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  • 5 Free Online Tools You Can Start Using to Enhance Your Work

    The Student Affairs Collective
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
      Student Affairs professionals spend around 70% of their office time staring at a computer screen. Or at least that’s what it feels like. However, we all know that you are sending email blasts, setting up meetings, processing conduct cases, reserving rooms for events, etc. the list just never seems to end. Well here are 5 free online services that you can utilize right now to make your life a little bit easier day-to-day. 1. Google Everything Plain and simple. Google offers a whole host of services that you can use for collaborative work. You can begin a Google Doc that you can…
  • Post #NACADA14 Conference Follow-up… With Yourself

    Major Discoveries
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Another NACADA conference is in the books, and it was another fantastic opportunity to re-connect, network, and grow professionally. Charlie Nutt’s and Darrell Strayhorn’s speeches were terrifically inspiring, and the selection of concurrent sessions was actually a little overwhelming. Personally, I had a bitter-sweet conference, bidding adieu to my dear friends in Region 2–the region in which I “grew up” as an advisor, in which I was inspired on a consistent basis to write and present, and the region in which I learned what it meant to be a leader. On the sweet…
  • Deep Habits: Create an Idea Index

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Brain Picking I’m a professional non-fiction writer which makes me by default also a professional reader of sorts (the photo above shows my nightstand). I read (most of) five to ten books per month on average in addition to quite a few articles. One thing that has often frustrated me in this undertaking is the inefficiency of my notetaking. My standard strategy when reading a physical book is to mark interesting passages with a pencil and then put a check on the upper right corner so I can later skip quickly past non-annotated pages. The problem with this strategy is that if time passes…
  • Coaches Suspended

    Athletic Management
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Sayerville Board of Education suspended five football coaches on Tuesday night.
  • How Important Are Certifications, Anyway?

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    When you’re looking for work, you want to present yourself as the best-prepared, most solid candidate a company could ever consider. With that in mind, many job seekers look at certifications as a way to set themselves apart. But these credentials cost time and money. Are they worth it? The answer, unfortunately, is “it depends.” It seems […]
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • 5 Free Online Tools You Can Start Using to Enhance Your Work

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
      Student Affairs professionals spend around 70% of their office time staring at a computer screen. Or at least that’s what it feels like. However, we all know that you are sending email blasts, setting up meetings, processing conduct cases, reserving rooms for events, etc. the list just never seems to end. Well here are 5 free online services that you can utilize right now to make your life a little bit easier day-to-day. 1. Google Everything Plain and simple. Google offers a whole host of services that you can use for collaborative work. You can begin a Google Doc that you can…
  • It’s Less About Representing and More About Empowering

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
      FT: “Representing” the underrepresented can be problematic. Recognize & leverage your privilege to give power to their voices #sachat   Representing the underrepresented is problematic because we are focusing on ourselves and assuming that we can fully and adequately represent underrepresented students when we should instead, empower underrepresented students by giving them space at the table.   Underrepresented students are systematically silenced, often unintentionally. We make assumptions about what students need or want, without even realizing it. Many #sapros…
  • #CSAM14 – Snapshot of Katie Collins, Students are Better than Lab Rats

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Throughout our #CSAM14 Series, we aim to bring you snapshots and spotlights of some amazing folks in our field. Today’s feature is on Katie Collins,  Campus Activities Coordinator/Resident Director at Newbury College.   What was your path to student affairs? Like many, I ended up in Student Affairs on accident. I drove all the way to Buffalo, NY from North Adams, MA to look at their science masters program. While there, I fell in love with the campus, but not the program. So I spent the 7 hour ride back thinking a lot about what I really wanted to do. When I got back, I went to my…
  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 10/20/2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! Don't waste energy trying to prove others wrong – focus on proving yourself right. #sachat — Charlie Potts (@pottscharlie) October 16, 2014 "Why Colleges Don’t Want to Be Judged by Their Graduation…
  • #CSAM14: Spotlight on Paul Eaton and “Becoming”

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Paul Eaton is a doctoral candidate in Educational Research and Leadership at Louisiana State university. Photograph: John Giustina Photography/Getty Images from The Guardian What was your path to Student Affairs (feel free to include your plans as an undergraduate, etc.)? It was my undergraduate involvement that led me to student affairs. I was highly engaged in Residence Life, Orientation, and Service Learning programs at my institution. During my Junior year, it occurred to me that I might be able to work with students as a career. My RHA advisor and other professionals encouraged me to…
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    Major Discoveries

  • Post #NACADA14 Conference Follow-up… With Yourself

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Another NACADA conference is in the books, and it was another fantastic opportunity to re-connect, network, and grow professionally. Charlie Nutt’s and Darrell Strayhorn’s speeches were terrifically inspiring, and the selection of concurrent sessions was actually a little overwhelming. Personally, I had a bitter-sweet conference, bidding adieu to my dear friends in Region 2–the region in which I “grew up” as an advisor, in which I was inspired on a consistent basis to write and present, and the region in which I learned what it meant to be a leader. On the sweet…
  • On Getting #AcAdv Right

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    So, my boss shared this article with me the other day, and, before I’d gotten too far into the article, I had added about 18 more things to my already-too-long “to do” list (the name of this file on my desk top is “Plot to Take Over the World”). Despite the fact that they misspell the word advisor (*grinning), it is an important—and quick—read. Have a quick go at it and then promise me you’ll come back for a few observations… The Problem of Competing Interests The first thing I started to trouble over was a…
  • Positive Digital Résumé 1, “Vodka Samm” 0

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    So at my College’s Board of Governors meeting last night, I was invited to introduce myself and talk a little about my background, the direction I planned on taking the Office of AcAdv, etc. And during the seven minutes I spent talking about myself and my philosophy, one of the more tech-savvy governors googled me and was checking out the series of posts articles that represent my “digital résumé”. Later in the evening’s agenda, the topic of my travel for an upcoming conference was brought before the board for approval (any travel over $1000 is subject to this…
  • On Landmarks and Lighting Out for New Territory

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    I’ve been quiet for a while, so quiet on this blog that I missed this happen, as WP informed me 86 days ago:             I had a few other things going on                 So now, as I contemplate what I want the social media presence to be for my new office, word press has spurred some reflection on what my social media presence has been in general… and, funnily enough, has made me feel a little hesitant to jump in with both feet–for what seems like the first time in my advising career, to hesitate before…
  • Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike. What day is it, Mike?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • Deep Habits: Create an Idea Index

    Study Hacks
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Brain Picking I’m a professional non-fiction writer which makes me by default also a professional reader of sorts (the photo above shows my nightstand). I read (most of) five to ten books per month on average in addition to quite a few articles. One thing that has often frustrated me in this undertaking is the inefficiency of my notetaking. My standard strategy when reading a physical book is to mark interesting passages with a pencil and then put a check on the upper right corner so I can later skip quickly past non-annotated pages. The problem with this strategy is that if time passes…
  • How to Win a Nobel Prize: Notes from Richard Hamming’s Talk on Doing Great Research

    Study Hacks
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    You and Your Research In March 1986, the famed mathematician and computer scientist Richard Hamming returned to his former employer, Bell Labs, to give a talk at the Bell Communications Research Colloquia Series. His talk was titled “You and Your Research,” and it’s goal was straightforward: to deliver lessons for serious researchers about how to do “Nobel-Prize type of work” (a topic familiar to Hamming given the large number of Nobels won by his colleagues during his Bell Labs tenure). This talk is famous among applied mathematicians and computer scientists…
  • Deep Habits: Conquer Hard Tasks With Concentration Circuits

