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  • Barack Obama on Craftsmanship

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Obama’s Craft Last winter, I posted a quote from Barack Obama where he discusses his commitment to honing his craft. Earlier this week, we received more evidence of this presidential craftsmanship. With three minutes and twenty seconds left in his interview with Marc Maron, (released Monday), Obama said the following: The more you do something, and the more you practice it, at a certain point it becomes second nature. What I’ve always been impressed with about when I listen to comics talk about comedy is how much of it is a craft. Right? They’re thinking it through, and they…
  • Standing Out (In a Good Way)

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s a tough world out there. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, for every job opening in 2009, there were 6.2 people unemployed. Today, that statistic has gotten better and is now 1.6 unemployed per job (5.4 million openings in April 2015.) Companies are seeking future leaders to take their organizations into the […]
  • Beat the Heat: A Brief Guide to Dressing Sharp and Staying Cool

    Career Spotlight
    Brian Briceno
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Written by Jonathan Fera It’s that time of year again: summer. Summer: the season of sweating profusely and not being able to wear long sleeves or pants for three months. The majority of the country, especially Wisconsinites, looks forward to the season without snow (as they should). However, not everyone in the state goes on summer vacation and sports a swim suit from May to August. Some still have to work their nine-to-five, and for most UW-Whitewater graduates or current students, in business attire. Dressing professionally in the summer months can prove to be difficult for individuals…
  • Details of a President's Expense Account

    Inside Higher Ed
    Scott Jaschik
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:26 am
    The Chicago Tribune had to sue to get records of the expenses of Robert Breuder, who is currently on leave as president of the College of DuPage, a community college outside Chicago. The documents that were released show considerable spending that theoretically was about building relationships with donors, but frequently didn't involve donors so much as senior administrators, trustees and vendors. For example, for one outing to a private fish and game reserve with three others, including the college lawyer and a vendor, Breuder spent $1,292 in college foundation funds -- on two bottles of…
  • 2015 FIRE Student Network Conference Deadline Tomorrow!

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    David Deerson
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    In just three short weeks, students from across the country will descend on Philadelphia for the 2015 FIRE Student Network Conference—a weekend-long event packed with engaging speakers, hands-on breakout sessions, and informal discussions designed to give students all the practical tools necessary to advocate for freedom of expression on campus. Let’s run down a partial list of reasons we’re so excited about this year’s conference: New location! With conference locations at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, we’re leaving the pastoral calm of Bryn Mawr for…
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • Barack Obama on Craftsmanship

    Study Hacks
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Obama’s Craft Last winter, I posted a quote from Barack Obama where he discusses his commitment to honing his craft. Earlier this week, we received more evidence of this presidential craftsmanship. With three minutes and twenty seconds left in his interview with Marc Maron, (released Monday), Obama said the following: The more you do something, and the more you practice it, at a certain point it becomes second nature. What I’ve always been impressed with about when I listen to comics talk about comedy is how much of it is a craft. Right? They’re thinking it through, and they…
  • The E-mail Productivity Curve

    Study Hacks
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    A Mixed Response Late last year, Pew Research found that online workers identified e-mail as their most important tool, beating out both phones and the Internet by sizable margins. Almost half of the workers surveyed claimed that the technology made them “feel more productive.” As Pew summarized: “[e-mail] continues to be the main digital artery that workers believe is important to their job.” Around the same time this research was released, however, Sir Cary Cooper, a professor of organizational psychology, made waves at the British Psychological Society’s…
  • Pursue Metrics that Matter

    Study Hacks
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Three Measures of Success I’ve been thinking recently about the metrics we use to measure success when pursuing self-motivated ambitions. These metrics tend to fall into three major categories, which I’ll list from easiest to hardest to achieve: Participation Metrics: The goal here is to simply invest regular time toward the ambition. For example, if you want to become a writer, this might involve creating a daily writing ritual. Unconventional Custom Metrics: The goal here is now clarified to specify concrete outcomes, but these outcomes tend to be custom-built and not widely…
  • Deep Habits: Spend Six Months to Master Skills

    Study Hacks
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Musical Wisdom Not long ago, a reader pointed me to an article written by Josh Linkner, a jazz guitarist turned tech entrepreneur. In this article, Linkner recalls a piece of wisdom common among professional musicians: a new (musical) technique takes six months to master. As he expands: I may have understood the scale, riff, or chord…but it took a good six months to internalize it and make it my own. If I wanted to perform something fresh, new, and bold, I needed to begin the learning process six months prior. Linkner then makes the natural connection between the world of music and…
  • Don’t Trust Anyone Under 500: Dale Davidson’s Unconventional Advice for Graduates

    Study Hacks
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    My friend Dale Davidson runs the excellent Ancient Wisdom Project blog, where he chronicles his experience with 30-day experiments, each dedicated toward living a practice from an ancient religion or philosophy, pursued in the service of deep personal growth. I’m always impressed by Dale’s thinking, so I asked if he would provide me something provocative to post for graduation season. Fortunately for us, he obliged. Below is an open letter Dale wrote to the graduating class of 2015. Don’t Trust Anyone Under 500 By Dale Davidson   To the class of 2015, With graduation…
 
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  • Standing Out (In a Good Way)

    Kirk Baumann
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s a tough world out there. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, for every job opening in 2009, there were 6.2 people unemployed. Today, that statistic has gotten better and is now 1.6 unemployed per job (5.4 million openings in April 2015.) Companies are seeking future leaders to take their organizations into the […]
  • 3 Tips for Transitioning to a Full-Time Job

    Kirk Baumann
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Entering the workforce as a full-time employee after just having spent several years of your life in an educational setting can seem like a big switch. After all, there are some definite differences between an office environment and a lecture hall. Plus, working at an ice cream stand near the beachfront every summer for 15 […]
  • The Benefits of a Semester Abroad

    Kirk Baumann
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
      A few years back, this site published an article encouraging students to take vacations in order to recharge, explore a bit, and enjoy new experiences. Indeed, the value of a vacation in maintaining your sanity and broadening your knowledge and understanding of the world is impossible to overstate—and that’s why I’d also encourage any […]
  • Getting the Most From Career Fairs

