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  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 01/26/2015

    The Student Affairs Collective
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! "We are in higher education, after all. Let’s embrace learning again." YES @JPKirchmeier. #Resolve2015 #sachat — Lisa Endersby (@lmendersby) January 22, 2015 Did your students learn anything? An infographic with…
  • It’s (Not That) Complicated, Part II: Six Tips For Getting Through The Interview Phase to the Role You Want

    The Student Affairs Collective
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    This piece is an edited version of another from my personal blog, GotDegrees- check out the page to find the full version! Now that many internship programs and institutions are starting to interview candidates for positions that will begin this summer, I figured it was the best time to post the second half of my piece on finding a job or internship (you can find Part I on the application process here). As someone who is conducting interviews for candidates for ACUHO-I in the coming weeks, I’ll be looking for prepared, informed candidates who can bring added value to our programs.
  • Robin Cook’s (Literal) Deep Work

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Cook’s Colloquium While I was at MIT, I lived for two years on Beacon Hill. One of my neighbors, I discovered, was the medical thriller writer, Robin Cook (to put things in perspective: I lived in a 500 square foot apartment while he lived in a six-floor, 1833 townhouse). I didn’t run into Cook, however, until he agreed to give a speech at the Beacon Hill Civic Association. Eager to hear more about the life and times of this mega-bestselling author, I marked my calendar and attended the talk. Cook didn’t disappoint. But there was one anecdote, in particular, that caught my…
  • Coach as Judge

    Athletic Management
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    In Washington state, a shortage of judges for gymnastics means coaches often have to score their own teams.
  • How to Find a Job in 7 Days

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

  • It’s (Not That) Complicated, Part II: Six Tips For Getting Through The Interview Phase to the Role You Want

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    This piece is an edited version of another from my personal blog, GotDegrees- check out the page to find the full version! Now that many internship programs and institutions are starting to interview candidates for positions that will begin this summer, I figured it was the best time to post the second half of my piece on finding a job or internship (you can find Part I on the application process here). As someone who is conducting interviews for candidates for ACUHO-I in the coming weeks, I’ll be looking for prepared, informed candidates who can bring added value to our programs.
  • #MySAPath – Learning to Feel Satisfaction

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    I’m not going to lie: I always wanted to be a dean, or at least a director. I still have those aspirations with a few possible alternatives thrown in there. But I’ve finally reached the point where I know that the title just doesn’t matter.  It’s about the experiences you have in your position, whether they be with your students, your faculty, or your colleagues. It is about the opportunities provided to you. Like many of you reading this, I fell into working in higher education. I always thought I’d end up actually going to college, but I wasn’t sure when or how that would…
  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 01/26/2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! "We are in higher education, after all. Let’s embrace learning again." YES @JPKirchmeier. #Resolve2015 #sachat — Lisa Endersby (@lmendersby) January 22, 2015 Did your students learn anything? An infographic with…
  • Tuesday Tally – 01/27/15 – Hiring Non-HigherEd/Student Affairs Masters Candidates?

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
      As we head into another #SAsearch season I wanted to ask a question I have been thinking about a lot lately. It is in regard to non-HigherEd/Student Affairs masters programs. I see on a lot of job postings that a degree in higher education/student affairs/counseling or related field is generally preferred and I’ve sat on a few search committees. To be honest we generally got people applying from those student affairs & higher ed masters programs. I have had the chance to be part of some really awesome interviews where candidates have been able to explain why they have the…
  • #MySAPath – Sue-dling My Story

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Being the oldest sibling, I decided I needed to try and figure that out at the ripe old age of six. My sister, brother and I made up a game called “stores.” In it, our basement was a town, and we were a few of the small business owners. My sister was the bank owner, I was the stationery store owner, and none of us can really remember what my brother did. We spent hours in the basement setting up our stores and perfecting our skills. My mom still has duplicates of VHS Disney movie covers that I replicated during our imaginary game.
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • Robin Cook’s (Literal) Deep Work

    Study Hacks
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Cook’s Colloquium While I was at MIT, I lived for two years on Beacon Hill. One of my neighbors, I discovered, was the medical thriller writer, Robin Cook (to put things in perspective: I lived in a 500 square foot apartment while he lived in a six-floor, 1833 townhouse). I didn’t run into Cook, however, until he agreed to give a speech at the Beacon Hill Civic Association. Eager to hear more about the life and times of this mega-bestselling author, I marked my calendar and attended the talk. Cook didn’t disappoint. But there was one anecdote, in particular, that caught my…
  • Deep Habits: Use Index Cards to Accelerate Important Projects

    Study Hacks
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The Difficulty of Deep Projects For the sake of discussion, let’s define a deep project to be a pursuit that leverages your expertise to generate a large amount of new value. These projects require deep work to complete, are rarely urgent and often self-initiated (e.g., no one is demanding their immediate completion), and have the potential to significantly transform or advance your professional life. Examples of deep projects include writing a highly original book, creating an irresistible piece of software, or introducing a new academic theory. The problem with deep projects is that…
  • Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Use E-mail (and Why This Matters to You)