    Study Hacks
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    A Writing Tour of Georgetown Today I needed to finish a tough chunk of writing. The ideas were complicated and I wasn’t quite sure how best to untangle the relevant threads and reweave them into something appealing. I knew I was in for some deep work and I was worried about my ability to see it through to the end. So I packed up my laptop and headed outside. Here’s where I started writing: Once I began to falter, I switched locations:     As I neared the end my energy begin sputter, so I switched locations one more time for the home stretch:   In this third and…
  • How We Sent a Man to the Moon Without E-mail and Why it Matters Today

    Study Hacks
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    The NASA Paradox In 2008, Dan Markovitz was meeting with a group of R&D engineers at a high tech company. The engineers began complaining about e-mail. They were overwhelmed by the hundreds of messages arriving every day in their inbox, but at the same time, they agreed that this was unavoidable. Without such intensive e-mail use, they reasoned, their teams’ efficiency would plummet. This conclusion led one of the engineers to ask an interesting question: If this is true, “how [did] NASA’s engineers manag[e] to put a man on the moon without tools like email?” Think…
  • Deep Habits: Don’t Web Surf During the Work Day

    Study Hacks
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Swimming to the Offline Shore By 2004, I was an expert web surfer. I had memorized a sequence of web site addresses that I could cycle through, one after another, in rapid succession. I would do this once every hour or so as a quick mental pick me up to help get through the work day. At some point, soon after starting graduate school at MIT, I dropped the habit altogether. It’s been close to a decade since I considered the web as a source of entertainment during my work day. Indeed, I’m so out of practice with web surfing, that I’ve found on the few occasions that I’ve…
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    Athletic Management

  • Coaches Suspended

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Sayerville Board of Education suspended five football coaches on Tuesday night.
  • Fighting Gambling

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    The NCAA is among the organizations trying to stop sports betting in New Jersey.
  • Official Shortage

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    In New York, a lack of officials is causing problems for high school sports.
  • Cereal Stars

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    The University of Oklahoma is sending football recruits personalized Wheaties boxes.
  • Honor Thy Opponent

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    For athletic administrators and coaches, the pursuit of sportsmanship is often a never-ending quest--one that takes plenty of twists and turns throughout a game and a season. And for good reason, as nothing gives a team or athletic program a black eye like an episode of poor player, coach, or fan behavior. On the flip side, though, nothing shines quite like a coach, player, or fan base going above and beyond in honoring their opponent. Here are some recent stories from across the country spotlighting varying degrees of sportsmanship, including a debate over etiquette for honoring an injured…
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    Campus To Career

  • How Important Are Certifications, Anyway?

    Kirk Baumann
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    When you’re looking for work, you want to present yourself as the best-prepared, most solid candidate a company could ever consider. With that in mind, many job seekers look at certifications as a way to set themselves apart. But these credentials cost time and money. Are they worth it? The answer, unfortunately, is “it depends.” It seems […]
  • 5 Ways to Become a More Valuable Asset to Your Company

    Kirk Baumann
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
      Congratulations! You have finally graduated college and have stepped into a career that shows immense promise! However becoming a valuable asset to your company requires hard work, dedication and that little something “extra.”  Trust me, your superiors will notice the work you put in to being a good employee, and you will benefit as […]
  • Keep Your Job Search Game Strong With These Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Kirk Baumann
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    We’ve welcomed a few new players to the job search field. Today’s job seekers have more resources to help draw out the Xs and Os than ever before. The wealth of online resources and social platforms can help you break free from getting caught up in zone defense and look out on all sides. Social […]
  • 7 Embarrassing Meeting Dilemmas & How to Resolve Them

    Kirk Baumann
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
      From time to time, we all find ourselves facing embarrassing meeting dilemmas. Even if you have spent weeks preparing for a meeting, there is still a risk of the unexpected happening. The best way to deal with embarrassment is to keep calm, laugh it off with everyone and carry on. To help you succeed, […]
  • An Open Career Letter to Gen Z From Gen Y

    Kirk Baumann
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    We’ve all heard about Generation Y or the Millennial generation, but what do you know about Gen Z? They’re a lot more different than you’d think. This week, we have a guest blogger who’d like to speak directly to them. Be sure to check out the links in the article – there are some fantastic […]
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Open Minds, Open Access

    Barbara Fister
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Blog: Library Babel FishThe recent reversal of a lengthy and long-awaited court decision about how fair use might apply in electronic reserve readings was disappointing in some ways and reassuring in others. We still will need to make complex decisions about whether making a digital portion of a book available to students enrolled in a course requires permission from and payment to a rights holder or whether it is a fair use. Every single time.  There are lots of good things out there to read about this court case. Nancy Sims (who will be participating in an  IHE podcast…
  • Father Knows Best

    Wendy Robinson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Blog: GradHackerWendy Robinson is the Director of Student Services for the Minnesota State College and University System and is a doctoral student at Iowa State University. You can find her on Twitter @wendyrmonkey. My two-year-old daughter has been sick lately. Nothing serious, thankfully, but the kind of cold where she is sneezy, clingy, and generally miserable. Last night, as I was working on revisions to my dissertation proposal, she woke up coughing and started crying pitifully from her crib. My husband had already gone to bed, so I hit “save” and went to her room to do…
  • Secret Service Books Read and Unread

    Joshua Kim
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Blog: Technology and LearningI’m interested in the Secret Service. The logistics of protection (both people and the currency) are endlessly fascinating.  Perhaps it is because the Secret Service is at the top of the law enforcement status hierarchy.  So I’m a natural candidate to read books about the Secret Service.  There are many of these books, and I’ll list them below, but I’m not buying them.  Why not?  The reviews.  The reviews are not that great.   Books are mostly opportunity costs measured in units of time.  Booking…
  • Accreditation in an Era of Change in Higher Education

    Yves Salomon-Fernandez
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Blog: University of Venus This week the regional accreditation agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) held one of several regional meetings of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. NEASC holds these periodic regional gatherings to share information with its membership and solicit feedback on the accreditation standards and process. While the average person may find these meetings void of excitement, I find them to be quite invigorating and an important opportunity to provide input in an era of rapid change and increased calls for accountability…
  • Not on the Job Market

    Lee Skallerup Bessette
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Blog: College Ready WritingIt sort of snuck up on me this year; I am in a new position, I’m not really teaching, and so the creeping inevitability stayed off of my radar for a change. So while I wasn’t surprised when the first job-advice tweets and think-pieces started showing up on my screen, I was surprised by how vehemently negatively I reacted. Exhibit A. Maybe being freed from actually being on the market allowed me to unleash my … frustrations. Maybe it’s because I feel some survivor’s guilt for getting off of the contingent merry-go-round and am…
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  • Department of Education Publishes New Regulations to Implement Changes in VAWA

    Joseph Cohn
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Last Friday, the Department of Education (ED) published new regulations (PDF) in the Federal Register designed to implement changes that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2013 made to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). These regulations will take effect on July 1, 2015. A draft of the regulations was submitted to the public for notice and comment—a statutorily-required process that ED inexcusably skipped before issuing its controversial April 4, 2011, “Dear Colleague” letter. The regulations published…
  • U. of Oklahoma President Defends Speech Rights of Marching Band Members

    Susan Kruth
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    University of Oklahoma (OU) President David Boren took a stand for students’ free speech rights after learning that members of the university’s marching band, The Pride of Oklahoma, were forced to agree in writing not to make negative remarks about the group’s leadership. A group of band members wrote an open letter to Boren (PDF) that was published in several newspapers on Friday, speaking out about the restrictions on their speech and asking Boren to hire a new band director. Students and alumni, the letter said, are embarrassed by the current state of the band and “poor…
  • Upcoming ‘Free Speech Now!’ Debate in New York Features FIRE President Greg Lukianoff

    Katie Barrows
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    The London-based campaign ‘Free Speech Now!’ has invited FIRE President Greg Lukianoff to be part of the panel for its “Should even hate speech be free speech?” debate, produced in partnership with the National Coalition Against Censorship. The debate will take place next week on Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. at WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in New York. Greg will be joining spiked editor Brendan O’Neill, author and FIRE Board of Advisors member Wendy Kaminer, and former ACLU president Nadine Strossen on the panel. The topics of debate will include the emergence of…
  • Lawsuit! Student Group Sues After Western Michigan U. Taxes Controversial Speech

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2014—A Western Michigan University (WMU) student organization has filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the university today with assistance from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The lawsuit stems from WMU’s demand that the Kalamazoo Peace Center (KPC), a registered student organization, pay a hefty security fee before hosting rapper and social activist Boots Riley for a speech on campus last spring. The suit is the seventh First Amendment lawsuit filed as part of FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project. “Western Michigan…
  • It’s Free Speech Week!