    Kirk Baumann
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    For the recent grad who has experienced tossing a cap and switching a tassel, a career fair may be the next best step in a journey to finding a job. Career fairs are full of eager recruiters, on the hunt for the ideal candidate. And, like a swarm of bees to honey, they’re full of […]
  • The Evolution of the Job Interview [Infographic]

    Kirk Baumann
    28 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Job interviews have undergone a major transformation since the days of inherited careers and apprenticeships turned full-time jobs. As the work world continues to grow and change with the latest technologies and innovations, so must the job interview. Long gone are the days of relying on references and questions to evaluate job candidates. Today’s interview […]
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    Career Spotlight

  • Beat the Heat: A Brief Guide to Dressing Sharp and Staying Cool

    Brian Briceno
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Written by Jonathan Fera It’s that time of year again: summer. Summer: the season of sweating profusely and not being able to wear long sleeves or pants for three months. The majority of the country, especially Wisconsinites, looks forward to the season without snow (as they should). However, not everyone in the state goes on summer vacation and sports a swim suit from May to August. Some still have to work their nine-to-five, and for most UW-Whitewater graduates or current students, in business attire. Dressing professionally in the summer months can prove to be difficult for individuals…
  • Intern of the Month: Becky Wintringer

    Brian Briceno
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:29 am
    Written by Stephanie Gordon Coming to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Becky Wintringer was not sure this was the place for her. It was not until she became involved with her residence hall that she was sure Whitewater was home. Throughout her time at UW-Whitewater, Wintringer was involved in many aspects of student life. From being a general member of the Optimist Club her freshman year, to being a part of the Homecoming Steering Committee last fall, it seems that she has done it all. Wintringer, an English literature major with minors in journalism and communication, was named the…
  • 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…
 
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Details of a President's Expense Account

    Scott Jaschik
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:26 am
    The Chicago Tribune had to sue to get records of the expenses of Robert Breuder, who is currently on leave as president of the College of DuPage, a community college outside Chicago. The documents that were released show considerable spending that theoretically was about building relationships with donors, but frequently didn't involve donors so much as senior administrators, trustees and vendors. For example, for one outing to a private fish and game reserve with three others, including the college lawyer and a vendor, Breuder spent $1,292 in college foundation funds -- on two bottles of…
  • Like a Phoenix from the. ..oh, wait …

    Matt Reed
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    Blog: Confessions of a Community College DeanThe University of Phoenix continues to shrink. It’s on the downside of the same dynamic that propelled it upwards so quickly. And it’s paying for a bad call made about ten years ago, that may take another ten years to undo. Phoenix grew by serving a niche that traditional higher education usually ignored. And its business model was based on three major factors: the availability of financial aid, charging more than the marginal cost of production, and feeding investor expectations. The last two are different enough from what…
  • New presidents or provosts: Andrew Appalachian Cowley El Camino Ferris Georgian Court Lone Star Macalester MICA Villanova

    Doug Lederman
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Paul Blake, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Ferris State University, in Michigan, has been named to the job on a permanent basis. David Bogen, vice president academic and provost at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in British Columbia, has been selected as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Maryland Institute College of Art. Linda Buchanan, vice president and dean for student life at Iowa Wesleyan College, has been named president of Andrew College, in Georgia. Darrell P. Kruger, dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the…
  • Seminary Merges Into Milligan College

    Scott Jaschik
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Emmanuel Christian Seminary on Wednesday merged into Milligan College, a Christian institution located across a highway from its campus. Milligan has 1,200 students and the seminary has 162. Officials said that the college worked with the seminary on financial issues over the last few years, prior to the merger.  
  • Survey finds academics in Ireland believe their working conditions have deteriorated

    Jack Grove for Times Higher Education
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Nearly three-quarters of academics in the Republic of Ireland say that working conditions have deteriorated in the wake of mass job cuts and rising student numbers, a study has found. Higher education funding shrank by 29 percent between 2007 and 2014, but student numbers have risen by 16 percent over the same period, according to the report, Creating a Supportive Working Environment for Academics in Higher Education. Since 2007, staffing levels have been reduced by 17 percent, or 3,500 posts. Academics report growing levels of stress caused by excessive teaching loads, says the study,…
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  • 2015 FIRE Student Network Conference Deadline Tomorrow!

    David Deerson
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    In just three short weeks, students from across the country will descend on Philadelphia for the 2015 FIRE Student Network Conference—a weekend-long event packed with engaging speakers, hands-on breakout sessions, and informal discussions designed to give students all the practical tools necessary to advocate for freedom of expression on campus. Let’s run down a partial list of reasons we’re so excited about this year’s conference: New location! With conference locations at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, we’re leaving the pastoral calm of Bryn Mawr for…
  • Judge Allows Terminated Prof’s Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit to Proceed

    Samantha Harris
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    Last month, a federal judge ruled that Professor Frederick Fagal’s breach-of-contract lawsuit against Marywood University (PA) could proceed, denying the university’s motion to dismiss the suit. As we explained when Fagal first filed his lawsuit: Tensions between Fagal and the university arose in late November 2011, when Fagal had FIRE’s Will Creeley speak to his “Introduction to Social Science” course. With the university’s permission, Fagal had hung posters advertising Will’s presentation around campus. But according to Fagal’s complaint (obtained via PACER), university…
  • Quick Thoughts on Stand Up For Speech’s Successful First Year

    Will Creeley
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    To celebrate a very successful first year for FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, I’ve written a few quick thoughts for The Huffington Post about why the effort is necessary and how colleges can avoid being named in our next lawsuit. Here’s to even more victories in Stand Up For Speech’s second year! The post Quick Thoughts on Stand Up For Speech’s Successful First Year appeared first on FIRE.
  • In First Year, FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project Restores the Rights of 150,000 Students (and Counting)

