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  • The Benefits of Job Shadowing

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
      Photo credit: Unsplash.com – Chris Sardegna For young job seekers and college students, trying to land a summer internship can be a tough process as the landscape tends to be quite competitive. Job shadowing can be a worthy alternative to an internship or even enhance an internship and the job search process for most […]
  • Education vs. Job Training, Part XXVII

    Major Discoveries
    Art
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    OK, so check out this interesting article about redefining “college” that was recently posted on The Hill: Now, let’s see… where to begin? “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is the latest in a string of high-profile policymakers and employers who have questioned whether a college education is vital to success in America.” Yeah, I’ll bet. “…our current system of postsecondary education is filled with a myriad of high-quality pathways to the American Dream – including technical-training certifications, apprenticeships, employer-based…
  • The Original Four Hour Workweek

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    The Four Hour Consensus In 2007, Tim Ferriss published a hit book that suggested “work,” in the traditional money-making sense of the term, could and should be reduced to as little as four hours per week — freeing time for more fulfilling pursuits. Seventy-five years earlier, the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, in an essay titled In Praise of Idleness, suggested this same number of working hours as a worthy goal, explaining… In a world where no one is compelled to work more than four hours a day, every person possessed of scientific curiosity will be able to…
  • Five Top Green-Friendly Companies

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

    Inside Higher Ed
    Paul Fain
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Bill Clinton is stepping down as honorary chancellor of Laureate International Universities, announced Laureate Education Inc., a for-profit that is among the world's largest higher education providers. Clinton concludes a five-year contract with the company. His wife, Hillary, this month announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. As a result, scrutiny of the Clintons' many connections and roles has notched up in recent weeks. Ernesto Zedillo, the former president of Mexico, will assume a similar position with Laureate. Zedillo…
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    Major Discoveries

  • Education vs. Job Training, Part XXVII

    Art
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    OK, so check out this interesting article about redefining “college” that was recently posted on The Hill: Now, let’s see… where to begin? “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is the latest in a string of high-profile policymakers and employers who have questioned whether a college education is vital to success in America.” Yeah, I’ll bet. “…our current system of postsecondary education is filled with a myriad of high-quality pathways to the American Dream – including technical-training certifications, apprenticeships, employer-based…
  • Proactive Advising and Common Readings make a difference. Blog posting for Throw Back Thursday.

    Art
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Art:So this post provided me a nice little lift towards the end of my day. It embraced a healthy level of irrevernce by tossing a little #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) reference in there, it links to an article on a type of advising I’ve embraced for the entire decade I’ve spent doing this work, it talks about a “common reading” program like the one I want to start at my new institution, and it ties in nicely with what, I think, higher education now needs to embrace. Rightly so, institutions are focusing on access, enrollment management, and getting students in the door…
  • Human Interaction Will Revolutionize Education

    Art
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
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  • #Preach

    Art
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    So, A.): Read This Now, let’s talk about a few things. Two of my favorite quotes: “…conventional wisdom is wrong. In reality these (humanities) degrees all produce expected lifetime earning increments far in excess of the cost of college tuition, even at expensive private colleges.” “Humanities majors have taken their lumps on many fronts recently. Their defenders often respond with appeals to the ways in which the humanities add to the richness of life in nonmonetary ways. That is certainly true, but the humanities have been selling themselves short. In addition…
  • Post #NACADA14 Conference Follow-up… With Yourself

    Art
    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…
 
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • The Original Four Hour Workweek

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

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

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

    Study Hacks
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    What Steve Said I opened my last book with Steve Jobs’s 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. Toward the end of the speech, I noted, Jobs said: And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Many people interpreted this suggestion simplistically, assuming that Jobs was telling them to follow their passion and everything would work out. I argued in my book that this interpretation conflicted with Jobs’s own story. During the period leading up to Apple’s…
  • From Obscurity to Genius: The Deep Life of Yitang Zhang

    Study Hacks
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Bound Gaps Solved Last year, Yitang (Tom) Zhang published a paper in the Annals of Mathematics titled “Bounded Gaps Between Primes.” The abstract for the paper is simple enough for a non-mathematician to understand. It states that there are infinitely many pairs of consecutive prime numbers that are no more than 70,000,000 apart. Don’t let the simplicity of the claim fool you: people have being trying to prove something like this for over 150 years. At the time when Zhang submitted his result he held a “tenuous” temporary position in the mathematics department at…
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    Campus To Career

