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  • My New Project, Part 2

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Asa Frederick Newport. Born December 10, 2014. Another future Study Hacker…
  • So What Now? Self-Care In The Wake Of Ferguson & Workplace Toxicity

    The Student Affairs Collective
    nope
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to find the right words to address the occurrences in Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, and a host of other police killings that have taken place over the last few months. More specifically, I’ve been curious about how we talk about the micro and macro impacts of these situations on campus life for students and professionals. Many of our Student Affairs colleagues have spoken and written at length about the connection between these off campus situations and the experiences that many students and staff members endure on and off campus. The…
  • Proactive Advising and Common Readings make a difference. Blog posting for Throw Back Thursday.

    Major Discoveries
    Art
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Art:So this post provided me a nice little lift towards the end of my day. It embraced a healthy level of irrevernce by tossing a little #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) reference in there, it links to an article on a type of advising I’ve embraced for the entire decade I’ve spent doing this work, it talks about a “common reading” program like the one I want to start at my new institution, and it ties in nicely with what, I think, higher education now needs to embrace. Rightly so, institutions are focusing on access, enrollment management, and getting students in the door…
  • Global Impact

    Athletic Management
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    A Michigan high school swimming team roster is represented by 10 countries.
  • Crazy Career: How to Apply Your Humanities Degree

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    You’ve heard it before, the dreaded question that everyone seems to ask after you explain what you decided to study. “So what do you want to do with that?” The question makes you squirm, but at some point you’ll need to address it, if only to figure out how to start repaying your student loans. The future can […]
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • So What Now? Self-Care In The Wake Of Ferguson & Workplace Toxicity

    nope
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to find the right words to address the occurrences in Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, and a host of other police killings that have taken place over the last few months. More specifically, I’ve been curious about how we talk about the micro and macro impacts of these situations on campus life for students and professionals. Many of our Student Affairs colleagues have spoken and written at length about the connection between these off campus situations and the experiences that many students and staff members endure on and off campus. The…
  • #SAReflects Letting Magic Change You

    nope
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    December has long been a month of reflection for me. Usually, I spend the three weeks I have off from school reading the stack of books on my bedside table, journaling about what will come in the next year, and spending time with my family. This is the first year where I don’t have time off. I get Christmas Day and New Years Day, but that’s it. Otherwise I’m working, seeing students who are finally taking the time to come see an advisor now that classes are done, and potentially working on some projects. It’s going to be a weird few weeks, as I have a lot of reflection I’d like to…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 12/18/14 – Creating a Professional New Year’s Resolution

    nope
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on Creating a Professional New Year’s Resolution . In this week’s chat 149 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 722 tweets 86 contributors Transcript MOD: Lisa Endersby Top Contributors Kimberly A. White Karyn Dyer Becca Obergefell Dan Taylor Derek Bundy EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 791 tweets 63 contributors Transcript MOD: Alex Fields Top Contributors Jason L. Meriwether Paul G.
  • #SACareer – Perfecting the Balancing Act: Wearing Multiple Hats

    nope
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Most student affairs professionals’ jobs consist of multiple roles and responsibilities (i.e. “hats”). When I assumed my role as an advisor for psychology students at Kent State University in July last year, I knew that I would have several responsibilities and thus rely on my multi-tasking skills. Admittedly, though, I was not prepared to juggle the multiple “hats” I was given and those that I had also chosen for myself.  I felt like I was struggling to keep my head above water, so to speak. There are disadvantages and advantages of wearing multiple “hats”. I want to highlight…
  • #SAReflects: An Amazing Race of 2014

    nope
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    I know I am not alone in asking, “Is this year really almost over?” It’s hard to believe, but yet again the New Year is just days away. I have come to accept that New Year resolutions are not my thing. However, an end of year reflection is more of my thing and helps me feel accomplished as I look back at the past year. Rather than make myself think I will accept a new task of losing a few pounds, reading more, or accomplishing something on my bucket list, this year I am looking back on an amazing race I completed. Not only did I complete my first 5K this year, I made a lot of steps…
 
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    Major Discoveries

  • Proactive Advising and Common Readings make a difference. Blog posting for Throw Back Thursday.

    Art
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Art:So this post provided me a nice little lift towards the end of my day. It embraced a healthy level of irrevernce by tossing a little #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) reference in there, it links to an article on a type of advising I’ve embraced for the entire decade I’ve spent doing this work, it talks about a “common reading” program like the one I want to start at my new institution, and it ties in nicely with what, I think, higher education now needs to embrace. Rightly so, institutions are focusing on access, enrollment management, and getting students in the door…
  • Human Interaction Will Revolutionize Education

    Art
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
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  • #Preach

    Art
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    So, A.): Read This Now, let’s talk about a few things. Two of my favorite quotes: “…conventional wisdom is wrong. In reality these (humanities) degrees all produce expected lifetime earning increments far in excess of the cost of college tuition, even at expensive private colleges.” “Humanities majors have taken their lumps on many fronts recently. Their defenders often respond with appeals to the ways in which the humanities add to the richness of life in nonmonetary ways. That is certainly true, but the humanities have been selling themselves short. In addition…
  • Post #NACADA14 Conference Follow-up… With Yourself

    Art
    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

    Art
    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… http://chronicle.com/article/Uncluttering-the-Pathway-to/148849/ The Problem of Competing Interests The first thing I started to trouble over was a…
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • My New Project, Part 2

    Study Hacks
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Asa Frederick Newport. Born December 10, 2014. Another future Study Hacker…
  • Deep Habits: Never Plan to “Get Some Work Done”

    Study Hacks
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    A Useful Metaphor In the first chapter of The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt introduces the metaphor of the rider and the elephant. When trying to conceptualize his own weakness in the face of his best intentions, he explains: I [am] a rider on the back of an elephant. I’m holding the reins in my hands, and by pulling one way or the other I can tell the elephant to turn, to stop, or to go. I can direct things, but only when the elephant doesn’t have desires of his own. When the elephant really wants to do something, I’m no match for him. Ever since I first read these words, they…
  • On Undecidable Tasks (Or, How Alan Turing Can Help You Earn a Promotion)

