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  • Isaac Asimov’s Advice for Being Creative (Hint: Don’t Brainstorm)

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Asimov’s Lost Essay In the late 1950’s, Arthur Obermayer worked for Allied Research Associates, a cold war-era science lab. During this period, his employer received a grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency to “elicit the most creative approaches possible for a ballistic missile defense system.” Obermayer was a longtime friend of the famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. Figuring that Asimov might know a thing or two about creativity, he brought him into the project. The result was an essay, penned by Asimov, on the topic of creative breakthroughs.
  • Penn State Alumna Sarah Landrum Named as Campus to Career Featured Writer

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Campus to career is excited to announce a brand-new blogging partnership with Sarah Landrum! Sarah is a graduate of Penn State University and holds degrees in Marketing and Public Relations. You’ve probably seen some of Sarah’s great work on sites like Undercover Recruiters and We’re thrilled to have her join the team here at […]
  • Building Your Experience: One Bullet Point at A Time

    Career Spotlight
    Stephanie Gordon
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    “Please attach your resume to the application.” These words appear on every job application. Everyone always tells you to make sure that your resume stands out against the other candidates. How am I supposed to make sure that mine is different from all the rest? What are the important things that I need to include on it? These are all questions that come to mind when writing a resume. I have read plenty of articles giving me all sorts of resume tips. I have been in classes where creating a resume was an assignment. How was I going to make sure that mine stood out? I start from the top.
  • Mixed opinions as European Union-funded ranking effort enters second year

    Inside Higher Ed
    Elizabeth Redden
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    As it releases its second annual ranking, the European Union's U-Multirank project continues to face challenges, but many see value in the effort to revise the way rankings are done. Editorial Tags: International higher educationRankings
  • Catch Liz Discussing Social Media Success on the Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast

    Gross, Point-Blank
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dustin Ramsdell about my experience managing social media in higher education. Now, the episode of the Student Affairs Spectacular podcast is live! We start off as all great conversations do, talking about the weather, and then dive into questions about: My professional journey A quick update on my doctoral work My current role working in higher ed but not on a campus Why I’m on the social media measurement soapbox Comparing working  off campus to on campus The process of writing How to Manage Social Media in Higher Education…
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • Isaac Asimov’s Advice for Being Creative (Hint: Don’t Brainstorm)

    Study Hacks
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Asimov’s Lost Essay In the late 1950’s, Arthur Obermayer worked for Allied Research Associates, a cold war-era science lab. During this period, his employer received a grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency to “elicit the most creative approaches possible for a ballistic missile defense system.” Obermayer was a longtime friend of the famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. Figuring that Asimov might know a thing or two about creativity, he brought him into the project. The result was an essay, penned by Asimov, on the topic of creative breakthroughs.
  • Deep Habits: Think Hard Outside The Office

    Study Hacks
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Deep Work After Hours One lesson I learned after becoming a professor is that producing intellectual insights at a professional pace requires deep thinking beyond the confines of the normal workday. Though I’m quite good at protecting and prioritizing deep work against the encroachment of the shallow, the depth I can fit into my regular schedule is not sufficient. My strategy is to maintain, at all times, a single, clear problem primed and ready for cogitation. I then set aside specific times for this deep thinking in my schedule outside work. I use many (though not all) of my commutes…
  • Many Senators Don’t Use E-mail. This Shouldn’t Bother You.

    Study Hacks
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Redeeming The Luddite Caucus Earlier this morning I was reading The Washington Post while watching the sun rise (I have two young kids at home: I find quiet where I can). A column by Catherine Rampell, titled The Luddite Caucus, caught my attention. As I began to read, my interest transformed into concern. In the wake of the recent Hillary Clinton e-mail story, many reporters, it turns out, have been asking other politicians about their digital habits. After reviewing these articles, Rampell reports that there are a surprising number of United States senators who rarely use e-mail — a…
  • You Are Where You Work: More Examples of Fantastically Deep Working Spaces

    Study Hacks
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about three writers who custom-built work spaces to help them go deeper with their craft. In response, many of you sent more examples of fantastic deep work spaces. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites, as the more I dive into this idea of “method working,” the more appealing it becomes… David McCullough’s Cabin (Image from Reason and Reflection.) Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough, it turns out, writes his biographies in a eight-by-twelve cabin on the property of his Martha’s Vineyard farm. He calls it…
  • Compelling Career Advice from Barack Obama

    Study Hacks
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    A Compelling Answer  Earlier today, a reader pointed me toward a blog post about Barack Obama from the Humans of New York project. The post quotes Obama’s answer to the following question: When is the time you felt most broken? The president begins his response by recalling a doubt-ridden plateau in his political career… “I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped…for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do.” What caught my attention (and the attention of the reader who forwarded me the…
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    Campus To Career

  • Penn State Alumna Sarah Landrum Named as Campus to Career Featured Writer

    Kirk Baumann
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Campus to career is excited to announce a brand-new blogging partnership with Sarah Landrum! Sarah is a graduate of Penn State University and holds degrees in Marketing and Public Relations. You’ve probably seen some of Sarah’s great work on sites like Undercover Recruiters and We’re thrilled to have her join the team here at […]
  • Living Your Passion vs. Working a J-O-B: Balancing the Scales

    Kirk Baumann
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
      Let’s face it: If you weren’t born with a trust fund the size of Jupiter or into a family with strategically well-placed connections to the business world (and thus to ready-made employment), you’re going to need a job to pay the bills. This month’s rent waits for no man, and a growling stomach will […]
  • 8 Unwritten Meeting Rules You Need to Know

    Kirk Baumann
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
      Campus to Career is excited to announce our very first contributing writer, Sarah Landrum! You’ll see Sarah’s exclusive thought-provoking posts each month right here. Please help us welcome her to the Campus to Career community! This month, she has some excellent tips to help make your meetings more effective… The unspoken rules in a professional […]
  • The State of Job Seeker Personalities in America

    Kirk Baumann
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Does the state in which you live have an effect on your personality? You might be surprised at this study. Every job seeker is born with certain personality traits, but new data from the infographic below — compiled by Truity Psychometrics, a provider of online personality and career assessments and developer of the TypeFinder® personality […]
  • How a Bad Thank-You Note Can Cost You the Job

    Kirk Baumann
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
      For those fresh out of college and new in the job market, getting an interview can be a daunting task. Picking out the perfect outfit: scary. Acing the interview: even scarier. But if you think first impressions stop there, you are horribly mistaken. What comes next is the thank you note, and I know […]
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    Career Spotlight

  • Building Your Experience: One Bullet Point at A Time

    Stephanie Gordon
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    “Please attach your resume to the application.” These words appear on every job application. Everyone always tells you to make sure that your resume stands out against the other candidates. How am I supposed to make sure that mine is different from all the rest? What are the important things that I need to include on it? These are all questions that come to mind when writing a resume. I have read plenty of articles giving me all sorts of resume tips. I have been in classes where creating a resume was an assignment. How was I going to make sure that mine stood out? I start from the top.
  • C&LD Internships: A Day in the Life