  • The Benefits of Job Shadowing

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

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

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

    Kirk Baumann
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    The Career Fair: Tons of companies, eager recruiters and thousands of students competing for the very same job opportunities you’re interested in. How do you set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd? Know Before You Go: Research the companies that are exhibiting at the career fair, their common entry-level positions, their brands, and […]
  • Embarrassing Public Speaking Dilemmas (and How to Avoid Them)

    Kirk Baumann
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    It doesn’t matter how much you’ve prepped for a presentation or speech, there’s always the chance that something goes wrong, even if it’s as miniscule as stumbling over your words. For us recent grads who are new to the job scene, there’s nothing scarier than humiliating yourself in front of your co-workers. The thought of […]
 
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    Career Spotlight

  • Five Top Green-Friendly Companies

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

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

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

  • Bill Clinton Leaves Laureate Position

    Paul Fain
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Bill Clinton is stepping down as honorary chancellor of Laureate International Universities, announced Laureate Education Inc., a for-profit that is among the world's largest higher education providers. Clinton concludes a five-year contract with the company. His wife, Hillary, this month announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. As a result, scrutiny of the Clintons' many connections and roles has notched up in recent weeks. Ernesto Zedillo, the former president of Mexico, will assume a similar position with Laureate. Zedillo…
  • Clinton Criticizes 'Scourge of Sexual Assault'

    Scott Jaschik
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:35 am
    Hillary Clinton, in the first major speech of her presidential campaign, specifically cited the problem of sexual assault on campuses. In an address Thursday at the Women in the World conference, Clinton said that "when women of any age, whether on college campuses or military bases or even in their homes, face sexual assault, then no woman is secure. Every woman deserves to have the safety and security they need. That means we have to guarantee that our institutions respond to the continuing scourge of sexual assault."
  • Phoenix Settles With Student Who Says She Was Misled

    Scott Jaschik
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    A segment on WITI News highlights a University of Phoenix settlement with a woman who says she was misled by recruiters about the job prospects her degree program would open up. The woman said she was told that a human services degree would give her opportunities similar to those of graduates of social work programs, but she found her program didn't have social work accreditation so she couldn't gain internships or jobs in the field. Phoenix reviewed records of its counselors' interaction with the student and then admitted that they had “inappropriately characterized likely…
  • Cornel West Responds to Critique

    Scott Jaschik
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:18 am
    Cornel West has responded to the much-discussed critique of him that recently appeared in The New Republic. West didn't specifically cite the article, but in a Facebook post, he made no apologies for his writings or public statements. "Character assassination is the refuge of those who hide and conceal these issues in order to rationalize their own allegiance to the status quo. I am neither a saint nor prophet, but I am a Jesus-loving free black man in a great tradition who intends to be faithful unto death in telling the truth and bearing witness to justice," West wrote.
  • Drexel Congratulates 495 Applicants It Rejected

    Scott Jaschik
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Drexel University accidentally sent 495 applicants it had rejected a congratulatory email meant for those it accepted, the Associated Press reported. The emails were intended to remind admitted applicants of the deadlines for accepting the offer. The emails arrived a few weeks after the rejected applicants were turned down, but some assumed that the university had let them in, after all. The university is apologizing for the mistake.   Ad keywords: admissions
 
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    FIRE

  • Chicago State Plaintiffs Show Court What Chilled Speech Looks Like

    Catherine Sevcenko
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    “Chilling effect” on speech is the most common metaphor in First Amendment law. The government may not punish people for expressing unpopular views, nor may it create a climate of fear (i.e., a chill) that induces citizens to censor themselves to stay out of trouble. Not surprisingly, chill is notoriously difficult to quantify. Courts have spilled many gallons of ink explaining why one government action would cause someone to remain silent, thus violating the First Amendment, whereas another doesn’t cross the line. As regular Torch readers know, one of FIRE’s ongoing Stand Up For…
  • George Will Surveys Campus Free Speech, Hails FIRE’s Lukianoff at Yale’s Disinvitation Dinner

