul. In the spirit of the season, we thought we would share a few publications on our favorite topic of higher education that have proved especially insightful. Perhaps you will want to tuck a volume or two into your bag before heading off for a well-deserved summer retreat! SJG’s suggested Summer 2014 Reading List includes: Presidencies Derailed: Why University Presidents Fail and How to Prevent It…
  • Congratulations to the NAER 2014 Hall of Fame Award Honoree

    Julie Smith
    15 May 2014 | 11:19 am
    Jeannette Cabrera Palacios was given the NAER 2014 Hall of Fame Award.  NAER sponsors the Recruiter’s Hall of Fame–an award that honors professionals in the executive search industry. Induction into the NAER Executive Recruiter’s Hall of Fame is restricted to those individuals that have demonstrated leadership in the profession of executive search and that possess a substantive and proven career history of superior contribution to the practice of executive search.  Congratulations Jeannette!
  • Thank You to the Speakers of the 2014 NAER Annual Conference!

    Julie Smith
    1 May 2014 | 9:51 am
    SJG – The Spelman and Johnson Group would like to thank all of the speakers who contributed to this year’s Annual 2014 NAER (National Association of Executive Recruiters) Conference.  Shout outs go to David CampbellPresident and Chief Operating Officer at Chernoff Newman, Peggy Binette, Assistant Director of News & International Communications at the University of South Carolina, Derry London, Manager for Social Media at CBS TV News WLTX, Rob Schaller, Director of Communications & Social Media at the University of South Carolina Law School, Tye PriceVice President of…
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    Jon Sampson

  • Education hasn’t seen true disruption. Yet.

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the first 10 years of “fairly common internet usage,” newspapers were fine. There was email. There was AOL. There was instant messenger. There were even some news sites. But for news, the local newspaper still provided a better product than the others. Last weekend, my wife and I signed up for a six-week newspaper deal at one of those community festivals where you can get insurance quotes, sno cones, and hours of bounce house fun for the kids.  And as I flipped through the paper this week, I couldn’t help but wish I could scroll through a list of headlines and click on…
  • Tangible experiences + technology = education’s sweet spot

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Ben Thompson writes an insightful post on the cost of software moving toward free, and it ties in with online education. Ben says “over time the price of a product moves to its marginal cost, and if the marginal cost is zero, that means free is inevitable.” Online education will move toward free. That’s good for students, but bad for universities (education needs to find a reasonable cost, but “reasonable” isn’t zero, either). As we move to online information delivery, the pay model will go the same direction as music, books, and software. The additional…
  • The successful …

    27 Jan 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The successful people we spoke with — in business, entertainment, sports and the arts — all had similar responses when faced with obstacles: they subjected themselves to fairly merciless self-examination that prompted reinvention of their goals and the methods by which they endeavored to achieve them. Secret Ingredient for Success, by Camille Sweeney (via Swissmiss)
  • Friday Linkage: Gap years, self-care, and student debt

    24 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Just a few things that caught my eye over the past week… Don’t go to college next year: Take a gap year instead “Taking a gap year speeds our development by upsetting these patterns. Trying to occupy another person’s way of life in a different culture—living with a new family, speaking the language, integrating into a community, perhaps working with local youth, for instance—these are valuable experiences that help young people understand themselves, develop empathy and virtue, and expand their capacity to see the world from others’ perspectives.”…
  • If online education hasn’t already saved your university, it probably won’t

    13 Jan 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Online education is absolutely necessary. Excellent online education is even more important. For many students, it’s going to be a welcome alternative, especially when someone figures it out enough to create a holistic, quality, interactive learning experience. But universities need to realize that it won’t be the saving grace for every institution. Here’s why: In an online world, where the cost of switching is almost zero, one or two entities always win out.  Search engines? Google. Online shopping? Amazon. Wasting time? Facebook (kind of). If you’re going to take…
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    Jeff Lail

  • 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…
  • My Biggest Regret – Not Realizing What I Didn’t Know