    Stephanie Gordon
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    In present day, it seems like every entry level position out of college wants to see some sort of experience. This experience is usually gained through an internship. While the internship search can be daunting and challenging, there is a department on campus that offers great internships. As current interns for Career & Leadership Development, we spoke to other interns in the office to see how working here has not only given them job experience, but so much more. We started in the SEAL office, where we talked to a few interns about what it is like being a part of SEAL and C&LD: “I…
  • Multicultural Career Fair Recap

    Jonathan Fera
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
     Suit and tie. Padfolio filled with resumes. Business cards. A positive attitude. These are all things necessary when attending a career fair. When I decided to attend the Multicultural Career Fair here at UW-Whitewater, I had to prepare. Luckily, this was not my first career fair, so I already knew what to expect and what to do differently than the time before. I started the morning ensuring that I was going to be comfortable throughout the day. Having a filling breakfast, the “recommended” amount of caffeine, and enough time to get ready in the morning, set the foundation for a…
  • Tips for the Multicultural Career Fair

    Stephanie Gordon
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    With the career fair coming up soon, here are some tips for you: Before the Career Fair 1. Research the companies that you want to speak with. Before you go to the career fair, you should do some basic research on what the company does. This way you can spend your time telling the company representative about yourself, rather than asking them questions about what their company does. When choosing which companies to speak with, be open minded; just because you have never heard of a company doesn’t mean that they don’t have something great to offer. Make sure that you prioritize the…
  • Taking the Risk

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

  • Mixed opinions as European Union-funded ranking effort enters second year

    Elizabeth Redden
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    As it releases its second annual ranking, the European Union's U-Multirank project continues to face challenges, but many see value in the effort to revise the way rankings are done. Editorial Tags: International higher educationRankings
  • Are Bats in the President's House a $1.2M Problem?

    Scott Jaschik
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, and his wife, Deborah, have moved out of the presidential home after she fell and broke a foot while dodging a bat. While removal of bats from the home is not controversial, many students and faculty members are angry that the university's foundation is now talking about spending $1.2 million to buy a new home for the president, rather than simply getting the bats removed from the current home, The Athens News reported. Foundation officials said that purchasing a new home would help not only the current president, but future presidents. But…
  • An Illinois Community College's Approach to Free Tuition

    Scott Jaschik
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Harper College, in Illinois, on Sunday unveiled a program to provide two years of free tuition to high school graduates in its district. The program has some requirements: students may miss only limited numbers of days in high school, must graduate on time and must perform community service. But while some free community college programs have been proposed or enacted only for top students, the Harper one is broader. Students must have a 2.3 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Once in college, they would be required to stay on track to graduate, to perform community service and to earn…
  • College of DuPage's No-Bid Contract

    Scott Jaschik
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The College of DuPage has paid a member of its foundation board $630,000 to design and install signs over the last four years without ever receiving a competitive bid for the work, The Chicago Tribune reported. Further, The Tribune found that the contracts reference the work of Carla Burkhart, the board member, as an architect, but she isn't one and her company doesn't offer architecture services. Burkhart has denied any wrongdoing. After receiving questions from The Tribune, the college's board chair ordered a review of contracts. According to documents obtained by The Tribune,…
  • Push for concealed guns on campuses is gaining steam

    Kaitlin Mulhere
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    In just a few years, the push to allow concealed weapons on campuses has shifted from a long shot in a few states to a movement that's gaining steam in many parts of the country, including two of the most populous states. Editorial Tags: CrimeImage Caption: Image used by Students for Campus Carry in Texas
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    Gross, Point-Blank

  • Catch Liz Discussing Social Media Success on the Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dustin Ramsdell about my experience managing social media in higher education. Now, the episode of the Student Affairs Spectacular podcast is live! We start off as all great conversations do, talking about the weather, and then dive into questions about: My professional journey A quick update on my doctoral work My current role working in higher ed but not on a campus Why I’m on the social media measurement soapbox Comparing working  off campus to on campus The process of writing How to Manage Social Media in Higher Education…
  • What You Missed at the 2015 AMA Analytics With Purpose Conference

    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This week I had the privilege to attend Analytics With Purpose, the third annual conference sponsored by the American Marketing Association. Over 200 attendees gathered in San Diego to hear business leaders talk about using data to personalize marketing, understand marketing analytics, conduct unstructured text analysis, build a marketing mix model, and lead a data-centered organization. A wide variety of industries were represented, and I managed to meet up with more than a handful of higher education professionals—among them faculty, development staff, web programmers, and campus…
  • Lessons From A Month Of Guest Bloggers

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The blog has been pretty silent lately, especially in comparison to all of the amazing posts that were published in January. That’s because you all tired me out! Well, sort of. After posting 31 posts in January, 28 of which came from guest bloggers, I’ve had some time to rest, reflect, and think about my Resolve 2015 experience. So here’s a peak at what I learned behind the scenes. Everyone Has Ideas Worth Sharing It didn’t matter if authors were a vice president or a new professional—their ideas resonated with someone. Similarly, for some contributors this was…
  • Get More Work Done

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many have heard the idiom “perfection is the enemy of good.” I like to modify that a little bit and say, “perfection is the enemy of done.” Think of the things on your to-do list that are not complete. How long will it realistically take to complete those items? As I glance down at my to-do list just now I can see many of these tasks will take only a few minutes. If suddenly the deadline on any of them changed to be very urgent—in most cases I could complete them quickly. Use the following tips to get more work done, each and every day. Two Minute Task —Do It Now! I am a big fan…
  • Maximize Vendor Relationships

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    No (wo)man is an island, and I don’t know a single higher education professional that doesn’t work with vendors in some capacity. But working with a vendor is so much more than participating in a business transaction. Read on for five ways to maximize vendor relationships. Spoiler alert: I now work for a vendor. Know What You Want Often, the first contact you’ll have with a vendor is to submit an inquiry about their product (or you’ll receive a sales call). All vendors exist to solve a problem or fulfill a need. To make the most of both your time and the…
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  • Greg in ‘Huffington Post’: Ithaca College Microaggression Bill Creates a ‘War on Candor’

    Nico Perrino
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    In a new op-ed for The Huffington Post, FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff addresses Ithaca College’s microaggression resolution that we reported on yesterday on The Torch. The Student Government Association resolution seeks to create an anonymous reporting system for alleged instances of microaggressions. Torch readers might be familiar with these sorts of anonymous bias-reporting systems on college campuses. They raise troublesome legal and normative questions. But the resolution out of Ithaca College appears to take such programs to the next level. The resolution’s student…
  • ‘Esquire’ Details Egregious Failures of Occidental Sexual Assault Case