    Study Hacks
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The Disconnected Director Ben Casnocha recently sent me a Hollywood Reporter interview with the director Christopher Nolan. About halfway through the transcript, the journalist asks Nolan if it’s true that he doesn’t have an e-mail address. “It is true,” Nolan responds. He then elaborates: Well, I’ve never used email because I don’t find it would help me with anything I’m doing. I just couldn’t be bothered about it. What interests me about Nolan’s answer is not the details of his technology choices (his ability to avoid e-mail is specific to his…
  • Deep Habits: Read a (Real) Book Slowly

    Study Hacks
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    A Call to Read Maura Kelly begins her 2012 manifesto in The Atlantic with a Pollan-esque exhortation: Read books. As often as you can. Mostly classics. Kelly is just one voice in the growing Slow Reading movement (c.f.., here and here). The motivating idea behind this movement is simple: it’s good for the soul and the mind to regularly read — without distraction or interruption — hard books. There was a time when intellectual engagement necessarily included long hours reading old-fashioned paper tomes. But in an age when a digital attention economy is ascendant, it’s…
  • Thinking is Uncomfortable but Exciting

    Study Hacks
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Thoughts on Thinking “Thinking [is] a very special type of psychic activity, very uncomfortable, but also very exciting…” This quote comes from the influential twentieth century classicist, Eric Havelock. It’s taken from a book in which Havelock argues that the invention of writing in the ancient world was a prerequisite for the activity we now call “thinking” (he’s talking here about thought in its most rigorous form in which we embrace abstraction and attempt to understand truths beyond specific concrete encounters with the world). What strikes me…
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    Athletic Management

  • Coach as Judge

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    In Washington state, a shortage of judges for gymnastics means coaches often have to score their own teams.
  • Packed Schedule

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    A Maryland high school boys' basketball team will play 44 games to help its players get more exposure to colleges.
  • Standing Alone

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    A look at Boston College's opposition to the recent NCAA legislation.
  • Perfect 10

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    In Ohio, a high school gymnast scored the first-ever 10 in any event in state history.
  • Now What?

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    On Jan. 17, the NCAA voted to give schools in the Power Five conferences the authority to provide additional benefits to student-athletes, including covering the full cost of attendance within athletic scholarships. For many of those schools, however, the passing of the legislation represents a big first step into a great unknown.
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    Campus To Career

  • How to Find a Job in 7 Days

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

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

  • Taking the Risk

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

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

    Dejuan Washington
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes, but with hard work there are no limits!” –Anonymous  It’s that time of the year again when workloads outweigh energy levels! Winter is quickly approaching and finals are right around the corner for us Warhawks. During this time of year it’s easy to become stressed out, burnt out, or just down right depressed from the amount of work you have to complete.  So in an effort to alleviate some of that stress, here’s what a few fellow Warhawks from Career and Leadership Development had to say about how they stay…
  • The Birth of a Student Leader: DeJuan Washington’s Journey

    Dejuan Washington
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    As I began my first semester as a first generation freshman here at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, I was plagued with various insecurities that forced me to question my value in higher education. Like many African American students at this institution, I struggled academically and saw little progress in my quest to mirror the academic performance of the majority population. I was lost. In search of guidance to aid me in my journey of academic excellence, I attended my first Black Student Union (BSU) meeting, a place where I would soon feel at home and culturally validated in an…
  • 5 Career Lessons from Mean Girls

    30 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the iconic movie, Mean Girls. In addition to having the most quotable script of all time, Mean Girls also offers a lot of career takeaways! This list is “so fetch” so you better keep reading. 1. Don’t get an ego Cady’s ultimate downfall is that she starts thinking she is all that and a bag of Regina’s low cal chips. She gets caught up on getting to the top of the social pyramid, which ultimately causes her to flunk calculus, lose her BFFs, and get grounded. Whether you’re on the job hunt, interviewing, or just starting…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Student-Health Doctors Hold Strike at U. of California

    Scott Jaschik
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:27 am
    Doctors at the health centers that serve students at University of California campuses held a one-day strike Tuesday, The Los Angeles Times reported. Strikes by doctors are rare. In this case, their union is in a dispute with the university over a contract. University officials said that they moved non-urgent appointments while having doctors who are managers and not in the union handle urgent appointments.   Ad keywords: administrators
  • High Impact Online

    Matt Reed
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:46 am
    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanFolks who study student retention and success in community colleges are well-acquainted with the concept of “high-impact practices.” They’re a set of measures that have been shown through empirical research to make positive differences in student outcomes. The list of high-impact practices usually includes learning communities, service learning, writing-intensive courses, undergraduate research, internships, and capstone courses, among others. (The AAC&U list is here; it draws heavily on George Kuh’s work.) Nearly…
  • Study finds link between cuts in state budgets and out-of-state enrollment