    7 Jul 2011 | 5:30 am
    My good friend Laura Pasquini shared this link on twitter a while back, a youtube video with people sharing their biggest regret (ok, it wasn’t this video, but I couldn’t find the original.  this will do). My initial response was that I try to not live with regrets, I just have things that I do using the information I have at the time.  It’s foolish, I think, to look back and think about regrets because you’re viewing it through a lens that was different than the one you had that you used to decide to do whatever you did that you regret.  It’s unfair. So on…
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  • How to Pay off Your Student Loans as Soon as Possible

    CTB Staff
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    The average college graduate from the class of 2012 left school owing $29,400 in student loan debt, according to the Institute for College Access and Success. And almost 12 percent of borrowers are 90 days or more behind on loan repayments, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports. This debt burden has delayed home ownership for many graduates, with Harvard's State of the Nation's Housing study finding that home ownership is down 8 percent for Americans between 25 and 34. If you're in school or about to graduate, the best way to improve your financial outlook is to develop a strategy for…
  • How to Know If Graduate School is For You

    Guest Blogger
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    To finish college is a hell of a challenge. You spend years to get a good grade and pass classes. There are so many projects, requirements, lessons and reports. To top it all, college professors are definitely demanding. They expect only the best from a college student. As you transition from shallow minded freshman to logical thinking senior in college, you start to realize the importance of education. You also realize that the higher the education degree you take, the more opportunities you get outside of the university. That is when you wonder - should I take a graduate program? Here are…
  • Avoid tunnel vision for a faster read

    Dave Farrow
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Want to know the main reason that most people are reading at a much slower pace than they should be? They get tunnel vision! When reading, our eyes get a workout, moving fast and taking in all the information. As our eyes move faster they become stressed and the muscles fight against each other, leading to eyestrain, fatigue, and even headaches in some cases. It's at this fatigued stage that your vision becomes more 'tunneled' and as a result it takes more time to cover the same amount of text. You are seeing less after all, and your eyes are moving even slower. You may have heard that you…
  • Fox & the Hound – A Sure-Fire Icebreaker

    Guest Blogger
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    This activity is very high energy and is great to do when you want to get people up and moving. Everyone is pretty exhausted at the end of the game. People are sweating and breathing hard, but smiling and laughing too. Some of those foxes and hounds end up being friends for life. It’s just another sure-fire way to break the ice.
  • Ask better questions and win more business

    Kevin D. Johnson
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    As an entrepreneur, your success depends greatly on your ability to ask the right questions. However, few people understand the enormous value of mastering this art. I would argue that several entrepreneurs—business professionals, too—have no idea that the quality of the questions they ask determines their fate. Why is mastering the art of asking good questions not a high priority on the list of skills to acquire for entrepreneurs? Perhaps we assume that all questions are created equal, and that’s simply not true. Depending on the situation, there are good questions and bad questions.
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  • The Berkeley Free Speech Movement at Fifty

    Angus Johnston
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Fifty years today, students at UC Berkeley blockaded a police car on campus to prevent the unjust arrest of a recent graduate, Jack Weinberg, who had been leafleting on campus. Here’s how I described the events in my dissertation:             On September 14, 1964 the dean of students of the University of California at Berkeley, feeling political pressure from local conservatives, announced new restrictions on student activity on university property. Tabling by student groups would now be strictly regulated, and leafleting, speech-making, and the sale of publications relating…
  • Georgetown Student Affairs Staff Botch Inclusivity Training

    Angus Johnston
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Yesterday Lydia Brown, a student disability activist at Georgetown was supposed to help lead a training on accessibility and student programming. The event was hosted by the campus Center for Student Engagement, and Brown showed up as promised. There was soda, there was pizza, and there was nobody there. Brown blogged about the incident last night, writing that Nothing demonstrates more clearly the utter disregard that disabled people face every day at Georgetown than this. That of literally hundreds of student organizations with hundreds (possibly even creeping into the low thousands) of…
  • Student Organizing, Student Government, and the Big Rock Candy Mountain

    Angus Johnston
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    One of my favorite political songs is an old hobo tune called The Big Rock Candy Mountain, about a place where there are “lemonade springs where the bluebird sings.” That lyric doesn’t give the full flavor of the song, though — the Big Rock Candy Mountain is also a place with whiskey rivers, a place where the cops have wooden legs and “they hung the jerk who invented work.” It’s a song about a post-scarcity, post-state-violence utopia where everyone has what they need. I was thinking about the Big Rock Candy Mountain this morning as while engaged in a…
  • Colgate University Sit-In Ends With a Big Win for Students