    Study Hacks
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    The Decision Problem In 1928, the mathematician David Hilbert posed a challenge he called the Entscheidungsproblem (which translates to  “decision problem”). Roughly speaking, the problem asks whether their exists an effective procedure (what we would today call an “algorithm”) that can take as input a set of axioms and a mathematical statement, and then decide whether or not the statement can be proved using those axioms and standard logic rules. Hilbert thought such a procedure probably existed. Eight years later, in 1936, a twenty-four year old doctoral student…
  • Deep Habits: Spend Three Months On Important Projects

    Study Hacks
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A Productive King In 2013, during a period of only three months, Stephen King published two full-length novels: Joyland and Doctor Sleep. This is unusually productive, even for a writer whose published fifty-five novels in his career (and sold over 350 million copies along the way). Perhaps to celebrate this pinnacle of systematic wordsmithing, the Barnes & Noble book blog published a list of twenty tips extracted from King’s 2000 professional memoir, On Writing. Nestled half way through this list was a piece of advice that caught my attention: “The first draft of a book—even a…
  • It’s Okay to Be Bad at E-mail

    Study Hacks
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    The Internet Heretic I previously admitted that I don’t web surf and that I’ve never had a social media account. This next admission might be the final straw that leads to the permanent revocation of my internet privileges: I’m bad at answering e-mails. I sometimes go a whole day without looking at my inbox (and sometimes even longer). I ignore messages. People I know well tend to call me when they really need to know something. I’m not bad at e-mails on purpose. If anything, I’m apologetic and ashamed about it and try to be more responsive when I can. But I only…
 
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    Athletic Management

  • Global Impact

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    A Michigan high school swimming team roster is represented by 10 countries.
  • Coach Sued

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Pepperdine University's head women's basketball coach is being sued by a couple claiming he harassed them over their sexual orientation.
  • 2014 in Review: Social Media Trends

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Wondering how the various social media platforms your program utilizes (or should utilize!) grew this past year? The following infographic courtesy of Mediabistro.com breaks down social media trends from 2014, noting the fastest growing apps and statistics measuring user preferences.
  • NIAAA Award Winners

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Three deserving high school athletic directors were honored for their contributions by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) at the 45th annual National Athletic Directors Conference conducted jointly by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NIAAA on Dec. 16. And the winners are.... NIAAA Award of Merit--Sheri Stice, CMAA, former associate director of athletics and coordinator for secondary physical education and Special Olympics for the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas. NIAAA Award of…
  • Half Century Recognized

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    A Pennsylvania high school will invite back former coaches and players to honor 50 years of wrestling.
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    Campus To Career

  • Crazy Career: How to Apply Your Humanities Degree

    Kirk Baumann
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    You’ve heard it before, the dreaded question that everyone seems to ask after you explain what you decided to study. “So what do you want to do with that?” The question makes you squirm, but at some point you’ll need to address it, if only to figure out how to start repaying your student loans. The future can […]
  • Ho-Ho-How to Set Yourself Apart This Holiday Season

    Kirk Baumann
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Psst!  Can I tell you a secret? Ready?   Employers don’t stop hiring during the winter holiday months.  Use this time to research companies and apply for their fantastic jobs! Here are a few tips to help make your internship/full-time job search more successful over the holiday break: Networking – Holiday parties are a great […]
  • First Time Interview: What Every College Grad Needs to Prepare

    Kirk Baumann
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    First of all, let’s just say congratulations. You did it; you graduated school, whether with an MBA, an online program, or a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts. That’s a massive achievement, requiring years of time, thousands of dollars, and more stress than you’ve ever felt before, so congratulations. Of course, now that it’s time […]
  • Why Your Resume is Like a Burger [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Kirk Baumann
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve never thought about your resume the way you think about a great burger, it’s time to start now. This insightful infographic from Career FAQs makes an interesting connection between the two, all the while helping to create a tasty and juicy resume that will be simply irresistible to every recruiter who gets to […]
  • Apps You Should Be Using in the Job Hunt

    Kirk Baumann
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    After four long years of college, filled with papers, exams, and all-nighters, you’re finally in the real world. The first order of business? Getting a job. Thanks to the Internet, you can find and apply for more jobs than ever.  But with the sheer volume of online job sites, open positions and applications, it can […]
 
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Augustana Restricts Access to Yik Yak

    Scott Jaschik
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Augustana College this week barred access to the social media app Yik Yak through the colleges wifi network, The Quad City Times reported. College officials put the app behind a firewall amid campus debate and a protest over posts on Yik Yak that many considered racist and offensive. Yik Yak has been criticized for the ease with which students can make anonymous racist posts, and has been the subject of protests on numerous campuses. Many colleges, however, have resisted efforts to ban the app, citing First Amendment concerns at public institutions (Augustana is private), and practical…
  • Academic Minute: College Completion

    Scott Jaschik
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In today's Academic Minute, Joni Finney, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses some non-standard routes college students take toward graduation. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.  
  • Education Department releases draft 'framework' for its college ratings plan

    Michael Stratford
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    With draft "framework" of its college ratings plan, the Education Department offers a glimpse into its planning -- but provides far fewer details than many expected. Image Source: Michael StratfordImage Caption: Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell and Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley, who have led the college ratings project, listen to audience concerns at a conference on historically black colleges this fall.
  • Career Education Corp. to Sell Le Cordon Bleu