    FIRE
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    WASHINGTON, July 1, 2015—One year ago today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) publicly launched its Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project by sponsoring four lawsuits against colleges and universities maintaining unconstitutional speech policies. At the end of its first year, Stand Up For Speech has sponsored an additional four lawsuits, achieved five victories, secured over $250,000 in damages and attorney fees, and restored free speech rights to over 150,000 students at colleges across the country. “The students and faculty members who have had the courage to…
  • Disincentivizing Academic Freedom: The Cost of College

    FIRE Intern
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    At some point in time a college student will be faced with a question that is quite obvious, yet seldom yields a proper response: Why are you here? The answer differs from person to person; many state that college is a stepping stone into a career, that they wanted to continue their education, or that they didn’t know what else to do after high school. However, despite these responses, one fact remains clear: The cost of not going to college has dramatically risen, reshaping the culture of college campuses. College is therefore no longer an option, but rather, a virtual imperative. The…
 
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    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

  • Victory for Voters and Democracy: Supreme Court Deals Blow to Gerrymandering

    Lisa Rosenberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    The Supreme Court delivered a victory to representative democracy today, ruling in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission that under the Constitution’s Elections Clause, an independent body, and not only a state legislature, has the power to create voting districts. In 2000, the people of Arizona voted by referendum to create an independent redistricting commission to draw voting districts, taking the process away from the legislature and outside of the political pulls associated with redistricting efforts. The Arizona legislature sued to overturn the…
  • Listen to Your Mother

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    By Carol Crsoby When I review students’ résumés, I usually find action statements similar to these: – Manage staff – Attend weekly meetings – Tutored students in algebra and calculus You might say, “What is wrong with this?” Well, if I am a recruiter and have over 300 résumés to sort through to hire one person, I am not interested in hiring just anyone. I want to hire the one person who will bring their best to the job, the person who will go above and beyond the job description, the person who will give me more than the other 299 applicants. For this reason, you…
  • 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…
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  • Opinion: Judge in FAMU band hazing ignores the law’s intent “regardless of a victim’s willingness to participate”

    Hank Nuwer
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Editorial: I must write an essay immediately for publication as a journalist editorializing in non-layman’s language. But once again, a judge has forgotten the law on hazing –regardless of a participant’s willingness to participate. 3 FAMU band defendants get away with no jail time following death of beaten Robert Champion. It is not up to […]
  • Another hazing death and arrests — 14-year old victim

    Hank Nuwer
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once again the news from the Philippines is grim.    Here is brief excerpt and link is above: CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan — Three teenagers and a leader of a street gang were arrested by police for the death of a 14-year-old boy after an initiation rite in Sta. Maria town on Tuesday. Police […]
  • Historic day for sentencing in death of FAMU band leader Robert Champion

    Hank Nuwer
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Today, 3 defendants in the death of FAMU bandleader face sentences of up to 20 years. My informed estimate is that 6 to 9 years will be the stiffest sentence imposed. http://www.wsbtv.com/ap/ap/florida/final-3-defendants-to-be-sentenced-in-famu-hazing-/nmmM4/
  • 25th anniversary of Hank Nuwer’s Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing

    Hank Nuwer
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    Moderator:  With pride and gratitude, I look back on a full quarter-century since the publication of my “Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing”.  Unfortunately, publisher Longstreet Press has gone out of business, but used copies usually can be found at a reasonable price at recognized used book sellers such as Amazon. Today, June 15, […]
  • A Play for Hazing Prevention Week

    Hank Nuwer
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
    Looking for something different for Hazing Prevention Week?  Consider finding a male adviser or older fraternity alum or theatre department faculty member and put on Hank Nuwer’s one-man play (available on Amazon and Stophazing.org) “The Broken Pledge.”  Link to play: http://www.stophazing.org/blog/the-broken-pledge-a-play-by-hank-nuwer/
 
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    Eric Felix

  • Helping My Brother Along the #Comm_College Pathway

    eriqfelix
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    My work has always been personal, whether in student affairs, admissions counseling, or educational research. I’ve invested myself in these endeavors believing that maybe, in a small way, my work […]
  • Time to do the work

    eriqfelix
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Knowing that community colleges serve students who have been historically marginalized it is vital to understand state policies, institutional structures, and student dynamics that facilitate transfer success. For those seeking […]
  • Nos Vemos en Esquipulas

    eriqfelix
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    My earliest memories as a child are with my grandfather. One of the first pictures I have is of him holding me at my baptism. Another memory is when he […]
  • Observations from VRC on the transfer process

    eriqfelix
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Understanding the Transfer Process and the Impact of Policy Reform in Community College Anna is studying to become an elementary school teacher at Valley River College. Her friend Evelyn wants […]
  • Reflections from a College Campus

    eriqfelix
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    It’s my second time on campus, actually the first time here was just last week and it was more of a drive by. With major construction along the front of […]
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  • Seventh Annual: The Year in Review - 2014-2015

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    The portrait of Dennis Ahlburg hangs in the Northrup Hall Presidential suite.Another academic year is in the books, and as is tradition, I take a look back at the year that was. I try to think broadly, beyond the Student Affairs perspective. I have certainly missed some things and invite readers to post on those things in the comment section. I will write a handful of posts between now and August, but look for more regular posting to occur when we begin the 2015-2016 academic year.Top Stories1. March SadnessThe Trinity University community was rocked by two very public tragedies. On March 4,…
  • Life, Death, and Student Affairs

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Legends: Janet Waltman, Jim Potter, Debbie Kimbell, Pete Neville, Margaret Farris, Thurman Adkins, David Tuttle, Coleen Grissom, Gary Neal, Peg Layton, and Richard ReamsIt's still too soon to talk about "the accident." But we'll get there. This April, as the curtain fell on the Division of Student Affairs, it seemed perfect that former colleague Pete Neville was back in town for the first time since he left over ten years ago. After all, Pete, the Director of Student Activities was here when I began my Trinity University Student Affairs career in 1987. He was one of many. We'll get there too.
  • 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…
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    Ardith Laverne

  • On This Day: Love and Loving

    Ardith Laverne
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Today, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states of the USA. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t happy. I am thrilled to know that all my friends can choose whether or not they want to marry. I didn’t find out about the ruling until a coworker told me; I was listening to Spotify on the ride in to work today. As the news continues to sink in, I am more and more moved. I understand that I have friends from many walks of life, including walks of life that do not account for same-sex relationships as valid nor moral. They are struggling with what they…
  • Actually, You Aren’t Enough