    Doug Lederman
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Study finds that cuts in state spending are linked to increases in out-of-state enrollment at public universities -- especially research institutions. Editorial Tags: Flagship publicsState policy
  • Virginia Commonwealth Drops SAT Requirement

    Scott Jaschik
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Virginia Commonwealth University announced Tuesday that it is dropping the SAT requirement for applicants who have a high school grade-point average of at least 3.3. Officials said that they have come to realize that grades are a better way to predict student success than the SAT.   Ad keywords: admissions
  • Purdue's president and faculty clash over student learning assessment

    Colleen Flaherty
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Purdue's politician turned president wants a nationally normed measure of what students learn -- and he's tired of waiting. Professors want meaningful assessment but aren't sold on standardized exams. Editorial Tags: AssessmentFacultyNew presidentsImage Source: Purdue UniversityImage Caption: Graduation day at Purdue University
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    Gross, Point-Blank

  • Share Your Work

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the world of work, there’s work—what you were hired to do and what you tell curious relatives and people at cocktail parties, and then there is work—what you do every day. To you, this might seem boring. To me, well, let’s just say that my job didn’t exist five years ago and it’s changing faster than I can keep up with and the only way that I feel like I can keep on keepin’ on is by knowing that other people are doing what I do as well. While the mantra “Don’t assume people have your knowledge.” has been ringing in my ears for years now, 2015 is as good a year…
  • Professional Development Without Conferences

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve been following this series of blog posts, you read some important words from Ma’ayan Plaut earlier this month who spoke about investing in your professional development. But what if your investment account (read: “travel budget”) is a little lighter than others? Does that mean you shouldn’t put as much effort into your professional development? Absolutely not! It’s very easy to think of “professional development” exclusively in terms of attending conferences and not go beyond that definition. In truth, while this can be one (albeit expensive) piece of your…
  • Question the Unquestionable

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you sure you know the story of David and Goliath? I don’t mean if you know moral of the story, or that David was small, and Goliath big. I mean—are you sure you truly understand the story given the information at hand? In his book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell reveals something we may have known all along but never truly operationalized. Questioning David & Goliath As we understand the story, the Philistines and Israelites are locked in a bitter battle with little advancement in the Valley of Elah. Armies were smart and…
  • Choose Online Professional Development

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most of us will participate in professional development during the coming year. For many, this professional development will take place online. Online training has many benefits, including o lengthy travel and a flexible schedule. But will you get the maximum benefit from your online professional development? Here’s how. Get past the myths & setting expectations There are a couple of myths we should dispel right away. These myths are often the reasons people think online is their best option. Online training may or may not be right for you, but setting realistic expectations will help…
  • Know Your University

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Building and maintaining relationships in higher education is essential to a successful career. This is not easy to do considering the people in key positions often change. A university is a dynamic organization, new students and faculty arrive each year, and priorities and big ideas are constantly evolving. Regardless of your area of focus, as a higher education professional you should network with key administrators outside your domain. The better you understand these colleagues and their goals, the better you will truly know your university and how best to serve it. Before you begin,…
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  • Greg Reviews ‘The Upside of Your Dark Side’ in ‘The Huffington Post’

    Katie Barrows
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    As FIRE President Greg Lukianoff writes in The Huffington Post today, last year was full of thought-provoking popular non-fiction, with one book standing out to him: The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole SelfNot Just Your “Good” SelfDrives Success and Fulfillment by psychologists Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener. The book focuses on Americans’ “comfort addiction” and the negative effects of always being comfortable. As Greg notes, people’s desire to be exposed only to what is comfortable is behind many recent FIRE cases and related issues. For example, trigger…
  • Freed From Compulsory Attendance, DePauw Students Voluntarily Attend Day of Dialogue

    Samantha Harris
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Today, classes are cancelled at Indiana’s DePauw University so that students can attend “DePauw Dialogue,” a day of campus discussion “surrounding diversity and inclusiveness.” Unfortunately, DePauw initially attempted to ensure student participation by making the event mandatory. According to the student newspaper The DePauw: An email sent Friday by Vice President for Student Life Christopher Wells and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Compliance Renee Madison announced that the day, called “DePauw Dialogue,” would be mandatory. “Students who do not attend on…
  • Poll: Virginians Oppose Colleges Handling Sexual Assault Allegations Internally

    Susan Kruth
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Christopher Newport University’s Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy has just released a poll of 1,062 registered voters in Virginia showing overwhelming support for mandatory reporting of campus sexual assault allegations to local police. The poll included questions on a range of issues facing Virginia residents, including budgetary concerns, election laws, and marijuana legalization. In light of the recent media focus on campus sexual assault, the poll posed this question: There has been a lot of news recently about sexual assaults on college campuses in Virginia and across the…
  • Steven Pinker on ‘Why Free Speech Is Fundamental’

    Susan Kruth
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    While the First Amendment provides the legal basis for protecting free speech and open debate in many forums, it’s critically important to remember the moral and practical reasons why freedom of expression should be defended independent of the law. Harvard University psychology professor and bestselling author Steven Pinker knows this well, and he lays out a series of compelling arguments for freedom of speech in The Boston Globe today. Pinker picks up on a common assertion made by those demanding censorship—that sure, we all like free speech, but some ideas simply cross the line. What…
  • Support ‘The Torch’!

