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  • The Eureka Myth: Why Darwin (not Draper) is the Right Model for Creative Thinking

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    Study Hacks
    18 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
      The Inspiring Story: A Brilliant Mind “Thinks Different” In a pivotal scene in the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything, the physicist is staring into the embers of a dying fire when he has an epiphany: black holes emit heat! The next scene shows Hawking triumphantly announcing his result to a stunned audience — and just like that, his insight vaults him into the ranks of scientific stardom. This story is inspirational. But as the physicist Leonard Mlodinow points out in a recent New York Times op-ed, it’s not at all how Hawking’s breakthrough…
  • Tailoring Your Resume: How to Show That You’re the Best “Fit”

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    12 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Imagine you’re an HR officer, going through hundreds upon hundreds of resumes in your inbox. After sending the 50th resume straight into your “Trash” folder, you stop, sigh loudly, and say: “Goodness gracious, when will that candidate ever show up?” Now you know how hiring officers feel on a good day — yes, that’s on […]
  • Surviving Finals Week: Stress Management Tips

    Career Spotlight
    Stephanie Gordon
    7 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    With finals season approaching, it is not surprising that stress levels are rising. For a lot of us this is the most stressful time of year. From final exams to group projects and presentations, it seems like the work will never end. I did some research to see what we can do to help reduce our stress levels and finish out this semester strong. Here are a few tips that I found: 1. Sleep. I know that sleeping when it seems like you have endless amounts of work to do seems like a bad idea. However, getting a good amount of sleep every night can actually help you feel less stressed during the…
  • Bipartisan Bill on Wage Data

    Inside Higher Ed
    Paul Fain
    22 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    Newly introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would enable the linking of student-level enrollment information with data on employment and wages. The bipartisan bill would provide post-graduate earnings averages at both the institutional and academic program levels, wrote Amy Laitinen, deputy director of New America's higher education program. It would make public these and other performance data about higher education by overturning the ban on a federal "student unit record" system and freeing up existing, but currently unavailable…
  • State Department’s Anti-Semitism Definition Would Likely Violate First Amendment on Public Campuses

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    Will Creeley
    22 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    In a radio interview yesterday, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano stated that she believes the UC system should adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism. Responding to recent calls from rabbis, faculty, and alumni for the UC system to adopt the definition, Napolitano told Jeremy Hobson of Here & Now that the Board of Regents will vote on the proposal in July. However, if adopted and used as the basis for discipline by a public university system, the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism would likely violate the First Amendment by…
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • The Eureka Myth: Why Darwin (not Draper) is the Right Model for Creative Thinking

    Study Hacks
    18 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
      The Inspiring Story: A Brilliant Mind “Thinks Different” In a pivotal scene in the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything, the physicist is staring into the embers of a dying fire when he has an epiphany: black holes emit heat! The next scene shows Hawking triumphantly announcing his result to a stunned audience — and just like that, his insight vaults him into the ranks of scientific stardom. This story is inspirational. But as the physicist Leonard Mlodinow points out in a recent New York Times op-ed, it’s not at all how Hawking’s breakthrough…
  • Shipping Trumps Serendipity

    Study Hacks
    4 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    The Annoyed Rhodes Scholar To research my first book, I interviewed several Rhodes Scholars. During this process, I noticed they tended to be touchy about their press coverage. When you win a Rhodes, not surprisingly, reporters will seek you out and write articles about you. Most of these articles follow the same shock and awe template of listing the student’s accomplishments, one after another, in an attempt to overwhelm the reader. It was this article format that annoyed winners. To understand why, you must first understand that most Rhodes Scholars follow a similar path: they invest…
  • The Original Four Hour Workweek

    Study Hacks
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    The Four Hour Consensus In 2007, Tim Ferriss published a hit book that suggested “work,” in the traditional money-making sense of the term, could and should be reduced to as little as four hours per week — freeing time for more fulfilling pursuits. Seventy-five years earlier, the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, in an essay titled In Praise of Idleness, suggested this same number of working hours as a worthy goal, explaining… In a world where no one is compelled to work more than four hours a day, every person possessed of scientific curiosity will be able to…
  • It’s Not Your Job to Figure Out Why an Apple Watch Might Be Useful

    Study Hacks
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The Watch to Watch A couple weeks ago, the New York Times reviewed the Apple Watch. A paragraph early in the article caught my attention: First there was a day to learn the device’s initially complex user interface. Then another to determine how it could best fit it into my life. And still one more to figure out exactly what Apple’s first major new product in five years is trying to do — and, crucially, what it isn’t. It’s worth taking a moment to recognize what’s strange here. If it takes three days to figure out why something might be useful to you, then you probably…
  • Deep Habits: Listen to Baseball on the Radio

    Study Hacks
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Distracted in the Dugout Last week, the Washington Post featured a front page story about the declining number of kids who play organized baseball. There are various reasons for this decline, but the story emphasized the sport’s lack of action. Here’s an articulate 15-year old, as quoted in the article, explaining his reasons for quitting baseball: Baseball is a bunch of thinking, and I live a different lifestyle than baseball. In basketball and football, you live in the moment. You got to be quick. Everything I do, I do with urgency. This teenager is right. Baseball, undoubtedly,…
 
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    Campus To Career

  • Tailoring Your Resume: How to Show That You’re the Best “Fit”

    Kirk Baumann
    12 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Imagine you’re an HR officer, going through hundreds upon hundreds of resumes in your inbox. After sending the 50th resume straight into your “Trash” folder, you stop, sigh loudly, and say: “Goodness gracious, when will that candidate ever show up?” Now you know how hiring officers feel on a good day — yes, that’s on […]
  • Preparing for Your First Big Meeting 

    Kirk Baumann
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Photo credit: Breather Meetings make most of us want to crawl under a rock and hide. It was easy for you to get away with skipping or zoning out in meetings while you were in college, but now it’s time for the real thing! Like any 20-something entering the workplace, you’re probably freaking out and […]
  • The Benefits of Job Shadowing

    Kirk Baumann
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
      Photo credit: Unsplash.com – Chris Sardegna For young job seekers and college students, trying to land a summer internship can be a tough process as the landscape tends to be quite competitive. Job shadowing can be a worthy alternative to an internship or even enhance an internship and the job search process for most […]
  • How To Keep Your Job Search On Track In The Frightening Post-Grad World