    Paul Fain
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Career Education Corp. on Thursday said it plans to sell Le Cordon Bleu, a chain of 16 culinary campuses. The company, which is one of the largest publicly traded for-profits, said in a written statement that the planned sale would allow it to "reallocate funds across our portfolio." Le Cordon Bleu is one of Career Education's better-known brands. With a current enrollment of 10,100 students, the culinary schools brought in $178 million in total revenue last year. Ad keywords: forprofit
  • UPenn students serve as campus consultants for higher ed coursework

    Kaitlin Mulhere
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new version of a traditional course at the U. of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education trains soon-to-be higher education leaders with real-time problems.  Image Caption: Teams brainstorm suggestions during the final case study in a graduate-level higher education course at the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Gross, Point-Blank

  • Manage Your Facebook Page in 2 Hours per Week

    Liz
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’re cautious about maintaining a Facebook page because of a potential drain on resources, here are some quick tips that will allow most campus departments to manage their Facebook page in only two hours per week. Develop a notification & response procedure If you’re constantly interrupting your other work to check your Facebook page for new posts from students and families, you’ll end up wasting time. Instead, make sure the right people have access to respond, and are notified when something needs their attention. Review your page roles (Settings > Page Roles) to make sure…
  • World’s Longest Social Media Listicle

    Liz
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Although I can’t verify it with the folks at Guinness, Guy Kawasaki & Peg Fitzpatrick’s new book, The Art of Social Media quite possibly may be the world record holder for longest listicle. Their alternate title could be: 123 Quick & Dirty Social Media Tips. Because quite frankly, that’s what they offer in this book. But since they’re looking for book sales and not click throughs, perhaps their naming strategy was wise. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy of the book, but you can buy it on December 4. Who should read it I believe this book is a…
  • Facebook Organic Reach Drop May Not Affect All Pages

    Liz
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Social media marketers have been talking about Facebook reach for years. This week, however, their conversation took on a bit more urgency, thanks to Friday night’s Facebook announcement and a blunt blanket statement from Forrester Research that brands are wasting money by dedicating resources to the network. My first reaction was to ignore this conversation, as I’m on record with the opinion that relevant content matters more than post-specific reach statistics. But then I saw people I know and respect tweeting that they believe organic reach will not exist for pages in the…
  • Coming Soon: Social Media Management for Higher Education eBook

    Liz
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Update: This book is now available for purchase! I’m very excited to preview a project that I’m working on. Over the last five years, I’ve managed social media marketing for a campus department, a small two-year college, and a large student loan servicer. During this time, I’ve attended lots of great conferences, read a bunch of books, viewed multitudes of webinars, and learned from some incredibly awesome people. I’ve decided to take much of what I’ve learned from training, experience, and networking and put it in an eBook. Although the title is yet to…
  • Why This Social Media Strategist Doesn’t Worry About Job Security

    Liz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    While browsing LinkedIn this evening, I came across A Requiem for the Social Media Specialist. It’s one of many posts this year that have proclaimed that most everyone with “social media” in their job title will be looking for a job sooner than they realize. It seems that these articles have increased proportionately with the social media marketing community’s increased whining about the lack of organic reach on Facebook. The premise of the articles are largely the same: the gurus promised that social media would provide a magical connection between businesses and…
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    FIRE

  • Strike Two for University of Iowa President Sally Mason

    Catherine Sevcenko
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Two weeks ago, the University of Iowa (UI) forced artist-in-residence Serhat Tanyolacar to take down his statue of a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood made up of newspaper articles chronicling acts of racial violence. Although the artist intended the piece as anti-racist social commentary, some students found it threatening and called for its removal. UI added insult to injury when it apologized to those who were offended without acknowledging Tanyolacar’s First Amendment rights. Since then, FIRE and the National Coalition Against Censorship have explained to UI in a letter and subsequent press…
  • The ‘Year of the Heckler’: FIRE President Greg Lukianoff’s Review

    Susan Kruth
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    As Torch readers know, the past year has seen many demands for censorship at colleges and universities across the country—and too many of those demands have been successful. Especially prominent this year were examples of the “heckler’s veto,” in which those who wish to censor particular viewpoints or speakers create such a commotion that the would-be speaker is forced to step down or even stop in the midst of a speech. FIRE President Greg Lukianoff reviewed some of these incidents in The Huffington Post yesterday, warning readers about the effects of this worrying…
  • Apply Today for FIRE’s Legal Internship!

    Will Creeley
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Attention all law students! FIRE is now accepting applications for our 2015 Legal Internship. FIRE’s Legal Internship Program invites rising 2L and 3L law students to spend the summer working with FIRE attorneys on behalf of campus civil liberties. Legal interns will perform vital research for FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project; assist FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program in fighting civil liberties violations at colleges and universities nationwide; and help FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program secure policy reforms to protect student and faculty freedoms of…
  • Eyes on Marquette University as Faculty Blogger Suspended

    Peter Bonilla
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    In recent weeks, FIRE has written about a controversy at Marquette University brought to light by political science professor John McAdams, in which an instructor informed a student that expressing opposition to same-sex marriage was not appropriate for a classroom setting. We expressed our concerns in a pair of Torch entries. This week, FIRE and others have learned that McAdams has been suspended from teaching and banned from the Marquette campus while he is under investigation. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is among the outlets that have reported this development, and law professor Eugene…
  • VIDEO: FIRE’s Azhar Majeed Debates NYU Law Prof. Jeremy Waldron on Hate Speech

    Joseph Cohn
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Last month, Azhar Majeed, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program, debated Jeremy Waldron, a New York University law professor and author of The Harm in Hate Speech, about whether the United States should adopt a European-style ban on “hate speech.” The November 6 debate was moderated by Boston Globe reporter Hiawatha Gray and co-presented by the Ford Hall Forum and the Suffolk University Forensics Team. You can now watch video of the debate, which we are happy to share with you today: The post VIDEO: FIRE’s Azhar Majeed Debates NYU Law Prof. Jeremy Waldron on Hate…
 
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    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