    Ardith Laverne
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Ardith Laverne:Someone had to say it, and say it well. I’ve been trying to live in the moment, trying to celebrate each little step forward, and to think critically about what I truly want and hope for myself in this life. Nothing is 100% certain, that’s for sure, and nothing will come without failure. But failure doesn’t come without trying, and that’s the important part right now. Originally posted on The SA Pro Next Door : You Are Enough. Those three words frustrate me. I don’t always believe in them. For some of us, the goal of perfection has been a burden for…
  • And That Was It: 15.5 and the Close of the 2015 CrossFit Open

    Ardith Laverne
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    I’ve had some time to recover since the Open concluded on March 30th. Well, it concluded for me on March 27th because I had plans that weekend. I’m so glad this year’s Open is done. 15.5 was… 27-21-15-9 Row for Calories Thrusters (95/65lb.) Thrusters! Yay! (Kind of.) Rowing! Eh. Nothing in 15.5 surprised me when it was announced. It was a for-time work-out, meaning I had to get through every single rep to earn a score. It had two movements which work the same muscle groups, which I knew would burn quite quickly. And so, I knew this would be a mental grind, and the…
  • 15.4: Upside-down and inside-out

    Ardith Laverne
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    A little late, given that the Open is now done. However, I’ll keep with the “tradition” and recap things individually. I started this just a few days after 15.4, so excuse my tardiness. Before 15.4 was announced, I predicted handstand push-ups (HSPU) would be in the WOD. Given this year’s inclusion of several more demanding technical moves, I thought HSPU would be a given. I was right. 15.4 was only an 8-minute AMRAP, but it comprised of HSPU and heavy cleans. It opened with HSPU, which meant for the second week in a row, the Open WOD began with a move I had never…
  • 15.3–or, “Everyone’s Allowed to Have a Bad Day.”

    Ardith Laverne
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    There are several foundations to fitness that I try to follow. Those are: leave your ego at the door leave your baggage/bad attitude outside of the gym listen to your body These are pretty simple things. (Or as one of my friends has kindly reminded me, “No doyyyyy.”) So, why then, is it so hard for me to actually do these things some days? Is it the pursuit of “better every day” and the reality that my progress is often slower than others’? Is it a lingering habit of perfectionism and the frustration of not getting every detail correct? Is it imposter syndrome…
 
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    Aaron Hood

  • Social Justice in Student Affairs

    Aaron
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    We know that Social Justice is a process and a goal as established in Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. “The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social Justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure” (Adams, Bell, and Griffin; 2007). As student affairs educators our main focus is to create a campus community for our students and I posit that using this definition of Social Justice should be a…
  • Brief #PrivilegeStories

    Aaron
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Over the course of the last few year my personal life has hit a fairly large milestone. I got engaged and then married to a wonderful woman. Part of that process throughout and after the planning of our wedding pointed out some pretty large privileges that I hold, particularly as a heterosexual cisgender male in the US. And as part of one of my promises to myself, I thought I would briefly share some of the things that have been pointed out to me as privileges that I hold through my #PrivilegeStories series. The first one that I think of is that I had no hesitation (other than keeping my…
  • 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…
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    Finding the Words

  • Shiner Prickly Pear

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    For those of you from Texas or with loved ones from Texas, you have probably (at some point) tasted (and enjoyed) a Shiner beer. Brewed in the tiny town of Shiner, TX, Shiner beers are not only delicious; they represent Texan culture in a fantastic way - not only through the brewery's history, but also through the beers that they brew.Two of my favorite Shiner draughts are Shiner Cheer, which is a holiday beer that has flavors of pecan and peach (two uniquely Texan flavors to add to a holiday brew), and Shiner Ruby Redbird, which features delicious Texas ruby red grapefruit.My love for Shiner…
  • Puzzling

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    For anyone who's seen any of the modern classic TV show New Girl, you probably know who Winston is - sometimes the voice of reason, sometimes an absurd and delightful part of our favorite roommate foursome. For those of you who don't know Winston, there are a few facts that are critical to understanding who Winston is as a human, and one of those is that Winston loves puzzles.Or, as Winston calls it, "Puzzling."Unfortunately, Winston is also very, very bad at puzzles. Like, really, really, really bad. (Click that link. It's important.)I've been reflecting a lot recently, on life and…
  • Gratitude Lesson #3: Asking the Tough Questions

    10 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Today, as I had a life chat with Alexa, a dear friend and up-and-coming colleague, we talked about those dark places that we occasionally get into in our lives. I've written about these low places before - the doldrums, the proving grounds, the valleys. They suck, but they're real points in our lives when things just don't fit or work the way they're supposed to. We may feel down, or lost, or off our groove. Whatever it is, the low places are NOT fun.What often helps me wake up a little, to get enough of a jolt of electricity to get myself moving again so I can try to get out of the valley,…
  • 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…
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  • The Forgotten Story of the Freedom Schools

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The Forgotten Story of the Freedom Schools: Young people named it the Freedom Summer Project. It was the largest campaign to register voters—in 1964, an election year—and it was the most significant demonstration of African Americans’ political strength in the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman John Lewis, then chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), wrote that the objective of Freedom Summer was to “force a showdown between the local and federal government.” One significant yet overlooked part of this history is the way activists moved beyond the ballot…
  • democracynow: As the nation mourns the mass shooting of nine...

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    democracynow: As the nation mourns the mass shooting of nine African-American worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church, Sunday marks the 51st anniversary of another hateful act tied to another historic black church. It was June 21, 1964, when three young civil rights workers (Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, pictured above) were murdered in Philadelphia in Neshoba County, Mississippi.Hear their story on Democracy Now! today.
  • "And that’s what the young people here today and listening all across the country must take away from..."