    Kirk Baumann
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    “You can be whatever you want to be,” and “The world is filled with endless possibilities.” With graduation on the horizon, you can’t hear enough of this. While these inspiring word hold truth, they’re also vague. They hold no tangible advice about what to really do next. You won’t be entering the same job market […]
  • Top Tips for Before, During and After an Interview

    Kirk Baumann
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Suit? Check. Resume? Check. Questions? Check. You’ve covered the basics, but there are plenty of other steps in between that can prepare you to rock that interview beyond fundamentals. Here are some tips before, during and after the interview that’ll fine tune your performance and eliminate some anxiety. Before the Interview: Write Down Your Strengths. […]
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    Career Spotlight

  • Surviving Finals Week: Stress Management Tips

    Stephanie Gordon
    7 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    With finals season approaching, it is not surprising that stress levels are rising. For a lot of us this is the most stressful time of year. From final exams to group projects and presentations, it seems like the work will never end. I did some research to see what we can do to help reduce our stress levels and finish out this semester strong. Here are a few tips that I found: 1. Sleep. I know that sleeping when it seems like you have endless amounts of work to do seems like a bad idea. However, getting a good amount of sleep every night can actually help you feel less stressed during the…
  • Searching for Jobs

    Stephanie Gordon
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Looking for jobs is sometimes the most difficult part of the job process. Where do you start? What sites are the best? Are there different websites I should use depending on my major? These are all questions that come to mind when starting my search for a job. There are hundreds of different websites out there that post jobs. How do you know which one is going to give you the best results and help you find the job in the quickest, simplest way? Here at UW-Whitewater, we have a great resource to help us find jobs. HawkJobs is a great website for current students and alumni to find jobs and…
  • Five Top Green-Friendly Companies

    Jonathan Fera
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    According to a study distributed by Good.Must.Grow, 30% of respondents stated that they expect to increase the amount of goods and services they buy from socially-responsible companies. That is a statistic companies cannot afford to ignore, since 60% of those same respondents stated that buying goods from socially-responsible companies is important to them. It is crucial for companies to give back to the environment, in order to sustain their business and continue to grow within their respective industry. To celebrate Earth Day, we have compiled the top 5 green-friendly companies. This list…
  • Gaining Experience for the Job Search

    Jonathan Fera
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Here’s a scenario: You just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. You walk into your first job interview and up to this point, you’ve done everything right. You’re dressed professionally, followed up before the interview and have everything you need for the interviewer. You sit down and the employer looks you in the eye and asks, “What kind of experience can you bring to this position and company/organization?” How are you going to answer this question? Acquiring experience for your resume and speaking about it in interviews is crucial to landing the job you want.
  • Passion drives motivation: Kate Winkler named March Intern of the Month

    Jonathan Fera
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Kate Winkler knew there was something missing from her marketing major when she entered the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. It was not until the second semester of her freshman year when she was enrolled in Biology 120, that she discovered what she wanted to study for the duration of her undergraduate collegiate career. “I’ve always been proficient in science and wanted to take more science courses after that semester,” Winkler said. “After speaking with my adviser, I switched majors and began the path that has brought me to where I am now.” Winkler, a senior integrated science…
 
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Bipartisan Bill on Wage Data

    Paul Fain
    22 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    Newly introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would enable the linking of student-level enrollment information with data on employment and wages. The bipartisan bill would provide post-graduate earnings averages at both the institutional and academic program levels, wrote Amy Laitinen, deputy director of New America's higher education program. It would make public these and other performance data about higher education by overturning the ban on a federal "student unit record" system and freeing up existing, but currently unavailable…
  • Report Blasts 'Fantasy World' of Presidential Benefits

    Scott Jaschik
    22 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    An Illinois Senate report will be released today blasting the "fantasy world of lavish perks" for presidents of public colleges and universities, The Chicago Tribune reported. The study criticizes funds given to presidents for cars, homes and clubs as well as large severance packages provided to a number of presidents. Some legislators are expected to introduce a bill that would, among other things, limit severance payments to one year's salary. Higher education leaders (and not just in Illinois) tend to defend various benefits for presidents as needed to recruit top talent. But…
  • The Other Lesson of Kennesaw

    Matt Reed
    22 May 2015 | 12:47 am
    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanThe Kennesaw State “advisor” video debacle is potentially far more radical than most people seem to assume. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a hidden camera (presumably cell phone) video of a white female advisor being aggressively dismissive of a young black male student’s request for help. She seems to go out of her way to escalate an apparent misunderstanding into something much more sinister. After the video went public, the advisor was placed on leave. The video and its fallout have mostly been framed as…
  • A professor's lament about students and their cell phones (essay)

    David Jaffee
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Across the campus I walk Nary an opportunity to talk Student heads are a-sway Faces cocked not my way No one can say that they gawk Cell phone ostriches all The screen enough to enthrall Be it Reddit or Twitter No people to consider A virtual social withdrawal There is no humane conversation Instead just digital sensation Likely social media Or perhaps Wikipedia An obsessive compulsive fixation Before each class they gather In silence, because they’d rather Consume Facebook postings Of acquaintances' boastings Than discuss the subject matter With heads stuck deep up their apps We…
  • Drake College of Business to close doors at end of July

    Ashley A. Smith
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A for-profit college in New Jersey that made news five years ago for recruiting homeless people has become the latest to announce it will close its doors. Editorial Tags: For-profit colleges
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    FIRE

  • State Department’s Anti-Semitism Definition Would Likely Violate First Amendment on Public Campuses

    Will Creeley
    22 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    In a radio interview yesterday, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano stated that she believes the UC system should adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism. Responding to recent calls from rabbis, faculty, and alumni for the UC system to adopt the definition, Napolitano told Jeremy Hobson of Here & Now that the Board of Regents will vote on the proposal in July. However, if adopted and used as the basis for discipline by a public university system, the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism would likely violate the First Amendment by…
  • Youngstown State University Leads Censorship of ‘Straight Pride’ Posters

    Susan Kruth
    22 May 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Last month, flyers advertising “Straight Pride Week” were posted at Youngstown State University (YSU) in Ohio, asking students to celebrate thusly: “Just … go about your day without telling everyone about how ‘different’ you are.” Reporting at the time indicated that the Student Government Association got in touch with administrators in order to receive permission to take the posters down, but email correspondence recently obtained through a public records request suggests that the YSU administration initiated the censorship itself. It is still not clear who hung the flyers, but…
  • After Public Criticism, Marquette Removes Mural and Announces Faculty Departure