    Susan Kruth
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Last summer, FIRE reported on a stunning case in which Occidental College in California expelled a student—identifying himself only as “John Doe”—for an alleged sexual assault despite significant exculpatory evidence. Many factors contributed to the unfairness of John’s hearing, and Richard Dorment provides a thorough account of the case in an article for Esquire published Wednesday. It is an absolute must-read and highlights a number of problems that exist not just at Occidental, but at colleges and universities across the country. Los Angeles Police Department detectives and the…
  • Ithaca College’s Microaggressions Bill Labels Students ‘Oppressors’ for ‘Belittling’ Speech

    Will Creeley
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Early last week, the Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a resolution to create an anonymous, online system for students to report “microaggressions” on campus. FIRE has closely monitored the bill’s progress, as its language presents obvious problems for freedom of expression at the private New York college. First, the measure resolves to create a “school-wide online system to report microaggressions”—but does not define the term “microaggressions.” This glaring lack of clarity is deeply troubling. Without a stable understanding of what a microaggression is or…
  • UMW’s Punishment of Rugby Team Disregards Free Speech, Due Process

    Samantha Harris
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Another week, another public university president defying the First Amendment. Declaring that his university (unconstitutionally) prohibits “derogatory statements of any form,” University of Mary Washington (UMW) President Richard Hurley announced last week that the UMW men’s rugby club has been dissolved, and all of its players ordered to attend sensitivity training, because of a few team members’ participation in a bawdy song recorded at a November 2014 party. The song in question, the lyrics of which revolve around having sex with the body of a dead prostitute, has raised eyebrows.
  • U. of Delaware Resists Potentially Chilling Records Request from Congressman

    Susan Kruth
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The University of Delaware (UD) was one of seven universities to which Arizona Congressman Raul M. Grijalva wrote last month, requesting information about and records relating to researchers who are skeptical about the existence or extent of man-made climate change. Citing concerns about academic freedom, UD acquiesced only to a narrow portion of Grijalva’s request. UD’s caution in light of the profound chilling effect that overly broad records requests can have on faculty research is laudable, and FIRE hopes the other universities exercise similar discretion. FIRE has noted many times…
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  • Food Glorious Food! Part Two – Restaurants In and Around Boston

    Guest Blogger
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    By Clare O’Brien As I mentioned in my last blog post, there are an abundance of wonderful restaurants in Boston. Several of these restaurants have well-known chefs and are frequently featured on TV and in “foodie” magazines. I know some of you may not have much free time to do the tourist thing and travel around the city, but if you make a point to get out for a meal, many of these locations will allow you to see some of the best parts of Boston. I asked my colleagues from the Local Arrangements Team (LAT) to join in and share some of their favorite eateries. Here are a few…
  • NAFSA’s EA Visa Helpers Take to DC

    Guest Blogger
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    By María José Angel Mex As an early Christmas present last year, I was appointed by NAFSA as a consular affairs liaison to the Italian consulate in Houston, Texas. At the time, I had an idea of what my responsibilities would be, but I knew I still had a lot to learn. This proved to be true earlier this year when I attended NAFSA’s consular affairs liaison (CAL) training in Washington D.C, along with the 40 other members of the  CAL Subcommittee. You might be wondering what exactly CALs do. To put it briefly, we try to help. CALs belong to country groups (France, Italy, Spain, the…
  • The Role of the NAFSA Membership Committee

    Guest Blogger
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    By Leah Newell My name is Leah Newell. 2015 begins the second year of my serving as chair of the NAFSA Membership Committee. Wait! Don’t leave! I know you are busy and probably have NO interest in the exciting topic of “The Role of the Membership Committee.” However, give me 5 minutes of your time and I promise you will gain some valuable information. Remember, if you know more, you can do more! So here we go. Who we are NAFSA’s Membership Committee is a group of NAFSA professional international educator members from a wide range of regions, focus areas, experience levels, and…
  • Food Glorious Food! Part One – Restaurants Close to the Convention Center

    Guest Blogger
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    By Clare O’Brien My role for the next two weeks is to whet your appetite as you start to plan your time in Boston for the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference & Expo. I can’t think of a better way to do this than to introduce you to some of the many restaurant options in Boston over the next two blog entries. Get ready, foodies, the possibilities are endless! In order to get a handle on the variety of cuisines and price ranges, I found it easiest to highlight restaurants according to geographic areas, starting of course with the Seaport neighborhood close to the Boston Convention…
  • Top 10 Things to Do While in Boston for NAFSA 2015

    Guest Blogger
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    By Clare O’Brien We all know how easy it is to fill one’s schedule with back-to-back meetings, sessions, and events during the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. But please don’t forget to leave time to explore the beautiful city of Boston during your stay in New England. The list of things to do in Boston can be overwhelming, so I thought I would try to choose my top 10 favorite activities to share with you in my blog this week. If you can make this trip a family vacation, you will not be disappointed. All the things on my list are perfect for people of all ages! Walk the Freedom…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • Best Spring Break of Your Life: 10 Destinations for Every College Budget

    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

    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…
  • Which College Town is Right for You?

    Elizabeth Simmons
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are already plenty of questions to consider when deciding where to go to college. Which school is the best for your program? How much can you afford to spend? How far from or close to home do you want to be? Though those may cover the basics, some consideration should also be given to what kind of place your college or university is in. Are you looking for a quaint, quirky college town? Or are you looking for a little city within a big city kind of feel with your campus? Source: WalletHub Tons of options are out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the folks at the…
  • Why Economics is Heating Up as the Economy Cools

    4 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    For decades, the study of economics has gotten a bad rap. Dubbed “the dismal science” for its devotion to numbers above all else, economics requires its disciples to have a strong grasp on complex mathematics and a commitment to rationalism even where rational behavior doesn’t exist. In the past, most American college graduates eschewed the emotionless field of economics for seemingly more passionate studies, like literature or biology. However, research shows that more and more university students are turning their attention toward the dismal science; the number of graduates holding…
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  • 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
  • Meet the Spring 2015 AFLV Student Bloggers

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Adam Rakestraw Adam is an undergraduate senior double major in studio art and anthropology at the University of Southern Indiana with an emphases in sculpture, art history, and cultural studies. During his time at USI, he served on the IFC council and was the chairman of Fraternal Values Society-Xi Chapter. Adam is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and served in various educational
  • Inspiring leaders, what do they think about?

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    In honor of National Ritual Celebration Week and International Badge Day, AFLV asked well known and respected fraternity & sorority professionals an important question: What do you think about when you put on your organization’s badge or letters and why? Their responses are inspiring and demonstrate lifetime commitment to their fraternal organizations. “Other than the lifelong
  • Five leadership “lifehacks” that can make your job easier

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
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  • Say "Goodbye" to Useless Class Assignments

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

  • Nos Vemos en Esquipulas

    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

    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

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

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    I wanted to write a quick entry to keep me honest. Honest in the sense that I stay true to the goals and ideals that motivated to pursue a PhD. […]
  • A Calculator Changed My Life

    20 May 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Starting my summer session courses, the first assignment was to choose between a TEDtalk and Moth style presentation. Given the following prompt, I went with the Moth style presentation. “What’s […]
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    Lisa Endersby - Canadian Student Affairs professional working to topple pedestals and create paths for success.

