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  • #CSAM14 – Snapshot of Mairead Kiernan, Being THAT RA

    The Student Affairs Collective
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Who is Mairead Kiernan? My name is Mairead Kiernan, and I’m a new #SAPro working as a Resident Director at Stevenson University just outside Baltimore. I’m a May 2014 graduate of the M. Ed. program at Texas Tech University, and prior to that, spent four years at Syracuse University study communications and sociology. Professionally, my areas of interest lie in student conduct, violence prevention, and risk management. Personally, I enjoy cooking, wine tasting, traveling, learning the ins and outs of being a cat mom, blogging, and the occasional Netflix binge! What was your path to…
  • Post #NACADA14 Conference Follow-up… With Yourself

    Major Discoveries
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Another NACADA conference is in the books, and it was another fantastic opportunity to re-connect, network, and grow professionally. Charlie Nutt’s and Darrell Strayhorn’s speeches were terrifically inspiring, and the selection of concurrent sessions was actually a little overwhelming. Personally, I had a bitter-sweet conference, bidding adieu to my dear friends in Region 2–the region in which I “grew up” as an advisor, in which I was inspired on a consistent basis to write and present, and the region in which I learned what it meant to be a leader. On the sweet…
  • On the Obsessive Focus of Bill Gates

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    The Gates Riddle Why was Bill Gates so successful? In answering this question, different biographers have emphasized different traits. Stephen Manes, in his excellent 1994 book, Gates, underscores the Microsoft founder’s fierce (sometimes bordering on sociopathic) competitive instincts. In his 2008 bestseller, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell points out the exceptional circumstances that provided teenage Gates near unlimited access to computers on which to hone programming skills on the eve of the personal computer revolution. I was particularly struck, however, by a quintessential Gatesian…
  • All Time High

    Athletic Management
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    NCAA student-athletes are graduating at a record clip, according to a new report.
  • What Recruiters Say and Job Seekers Hear [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are job seekers and recruiters from different planets? With unemployed people outnumbering job openings three to one, you’d think recruiters could find the talent they need to fill positions. The problem is only 50 percent of job seekers actually have the qualifications needed for the job they apply to. It’s time to bridge the gap […]
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #CSAM14 – Snapshot of Mairead Kiernan, Being THAT RA

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Who is Mairead Kiernan? My name is Mairead Kiernan, and I’m a new #SAPro working as a Resident Director at Stevenson University just outside Baltimore. I’m a May 2014 graduate of the M. Ed. program at Texas Tech University, and prior to that, spent four years at Syracuse University study communications and sociology. Professionally, my areas of interest lie in student conduct, violence prevention, and risk management. Personally, I enjoy cooking, wine tasting, traveling, learning the ins and outs of being a cat mom, blogging, and the occasional Netflix binge! What was your path to…
  • #SACareer – Mentorship in Student Affairs: What’s all the hype about?

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Photo credit: Just like friendships and intimate relationships, the definition of a mentorship and one’s relationship with a mentor will vary depending on the individual. For instance, some may have a group of individuals they consider to be mentors, while others may only have one mentor. Some individuals talk to their mentors a couple times throughout the year, while others have weekly conversations. It is important for Student Affairs professionals to define what it means to them to have a mentor, what qualities they…
  • Student Activism That Goes Unnoticed

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The purpose of this blog post is to share information on student activism happening on a campus in Minnesota that is going unnoticed. My hope is that this information can help guide professionals in case this happens on their campus, and to highlight big changes happening on college campuses. We have heard about widespread campaigns that have reached larger, and more well-known, college campuses in the US such as the #IAmTooHarvard and UCLA spoken word on race relations, or the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” campaign in recognition of the Ferguson case. The social capital that these schools…
  • The Possibility of Joy – Why Bad Days Don’t Need to Happen

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When I first heard the phrase, “Even on the worst days, there is a possibility for joy,” I was watching TV. ABC’s Castle, to be specific, and as I continued to watch the episode, the words kept replaying in my head. I was struck by them – this idea that there could also be joy on a bad day. I couldn’t let go of that possibility. For years, I was the kind of person who would let one small thing change my entire day. Wake up late? Bad day. Spill food on shirt? Bad day. Have an uncomfortable conversation with someone? Bad day. It was like nothing could improve my mood, not even being…
  • #CSAM14 Snapshot of Stacy Oliver-Sikorski, Supporting Student Success

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Picture Credit: What was your path to student affairs? I was a journalism major as an undergraduate student, but found that I enjoyed my work as a Resident Assistant more than I did my academic coursework. Writing is an intensely solitary activity and, as an extrovert, I found it frustrating to spend my hours alone in front of a computer. Planning events for residents and helping them in their collegiate experience was far more rewarding. A few professional staff members in the Department of Residence Life nudged me toward student affairs and did so in a way that was genuine and…
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    Major Discoveries

  • Post #NACADA14 Conference Follow-up… With Yourself

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Another NACADA conference is in the books, and it was another fantastic opportunity to re-connect, network, and grow professionally. Charlie Nutt’s and Darrell Strayhorn’s speeches were terrifically inspiring, and the selection of concurrent sessions was actually a little overwhelming. Personally, I had a bitter-sweet conference, bidding adieu to my dear friends in Region 2–the region in which I “grew up” as an advisor, in which I was inspired on a consistent basis to write and present, and the region in which I learned what it meant to be a leader. On the sweet…
  • 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
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • On the Obsessive Focus of Bill Gates

    Study Hacks
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    The Gates Riddle Why was Bill Gates so successful? In answering this question, different biographers have emphasized different traits. Stephen Manes, in his excellent 1994 book, Gates, underscores the Microsoft founder’s fierce (sometimes bordering on sociopathic) competitive instincts. In his 2008 bestseller, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell points out the exceptional circumstances that provided teenage Gates near unlimited access to computers on which to hone programming skills on the eve of the personal computer revolution. I was particularly struck, however, by a quintessential Gatesian…
  • Deep Habits: Create an Idea Index