    Susan Kruth
    22 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Earlier this week, Marquette University painted over a mural in its Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) depicting Assata Shakur (also known as Joanne Chesimard), a woman who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba after her conviction for murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, earning her a spot on the FBI’s most wanted list. Now the university has stated that the director of the GSRC, Susannah Bartlow, is “no longer an employee with Marquette University,” leading media to presume she was fired because of the controversial mural. Although the mural had been on display in the…
  • FIRE Welcomes Chris Maltby to Our Staff

    Katie Barrows
    21 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    FIRE is excited to introduce Chris Maltby, our new Production and Design Manager. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for building and managing FIRE’s in-house video production department. Chris is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. He started his video career interning with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s communications department. From there, Chris went on to coordinate parts of the Labor 2008 Campaign in Philadelphia. Chris has spent much of his career working in post-production, both in the Washington, D.C., and…
  • Watch FIRE President Greg Lukianoff on Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’ Today

    Katie Barrows
    21 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff will be appearing on Al Jazeera English’s The Stream at 3:30 p.m. EDT this afternoon. The Stream describes itself as a “social media community with its own daily television program,” and the show’s stories are sourced by social media. Greg will be on a panel debating whether trigger warnings should extend to college classrooms. Hostos Community College history professor Angus Johnston, Cosmopolitan senior political editor Jill Filipovic, and Rutgers University student Phillip Wythe will be joining Greg on the panel. Be sure to check out today’s…
 
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    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

  • Six Ridiculously Easy Ways to Make Networking Less Awkward

    Guest Blogger
    22 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Nicolle Merrill We all know that networking is key to getting the things that we want—new jobs, new ideas, new partnerships. Yet when I ask students or colleagues about their networking efforts their answers fall somewhere between “networking is so awkward” and “OMG I hate it.” Networking, at its simplest, is about conversations. Talking to strangers can feel awkward, no doubt, but your willingness to push through and engage strangers and actively listen can open the door to potential. And with a bit of preparation—a few opening lines and a dash of bravery—anyone can be a…
  • Memorial Day Weekend in Boston

    Guest Blogger
    22 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    By Clare O’Brien If you have the opportunity to arrive in Boston before the NAFSA conference starts, there will be plenty of things for you to see and do over the Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few suggestions: Visit the Massachusetts Military Heroes Garden of Flags. Come see an amazing display of 37,000 American flags on the Boston Common. Each flag represents one of the Massachusetts service members who have given their lives for their country, dating back to the Revolutionary War. Attend the Memorial Day Parade in Cambridge. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Harvard Square as you line…
  • Using Social Media to Enhance Career Development

    Guest Blogger
    21 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    By Tiffany Harrison & Kayla Patterson With over 200 million monthly Instagram users, 288 million Twitter users, and 347 million active LinkedIn accounts, it’s safe to say that social networking is here to stay. As international educators, most of us are now aware (or we hope you are aware!) of how important tapping into these social media numbers is when it comes to marketing programs to students around the world. All you have to do is look at recent data to see that these numbers continue to grow. According to Expedia’s Future of Travel Study, 49 percent of millennials plan and book…
  • How to Increase Innovation in International Education

    Guest Blogger
    21 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    By Mitch Gordon and Brooke Roberts Nearly every established organization began as a new, innovative, and sometimes controversial concept. From the dawn of commercial air travel in the 1950s to the development of the Internet in the 1990s, a review of the New York Times archives from those periods will unearth more than a few skeptical editorials about the purpose, value, and role of the new startups of the time. The world of international education is no different. AIFS may have celebrated their 50th anniversary as a leader in our field last year, but they were a small startup in the 1960s…
  • The “No Flip Flop” Approach to the NAFSA Conference

    Guest Blogger
    20 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    By Carol Crosby At the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference in Boston, MA, I will serve as a résumé reviewer in the Expo Hall. Below, I share my insights on planning for the conference experience, tips that were adapted from an article I published on LinkedIn. Through the years, I have attended and worked at a number of national conferences. I have seen the good, the bad, and the horrible. Preparation and professionalism are the keys to a successful networking experience; thus, heading into a conference in jeans and flip flops, hoping to grab a few stress balls from the exhibit area and hang out…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • What Nurse Researchers Do — And Why It’s Important

    info
    15 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Nurse researchers are Ph.D.-educated professionals who perform the research that advances nursing practice and establishes new evidence-based guidelines for nursing care. Registered nurses often have their own opinions and gut feelings about how to better care for patients and improve patient outcomes, but nurse researchers use the techniques of scientific inquiry to put those theories to the test and find the evidence necessary to sway policymakers. Nursing research is vital to advancing the entire nursing profession. As scientists, nursing researchers often work for academic institutions or…
  • Qualities that Make a Teacher Great

    Elizabeth Simmons
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Throughout their academic careers, students are going to encounter numerous teachers. Some will be good, some will be bad, and (hopefully) a few will be great. It’s the great teachers who leave lasting impacts on students. They’re the ones who perhaps challenged what the student thought, or pushed them to work a little differently than they were comfortable with. Maybe they inspired their students to set new goals or work even harder for the ones they already had. Great teachers are the ones students will think about long after they’ve left school. And it turns out; they may…
  • Best Spring Break of Your Life: 10 Destinations for Every College Budget

    Guest
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    By Jessica Tholmer We are quickly approaching spring break, arguably the best time of the year. If you are planning a trip this year, there are some hot spots you can’t miss if you want to have the perfect vacation. Though Cabo is always a good time and Padre is pretty predictable, this year we’ve found even more interesting places to consider for your escape from campus. Here are some of the hottest spring break destinations for you and your pals. Dominican Republic Gorgeous views, warm weather, perfect beaches — isn’t this what spring break is all about? The…
  • Smut or Shakespeare: Kansas Senate Defines What’s Appropriate for the Classroom

    Elizabeth Simmons
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’re a student (or know a student) in Kansas, major changes may be coming to your curriculum. The state’s Senate has recently passed a bill (SB56) removing legal protections for educators in schools for using curriculum methods that may be viewed as harmful to minors. However, the legislation did not remove the same protections for educators at colleges and universities. Seen by supporters as a way to protect minors from “offensive content,” the measure gained traction after a poster in a Johnson County middle school spurred some parents’ ire. The poster,…
  • The Best Spring Break Beach Reads: Your Official Vacation Reading List