  • FOMO and the Conference Hashtag

    12 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Authors note: I am deeply indebted to Julie Payne-Kirchmeier for starting the conversation and inspiring me to lend my voice to this important and timely discussion. Thank you JPK! I’ve only just returned from ACPA 2015 and will be headed to NASPA 2015 in just over a week, but the conference hangover is real. The learning hangover is real. The too little sleep and too much rushing hangover is very real. The vulnerability hangover is real, friends. So real. I’ll be writing a separate post about my most vulnerable moment at ACPA (which might just be, coincidentally, the most…
  • Enough: My One Word for 2015

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Why a four-year advising model might be a good thing

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Four years since the process began, we are seeing some aspects of the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan come to fruition. Encouraging plans are underway for the soft launching of centers related to international initiatives, student success, and experiential learning. Other components in the plan, such as those related to academics, marketing, and admissions are well in motion. One recommendation yet to be addressed is a review of Trinity's advising model.According to the plan there should be an initiative:" revamp the advising process to include conversations about students' current and…
  • Is the Residency Requirement relevant any more?

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

  • Don't call it a comeback...

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Well now, it's been a bit - nearly two years, by my count. As a matter of brief re-introduction: While the blog began in and draws its title from my days in campus programming, I'm actually working in fraternity/sorority life these days. This is important to note with the post at hand, which I made in a series of tweets and figured it was best shared here. You know, because I have a blog.<div class="storify"><iframe src="//" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script…
  • Extra-! Extra-! Read all about it!

    28 Mar 2013 | 12:34 pm
    I'd like to begin this post with two simple truths. Both of these are things you know if you know me personally or have spoken with me for more than a second and a half:1. I am a word nerd.2. I am a band nerd.It is these facts, and their intersection, that led me here. At one point in the not-so-distant past, I was thinking about athletic bands (read: in my natural state). Much of the experience that led me into the field of student affairs in the first place was being a member of and student leader within the pep band at my undergraduate institution. Thinking of that experience - one that…
  • Hitting the Books

    19 Feb 2013 | 9:49 am
    I was inspired to pick this thing back up after an idea was sparked by graduate assistant interviews yesterday and fed by a post today from +Amma Marfo. Reading is fundamental, to be sure, but is it the only marker of continued intellect?Yesterday, when interviewing for graduate assistants, we asked the ubiquitous "what do you like to do for fun?" question (quick tangent: If ever I ask this question of you, it's not a trap, Admiral Ackbar. I'm not trying to trick you into connecting it back into work. I legitimately want to know what you do for fun.). It quickly morphed into "...and what…
  • Beloit College Mindset List Highlights Generational Differences

    21 Aug 2012 | 10:18 am
    ...but perhaps not in the manner that it intends.The Beloit College Mindset List, now in its 15th year of existence, is published annually by Beloit College in Wisconsin. Its aim is to point out generational touchstones and differences between the manner in which "they"--the incoming freshman class--see the world and the manner that "we"--the "adults"--see it.The problem lies, of course, in defining the "we" and the "they".The issue with "they" likely seems self-evident to those within our field and many without it, but I cannot let it go unstated. Increasingly, non-traditional (and yes, I…
  • Yeah, I just met you... and this is crazy...

    22 Jun 2012 | 9:10 am
    --or-- Riding in Cars with CandidatesI'm currently chairing a search committee and we're in the midst of on-campus interviews. The higher ed interview process is already a strange beast, but one of the areas where this manifests itself is one-on-one time with the candidate. As the chair, it has been my role to get candidates from the hotel to campus the morning of the interview.Clearly I'm using my personal vehicle. This is no problem. I make it a point to keep it a little cleaner than I might otherwise (whoops, forgot about the clothes headed to Goodwill in the back) and be sure there is…
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    Student Affairs Explorer

  • What Makes Me Happy

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    My default mode is positive, optimistic, happy, however you want to describe it. This doesn’t mean I never get sad or upset. I just choose to look at the world with a glass-half-full attitude. This past week I started reading the book The Happiness Project with my blog friend Stephanie. The author started her year-long happiness project not because she was sad, she just thought her happiness could be greater. As I was reading the lengthy intro and first chapter, I started thinking about what makes me happy. I also thought about what could make me happier, or things I think would…
  • 5 Years of Blogging

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Happy Birthday to my blog! I claimed my little corner of the internet 5 years ago today because I wanted to share my summer adventure of interning at EOU in Oregon. Since this birthday was a major milestone for the blog, I took some time to reflect about whole experience. What I’ve learned by blogging the past 5 years: Having a space to process and share my experiences (both work and non-work related) has helped me to actually take the time to do that processing. The community of bloggers is huge. So huge, that there are many communities. I’ve met some really cool people and been…
  • Ice on the Beach

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I took advantage of the sunshine on Saturday and ventured to the east side of Duluth to Brighton Beach. Apparently, several other people had this same idea. It was packed. Like middle of the summer packed. Anyway, I was able to stand the cold for a little while and had some fun with my camera. Here’s one of my favorite shots of the ice.
  • Around Here – February Edition

    28 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Reading: just finished Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince and now I’m onto Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. Seriously love these books. Watching: Season 3 and what has aired so far of Season 4 of Hart of Dixie. I forgot how much I enjoy that show. Some of it is just pure ridiculous, and that is what makes it great. Progressing: I’ve read in a book for fun every day since January 1st. My goal is to read for fun every day this year. Giving up: Said goodbye to soda for Lent. Hoping it’s a forever goodbye. However, the afternoon lack of alertness is a struggle.
  • Starting a Book Challenge

    30 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Hello my dear internet friends who I’ve been slightly ignoring this year. I’m back! Here’s to a better blogging year in 2015. I LOVE to read. The past year or so I’ve been in a little bit of a reading-for-fun rut. I found myself returning to my beloved books and re-reading them instead of pushing myself to read new-to-me books. In 2014, 9 out of the 23 books I read were re-reads. About mid-December I found a fabulous book challenge from PopSugar via Pinterest. I’m really hoping that participating in a challenge like this will jump start my interest in reading…
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    Ardith Laverne

  • 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…
  • 15.2 in Hindsight

    Ardith Laverne
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    I’m going to make this short. Here’s how 15.2 went for me: 1. This was the only Open WOD I have ever attempted twice in order to improve my score. Why? Because this year, in my first attempt, I scored a 28, which was the same exact score as when it came to us as 14.2 last year. (15.2 was a repeated Open WOD.) 2. I did improve my score on Sunday by changing my chest-to-bar pull-up grip to mixed-grip. (It turns out that I cannot link together reps efficiently with the “easier” chin-up grip. I never practice C2B with any other grip other than overhand, so changing things…
  • ReFLEXions on CrossFit Open WOD 15.1