    Angus Johnston
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    This week’s sit-in at the Colgate University admissions building ended peacefully yesterday upon the release of a joint statement from the activists and the administration. In that statement, the administration pledged to take action on most of the 21 proposals for change that the Colgate University Association for Critical Collegians (ACC) had put forward. The joint statement is lengthy and detailed, and I don’t have the familiarity with Colgate’s internal workings that I’d need to fully assess it. A few facts do, however, seem to leap out: First, ACC is taking…
  • Worth Watching: Sit-In at Colgate Admissions Office Happening Now

    Angus Johnston
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Update | The sit-in ended with a negotiated agreement on Friday after more than one hundred hours. Read my recap here. I received word not long ago that as many as three hundred students are sitting in at the admissions office of Colgate University, a private college in central New York with an enrollment of about three thousand students. The sit in began on Monday morning, which means that it just passed the 48-hour mark with no end in sight. You can keep track of events as they develop on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and there’s a good write-up on Tumblr from some supporters at…
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • Exploring EDUCAUSE’s Annual Conference

    Ed Cabellon
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    This Monday, I will be attending my first EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Orlando, FL! EDUCAUSE is an organization that I’ve followed for a long time, highlighting their research in my doctoral work and various speaking engagements. Given my new role at Bridgewater State University working directly with our colleagues in I.T., this new professional development opportunity, outside of traditional Student Affairs conferences, is an exciting one! As I prepare for the trip, I am curious to hear from folks in Higher Education I.T. and Student Affairs about a number of questions: 1. Who do I…
  • Advice for New Doctoral Students

    Ed Cabellon
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    This Friday, I start the second year of my pursuit of a doctoral degree in Education at Johnson and Wales University. I am very excited to be back in the routine of coursework and being with my outstanding cohort. While the summer months have been spent largely on an academic break, I spent some time reviewing my research proposal from my “Research I” class, gathering more articles for my eventual literature review, and chatting with fellow doctoral students and faculty members on my research interests (1st Generation Student Retention using Social Networks and Shifting Faculty…
  • Summer Technology and Social Media Projects in Student Affairs

    Ed Cabellon
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Ah… summer A time of reflection and rejuvenation for many who work in education. The summer months are a great time to catch up and focus on key some technology and social media projects that you and/or your staff could work on. Certainly, you may not be able to accomplish them all, but if you can tackle even a few of these, your staff could be better positioned to better communicate with students and work more efficiently. Below are just a few ideas to get you started Conduct a Technology Assessment: Whether its of your student body, staff, or faculty, gather data on current technology…
  • 8 Leadership Lessons as a Student Center Director

    Ed Cabellon
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    Today ends my six year tenure as the Director of the Rondileau Campus Center (RCC) at Bridgewater State University (BSU) as I assume my new role as Assistant to the Vice President in Student Affairs. I started working at BSU in 2006 as the Associate Director of RCC (leaving Tufts University after a six-year tenure in Student Activities and management of the Mayer Campus Center) and was promoted to Director in 2008. Personally and professionally, I’ve grown much these last 8 years and as I make my way out of the RCC and up to BSU’s administration building (Boyden Hall), I wanted…
  • The Power of Pecha Kucha Presentations in Student Affairs

    Ed Cabellon
    1 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Exactly one month ago, I delivered a “Pecha Kucha” talk at the 2014 ACPA Convention in Indianapolis. It was such a wonderful opportunity that was captured and produced by ACPA Media and has been live on their YouTube page for a few weeks and YESTERDAY, it was posted by the nice folks at (whoa!) Today, I wanted to share some quick thoughts on the “Pecha Kucha” style of presenting and why Student Affairs educators should be implementing it as part of their upcoming student and staff trainings. 1. Pecha Kucha is a Catalyst:  Rethink your training sessions to…
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    Google Student Blog

  • Google at Grace Hopper: Google Women Engineer Spotlights

    Sarah H
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    The annual Grace Hopper Conference is just one week away! Before the festivities officially kick off, we’re shining the spotlight on several Google Women Engineers (GWEs) who have been nominated by Googlers for the great work that they do and the contributions they have made as women in the tech industry. Today, we’re featuring Jennifer Mace.Can you share with us your role at Google? I’m a Site Reliability Engineer at Google - that means I’m a software engineer who works closely with our serving systems as a whole, designing traffic flow and large-scale system interactions to keep…
  • Google at Grace Hopper: Google Women Engineer Spotlights