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

    5 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    By Shana Makos, Fraternal Values Society Coordinator Call me a stick in the mud, but I’ve never been a huge fan of Bud Light’s #UpForWhatever campaign. It’s confusing. “The perfect beer for whatever happens.” What does that even mean? The perfect beer for your grandmother’s funeral? The perfect beer for watching a house burn to the ground? The perfect beer for removing “no” from your
  • Don’t make the wrong call

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    By Darcy LeDoux, Texas Tech University We all know the dangers of drinking and driving. We would never want to risk our lives—or anyone else’s for that matter—so we take the necessary precautions to avoid getting behind the wheel. Better snag the list of volun, ahem, “pledges” serving as DDs for tonight’s party! That’s totally the responsible move because that’s what they’re here for, right?
  • Six ways to create a stronger relationship with your headquarters staff

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    By Ryan Miller, Oklahoma State University The inter/national headquarters for our organizations are some of the most important resources in fraternity and sorority life. Each inter/national office is structured differently and becoming familiar with how your organization is structured will help your chapter succeed. Of all staff members, you might be most familiar with the traveling consultants
  • 3 Ways Joining Your University Greek Council Can Change Your Life

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    By Claire Lindsey, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo  Picture this: it is freshman year and you’ve joined the best chapter on campus (yours, of course). You’re beyond stoked to be a part of [INSERT ORGANIZATION HERE], because your brothers/sisters are the funniest, smartest, coolest kids on campus, and now you’re a part of that amazing group. After bid night, everything is about your organization,
  • Motivating the Lack-Luster Unicorns of Greek Life: Seniors

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    By Adam Rakestraw, University of Southern Indiana We all have them in our chapters. You know, mythical creatures, who even if they attend chapter, sit in the very back. They are the unicorns of Greek life only a lot less magical. Kicked back with their feet up, nit-picking every officer report one right after the other. Who is this mystical all-knowing creature I speak of? The Senior. Too
 
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    The Dean's List

  • What do you say to a naked lady?

    1 May 2015 | 3:52 pm
    I'm not sure how I feel about this. Recently a young woman at Texas State sat naked on the steps of the library as an art project. I think people would call it performance art. So, what would I do, as an administrator if it happened here? I also wonder how others feel. Some initial thoughts:It's weirdBeing naked in public just seems... unnatural. I mean, she wasn't wearing (hardly) any clothes and people could see she was naked. Several years ago a student in California known as The Naked Guy wore the emperor's clothes. Sometimes people do things in the name of art to simply draw attention to…
  • Social Media Lessons by Michael Buble

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Students, and all of us, really, have to be careful in using social media. Pop singer Michael Buble recently created a stir when he posted an Instagram photo of a woman's derriere on his account. He later apologized, but said he intended no offense. No surprise that there has been some intense reaction. I have posted before on social issues such as race, twice, and homosexuality, twice. I have also posted about social media. There are so many educational lessons here related to sexism and social media combined, that I had to break them down in a pie chart (above). Self-awarenessMany are…
  • White Lies

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Small group of Black Student Union students at dinner in March 2015.Growing up in suburban Milwaukee, I had little exposure to black people. I liked the players on the Packers and Bucks who were black, so that was a start. In fourth grade, on a field trip to a movie downtown, I had my first meaningful personal encounter with a black person. It was with a student from a mostly black school on a similar trip, and he was loud, ran into me, and knocked over my popcorn. I made a judgment and formed an impression. (What's worse, the movie was Disney's Fantasia. I know.)My next significant contact…
  • In the Heart of a Campus

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Sometime after 11 a.m on Wednesday, March 4, Trinity's heart stopped beating. Life came to a standstill when popular professor Dr. Michael Kearl suffered an apparent heart attack in the area of campus between the library and Northrup Hall. Students and an instructor stopped to render assistance until TUPD arrived to take over resuscitation efforts. After being taken to the hospital by ambulance, the campus learned through a campus-wide notice at 1:25 p.m. that Dr. Kearl had died. Though we shared the same campus for over 25 years, I don't feel like I knew Dr. Kearl well enough to memorialize…
  • Review: Recent Articles Highlight Sexual Assault Issues

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

  • Unproductive Resistance

    Aaron
    6 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    When I’m facilitating a training, I frequently provide examples of whatever it is that I’m talking about. So if I’m talking about microaggressions based on race, I may provide some examples that I’ve overheard or witnessed (Where are you really from?) Another example that I’ve used to talk about privilege is the relative privilege that faculty have over staff at an institution of higher education. I think examples of concepts (in this case, a specific microaggression) highlights the reality of the concepts that I’m training on. It allows people to…
  • Complicating the narrative with #PrivilegeStories

    Aaron
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    We often hear stories about oppression and social injustice through the lens and experiences of the oppressed. Which is necessary. We need to hear the stories about the negative influence to fully understand the impact that oppression has on marginalized folks. We need to hear about the ways in which the prison industrial complex impacts people of color. We need to know about housing discrimination. We need to know about exclusionary policies against folks who practice Islam. We need to know about the barriers to success that undocumented people navigate. We need to know about income…
  • Mindfulness and Social Justice part 3

    Aaron
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    As with most of my writing, this post is irregularly timed, but it is part of a series that I’ve been pondering as I continue my exploration of Buddhist teachings and continue to learn to be a more effective social justice educator. I’m thinking more and more about how the teaching of Thich Nhat Hahn and Social Justice are intertwined. Especially as I read both Thich Nhat Hahn and advocates for social justice (bell hooks, Angela Davis, and many others). Before I get more into this, I want to lay out some definitions. “Mindfulness is the awareness of what is going on in us…
  • 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…
 
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    Livin' Loyno

  • Residential Life Work Opportunities Prepare Students for Future Careers

    Amy Boyle
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Lauren Juarez, senior Marketing major and graphic design minor, recently received post graduate employment offers from Amazon and a local branding company, SHOE.  Unsure of her future career trajectory, Lauren applied for a graphic design internship with Residential Life in fall 2013 with some encouragement from her supervisor after he discovered Lauren’s creative abilities in media and design.  Lauren spent the next four semesters creating print publications for Residential Life including the annual Mardi Gras safety newsletter, housing brochures, room selection, student staff selection…
  • Go Forth and Set 2015 on Fire

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

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

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

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    As I prepare to enter my senior year, I am reminded about how much I have learned in the classroom, but I also recall the numerous relationships that I’ve developed and continued. Both will be useful in the next couple of years, but networking with people in my field of study has opened doors for my future. During my time at Loyola, I have had the opportunity to learn from professionals at 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…
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  • 5 Things You Need to be a Successful Biology Major