    Susan Kruth
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    Increasingly on college and university campuses nationwide, students are objecting to invitations to visiting speakers with whom they disagree and demanding that the speakers be disinvited. This especially occurs in the spring, with colleges’ commencement speakers often coming under heavy criticism, leading FIRE to dub the phenomenon “disinvitation season.” On April 15, the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale University hosted its First Annual Disinvitation Dinner in order to recognize those who have been the target of disinvitation attempts. Columnist George Will—who has been the…
  • With New Law, North Dakota Guarantees College Students’ Right to Attorney

    FIRE
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    BISMARCK, N.D., April 22, 2015—Today, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed SB 2150 into law, providing students enrolled in the state’s public colleges and universities the right to be represented at their expense in non-academic suspension and expulsion hearings. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) worked with a bipartisan group of state legislators to enact the protection into law. “Thanks to this bipartisan legislation, students enrolled in North Dakota’s public colleges and universities will now have the right to secure legal representation when facing…
  • University of Georgia’s Reaction to Student’s Off-Campus Arrest Could Chill Speech

    Sarah McLaughlin
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    When students are accused of breaking the law while engaging in nonviolent off-campus expressive conduct, but not yet convicted, should colleges initiate disciplinary proceedings against them? FIRE doesn’t think so, but evidently that’s what students at the University of Georgia (UGA) can expect. On March 2, UGA student Adam Veale was arrested for blocking the steps of the rotunda outside of Atlanta’s capitol building while participating in a protest for Medicaid reform. Weeks later, Veale was charged with violating UGA’s Code of Conduct. Veale was offered an informal resolution,…
  • 2015 ‘Jefferson Muzzle’ Awards Feature FIRE Cases

    Susan Kruth
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    Last night, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression announced the recipients of the 2015 “Jefferson Muzzle” awards, bestowed upon the worst government censors and punishers of protected speech in the past year. The TJ Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Charlottesville, Virginia, dedicated to protecting free speech. I worked for the TJ Center before coming to FIRE, and I saw firsthand how tough the competition for the Muzzle awards is each year—there are a depressingly large number of qualified nominees. Just like last year, a few of the 2015…
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    NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog

  • Closing the Expectation Gap Between Students and Employers

    Guest Blogger
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    By Marty Tillman Even though we finally have good economic news for the Class of 2015, this remains a confusing topic to write about. There is clear evidence of the financial gains for students with BA degrees versus those without the credential, and yet there is also incontrovertible research showing that employers (largely surveyed in the private sector) believe that students are graduating without the skill sets that they need to be hired (especially true in the technical fields). A January 2015 survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, titled…
  • Do You Speak Millennial? Tech Tips that Resonate for International Programming

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    By Melissa Vivian and Alex Paisner In today’s world of international education we spend much of our time with a very important demographic, millennials. From program promotion to onboarding, preparation, and on ground support, there are “old school” and “new school” technology solutions that will resonate, or not, with the students that we work with. Let’s take a look at some of the best platforms for reaching students in the manner in which they’re accustomed. First, let’s define the term “millennial” For many people,…
  • Your Future in International Education: Goals, Skills, and Graduate Study

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    By Sora Friedman In my current roles as a teacher of international education and a member of the NAFSA Region XI chair stream, I am often asked about the value of an advanced degree for international education (IE) professionals. When does one need a master’s degree? Will it facilitate professional advancement? What value can a doctorate provide and how does the deep dive into a more focused area help in one’s work? This blog will explore these questions, taking into account that there is no one formula that works for everyone. Do I need a master’s degree to work in the field of…
  • Failure is Not the Other ‘F’ Word

    Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    By Samantha Martin We train students to learn from failure abroad, while we ourselves are feeling afraid to fail at work. We coach students on how to spot a “teachable moment,” like misspeaking in another language, committing a social blunder, or missing the bus. We tell them how to cope with failure using humor, curiosity, and humility. Yet where are we, as international educators, given permission to try and fail? We can’t learn from failure when it’s never okay to fail. An example that comes to mind is being asked to produce new results without permission to try a new approach or…
  • NAFSA at Summit of the Americas in Panama

    Marlene M. Johnson
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    Obama and Castro make history; the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund gains momentum I was invited to represent NAFSA at last week’s CEO Summit of the Americas in Panama, which brought together corporate leaders in a meeting prior to the 7th Summit of the Americas for heads of state in the Western Hemisphere. The Summits were held to discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values, and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level. As a result of recent shifts in Cuba policy announced by the Obama Administration, Cuba was invited for the first time to…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • Qualities that Make a Teacher Great