    Sarah H
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    The annual Grace Hopper Conference is just one week away! Before the festivities officially kick off, we’re shining the spotlight on several Google Women Engineers (GWEs) who have been nominated by Googlers for the great work that they do and the contributions they have made as women in the tech industry. Today, we’re featuring Sri Velagapudi.Can you share with us your role at Google? I have been with Google for over four years and have been a software engineer for over 11. I currently work in an interesting overlap between Google search and Google Now on Android/IOS.What do you enjoy…
  • Google at Grace Hopper: Google Women Engineer Spotlights

    Sarah H
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The annual Grace Hopper Celebration is just one week away! Before the festivities officially kick off, we’re shining the spotlight on several Google Women Engineers (GWEs) who have been nominated by Googlers for the great work that they do and the contributions they have made as women in the tech industry. Today, we’re featuring Sabrina Williams! Can you share with us your role at Google? I am what we call a Software Engineer in Test (SET) at Google. The title can be a little misleading - people often think that we focus on writing tests, but that isn’t quite true. We SETs are a…
  • Google at Grace Hopper 2014

    Sarah H
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Google is excited to announce their presence at the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute in Phoenix, Arizona on October 8-10, 2014. Google has been attending the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for over a decade, and we are proud to show our long-standing dedication to this conference by partnering at the highest level as a Visionary Platinum Sponsor. Google has been working with the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) since 2004, and Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President, Knowledge joined the ABI board in 2005 and continues to sit on the ABI…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Josep Ballester

    Sarah H
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    From Google Glass to Project Loon, Adwords to Docs, our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects. Interns also work across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to stroll through the blog to check out other interns who have been featured on the blog throughout the summer! Also, our technical internships for…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Adversities as Catalysts to Growth and Opportunities

    Joe Sabado
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    We can use adversities to open doors to opportunities, provided we have the right attitude when dealing with them. It’s easy to sulk and complain about how life is unfair when we’re going through hard times, but we can learn about ourselves, our resiliency, and capabilities if we just change our mindset and recognize these […]
  • Blogging as Part of Identity Development/Exploration

    Joe Sabado
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    When I started my blog, my goal was to share my professional thoughts. After two hundred blog posts and almost four years later since I posted my first post, my blog has become a part of my identity development and exploration. In part, it’s a documentation of my personal and professional growth, but it’s within […]
  • Lack of Asian American Mentors/Advocates in Student Affairs

    Joe Sabado
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    I’ve been fortunate to have mentors and advocates throughout my career in student affairs at UCSB. This post, by no means, diminishes my appreciation of those who have helped me along my career. There is one aspect of my career that I can’t help but wonder from time to time, especially when I find myself […]
  • The Power of Empathy In Student Affairs – My Personal Experience

    Joe Sabado
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    The ability to understand and share the perspective of our students plays a very important role in how effective we are as student affairs professionals and educators in building relationships and helping our students.  Personally, while I fully acknowledge the fact that I can never fully understand today’s students perspectives due to our differences in […]
  • UCSB STEP Program – Nourishment for My Soul

    Joe Sabado
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    There’s not a week I look forward to in my job more than STEP Program, a summer bridge program for incoming first year, first generation, and under-represented students at UCSB. I have served as a transitional facilitator for  the last four years and it’s one of the most fulfilling personal/professional experience I have ever done […]
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  • The State of Social Media @ #edu14

    Laura Pasquini
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Looks like EDUCAUSE 2014 (#edu14) is just around the corner. I am heading out to Orlando on Sunday and will be sharing my dissertations research at the #edu14 Virtual Seminar with Tanya Joosten (@tjoosten) on Monday, September 29, 2014. Interested in learning more about it? Sign up (HERE) for the online, half-day seminar to help with your social media planning: Seminar 2A – The State of Social Media Guidance: Implications of Guidelines, Policies, and Practice in Higher Education (separate registration required) Higher education institutions are using social media to communicate and…
  • Have Conferences, Will Travel – Fall 2014 Edition