    Ardith Laverne
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:49 pm
    See what I did there? I think I’m going to make this a regular thing. The 2015 CrossFit Open is underway, everyone! For those of you who don’t participate in CrossFit, this is probably the start of the most annoying season of all. All of us CrossFit nerds are going to be geeking out on workouts, our favorite athletes, and of course the Regional and Games events. So, without further apologies, here’s a recap of how your favorite average CrossFitter did. (That would be me, you guys.) 15.1 (shorthand for “2015 Open” and “Workout #1″) turned out to be…
  • The Most Important CrossFit Open Post You Will Read

    Ardith Laverne
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:49 pm
    The Open is nigh, my friends. Are you ready? Well, ready or not, doesn’t matter, because it’s happening. Now that I have you here (oh, and this is the most important CrossFit Open post for me, but I was maybe exaggerating in the title), let me tell you that I’m not ready at all this year. This year is my third year participating in the CrossFit Open, and the second time I have officially signed up online. In 2013, I was still scaling for the majority of my WODs; in 2014, I had just started Rx’ing things more often. This year, I’m a solid intermediate, with many…
  • From Whence You Came

    Ardith Laverne
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Hi there. I’ve been out of blogging action again, for all the same reasons I’ve stated before: writer’s block, being too busy living, spending most of my time processing aloud with my colleagues and friends and significant other instead of in my head and onto the blog. But. What better activity for yet another sick day than to finally get back to writing? Armed with Kleenex, some tea, and a warm blanket, I’m dazed enough to share thoughts with the world wide web. First of all, yes, I am upset that my Seattle Seahawks lost by way of a heartbreaking late-game…
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    Finding the Words

  • 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…
  • My #OneWord2015: Gratitude

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

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

  • "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…
  • universitybookstore:DEMOCRACYDemocracy will not comeToday, this...

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    universitybookstore:DEMOCRACYDemocracy will not comeToday, this yearNor everThrough compromise and fear.I have as much right As the other fellow hasTo standOn my two feet And own the land.I tire so of hearing people say, Let things take their course.Tomorrow is another day.I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.FreedomIs a strong seedPlantedIn a great need.I live here, too.I want freedomJust as you.    — Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)                       
  • "The media consistently criticizes liberal arts degrees for being useless because of their low return..."

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    “The media consistently criticizes liberal arts degrees for being useless because of their low return on investment, but there is also a paradoxical recognition in the media that art and museums are a crucial part of the human experience and of child development. If you major in art history, it is true that you will probably have to work hard to achieve your academic and professional goals, but you may or may not care about your salary. You may believe that the value of your education is not based on numbers but is determined by how your education will enrich your mind. The worth of your…
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  • 7 Reasons Why Graduates Miss out on that Job

    Guest Blogger
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Being jobless, dwelling in their parents’ basements, hogging on junk food and devoting all day to the play station. Seriously, the graduates today are finding it a bit difficult to secure the job they desire, something that keeps them going. There might be something solid that’s holding them back, even after having secured a college degree. The discussion to follow will deal with the possible reasons that obstruct college pass-outs from scoring a desirable job offer. A modicum of carefulness might actually serve in your favor to get prepared ahead of time.
  • College and the Returning Veteran – Part 2

    Guest Blogger
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:16 pm
    This is the second part of a two-part post specifically providing advice to military veterans who are exploring getting a degree. In part 1 I covered my own personal experiences and described how planning for your education can be treated like a field exercise. In part 2 I now continue by exploring the unique advantages and disadvantages veteran students will face while pursuing their education.
  • 3 Registration tips that every student needs to know

    Tawan Perry
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    It’s back to school time and you’re late to register for the upcoming semester. I know you got distracted by Facebook or you were one minute too late before grabbing the class you needed online. Don’t fret; here are some tips that can help give you a smooth registration and maybe grant you access in […]
  • 7 ways to turn your campus speaker into a promotional machine

    Rick Sherréll
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Because your students sit in classes much of the day, attracting a crowd to your lecture or speaker-based event can pose an extra challenge for your campus activities board. Whether you're on the student activities staff or you're a volunteer student leader you can use all the help you can get to make your events worth the fees most speakers charge. Even facing this challenge, most activities boards overlook the most qualified expert on their team - THE SPEAKER themselves! Believe it or not your speaker cares whether or not you get a good turn-out for your event. Believe me when I tell you…
  • 5 Strategies for Improving Your Writing in College

    Guest Blogger
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    If you’re a high school student who is looking for ways to improve your writing skills before college or a college student who wants to write better for assignments, there are ways to do just that. What can you do that might improve your writing and maybe even help you feel more confident when faced with a tough assignment? Even math majors need to pass general ed coursework so it’s best to find out how to write well from the start. Here are 4 strategies strategies that may help you improve your writing . . .
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  • Quote of the Day

    Angus Johnston
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    “This university opened me up. You being here is the reason why I still believe in the community of trust even with a busted head.” —Martese Johnson at last night’s UVA protest.Filed under: Students
  • UVA’s White President Outsources Outrage Over Martese Johnson to Two Black Administrators

    Angus Johnston
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    In the early hours of this morning, University of Virginia junior Martese Johnson was turned away from a college bar due to a suspected fake ID. According to a witness, a police officer grabbed Johnson, a black student, by the arm while he was talking with the bar’s bouncer. “Out of nowhere,” the witness says, the officer and another wrestled Johnson to the ground. By the time he was hauled away, Johnson was clearly injured, his face and the sidewalk spattered with blood. This afternoon an anonymous letter from “Concerned Black Students” at UVA began to…
  • Let’s Have a Conversation: Trans Issues

    Angus Johnston
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    This is the sixth entry in a series of posts in which I answer uncomfortable questions posed by readers. You can learn more about the series, read the other questions, and ask your own here. Given the fact that proportion of the population (of the United States) that is transgender appears to be 0.5% or lower (, why does this issue appear to be so dominant within the progressive movement? (Or is that a mistaken impression?) This question just came in last night, and there are three ahead of it in the queue, so I’ll start by apologizing to the folks I’m…
  • Racist OU Students Haven’t Been Expelled. Yet.