    7 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    “And that’s what the young people here today and listening all across the country must take away from this day. You are America. Unconstrained by habits and convention. Unencumbered by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be. For everywhere in this country, there are first steps to be taken, and new ground to cover, and bridges to be crossed. And it is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow.” - President Barack Obama, in a speech commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma,…
  • mapsontheweb:Growth of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    mapsontheweb:Growth of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • vizual-statistix:If you are employed, unless you work from home,...

    5 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    vizual-statistix:If you are employed, unless you work from home, you probablyhave to commute to work. Many commute from the suburbs to the nearest urban center, and for some, those urban centers are in different states than their residences. This map highlights that phenomenon, showing the percentage of workers in each county who commute to a different state for work.Not surprisingly, the counties with the highest percentages are adjacent to state borders. Nine counties have greater than 50% commuting to a different state. In most cases, the flow is unidirectional. For example, people leave…
 
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  • Position Yourself for Enrollment Management

    Jenny Braudaway
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    In the past several years, SJG has completed many searches for Enrollment Management professionals, and we expect that this trend will continue. Potential candidates often ask us what clients are specifically seeking in enrollment management candidates, so below are some skill sets you may wish to gather and/or areas with which you may wish to partner as you take steps to position yourself as a candidate in the professional realm of enrollment management:   Data gathering, reporting, trend analysis and predictive modeling – If you are not already highly proficient with your…
  • Higher Education Financial Outlook

    admin
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    Negative Financial Outlook for Higher Education Sector The two most prominent investment rating firms (Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s) have recently issued negative outlooks for higher education. Moody’s expressed concerns about the ability of colleges and universities to significantly increase tuition revenues the way they have for the past 20 years.  Additionally, there is little optimism that state funding for public institutions will grow enough to offset increased expenses. The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEOA) reported in 2014 that total…
  • 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…
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  • The Value of a Master’s Degree

    CTB Staff
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    With education costs on the rise, it can feel daunting for education marketers to show prospective students the value of pursuing a graduate degree. Be strategic and clear when sharing the potential of specific graduate degrees. Here are a few points to consider:
  • How Important is That Internship?

    Guest Blogger
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    When you’re already consumed with classes and extracurricular activities, adding an internship might seem daunting — but for many college students, the benefits of interning far outweigh the costs. By taking an intern-level position in your desired career path, you can gain real-life experience to round out your college degree, not to mention make connections that may serve you well when school ends. Just how much do internships matter to the college experience? What can you expect to gain? To help answer these questions, here’s a closer look at some of the short-term and long-term…
  • 6 Credit card mistakes that can put college students in debt

    Guest Blogger
    25 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Getting higher education is good as it improves your eligibility status in the job market. However, this in general is also the time when students end up making unnecessary expenses. It would never be good for your career to graduate with huge debt. This is going to make it hard for you to obtain new credit and even a new job after the graduation. Mostly students make the mistake of celebrating their life, free from the direct interference of their parents, thereby falling deep in debt. So, if you are going to start your college life, it would be important for you to avoid making any such…
  • Meeting Icebreaker: Rain

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    25 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    This meeting icebreaker is a great energizer to do right before a break or coming back from a break, especially if you have stragglers. Because it emulates the sound of a rain shower it ends up making a lot of noise and alerts those stragglers to return to the room. It's easy to do, takes no special equipment or practice and even gets the shy folks involved. So here's the easy-to-follow how-to for "making it rain."
  • Dave Kelly on building a Servant Leadership Resume

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    25 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    COLLEGE SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT I travel the country presenting my two core programs for college students: Campus Organization Leadership Training™ and Building Leaders Through Service® and they both resonate with the same overarching theme - SERVANT LEADERSHIP. The bottom line is that I believe in serving and that by serving others - especially those we intend to lead - we become better leaders. But, I'm not some Johnny-come-lately who attended a seminar on speaking at colleges and sees an opportunity. By always being willing to roll up my sleeves in service to others I've built a COMMUNITY…
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  • Black Sociology Prof Who Tweeted About Confederate Flag, White Supremacy Out at U of Memphis

    Angus Johnston
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Zandria Robinson, an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis, has left her job in the wake of media attention to her tweets on whiteness and the Confederate flag. Robinson’s Twitter account is now locked, but according to an article in today’s Washington Times she recently tweeted that the Confederate flag is “the ultimate symbol of white heteropatriarchal capitalism,” and that “Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror.” She also retweeted a Tweet declaring that”the USA flag stands for the same thing as the confederate…
  • How to Teach Your White Kids to Fight Racism

    Angus Johnston
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    A few years ago, some academics did a study of racial attitudes in small children. They wanted to find out whether generic assurances that everyone’s the same on the inside — the standard white liberal catechism of racial good feeling — actually make a difference in whether kids turn into bigots. They don’t. Telling your kid that everyone’s the same, that nobody’s better than anyone else, that everybody’s friends with everybody, accomplishes nothing. You can say that kind of stuff all day and all night — and believe me, white liberal parents do — but if that’s all you do,…
  • Bloodbath at Cooper Union

    Angus Johnston
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:27 pm
    This is a post I’ll be adding a lot of updates to, I suspect. As of this evening, five members of the Cooper Union board of trustees have resigned. They did not go quietly. From the letter of resignation of Mark Epstein, the former chair of the board: As a Trustee, I am hereby resigning from the Board, effective immediately. During my term as Chairman we were able to put the school on a path to sustainability. It was going to be a difficult path with some hurdles to get over. We were on our way, but have now gotten so far off of that path due to the actions (or inactions) of the Board…
  • Nine Things Dr. Ruth Just Got Wrong About Consent

    Angus Johnston
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Dr. Ruth Westheimer has been the subject of controversy over the last few days for comments she made in interviews and on Twitter about consent — views which are strongly at odds with what she’s written on the subject in the past. I wrote about this stuff a bit yesterday, but since then Dr. Ruth gave an interview with a Washington Post blogger in which she expanded on and underscored her new position: “Loud and clear: In the Jewish tradition, it says that if that part of the male anatomy is aroused, the brain flies out of the head. It also says a man doesn’t have enough blood…
  • Stop Saying that Nobody Supports Rape. Lots of People Support Rape.