    Ashley Adams
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    Snowed in this week? Catch up on campus happenings by reading The Torch! We at FIRE love keeping you in the loop with what’s going on on campuses nationwide. We hope you enjoy reading about our absurd cases, recent victories, and our special features like the Speech Code of the Month. We are able to bring you the most up-to-date news because of the generosity of our donors. I hope you will consider supporting The Torch by making a 100 percent tax-deductible gift to FIRE today! The post Support ‘The Torch’! appeared first on FIRE.
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    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

  • Honor Excellence in International Education – NAFSA National Awards for Leadership

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

    Guest Blogger
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    By Jodi Simek In October 2014, I participated in the prestigious Baden-Württemberg (BW) seminar in Germany, which has proven to be one of the most beneficial professional development experiences in my career. For those unfamiliar with the Baden-Württemberg seminar, it is a weeklong training program sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and Arts in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. In cooperation with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and NAFSA, the ministry invites 15 international educators and registrars…
  • Breaking Down Barriers to U.S.-China Study and Travel: A Student Perspective

    Guest Blogger
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Qianlei Li President Barack Obama recently announced that the United States and China will increase the validity of student and exchange visitor visas from 1 to 5 years, and the validity of short-term tourist and business visas from 1 to 10 years. This is really great news and I’m glad to share why this agreement is important from a student perspective. To begin with, it saves time, money, and energy for Chinese students studying in the United States. Previously, Chinese students applying for an F-1 visa were only granted an entry visa that was valid for a year. If our visa expired and…
  • 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…
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  • Say "Goodbye" to Useless Class Assignments

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

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

    4 Feb 2014 | 9:04 pm
    They are happy because they read these tips! The new year has arrived, and with the new year comes new opportunities to learn and engage at a variety of conferences, academies, and institutes hosted by institutions, inter/national fraternities and sororities, and interfraternal organizations. How can you make the most of these opportunities in 2014? Be sure to pack these seven tips I’ve
  • Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Member (Part 2)

    27 Jan 2014 | 11:14 am
    So you read part 1 of "Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Member." Now you're ready to make your plan and implement programs that are about the member instead of checking off your box of stuff you have to do. Let's do it! Making the plan For each bullet point, checkbox, or requirement, go through the following steps: Brainstorm ways to accomplish this task that will make members want to be a
  • Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Member (Part 1)

    22 Jan 2014 | 9:56 am
    There is a good chance your campus or headquarters (or both) requires large amounts of documents to ensure chapters are performing up to a required minimum standard. I would like to begin by saying that I am not suggesting your chapter throw that process out the window. BUT if I were a betting man, I would bet your chapter spends more time making sure the minimum required attendance was met
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    Lisa Endersby - Canadian Student Affairs professional working to topple pedestals and create paths for success.

  • Enough: My One Word for 2015

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Hi, I’m Lisa, and I’m addicted to busy. I love everything about having ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ to do. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with striking an item off of my to do list. I love being caught up in the excitement of a new project or initiative. I love being asked to take something (else) on because it must mean I’m smart and someone noticed. I love feeling productive, rather than stagnant, and revelling in the forward momentum of progress. I love being caught up in emails, meetings, and projects so I feel like I’m, at the…
  • What It Means To Be A ‘Sib’

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Over the past several years, I have met monthly with an extraordinary group of people. We come from many different backgrounds and have a diverse set of goals for our futures. What we share, however, is especially unique. We are all siblings to children and adults with special needs. This often isolating experience has drawn us together, and when I was asked to write about the group and my own role as big sister to Sean, I saw great potential in reflecting, more publicly, on something us ‘sibs’ are often hesitant to and ashamed of sharing. I offer you a glimpse inside our world,…
  • On Goals, Lists, Reflections & Resolutions

    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

    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

    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…
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    The Dean's List

  • Is the Residency Requirement relevant any more?