    Study Hacks
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Brain Picking I’m a professional non-fiction writer which makes me by default also a professional reader of sorts (the photo above shows my nightstand). I read (most of) five to ten books per month on average in addition to quite a few articles. One thing that has often frustrated me in this undertaking is the inefficiency of my notetaking. My standard strategy when reading a physical book is to mark interesting passages with a pencil and then put a check on the upper right corner so I can later skip quickly past non-annotated pages. The problem with this strategy is that if time passes…
  • How to Win a Nobel Prize: Notes from Richard Hamming’s Talk on Doing Great Research

    Study Hacks
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    You and Your Research In March 1986, the famed mathematician and computer scientist Richard Hamming returned to his former employer, Bell Labs, to give a talk at the Bell Communications Research Colloquia Series. His talk was titled “You and Your Research,” and it’s goal was straightforward: to deliver lessons for serious researchers about how to do “Nobel-Prize type of work” (a topic familiar to Hamming given the large number of Nobels won by his colleagues during his Bell Labs tenure). This talk is famous among applied mathematicians and computer scientists…
  • Deep Habits: Conquer Hard Tasks With Concentration Circuits

    Study Hacks
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    A Writing Tour of Georgetown Today I needed to finish a tough chunk of writing. The ideas were complicated and I wasn’t quite sure how best to untangle the relevant threads and reweave them into something appealing. I knew I was in for some deep work and I was worried about my ability to see it through to the end. So I packed up my laptop and headed outside. Here’s where I started writing: Once I began to falter, I switched locations:     As I neared the end my energy begin sputter, so I switched locations one more time for the home stretch:   In this third and…
  • How We Sent a Man to the Moon Without E-mail and Why it Matters Today

    Study Hacks
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    The NASA Paradox In 2008, Dan Markovitz was meeting with a group of R&D engineers at a high tech company. The engineers began complaining about e-mail. They were overwhelmed by the hundreds of messages arriving every day in their inbox, but at the same time, they agreed that this was unavoidable. Without such intensive e-mail use, they reasoned, their teams’ efficiency would plummet. This conclusion led one of the engineers to ask an interesting question: If this is true, “how [did] NASA’s engineers manag[e] to put a man on the moon without tools like email?” Think…
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    Athletic Management

  • All Time High

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    NCAA student-athletes are graduating at a record clip, according to a new report.
  • Rivals Unite For Greater Good

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    By Bob Westerfield and Andrew Corbin It takes a lot to put aside six years of intense rivalry, but Ohio's Springboro and Franklin High Schools did just that in coming together for a bigger cause: To generate awareness and funding for clean water wells in Swaziland, Africa. As part of the festivities surrounding their Sept. 12 football game, school administrators, students, and members of both communities joined forces to raise $32,000 making a giant impact in the lives of hundreds of Swazi people who will now have clean water.
  • UNC In the Spotlight

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    NCAA President Mark Emmert addressed the North Carolina academics investigation Monday.
  • Uniform Forfeit

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    A California high school volleyball team forfeited a match after reporting a uniform violation.
  • Shutting Down

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Benedictine University at Springfield is ending its athletic programs.
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    Campus To Career

  • What Recruiters Say and Job Seekers Hear [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Kirk Baumann
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are job seekers and recruiters from different planets? With unemployed people outnumbering job openings three to one, you’d think recruiters could find the talent they need to fill positions. The problem is only 50 percent of job seekers actually have the qualifications needed for the job they apply to. It’s time to bridge the gap […]
  • How Important Are Certifications, Anyway?

    Kirk Baumann
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    When you’re looking for work, you want to present yourself as the best-prepared, most solid candidate a company could ever consider. With that in mind, many job seekers look at certifications as a way to set themselves apart. But these credentials cost time and money. Are they worth it? The answer, unfortunately, is “it depends.” It seems […]
  • 5 Ways to Become a More Valuable Asset to Your Company

    Kirk Baumann
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
      Congratulations! You have finally graduated college and have stepped into a career that shows immense promise! However becoming a valuable asset to your company requires hard work, dedication and that little something “extra.”  Trust me, your superiors will notice the work you put in to being a good employee, and you will benefit as […]
  • 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, […]
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Against Public Video Screens

    Joshua Kim
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Blog: Technology and LearningIn almost every way I think that world is getting better. That I’d rather be 44 (the age that I am now) in 2014 than in 2004 or 1984 or 1964. (Or any other year that ends in 4).   I believe that higher education is better today than it was 10, 20 or 50 years ago. Our students are better. Our classes are better. Our faculty are better. And I believe that higher education will be even better in 2024 (and 2034) than it is today. There are areas, however, where I think we are going backwards.    The big regression that I’d like to call…
  • Failing Forward

    Katie Shives
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Blog: GradHackerKatie Shives is a PhD candidate in Microbiology at the University of Colorado. During her free time she writes about microbiology-related topics at,, and on Twitter @KDShives. In life, failure is inevitable; in graduate school, it is guaranteed. The very nature of a graduate degree puts you into contact with failure on a regular basis, especially if you work in the lab attempting to do or show something that has never been seen before. Somehow, in the face of this failure we as students are expected to have that roll off our backs and move…
  • #SAgrad Program Not Accepting Applications

    Eric Stoller
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Blog: Student Affairs and Technology On a recent comment thread on the Student Affairs subreddit, someone asked for recommendations for higher education administration graduate programs. Enthusiastically, I recommended Oregon State University's College Student Services Administration (CSSA) "#SAgrad" program. My experience as a CSSA grad was very positive. The cohort-based model was everything I had hoped for in a student affairs masters program, blending theoretical knowledge and rigorous academics with practical experience. My graduate assistantship within Enrollment…
  • Math Geek Mom: Labor

    Rosemarie Emanuele
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Blog: Mama PhDI was first drawn to Labor Economics by the wide range of topics studied by such economists, and my own desire to push the limits of economics by studying the economics of nonprofit organizations. I was especially interested in the economic underpinnings of the phenomena of volunteer labor. Of course, there are many other aspects of Labor Economics that intrigue me, including issues of wage differentials between groups of different genders or different races. The whole concept of “labor”, and what gives value to labor, is a question that I have been thinking…
  • Save the Bats