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

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

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

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

  • Don’t make the wrong call

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

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

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

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

  • Dear Mom and Dad: I Want to Join a Sorority

    admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    If you are a first generation college student or if your parents were not in a sorority or fraternity, they may be wondering how the sorority recruitment process works. Even if a parent was in a sorority or fraternity, he or she may be wondering how “rush” has changed – besides just the name. These tips will help you talk with your parents about the idea of recruitment and sorority life. BEFORE: ✽  Research your options with your parents. Tell them why you want to be involved. Let them know about the events you will be attending and any sorority members you have already met. ✽ …
  • Identifying Potentially Toxic Sisters

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
    One of your jobs during sorority recruitment is to look for women who will inspire you, lift you up, help you grow into the woman you are meant to be.  However, you often have just a few minutes to determine if the woman before you will be friend or foe.  How do you quickly determine if she could be your future enemy?  To rule out potential sisters who are likely to become toxic, look for these five signs. ☢ Negativity Watch for people who use negative words where positive words could be just as effective.  For example, “I don’t want to go to the game because I don’t want to miss…
  • SureSister Commitment to Pre-Recruitment Education Remains Strong

    admin
    6 Dec 2011 | 12:20 am
    Our Ambassador Mary Kate Lobough recently attended the 2011 Annual Meeting of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA).  Although SureSister staff members did not deliver an educational session this year, we are happy to provide you with this update written by Mary Kate: Many colleagues at AFA asked me what SureSister.com is up to. Many of the SureSister.com Staff members have taken on new professional and personal endeavors so there are some changes underway with SureSister.com. One of the most exciting changes right now is the addition of a new SureSister.com Social Media Intern. This…
  • Why Panhellenic Bid Day was Canceled

    admin
    10 Sep 2011 | 10:16 pm
    September 11th brought a mix of emotions as I reflect on the past ten years.  It’s likely we all spent a good amount of time reflecting on where we were ten years ago when time seemed to stop as we all witnessed surreal newscasts. The American people, and many throughout the world, were brought together on September 11, 2001 because of the great tragedy that fell upon our country. In a sad way the tragedy proved that, despite any differences, Americans stood together and supported one another. Before we continue this blog post, we at SureSister want to take this opportunity to share our…
  • McNamara Tragedy Breeds Action, Legacy, and Panhellenic Inspiration

    admin
    6 Jun 2011 | 12:34 am
    Like most new high school graduates, I was excited to matriculate at Eastern Illinois University in peaceful Charleston, Illinois.  But in June 2001, tragedy struck the EIU campus.  The murder of Shannon McNamara, a promising student and member of Alpha Phi, stunned the Charleston, Illinois community. Before I was a member of the community, I stood by my future inter-fraternal brothers and sisters in a candlelight vigil for Shannon. It was truly moving to see everyone come together to console and support one another, while celebrating the life of a fellow student. One of those students felt…
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    Hank Nuwer: Hazing Prevention

  • St. Joe softball player offers an apology: ABC Channel 6

    Hank Nuwer
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Moderator:   The letter, presumably well intentioned, demonstrates why educators and coaches need to emphasize why “voluntary participation” by athletes is no excuse in a court. Excerpt In a letter, obtained by Action News, one of the suspended player concedes – in her words – “You know just as well as I do, our team […]
  • Robert Champion death trials commence again

    Hank Nuwer
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Here is the Link   Excerpt: The defendants — Benjamin McNamee, 24; Aaron Golson, 22; and Darryl Cearnel, 28; are being tried together and each face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Known as “Crossing Bus C,” the ritual required band members to make their way through a pounding gauntlet of fists, drumsticks […]
  • Emory Law Review offers a balanced, sensible approach to curbing hazing

    Hank Nuwer
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    This is a truly comprehensive law journal article on hazing. I learned several things I did not know. Kudos. Excerpt: In order to sensibly discuss the problem of collegiate hazing, one should first attempt to quantify the problem. The available data suggests that collegiate hazing is extremely common—approximately half of all college students report experiencing […]
  • CBS interview with the parents of deceased pledge Tucker Hipps

    Hank Nuwer
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    This is a powerful segment.
  • Video: a terrible soccer hazing

    Hank Nuwer
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Found my appearance on “The Dangers of Sports Hazing” (second TV program down).  http://america.aljazeera.com/watch.html
 