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

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

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

  • Gratitude Lesson #2: When Skies Are Gray

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    As a part of my One Word 2015, Gratitude, I'm trying to take some time to recount and reflect on lessons I'm learning about gratitude.Today's post is going to be short, but it needs to be written.It's mid-winter now. Although daylight is finally getting longer again, the cold weather just won't let up, and the odds are that days are cloudy instead of sunny. Life, too, is often "cloudy" and challenging this time of year. Not only are my work and professional commitments abuzz with the turn of the year, this is just one of those times that everything seems to be converging on me all at…
  • Gratitude Lesson #1: When your car doors freeze

    5 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    I knew that when I chose a word like "gratitude" for my 2015 One Word resolution, I would be challenged. All new year's resolutions get challenged eventually, we know this to be fact (that's why we tend to break them!). And with how near and dear this word is to my heart for this year, I figured there were going to be some tough moments over the next 360 days.And yet, somehow, I didn't expect to be tested before I even got to work today, my first day back for the new year. But there I was. It was 9:30 a.m. this morning, a Monday. It was approximately 21* Fahrenheit outside, and all four doors…
  • My #OneWord2015: Gratitude

    2 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    I have received incredibly positive feedback about my retrospective of 2014, and I thank you all for reading! To continue the theme of the new year, I decided it's time to reveal my word for 2015.For the past several years, I have participated in a new way of making new year's resolutions - instead of making a list of things that I just want to improve about myself (and inevitably not meeting those lofty goals), I select One Word that will guide my growth and direction for the coming year. In 2012 I chose "Believe", in 2013 I chose "Center," and this past year, I chose "Simplicity."The…
  • Looking back at 2014

    1 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Page 365 of  365I was online yesterday, perusing my usual social media sites, and I kept seeing December 31 compared to the last page of a book. I think this is an apropos metaphor - a year's end is like a chapter, or a whole book, coming to a close. For me, 2014 had tremendous ups and downs, and I am thankful for the experiences it brought me, but also thankful that it is done.In 2014, I...Became obsessed with the show "The Wire" (WATCH IT)Survived the polar vortexCame into my identity as a feministWas a cluster facilitator for IU's LeaderShape retreat and it kind of changed my lifeGot…
  • 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…
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  • The Higher Cost of Higher Ed

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

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

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

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

    Jenny Braudaway
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    SJG – The Spelman & 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…
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  • 5 Ways that Khan Academy can Change Your Higher Education Experience (if you let it)

    Guest Blogger
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Whether you are an incoming freshman, or a senior in your last semester, it can be tough to juggle your studies—especially when you have subjects you struggle with personally. For many students, a tricky subject means a dip in their GPA when they get a poor grade. However, there are so many resources available today that help students take charge of their higher education experience and succeed despite their lack of ability or knowledge in a certain subject. If you are a college student, hopefully you’ve heard of Khan Academy. The website is free and designed for all types of students to…
  • Are you a sell-out?

    Tawan Perry
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for the NC4SGA Conference in Durham, NC. It was incredible and everything that I had hoped for! After the speech, I had an opportunity to speak with both SGA leaders and advisors and one of the questions that I was repeatedly asked about was one of the subjects within my speech. The subject was the question, “Are you a sell out?” In the speech, I talked about being a sell out for your student organization. But in reality we all sell out to something. However, for many of us we are a sell out for the wrong things. Now don’t…
  • Redefining Your Student Leadership Role

    Chris Collins
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    The great motivator and orator Zig Ziglar once said that it is our “attitude that determines our altitude.” The first step in REDEFINING YOUR STUDENT LEADERSHIP is realizing your thoughts and attitude towards your pursuits have a tremendous impact on your results. Why are there so many people talking about improving, enhancing, or changing your attitude? Why is the Self-Help and Personal Motivation section packed in your chain bookstores? It’s because if we are honest, most of our attitudes, at one time or another, can be a little stank! As great as our vision may be, it is in our…
  • You will do great things!

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    On March 2, I celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading to my kindergarten students at William Scott Elementary School in Atlanta. It was so fun! One of the books I read was “Oh, the Places You Will Go”. When was the last time you read that book? It really is prescient about life and how things will go—as long as we persevere. The book tells us how everything is going to go our way. How awesome we will become. And we are going to accomplish great things and go far…
  • Kick Off a Mindset of Service and Success at Orientation

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    I am a first generation college graduate, cum laude, who grew up in a mobile home in a trailer park on the side of a state highway, who only was able to afford to go to school because my parents were divorced and my mother made so little money that I qualified for government grants and loans. I have worked with thousands of college students over the years and my experiences pinpoint three keys to student success...
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  • Some Thoughts on White Anti-Racists and Angry Black People

    Angus Johnston
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    What follows is a very lightly edited transcription of a Twitter rant I went on this morning. One of my heroes is a white woman who was deeply involved in the civil rights movement in the 50s and 60s. She’s someone who was hugely active in the movement at great personal risk and with great effect. I was honored to get to know her. Once, years ago, she invited me to a panel she was on. A campus roundtable on the civil rights movement. There were three people on the panel: Herself, and a black professor and a black student leader from the campus. She gave a speech I don’t remember…
  • Jonathan Chait Demands to be Liked

    Angus Johnston
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    In his huge new essay on political correctness, Jonathan Chait offers a few examples of situations in which folks on the left engaged in acts of vandalism or property destruction in confronting ideas they found offensive — students on one campus who scrawled on a conservative student’s dorm-room door, a professor at another who ripped up a photograph of an aborted fetus. But while it’s true that these things happened, it’s also true that such incidents are rare. I actually agree with Chait that this kind of behavior is illiberal and obnoxious, although I don’t see…
  • Now EVERYBODY is Talking About Free Education for All.