    Angus Johnston
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    When I write about sexual assault on this site, particularly when I talk about the difficulty in combatting sexual assault, one comment recurs over and over: “Nobody supports rape.” Sometimes it’s phrased more delicately than that, sometimes not. But the basic idea is the same — that the ideas of rape culture and rape apologism are ridiculous. Everyone’s against rape. Everyone agrees that rape is bad. But of course it’s not true. For starters, of course, there’s the fact that rapists exist in society, most of them unpunished. They’re not against…
 
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  • Blended Problem-Based Learning: Finding the Best Blend

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Problem-based learning has proved to be highly effective for careers and industries in which a great deal of hands-on learning / skills-based practice is required and also in team environments. Examples include petroleum exploration and development, pipeline construction, manufacturing / processing, construction, medicine, pharmaceutical sales, allied health industries, and hospitality /
  • Design for Learning in E-Learning: Making the Notion of "Quality" Concrete and Implementable

    17 Jun 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Design for Learning focuses on how to transform existing educational situations into desired situations where it is easier to achieve learning outcomes (Guislandi & Raffaguelli, 2015). The emphasis is on quality, and in doing so, the approach links the vision of how quality should be enacted in a program to the actual activities and procedures that are built into the learning program.In the
  • Hed Kandi Sayulita Beach House: Travel-Tourism Economic Development Using Social Media

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:52 pm
    I love Hed Kandi’s chill and house mixes and eagerly look for them. They evoke a beach and surf vibe and even if I’m squeezed into an economy seat on a sold-out regional jet flight, I am immediately transported to gorgeous places and climates.  For example, I imagine Sayulita, a bohemian coastal village in the Nayarit Riviera in Mexico close to Puerta Vallarta, famed for its surf and Stand Up
  • Social Media Collaborative Digital Inspections for Optimizing Field Safety

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
     A common problem with field courses is the fact that safety is often viewed as a checklist and there can be a certain level of complacency. Given the ever-changing nature of field conditions and also the fitness levels of the participants, it is very important to develop an approach to safety that heightens engagement and also becomes collaborative and participatory. The result would be an
  • Hybrid / Blended Courses: Constantly Evolving for Optimal Effectiveness and Access

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Blended learning can help overcome the limitations of face-to-face delivery. Blended learning can take many forms, and is easily adapted to specific needs and technical requirements. Incorporating elearning and mlearning (including synchronous and asynchronous), blended (often referred to as “hybrid”) courses can include face to face elements as well as a blend of different technologies and
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • A Student Affairs Integrated Communication Strategy

    Ed Cabellon
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    As I near the end of my first year in senior leadership in student affairs at Bridgewater State University (BSU), one of the frequent topics I presented and fielded inquiries on was the creation and implementation of our new BSUlife.com communication platform and our integrated marketing team. As a divisional approach and strategy, this past year has been one of growth and learning about intentional ways of improving our communication efforts towards students. While many institutional communication departments are focused on an external audience, public relations, and/or the university…
  • 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…
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    elearnspace

  • Personal Learning Graphs (PLeG)

    gsiemens
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Personalized and adaptive learning has been described as the so-called holy grail of education. The idea is not new, though its technological instantiation is getting increased attention. In a well-funded education system, personalized instruction happens when guided by a teacher as each students strengths and weaknesses and knowledge gaps are known. However, when classrooms start to exceed 20+ students, some type of mediating agent is needed in order to address knowledge gaps as it becomes impossible for a teacher to be aware of what is happening with each learner. So, while the human…
  • The death of Athabasca University has been greatly exaggerated

    gsiemens
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    I keep hearing rumours about Athabasca University dying or at least being on its deathbed. I guess stories like this don’t help: AU taskforce releases sustainability report. This article was picked up by Tony Bates, who states: “So Athabasca University is now in the same position as the Greek government, except it doesn’t have the EU, the IMF, or the Germans to look to for help – just the Alberta government, which itself has been fiscally devastated by the collapse of oil prices.” I’m conflicted by Tony’s response. He has forgotten more about digital learning…
  • 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…
 
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    Google Student Blog

  • The surprising power of checklists

    Sarah H
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    This is the first in our Life Hacks series, which aims to provide different insights into how to make your life simpler and more enjoyable.In a world where everyone is multitasking and everything is instant, the potential for inefficiency and mistakes is astronomical. We’re constantly checking email while scrolling through our social media news feeds, all while catching up on the latest season of our favorite TV shows. Consequently, some tasks that we truly mean to do slip from our minds. In recent years, this had started to become a huge problem for me. As a busy college student trying to…
  • Computational Thinking for Educators

    Sarah H
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Have you ever thought about how you would you map the entire human DNA sequence? It is really possible that William Shakespeare wrote all of the plays that bear his name? What about designing a computer program that creates novel music compositions? All of the skills needed to answer these questions make up what we consider computational thinking (CT), a problem solving technique that software engineers at Google and elsewhere apply all the time to write the programs that underlay the computer applications you use every day, including search, Gmail and Google Maps. Not only is this 21st…
  • We need your feedback!

    Sarah H
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    This summer, we at the Google Student Blog are reemphasizing our commitment to gathering feedback from our readers. Consequently, we have designed a brief feedback form specifically for the Google Student Blog. Our hope is that this will enable each of you to voice your opinions, so that we, in turn, can better provide you with the Googley content you love. We are looking forward to receiving your input! https://goo.gl/fkKEBWPosted by Steven Claunch, Online Hiring and Insights Team
  • Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

    Sarah H
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    As part of Google's ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, we are pleased to provide scholarships to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. In partnership with EmployAbility, we are excited to announce this year’s recipients of The Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities.Please join us in congratulating the following recipients, along with the universities they attend:Alexandra Tzilivaki, IMBB FORTH and University of Crete, GreeceBenno Ommerborn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, GermanyAnna Kuosmanen,…
  • How are interviews at Google different?