    Doug Lederman
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    The presence of bats is a common theme for films, literature and anything angling to emit a creepy vibe. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Scranton's Gary Kwiecinski describes his work to save them. Kwiecinski is a professor of biology at Scranton. A transcript of this podcast can be found here. Section: Academic MinuteFile:  10-30-14_scranton_white_nose_syndrome.mp3Event's date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:15am
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  • FIRE’s Shibley on the ‘Offendedness Sweepstakes’ This Halloween Season

    Susan Kruth
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    It’s almost Halloween, and that means that college students across the country are waging war against costumes that they deem culturally insensitive or otherwise offensive. In an article for The Daily Caller today, FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley takes a look at some of the party themes that have been landing college and university students in trouble lately. Robert leads with a jaw-dropping example: Northwestern University students are under fire for holding a “Jail N’ Bail”-themed literacy fundraiser with no apparent racial content because it “belittled” the problems…
  • UC Berkeley Rejects Students’ Demands to Disinvite Bill Maher

    Susan Kruth
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Torch readers know that FIRE and other free speech advocates have had much to criticize the University of California, Berkeley about lately. Many have pointed out that UC Berkeley’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement rings somewhat hollow in light of its numerous speech codes. And last month, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks caused alarm with an email in which he argued for civility as a necessary limit on free speech. Happily, following widespread criticism, Dirks soon sent an email clarifying that freedom of expression should not be hindered in this manner. In a…
  • Former Occidental Student Files Title IX Complaint After Being Denied Fair Hearing

    Susan Kruth
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This past June, FIRE reported on the case of a former Occidental College student who had filed a pseudonymous lawsuit against the private institution in California after being expelled for an alleged sexual assault. John Doe was found “responsible” for the violation despite significant evidence that the sexual encounter in question was consensual. (Readers can find exculpatory text messages and other materials on our Occidental case page.) Doe argued in his complaint that Occidental denied him key due process protections and failed to follow its own written policies in adjudicating the…
  • Good News for the Student Press at University of Wisconsin-Stout

    Will Creeley
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    One of the most gratifying and inspiring parts of my job here at FIRE is seeing our work on behalf of student and faculty rights help spark changes in an institution’s approach to freedom of expression. I’m very pleased to pass along news of just that sort of positive change today from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, which recently released an excellent new policy statement on student press rights (PDF). The statement, signed by Chancellor Robert M. Meyer, reads in full: UW-Stout Statement on Independent Student Publications To affirm UW-Stout’s longstanding commitment to freedom of…
  • FIRE’s Catherine Sevcenko Explains the First Amendment to Iowa State

    Sarah McLaughlin
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As Torch readers know, Iowa State University (ISU) is no stranger to free speech controversies. Two ISU students are currently suing ISU as part of FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, fighting for the right to use the school’s mascot on their student group’s T-shirts. Recently, ISU’s Government of the Student Body (GSB) voted not to expand the school’s free speech zones. A GSB senator explained the vote, saying that creating free speech zones all over campus would mean “future students may not have the option to avoid certain areas if they feel uncomfortable or offended…
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    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

  • NAFSA Diversity Impact Program Participants Find Inspiration and Opportunities After San Diego

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    NAFSA creates multiple opportunities for international educators that provide long-lasting benefits and career growth. Some of our latest NAFSA members already know that firsthand. One of NAFSA’s newest initiatives, the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program, rewards those working with underserved student populations on a variety of campuses. At the 2014 Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego, 27 honorees, all working at tribal colleges; historically black colleges and universities; Hispanic-serving institutions; and community colleges and associates colleges, attended workshops, sessions,…
  • “Have You Heard of the Case Study Challenge?”

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Ashley Glenn It was my first time to the NAFSA annual conference, also my first year in the field, and I traveled to San Diego alone. Attending NAFSA can be overwhelming in the way family reunions show how far your family name extends and how few people you know. Not knowing anyone, it is tempting to stand at the edge of the room, walking in only for hors d’oeuvres (which I did at one of the receptions). My first time at NAFSA, I was determined to get involved. For this to happen, I needed a plan, a master list. Many boxes would need to be checked. A few weeks after the conference program…
  • NAFSA Invited to Help Lead SEVIS Improvement Effort

    Marlene M. Johnson
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    You may have heard that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has shifted course in its efforts to improve the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVP has decided to step away from plans to develop a new “SEVIS II” system, and instead explore options that would enhance the existing SEVIS system. The agency will be working to develop alternative approaches to closing what it sees as security vulnerabilities in the system while also enhancing the value of SEVIS to designated school officials and schools. I’m pleased to announce that I have been appointed a…
  • Visiting Kakenya’s School

    Marlene M. Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    For the past few years, I have served on the U.S. board of Kakenya’s Center for Excellence (KCE), helping raise financial support and providing Kakenya with guidance as she implements her vision to educate the girls of Enoosaen. Visiting the school has been on my “bucket list” so getting on the airplane to Nairobi was an exciting adventure. The seven-and-a-half-hour drive from Nairobi to Enoosaen proved to be an exciting and perfect orientation to visiting the school. The drive through the Rift Valley—lush mountains, hectares of corn, potatoes, kale, onions, and other…
  • The “Big Data” Revolution in International Student Recruitment

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    By Chad Goeden Leading international education researcher and author Rajika Bhandari helped open NAFSA’s 2014 Online Conference by challenging participants to think critically about how “big data” can positively impact their work as international educators. In her plenary address, “’Big Data’: The 21st Century Game-Changer in Global International Student Recruitment,” Bhandari illustrated the wealth of information that “big data” can provide by asking participants, “Did you know that [international] students from Kuwait, Bangladesh, and Venezuela have been increasing…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • President Obama’s Perfect Reaction to Fellow Voter’s Girlfriend Joke