    Angus Johnston
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Since Obama’s proposal that the federal government and states enter into a partnership to make the first two years of community college free, there’s been a lot of ink spilled discussing the plan and debating its merits. But one consequence of the announcement is deserving of more attention than it’s received so far — the effect it’s having on higher education debates on the state level. Take my home state of New York, for example. Here, the two weeks since Obama’s reveal have seen pols launch no fewer than three different plans to dramatically boost…
  • #FreeCommunityCollege Interview on WBAI

    Angus Johnston
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    WBAI, the venerable NYC public radio station, had me on this morning to talk about Obama’s free community college proposal. You can find a stream of the segment here for the next couple of weeks — click on Haskins in the Morning for January 12, and skip forward to the 15-minute mark. Anyway, it was a great interview, and it gave me the opportunity to provide a wide-ranging take on the subject, so I’ve transcribed it for y’all — edited lightly for clarity. WBAI: Turning now to the announcement last week that President Obama made about a plan to make the first two years…
  • The Latest on Obama’s Free Community College Plan

    Angus Johnston
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    Last night President Obama announced a plan to partner with states to make two years of free community college available to all Americans. The proposal, introduced with a YouTube video from the president and a  press release factsheet, will be the focus of a presidential speech at Pellissippi State Community College in Tennessee later today. I’ve written a number of times before about why I support free public higher education — about why it’s a worthy concept in general and about the potential of Tennessee’s implementation of it on the community college level.
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    E-Learning Queen

  • Interview with Nikolas Baron, Grammarly: Innovators in E-Learning Series

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

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Innovation in science and technology ties directly to the transfer of knowledge and distinct learning strategies. In many ways, scientific advancements are both the outcome and the foundation of ongoing research and development of breakthrough products and techniques. Welcome to an interview with Sofia Khan, NonLinear Seismic Imaging.In it, she describes her goal to help develop a new method of
  • First-Ever "Sombras en la Noche" Paraguayan Online Film Festival

    4 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Werewolves that feed on corpses in old cemeteries, shape-shifting creatures that kidnap children and turn them into dunces, and an Incubus creature that can slip in during siesta impregnate sleeping young women -- these are just a few of the very interesting Paraguayan mythological figures that populated the classic 90s television series, Sombras en la Noche. A stunning commercial success when it
  • Interview with Franklin Lafayette King, Authors and Innovators in E-Learning Series

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Creative writing, literature, as well as highly personal writing are catalysts in e-learning because they have the capacity to engage deep emotions. Welcome to an interview with Franklin Lafayette King, whose writing is haunting, emotionally compelling, and emotionally engaging. He has also been a trailblazer in elearning, pushing the envelope with technology and also emotionally-engaging,
  • 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
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • The 2015 Student Affairs Health and Wellness Pledge

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

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

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

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

  • Applications are now open for Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute and the Generation Google Scholarship!

    Sarah H
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Are you a current senior in high school interested in studying computer science at university? if (highSchoolStudent && interestedInCS && graduationYear == 2015) {applyToCSSI();}We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Generation Google Scholarship for First Years and Computer Science Summer Institute. Read more about both programs below and apply today!What’s the difference?: Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology—especially students from historically…
  • 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…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Changing Oneself Before Others

    Joe Sabado
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:55 pm
    One important lesson I have learned in life, lesson learned from moments of frustrations, is that it’s probably easier for to me to change myself rather than changing others. As I wrote on this blog post about working effectively with my boss, I came to the realization that I needed to adjust my communication style […]
  • What’s In It For Me?

    Joe Sabado
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:11 am
    There is one question folks are probably wondering but won’t explicitly say when changes are introduced that may impact them. That question is “what’s in it for me?” As an organizational change leader, this is a question that you need to be ready to answer and to spend some time explaining to those impacted by […]
  • Technology as Enabler of Student Network Development Through Information Sharing

    Joe Sabado
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    About a couple of weeks ago, I decided to buy some lunch from the UCSB Filipino-American student group to support their fundraiser. While I was eating, a student introduced himself to me and we started talking about my association with the organization through the years. He also shared with me that he actually knew about me and in […]
  • The Significance of Possibility/Role Models

    Joe Sabado
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    I attended a campus event to celebrate the retirement of UCSB Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Michael Young yesterday, January 23, 2015. Dr. Young will retire at the end of this month after 25 years as the VC for Student Affairs starting in 1990. It was an event attended by former and current students, […]
  • Making the Best Out of Opportunities