    Guest Blogger
    15 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    A degree in biology opens up many opportunities in the job market as well as post graduate studies. One of the best ways to ensure success is to be prepared. Here are a few ideas of things that are essential for optimum performance in biology courses.
  • How to Find a Good Essay Writer

    Guest Blogger
    15 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Essay writing is a piece of writing that usually talks about one particular topic ,which could be any current news story, human interest story or any other piece of news. Essay writers usually write about their own experiences or viewpoints. These essays are their tools for showcasing their own thinking and ideas. Essays are a great way to put across their thinking. Essay writing is a very strong form of communication. Writing an essay is taught right from a very young age to students so that they are able to put their ideas forward.
  • 5 Ways for Business Majors to Get a Competitive Edge After Graduation

    CTB Staff
    14 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Business majors rank at the top of the list for most popular majors among college students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, and competition in the job market is fierce. Keep learning after college so you can skyrocket your career to success. Here are five ways to keep your skills sharp.
  • Avoid tunnel vision for a faster read

    Dave Farrow
    1 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Want to know the main reason that most people are reading at a much slower pace than they should be? They get tunnel vision! When reading, our eyes get a workout, moving fast and taking in all the information. As our eyes move faster they become stressed and the muscles fight against each other, leading to eyestrain, fatigue, and even headaches in some cases. It's at this fatigued stage that your vision becomes more 'tunneled' and as a result it takes more time to cover the same amount of text. You are seeing less after all, and your eyes are moving even slower. You may have heard that you…
  • Study Smarter, Not Harder! Note-taking Apps for Students

    Guest Blogger
    1 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Some students write down everything the professor says, creating an excessive number of pages of endless lists. There’s no way you can see the forest for the trees if you use this note-taking style. In contrast, other students jot down a few random bits of information on largely blank pages with no context or explanation. These students are stuck in an academic desert with no resources when they really need them. Neither style is useful in practice: when you turn to your notes to study, you won’t get anything from them. Thankfully, new tools are available to help students compose better…
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  • In Defense of Feminist Jazz Hands

    Angus Johnston
    21 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    So when I was on Al Jazeera English this afternoon talking about trigger warnings (link coming soon), they played a clip of someone mocking Britain’s National Union of Students’ Women’s Campaign for requesting that delegates use “feminist jazz hands” instead of applause on the plenary floor at a conference this spring. I talked about this on Twitter when it happened, but never got around to writing it up, and since I didn’t get the chance to chime in on the show, I’ll take a moment to do it now. I think using “jazz hands” instead of…
  • New Answers on Campus Sexual Assault

    Angus Johnston
    21 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    If you ask President Obama what portion of female college students are raped, he’ll tell you the number is one out of every five. If you ask critics of the current movement to combat campus sexual assault, they’ll tell you that widely quoted figure is hugely unreliable. Today we have one more piece of data, and it largely backs up the president. A new study, published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health, finds that 15.3% of female students at one New York college were subjected to rape or attempted rape in their freshman year. If you expand the scope of the…
  • #ItsBiggerThanKSU and Students’ Rights on Campus

    Angus Johnston
    14 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    In a short video that was posted online late Wednesday, a student advisor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia is seen confronting a black student in the college’s advisement office, telling him that continuing to wait for an advisor after being told to fill out an appointment form is “harassment.” Twice in the thirty-second video the advisor — who is white — threatens to call campus police, and the video ends with her leaving to do so. The clip has gone viral on social media today with the hashtag #ItsBiggerThanKSU, and Kennesaw State has tweeted that “a…
  • A Response to Christina Hoff Sommers

    Angus Johnston
    13 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Late last year, after a minor Twitter brouhaha, I put up a blogpost criticizing author Christina Hoff Sommers’ views on the prevalence of rape in America. Today Sommers responded to that post with a four-pronged rebuttal, prompting a round of demands from her followers that I reply. I’m happy to do so. Sommers takes issue with my position on four issues — her role in the culture wars of the 1990s, the validity of a 2011 CDC study on rape, her analysis of the 2010 National Crime Victimization Study, and her position regarding rape in the contemporary United States. Let’s…
  • The Policing of Sexuality on the 20th Century American Campus

    Angus Johnston
    6 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Earlier this week I participated in a Bloggingheads debate on contemporary campus free speech and sexual violence issues, alongside Robby Soave from Reason magazine. I’m working on a full writeup of that debate, but I just came across one particular moment that I’d like to highlight. I don’t usually quote myself at length, but I think this response — to a suggestion from Soave that we’re currently seeing an “authoritarian, moralizing, Victorian policing of students’ sexual lives” on campus — is worth foregrounding. “Let me put it this way:…
 
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    E-Learning Queen

  • Evald Flisar, Slovenian Dragons, and a Reading at the Library of Congress

    22 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Slovenian author Evald Flisar will be giving a series of readings and talks, including one on June 23, in the U.S. Library of Congress.  The event starts at 12 noon at the European Division Reading Room, LJ-250, 2nd Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.  Flisar will be responding to questions and will discuss the importance of literature in today's world. Slovenia, the land of
  • Ruben Dario Should Be In Every Survey / Anthology of Poetry

    17 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Rubén Darío’s (1867-1916) work spanned many years, and it contains very distinct themes. One of the most popular deals with the sense of the ineffable, the impossibility of explaining the human condition. In many ways, his work predates the sense of “thrownness” described by German philosopher Martin Heidegger. In fact, Darío’s intensity has Romantic roots, although his prosody is firmly
  • Cognitive Apprenticeship / Situated Learning in Life and Work Settings

    13 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Jenni's new approach for processing water from oil and gas wells was announced on the very same day that the Oklahoma Geological Survey stated that injecting produced water was causing the dramatic increase in damaging earthquakes in Oklahoma. So, her new approach was viewed as a potential solution to the problems.  Because Jenni's approach was so practical, a large number of people were
  • How to Make Social Media Work for You in Learning / Training Programs

    11 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Imagine a group coming together to plan a new pet adoption center. They're working together as a team, and this project has a lot of moving parts, which include everything from the financing, design, permits, publicity, health and safety protocols, to finding the key personnel to make sure it's a sustainable enterprise.   The planning process is also a learning process, and it requires a clear
  • Situated Learning in Practice: Integrated Conservation and Development Programs