    Sarah H
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    A few weeks back, we ran a poll on our Google+ page asking what type of content you all would be interested in seeing more of on our pages. One of the top responses was information on the interviewing and hiring process. In turn, we decided that we should write a series of posts shedding some light on how hiring works at Google. This entry will primarily cover what components our interviews are comprised of, but if you want to dive deeper into our hiring practices and many other aspects of Google, be sure to check out Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock, who heads up People Operations at Google.As…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Feedback: The Motivation Behind Them Matters

    Joe Sabado
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:11 am
    There are a couple of mentors I have come to trust in my career. That I trust them is based on the many interactions when they’ve shown me that when they provide me feedback, they come from a right place.  What I mean by “a right place” is that the feedback are genuine and they are to help […]
  • Cohort-Based IT Leadership/Management Program for Higher Ed

    Joe Sabado
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    This post contains some of the ideas I will be proposing to our HR department as an officially endorsed training program to address two issues I see present on our campus IT community. These two issues are 1) lack of a cohesive community among the different IT units (and leadership), and 2) needed training on […]
  • Complexity of Identity and Appearance

    Joe Sabado
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The saga of Rachel Dolezal and her claim to be an African American despite her upbringing reminds me of a couple of learning experience about the complex issues behind identity and appearance. Her appearance, which seems to have changed to what could be considered African American features, is one aspect that is really interesting to […]
  • The Quantified Life

    Joe Sabado
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    Cloud, mobile, social media, wearable computing, and internet of things are now making it possible for those who see the value of being able to quantify their lives for the sake of improving themselves. Devices and applications that measure financial, health, work, and social activities are readily available today. What I’ve found is that the […]
  • Leading In Stressful Times

    Joe Sabado
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:32 am
    I read somewhere that one manages constraints and leads towards possibilities. Certainly, as a manager, getting things done and delivering services and products with the constraints of  finite resources, including staff, within the time frame  and the level of quality expected is a core of our duties. This responsibility gets even more difficult during stressful […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • The Future of Advising

    Laura Pasquini
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    This week I am at the NACADA’s International Conference, Melbourne, Australia (#NACADAmelb) with The Global Community for Academic Advising. Today our panel (George, Catherine, Jennifer, and myself) started a conversation around the following prompt: “The Future of Advising: Current and Past Predictions to Shape Our Future.” This panel was designed to poke at the issues and uses of technology in higher education for student support, academic advising, and personal tutoring. Much of the discussion was focussed on the Lowenstein’s chapter, Envisioning the Future (as…
  • PSA: Laura Down Under for June

    Laura Pasquini
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:42 pm
    This just in: I’m in the LAND DOWN UNDER! {Sorry if this is delayed information, as I just landed into Oz… but hey} As this is my first visit to Australia (yeah, I can’t believe it either), so I thought I’d make the most of it. I’ll be in Sydney (until June 17) and Melbourne (June 18-July 1)to catch up with from friends, family & tweeps. I will be researching and teaching online — so if you  need me I am available by phone (text preferred to my Google Voice office number: 940-268-5920) or shoot me an email. I’ll do my best respond there or other…
  • Thinking About Communities for Learning {#Rhizo15 Week 5 – Catch Up}

    Laura Pasquini
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    Q: What a #Rhizo15 post? But Laura, I thought the course was over? Is this not true? A: The #Rhizo15 is never over with a community like this one. #truth Week 5 poked and prodded at the notion of community for learning, with questions like: How do we make sure there is always room for new and contrarian voices? Do we need to create a them to have a we? How do we cultivate a community learning ecosystem so that it continues to grow outward rather than inward? What does that mean for learning? Must rhizomatic learning be an invasive species? In my efforts to set up my 10-week Summer courses…
  • Being A Networked Scholar

    Laura Pasquini
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Using social media and being a networked scholar allows provides you with an online, research presence and connects you to academics inside and outside your field. The power of open, social networks, allows academic to connect to research and researchers across disciplines. Consider all the ways you can collaborate and share in social media. A growing number of scholars have adopted and joined these online scholarly communities to meet other like-minded scholars, solicit for research support, share project progress, and  disseminate findings beyond a conference publication or journal…
  • 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…
 
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  • Professor Says Facebook Can Help Informal Learning

    Meg Bernhard
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    Who says Facebook is always a distraction? A new study suggests that if engaged in online debate, college students can use the popular social network to learn and develop a variety of skills. In a paper released on Monday, Christine Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, argues that using informal social-media settings to carry on debates about science can help students refine their argumentative skills, increase their scientific literacy, and supplement learning in the classroom. Past studies have shown that informal settings, like conversations with…
  • Researchers Complain About Changes in Amazon Tool Used for Surveys

    Mary Ellen McIntire
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    This week Amazon changed the terms for a service that has become a standard tool in social-science research, and many scholars are complaining that it will mean higher costs to conduct surveys. The service is called Mechanical Turk, and it is a marketplace that connects people on the Internet looking for paid piecework with anyone who has a small task and is willing to pay someone to do it. The concept is known as crowd-work, and many researchers have used it to pay strangers small amounts to take part in social-science surveys. Amazon announced on Monday that it would take a larger…
  • Universities Ban Smart Watches During Finals

    Mary Ellen McIntire
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    Some Australian universities warned students this month not to wear wristwatches during final exams, amid concerns that increasingly popular wearable technology, like the Apple Watch, could foster cheating. La Trobe University, in Melbourne, and the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, both issued warnings at the start of their final-exam periods that students would have to remove their watches before testing began. The University of New South Wales required students to put all wristwatches in clear bags under their desks. La Trobe students could place traditional watches on their desks…
  • Art Schools Go MOOC, With a New Online Platform

    Meg Bernhard
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    A new company is jumping into MOOCs, but with a focus on teaching free courses in the arts. The new virtual art school, called Kadenze, has already teamed up with programs at 18 institutions, including Stanford and Princeton Universities, to create a digital platform designed for arts courses. According to a company co-founder, Perry R. Cook, an emeritus professor at Princeton, the platform will be “multimedia rich” and allow students to create online portfolios, upload music files and scanned art, watch videos, and participate in discussion forums. Kadenze will initially offer…
  • Students in Free Courses Study, but Not as Much as Most Students Do