  • White House Focuses on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship at Travel Bloggers Summit

    Marlene M. Johnson
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Earlier this week, I made the quick three-block trip from the NAFSA office to the White House for an energizing afternoon with government officials, media representatives, and travel bloggers. As an important driver of public opinion, the media have the ability to use their influential voices to educate readers about the importance of study abroad and encourage more U.S. students to engage in meaningful travel. This was the goal of the White House Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, to raise awareness of the benefits of cross-cultural education and cultural exchange, while boosting…
  • Why Giving to NAFSA is Important

    Guest Blogger
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    By Fanta Aw As I complete my first term as President and Chair of the Board of Directors, I wish to express my deep gratitude to all for your commitment to the association and the important work of international education. It has been an honor serving the association and together, through NAFSA, we have achieved a great deal over the past 2 years. In 2014, NAFSA launched many new and important programs and increased efforts to complete long-range goals. Those include the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative to expand educational exchange in the western hemisphere, continually…
  • Plenary Connections: Malcolm Gladwell

    Guest Blogger
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    By William R. Holmes It is with great pleasure that I write about Malcolm Gladwell who will be our Opening Plenary speaker at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo in Boston. A renowned journalist, author, speaker, and a recipient of the Order of Canada, Mr. Gladwell’s five books have each made the New York Times best sellers list. What intrigues me most about Mr. Gladwell’s books is that they seem to speak so clearly to my own experiences, while causing me to reconsider the circumstances surrounding those experiences. While I have never met Mr. Gladwell, I feel a certain…
  • To the Next 100 Years of U.S.-China Exchange

    Guest Blogger
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    By Meredith McQuaid The University of Minnesota (U of M) will soon regretfully close out what has been a celebratory centennial year. In 1914, U of M welcomed the first Chinese students from Shanghai, China, to our Twin Cities campus, and our relationship with the country and its people has flourished ever since. For the past 12 months, we have been celebrating that long history, and the mutual understanding we have gained through our many partnerships and programs. In the intervening century, much has changed in both countries, but our ties — based on student and scholar exchanges and…
  • Plenary Connections: Tawakkol Karman

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    By Elaine Meyer-Lee I am delighted that NAFSA will feature Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman as the Closing Plenary speaker at the 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, this May. Like many of us, I was inspired in 2011 when I first learned of Karman’s role in Yemen’s revolution and her longer history in nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work. In 2012, I became more personally connected to the struggle for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. That year, Saint…
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    Lisa Endersby - Canadian Student Affairs professional working to topple pedestals and create paths for success.

  • On Goals, Lists, Reflections & Resolutions

    lisaendersby
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    With the end of one year and the beginning of a new one upon us, thoughts of reflections and resolutions are quickly seeping into my already pre-holiday addled brain (why are the people you love the most the hardest to find presents for?!). Since it’s also been a few months since my 30th birthday, I thought I’d share some quick thoughts on list making, goal achieving, vulnerability, and comparing yourself to (who) everyone (is on the Internet). As some of you know if you follow me on Twitter or read my blog, I created a 30 before 30 list about two years ago to light the proverbial…
  • The Trouble with Titles

    lisaendersby
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Hello. Nice to meet you. How are you? What brings you here today? Where are you from? What do you do? The inevitable question. The dreaded query. There’s so much weight, so many assumptions, and so much at stake riding on the answer. What will people think when I tell them? What will people think if I have nothing to say? I’ll be one of the first to argue that you shouldn’t answer a verb question with a noun. But, we’re all (myself included) caught up in chasing the ideals of identity, making a verb answer terrifying and a noun answer, at least in the short term, safe.
  • Start Here, Don’t Stay Here: Twitter, Celebrity, and Safety

    lisaendersby
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    It all started with just under 140 characters. So much can start with 140 characters. Ideas are shared, conversations can begin, connections can be made. But it’s only the beginning. And sometimes I think we forget that.  I’m always surprised by which of my tweeted thoughts will resonate with my friends and followers. In this case, I take resonate to mean the number of times the tweet is favourited, retweeted, or replied to. While not a perfect measure, I can assume that if an idea is shared or kept for future use, I may just be onto something. The tweet I captured above was in…
  • Searching for Success: A Reflection on #SAFailsForward

    lisaendersby
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:32 pm
    What fascinates me most about failure is the apparent duality of the term. In order to know failure, one must be able to define success. In order to avoid mistakes, one must know the ‘right’, ‘best’ or ‘correct’ way of doing things. To know failure, we must know success, and know it often. To know success, however, we must never know failure. We must work hard to succeed, but emerge not only victorious, but pristine and unscathed from our struggles. It must be difficult, but look easy. It must be complex & complicated, but completely perfect. I have…
  • Navigating Language Land Mines – A Conversation about Mental Health

    lisaendersby
    12 May 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This post was inspired by a thoughtful and important read by Charlie Potts discussing the current #SACommits blog series furthering the conversation about mental health.  Mental health, unlike some other topics of conversation in student affairs and the wider professional community, is littered with land mines buried under good intentions and blissful ignorance. Many of these explosives are set off by the intricacies of vocabulary and language, an area we are still only beginning to understand. As a recent contributor to the #SACommits blog series, featured on the Student Affairs Collective,…
 
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    The Dean's List

  • Prevention and Education the Keys to reducing Sexual Assaults

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

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Editor's Note: This is a two-part piece related to sexual assault. The second installment, related to educational efforts, is by Senior Staff Psychologist Kristin Eisenhauer. For more background, please review this post from last spring. With regular reports of victim re-victimization, lack of fairness, campus bungling, and government over-reach, sexual assault on campuses continues to be an important topic nationally. While most campuses have grappled with this issue for a long time, the 2011 Department of Education's Dear Colleague Letter, related to Title IX, offered guidance for processes…
  • Doin' the Trinity Shuffle