    Angus Johnston
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Earlier this afternoon the University of Oklahoma announced via Twitter that two students who had played “a leadership role in the singing of a racist chant” at a fraternity event had been expelled from OU by university president David Boren. This unilateral move struck me (and others) as surprising, and as a likely violation of the students’ rights to due process under university regulations. It turns out we were right to be skeptical. The students haven’t been expelled. Although the press release attached to his tweet declared that Boren had “expelled”…
  • Let’s Have a Conversation: Emoji Blackface

    Angus Johnston
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    This is the fifth entry in a series of posts in which I answer uncomfortable questions posed by readers. You can learn more about the series, read the other questions, and ask your own here. Via Is it blackface to use the black emojis if you are white? Okay, so I’ve been holding off on answering this one. It was one of the first to come in, and the only one I’ve gotten so far that made me suspect my leg was being pulled. I thought about just dumping it, but ultimately I guess I’d rather err on the side of looking like a doofus — if I’m encouraging other…
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    E-Learning Queen

  • Classic Motivation Theories Compared and Re-Evaluated

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Research by cognitive psychologists has suggested that motivation is often based on fundamental human needs, and that all are critical in factors in everyday life, such as job satisfaction, effective reward systems, team performance, and goal persistence. Audio file: Bullfighter & son. What motivates people? Each person is different. (
  • Learner Identity and Motivation: Connections to Aspiration

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
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  • The Dynamics of Self-Concept and Learning Performance

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:54 pm
    It is tempting to look at self-efficacy (Bandura, 1997) as the only reflector of an individual's belief about himself or herself in terms of whether or not he or she is likely to stay motivated and to achieve high learning performance. Podcast: However, there is another way to map the process of how one's beliefs about themselves frame and
  • Why Sociocognitive Conflict Is Good: The Best Ways to Use Discussions and Social Media for Motivation and Engagement

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Collaborative learning can be very motivating because it helps reinforce social needs (Maslow) and needs for affiliation (McClelland). However, there are challenges in developing collaborative discussions using online courses and/or social media, for several reasons. Podcast: Engagement is a complex concept, and for learners to participate
  • The Best Possible Collaborations in the M-Learning Space

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:30 pm
    I've been doing quite a bit of thinking about the way in which new needs and technologies are impacting the way education and training are prepared, delivered, and administered. All the advantages of m-learning come to the forefront: on-demand, ubiquitous (esp with wifi), and practical. There are also new advantages as well, which have to do with the way in which multimedia and social networks
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • 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
    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 (SGA). Thrilled, humbled, nervous, and excited are just a few of the words that describe…
  • The 2015 Student Affairs Health and Wellness Pledge

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

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

  • 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 “”! This is a tough question. I feel like J. Cole when he said, “Share my life with strangers who know me…
  • EMEA SMB Sales Employee Spotlight: Julia Arndt

    Sarah H
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Internal mobility is one of the great ways that Googlers can develop and grow their careers. Meet Julia Arndt a German university graduate, who started her Google career learning and working in the SMB Sales team and has now gone on to work with the world’s top advertisers. Take your first step towards a Google career, by checking out our Associate Account Strategist positions in the SMB Sales and Global Customer Experience teams, here: us about your path to Google?I’m from Naumburg, a very small town situated two hours South of Berlin near Leipzig. I studied…
  • 2015 Black History Month Google Student Tribute: Maurita Ament

    Sarah H
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    We’re continuing our student tribute in honor of Black History Month and showcasing Maurita, a Sophomore at Spelman College and Google Student Ambassador. Tell us one really interesting fact about you? I used to live in Italy for 2 & ½ years! How were you introduced to Computer Science and what prompted you to study it in College?I was introduced to Computer Science when I was twelve years old living in Rome, Italy. I spent a lot of time on the computer playing games like Neopets when I lived there. On Neopets, users connected with each other through “Guilds”. After joining a few of…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • 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 […]
  • Random Thoughts on the Yik Yak at NASPA 15 Controversy

    Joe Sabado
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    As I read the reactions on twitter and blog posts by student affairs folks on the comments made on Yik Yak, random thoughts/questions came to mind. This post by Paul Gordon Brown provides a good collection of the reactions from this incident. A session was held at the conference to talk about the incident and […]
  • Confidence Matters In the Workplace

    Joe Sabado
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:57 am
    Doesn’t it suck when you have to second guess what you do because you don’t know if your boss will overrule you in public (and you don’t know when) or you may be punished in some way for your actions? On the other hand, doesn’t it feel good when you have a boss who gives […]
  • Student Affairs Conferences & Higher Ed – Some Parallels

    Joe Sabado
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    As I sit here at home in California and participating on the twitter back channel for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) 2015 national conference in New Orleans, it dawned on me that this conference and like other higher ed conferences is like higher education in some ways. By no means is this […]
  • Don’t Let Your “Reality” Limit Your Thinking

    Joe Sabado
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:59 am
    As I’m looking over the presentations I’ve done in the past on slideshare, I’m amazed at how much social media has helped me change in the way I view my world. Social media exposed me to networks of other professionals and new ideas way beyond the boundaries of the physical world I live and work. I’m reminded […]
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  • Baumol, Walker, and Xerxes

    Kevin R. Guidry
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    In the introduction to Athanasius: On the Incarnation De Incarnatione Verbi Dei, C.S. Lewis discusses the predilection that some people have to spend a considerable amount of time reading about an idea instead of simply reading the idea itself. An optimist, Lewis attributes this to humility on the part of readers who are hesitant to believe that they can directly confront and understand big ideas. It’s better and even necessary for us to have those ideas filtered and explained for us by learned experts. This is part of the reason why I avoided directly confronting William J.
  • Many New Ideas are Quite Old

    Kevin R. Guidry
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Now that I’ve finished my dissertation, I finally feel free to turn my attention to other scholarly pursuits.  I feel an obligation to bring closure to the historical work I began a few years ago so I will be spending the next several months working with primary sources and reworking old drafts into publishable articles.  More than feeling an obligation to finish this work, I genuinely enjoy conducting historical research because I find it interesting and comforting to continually discover that many of today’s challenges and issues have been with us for decades or even…
  • Dissertation Journal: Defended, Edited, Submitted, Accepted

    Kevin R. Guidry
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:52 pm
    It’s been about a year-and-a-half since my last post about my dissertation.  Two weeks ago, I defended my dissertation NON-RESPONSE BIAS ON WEB-BASED SURVEYS AS INFLUENCED BY THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND PARTICIPATION GAP.  I’ve included the abstract below if you’re interested in its content but I’ll focus here on some of the process. I originally intended to write a lot more in this blog about my dissertation-writing process but my posts eventually petered out as I got further and further behind schedule.  After a while, I refused to write about it not only because I had…
  • Perplexing Problems in ACPA Student Technology Infographic

    Kevin R. Guidry
    1 Jun 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I've whined about bad infographics and I try to avoid complaining about their continuing proliferation.  But I can't bite my tongue about this ACPA infographic purporting to show information about technology usage by undergraduate students.  It's bad not just because it's misrepresenting information but because it's doing so in the specific context of making a call for quality research and leadership in higher education. There are some serious problems with the layout and structure of the infographic but let's focus on the larger issues of data quality and…
  • Going Through the Motions of Active Learning and Engagement

    Kevin R. Guidry
    22 May 2014 | 12:19 am
    Whether it's framed as active learning, student engagement, time-on-task, or <insert educational jargon here>, we know that people don't learn well by simply listening to others talk.  Learning requires repeated practice and adjustments made via feedback.  A recent metastudy in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) is making the rounds but it's just the latest in a long line of studies reinforcing these facts. This sometimes leads me to forget that active learning is not itself an end but merely a means to an…
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • The Battle for the Open [Needs YOU Higher Ed]

    Laura Pasquini
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:04 pm
    If you have not had the chance to read The Battle for the Open by Martin Weller – you should. The battle for all things open in higher education is still being waged. As Martin said,“I’m not sure I believe in revolution in education.” But there is change ahead with openness in post-secondary learning. If you work in post-secondary education, you can not avoid this battle and should probably read on to learn about Martin’s perspective. [Full disclosure: Martin sent me a copy of the book; however he knows I would give him praise & banter with it as needed. Thanks…
  • Blended Learning Interactions #Blendkit2015

    Laura Pasquini
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Thanks to Kelvin Thompson & his crew for the invitation to join the 2nd week of the University of Central Florida‘s Blendkit Course (#Blendkit2015): Blended Interactions Week #2’s readings [Blendkit- Chapter 2] discussed the role of the faculty in blended learning environments, specifically with regards to facilitation of learner interactions. Instructors have the ability to encourage self-directed  and connected interactions in their blended learning courses. Suggestions from the readings include considerations for the atelier, concierge, and curatorial learning models to…
  • #SAreads: Students, Ethics, and Online Engagement @ #ACPA15 the #ACPATrendingNow Session TODAY!