    Mary Ellen McIntire
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    Most students in free online courses don’t spend as much time doing classwork as do traditional college students, but they do log a significant number of hours, according to a new survey of more than 4,500 MOOC students by Class Central, a website that reviews free courses. More than 55 percent of the students surveyed said they studied two to five hours per week, and 22 percent said they spent six to 10 hours per week studying. How does that compare with traditional college students? About 43 percent of first-year residential college students reported spending more than six hours per…
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  • She Wanted to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, and Now Title IX Can Protect Her

    Mollie Lam
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
      Many educators and campus professionals don’t know that Title IX protects them from retaliation. This lawsuit could change that. When Susan Burhans accepted a position at Yale University in 1999, campus sexual assault wasn’t a big part of the national media conversation. Most administrators didn’t acknowledge or understand that Title IX covered sexual violence. Hired to work on communications and campus safety, Burhans had no idea that Title IX would play a significant role in her work. Once she settled in, however, students started bringing her complaints about the school’s…
  • These Campus Women Won!

    AAUW Intern
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    This has been an exciting year for women in politics. Congress and state legislatures have more women than ever before, and come 2016 we hope to have even more to celebrate. A recent poll found that 67 percent of Americans say the country is ready for a woman president, and two female candidates have already declared their candidacy. Despite these baby steps toward progress, the people elected to represent us still look very different from the people who live in America. Women make up more than half our country’s population yet hold less than 20 percent of seats in Congress, and women of…
  • Legislative Tactic Could Revoke Paid Sick Days, Minimum Wage, and Other Laws Helping Women

    AAUW National
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
      Young women at a rally in North Carolina. Image by Stephen Melkisethian, Flickr Creative Commons In the face of congressional inaction, state and local policy makers are working harder than ever to expand the rights and protections of their constituents. Issues ranging from the Equal Rights Amendment to paid family leave have found success at the state and local levels. However, a new trend is emerging across the country to repeal those victories and stop similar future legislation. So-called preemption bills have started to garner support over the past several years, with a surge in…
  • 4 Ways Young Women Can Take Action on Education Equity

    AAUW National
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Sarah Stitzlein with her sonIt is a well-known fact that sex discrimination in education still exists. And, unfortunately, so many of us have experienced this form of discrimination firsthand. But why is this inequity so persistent, and what can we do about it? Since the anniversary of Title IX, the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program, was on June 23, I wanted to dig deeper into these issues — specifically for women whose quality of life has been further affected by poverty or belonging to a minority group. To learn more, I…
  • The Unequal Fortunes of Professional Women Soccer Players

    AAUW National
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    We’ve all heard of Title IX — the landmark legislation combating sex discrimination in education. June 23 marks the anniversary of this law that has made significant strides in, among other things, leveling the playing field for college women across the country by providing greater opportunities for female athletes (though disparities in athletic program budgets and coaching pay persist). By strengthening women’s collegiate athletic programs, Title IX provided professional teams across the athletic spectrum with a burgeoning population of talented athletes to expand their ranks.
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  • Every Experience Will Teach You Something

    Stacy Oliver
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Emily Yates is a student advisor at the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @Emryates. The path to my first job started out unexpectedly. I was at an end of year party hosted by one of our professors, and we were all talking about our bucket list items. I blurted out that I had always wanted to live overseas. I didn’t have any specific plans for where or when, but I was obsessed with travel and culture since an exchange program in high school. My assistantship was working with international students. I thought that I might do…
  • Failure is Instructive

    Stacy Oliver
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Ben Newhouse is the dean of students at Birmingham-Southern College. You can find him on Twitter at @BenJNewhouse.   “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” – John Dewey My first year as a professional within higher education was a humbling one, or as John Dewey might frame it, highly “instructive.” As I stepped into my entry-level role in Residential Life, I fully expected that I would achieve rock star status by Week 3…Week 4 tops. Before you dismiss my prior statement as misguided hubris (which…
  • Questioning the Fit

    Stacy Oliver
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    Jillian Pyatte is the assistant director of community outreach at University of Kentucky. You can find her on Twitter at @JPyatte.   In grad school, I was told constantly that I needed to find “the right fit” in my first job. And while we talked about what that entails (institutional culture & size, type, surrounding environment, supervisor) I had no idea what it all really meant. Based on the experience of my graduate assistantship, I knew I wanted to work in the functional area of community service/community engagement; and based on my small-town life I knew that I wanted to be…
  • Not If, But When

    Stacy Oliver
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    The #SAFirstJobs series continues this week with Clare Cady. Clare is the founder of the College and University Food Bank Alliance and a senior program officer at Single Stop. You can find her on Twitter at @ClareCady. My first week as a Residence Coordinator in vignettes.   Day one: there are naked students in the hallway…not naked per se, but walking around in very small underwear. Phone calls from residents with complaints. When I go up to confront the situation one of the students strips off the final piece of clothing as a means of resistance before streaking to the stairwell…
  • Fishes, Ponds, and the Transference of Both

    Stacy Oliver
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:11 am
    The #SAFirstJobs series continues with Lindsay Marx’s experience in her first role. Lindsay is the assistant director of residential communities at Kent State University. You can find Lindsay on Twitter at @MarxLindsay.   I was an overachiever in undergrad. I held a ton of positions in residence life and was awarded several accolades within the department and university. I was the bee’s knees, cat’s pajamas, and in my own opinion, I was the best undergrad in the entire university. So, it is safe to say that I had an ego. I entered my search for a grad program with a very…
 
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  • Not a commodity.

    debrasanborn
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    I frequently discuss the value of a college education here, here, and here, Here, too. The former president of our sister institution to the east recently added his two-cents worth. They make sense. College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one.  
  • New piece of the pie

    debrasanborn
    31 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
    A while back I hinted at a new opportunity that would be headed my way. After months of discussions and negotiations I am very pleased to announce that I am the new vice president of National Student Exchange (NSE). The NSE appointment is half time allowing a continuation of current responsibilities with my university. NSE is a not-for profit education consortium that provides exchange and study away opportunities to students enrolled at its 170 member colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Established in 1968, NSE has provided…
  • 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…
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