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Some of the crew following the 10-11 mile taco run.One of the joys of my work is the annual Dean of Students Half Marathon Challenge and Food Drive. You get to know students well when you log lots of miles together. Generally on our group runs we eschew music, but last month we mixed things up by doing an iPod Shuffle run. Literally, we shuffled our music gadgets at various points during the run. It was a nice way to break up the routine and to hear what others listen to when they run. We also have had a Hunger Run, Taco Run, and Halloween Hill Hell Run. (Please come support us on December 7…
  • Yik Yak Yuk

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Let's be clear about this. People have been crude and rude forever. I mean, just watch Game of Thrones. The internet has simply changed the nature of boorish and hostile behavior. Just read any comments section on any post to witness the pattern of trolls stirring up trouble, counter-arguing, policing grammar, and getting all charged up over nothing. It is like Disney. It's mostly make believe. When JuicyCampus came on the scene people were outraged. Indeed, bullying and other horrible things have happened as a result of the internet and social media. That site was shut down because of the…
  • 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…
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    The Evolution of Strength

  • Checked Baggage

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

    Ardith Laverne
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Well, I made it. I made it to 29. My birthday was yesterday, and it was the perfect birthday for me, the me who’s lived nearly three decades now. I went to work and celebrated with donuts and lattes–little treats I don’t normally have. Then I struggled with an Excel chart until I flip-flopped some info and finally got the stupid thing to do what I wanted. I felt accomplished, as it was another treat to learn and figure out something new. I left early, practicing balance and self-care; that was my present to myself. I decided on getting a haircut, and the stylist who saw me…
  • Here We Go

    Ardith Laverne
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    My birthday is tomorrow, Dec. 3rd. I’m turning 29-years-old. This is my final year in my 20s. Such excite. More to come.
  • Real talk about blogging and writer’s block

    Ardith Laverne
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Ardith Laverne:I’m not the only person who’s sick of the garbage out on the internet, who’s busy training and not writing, who’s out and about instead of plopped down in front of the screen. I promise I’ll get back to it sometime, but I’m not sure when that will be in my case. Originally posted on Fit and Feminist: I’ll just come straight out with it: I am dealing with a wicked case of writer’s block.  It’s been going on for about five or six months now, and it’s evident by the fact that my blog has been updated a handful of times in that time…
  • 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.
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    Aaron Hood

  • Radicalized by constant injustice

    Aaron
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    We are the people who must act now. We are the people who must make the invisible, pervasive systems of injustice transparent. We need to shine our collective light on what’s wrong and what’s been happening while also offering new ways to exist. We will do this through the collective action of our rising voices everywhere that they need to be heard. We need to recognize that the system is not broken. The United States of America is founded on ideals that degraded non-white people into non-human beings. The United States of American is founded on ideals that marginalized women and…
  • Social Justice Educator

    Aaron
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I strive to be a social justice educator. This means that I try not to order students or participants to find a singular way to being critically conscious. The paths to critical consciousness are varied and I have to help people find their own way. This means that I do not assume that I know more. This means that I’m human and I’ll make mistakes and learn from them. This means that I work with participants to try to guide the way. It means we’re constantly and purposefully learning, acting, and reflecting together. It means that I walk with them on their path to…
  • The paths to burnout

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

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

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

  • Down in the Valley

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Life has natural peaks and valleys.You'd think at 26, I would have realized and come to terms with this fact by now. It just seems to be the natural order of things - what goes up must come down, etc. For every high there is a low; for every low, there is a high. The moon shines brightly at its fullest, then disappears as a new moon. The tide comes in, it goes out. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. You get the drift.So the rational mind can accept the existence of these valleys. And yet, when you're in the midst of a valley (in the doldrums, so to speak); when you…
  • all's quiet on the Western front

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    The soft sounds of Pandora (Katy Perry radio; you're welcome).The autumn wind gusting outside my windows.The soft hum of my office heater.The click-clack of my keyboard keys as I type.The quiet murmur of the facilities workers performing maintenance.These are the sounds I hear this morning, in this restful quiet. The students of IU are officially on Thanksgiving Break, and I'm in the office, ready to be productive and really barrel through my to-do list, uninterrupted. But before I start off into my Csziksentmihalyi "flow" time, I wanted to take a moment to be thankful for the quiet. My…
  • When words fail

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    I've begun and then dropped this blog post 3 or 4 times over the past couple of weeks. Each time I begin it anew, I take a look at what I've written, and delete. Call it writer's block, call it busy-ness, call it pickiness, but for some reason I just have not been able to put "pen to page," metaphorically speaking, for the past month or so.Today, I woke up to the news that there was a shooting in Strozier Library at Florida State University, my graduate school alma mater. Three students were shot (one is in critical condition), and the gunman himself was killed in a shootout with police. We…
  • Boil, boil, my pasta pot

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

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

  • Preparing and Making the Most of Your Winter Break

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

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

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    As I prepare to enter my senior year, I am reminded about how much I have learned in the classroom, but I also recall the numerous relationships that I’ve developed and continued. Both will be useful in the next couple of years, but networking with people in my field of study has opened doors for my future. During my time at Loyola, I have had the opportunity to learn from professionals at Nola.com| 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…
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  • Will Moving To Europe For College Save Money?