    Susan Kruth
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    The third week of October every year is Free Speech Week. This year, that means Free Speech Week starts today! Free Speech Week (FSW) organizers describe the event as an “annual, non-partisan national event celebrating the value of freedom of speech.” FIRE is proud to be an FSW partnering organization, and we have lots of resources and ideas to help you celebrate Free Speech Week on campus. Students: You can start off by learning about the speech rights you and your classmates have with FIRE’s Guides to Student Rights on Campus. Then check to see whether your college or university is…
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    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

  • NAFSA Diversity Impact Program Participants Find Inspiration and Opportunities After San Diego

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    NAFSA creates multiple opportunities for international educators that provide long-lasting benefits and career growth. Some of our latest NAFSA members already know that firsthand. One of NAFSA’s newest initiatives, the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program, rewards those working with underserved student populations on a variety of campuses. At the 2014 Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego, 27 honorees, all working at tribal colleges; historically black colleges and universities; Hispanic-serving institutions; and community colleges and associates colleges, attended workshops, sessions,…
  • “Have You Heard of the Case Study Challenge?”

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Ashley Glenn It was my first time to the NAFSA annual conference, also my first year in the field, and I traveled to San Diego alone. Attending NAFSA can be overwhelming in the way family reunions show how far your family name extends and how few people you know. Not knowing anyone, it is tempting to stand at the edge of the room, walking in only for hors d’oeuvres (which I did at one of the receptions). My first time at NAFSA, I was determined to get involved. For this to happen, I needed a plan, a master list. Many boxes would need to be checked. A few weeks after the conference program…
  • NAFSA Invited to Help Lead SEVIS Improvement Effort

    Marlene M. Johnson
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    You may have heard that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has shifted course in its efforts to improve the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVP has decided to step away from plans to develop a new “SEVIS II” system, and instead explore options that would enhance the existing SEVIS system. The agency will be working to develop alternative approaches to closing what it sees as security vulnerabilities in the system while also enhancing the value of SEVIS to designated school officials and schools. I’m pleased to announce that I have been appointed a…
  • Visiting Kakenya’s School

    Marlene M. Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    For the past few years, I have served on the U.S. board of Kakenya’s Center for Excellence (KCE), helping raise financial support and providing Kakenya with guidance as she implements her vision to educate the girls of Enoosaen. Visiting the school has been on my “bucket list” so getting on the airplane to Nairobi was an exciting adventure. The seven-and-a-half-hour drive from Nairobi to Enoosaen proved to be an exciting and perfect orientation to visiting the school. The drive through the Rift Valley—lush mountains, hectares of corn, potatoes, kale, onions, and other…
  • The “Big Data” Revolution in International Student Recruitment

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    By Chad Goeden Leading international education researcher and author Rajika Bhandari helped open NAFSA’s 2014 Online Conference by challenging participants to think critically about how “big data” can positively impact their work as international educators. In her plenary address, “’Big Data’: The 21st Century Game-Changer in Global International Student Recruitment,” Bhandari illustrated the wealth of information that “big data” can provide by asking participants, “Did you know that [international] students from Kuwait, Bangladesh, and Venezuela have been increasing…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • 5 Easy Ways to Master Your Midterms

    Elizabeth Simmons
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Congratulations! You’ve reached the halfway point of the halfway point of the semester. Unfortunately as a reward you’re now facing midterm exams. It seems just yesterday you were reading about them on your syllabi, enjoying how far off they seemed. Now, they’re staring you right in the face.Not to worry! Midterms aren’t as scary as they may seem. Well, most of them aren’t. There are a few key things you can do to make sure you do well on them and are on the right track to finish out the semester.Keep Going to Class Midterms time also happens to be the time when…
  • Want Free Tuition? Germany May be the Place for You

    Elizabeth Simmons
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Those looking to save on a college education may want to try their luck in Germany. The country just committed to tuition-free higher education for all students, including international students.Lower Saxony was the last of seven German states to abolish tuition after the country began charging for it in 2006. Germany has a firm commitment to universal education, so the German states began dropping their tuition fees one by one.The minister for science and culture in Lower Saxony, Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic said in a statement, “We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher…
  • Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, is Spreading a Powerful Message Across College Campuses

    Elizabeth Simmons
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Miss America is about to embark on a tour of college campuses that will allow her to share an important message with students that has nothing to do with red cups.Miss America, Kira Kazantsev of New York, first made waves during the talent portion of the competition. Eschewing pageant norms, she plopped down cross-legged on stage and sang Pharrell’s “Happy.” All while accompanying herself on a red Solo cup a la “Pitch Perfect.” Clearly her talent did nothing but help her, since Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 later in the evening.Now she’s ready to…
  • Colorado Measure Against Civil Disobedience Incites Student Protests

    Elizabeth Simmons
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    At least 700 high school students in Jefferson County Colorado walked out of class Wednesday morning to protest proposed changes to their schools’ history curriculum.The suggested changes from their school board include an evaluation-based system for awarding teachers’ raises, and a curriculum committee that would push for the promotion of “positive aspects” of the United States and its history. The committee would ask educators to avoid any material that may encourage or condone “civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”Ironically, this…
  • Here are the Top 10 Universities, According to U.S. News

    Elizabeth Simmons
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Love ‘em or hate ‘em the annual U.S. Rankings of the country’s universities have been revealed. Though many accuse the rankings of being an outdated system where the same schools always rise to the top, they can be an interesting way to compare some of the many institutions of higher education in the country.Though you really can’t narrow the college experience down to a few measurable data points, the people behind the U.S. News rankings try their best to determine what combination of factors creates the nation’s top schools. Factors considered include student…
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    Eric Felix

  • 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 […]
  • #NationalLibraryWeek

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Before I start writing my final papers of the semester, I wanted share a bit about my love for libraries, being that it is the last day of #NationalLibraryWeek. I […]
  • Holistic Review in the Anti-Affirmative Action Era

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In the anti-affirmative action era, the process of “Holistic Review” has been used in college admissions as a comprehensive approach to evaluating students beyond the traditional high school GPA and […]
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    The Dean's List

  • High and Mighty

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I blame Colorado mostly. Nearly any conversation with a student or a parent regarding our drug policy and state drug laws eventually includes a reference to Rocky Mountain High. It has become the "my friends don't have a curfew!" of marijuana discussions. I don't want to confuse any portions of this post with the facts. Nearly all of the facts related to marijuana can be disputed. Students on college campuses everywhere have done great research to de-bunk any claims of harm that comes from smoking weed. I think if some studied their course work with as much passion as they researched…
  • Petty Coates