    Elizabeth Simmons
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who knew voting could be this fun!? Check out what happened after a man told President Obama not to touch his girlfriend (who happened to be standing next to him to vote)!The video cuts out the best part of the interaction. After they were done voting, President Obama takes the woman aside and said, “Give me a kiss and give him something to talk about,” as he gave Cooper a hug and a peck on the cheek. “Now he’s really jealous.”While you probably won’t end up voting next to the President, you should still go vote every chance you get. It’s the best way to make sure…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Master Your Midterms

    Elizabeth Simmons
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Congratulations! You’ve reached the halfway point of the halfway point of the semester. Unfortunately as a reward you’re now facing midterm exams. It seems just yesterday you were reading about them on your syllabi, enjoying how far off they seemed. Now, they’re staring you right in the face.Not to worry! Midterms aren’t as scary as they may seem. Well, most of them aren’t. There are a few key things you can do to make sure you do well on them and are on the right track to finish out the semester.Keep Going to Class Midterms time also happens to be the time when…
  • Want Free Tuition? Germany May be the Place for You

    Elizabeth Simmons
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Those looking to save on a college education may want to try their luck in Germany. The country just committed to tuition-free higher education for all students, including international students.Lower Saxony was the last of seven German states to abolish tuition after the country began charging for it in 2006. Germany has a firm commitment to universal education, so the German states began dropping their tuition fees one by one.The minister for science and culture in Lower Saxony, Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic said in a statement, “We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher…
  • 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 to…
  • 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…
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    Hank Nuwer: Hazing Prevention

  • Bad behavior devastates coach: Empire High School

    Hank Nuwer
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Empire High School–Five juniors victimize one younger player. 
  • The Philadelphia paper tackles football hazing

    Hank Nuwer
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Here is the link. Excerpt While hazing extends beyond football, you’ve got to wonder how much the sport’s macho mind-set contributes to and exacerbates the problem. “There usually are two reasons for hazing,” said Hank Nuwer, a Franklin College professor who has long studied the practice and advocated for laws against it. “There are those […]
  • Multiple arrests in death of Nebraska Farmhouse member

    Hank Nuwer
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Thank you to Dean for the update.  This will be added as a hazing/pledging related death, although the charges of serving alcohol to a minor where a fatality then occurs are far more serious (possible 5-year sentence) in terms of possible sanctions. The following is the best coverage available on the update. By Jonathan Edwards […]
  • Farmhouse at Nebraska-Lincoln awakes to find a freshman dead.

    Hank Nuwer
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Sad news. Nebraska fraternity member dies. Combination of alcohol and diabetes a possible cause of death.
  • Link: CSUN shuts down all Greek pledging

    Hank Nuwer
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am   Thanks to Dean for update!!  
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    Eric Felix

  • Reflections from a College Campus

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    It’s my second time on campus, actually the first time here was just last week and it was more of a drive by. With major construction along the front of […]
  • 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 […]
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    The Dean's List

  • Logos and Tigers and Brands, oh my

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    As Trinity University continues to develop its brand, the University has recently revealed a new spirit logo. This one replaces the tiger on the TU symbol that has become popular with our athletic teams. Unfortunately the latter can't be trademarked because it kind of already is - by the Detroit Tigers baseball team. Though really, how many ways can a tiger menacingly crawl around a "T." Logos are tricky because they are used in different ways. At Trinity we want some consistency, but we have the official seal for the more high brow uses, such as on diplomas. We have the tower logo for the…
  • High and Mighty

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I blame Colorado mostly. Nearly any conversation with a student or a parent regarding our drug policy and state drug laws eventually includes a reference to Rocky Mountain High. It has become the "my friends don't have a curfew!" of marijuana discussions. I don't want to confuse any portions of this post with the facts. Nearly all of the facts related to marijuana can be disputed. Students on college campuses everywhere have done great research to de-bunk any claims of harm that comes from smoking weed. I think if some studied their course work with as much passion as they researched…
  • 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…
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    Student Affairs Explorer

  • Sharing is Caring

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

  • Flex Appeal and the Double Down Competition

    Ardith Laverne
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    It’s not easy being me. What I mean by that is that I spent most of last week sick with an energy-draining cold, and because of that, I haven’t even had a chance to recap the competition from the 11th. CrossFit425 hosted their first annual Double Down competition, and it was a mixed-pairs (i.e., two-person teams consisting of one guy and one gal) competition with divisions for Rx and Rx+ (a.k.a., awesomely elite athletes). JD and I signed up for Rx, after convincing him it would be a great first competition. The day started early, leaving my house around 6:30AM to get to Bellevue.
  • Autumntime

    Ardith Laverne
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “Today and tomorrow are going to be the last 70-degree days in Seattle,” JD said this morning, before leaving for his day-trip to Portland. Ten years of living on the wet side of the Cascade Mountains taught me to take advantage of every sunny day, and as such, I chose to get breakfast and coffee near Green Lake, then walk the entire loop. It was one of my rest days from lifting and high-intensity work, so I spent this morning watching the marine layer slowly burn off. Green Lake, Seattle, WA It was a good morning. As some of you probably noticed, this summer marked a decline in…
  • 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…
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    Musings of a New Professional

  • Separation of Church and State?