    Guest Blogger
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since it recently hit the news that the last German universities have axed their tuition fees facebook and twitter have been blowing up with people saying that it’s time to pick up and go to Europe to avoid the prohibitive cost of college in the US. While it’s true that your college education is truly free of charge in several EU countries, there are a few other things that you’ll need to consider before deciding to pack your bags and hop the pond.
  • Avoiding freshman fumbles in academic management

    Guest Blogger
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    As high school or college leaders you have provided assistance to students in various facets of their lives. Of course that help is concentrated in the area of academic management. Once students leave high school and enter college the scene changes significantly. It’s important to make them aware of this shift in order to achieve academically and avoid fumbles in their early college years. This lesson is to assist if you need help with this.
  • “I’ll Do It!” – Say it and make the most of your opportunities

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have been involved in the Kiwanis Family, an organization dedication to community service for 35 years. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and I joined the Key Club (high school level) at my high school when I was a sophomore because I liked the advisor and I decided that if he thought it was worthwhile, then I wanted to be a part of it. I did some projects and was pretty active, but I didn’t have a clue about the whole Key Club universe. That changed in the spring of my junior year I found out about a convention being held in Green Bay. I thought it would be cool to spend the weekend…
  • Good With Computers? Degrees You Should Consider

    Guest Blogger
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you are fascinated with computers, why not turn this into an exciting and lucrative career? There are many different college degrees that can help you find a good paying job in fields related to computers and technology. Let’s explore some of your best choices for degrees in this field.
  • The 5 Rs of club membership retention

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    Want to retain your club members not just during the academic year, but from year-to-year? Want to have a positive affect on retaining students at your school? Want to have faithful alumni who return to support the school (and maybe even your campus organization) after they graduate? Try implementing these 5 Rs of Student Retention in your club or organization and you'll not only retain and recruit more members, but your organization will begin to run better. In addition, both your club members and the school will reap long-term benefits in terms of student retention, academic success and…
 
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  • Yes, Christina Hoff Sommers is a Rape Denialist

    Angus Johnston
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    If you were around for the so-called Culture Wars of the mid-1990s, you probably remember Christina Hoff Sommers — her 1994 book Who Stole Feminism? was a centerpiece of right-wing attacks on mainstream feminist theory and organizing at the time. Recently Sommers has re-emerged as the “mom” — that’s literally what they call her — of #GamerGate, that weird movement of video game fans obsessed with “ethics in gaming journalism” and what they see as feminist attacks on their hobby. I haven’t paid more than desultory attention to Sommers since the…
  • American Student Protest Timeline, 2014-15

    Angus Johnston
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    What you see below is a new interactive map of student protests across the United States in the current academic year, which I launched in early December and will be updating through next June. (You can read more about the project in the lovely piece that the Village Voice ran this morning.) As I update the map I’ll also be updating the chronological list of actions that appears below it in this post. As of December 12 there are 160 protests and other events noted on the list, and the most recent 40 entries are being uploaded to the map. (Note that one action, the November 17…
  • A Map of American Student Activism 2014-15

    Angus Johnston
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    This has been an extraordinary autumn for student organizing in the United States. From protests against police brutality and sexual assault to anti-tuition demonstrations and a new wave of campus occupations, students have been standing up and speaking out to a degree not seen since the heyday of Occupy. The protests of the last three months haven’t just been big, they’ve been inventive and extraordinarily diverse, too. An undergrad at Columbia created a senior project carrying a mattress around campus to shame the administration for its failure to respond to her rape, and…
  • Stop Whining About Young Voters, You Jerks.

    Angus Johnston
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Are we really asking why young people didn’t vote in the midterms? Okay, fine. Let’s talk. But if we’re going to talk, can we start by saying that non-presidential youth voter turnout ISN’T DOWN — that it’s been essentially stable since the 1990s? Every cycle youth voter turnout is more or less the same, and every cycle it’s treated as a new Betrayal of the Nation. And can we also note that while election-week demographic estimates of voting are always crude, the one analysis that we do have at this point says that youth turnout is actually up…
  • 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…
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  • My 2014 Holiday Wish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    gsiemens
    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…
 
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  • Launch & Iterate — a team cooperative card game coming to a campus near you

    Sarah H
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    “What would be a fun way to show students what it’s like to work at Google, rather than just tell them about it?” My manager asked me this question a little over a year ago as we started planning for the upcoming campus recruiting season. Tech talks, career fairs, info sessions — these were our bread and butter events, and we knew there was a missed opportunity to come up with some more creative and innovative programs. In typical Google fashion, my initial step was to get a few engineers in a room to brainstorm ideas. Some of the more obvious ideas were thrown out — host a…
  • Google EMEA Intern Insights 一 Meet Michelangelo Marchiorello, an SMB Sales intern

    Sarah H
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:33 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. Interested in joining the Google team? Check out our student positions today and apply!Meet Michelangelo Marchiorello, a Google intern on the SMB Sales team. Where are you from?I’m proud to be Italian!Where and what did you study at University?I received my bachelors degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University, in Milan. I recently finished my…
  • Hack4Humanity: Students code for social good at Google’s first ever 48 hour hackathon!

    Sarah H
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    While most college students were preparing for finals and eagerly awaiting winter break, 89 students from 10 universities on the East Coast spent the weekend at Google NYC’s Hack4Humanity. Over two sleep-deprived and caffeine-fueled days, these students used their computer science skills to build technologies for social good. The hackathon opened with several inspirational talks from experts in the humanitarian world, including speakers from UNICEF, the UN Foundation and Christopher Reeve, a journalist working in conflict zones, including Egypt and Gaza. As the hackathon kicked off, members…
  • Getting to Know a PhD

    Sarah H
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Google offers a variety of opportunities for PhD students who wish to gain industry experience. Through our Getting to Know a PhD series, we’ll provide a glimpse into some of these opportunities as well as the impactful projects PhD students at Google work on. Today we’re featuring Neil Houlsby, a former Google European Doctoral Fellowship recipient who interned on the Natural Language Processing research team.So Neil, tell us about yourself and your PhD topic ... I took an engineering degree at the University of Cambridge. I stayed on at Cambridge to do a masters in machine learning and…
  • Technical Programs Spotlight: Computer Science Summer Institute 2014