    Laura Pasquini
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With the start of the academic semester comes a series of conferences. I’m grateful for the conference survival guides and other helpful conference hacks shared by my PLN. Due to limited travel funds and time, I had to decline a few conferences; however I will be sure to follow along the Twitter backchannel (I am looking at you #HEWeb14 and #SMSociety14). In considering the cost of professional development at many conferences, I have learned to get more involved to help fund this sort of travel. Image c/o @jure Here are a few ways to get involved and learn how to fund your own…
  • Hot Off the Digital Press: @LPQuarterly 2(3)

    Laura Pasquini
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    With the start of the new academic year, we are pleased to be distributing the new issue of the Learning and Performance Quarterly (LPQ) journal – Volume 2, Issue 3. On behalf of the editorial team, I hope this edition will inform scholars, practitioners and leaders in the learning and performance field. The Learning and Performance Quarterly (ISSN 2166-3564) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal from the Center for Knowledge Solutions at the University of North Texas. The journal takes a broad look at current developments and research that involves innovative learning, training,…
  • PhD Balance & Support: Life as a Doctoral Researcher and Higher Ed Professional

    Laura Pasquini
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    As part of my “Thanks-For-Supporting-My-PhD-Completion” and ways to motivate other doctoral researchers, Melissa and I decided to write an article for NACADA’s Academic Advising Today. This piece shared insights from our #hackPhD Panel at #nacada13 and our own hindsight of what it takes to successfully finish the degree. We are not alone in thinking that being both a full-time professional in higher education AND full-time PhD student is a CHALLENGE: The tensions among academic and personal roles can have a great impact on an advisor’s doctoral education. The theory of…
  • Introducing the @ACPA Digital Task Force: Project Planning

    Laura Pasquini
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    This year I am fortunate to be collaborating with an invested group of scholar-practitioners on the ACPA Digital Task Force to  examine how technology impacts and influences post-secondary education student development. The various teams involved will focus on how the digital realm influences our campus communities, with regards to  crisis management, communication channels, programming initiatives, learner competencies, practitioner implications, curriculum development, and research contributions. This year our specific team, comprise of Paul, Jason, Erik & myself, will be working on…
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  • New Online Journal Offers Daily Dips Into JSTOR’s Deep Archive

    Jennifer Howard
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    A 1931 analysis of Herman Melville’s posthumous literary reputation doesn’t exactly scream headline news in 2014. But that essay, published decades ago in the journal American Literature by O.W. Riegel, got a new lease on life this week, thanks to an online journal, JSTOR Daily, that made its official debut on Wednesday. The idea is to create a publication “that bridges the gap between news and scholarship,” says Catherine Halley, the new journal’s editor. That means turning smart writers loose on topics that intrigue them and letting them draw on JSTOR’s…
  • Optimism About MOOCs Fades in Campus IT Offices

    Rebecca Koenig
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    MOOC fever is cooling, at least among campus information-technology administrators, according to the 2014 edition of the Campus Computing Survey, an annual report on technology in higher education. While a little more than half of last year’s respondents thought MOOCs “offer a viable model for the effective delivery of online instruction,” just 38 percent of this year’s participants agreed with that statement. And only 19 percent of respondents in 2014 said MOOCs could generate new revenue for colleges, down from 29 percent last fall. “I’m not surprised to see some pessimism about…
  • For Bill on Disabled Access to Online Teaching Materials, the Devil’s in the Details

    Rebecca Koenig
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    As smart classrooms become the norm on more campuses and online courses proliferate, some observers worry that the digital revolution will leave students with disabilities behind. But a bill under consideration in the U.S. Congress, the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (HR 3505), would deal with that concern by creating accessibility guidelines for electronic materials used or assigned by college professors and administrators. While the bill, known as the Teach Act, has bipartisan support in Congress, several higher-education organizations have…
  • Time for the New Fall Season—for TV, and for MOOCs

    Jeffrey R. Young
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    The new fall television season gets under way this week, and newspapers are full of roundups of the hottest new shows. It’s also the season for a new lineup of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, and in recent days several colleges have touted new offerings boasting star professors or popular subject matter. Despite a host of questions about the staying power of MOOCs as a trend, more free megacourses are starting this month than ever before, with 328 new offerings, according to Class Central, a MOOC guide. Among the biggest-name professors taking to MOOCs this fall are Eric Foner, a…
  • New Online Services Aim to Democratize Admissions Counseling