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

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

    Justin Sipes
    22 Feb 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Earlier this week, The Atlantic released and article titled The Dark Power of Fraternities. It is a long read and extremely well-written piece.  Some twitter comments have indicated that this could very well be a contributing factor to the demise of fraternal world.  Before we jump to conclusions, I offer this. Read the article again, but replace “fraternity member,” “frat,” “fraternity house,” “alumni,” “headquarters/nationals,” and…
  • Possessive Pronouns…

    Justin Sipes
    25 Jan 2014 | 8:44 am
    The words “I” and “me” seem to be replacing “we” and “us.”  As I scroll through Facebook posts of friends, colleagues, and students, people seem to focus more attention on themselves and less on others around them or the collective.  ”My” or “mine” pops up more frequently than “ours.”  We are removing others from the equation and taking sole ownership of things that belong to a collective. A prime example of this from my work is seeing newly elected presidents talk about retreats and trainings with…
  • Daring Greatly… Preface

    Justin Sipes
    2 Jan 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I am participating in the ACPA – Commission for Student Involvement Book Club for January/February/March, where we are reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown mostly in anticipation of her keynoting at the 2014 ACPA Annual Convention.  Part of the process is following the reading guide associated with the book.  I decided to document my thoughts in my blog as part of exploring my own vulnerability. I am still trying to understand vulnerability; mainly, because it is not something I experienced growing up.  I kept everything tight to the chest and still do.  There are very few people…
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  • Leadership on Campus Panel Program at NASPA Region I

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

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

    Jenny Broudway
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    SJG – The Spelman and Johnson Group is delighted to be offering five scholarships to cover registration fees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute, to be held in Laguna Niguel, California from December 2-5, 2014. Scholarships are open to all those that wish to apply, however, there will be a preference given to women professionals from Community Colleges, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving…
  • 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
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    Jon Sampson

  • Failure arrives in a whimper

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    “Failure almost always arrives in a whimper. It is almost always the result of missed opportunities, a series of bad choices and the rust that comes from things gradually getting worse. Things don’t usually explode. They melt.” - Seth Godin
  • 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.”…
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    Livin' Loyno

  • Gratitude In, and Beyond, the Season of Giving Thanks- Guest Blogger Kaitlin Short

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

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

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

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:24 pm
    During the last two years, I have worked for The Office of Residential Life in a couple different positions, but I have always received a variety of questions ranging from academics to entertainment. A parent asked me this question last summer: What have you learned at Loyola? It seems fairly simple, yet it caught me off guard. Simple questions do not always have easy answers.I have learned so much here and as I began to think more about it I realized my journey mostly taught me about myself. I believe the two most important lessons I have learned throughout my time at Loyola are: Try…
  • An Ideal Week

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    14 Nov 2013 | 7:27 am
    Loyola week may be our version of homecoming week, but I believe it symbolizes much more. Throughout the hustle and bustle of the events in the quad and throughout campus last week, I was able to reflect on the meaning of Loyola week. Community, diversity, professionalism, and many other words describe Loyola, but I believe that Loyola week can be best represented by our Jesuit identity. Jesuit ideals may appear daunting and scary from the outside, but I see them embodied in actions of Loyola community members every day. When a professor extends her office hours to wait for a student…
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  • 5 Secrets to Landing a Job in the Health Care Industry

    Guest Blogger
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Finding the right type of job within the health care industry requires time, planning, and presenting yourself in the most effective manner. Consider these ideas for landing the job that will be your niche within the health care industry.
  • 10 Writing Tips that Will Rescue Your Resume

    Guest Blogger
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Many college students and recent college graduates dread writing a resume. The intimidation factor can be significant when faced with the task of enumerating what may seem like limited skills and experiences in order to land your first real job. Obviously, employers don't expect college students or recent grads to have a lot of on-the-job experience - you've been busy studying. That doesn't mean they're not interested in hiring someone just out of the gates. At this stage in your resume writing, your focus should be on marketing what you've done in a fresh and intriguing way.
  • Know how class participation points are calculated. Here’s how to ask.

    Ellen Bremen
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Does your prof give points for participation? If so, do you know how that grade is calculated? I know when I’d see “participation” mentioned in my college syllabi. . . with no clear explanation of how those points happened, I always wondered if the prof made little checks next to my name every time I opened […]
  • Top 10 Brain Foods that Help You Study and Get Better Grades

    Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Have you been feeding your brain lately? If you’re looking to learn how to study more efficiently or improve your mental alertness in order to achieve better grades, you may have tried all kinds of different study techniques. But did you know that simply choosing foods that fuel the brain can have a significant effect on your academic performance? It’s true—eating certain foods can improve your ability to focus, retain information, and remain mentally alert in order to get you through the most grueling of study sessions. Want to learn more? Read on for information about the top ten…
  • What is Radical Personal Accountability?

    Felicia Harlow
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    When you agree to live a Growth in Motion!! lifestyle, you are consciously agreeing to accept radical personal responsibility. It means you commit to looking inside yourself to understand the deeper meaning of your upsets and tendencies to blame others. You begin to realize that your experience of the world is determined by the way in which you perceive it and respond to it.
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  • Two Things I Learned at Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Talk Last Night

    Angus Johnston
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Yesterday a friend gave me her ticket to see Ruth Bader Ginsburg interviewed by Nina Totenberg at the 92nd Street Y. While I was at the talk, I tweeted that Nina Totenberg has a Notorious RBG tee-shirt, and that she wears it regularly on weekends, and that RBG gave it to her. What didn’t fit into the tweet was that Totenberg actually owns *three* Notorious RBG shirts, two of which Ginsburg gave her, from what Totenberg described — apparently seriously — as Ginsburg’s vast supplies. Ruth Bader Ginsburg buys Notorious RBG shirts in bulk to give to her friends. That’s what I learned…
  • Dawkins, Dude Debate, and the Cult of Rationalism

    Angus Johnston
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    (This post is a lightly-edited version of a Twitter rant from last month.) When I was a young man, I believed that I won every argument in which the other participant didn’t convince me. If you wanted to best me in debate, you needed to win by my rules. Those rules were “rational,” so if you didn’t accept them, if they made you angry, if they made you withdraw, then I won. I won by default. I was willing to be convinced, of course. I was EAGER to be convinced. But I had to find you convincing. I was sure that I was fair. I was sure that I was reasonable. I was sure I…
  • Feminist Activist Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Campus Speech After Threat: University Refused to Ban Guns From Venue

    Angus Johnston
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Anita Sarkeesian, a critic of sexism in video games, has cancelled a campus speech scheduled tomorrow after the university declined to ban guns from the venue in response to a threat of a mass shooting. There’s a lot to unpack in that sentence, so let’s break it down. Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist media critic who has been the subject of an ongoing campaign of harassment since 2012. Late this summer, as the #GamerGate campaign was heating up, she was driven from her home by new, specific threats against her and her family. Sarkeesian was scheduled to speak at Utah State…
  • SUNY Adopts Yes-Means-Yes Standard for Sexual Consent