    Sarah H
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Google strives to increase educational opportunities in computer science and is committed to increasing the representation of underrepresented students in the broader field of technology. In order to do so, Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) was created to help high potential students prepare for college, build confidence, and be inspired to pursue a career in tech. CSSI is a Google-hosted summer program that invites 90 rising college first-years to participate in a 3-week interactive curriculum and learn a practical introduction to computer science (HTML, CSS, Javascript,…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Some Random Thoughts About “Student Affairs Platform”

    Joe Sabado
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    I was reading Eric Stoller’s post about Connecting Technology Buckets in Student Affairs and it reminded me of some random thoughts I had a couple of months ago about what  a “student affairs platform” would look like. I use an iOS mindmapping mobile app called iThoughts to document my ideas and below is a pdf with […]
  • Self-Nomination for UCSB VCSA Search Committee

    Joe Sabado
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Our current Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. MIchael Young announced his retirement a couple of months ago and a search committee, consisting of faculty, staff, students, and alums, was formed. There was one spot available for staff, to be chosen by the Chancellor, through a recommendation by a staff committee. I submitted by nomination […]
  • Student Affairs and Innovators DNA

    Joe Sabado
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    I have been reading a book called The Innovators DNA and I find myself thinking how the concepts related to innovation described in this book apply to student affairs. The premise of the book centers around the idea that innovative organizations are led by innovative leaders. The book talks about delivery (questioning, observing, networking, and […]
  • 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 […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • #TBT Blog Post: My Life According to Matthew Good

    Laura Pasquini
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    So, I have been blogging “officially” blogging since May 18, 2006. I have been writing on this blog since 2008; however I know that I have been publicly sharing web logs on other platforms for a while. That being said, I recently discovered a piece or two, that caught my eye – so I thought – why not re-blog to reflect what I have said. Time flies when you write, reflect, and share in a few social spaces. Blogging for me has been a space to document happenings, archive ideas, and share memories. Instead of a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) photo – I thought I would try…
  • Semester Reflections & What I’ve Learned [Fall 2014]

    Laura Pasquini
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Wow. My first semester as a Lecturer and teaching ALL online classes is DONE! First and foremost – I am glad to have all my grades posted. {For real! After 2,400 hours of video watching, I can say I learned a lot from my #LTEC4121 class – and I had a talented group of students this term.} Along with other projects (e.g. research, writing, editing, OLC Certificate, presenting, conference, and consulting), I am glad to see the semester and 2014 come to an end – or at least a pause over the holiday break. This academic term has been fun and challenging for me as I move all my…
  • The 2015 #et4online Call for Presentations Deadline is EXTENDED! Submit Your Proposal by December 8th!

    Laura Pasquini
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Laura Pasquini:The #et4online conference call for proposals has been EXTENDED until Monday, December 8, 2014. Have you submitted your proposal yet? You should! More information about the CFP is posted below. Originally posted on TechKNOW Tools: 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…
  • The Technology Test Kitchen & #et4online CFP Deadline

    Laura Pasquini
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    The Technology Test Kitchen (TTK) was developed at the Online Learning Consortium‘s #blend14 event, and recently enhanced at #aln14. What the heck is the TTK? A makerspace for sharing innovative tools and new media An open collaborative environment for hands-on exploration An engaging way to connect with your colleagues over emerging technology   The TTK ideas was created to bring faculty, instructional designers, researchers, and conferences participants together to get a hands-on experience with a variety of learning technologies. In the Test Kitchen, there are a number of…
  • #AcAdv Chat: Common Reading Discussion

    Laura Pasquini
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Laura Pasquini:Interested in talking about academic advising & assessment in higher education? You should probably join the #AcAdv Chat Common Reading Discussion next Tuesday (11/19) from 12-1 pm CT. Read on for more information… Originally posted on #AcAdv Chat: Hello #AcAdv Chat-ers! To mix things up a bit on the #acadv chat discussion thread, our next LIVE chat on Tuesday, November 19, 2014 from 12-1 pm CT will involve an academic advising “common reading.” The purpose of a common reading is engage faculty and practitioners in academic advising in a dialogue about…
 
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  • Call for Nominations: Who Are the Top Tech Innovators in Higher Education?

    Jeffrey R. Young
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    We’re reviving our annual feature profiling influential technology innovators and the ideas they’re advocating, and we’d like your suggestions. Our hope is to cover a wide range of areas within the college world—teaching, scholarship, administration, libraries, student life, and more. So this is not just about decisions made in the top tech offices of colleges. And we hope to hear about a wide range of institutions—we’re just as interested in a scrappy project on a shoestring budget as we are about a big-ticket outlay. To see what we’ve done in past years,…
  • The 10 Most-Popular Wired Campus Articles of 2014

    Jeffrey R. Young
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 am
    Technology continues to change colleges, and our coverage of digitally driven change won the most attention from readers over the past year. We crunched the numbers to find the most popular coverage of 2014. The list—which includes predictions of big changes in classroom teaching, in academic publishing, in communicating with parents, and in the mission of libraries—highlights the range of aspects of campus life affected by technology. And it reminds us how mainstream technology coverage is these days. Here are the 10 top articles, as voted by your clicks: Are Courses Outdated?
  • 5 Things We Know About College Students in 2014

    Steve Kolowich
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:59 am
    Everybody wants to know what college students are thinking, especially educators and marketers. What do they like? What are they like? The surveyors at Student Monitor, a market-research firm, are among those trying to peel back the layers on the minds that so many people invest so much in courting. The firm’s latest research, based on interviews with 1,200 full-time students at four-year institutions, confirms some stereotypes while defying others. I, for one, welcome our future overlords. Going into the new year, here are some things we (think we) know about today’s college…
  • Do ‘Brain Training’ Games Work? It Depends on Which Scientists You Ask

    Rebecca Koenig
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
    Just two months after a group of neuroscientists criticized commercially available brain games, a different group of scientists released an open letter on Wednesday saying the products do show promise. In October the Stanford Center on Longevity and nearly 70 scientists issued a statement objecting to claims that such games “offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline.” In response, more than 120 scientists have now signed an open letter to the Stanford center rebutting some parts of its criticism and asserting that a…
  • Responding to Offensive Posts on Yik Yak, Professors Stage Social-Media Takeover