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Call it like it is: Dean has OCD! After 25 years of marriage my wife and I took a vacation together for a week in September. It was our first substantial trip away from kids and work -- and without visiting people -- since our honeymoon. While we both generally unplugged, I couldn't help but check the on-line Trinitonian and was aghast to see the lead article was about the posters no longer being displayed in the Coates atrium.It seems, well... petty. Understand, I am a huge supporter of our student press and the quality product they consistently create.The article makes me look like a…
  • Anatomy of a Lecture

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Edward Lee Elmore and Diana Holt sign books for our students. (Russell Guerrero)Diana Holt addressed a large, primarily first-year-student audience on Wednesday night after the first day of classes. She brought with her Edward Lee Elmore, the man who she and her team helped free after him serving 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. This was part of the Reading TUgether program, featuring the book Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner. Reading TUgether was started by former Student Affairs VP Felicia Lee years ago. It had been a collaboration with Academic Affairs until this…
  • When 74 is Greater Than 76

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Res Life staff dining in Skyline Room - Now accepting Bonus Bucks!Four years ago Trinity University set out to re-haul its somewhat stale dining program. This week, the University finally made a list of top dining programs in the country. Trinity was named among the top 75 programs by The Daily Meal. Over 2,000 dining programs were reviewed. That puts us in the top 4%. I have eaten at a lot of dining halls around the country and I sincerely believe we deserve to be in the top tier.In reviewing our program, students, faculty, and staff were interviewed and surveyed. Studies of campus foot…
  • Twelve Ways for Students to Affect Campus Life

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    These students show determination to affect campus life. Or maybe they just play football.In advising student governments for decades I have worked to help them understand some elements of campus decision-making and administration. As non-profits, notions that schools are merely trying to make money are erroneous. Money gets plowed back into student programs and operations. Administrators generally want to give students what they want. Why wouldn't they/we? Most decisions are made based on the greater good; moral and legal liability; and resource availability and allocation. And believe it or…
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    The Evolution of Strength

  • Flex Appeal and the Double Down Competition

    Ardith Laverne
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    It’s not easy being me. What I mean by that is that I spent most of last week sick with an energy-draining cold, and because of that, I haven’t even had a chance to recap the competition from the 11th. CrossFit425 hosted their first annual Double Down competition, and it was a mixed-pairs (i.e., two-person teams consisting of one guy and one gal) competition with divisions for Rx and Rx+ (a.k.a., awesomely elite athletes). JD and I signed up for Rx, after convincing him it would be a great first competition. The day started early, leaving my house around 6:30AM to get to Bellevue.
  • Autumntime

    Ardith Laverne
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “Today and tomorrow are going to be the last 70-degree days in Seattle,” JD said this morning, before leaving for his day-trip to Portland. Ten years of living on the wet side of the Cascade Mountains taught me to take advantage of every sunny day, and as such, I chose to get breakfast and coffee near Green Lake, then walk the entire loop. It was one of my rest days from lifting and high-intensity work, so I spent this morning watching the marine layer slowly burn off. Green Lake, Seattle, WA It was a good morning. As some of you probably noticed, this summer marked a decline in…
  • Two Years’ Time

    Ardith Laverne
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    September 19th, 2012 is the day to which I ascribe my CrossFit anniversary. Two years ago, I wrote: Finally made it back in to the local box. The coach at this particular box is fantastic, and the team members are fairly easy-going. Now, I’m no strength trainer. Never have been. The prescribed weight for today’s Workout of the Day (WOD) [The Chief] was 95 lbs. for females during hang power cleans. Guess what I used? A 35-pound bar. And that was still difficult. It’s okay, though. Weights are something that I have always avoided. That said, I got through the work-out. It broke down to…
  • Reaching for Good

    Ardith Laverne
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    “I just wonder, when will I stop feeling like I’m bad at this,” I said, lamenting to that boy on the phone about my lack of confidence in all things CrossFit. I noted that two years ago, I couldn’t do a single box jump, pull-up, rope climb, double-under, or wall ball, and I sure as heck couldn’t tell the difference between a clean, a jerk, and a snatch (no, not like that, come on). My work clothes didn’t fit, I thought pasta and low-fat dairy would solve all my problems, and yoga was my only tie to physical activity. Nowadays, I complain about different…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-ish

    Ardith Laverne
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Last night, I was nominated by a friend to “take the plunge” and join in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I accepted, but being that I am who I am, I decided to do things a bit differently. I filmed a short video explaining what I’m doing, which is pretty standard. However, I have to clear up a few things because I had just woken up from an unintended couch nap, so I’m a bit fuzzy-brained, as you can see. I am, indeed, going to chip in to the ALS Association. When I say, I’d “feel bad” about dumping water and ice on myself, it’s not because I…
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    Finding the Words

  • Boil, boil, my pasta pot

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Courage is a scary thing. You can reach for something, and miss. You can jump, and not have anything to land on. You can ask a question, and be told "no," or "you can't."For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here is a video of Kacy Catanzaro, my new (s)hero, DOMINATING the Dallas finals of American Ninja Warrior. In under 9 minutes, Kacy takes on HUGE, seemingly insurmountable obstacles... and overcomes them with (seeming) ease. She leaps across huge gaps, she climbs intimidating heights, but she does it all with grace, and gratitude for the support she's receiving... and fear.Watch her…
  • Treat Yo'self.

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    If you're anything like me, multitasking is NOT your strong suit. I have tried and tried to develop multitasking as a skill, and you'd think that as a part of the Millennial Generation I'd be a pro at hopping from task to task, but more often than not I find that multitasking confuses and exhausts me. I much prefer to focus on one task at a time, working towards that task's completion (or at least to a good stopping point).The problem, of course, is that the nature of my work - fast-paced, people-oriented advising and event planning - doesn't really allow for a "slow and steady wins the race"…
  • Why buy the cow?

    22 May 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This blog post is inspired by this past week's #SAchat, which jumped on the oft-thought-taboo topic of leaving student affairs and higher education, but still utilizing student affairs skills. Or, as I'd like to call it, "taking your talents to South Beach" (and yes, some Lebron-leaving-Cleveland comparisons DID get thrown into the chat!).As the chat went on, a question came up on whether Student Affairs preparatory programs (especially master's programs) should expose their students to opportunities outside the profession. Some participants said "No way, Jose" - this isn't the job of student…
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  • SJG’s Ellen Heffernan Receives NASPA 2015 Pillars of Profession Award

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

    Jenny Broudway
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    SJG – The Spelman and Johnson Group is delighted to be offering five scholarships to cover registration fees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute, to be held in Laguna Niguel, California from December 2-5, 2014. Scholarships are open to all those that wish to apply, however, there will be a preference given to women professionals from Community Colleges, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving…
  • A Discussion of the Challenges Campus Activities Offices Face Today

    Jenny Broudway
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As a new academic year begins, our friends in the fields of campus/student activities are facing several challenges. Some are fairly new challenges, while others seem to always be around. How many offices have recently changed their name or are considering a name change? Many campus activities offices are moving toward names like the ‘Office of Student Engagement’ or ‘Campus Engagement’ to more accurately reflect the services and programs the office is now responsible for maintaining. These offices have never only been about activities – it has always been so much more. Perhaps a…
  • Article Spotlight: “What to Ask at Career Services”

    Jenny Broudway
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    We wanted to share a great article from the July 2014 issue of Money Magazine by Kim Clark, entitled “What to Ask at Career Services: A college’s placement office is now one of the most important stops on the tour.”  The article covers important topics that students should discuss at their career services office, including staff, types of services, career preparation, and internships. To read the full article, follow the PDF link:  What to Ask At Career Services – Money Article
  • SJG’s 2014 Summer Reading List

    Julie Smith
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Greetings from SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group! With the long days of summer ahead, it is time to consider grabbing a favorite cool beverage and a good book to nurture body and soul. In the spirit of the season, we thought we would share a few publications on our favorite topic of higher education that have proved especially insightful. Perhaps you will want to tuck a volume or two into your bag before heading off for a well-deserved summer retreat! SJG’s suggested Summer 2014 Reading List includes: Presidencies Derailed: Why University Presidents Fail and How to Prevent It…
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    Jon Sampson

  • Failure arrives in a whimper

    5 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    “Failure almost always arrives in a whimper. It is almost always the result of missed opportunities, a series of bad choices and the rust that comes from things gradually getting worse. Things don’t usually explode. They melt.” - Seth Godin
  • Education hasn’t seen true disruption. Yet.