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    Eric Felix

  • Time to do the work

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

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

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

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

    eriqfelix
    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. […]
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    The Dean's List

  • Social Media Lessons by Michael Buble

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

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

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

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

  • Actually, You Aren’t Enough

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

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

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

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

  • Mindfulness and Social Justice part 3

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

    Aaron
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    We are the people who must act now. We are the people who must make the invisible, pervasive systems of injustice transparent. We need to shine our collective light on what’s wrong and what’s been happening while also offering new ways to exist. We will do this through the collective action of our rising voices everywhere that they need to be heard. We need to recognize that the system is not broken. The United States of America is founded on ideals that degraded non-white people into non-human beings. The United States of American is founded on ideals that marginalized women and…
  • Social Justice Educator

    Aaron
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I strive to be a social justice educator. This means that I try not to order students or participants to find a singular way to being critically conscious. The paths to critical consciousness are varied and I have to help people find their own way. This means that I do not assume that I know more. This means that I’m human and I’ll make mistakes and learn from them. This means that I work with participants to try to guide the way. It means we’re constantly and purposefully learning, acting, and reflecting together. It means that I walk with them on their path to…
  • The paths to burnout

    Aaron
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I’ve had a relatively short career in student affairs but over the course of my 3+ years post masters degree, I have seen (including myself) a couple dozen new professionals accept positions directly out of graduate school and the results haven’t always been awesome. With that in mind, I’ve thought of a few examples of things that I’ve seen or felt take a toll on myself and my peers. Taking everything too seriously In student affairs, we sometimes get stuck dwelling on the very serious situations that we work with. These incidents or interventions can stick with us…
  • Reaching Men for Social Change

    Aaron
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Over the course of the last two years I have been facilitating a workshop about how patriarchy negatively harms men. The workshop is facilitated through a feminist lens and asks participants to list the characteristics that make up what it means to be a man or the “rules” they know that men receive. We then frame the conversation of these rules in the influence of patriarchy and how these rules harm men and put men in a position to continue to do harm to themselves and those around them. The response has been overwhelmingly positive from the students who have attended the…
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    CampusTalkBlog

  • 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.
  • 5 Mistakes Students Make While Studying Abroad in Europe

    Guest Blogger
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Europe is an exciting place to go to with all the great architecture, various cultures, and many tourist destinations being only a bus trip away. However, students often forget to be mindful of the fact that they’re there for another chief reason: studying! It’s easy to get so immersed into the wild college life that you forget to keep-your-cool and end up making a few indelible mistakes that could cost you a great studying experience. So, let’s take a look at a few mistakes students make while studying abroad in Europe that could wreck their international experience. Avoid these and…
  • 4 strategies to keep college grads off the unemployment rolls

    Guest Blogger
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    The job market for recent college graduates is definitely challenging: though new jobless claims have once again declined, NECN.com reports that “new government data shows that one in two new college graduates are either jobless or under-employed - a rude welcoming to the work world for the class of 2012.” Nonetheless, there are opportunities out there: The StarTribune in Minnesota reports that, according to a March survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), companies expect to hire 29,237 graduates this year, up 10.2 percent from 2011. Internship offerings are…
  • Keep The Makeup On: BRANDING

    Dayna Steele
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    BRANDING A name says it all. A one sentence description. Identify your audience. Locate and reach out to your customers. Give 'em something. Protect that brand.
  • 3 Not-so-obvious reasons to have a Student Organization Risk Management Policy

    Dave "Gonzo" Kelly
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    We all like to plan for and anticipate the best but if and when a challenge outside of the norm arises, things can get out of control quickly. I was once training a social organization at a campus on a Saturday morning. They had held an event the night before and a huge fight broke out. The training went as well as could be expected considering that half of the potential audience was in jail or ina counselor's office being disciplined. You just never know when a member of your group or a guest might start some trouble, harrass someone of even bring weapon. The next thing you know your event…
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    studentactivism.net

  • Let’s Have a Conversation: What’s the Point?