    Angus Johnston
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    The trustees of the State University of New York last Thursday passed a resolution directing all 64 of the system’s campuses to implement an “affirmative consent” standard for use in campus disciplinary proceedings involving sexual assault. The standard adopted by the trustees declares that consent to sexual contact must be “active, not passive.” Such consent must be “clear, knowing, and voluntary,” independent of prior sexual contact and to consent to other forms of sexual activity. What does this mean? It means that you won’t be able…
  • 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…
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    E-Learning Queen

  • The Ultimate Field Trip Competition: Interview with BP

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    There are many ways to learn, and one of the most dramatic approaches to situated, experiential learning is a field seminar or field trip. Welcome to an interview with Jason Terrell, Talent Attraction Manager, US University Relations, BP, who discusses BP's "Ultimate Field Trip Experience."    Q: What is the BP UFT competition? The Ultimate Field Trip is a two-week global experience
  • Interview with Jeff Kissinger, Rollins College Certificate in Instructional Design: Innovators in Instructional Design Series

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The need for innovative instructional design that works in many different types of organizational settings for many different types of learners is surging now with the advent of mobile devices. Welcome to an interview with Jeff Kissinger, Rollins College. Jeff designs and administers new programs in one of the nation's most innovative college, which is known for its passionate approach to
  • Interview with Anne Higgins, Author of Reconnaissance (Texture Press, 2014)

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
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  • Interview with Andrea Leyden, ExamTime: Focus on Adaptive Learning

    28 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
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  • eLearnChat Interview: Rick Zanotti and Dawn J. Mahoney

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I had a great time on the webshow, eLearnChat, with host Rick Zanotti and fellow elearning expert Dawn J. Mahoney -- they are quite funny when they start riffing and I have to say it was seriously fun. We talked about new trends in training, and how to be effective in a global context when we're looking at very specific topics and areas for training. A great time was had by all -- I was in
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • Student Affairs and Information Technology Partnerships

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

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    This last week we launched our open course on Data, Analytics, and Learning on edX. The course is structured in a dual layer model, an approach that Matt Crosslin has nicely articulated. We have 20,000 registered students, with 32% having actually logged in and taken part in the course. 180 countries are represented, with the top being US, India, and UK, representing 25%, 11%, and 4% of students. I’ve run numerous MOOCs over the past six years. I’ve used a range of platforms, including Moodle, D2L, Canvas, Drupal, Downes’ gRSShopper, and others. In the process, I’ve…
  • Innovation in open online courses

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    In a few weeks, our edX course Data, Analytics, and Learning (#DALMOOC will start. We (Carolyn Rose, Dragan Gasevic, Ryan Baker, and I) have spent the last several months thinking through the course structure and format. This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. The innovations build heavily on community and network approaches that I and others (Stephen Downes, David Wiley, Alan Levine, Jim Groom, Dave Cormier) have used in previous open courses. Since MOOCs gained…
  • LINK Research Lab: Fall Speaker Series

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    At LINK Research Lab, we have a full slate of speakers for fall, including topics on distributed learning, synchronous instruction, success for under represented students, learning analytics, engagement, design based research, openness, flipped classrooms, health and the built environment, mentorship, and wonder. The full schedule is here. We will be streaming the events online and are exploring options for asynchronous interaction as well. If you’d like to be informed of event details, recordings, and links to live sessions, please register.
  • Bundling and Re-bundling

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I’m at the Knewton Symposium – an event focusing on the future of digital learning. This is the second year that I’ve attended. It’s a small event (last year had ~20 attendees, this year it’s closer to 60+). Knewton brings in a range of speakers and leaders in education, ranging from startups to big edtech companies and publishers to faculty and advocates for some type of change. The conversations are diverse, as can be expected when publishers and open education advocates as well as VC firms and academics share the same stage. The narrative of educational change…
  • Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    In a previous post, I commented on the Massive Teaching course at Coursera and that something odd was happening. Either Coursera deleted the prof from the course or the prof was running some type of experiment. It now appears to be primarily the latter. The story has now been covered by The Chronicle (here and here) and Inside Higher Ed (here). Thoughtful reflections have been provided by Rolin Moe and Jonathan Rees. Participants on Twitter have also had their say. The general consensus is that “wow, this is weird”. Coursera has deftly pushed everything back to the University of…
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    Google Student Blog

  • EMEA 2014 Android Camp: A reflection

    Sarah H
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In early August, 20 students from 10 countries and 15 universities had the opportunity to attend Google’s European Android Camp in the London office. Students were invited to a jam-packed week of Android learning and development, career panels, tech talks and social activities. The goal of the event was to give students a chance to learn, practice and have fun while developing applications for the Android operating system with the support of Google engineers. The theme for the week was Create the Good in Your Community, with the winning team designing a carpooling app for ride sharing. We…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014一Meet Vlad Muntean, an EMEA SMB Services Intern

    Sarah H
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but 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 look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!Where are you from?I'm from the amazing Moldova!Where and what do/did you study at University?I am…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 一 Meet Megan Killion an EMEA SMB Service Intern

    Sarah H
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but 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 look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!Where are you from?I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland!Where and what do/did you study at…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 一 Meet Kendra Ibsen an EMEA SMB Service Intern

    Sarah H
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but 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 look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!Where are you from?I was born and raised in Helsingborg, a small town located in the beautiful southern…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 一 Meet Martin Zaborowski, an EMEA SMB Services Intern

    Sarah H
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but 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 look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the fall!Where are you from?I’m from Lübeck, Germany - a lovely little city north of Hamburg. If you haven’t…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Blessed and Privileged Beyond Belief

    Joe Sabado
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    There was once a time when I was a young kid in the Philippines when my family, four of us, lived in a one bedroom, probably no bigger than  a size of a typical dorm room. I remember my sister and I having to wake up early and take a bath outside, early enough, before […]
  • This or that – Life is too short.