    7 May 2015 | 10:02 pm
     Countries and communities that have the good fortune to be near areas of biodiversity and beautiful beaches, mountains, rivers, fields, and forests often cite nature tourism as a key strategy for preserving the integrity of natural resources and alleviating poverty. In doing so, they integrate conservation and development programs, and try to avoid the pitfalls that are often associated with
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • Pending Dissertation Topic and Methodology

    Ed Cabellon
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As I wrap up my doctoral coursework at Johnson and Wales University this weekend, I wanted to share my pending dissertation topic and methodology in hopes for any feedback you may have as I start to write my dissertation proposal this summer. Certainly, I have had my mind on a technology in higher education related topic for quite sometime, bouncing around from ideas including “Retaining First Generation College Students Through Twitter” and “Shifting Faculty Perceptions of Classroom Use of Social Media.” However, at the start of the term, a member of the Educational…
  • Fiscal Management in Student Affairs

    Ed Cabellon
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    How many of you in Higher Education are working on your FY16 budgets right now? Well for us, budget season is in full swing! This year, I’m thinking about budgets a bit differently in my new leadership role in the division, beyond my time as a student union director. Recently, I had the opportunity to share what I had learned about fiscal management thus far in Dr. Beth Moriarty‘s student affairs graduate class at Bridgewater State University (slides below). While I have had progressive budgeting experience throughout my career, working more closely with our university’s…
  • Reflections on #ACPA15

    Ed Cabellon
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you were following me on social media the past week, you undoubtedly know that I was at the 2015 ACPA Convention in Tampa, FL. This marked my 7th ACPA Convention (2000 in Washington, DC with NASPA; 2010 in Boston; 2011 in Baltimore; 2012 in Louisville; 2013 in Las Vegas; 2014 in Indianapolis; and this past year) and the first one in three years where I was not serving on the convention planning team. While my time was not filled with convention planning team fun, it was filled with other incredible experiences. 1. ACPA Digital Task Force – Meetings and Initial Report The ACPA Digital…
  • The Opportunity to Speak at TEDxBSU

    Ed Cabellon
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Update: Here is the recording of my TEDxBSU talk! (Source: TEDx YouTube Channel)   Next week will be quite a busy one for me as I will be delivering four talks, one at the New York Institute of Technology and the other three during Bridgewater State University’s (BSU) annual Social Media Week events, with the big one on stage at the inaugural TEDx event at BSU. This Monday, February 23rd, beginning at 5:00pm EST, I will be one of eight speakers at TEDxBSU, organized and sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL) and Student Government Association…
  • 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…
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  • Digital Learning Research Network Conference

    gsiemens
    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    I’ve been working with several colleagues on arranging the upcoming Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) conference at Stanford, October 16-17, 2015. The call for papers is now open. We are looking for short abstracts – 250 words – on topics of digital learning. The deadline is May 31. Our interest is to raise the nuance and calibre of the discussion about education in a digital era; one where hype and over-promising the power of technology has replaced structured interrogation of the meaning of changes that we are experiencing. We have a great lineup of speakers…
  • The Linearity of Stephen Downes. Or a tale of two Stephens

    gsiemens
    3 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Stephen Downes responds to my previous post: “I said, “the absence of a background in the field is glaring and obvious.” In this I refer not only to specific arguments advanced in the study, which to me seem empty and obvious, but also the focus and methodology, which seem to me to be hopelessly naïve.” Stephen makes the following points: 1. George has recanted his previous work and is now playing the academic game 2. Research as is done in the academy today is poor 3. Our paper is bad. Firstly, before I respond to three points, I want to foreground an interesting aspect of…
  • On Research and Academic Diversity

    gsiemens
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    In my previous post, I mentioned the release of our report Preparing for the Digital University. Stephen Downes responds by saying “this is a really bad study”. He may be right, but I don’t think it is for the reasons that he suggests: “What it succeeds in doing, mostly, is to offer a very narrow look at a small spectrum of academic literature far removed from actual practice”. This resulted in a Twitter exchange about missing citations and forgotten elearning history. Rolin Moe responded by saying that the history that we included in our citation analysis of…
  • Preparing for the Digital University

    gsiemens
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    We’ve released a new report: Preparing for the Digital University: a review of the history and current state of distance, blended, and online learning (.pdf). The report is an attempt to reposition the narrative of digital learning away from “look, my cool new technology does this” to something more like “here’s what we know from research and here’s what we can extrapolate”. Innovation is a bunnies and kittens type of concept – who could possibly oppose it? Sometimes new is not better, especially when it impacts the lives of people. Remember the…
  • Nothing new here: Arizona State and edX partnership

    gsiemens
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    I’m learning that if you call something existing by a new name, or if you get some press, you can discover well defined concepts and claim them as your own. Today’s example: Arizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All The project, called the Global Freshman Academy, will offer a set of eight courses designed to fulfill the general-education requirements of a freshman year at Arizona State at a fraction of the cost students typically pay, and students can begin taking courses without going through the traditional application process… Students who…
 
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    Google Student Blog

  • Applications for travel grants to the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing are now open!

    Sarah H
    19 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    As part of Google's ongoing commitment to increase the number of women in engineering, we are excited to offer travel grants to the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference taking place in Houston, Texas from October 14-16, 2015. The theme for this year's conference is #OurTimeToLead and will offer incredible opportunities for mentoring, networking and career development.University students and industry professionals in the US and Canada who excel in computer science and are passionate about supporting women in tech are welcome to apply.Sponsorship includes:Conference…
  • 1,500 developers tackle real-life challenges at Hash Code 2015

    Sarah H
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Sometimes “everyone” isn’t really everyone. Like when people say that everyone is on the Internet, because for each person that can get online, there are two that can’t.This quote introduced the final round task for this year’s edition of Hash Code, an original programming competition organized by Google France for students and industry professionals. Teams of contestants were presented with wind data at different altitudes and a challenge: put together an algorithm to guide a fleet of Project Loon balloons, adjusting their altitude in order to optimize the Internet coverage of…
  • Google Code Jam Launching New Competition Track

    Sarah H
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Registration for the 12th annual Code Jam is now open! This year, the competition is adding a new track to the contest that’s designed to give students more real life examples of the work they would be doing as engineers. The new track, Distributed Code Jam (DCJ), will consist of algorithmic problems that are similar to the original Code Jam. But in order to solve for them, competitors will be required to program in a distributed environment. According to Onufry Wojtaszczyk, a Google Software Engineer and one of the main creators behind DCJ, this new track will challenge experienced…
  • Wroclaw, Poland SMB Global Customer Experience - Employee Spotlight: Damir Agovic