    Joe Sabado
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:25 pm
    In my career, I have been told a few times that I wasn’t the first choice for a seat in a committee or for a role in my organization. I’ve been told I was given the position because there was either an extra seat or that other people didn’t want the role that was eventually […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • Book Review: The Etiquette of Social Media

    Laura Pasquini
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:38 pm
    At the end of last year, I was a lucky winner of Leonard Kim’s (a.k.a. @MrLeonardKim) book – The Etiquette of Social Media: How to Connect and Respond to Others in the World of Social Media. As I teach a professional development class and write/research this topic, with regards to social media learning and performance, I thought this might be an interesting read to add to my shelf. Our lives are more social and online. For those who say “in real life” or “IRL” – let me just tell you, social media is real life. There are less…
  • #TBT Blog Post #3: Resoluting. #oneword2015

    Laura Pasquini
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    In honor of the new year, I thought I would see how I resolved to do better in the past. I still agree with my earlier sentiments, as I will stick with reasonable goals and good behaviors for 2015 (like I have been working on in 2014). I typically have a few projects on the list, and over arching objectives for each year (and semester… and month). That being said – I have been more of a fan of the #OneWord idea to motivate and encourage the year ahead. Last year my #oneword2014 was simplify. The purpose was not to have goals, but rather consider my process and space of where I…
  • 2014: My Blog in Review

    Laura Pasquini
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Since WP put in the effort, I thought I would review my stats from the year — seems like the annual thing to do and all. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. No surprise that America is my biggest audience — as that is where I live. I wonder how US-centric WordPress is in general,…
  • Twitter for Professional Development… Make it Part of Your PD Plan. #SAchallenge

    Laura Pasquini
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    In the field of learning and performance, there are a number of ways to train and develop employees. A number of professional organizations and educational institutions are interested in supporting online learning communities to enhance learning and development for “the workforce of tomorrow.” This often results in going to where the communities are already active online, i.e. social media. A number of social spaces, including blogs, videos, microblogs, and photo sharing websites, have been repurposed for training and development by the community. One of the largest areas for…
  • #TBT Blog #2: Happy Christmas and the Holiday Comic Strip

    Laura Pasquini
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    Over the past seven years, Fiachra and I have created an annual holiday comic strip for Christmas cards to recap our year. This year we broke the tradition and did not create one. I know. Sad. Maybe we ran out of James Bond themes, or perhaps far too much has happened in 2014 to contain our year events in just one comic strip. 2014 was a full year of great events. Both Fiachra and I completed the academic leg of our lives, as we graduated over the summer with our MBA in Decision Sciences and PhD in Learning Technologies, respectively. After this accomplishment we decided to take a…
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    Wired CampusWired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen?

    Steve Kolowich
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
    Stills from a video critique by Monash U.’s Michael Henderson. Writing useful comments on students’ work can be a fine art. And for instructors who put a lot of effort into crafting a critique, there’s always a substantial risk students will skip the written feedback and go right to the grade. When Michael Henderson is grading his students’ final assignments, he likes to skip the written comments for them. Instead of a red pen, Mr. Henderson, a senior lecturer in education at Monash University, in Australia, takes out a video camera. He records a five-minute,…
  • Facebook Addiction and GPA

    Steve Kolowich
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Facebook is a tempting distraction. I have it open as a tab in my browser as I write this. And look, it’s showing that I have a new notification! I must see it, immediately. Facebook designed the site to make me feel that way. This doesn’t bode well for college students. If professionals, and even some professors, have a hard time resisting the lure of Facebook, then what chance do 18-year-olds have? New research suggests that the kids may be all right. A study of Facebook activity and grade-point averages suggests that students may learn to regulate their use of Facebook, both as a…
  • How to Ruin a Date With an Academic in 5 Words

    Steve Kolowich
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    Academic life can be lonely. Professors, postdocs, and doctoral students spend their lives holed up in libraries, labs, and lecture halls, becoming intimate with words and ideas that are liable to alienate them from other people, especially nonacademics. That can make dating awkward. The latest evidence of this has coalesced around the Twitter hashtag #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords. Over the past day or so, people have been contributing phrases they say would raise red flags. Yes, but what's the point #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords — Matthew Reznicek (@drreznicek) January…
  • Obama Proposes Bill to Protect Student Data, but Not in Higher Education

    Steve Kolowich
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
    The abundance of data being collected on students has been celebrated as an opportunity to “personalize” education. But privacy advocates have long warned that digital paper trails might leave today’s students exposed if their personal information fell into the wrong hands. The White House announced on Monday that it would be taking up the cause of student privacy, pushing legislation that would “prevent companies from selling student data to third parties for purposes unrelated to the educational mission,” according to a news release. However, the bill, called the Student Digital…
  • In STEM Courses, a Gender Gap in Online Class Discussions