    Angus Johnston
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    This is the ninth 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. What’s the point of attending these extremely progressive conversations if the rest of society is so far behind and doesn’t seem to be catching up? (gender pronouns,etc) Wow. My experience of this stuff is very different. It wasn’t very long ago that you could easily spark a real argument among well-intentioned people about whether it was wrong to use the word “retard” as a…
  • Americans Love Public Higher Education

    Angus Johnston
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    A few years ago, when I’d get asked about attacks on college funding and affordability, my response was simple. I’d say that we, as a nation, were in the process of dismantling public higher education in this country and we weren’t even talking about it. Stupefying tuition hikes and mind-boggling cuts to state funding were taking place year after year, but we weren’t having a national discussion about whether we thought that made any sense. These days that conversation is happening. It began to bubble up around the time that aggregate student debt hit one trillion…
  • CJR Dismantles Rolling Stone’s “Blame Jackie” Defense of Its UVA Rape Story

    Angus Johnston
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    When it became clear that Rolling Stone’s November 2014 story on the fraternity rape of a University of Virginia student was falling apart, RS managing editor Will Dana posted a hastily-composed editor’s note on the magazine’s website. “There now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account,” it read in part, “and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.” Dana now says he was “pretty freaked out” when he wrote the note, and that he quickly “regretted using that phrase.” But Rolling Stone…
  • Let’s Have a Conversation: Duggars and Muslims

    Angus Johnston
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    This is the eighth 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. Why are we encouraged to believe Muslim women when they say they’re happy with their religious choices, but not (for instance) Michelle Duggar when she does? (I try to err on the side of believing people about their own lives; not saying don’t believe Muslim women.) I’m tempted to just answer “Who’s ‘we’?” and leave it at that. But okay. I’ll say a…
  • Let’s Have a Conversation: Mansplaining

    Angus Johnston
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    This is the seventh 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. Is it considered OK in the social justice community to use the word ‘mansplain’? I’ve been yelled at for using it because it’s demeaning to men, but I’ve also heard it used widely. There’s no single rulebook for what’s accceptable and unacceptable “in the social justice community.” There are no rules, just individual preferences that may be…
 
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    elearnspace

  • Nothing new here: Arizona State and edX partnership

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

    gsiemens
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:48 pm
    I’m pleased to announce a new post doc position at LINK Research Lab at University of Texas Arlington (we will be announcing several additional positions in the next month in various topic areas). The first position, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, is focused on assessing labour market data, specifically how the changing nature of work impact higher education institutions. For example, what type of work will we be doing in an age of increasing automation? How do universities identify important trends that require alteration of teaching practices from current models? What will the…
  • I now have a Canadian Father

    gsiemens
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Over two years ago, I complained about the cruel and frustrating rejection of my dad’s Canadian citizenship. It has been a long process. It is deeply discouraging to see your parent frightened and stressed that he will be sent back to a country that hasn’t been his home for over 40 years, leaving behind children and grandchildren. The recent immigration discussion in the USA takes on a new meaning in the light of this experience. In our case, my dad was a Canadian citizen. Had been one since 1978. Voted in municipal, provincial, and federal elections for decades. Was employed his…
  • Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

    gsiemens
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research. The process of becoming digital has important implications for how learning occurs and how research happens and how it is shared. I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m grant from the Gates Foundation – more info here. From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. I’m defining digital learning as anything that has a technology component:…
  • Brilliant folks that need to be read.

    gsiemens
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Folks like Mike Caulfield, Bonnie Stewart, and Kate Bowles, deserve far more attention for their thinking and writing than what they are currently getting. It’s really not fair to lump them together, but they represent for me an intersection of humanity, tangible change, and deep thinking in education. Build your next conference around these three and I’m there. Just send me the registration link. A recent sampling of their thinking: From Kate: I really think the measure of our capacity to call ourselves a community relates to our responses in a whole range of situations for which…
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    Google Student Blog

  • 1,500 developers tackle real-life challenges at Hash Code 2015

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

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

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

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

  • My IT Organization’s Guiding Values and Principles

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

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

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

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

  • What’s A Learning Subjective? #Rhizo15

    Laura Pasquini
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    In the first course week of #Rhizo15 Dave asked us to define our learning subjectives, specifically: How do we design our own or others learning when we don’t know where we are going? How does that free us up? What can we get done with subjectives that can’t be done with objectives? After reading a the follow-up blog post & the list of #Rhizo15 Week 1 blog posts (Thanks, @Lenandlar) prompted me to respond. Learning is uncertain, and happens at the rarest moment. As an educator, we get caught up with the standard Learning Objective slant for teaching and learning. Learning…
  • Curriculum T.B.D. with #rhizo15