    Rebecca Koenig
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    Websites offering online college-admission counseling have proliferated in the past few years, with services whose prices range from free to thousands of dollars. This week saw the launch of two new options that claim to make low-cost resources more widely available. Chegg, an online textbook retailer and student-services website, entered the market on Tuesday by announcing a fee-based platform that connects college applicants with advisers for one-on-one video, audio, and chat counseling. On Thursday the online college-information hub Campus Explorer will announce its own free…
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • Connected by a Common Thread: What Hispanic Heritage Means to Me

    Christina Soto
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Being Hispanic is about being part of a community connected by a thread of traditions that transcend generations. For me, it is about food and the arts, dancing and singing — usually all happening at the same time. It’s about my grandmother’s pasteles (a doughy mass wrapped in plantain and filled with chicken, peas, and garbanzo beans), the salsa three-step that I am still learning to master, and the melancholy but hopeful stories sung by my favorite Latino artists. I’m proud to be part of this culture, and I spoke with women across different generations who feel the same. Many of…
  • Saying Goodbye to Carol Virostek, an AAUW Champion Whose Legacy Lives On

    Kate Farrar
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    We surprised Carol at the 2013 National Convention with an endowment named in her honor. “You changed my life!” That’s what a group of college students kept saying as they surrounded Carol Virostek at the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. These students attended the conference with the support of AAUW of Connecticut and their schools, and Carol was one of the reasons they were able to do so. Carol hugged each of them, eager to hear about the new confidence and skills they gained from this experience. But more than anything each student wanted a picture with…
  • Tech Trek Success: The 2014 STEM Camp for Girls in Photos

    AAUW Intern
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Tech Trek 2014 was a huge success. We could go on and on about how exciting it was to expand to more sites. Or how cool all the lab experiments were. Or how powerful it was for girls to learn how to code in a safe space (oh wait, we already did that). But really, these photos along with a few words from the campers speak for themselves. Girls learned to build bridges and test their strength in engineering and design classes at Tech Trek in Washington. “My experience at Tech Trek was something I will always take with me. I have learned the beginnings of many new STEM opportunities. This…
  • What Happens When Girls Try Coding in an All-Female Space

    Alexa Silverman
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    There are 59 students in the three high school computer science classes Jenni Rountree teaches. Only two of them are girls. Rountree’s classroom makeup is an uncomfortable confirmation of what we already know: Most girls lose interest in STEM fields by seventh grade. “The ones that come in there have pre-set ideas about what [this field] can be like,” she told AAUW in an interview. The girls only realize how fun and creative computer science can be once they’ve had a chance to try it. Girls at AAUW’s Tech Trek camp in Huntsville, Alabama, had that very opportunity thanks to an…
  • Taking a Bite out of Crime: One AAUW State’s Story

    Suzanne Gould
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Throughout our history, AAUW members have always responded to crises. In the late 1960s, when rates of criminality were rising at an alarming rate, especially among women, members wanted answers to the basic questions: What caused women to commit crime? How were women’s sentences different from men’s? And what were the conditions inside women’s prisons? One noteworthy project came from the Keystone State. In fall 1967, 54 Pennsylvania branches participated in a survey to collect data on the treatment of women in the county courts and jails. Nearly 500 cases were observed in the AAUW…
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    This Side of Theory

  • Confusing a Platform With Power

    Stacy Oliver
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    I am Jewish. I am an alumna of Ohio University. And I work with college students. It seems important to be up front about those facts because they are the foundation of my conflict regarding the current events at my beloved alma mater. As a Jewish alumna, my heart aches watching this situation unfold at a place I called home for six years. And as someone who works with college students, I can understand how Ms. Marzec arrived at this place, how she made these decisions without full concern for unknown consequences. I’ve worked with students like Megan — students who confuse having a…
  • Mindset List: Think Before You Share

    Stacy Oliver
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Beloit College released its annual Mindset List today, a list of whimsical historical and pop culture facts intended to help “inform [our] work with [our] students.” The list is released annually in August as new students enter the Ivory Tower. Seems harmless, right? But the Beloit Mindset List is a list of sweeping generalizations. It assumes all students are between the ages of 18-22, an assumption that is becoming increasingly wrong across the United States. It assumes all students will graduate in four years by labeling them as the Class of 2018. According to U.S. News and…
  • Belonging.