    Rebecca Koenig
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    Women and men behave differently in online class discussions, at least in science, engineering, and computer-science courses, according to a new study conducted by Piazza Technologies, a company that makes a digital class-participation tool. The company found that women use its program, called Piazza, to ask more questions than do their male peers, but that they answer fewer questions. When women do answer, they are more likely to answer anonymously. The findings come in the midst of an online debate about male privilege in the sciences. Part of Piazza’s mission is to level the playing…
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • Roe’s Legacy Is More than Reproductive Rights

    Mollie Lam
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in this country, Roe v. Wade is the pivotal reproductive rights case of the last century and a precious victory for women’s equality under the law. For me, though, Roe is more than legal precedent. It is a testament to the power young women can harness. In 1972, the year the Supreme Court heard arguments in Roe v. Wade, many states still criminalized abortion. Indeed, legal access to birth control was new — it had been less than a decade since the Supreme Court overturned Connecticut’s law banning the use of contraception. You might…
  • School Vouchers Discriminate — Don’t Do the Voucher Hustle

    Erin Prangley
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    The folks behind National School Choice Week are asking people to dance January 25–31, 2015, to support private school vouchers. Don’t be fooled. There’s a hustle going on here, but it is no dance move. National School Choice Week is truly a push for private school vouchers, which threaten public education and don’t offer quality school choice for all. I know voucher schemes give me no cause to dance, and here’s why. Proponents view National School Choice Week as an opportunity to hype the supposed benefits of “school choice” by highlighting public school options like charter…
  • Women’s Economic Concerns Take Center Stage in State of the Union

    Lisa Maatz
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    The annual State of the Union address creates Super-Bowl-like buzz and Vegas-worthy forecasting in our nation’s capital. This year’s speech was no different when it came to anticipation and prognostications, but it also featured one added spice: It was President Barack Obama’s first speech before the newly minted, Republican-controlled Congress. The annual address provides every president with a chance to boast about progress made and goals met, as well as to highlight next steps and advocate for upcoming budget proposals. Rather than offer granular plans, President Obama gave a more…
  • A Look Back at where Pay Equity Has Been and where It’s Going

    Catherine Hill, Ph.D.
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    When it comes to reaching pay equity, the pace of change is glacial. Just how long will it take until we see equal pay? At this rate, it could be more than 100 years. Click to expand. Equal pay for women in the United States is a relatively new concept. It was not that long ago that women were routinely paid less than men in the same jobs were paid. In the 1930s, the federal government actually required that its female workers be paid 25 percent less than male workers in the same jobs. In the 1950s, congressional representatives began to introduce bills for equal pay for women, but passage of…
  • Thriving or Surviving in the Freelance Economy

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Rachel Sutherland marks the milestones of her life with tattoos. When she took a buyout in 2009 after 12 years as a reporter and editor for the Charlotte Observer, she ran four triathlons, celebrating each with a star on the top of her left foot. This November, she got a new tattoo on her right arm: a cartoon-like thought bubble with an asterisk in the center, the logo for the public relations company she formed when she left the newspaper. Begun with the buyout money, a MacBook Pro, and a $15 desk from Ikea, Sutherland’s business now employs a part-time production manager and four…
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    This Side of Theory

  • Letting Go of Normative Expectations

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

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

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

  • Make Shift Happen

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

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

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Photo: Iowa State Athletics The pride they have in Iowa State is really cool. I think that came through.  ~Jay Bilas in The Ames Tribune.
  • Stepping out

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    Golden Gate Bridge worker, 1935. (ClassicPics) The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.  ~Mark Zuckerberg
  • Acceptance rate

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    It began today. The messages were waiting when I checked the family email account this morning. Recruitment emails for my high school sophomore. College recruitment. Looks like you took the PSAT. Clever. Starting the college search as a sophomore tells colleges that you’re serious about your future… After a career in higher education, including admissions, I am supposed to be ready for this transition. Choosing a major, applying for scholarships, finding a “good fit” school. It’s a different story now. And I am not alone. Admissions staff at Penn have discussed the…
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs


    Tony Doody
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Wednesday, January 21st SPECIAL TIME: 1:30 ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive In October 2010, a document was submitted by an ACPA and NASPA consolidation steering team that proposed unifying the two associations. Six months later, consolidation failed to gain the two-thirds majority vote from each association with only 62% of NASPA and 81% of ACPA voters supporting the merger. The process evoked strong emotions on both sides of the proposal and the outcome left many professionals with feelings of frustration and disappointment. On this…
  • #BlackLivesMatter: Confronting Racism on Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    Wednesday, January 14th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive In the wake of the non-indictments by the grand juries in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, campus leaders have looked to student affairs educators to address the needs of the campus community by creating safe places for students, faculty, and staff to a) effectively engage in meaningful dialogue and b) manage/lead change directly related to these matters.  The questions that abound are: What is our role in leading and engaging student activism and how can we…
  • 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

    Mallory Wood
    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 The partnership between the two sites began in 2012. The two sites will merge in mid-January on the domain 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,…
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