    Laura Pasquini
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    From A Practical Guide to Rhizo15: “Rhizomatic learning is one story for how we can think about learning and teaching in a complex world.” Dave Cormier (@davecormier) has been thinking “in the rhizo” for a while and expressing ideas of the community as curriculum for teaching and learning. Cormier (2011) believes a curriculum for a course can be created in time, while a course is happening, specifically  “… to be rhizomatic involves creating a context, maybe some boundaries, within which a conversation can grow.”   Sometimes learning can be…
  • Twitter to Enhance Learning & Performance

    Laura Pasquini
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Twitter provides the opportunity to have micro-conversations in 140 characters or less. This social media platform has been repurposed by a number of educators for workplace learning. Twitter is not the only form of professional development available and you do not have to tweet to learn.  That being said, an increasing number of educators have repurposed and remixed Twitter for work learning and performance. You would be surprised what 140 characters can do to create community and interaction online. A number of grassroots initiatives have developed for educators to consider Twitter as…
  • Got Hashtag? [Gathering Edu & Ed Tech Conference Hashtags]

    Laura Pasquini
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    I am wrangling up hashtags from all 2015 education and education conferences. If you know of a conference with a hashtag, let me know. ADD the conference name, hashtag, and the conference website HERE (or here http://goo.gl/6Uvlvs). Giddy up! Filed under: Professional Development, Research Tagged: conferences, edtech, hashtags, highered, k12, PD, technology
  • Checklist: Selecting Technology for Learning

    Laura Pasquini
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    With so many possibilities for digital learning, selecting media and technologies for appropriate course instruction is a very complex process. Although there are a wide range of options in the ed tech realm, pedagogical considerations should always come first. Instructors should reflect on the learning objective and desired outcomes for their subject matter before identifying identifying technological applications for the course. The SECTIONS model, developed by Tony Bates (2015), is a pedagogical framework for determining what technology, specifically how this technology will be…
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  • Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

    Casey Fabris
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success. But using software to limit those diversions can make a big difference. That’s the takeaway from a new study, which found that limiting distractions can help students perform better and also improve course completion. A paper describing the study, “Can Behavioral Tools Improve Online Student Outcomes? Experimental Evidence From a Massive Open Online Course,” was published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute this month. Richard W. Patterson, the author of…
  • How Social Media Helps Students Adapt to College

    Casey Fabris
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    For today’s students, social media isn’t just a diversion. It’s a support system. That’s the key finding of a paper exploring the role that Facebook plays in helping students adjust to campus life. Collin M. Ruud, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented the paper, “Social Networking and Social Support: Does It Play a Role in College Social Integration?,” on Sunday at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting. Mr. Ruud has been observing the effects of social media for years.
  • Blogs Aren’t Better Than Journal Assignments. They’re Just Different.

    Casey Fabris
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Although some instructors are phasing out journal-keeping assignments in favor of a class blog, a study has found that blogs are not inherently better instructional tools. Drew Foster, a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, recently said so in a paper, “Private Journals Versus Public Blogs: The Impact of Peer Readership on Low-Stakes Reflective Writing,” published in Teaching Sociology. With all the hype about blogging, Mr. Foster decided to give it a try in an introduction-to-sociology course he was teaching. He was surprised to find that…
  • New Offering From Noodle Will Help Colleges Build Online Programs

    Casey Fabris
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    The education site Noodle is putting a new twist on helping colleges create online degree and certificate programs with its creation of Noodle Partners, announced on Wednesday. Noodle Partners, the brainchild of the Princeton Review founder John Katzman, is an enabler — a company that helps colleges build online-education programs. Several other companies provide similar services, one of them being 2U, also founded by Mr. Katzman. But Noodle Partners is different from other enablers, said Jodi Rothstein, the company’s chief product officer . It helps colleges to assemble,…
  • Who’s Taking MOOCs? Teachers

    Casey Fabris
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    In free online courses offered by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teachers are increasingly the students. A study by the two universities has found that teachers are enrolling in their MOOCs in high numbers. The study examines data from some one million MOOC students who enrolled in courses at edX, the nonprofit learning platform started by Harvard and MIT. Some one-fifth of participants answered a survey about their background in teaching, and 39 percent of them said they were current or former teachers. Justin Reich, a research fellow at HarvardX, the…
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • 8 Awesome Ways We Pushed for Equal Pay