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the first 10 years of “fairly common internet usage,” newspapers were fine. There was email. There was AOL. There was instant messenger. There were even some news sites. But for news, the local newspaper still provided a better product than the others. Last weekend, my wife and I signed up for a six-week newspaper deal at one of those community festivals where you can get insurance quotes, sno cones, and hours of bounce house fun for the kids.  And as I flipped through the paper this week, I couldn’t help but wish I could scroll through a list of headlines and click on…
  • Tangible experiences + technology = education’s sweet spot

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Ben Thompson writes an insightful post on the cost of software moving toward free, and it ties in with online education. Ben says “over time the price of a product moves to its marginal cost, and if the marginal cost is zero, that means free is inevitable.” Online education will move toward free. That’s good for students, but bad for universities (education needs to find a reasonable cost, but “reasonable” isn’t zero, either). As we move to online information delivery, the pay model will go the same direction as music, books, and software. The additional…
  • The successful …

    27 Jan 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The successful people we spoke with — in business, entertainment, sports and the arts — all had similar responses when faced with obstacles: they subjected themselves to fairly merciless self-examination that prompted reinvention of their goals and the methods by which they endeavored to achieve them. Secret Ingredient for Success, by Camille Sweeney (via Swissmiss)
  • Friday Linkage: Gap years, self-care, and student debt

    24 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Just a few things that caught my eye over the past week… Don’t go to college next year: Take a gap year instead “Taking a gap year speeds our development by upsetting these patterns. Trying to occupy another person’s way of life in a different culture—living with a new family, speaking the language, integrating into a community, perhaps working with local youth, for instance—these are valuable experiences that help young people understand themselves, develop empathy and virtue, and expand their capacity to see the world from others’ perspectives.”…
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  • Save Money By Taking Classes Online

    Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The cost of getting an education and earning a degree is getting more expensive every year. Lack of money is the main reason why many potential students postpone earning a degree. In addition to tuition, students need money for supplies, transportation and room and board. Taking classes online can not only save students money but also make getting an education must easier. Consider the many ways you can save money with online classes.
  • The Perks of Taking on an Internship

    Guest Blogger
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    As competition for jobs today become more and more cutthroat, the biggest difference between you and the contender sitting next to you is work experience. So for those of you who don’t have the work experience needed, you can have the next best thing, an internship! Why are they so great? A professional internship helps give you the right insight you need for the job field you are looking to work in. They provide you with the right resources, and experience to see if this is the right job for you; and an internship at a startup can give your experience a boost. It will get you in at the…
  • Using Failure to Achieve Success

    Chris Collins
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, IL and never heard of gumbo until I moved to Texas. One year my mom decides to have a gumbo cook-off for Christmas and I think to myself, “Self, it’s just a bunch of meat in some gravy, how hard can it be?” After ten tries at making my own roux (and failing) and ruining four bottles of store-bought roux, I conceded… making gumbo was more than just putting meat in gravy. I had to call in the pros for reinforcement, so I called one of my college friends. Her people were from the birthplace of gumbo, Louisiana, and her Aunt walked me…
  • Consider rotating your meeting format to keep members engaged

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    If your campus club or organization meets once a week that's four and sometimes five meetings a month and things can get stale and boring. If you want to keep your members guessing, interested and always coming back for more consider rotating your meeting format and doing something different each week. Here are four standard meeting formats to consider for adding variety to the hum-drum meeting.
  • Certifying teachers in Farrow Memory Methods

    CTB Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    The Farrow Method for Memory and Speed Learning expertly blends together the three core components of Classical Memory Techniques, Farrow Focus Bursts and Current Brain/Neuro Science and delivers information in a way that’s clear and easy to understand. Highly adaptable, the Farrow Method can be used by students aged 5-85 and covers a wide variety of subject matter. With minimal creativity and guidance from parents or teachers, children as young as 5 years old can begin using this system. As students learn and progress, they can take a more active role in the learning process and embark on…
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  • Two Things I Learned at Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Talk Last Night

    Angus Johnston
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Yesterday a friend gave me her ticket to see Ruth Bader Ginsberg interviewed by Nina Totenberg at the 92nd Street Y. While I was at the talk, I tweeted that Nina Totenberg has a Notorious RBG tee-shirt, and that she wears it regularly on weekends, and that RBG gave it to her. What didn’t fit into the tweet was that Totenberg actually owns *three* Notorious RBG shirts, two of which Ginsberg gave her, from what Totenberg described — apparently seriously — as Ginsberg’s vast supplies. Ruth Bader Ginsberg buys Notorious RBG shirts in bulk to give to her friends. That’s what I learned…
  • Dawkins, Dude Debate, and the Cult of Rationalism

    Angus Johnston
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    (This post is a lightly-edited version of a Twitter rant from last month.) When I was a young man, I believed that I won every argument in which the other participant didn’t convince me. If you wanted to best me in debate, you needed to win by my rules. Those rules were “rational,” so if you didn’t accept them, if they made you angry, if they made you withdraw, then I won. I won by default. I was willing to be convinced, of course. I was EAGER to be convinced. But I had to find you convincing. I was sure that I was fair. I was sure that I was reasonable. I was sure I…
  • Feminist Activist Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Campus Speech After Threat: University Refused to Ban Guns From Venue

    Angus Johnston
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Anita Sarkeesian, a critic of sexism in video games, has cancelled a campus speech scheduled tomorrow after the university declined to ban guns from the venue in response to a threat of a mass shooting. There’s a lot to unpack in that sentence, so let’s break it down. Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist media critic who has been the subject of an ongoing campaign of harassment since 2012. Late this summer, as the #GamerGate campaign was heating up, she was driven from her home by new, specific threats against her and her family. Sarkeesian was scheduled to speak at Utah State…
  • SUNY Adopts Yes-Means-Yes Standard for Sexual Consent

    Angus Johnston
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    The trustees of the State University of New York last Thursday passed a resolution directing all 64 of the system’s campuses to implement an “affirmative consent” standard for use in campus disciplinary proceedings involving sexual assault. The standard adopted by the trustees declares that consent to sexual contact must be “active, not passive.” Such consent must be “clear, knowing, and voluntary,” independent of prior sexual contact and to consent to other forms of sexual activity. What does this mean? It means that you won’t be able…
  • The Berkeley Free Speech Movement at Fifty

    Angus Johnston
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Fifty years today, students at UC Berkeley blockaded a police car on campus to prevent the unjust arrest of a recent graduate, Jack Weinberg, who had been leafleting on campus. Here’s how I described the events in my dissertation:             On September 14, 1964 the dean of students of the University of California at Berkeley, feeling political pressure from local conservatives, announced new restrictions on student activity on university property. Tabling by student groups would now be strictly regulated, and leafleting, speech-making, and the sale of publications relating…
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    On the Go with Ed Cabellon