    Stacy Oliver
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I was ill during the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition. This was evident to anyone who knows me well. My extraverted nature was quashed and replaced with quietude; rather than seeking out large social opportunities, I connected with people individually or in much smaller groups. I left socials early and, in fact, left D.C. early thanks to a compassionate friend who drove me to the airport twelve hours before my scheduled flight and also thanks to a gate agent who watched me cry as I pleaded to get onto any earlier flight  [he got me on a flight that left 35 minutes after I walked into…
  • Can I Help You Tweet Better?

    Stacy Oliver
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I like to help people. And today I am going to help some of you with an unsolicited Twitter lesson. When you start a tweet with a person’s username, only people who follow both of you see that tweet appear in their main twitter feed. For example: @LynnEllison: The ACUHO-I volunteer call went out. Shall we three-peat our tandem volunteer shift? Only users who follow both Lynn and me see the above tweet in their main twitter feed. So why is this important? If you’re live tweeting an event such as a conference, speaker, webinar, etc. or participating in an online chat and start the…
  • In Which I Go Rogue… Again

    Stacy Oliver
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Last week I put out a call to the student affairs community on Twitter to participate in a rogue chat about the social justice implications of our campus policies and procedures. I used the word rogue intentionally — it was a moniker assigned many years ago to iterations of #sachat that popped up outside of the scheduled chat times. I remember sitting on the floor of my living room in Indiana participating in one such chat. It felt a little daring and mischievous to chat without the iconic orange logo popping in to moderate — hence, the term rogue, which means exactly that……
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    eighteen and life

  • Algebra

    Debra Sanborn
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Conversation between soccer players last weekend . . . “What do you know about Jason Engles?” Who’s Jason Engles? “You know, Jason Engles, in Algebra.” I don’t know Jason Engles. “Jason Engles. Jason Engles!” Aaahhh, adjacent angles. “That’s what I said.” The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.  ~Peter Drucker
  • Best defense.

    Debra Sanborn
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    I considered bringing a lightsaber.   HT to @mdpistilli for the link.
  • GOAL!

    Debra Sanborn
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:53 am
    For all of the soccer parents out there who have spent a cold Sunday in April or November attempting to determine if we will make it home by bedtime… GOAL DIFFERENTIAL!!    
  • #SAreads: Practicing Perceiving

    Debra Sanborn
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    If you are familiar with psychological type and the MBTI, you may recognize that type theory explains the random behavior of people’s lives as actually quite orderly and patterned. This is due to basic methods used by individuals to take in information and make decisions. The last letter of the 4-letter MBTI code highlights the process one uses in dealing with the outer world. Do you prefer to plan ahead and get things decided (Judging) or do you prefer to remain flexible and open to new options (Perceiving)? Not to be confused with organization, as either preference can be organized, the…
  • Senior Night

    Debra Sanborn
    31 May 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Senior night in high school sports is a time to recognize graduating students and their accomplishments. At the pre-game celebration for our local girls soccer team, players were honored with a bouquet of flowers while escorted to center field by their parents. Honors and activities are announced for each player, culminating with where they will be attending college in the fall. It was no surprise that each player from our academically ranked high school was heading to a four-year institution including several research universities and prestigious private colleges. Fast-forward a week to an…
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    Eric Stoller » student-affairs

  • On “Side Hustles” and Being Your Own Boss

    Eric Stoller
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Every time I make it “around the horn” to celebrate another successful year of consulting, speaking, and writing, I get a bit reflective about the journey. As if on cue, Dustin Ramsdell from the The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast, invited me to do an interview about my endeavors. Here’s the full audio interview where I go into detail about my journey as a student affairs professional / higher education consultant. I manage to throw in some thoughts on work/life balance as well as some insight into what my typical day is all about.
  • Digital Identity Keynote at Curry College