    Joe Sabado
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Life is short. So cliche, but so true. A friend and colleague passed away just the other day and it’s during these times I am reminded of how valuable my time really is and where I should focus my time and energy. Some of the thoughts that came to mind: I can spend my time […]
  • Digital Lollipop Moments

    Joe Sabado
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    “We all have changed someone’s life – usually without even realizing it.” This is a message in Drew Dudley’s TedX talk on Everyday Leadership. The video resonates with me because for 1) I work with and for students at my university and 2) I don’t see myself as a “leader” in the sense that I […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Presence & Visibility With Scholarship #scholar14

    Laura Pasquini
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Are you “present” online? Do you share your scholarship? Are you blogging about your research in the field? Can I find a slide deck of your last academic presentation on SlideShare? Have you tweeted about your academic writing lately (#acwri)? Based on last week’s conversation in The Networked Scholars (#scholar14) MOOC – you probably should. Week 1 focused on Visibility, Presence & Branding – Check out the LIVE chat video and tweets. During the live chat discussion, Laura Czerniewicz reminded us that: “everyone has an online presence already whether…
  • Do You Want to Learn About Learning Analytics? #dalmooc

    Laura Pasquini
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Last week, I attended the UTA LINK Lab talk presented by Dragan Gasevic (@dgasevic) on learning analytics and research. This discussion shared all the digital traces and learning that can be collected and measured in our various learning environments, and questions how we are best doing some of these analytics within our institutions. Although we have a number of statistics, data, and information on our learners – how can we offer actionable insight, summative feedback, and information about learner progress. Our post-secondary institutions seem to want to only deal with the…
  • Thriving… Not Just Surviving in Your Ph.D.

    Laura Pasquini
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Today is the start of the UNT Learning Technologies (#untLT) Doctoral Fall Writing Boot Camp (October 17-18, 2014). This program has been developed by our department to support our doctoral researchers in their dissertation progress. Currently a number of doctoral researchers are writing and working in the LT Agora with snacks, support, and relevant available resources. I am looking forward to joining the “Doctoral Campaign Strategy Meeting” tonight on a panel this evening with our faculty, including Drs. Cox, Ennis-Cole, Knezek, Tyler-Wood, and J. Wircenski. (Drs. Allen and…
  • Once A Networked Scholar… Always One? #scholar14

    Laura Pasquini
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
      Social media is my thing (so I’ve heard). Really, the THING about social media is the SOCIAL. Throughout my personal, professional and academic career, I have touted the value of my personal learning network on Twitter. I give credit to this 140-character medium as it daily contributes to my literature review, data collection, and connected engage in my discipline. I am not alone in the love of Twitter and scholarship. Other academics have identified value in Twitters’s role for scientific publication and power of dissemination when shared among the network of scholars. In…
  • The 2015 #et4online Call for Presentations is now OPEN!

    Laura Pasquini
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
      Dear Colleagues, The 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (#et4online) provides myriad opportunities for you to share your knowledge and expertise in online teaching and learning. Our program includes pre-conference workshops, electronic posters, information sessions, and featured sessions along with extraordinary plenary speakers. Share and learn about the innovative and emerging practices to enhance your research, student support, teaching, and learning at your institution. The call for proposals is open as of TODAY – October 1, 2014…
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    Wired CampusWired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • For New Course, U. of Oklahoma Seeks Boost From Old Media

    Steve Kolowich
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Many colleges are turning to online “enablers” to help them get new online courses off the ground, but the University of Oklahoma is looking to generate buzz through an older channel: cable television. Oklahoma is producing a new course with the History Channel, which will provide content from its archive and advertising on its airwaves. The 16-week course, which covers American history since 1865, will be open to both credit-seeking students and noncredit learners, although it is “emphatically not a MOOC,” according to Kyle Harper, the university’s interim…
  • Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (the Data Kind)

    Rebecca Koenig
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Scientists will soon have access to their very own clouds. Not the meteorological sort—although these clouds might help advance weather research as well as improve medical systems and power-grid management. The new clouds for scientists are the kind that store data on servers, as part of a trend known as cloud computing. Consumers use the commercial variety to store documents, photographs, and music. Researchers use those too, but they sometimes need more control over and information about cloud systems than host companies, such as Apple and Amazon, provide. For more stories about…
  • Why One Professor Thinks Academics Should Write ‘BuzzFeed-Style Scholarship’

    Rebecca Koenig
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Mark Marino wants to shake up academic publishing. To declare his intentions, the associate professor of writing at the University of Southern California chose a format both fitting and provocative: a BuzzFeed listicle. Posted on Thursday, Mr. Marino’s piece, “10 Reasons Professors Should Start Writing BuzzFeed Articles,” serves as a “manifesto” for BuzzAdemia, a new journal he’s creating to encourage “BuzzFeed-style scholarship.” For more stories about technology and education, follow Wired Campus on Twitter. “As newspapers fall to a new level in the hierarchy of…
  • Surprising Gadgets, Not Just Books, Are Ready for Checkout at College Libraries

    Jeffrey R. Young
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Justin Ellis’s official title at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s library is instructional-technology associate, but he thinks of himself as the gadget guy. He manages a program at the library that lets students and professors check out a growing catalog of computers, cameras, and other electronics—a selection more akin to a Best Buy store than a lending library. A colleague, Ameet Doshi, compares him to the character Q in the James Bond series because he not only has the latest device but is expert at giving “the two-minute drill on how to use it.” Georgia Tech…
  • Ga. State’s Loss in ‘E-Reserves’ Case Might Actually Be a Win for Librarians

    Steve Kolowich
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    In May 2012 fair-use advocates celebrated a federal judge’s decision in a high-profile copyright case. The ruling was seen as a decisive victory for Georgia State University, whose librarians wanted to be able to make freely available as much copyrighted material as possible to students via its electronic reserve system. On Friday a federal appeals court ended that celebration by reversing the judge’s decision and sending the “e-reserves” case back to the lower court for further action. At a glance, the latest ruling looks like a loss for Georgia State and its allies,…
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • 5 Issues to Watch in the Supreme Court This Year