  • Student Affairs and Information Technology Partnerships

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

    Ed Cabellon
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    This Monday, I will be attending my first EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Orlando, FL! EDUCAUSE is an organization that I’ve followed for a long time, highlighting their research in my doctoral work and various speaking engagements. Given my new role at Bridgewater State University working directly with our colleagues in I.T., this new professional development opportunity, outside of traditional Student Affairs conferences, is an exciting one! As I prepare for the trip, I am curious to hear from folks in Higher Education I.T. and Student Affairs about a number of questions: 1. Who do I…
  • Advice for New Doctoral Students

    Ed Cabellon
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    This Friday, I start the second year of my pursuit of a doctoral degree in Education at Johnson and Wales University. I am very excited to be back in the routine of coursework and being with my outstanding cohort. While the summer months have been spent largely on an academic break, I spent some time reviewing my research proposal from my “Research I” class, gathering more articles for my eventual literature review, and chatting with fellow doctoral students and faculty members on my research interests (1st Generation Student Retention using Social Networks and Shifting Faculty…
  • Summer Technology and Social Media Projects in Student Affairs

    Ed Cabellon
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Ah… summer A time of reflection and rejuvenation for many who work in education. The summer months are a great time to catch up and focus on key some technology and social media projects that you and/or your staff could work on. Certainly, you may not be able to accomplish them all, but if you can tackle even a few of these, your staff could be better positioned to better communicate with students and work more efficiently. Below are just a few ideas to get you started Conduct a Technology Assessment: Whether its of your student body, staff, or faculty, gather data on current technology…
  • 8 Leadership Lessons as a Student Center Director

    Ed Cabellon
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    Today ends my six year tenure as the Director of the Rondileau Campus Center (RCC) at Bridgewater State University (BSU) as I assume my new role as Assistant to the Vice President in Student Affairs. I started working at BSU in 2006 as the Associate Director of RCC (leaving Tufts University after a six-year tenure in Student Activities and management of the Mayer Campus Center) and was promoted to Director in 2008. Personally and professionally, I’ve grown much these last 8 years and as I make my way out of the RCC and up to BSU’s administration building (Boyden Hall), I wanted…
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  • Innovation in open online courses

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    In a few weeks, our edX course Data, Analytics, and Learning (#DALMOOC will start. We (Carolyn Rose, Dragan Gasevic, Ryan Baker, and I) have spent the last several months thinking through the course structure and format. This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. The innovations build heavily on community and network approaches that I and others (Stephen Downes, David Wiley, Alan Levine, Jim Groom, Dave Cormier) have used in previous open courses. Since MOOCs gained…
  • LINK Research Lab: Fall Speaker Series

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    At LINK Research Lab, we have a full slate of speakers for fall, including topics on distributed learning, synchronous instruction, success for under represented students, learning analytics, engagement, design based research, openness, flipped classrooms, health and the built environment, mentorship, and wonder. The full schedule is here. We will be streaming the events online and are exploring options for asynchronous interaction as well. If you’d like to be informed of event details, recordings, and links to live sessions, please register.
  • Bundling and Re-bundling

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I’m at the Knewton Symposium – an event focusing on the future of digital learning. This is the second year that I’ve attended. It’s a small event (last year had ~20 attendees, this year it’s closer to 60+). Knewton brings in a range of speakers and leaders in education, ranging from startups to big edtech companies and publishers to faculty and advocates for some type of change. The conversations are diverse, as can be expected when publishers and open education advocates as well as VC firms and academics share the same stage. The narrative of educational change…
  • Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    In a previous post, I commented on the Massive Teaching course at Coursera and that something odd was happening. Either Coursera deleted the prof from the course or the prof was running some type of experiment. It now appears to be primarily the latter. The story has now been covered by The Chronicle (here and here) and Inside Higher Ed (here). Thoughtful reflections have been provided by Rolin Moe and Jonathan Rees. Participants on Twitter have also had their say. The general consensus is that “wow, this is weird”. Coursera has deftly pushed everything back to the University of…
  • I was wrong

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    I’ve made statements late last year to the effect that “corporate MOOCs will be the big trend in 2014″. I was wrong. Recently, with CorpU and Reda Sadki, I ran an open online conference on corporate MOOCs. We put together a strong line up of presenters and topics and I expected reasonably strong turnout as the topic was timely. While we had a large number of signups, we only had 15-30 people attend each session. The sessions were generally one-way information flow (from the presenter). Attendees appeared to be reluctant to share experiences and views. I’m not sure if…
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    Google Student Blog

  • Wrap-up of the Grace Hopper Celebration

    Sarah H
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing wrapped up last week, and as attendees from all over the world head back to their schools, universities, companies, and organizations, we want to reflect on what our commitment to this Celebration means to Google.What started as a vision and a blank piece of paper shared between Anita Borg and Telle Whitney over dinner in 1994, has now become the single largest gathering of women in computing. From the first conference in Washington DC with 500 attendees, the Grace Hopper Celebration has grown exponentially to the massive number of…
  • The Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 2015: Supporting innovators of the future

    Sarah H
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Applications are currently open for the Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 2015. This scholarship supports talented computer scientists with a disability across Europe by offering 7,000 Euros towards their studies for 2015-16. As part of this commitment, Google has teamed up with EmployAbility, an organization dedicated to assisting disabled and dyslexic students in the transition from education to employment.We recently caught up with Michael, a student from Russia and 2014 recipient of the Google Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, to hear first-hand about his…
  • Application for the Google EMEA Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is now open - Apply today!

    Sarah H
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    We are very excited to announce that applications for the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship have opened today and university students in EMEA are eligible to apply.The Google EMEA Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship honors Dr. Anita Borg who devoted her life to encouraging the presence of women in computing. The scholarship is open to current female undergraduate or graduate students who will be studying at a university in Europe, the Middle East or Africa for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants should be enrolled in a Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related technical program…
  • 2015 US and Canada scholarship opportunities for Computer Science students

    Sarah H
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    We are excited to announce that applications are now open for 2015 Google scholarships. The application deadlines are in mid January, but don’t wait to get started on your application!At Google, we believe information should be universally accessible. Our education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. We are now accepting applications from current university students, undergraduate and graduate, for the following scholarship programs:Google Anita…
  • Professor registration for the 2015 Google Online Marketing Challenge is now open

    Sarah H
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    We are excited to announce that professor registration for the 2015 Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC 2015) is now open.The Google Online Marketing Challenge, now in its eighth year, is an annual global online marketing competition for students from higher education institutions around the world. Student teams develop and run an online advertising campaign using Google AdWords and/or Google+ for a real business or non-profit organization of their choice, using a US $250 budget provided by Google. An independent GOMC Panel of Academics, along with our own team, review the campaigns and…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • This or that – Life is too short.