    Sarah H
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Google’s office in Wroclaw, Poland is one of Europe’s most dynamic workplaces, due to it’s strategic geographical location, offering service and support to some of Europe's most advanced and fastest growing markets, including: Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy. Meet Damir Agovic a university graduate, who started his Google career working as an Associate Account Strategist in the SMB Global Customer Experience team in Wroclaw, Poland. Why not take your first step towards a Google career by checking out our current positions in the SMB Sales…
  • 2015 Black History Month Google Student Tribute: Michael Tubbs

    Sarah H
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Over the past month, we've been showcasing the amazing work of some of Google’s Student Programs Alumni in their communities. In the final installment of the Black History Month Student Tribute series we are catching up with Michael who participated in the 2010 BOLD Internship Program and went on to be elected as a Councilman for the city of Stockton, California. What’s one thing about you that many people do not know? My email address in high school was “lovetobball247@aol.com”! This is a tough question. I feel like J. Cole when he said, “Share my life with strangers who know me…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • The Need for More Conversations on Character

    Joe Sabado
    21 May 2015 | 12:56 am
    My use and observation of posts and comments (yaks) on YikYak, an anonymous geo-location based social media app, leads me to believe that perhaps we should have more discussions on the values of having good moral character. What constitutes a good moral character may be subject to debate but I do believe that there are […]
  • My IT Organization’s Guiding Values and Principles

    Joe Sabado
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    An IT organization that can effectively deliver quality service and keep up with the dynamic wants and needs of its customers requires guiding values and principles as foundations upon which it operates.Below are what I shared with my organization at our retreat soon after I became the Acting Executive Director for my IT organization in […]
  • Issues and Considerations with Evolving Student Affairs Technologies

    Joe Sabado
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    Here are some technologies I think will become more integral parts of student affairs business in the next years – internet of things, wearable computing, big data, analytics, social media, mobile, and cloud. Of course, some of these technologies are already in place but internet of things, big data, and wearable computing will become even […]
  • On Social Media – What Resonates Gets Our Attention

    Joe Sabado
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    I recently became more interested in Yik Yak, the anonymous and location based social network  a couple of weeks ago when controversy arose from the use of it by some student affairs professionals attending the NASPA national conference in New Orleans. I read through the comments and there were different types of comments posted from […]
  • Head Scratching Incident at the Golf Course – Is It About Race Again?

    Joe Sabado
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    It seems silly for me to be complaining about this given where this happened – at a golf course. It is a privilege to be playing a sport/activity that costs quite a lot of money. So, in that sense, I do recognize the socio-economic privilege I hold. But, this incident I will share below is […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • Time to Drop the Mic Instructors: Learning Gone Wild {#Rhizo15 Week 4}

    Laura Pasquini
    16 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    Thanks for your#Rhizo15 hack in week 4, Viplav. Your questions really got me thinking: How do we really learn online? How much of control and direction do we need? How much of control do we want when we teach? How do we expect others to learn in such environments? What do we expect of them as co-learners? For #Rhizo15, a strong and involved learning community, the answers are easier to navigate when we remove the instructor or when “DAVE’S NOT HERE.” With a number of educators who are passionate about learning and entrenched in thinking in #rhizo15, you are bound to keep…
  • Being Content Without Content {#Rhizo15 Week 3 Catch Up}

    Laura Pasquini
    13 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    The irony from my last #Rhizo15 post = having to grade multiple assignments for the end of the semester. I should have seen that one coming. I set it up that way. Lesson learned. That being said, I have put a great more thought on my curriculum, with regards to evaluation, assessment, and, #Rhizo15 week three’s topic, CONTENT. Dave’s prompt for Week 3: The Myth of Content and “Content is People” first made me think of Soylent Green is People, and then how most educators (myself included) tend to drive our students to learn based on the content over any other approach.
  • #SAchat Podcast: Online Student Services

    Laura Pasquini
    13 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Last month I joined Dustin from The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast, to talk about the impact online learning will have on student support for our learners. Much of what is happening in distance education, which includes online learning, blended learning, hybrid courses, and more, will impact how to student affairs educators work.  As we discussed how online learning will be relevant to student affairs, I shared a few resources to get listeners stated and shared these resources in the show notes (below). Thanks for the invite Dustin, and happy listening: Link on…
  • Measure This, #Rhizo15!

    Laura Pasquini
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    If you are teaching a course or conducting a training, those providing and taking ALWAYS want to know how you will measure success, learning, and performance. ALWAYS. What’s the bottom line? What’s the ROI? What’s the learning outcome? How will we know our learners have learned or our training participants “get it”? GRADES. SCORES. NUMBERS. STATISTICS. This week Dave reminds #Rhizo15: “Learning is a not a counting noun.” I am tardy in this post for a number of reasons (#et4online and #Fiachra40Fest, I’m looking at you). Without even knowing it,…
  • #ET4online Recap, Reflections, and Review

    Laura Pasquini
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    As I regroup from last week’s Emerging Technologies for Online Learning (#et4online) conference, I am filled with ideas and inspiration. Inviting a group of teaching, learning, and researching friends invested in supporting online pedagogy is a fantastic way to wrap up April.With the help of a fab #et4online steering committee (especially that co-chair Michelle), we were pleased to bring OLC to my current hometown, Dallas, TX. Thanks to ALL who contributed to the #et4online program. I was genuinely impressed by the quality of content, interactions, and engagement in the conference…
 
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  • What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype

    Jeffrey R. Young
    21 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    An education blog whose authors believe there’s too much hype around “personalized learning” technology has posted a series of video case studies about the trend, hoping to help get beyond overheated rhetoric. The result is an unusual look at five colleges trying high-tech classroom experiments and wrestling with how new teaching methods change the role of students and teachers. The videos were produced by the education-technology blog e-Literate, with the support of a $350,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The case studies, divided into short segments…
  • When Your Online Course Is Put Up for Adoption

    Steve Kolowich
    19 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    Jennifer V. Ebbeler always knew that somebody else would end up teaching her online Roman-history course. But that didn’t make giving it up any easier. Ms. Ebbeler spent nearly two years building an online version of “Introduction to Ancient Rome” with a team of designers at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is an associate professor of classics. Most of the heavy lifting came during the last academic year, when one of her colleagues taught the course to hundreds of undergraduates while she coordinated behind the scenes. The process was challenging and occasionally chaotic,…
  • Silicon Valley Innovation: Stanford Law Student Crowdsources Her Graduation Speech