    Mollie Lam
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    It’s obvious, but it’s easy to forget: Courts matter. Federal courts determine the scope of workers’ rights and the constitutionality of civil rights laws. The U.S. Supreme Court is the final stop when it comes to many of the most important legal challenges our country faces. On October 22, AAUW members across the country joined a members-only call to hear AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund staff analyze some of the pivotal cases the Supreme Court will hear in its upcoming term. If you missed the call, you can listen to a recording. Here’s a summary of what to expect as the Supreme…
  • 10 Stats on Women’s Equality That Might Be Scarier than Halloween

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    ‘Tis the season to be scared. From horror films and costumes to jack-o’-lanterns and ghost stories, Halloween is never short on surprises. But while the holiday celebrates the spooky, every day women face scary circumstances. Ghouls, goblins, and graveyards may seem frightening, but the statistics on women’s equality reflect a reality far scarier than whatever comes out to haunt on Halloween. Which is scarier? or  The pay gap affects women of all backgrounds, but unsurprisingly, race and ethnicity matter when it comes to women’s paychecks. Hispanic and Latina women face the worst…
  • Contraception ≠ Abortion: How Birth Control Works

    Hannah Moulton Belec
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held, for-profit organizations could prevent their employees from accessing birth control through their insurance. David Green, the CEO of Hobby Lobby, cited his family’s objection to “abortion-causing” drugs and devices. In the lawsuit, members of the Green family, who posit that life begins at conception, singled out two types of birth control: emergency contraceptives (or “morning-after” pills) Plan B and Ella and intrauterine devices (IUDs) ParaGard, Mirena, and Skyla. The Hobby…
  • When Women Stop Coding

    Marie Lindberg
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    These days we hear a lot about the gender gap and sexism in tech careers, but it wasn’t always that way. Women were some of the leading pioneers in coding and computer science. The first person to write a computer algorithm was Ada Lovelace in the 1800s. Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper invented the computer language COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) and coined the popular term “debug.” In the 1960s and 70s the percentage of women entering computer science in college was growing right along with majors like medicine, law, and physics. But in 1984, as women’s participation rates…
  • A Stay-at-Home Dad in the 1920s? Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s “The Home-Maker”

    Suzanne Gould
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    When we think about the “mommy wars” and whether women can “have it all,” we’re usually thinking about the last few decades of cultural discussions about gender roles at work and in the home. But did you know that writer Dorothy Canfield Fisher was taking on these issues nearly 100 years ago? Dorothy (1879–1958) was born in Lawrence, Kansas, to educator James Hulme Canfield and artist and writer Flavia Camp. Dorothy graduated from Ohio State University in 1899 and earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1904. In 1907, she married attorney John Fisher. They moved to…
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    eighteen and life

  • Another year past, some same, some different

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    If it’s my daughter’s half-birthday, it must be another anniversary for the eighteen and life blog. It’s been a very busy year and I hope to share more about this in the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, here’s some of the cool stuff I have been reading. Do You Possess the Right Temperament? Why Myers-Briggs Matters Development of the Ten Positions in the Journey Toward Self-Authorship Please Do Not Leave a Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail Bonus: I love these MBTI Type-Head Coffee Cups!
  • Algebra

    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.

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

    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

    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…
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    Eric Stoller » student-affairs

  • Family Weekend at the University of Miami

    Eric Stoller
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    A full house in the ballroom to see @EricStoller speak on the importance of digital identity in higher ed #medialife — UMiami Orientation (@UM_Orientation) October 10, 2014 People often ask me what I do for a living. Realizing that I probably don’t tell that part of my story very well, I’ve decided to post every now and then about what I’m up to as it relates to my work. Most of my speaking and consulting endeavors are the result of grass roots “promotion.” Whenever I speak in front of a large group of students, staff, faculty,…
  • Webinar: Yik Yak on Campus – What You Need to Know About the Latest Anonymous Social Scene

    Eric Stoller
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m giving a webinar on Wednesday, November 12th, at 2PM Eastern Time on Yik Yak on Campus: What You Need to Know About the Latest Anonymous Social Scene. I’ll show you how Yik Yak works, provide examples of cyber-bullying AND positivity in actual mobile posts, and outline a strategy for anonymous-mobile discourse at your campus. Students are quickly flocking to this application, posting anonymous “yaks” and engaging in good, bad, and ugly communication. A number of institutions have seen high-profile incidents involving the app in recent weeks including sharing of sex tapes,…
  • 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.
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • Reframing Disability Identity on Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Wednesday, November 5th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive If student affairs divisions were to reframe disability from a medical/deficit model to an inclusive social action/identity model, how would that impact the development of services and programs? Further, can student affairs provide leadership in challenging the prevalence of ableist messages that result in patterns of discrimination, stereotyping, and prejudice on campus?  What skills, knowledge, and values do student affairs educators need to develop in order to create social…
  • The Sponsorship Effect: How to Fast Track Your Career

    Tony Doody
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Wednesday, October 15th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Is it enough today, to be smart, driven and talented? How do you avoid languishing in the ranks of middle management? Is there someone who can support and protect you in stormy moments? Is there a powerful senior-level professional that will personally advocate for a project, cause, or promotion on your behalf? A well-positioned sponsor can tip the scales for high-potential professionals and boost their career. On this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews legendary…
  • #ItsOnUs: Sexual Assault and Title IX on Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Wednesday, October 8th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive On Friday, September 20,  2014, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the launch of a national campaign against sexual assault on college campuses. #ItsOnUs, the campaign title, hashtag, and slogan, is an open invitation to everyone to take personal responsibility for creating solutions to end sexual violence on college campuses. Within moments of the announcement, campuses across the country released PSAs and media agencies, national organizations, and many other…
  • 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…
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