    Joe Sabado
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Life is short. So cliche, but so true. A friend and colleague passed away just the other day and it’s during these times I am reminded of how valuable my time really is and where I should focus my time and energy. Some of the thoughts that came to mind: I can spend my time […]
  • Digital Lollipop Moments

    Joe Sabado
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    “We all have changed someone’s life – usually without even realizing it.” This is a message in Drew Dudley’s TedX talk on Everyday Leadership. The video resonates with me because for 1) I work with and for students at my university and 2) I don’t see myself as a “leader” in the sense that I […]
  • Adversities as Catalysts to Growth and Opportunities

    Joe Sabado
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    We can use adversities to open doors to opportunities, provided we have the right attitude when dealing with them. It’s easy to sulk and complain about how life is unfair when we’re going through hard times, but we can learn about ourselves, our resiliency, and capabilities if we just change our mindset and recognize these […]
  • Blogging as Part of Identity Development/Exploration

    Joe Sabado
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    When I started my blog, my goal was to share my professional thoughts. After two hundred blog posts and almost four years later since I posted my first post, my blog has become a part of my identity development and exploration. In part, it’s a documentation of my personal and professional growth, but it’s within […]
  • Lack of Asian American Mentors/Advocates in Student Affairs

    Joe Sabado
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    I’ve been fortunate to have mentors and advocates throughout my career in student affairs at UCSB. This post, by no means, diminishes my appreciation of those who have helped me along my career. There is one aspect of my career that I can’t help but wonder from time to time, especially when I find myself […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • Do You Want to Learn About Learning Analytics? #dalmooc

    Laura Pasquini
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Last week, I attended the UTA LINK Lab talk presented by Dragan Gasevic (@dgasevic) on learning analytics and research. This discussion shared all the digital traces and learning that can be collected and measured in our various learning environments, and questions how we are best doing some of these analytics within our institutions. Although we have a number of statistics, data, and information on our learners – how can we offer actionable insight, summative feedback, and information about learner progress. Our post-secondary institutions seem to want to only deal with the…
  • Thriving… Not Just Surviving in Your Ph.D.

    Laura Pasquini
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Today is the start of the UNT Learning Technologies (#untLT) Doctoral Fall Writing Boot Camp (October 17-18, 2014). This program has been developed by our department to support our doctoral researchers in their dissertation progress. Currently a number of doctoral researchers are writing and working in the LT Agora with snacks, support, and relevant available resources. I am looking forward to joining the “Doctoral Campaign Strategy Meeting” tonight on a panel this evening with our faculty, including Drs. Cox, Ennis-Cole, Knezek, Tyler-Wood, and J. Wircenski. (Drs. Allen and…
  • Once A Networked Scholar… Always One? #scholar14

    Laura Pasquini
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
      Social media is my thing (so I’ve heard). Really, the THING about social media is the SOCIAL. Throughout my personal, professional and academic career, I have touted the value of my personal learning network on Twitter. I give credit to this 140-character medium as it daily contributes to my literature review, data collection, and connected engage in my discipline. I am not alone in the love of Twitter and scholarship. Other academics have identified value in Twitters’s role for scientific publication and power of dissemination when shared among the network of scholars. In…
  • The 2015 #et4online Call for Presentations is now OPEN!

    Laura Pasquini
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
      Dear Colleagues, The 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (#et4online) provides myriad opportunities for you to share your knowledge and expertise in online teaching and learning. Our program includes pre-conference workshops, electronic posters, information sessions, and featured sessions along with extraordinary plenary speakers. Share and learn about the innovative and emerging practices to enhance your research, student support, teaching, and learning at your institution. The call for proposals is open as of TODAY – October 1, 2014…
  • The State of Social Media @ #edu14

    Laura Pasquini
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Looks like EDUCAUSE 2014 (#edu14) is just around the corner. I am heading out to Orlando on Sunday and will be sharing my dissertations research at the #edu14 Virtual Seminar with Tanya Joosten (@tjoosten) on Monday, September 29, 2014. Interested in learning more about it? Sign up (HERE) for the online, half-day seminar to help with your social media planning: Seminar 2A – The State of Social Media Guidance: Implications of Guidelines, Policies, and Practice in Higher Education (separate registration required) Higher education institutions are using social media to communicate and…
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  • Ga. State’s Loss in ‘E-Reserves’ Case Might Actually Be a Win for Librarians

    Steve Kolowich
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    In May 2012 fair-use advocates celebrated a federal judge’s decision in a high-profile copyright case. The ruling was seen as a decisive victory for Georgia State University, whose librarians wanted to be able to make freely available as much copyrighted material as possible to students via its electronic reserve system. On Friday a federal appeals court ended that celebration by reversing the judge’s decision and sending the “e-reserves” case back to the lower court for further action. At a glance, the latest ruling looks like a loss for Georgia State and its allies,…
  • How Universities Turn Slogans Into Cash

    Steve Kolowich
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    If you want to sell a T-shirt that says “Bring the Juice”—and who among us hasn’t?—you’ll have to clear it with Robert P. Cleveland. Mr. Cleveland is director of trademark and licensing at Ohio State University, which has owned the trademark on “Bring the Juice” since 2012, along with several dozen other words and phrases. The Chronicle just published a poem composed entirely of college-owned trademarks. I wrote it after combing through the federal trademark database to see if I could make a list of the weirdest ones. But there were too many, and a list wouldn’t have done…
  • Coursera Expands Its MOOC Certificate Program

    Steve Kolowich
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Coursera, the online education company, announced on Wednesday that it was expanding a program that awards special certificates to students who pass multiple MOOCs. The company unveiled the program, called Specializations, earlier this year. The idea was to create certificates that, while not supplanting traditional degrees, carry more weight than a certificate of completion from a single massive open online course. The program, which requires learners to take Coursera’s fee-based “Signature Track” courses, apparently has been a success: The company is adding 18 new…
  • A New Department Marks the Rise of a Discipline: ‘Computational Media’

    Rebecca Koenig
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Pixar movies, interactive video games, smartphone applications—all are forms of computational media, the marriage of computer science to the arts and humanities. Signaling a deeper investment in that fast-growing if slippery field, the University of California at Santa Cruz announced the creation on Monday of what it called the first computational-media department ever. “There’s always been, in the heart of computing, a concern with human communication and media,” said Noah Wardrip-Fruin, an associate professor of computer science at Santa Cruz. Mr. Wardrip-Fruin and Michael Mateas, a…
  • New App Measures Students’ Moods and Mental Health

    Rebecca Koenig
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    A computer-science professor at Dartmouth College is building a smartphone application that can detect users’ levels of happiness, stress, and loneliness, he says, with the hope of helping students monitor their mental health. The app, called StudentLife, draws on sensor data from smartphones to “infer human behaviors,” says the professor, Andrew Campbell. It was inspired partly by the mental-health struggles that Mr. Campbell’s brother experienced while in college. The professor also wants to test his hypothesis, based on classroom observations, that students’ fluctuating…
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  • A Stay-at-Home Dad in the 1920s? Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s “The Home-Maker”

    Suzanne Gould
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    When we think about the “mommy wars” and whether women can “have it all,” we’re usually thinking about the last few decades of cultural discussions about gender roles at work and in the home. But did you know that writer Dorothy Canfield Fisher was taking on these issues nearly 100 years ago? Dorothy (1879–1958) was born in Lawrence, Kansas, to educator James Hulme Canfield and artist and writer Flavia Camp. Dorothy graduated from Ohio State University in 1899 and earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1904. In 1907, she married attorney John Fisher. They moved to…
  • What We Can Learn from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s Apology

    Kate Farrar
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
      Photo courtesy of Bhupinder Nayyar, Flickr “A humbling and learning experience.” That’s how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella characterized the aftermath of his remarks on women and pay raises. And it’s the kind of experience I hope the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) communities continue to have—the sooner the better. Employers and senior leaders in the science and tech industries need to recognize the barriers that women in the workforce face when it comes to fair pay, promotions, or simply getting their foot in the door. Just look at the engineering and…
  • Schools Must Take New Steps to End Violence on Campus

    Anne Hedgepeth
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    After years of hard work, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is law and its campus safety provisions, sometimes called Campus SaVE, have final regulations requiring colleges and universities to take new steps to end sexual violence. AAUW documented the development of these regulations this spring, a step that provides additional details to help schools implement new laws. The Department of Education recently announced that these regulations are now final. We’ve mentioned a few of the new provisions, but as a reminder here are some of the things schools must do this year to…
  • What’s Gender Got to Do with It? We Asked Teachers about Leadership