    Casey Fabris
    18 May 2015 | 1:55 am
    Though higher education is constantly changing, commencement ceremonies have largely stayed the same. A graduating student at Stanford Law School is trying to change that. Marta F. Belcher is crowdsourcing the speech she will give next month at the law school’s precommencement diploma ceremony, offering her classmates an opportunity to share in crafting that final message. The point of a student commencement speaker, Ms. Belcher said, is to have someone who can speak to the student experience. But as she learned when she gave the student address at her undergraduate ceremony, it’s not…
  • Want to Make Your Course ‘Gameful’? A Michigan Professor’s Tool Could Help

    Casey Fabris
    15 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    What if the classroom were more like a video game? Barry J. Fishman, a professor of information and education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, would like to help you find out. Mr. Fishman has borrowed elements of gaming to develop GradeCraft, a learning-management system that lets instructors organize their courses in a “gameful” way. The system lets students choose their own path through a course, selecting the assignments that interest and challenge them. At its heart is a tool, called the “grade predictor,” that helps to “manage some of the chaos” of such a…
  • A MOOC Hopes to Sink Its Teeth Into a New Audience: TV Fans

    Casey Fabris
    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Vampires are everywhere these days — books, television shows, movies. And now, a MOOC. The University of California at Irvine plans to offer a four-week MOOC based on the FX television series The Strain, which follows the spread of a disease with the “hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.” The course, “Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX’s The Strain,” will be hosted on Instructure’s MOOC platform Canvas Network. Three Irvine faculty members will teach the course, which will focus on three topics that come from the show: parasites, cyber attacks, and disease…
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • Losing an Old Dominion Institution: The Closing of Sweet Briar College

    Suzanne Gould
    21 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    On February 28, 2015, the board of directors of Sweet Briar College in Virginia announced that the school will be closing due to “insurmountable financial challenges.” Sweet Briar’s 106th and likely final commencement ceremony was held on May 16, 2015. The closing announcement was met with shock from current students and alumnae alike — and from AAUW, as we have many historical connections with the college. Sweet Briar was founded in 1901 through the legacy of Indiana Fletcher Williams. Williams left her entire estate to found a school for young women in memory of her daughter, Daisy,…
  • Destigmatizing Mental Health through Film in the 1950s

    Suzanne Gould
    7 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    In the 1950s, mental health was a widely misunderstood issue in the American public. That’s why a husband and wife team decided to share films on mental health as educational tools. But they needed the support of a locally connected organization to get the word out, and so they approached AAUW. The Mental Health Film Board, a group of film producers, psychiatrists, and educators, was established in 1949 by mental health expert Alberta Jacoby and her producer husband Irving. It was founded as a division of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene. So why did they choose AAUW for this work?
  • “Disgruntled” Author on Girls in Literature, Alienation, and Tolstoy

    Lauren Byrnes
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    2001–02 AAUW American Fellow Asali Solomon referenced Leo Tolstoy when describing the plot for her debut novel, Disgruntled. Tolstoy said, “All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town.” Solomon had a slightly different take: “A stranger comes to town, and the stranger is you.” Asali Solomon Disgruntled is a fresh coming-of-age story that engulfs the reader no matter where she or he may be on life’s journey. Everyone can relate, in one way or another, to protagonist Kenya Curtis and the immensely awkward, difficult, and often…
  • Financial Literacy Year-Round

    AAUWguest
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
    April marks Financial Literacy Month as well as Equal Pay Day, which makes it the perfect time for money conversations. But with so many voices in those conversations, it can be hard to hear how significant it truly is to be financially well, especially as a woman. In 2015, when women are more educated and influential than ever before, we remain fiscally behind, lagging men in most areas of financial planning including two of the most fundamental — basic money management and investing. Add this with the fact that we continue to be paid just 78 cents to every dollar paid to a man, on…
  • 8 Awesome Ways We Pushed for Equal Pay

    AAUW National
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    On Tuesday, April 14, AAUW “celebrated” Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. We know that gender pay discrimination isn’t a myth; it’s math. And the wage gap isn’t just a number. It represents families scrambling to pay for food, gas, housing, education, and child care. While AAUW works on pay equity year-round, Equal Pay Day continues to be a day of national action. Our members and supporters held more than 150 events across the country to educate our communities and send a message to our elected…
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  • This is MY April.

    debrasanborn
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
  • Pattern Recognition

    debrasanborn
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    And then there was that day I was absorbed in readings from venture writers and entrepreneurs. I was reminded of comments by colleagues returning from the spring conferences that seem to cater to “older white men” or specialized groups, without feeling inclusive. I was reminded of times that I have leaned in and been told, “wait,” “NO,” or “it’s the way you say things.” As I ponder the events of a woman facing potential discrimination in the tech industry, it feels close to home for any of the number of protected or marginalized populations we can belong to on our…
  • Inspire More.

    debrasanborn
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams Reviewing perspectives on leadership provides an opportunity to identify potential strengths beneficial to a student affairs leadership position. Many of us can identify with the achievements defined by Spears (2002) as characteristics of servant-leaders, including awareness, conceptualization, and community building. Additionally, Krulak’s (1998) Marine Corp leadership competencies highlighted decisiveness, endurance, and enthusiasm, qualities that resonate with…
  • DO U FYE? Analysis of First-Year Experience Programs

    debrasanborn
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Much of my professional career has been working with students in the first-year experience and transition to college. The word freshman first appeared in the English language in 1550 to describe a newcomer or novice in a field of work or business yet the origins of the first-year student can be traced to the twelfth century when young men converged in Bologna, Italy to study law (Dwyer, 1989). More than six centuries later, one of North America’s earliest universities, Harvard, instituted a system of counselors to attend to the transition from home to college for first-year students (Dwyer,…
  • Sunday Funday?

    debrasanborn
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    It’s the last day of spring break for my children and the end of a 3-day weekend for the adults in our family. We spent time relaxing this year, enjoying our favorite hobbies – reading, soccer, sleeping, video games, or binge watching TV shows. Like clockwork, today welcomed the wrath of the middle-schooler, distraught about returning to school. He’s a good student, but the idea of the structure and routine of the school day is a crush to his spirit. It’s those Sunday night blues. I try to focus on the good of every day and to escape that “living for the weekend” mentality,…
 
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