    Laura Pasquini
    7 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Join Courtney O’Connell and myself in a roundtable discussion about online student behavior in higher education during the #ACPATrendingNow Session (TODAY at 12:30-1:30 pm in the Marketplace): #SAreads: Students, Ethics and Online Engagement An excerpt from the What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube book on cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is defined as teasing, insulting or making fun of another person online. The intent is often to soil the target’s reputation. If you are a cyberbully, STOP! Your bullying could be the byproduct of social anxiety or low self-esteem and it is important…
  • Using Google Apps in Higher Ed #ACPA15

    Laura Pasquini
    7 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    Join me today (3/7) at 9 AM for my  #ACPA15 Genius Labs session on Google Apps for Education (1st Floor West Side of Tampa CC) where I’ll share how I use a few applications to make my workflow more productive and how I’ve used a few of these applications for my educational curriculum and developmental programs on campus. About: Many universities/colleges are turning to Google Apps for Education as a solution, and it isn’t just for email. This 20-minute session will introduce applications provided by Google Apps, and will illustrate easy-to-implement practices for everyday…
  • Technological Advancements & Considerations for Student Affairs at #ACPA15

    Laura Pasquini
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    This week I will be in Tampa, FL for the 2015 ACPA Convention (Follow #ACPA15 chat on Twitter). Besides getting a chance to warm up from the chilly winter weather, I am looking forward to connecting with a number of student affairs (SA) professionals and faculty who will be attending. This year’s convention holds a number of informative and interactive sessions in the program to support professional development and scholarly research for SA educators. I have a few meetings (#ACPAdigital and #ACPA16, I’m looking at you!); however I am really looking forward to catching up with a number of…
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    Wired CampusWired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Northeastern U. Will Open Education ‘Hub’ in Silicon Valley Company

    Casey Fabris
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Like many colleges these days, Northeastern University is building an outpost in Silicon Valley. But the university touts its unusual approach, opening an education “hub” within a high-tech company. The university will offer courses in the San Jose offices of Integrated Device Technology, which manufactures semiconductors. The outpost will offer a master’s program in engineering management and two certificate programs, one in data science and the other in technology-project management. The Silicon Valley location is part of Northeastern’s Global Network program, which…
  • Online or In-Person? One College Lets Students Switch Back and Forth

    Casey Fabris
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    When you register for a course, you often have a choice: in-person or online. But at Peirce College, you don’t have to pick one or the other. All students will soon get access to both formats in the same course. Peirce, a college in Philadelphia that caters specifically to adult learners, plans to allow its students to switch back and forth between attending class in person or online, based on which is more convenient for them on a given week. The flexible delivery model will be offered in certain programs this fall and it will be extended to the college’s entire curriculum by…
  • U. of New Haven and Upstart Coding School Team Up on Master’s Program

    Casey Fabris
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    A new breed of for-profit coding schools has emerged in recent years, largely as a skills-focused alternative to traditional higher education. Now one of them has joined forces with a traditional university to build a master’s program. The University of New Haven has teamed up with Galvanize, one of those upstart coding schools, to create GalvanizeU, a 12-month master’s program in data science based in San Francisco. The program will allow students to both take courses and work alongside industry players. The inaugural class will begin coursework next week. Jim Deters, chief executive…
  • LinkedIn Expands Efforts to Help Colleges Keep in Touch With Students and Alumni

    Casey Fabris
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    LinkedIn is doing more these days to attract college students, and to work with colleges to use the website to get better data on what their students do after graduation. The social-networking company announced on Wednesday a new feature that allows college students and graduates to add their college affiliation to the education section of their profile by clicking a button on the college’s website or in an email from the college. When they do that, public information from their profile, such as where they live and work and what they do, is then compiled into college-specific metrics.
  • New .College Domain Is Opportunity for Some Colleges, Worry for Others

    Casey Fabris
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    A college’s online presence isn’t as simple as the classic .edu. The college also has to worry about .com, .net, and .org, to protect its good name. And as of this week, there’s another domain type to worry about: .college. On Tuesday colleges with registered trademarks were given first dibs at .college domains. Trademark holders are eligible to register and obtain domains that exactly match their trademarks — at no charge — until April 17. Another registration phase begins on April 20. When new domain types were first discussed, there was “some discussion, some…
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • 10 Ways to Get More Women into Engineering and Tech

    Hannah Moulton Belec
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    The first airbags were designed according to the average man’s height, and early voice-recognition software was calibrated to a typically male timbre. The airbags killed or injured women and children, and the voice-recognition software didn’t work for the half of our population who tend to speak in a higher register. If more women had been involved in designing airbags and voice recognition, it’s a fair bet that the design flaws wouldn’t have been as disastrous. We now know that women make up only 12 percent of engineers and 26 percent of computing professionals. We know that jobs in…
  • Women Get in the Game

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Video games are maturing as an industry and an art form, generating $21 billion last year in U.S. revenue. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, the gaming community is expanding beyond the stereotype of teenage boys playing Grand Theft Auto. “Instead of celebrating the expansion of the industry, though, some who self-identify as ‘hard-core gamers’ attack these types of interactive experiences as too casual, too easy, too feminine, and therefore ‘not real games,'” Anita Sarkeesian wrote in a New York Times op-ed in October. Sarkeesian, a feminist blogger and media…
  • The Ticking Clock: An Etsy Engineering Manager Describes Tech Culture

    AAUW Intern
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    The best part of Lara’s job is getting to help people every day. The worst part is being a part of an industry that she describes as “a little snake pit of the patriarchy.” Lara is a senior engineering manager for the online marketplace Etsy, where she writes code and helps others write code to make Etsy’s website faster for people all over the world. She enjoys knowing that what she does helps people, and she is happy to be with a company that works to be a force for good. But she knows that as a whole, the technology industry is a tough place for women. Unexpected Hurdles Lara…
  • I Am the Unicorn: A Young Woman of Color Prepares to Enter the Computer Science Workforce