    Kate Farrar
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Ask a kid if boys are better at leading than girls are and you’ll likely get an emphatic answer: no way. A study by the Girl Scouts discovered that 82 percent of young people under 18 agree that girls and boys are equally good at being leaders. But do teachers feel the same way? How can educators support their students’ leadership development without gender bias getting in the way? AAUW worked with the National Education Association and the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning and Engagement to find out. Overall the news is good. The middle school and high school teachers…
  • Pre-Election To-Do List for Women Voters

    Elizabeth Owens
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ladies, are you ready to vote? Your role in an election is about much more than marking a ballot. You need to know your voting rights and learn about the midterm election before you vote. Here’s how to prepare: Know what’s at stake. If you’re a resident of Colorado, North Dakota, or Tennessee, your ballot will offer the chance to stand up for reproductive rights — and against restrictions on women’s personal health choices. Also, in five states — Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota — voters will decide whether to increase the minimum wage. Almost two-thirds of…
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  • Algebra

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Conversation between soccer players last weekend . . . “What do you know about Jason Engles?” Who’s Jason Engles? “You know, Jason Engles, in Algebra.” I don’t know Jason Engles. “Jason Engles. Jason Engles!” Aaahhh, adjacent angles. “That’s what I said.” The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.  ~Peter Drucker
  • Best defense.

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    I considered bringing a lightsaber.   HT to @mdpistilli for the link.
  • GOAL!

    25 Jun 2014 | 9:53 am
    For all of the soccer parents out there who have spent a cold Sunday in April or November attempting to determine if we will make it home by bedtime… GOAL DIFFERENTIAL!!    
  • #SAreads: Practicing Perceiving

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    If you are familiar with psychological type and the MBTI, you may recognize that type theory explains the random behavior of people’s lives as actually quite orderly and patterned. This is due to basic methods used by individuals to take in information and make decisions. The last letter of the 4-letter MBTI code highlights the process one uses in dealing with the outer world. Do you prefer to plan ahead and get things decided (Judging) or do you prefer to remain flexible and open to new options (Perceiving)? Not to be confused with organization, as either preference can be organized, the…
  • Senior Night

    31 May 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Senior night in high school sports is a time to recognize graduating students and their accomplishments. At the pre-game celebration for our local girls soccer team, players were honored with a bouquet of flowers while escorted to center field by their parents. Honors and activities are announced for each player, culminating with where they will be attending college in the fall. It was no surprise that each player from our academically ranked high school was heading to a four-year institution including several research universities and prestigious private colleges. Fast-forward a week to an…
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  • Family Weekend at the University of Miami

    Eric Stoller
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    A full house in the ballroom to see @EricStoller speak on the importance of digital identity in higher ed #medialife — UMiami Orientation (@UM_Orientation) October 10, 2014 People often ask me what I do for a living. Realizing that I probably don’t tell that part of my story very well, I’ve decided to post every now and then about what I’m up to as it relates to my work. Most of my speaking and consulting endeavors are the result of grass roots “promotion.” Whenever I speak in front of a large group of students, staff, faculty,…
  • Webinar: Yik Yak on Campus – What You Need to Know About the Latest Anonymous Social Scene

    Eric Stoller
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m giving a webinar on Wednesday, November 12th, at 2PM Eastern Time on Yik Yak on Campus: What You Need to Know About the Latest Anonymous Social Scene. I’ll show you how Yik Yak works, provide examples of cyber-bullying AND positivity in actual mobile posts, and outline a strategy for anonymous-mobile discourse at your campus. Students are quickly flocking to this application, posting anonymous “yaks” and engaging in good, bad, and ugly communication. A number of institutions have seen high-profile incidents involving the app in recent weeks including sharing of sex tapes,…
  • On “Side Hustles” and Being Your Own Boss

    Eric Stoller
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Every time I make it “around the horn” to celebrate another successful year of consulting, speaking, and writing, I get a bit reflective about the journey. As if on cue, Dustin Ramsdell from the The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast, invited me to do an interview about my endeavors. Here’s the full audio interview where I go into detail about my journey as a student affairs professional / higher education consultant. I manage to throw in some thoughts on work/life balance as well as some insight into what my typical day is all about.
  • Digital Identity Keynote at Curry College

    Eric Stoller
    21 Jun 2013 | 6:16 pm
    I started 2013 off with a digital identity talk at Curry College for their Career Services Conference for Seniors. They were an awesome group! I’ve included the video of my talk, my slides, and a Storify from the event: This was a fun slide deck to work with…all sorts of good, bad, and ugly examples. [View the story "Senior Conference 2013" on Storify]
  • Digital Identity, Social Media, Privacy, Balance, and Being Radical

    Eric Stoller
    11 Feb 2013 | 7:05 pm
    Part of the experience of being a keynote speaker at the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values is that you get to do an interview with the Character Clearinghouse at Florida State University. The questions from Pamela Crosby, the editor of the site (as well as the Journal of College and Character), were stellar. Here’s an excerpt: Why should students care about their digital identity? Students should care about their digital identity for a variety of reasons. As members of a campus community, it is important for students to know that their online actions can have impact.
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  • Higher Ed Live and Formstack sponsor tweet up at HighEdWeb

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you’re attending HighEdWeb next week and if you’re like me, you’re at the point where you’re counting down the minutes until you arrive in Portland. The backchannel is buzzing and I hear there’s already plans in the works for karaoke outings and brunch meet-ups with friends. No doubt, the networking at HighEdWeb is just as robust as the session schedule. Join our hosts, producers, and sponsors for a tweet up on Monday at 5:00pm in the hotel’s bar Porto Terra. Want a free drink? Tweet us and use #higheredlive. How has Higher Ed Live helped your…
  • The Sponsorship Effect: How to Fast Track Your Career

    Tony Doody
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Wednesday, October 15th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Is it enough today, to be smart, driven and talented? How do you avoid languishing in the ranks of middle management? Is there someone who can support and protect you in stormy moments? Is there a powerful senior-level professional that will personally advocate for a project, cause, or promotion on your behalf? A well-positioned sponsor can tip the scales for high-potential professionals and boost their career. On this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews legendary…
  • #ItsOnUs: Sexual Assault and Title IX on Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Wednesday, October 8th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive On Friday, September 20,  2014, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the launch of a national campaign against sexual assault on college campuses. #ItsOnUs, the campaign title, hashtag, and slogan, is an open invitation to everyone to take personal responsibility for creating solutions to end sexual violence on college campuses. Within moments of the announcement, campuses across the country released PSAs and media agencies, national organizations, and many other…
  • Myths, Assumptions, Skeptics and Crusaders: Engaging Students Through Social Media

    Tony Doody
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Wednesday, September 17th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Who at the university is best suited to educate students about online citizenship? How can social media be used to improve academic performance and encourage risk-taking and interpersonal growth? What’s the difference between digital identity development and personal branding?  On this episode of SA Live, host Tony Doody interviews Rey Junco about his recently published book, “Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence-Based Practices for Use in Student…
  • Tony Doody joins Student Affairs Live

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Higher Ed Live exists because there are smart, funny, and talented higher education professionals who are willing to take time each month to deliver their latest thoughts on current and emerging topics in higher education. And as of today, our team is getting a little bigger. Please join me in officially welcoming Tony Doody to the Higher Ed Live family. Tony joins Heather Shea Gasser as co-host of Student Affairs Live, which airs every other Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Tony has over 20 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education…
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