    Eric Stoller
    21 Jun 2013 | 6:16 pm
    I started 2013 off with a digital identity talk at Curry College for their Career Services Conference for Seniors. They were an awesome group! I’ve included the video of my talk, my slides, and a Storify from the event: This was a fun slide deck to work with…all sorts of good, bad, and ugly examples. [View the story "Senior Conference 2013" on Storify]
  • Digital Identity, Social Media, Privacy, Balance, and Being Radical

    Eric Stoller
    11 Feb 2013 | 7:05 pm
    Part of the experience of being a keynote speaker at the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values is that you get to do an interview with the Character Clearinghouse at Florida State University. The questions from Pamela Crosby, the editor of the site (as well as the Journal of College and Character), were stellar. Here’s an excerpt: Why should students care about their digital identity? Students should care about their digital identity for a variety of reasons. As members of a campus community, it is important for students to know that their online actions can have impact.
  • Getting Radical at the Big Ideas in Higher Education Conference

    Eric Stoller
    24 Jan 2013 | 2:36 pm
    The most-commented, most-discussed post that I’ve ever written for Inside Higher Ed was last year’s “Where Are the Radical Practitioners” entry. It quickly collected far more comments than I had expected, and I made the decision not to answer any of them due to the epic amount of time that it would’ve taken to constructively engage with all of them. Out of frustration and needing to vent, I did write up a quick “pseudo addendum” and posted it to this blog as “Radical and Student Affairs.” What happened after that was an intriguing journey…
  • The Mobile Campus Revolution: It’s Not Rocket Science, It’s Star Wars

    Eric Stoller
    17 Jul 2012 | 11:20 am
    In addition to writing a couple of blog posts for InsideHigherEd while at Blackboard World, I also managed to put on a session about “The Mobile Campus Revolution.” The fine folk from echo360 were on hand to record my talk with their lecture capture tech. In order to embed the lecture capture content, I had to embed it in a separate page: The Mobile Campus Revolution: It’s Not Rocket Science, It’s Star Wars *Amazing sketchnote art courtesy of Gerren Lamson **Sadly, there wasn’t any Red Bull available at the New Orleans Convention Center…an alternative energy…
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • Myths, Assumptions, Skeptics and Crusaders: Engaging Students Through Social Media

    Tony Doody
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Wednesday, September 17th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Who at the university is best suited to educate students about online citizenship? How can social media be used to improve academic performance and encourage risk-taking and interpersonal growth? What’s the difference between digital identity development and personal branding?  On this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews Rey Junco about his recently published book, “Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence-Based Practices for Use in Student…
  • Tony Doody joins Student Affairs Live

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Higher Ed Live exists because there are smart, funny, and talented higher education professionals who are willing to take time each month to deliver their latest thoughts on current and emerging topics in higher education. And as of today, our team is getting a little bigger. Please join me in officially welcoming Tony Doody to the Higher Ed Live family. Tony joins Heather Shea Gasser as co-host of Student Affairs Live, which airs every other Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Tony has over 20 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education…
  • Current #SAgrads: Their Future in Student Affairs

    Heather Shea Gasser
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wednesday, September 3rd at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive What does the future hold for Student Affairs? Who will lead departments and divisions on college and university campuses in the coming years? How are master’s programs preparing these future student affairs leaders to meet the various challenges the future holds? What do current #SAgrads have to say about the profession and their future aspirations? On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea Gasser opens the show to a large panel  (8 guests!) of current…
  • Think Global: Welcoming International Students to Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Wednesday, August 6th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Across the United States this fall, colleges and universities are enrolling the largest ever incoming cohort of international students. This number has grown steadily over the past seven years, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education. The largest percentage of international students come from China, South Korea, and India. How effectively we serve, connect, and engage these students this fall may determine how effectively we’re able…
  • What Can You Do? Preventing Hazing in Fraternities & Sororities

    Heather Shea Gasser
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Wednesday, July 23rd at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive While nearly all states in the U.S. now have anti-hazing legislation and most campuses have adopted policies prohibiting hazing, it is still too common especially within fraternities and sororities. While there is a lot of evidence to prove that Greek-letter organizations provide positive experiences for students, many are still engaging in hazing. State laws and campus policies are apparently insufficient in reducing incidents of hazing and campus leaders need strategies to prevent…
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