    AAUW Intern
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    During Najla’s time in computer science, she has seen that gender-based assumptions are alive and well. She is aware that some people think that women aren’t interested in computing because of “the assumption that when you go into computer science, you’re going to be sitting at a cubicle the whole time and coding. But really there are so many aspects of it — some that involve coding, but also involve other things.” Najla was exposed to those other aspects early, thanks to an effort at Harvey Mudd College (highlighted in the forthcoming research report Solving the Equation: The…
  • What Learning about the Earth Can Do for a Girl

    Lauren Byrnes
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    2012–13 AAUW Community Action Grantee Tiya Miles sees herself as an unlikely founder of a group like ECO Girls. True, she sports a MacArthur Genius Grant for her work as a public historian and has expertise in African American studies, history, Native American studies, and women’s studies, but her turn toward the environmentally conscious came later in her career. “[There were] a number of lines running towards the ECO Girls project. Intellectual and personal,” Miles explains. Line one? Her daughters, who were in first grade and just beginning to get a sense of themselves when she had…
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    This Side of Theory

  • Seeking Writers: Blog Series on First Jobs

    Stacy Oliver
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Ending the call, I turned to the assistant director of student activities, who was driving. “I got the job!” I told him, excitement evident in my voice. He briefly took his hands off the wheel to clap, and panic set in. No, not panic we were going to careen off the side of the road, though it would be justified. Panic at the idea of leaving my idyllic college town and moving hundreds of miles away from everyone and everything I knew. Panic that I was an imposter and wasn’t at all qualified for what I just accepted. Panic that I made the wrong decision. Over the next six…
  • #NASPA15: The Story Behind the Posts

    Stacy Oliver
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    I’m not at NASPA or anywhere near New Orleans. I don’t have YikYak downloaded on any of my devices. This week is annually one of my busiest at work as we prepare for room selection. Last night, in the confines of my office, I watched as a conversation unfolded on Twitter about the posts on YikYak that were shared in the approximate geographic area of NASPA. I read the screen captures and engaged in some of the discourse about the posts. I was frustrated by the posts, by what they reflect about our field. Through conversations today, both on Twitter and offline, I recognize that my…
  • A Note About Thank You Notes

    Stacy Oliver
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Earlier this evening, I tweeted: Whether you opt for stationery or emails, write your thank you notes with sincerity and cite specifics from your interview. #theope2015 — Stacy OliverSikorski (@StacyLOliver) February 15, 2015 It launched a conversation about whether thank you notes are a necessity at placement exchanges or if they should factor into employment decisions. Several years ago, a candidate I interviewed attempted to be stealthy and pre-write the thank you note for his first round interview at a placement exchange. He dropped it into the employer mailbox for distribution before…
  • Throwback Thursday: International Hall Staff Appreciation Day

    Stacy Oliver
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    International Hall Staff Appreciation Day does not, for reasons unknown to me, come pre-printed on the blotter calendars that are delivered to my office each year by the local furniture vendor representatives. Each year it sneaks up on me in the midst of staff selection and room lottery seasons, a seemingly innocuous Wednesday in mid-February. There are traditions for this day in my world. They involve rallying the Community Council, oversize signs on staff member’s doors, a Dairy Queen ice cream cake at staff meeting just when the staff has reached their threshold with my full agenda. They…
  • Letting Go of Normative Expectations

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

  • Inspire More.

    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

    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?

    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,…
  • Let It Snow

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:28 am
    Photo: Ken Libbrecht Juno. Linus. Marcus. Our friends at The Weather Channel began naming winter storms in 2012 to aid communication during complex storm systems. And although I am not a fan of winter’s shorter days and wind chill, I appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of a snowfall despite the chaos major storms can wreak with travel, school, and safety. Understanding the conditions and temperature that will produce certain snowflakes allows scientists to assist in the prediction of snowfall. Check out the latest snow science at including beautiful photography…
  • Flipside

    9 Feb 2015 | 4:28 am
    Photo: Alex Cornell Designer and filmmaker Alex Cornell took amazing photographs of this flipped Antarctic iceberg last month and forever changed the way I look at ice. The beautiful clear gel of this colossal ice mass reminiscent of Smurf jello salad and the earrings I wore to my last formal is the remarkable alter ego of jagged white frost hiding just beneath the surface of the sea. Does your day need a flipside? New project need a reset? Wish that last program could have a do-over? Even the worst day has a few shining moments; that email from a friend or a sunset on the drive home. The…
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • The Future of Digital Education

    Tony Doody
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Nine months ago, a team of top scholars, practitioners, and leaders from a range of industries were brought together by ACPA to address the issues facing digital educators, students, and administrators in Higher Education. The multi-pronged charge and full list of committee members can be found on the Digital Task Force website. What are the new competencies required to be an effective educator in a digital age? How can we best encourage new research? What are the emerging themes that require attention and resources? On this episode of SA Live, hosts Tony Doody and Heather Shea Gasser, talk…
  • #NotJustSAE: A Conversation about Fraternities, Racism & University Response

    Heather Shea Gasser
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Another incident of overt racism hits the 24-hour news cycle. The University of Oklahoma president issues this statement after a video of members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma singing an overtly racist chant is filmed and posted on YouTube. In a media-driven culture, we suspect that the incident will likely fade from airwaves too soon and be forgotten. Yet, many questions remain about the role of fraternities and sororities on college campuses, university administrator’s proactive versus reactive responses, freedom of speech, empowering bystander action,…
  • LIVE! from Tampa – ACPA Convention Preview

    Tony Doody
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Join hosts Heather Shea Gasser and Tony Doody as they speak with ACPA Convention Chair–Kristan Skendall, ACPA President–Kent Porterfield, and 2015 Technology/Innovation Chair-Joe Ginese as they discuss some of the exciting initiatives planned this week in Tampa. Learn how to best plan your schedule, connect with others, and dip your toe in to new learning and experiences. If you’re not attending, learn how to engage and learn from home and contribute to the conversation. We’ll also explore hotspots and best places to eat in the Tampa area. Hope you join us. As always, please…
  • Student Engagement: A conversation with Kuh & Kinzie

    Heather Shea Gasser
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Focusing on student engagement may be a key to unlocking student success in college and working through the complex puzzle of designing campus systems to best meet the needs of students. In their book, Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter, George Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, John Schuh, and Elizabeth Whitt, define a successful student as one who persists, benefits in desired ways from their experiences while in college, and persists to graduation, ultimately satisfied with their college experience.  Yet, how do we know that our initiatives are educationally and developmentally…
  • Idea Generator – Did It Work?

    Tony Doody
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Following the live Idea Generator Panel Program, join Tony Doody and Heather Shea Gasser with on-stage guests and invited audience members as they discuss the experience and key takeaways from ACPA’s inagural Idea Generator Panel. Did the format generate useful ideas for “Narrowing the Gap Between What We Learn and What We Do?” What could be done to improve the concept moving forward? What were the challenges of facilitating such an untested method? Tweet your own questions to #HigherEdLive and join the dialogue.
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