    Rebecca Koenig
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    At the end of a semester plagued by offensive social-media posts, professors at Colgate University on Friday started a campaign to bring some positivity to digital communications on the campus. Using the smartphone application Yik Yak, which allows people to submit anonymous comments visible to other nearby users, professors posted positive messages to students, wishing them luck on their exams, praising their work, and infusing an uplifting tone into the digital discourse. Unlike most users, the professors signed their names to their posts. “Yik Yak has been a source of aggravation for…
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  • A Time of Giving

    AAUWguest
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    Krys Wulff Beginning in the fall, we are all bombarded by organizations vying for our discretionary dollars. And with so many choices of where to give, it is interesting to understand the distinction between philanthropic and charitable giving. While charity focuses on eliminating the suffering caused by social problems, philanthropy works to solve those problems altogether. Philanthropy is derived from the Greek word philos, which means loving, and anthropos, which means humankind. The purpose of philanthropy is to improve the well-being of humankind by solving and preventing social…
  • Exploring the Gender Gap in Business

    AAUW Intern
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    “You said in an interview not long ago that your kids said they’re going to hold you accountable for one job, and that is being a mom. Given the pressure at General Motors, can you do both well?” That’s the question Today Show host Matt Lauer asked then-new General Motors CEO Mary Barra in June 2014. Put simply, his question was whether or not she would be able to balance being a mother while being a quality CEO. His implication is that there is a tradeoff — a woman can either be a good mother or a good CEO. The stereotyping and unfair assumptions about a woman’s…
  • We #StandWithPeggy — and All Pregnant Workers

    AAUW Intern
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    The Supreme Court will decide this term if the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) actually means what it says: that employers are required to make accommodations for workers who need them because of pregnancy. The decision in this case, Young v. UPS, will have a major effect on the health and economic security of women and families across the country. Former UPS driver Peggy Young sued UPS after the company rejected her request for medically necessary and temporary light-duty work during her pregnancy. Evidence showed that UPS had accommodated male workers with light duties when they…
  • She Earned the First Chemistry Degree Awarded to a Woman (and Then Founded AAUW!)

    Suzanne Gould
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
      Image via Library of Congress Around AAUW, we have all seen the iconic image of a 24-year-old Marion Talbot standing proudly in her cap and gown, recently graduated from Boston University and ready to found the Association of Collegiate Alumnae. But Talbot is only half the story. It’s time we start paying attention to her counterpart, Ellen Swallow Richards. Richards was nearly 40 years old when she and Talbot founded AAUW — they were born one generation apart. We know about the barriers that Talbot faced in pursuit of her education; imagine what they must have been for her older…
  • Let’s Give Thanks for Frances Perkins

    Suzanne Gould
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Frances Perkins ’Tis the season for being thankful, so it’s appropriate that I am writing about Frances Perkins. Although revolutionary in her day, the ideas she fought for are so commonplace today that most Americans take them for granted. Perkins was born on April 10, 1880, in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated in 1902. Initially, she studied chemistry and physics but became interested in the working poor and labor conditions. (More on her Mount Holyoke experience and the women who influenced her throughout her life will follow in a later blog!) By…
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  • The Best Part of My Semester

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

    Stacy Oliver
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    I am, through and through, a housing operations person. I need numbers to quantify experiences because it is through data that our field tells our story. I could measure a decade of my GLACUHO involvement in conference calls, in emails exchanged, or in cups of coffee. I could measure the years in autocorrected text messages or the number of times Kyle from Camp Tecumseh has said GLA-cuho during the past 11 years. What stands out about my professional involvement journey, though, is that it is truly that — a journey. And so I spent an afternoon crunching the numbers, calculating how many…
  • Confusing a Platform With Power

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

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

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

    Tony Doody
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Keeping up with email, technology, and social media in today’s world can be a little like drinking from a firehose. Despite the challenges, there lies tremendous potential for digital leadership. The platform, whether LinkedIn, Twitter or Pinterest, doesn’t matter. Today’s most progressive leaders are recognizing and leveraging the benefits of being digital. For those who dismiss technology as a distraction, it’s time to stop making excuses, learn enough to make informed decisions, and focus on the future. Wednesday, December 10th at 1:00pm ET  Broadcasted over Google Plus,…
  • Big Announcement: EDUniverse and Higher Ed Live to Merge

    mallorywood
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    mStoner Inc. announced today that it is merging EDUniverse with Higher Ed Live, higher education’s top source for free, weekly, professional development. Both sites are owned and produced by mStoner Inc., a marketing communications agency focusing on higher education brand strategy, design and development. See the official press release and our latest post on mStoner.com. The partnership between the two sites began in 2012. The two sites will merge in mid-January on the domain http://higheredlive.com to further the goal of “building Higher Ed Live/EDUniverse into an even more useful…
  • Trans* Inclusion on Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Wednesday, December 3rd at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive How gender inclusive is your campus? Are you including the “T” when you think about LGBTQA students? What policies, practices, and programs help foster a campus climate that is welcoming and inclusive of trans* and genderqueer student success? As more gender nonconforming students come to campus, the role of creating trans* inclusion often falls to student affairs. On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea Gasser connects with four experts, scholars,…
  • Diversity: Rhetoric to Reality

    Tony Doody
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Wednesday, November 19th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Ask 10 people for a definition of diversity and you may get ten different answers. When values and concepts are difficult to define, measuring them can be elusive. At a recent B1G, PAC10, BIG12 union and activities directors conference, Marsha Herman-Betzen, the Executive Director for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), shared the association’s recent Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) report which looked at specific indicators and made recommendations…
  • 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…
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