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

    Erin Prangley
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    Have you ever wondered who is responsible for implementing Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination, at your school? Were you curious exactly what this role is and what aspects of student life it involves? The U.S. Department of Education has responded to these questions and more by releasing detailed information for schools (both P–12 and higher education) and Title IX coordinators. Title IX requires that every school must designate at least one employee who is responsible for coordinating the school’s compliance. This person is sometimes referred to as the Title IX…
  • How to Fall in Love with Computer Science, from a Professor

    Lauren Byrnes
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Professor Kate Lockwood wasn’t always interested in computer science. In fact, she started her undergraduate career majoring in civil and environmental engineering and even tried to get out of taking her required programming class. After a negative experience with programming in an earlier course, she would have been grateful never to take programming again. But Lockwood surprised herself. “I really, really loved it. I found [myself] procrastinating other classes by working on programming classes!” So she decided to switch majors, pursuing her newfound love of computer science all the…
  • How Anthropology Can Transform Global Health Efforts

    AAUW Intern
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    As the largest Ebola outbreak in history claims thousands of lives and developing countries continue to fight tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS crises, many of us wonder: Are we approaching global health epidemics the wrong way? According to 2010–11 AAUW American Fellow Jean Hunleth, we are missing a key piece of the puzzle. With a doctorate degree in anthropology and a master’s of public health from Northwestern University, Hunleth has focused her work on Zambia. During her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in the southern African country, she witnessed the lack of health care for people who…
  • Not Cool! Why Are Women Paid Less than Men Are in My State?

    AAUWguest
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Location is everything. The old adage also applies to the gender pay gap. According to our research, where you live has everything to do with the pay gap in your community. Take, for instance, the difference between states on opposite ends of the pay gap spectrum: New York and Louisiana. In New York, where the gender pay gap is second-smallest only to that of the District of Columbia, women working full time were paid 86 percent of what men were paid in 2013. In Louisiana, women were paid just 66 percent of what men were paid in the same year. Why does the pay gap vary so much from state…
 
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    This Side of Theory

  • Some of Us Can’t Boycott Indiana

    Stacy Oliver
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Some of us can’t boycott Indiana. We have homes there or family or friends. We can’t boycott a place where people we love live and work. We can refuse to attend national events or conferences, but we aren’t able to stay out of the state because it would mean not celebrating special milestones or seeing children grow up. And when those children grow up, I hope they are loving and patient and supportive. And the best way to do that is to surround them with people who are loving and patient and supportive. Over the next few weeks, I will be back and forth to Indiana several…
  • 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…
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    eighteen and life

  • Pattern Recognition

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

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

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

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

    debrasanborn
    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 SnowCrystals.com including beautiful photography…
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • Healing Professional Heartbreak

    Heather Shea Gasser
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Opportunities to reflect come in many forms. Some present in challenging ways such as loss of a mentor, an arbitrary job firing, being an internal candidate who is not interviewed/hired, and addressing professional ethical dilemmas. The art of responding in these situations is being able to continue meeting the demands of the campus and home while working through and reflecting on the many emotions associated with them. On this episode of Student Affairs Live, Heather Shea Gasser will talk with four folks who have been there… Laura Bayless, Tim Gordon, Steve Sutton, and Regina Zmich are…
  • Is Your Campus Nerd Friendly?

    Tony Doody
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Is nerd a pejorative term or have we entered an era where it’s chic to be geek? Nerd-friendly fascinations like comic books, video games, sci-fi, and fantasy once considered fringe, are fast becoming popular in mainstream culture. How can colleges create programs and communities that celebrate diverse geek-like interests and support this oft-neglected group of students? On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Tony Doody speaks with Alfred Day, Eugene Frier, Carey Loch and Brian MacDonald as they explore issues of identity, stereotypes, and community related to geek culture and…
  • YikYak: Social Media/Justice/Change

    Heather Shea Gasser
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    How does access to a live feed of what people around you are saying effect your perception of the climate of your campuses, your professional association, or society at large? Regardless of whether you view YikYak as “harmless” or “harmful”, a conversation about the intersections of social media, social justice and social change and what to do about it is a critical next step. How do social justice movements utilize social media to foster social change? What concepts of social justice translate to a digital space? How might social media posts interrupt forward progress towards…
  • 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,…
 
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