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  • Michael’s Emerging SA Pro Journey: Unsolicited Advice to Fellow Grads

    The Student Affairs Collective
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    “You see it’s not enough to leave school and just desire to succeed in this cold, cruel world, because then you simply become a part of it. You must also have the desire to change it.” -Mr. Feeny I have an affinity for ‘90s television, in particular “Boy Meets World,” from which this quote derives. This was the quote I used to seek acceptance into the Student Affairs program at University of the Pacific and I’ll use again now as my introduction. DJ, Juan, Robert, Cherie, Alex and I- coworkers and fellow graduate students at University of the Pacific I’m Michael Maksymowski and…
  • How to Read Proofs Faster: A Summary of Useful Advice

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
      The Wisdom of  (Math Nerd) Crowds A couple weeks ago, I complained that my academic paper reading speed was slower than I would like given its importance to my productivity. I asked for your advice and you responded with over 60 comments and numerous private e-mails. My goal in this post is to synthesize the best ideas from this feedback, as well as the results of my own self-reflection, into a clear answer. In particular, I’ve identified three big ideas relevant to trying to read technical papers — and in particular those containing mathematical proofs — as…
  • Expanding Role

    Athletic Management
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    A high school athletic director has been named President of two campuses of Ivy Tech Community College.
  • How to Find Your Alumni Mentor

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Seventy percent of jobs are found through networking, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whether you’re searching for an internship or trying to land your first job, your network is your best resource for finding opportunities. A great way to amp up your networking efforts? Take advantage of your alumni networks and enlist […]
  • The Product is Always Right

    Mallory Bower
    Mallory Bower
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    College! What is it good for? Read all the student development theory books and write as many learning outcomes as you want, higher education is still a business. In fact, we’re big business with an identity crisis (quick! someone create an identity model for that!) Why do we exist? What are we for?  We certainly can’t be all things to all people, and I may be biased, but I think our purpose for many is to open doors to a better life. For most, this means gainful employment. So as we’re putting students through the rigor of academic coursework, helping them develop…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Michael’s Emerging SA Pro Journey: Unsolicited Advice to Fellow Grads

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    “You see it’s not enough to leave school and just desire to succeed in this cold, cruel world, because then you simply become a part of it. You must also have the desire to change it.” -Mr. Feeny I have an affinity for ‘90s television, in particular “Boy Meets World,” from which this quote derives. This was the quote I used to seek acceptance into the Student Affairs program at University of the Pacific and I’ll use again now as my introduction. DJ, Juan, Robert, Cherie, Alex and I- coworkers and fellow graduate students at University of the Pacific I’m Michael Maksymowski and…
  • #SAchat Transcript – 07/17/2014 – New Officer Training for a New Year

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on  New Officer Training for a New Year . In this week’s chat 216 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 737 tweets 96 contributors Transcript MOD: Tom Krieglstein Top Contributors Jason L. Meriwether Elenna Geffrard Dr. ASR Jason (J.B.) Bailey Mairead Kiernan EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 309 tweets 46 contributors Transcript MOD: Tom Krieglstein Top Contributors Adam Z. Leftin Allison…
  • #SABeginnings: Practicing Partnering

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    In Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, bell hooks advises readers to “work against the danger of evoking something we don’t challenge ourselves to actually practice” (2003, 163). Each time I reread hooks’ book, I think about how this quote applies to our work in student affairs and how our work impacts those around us. Working in an office that is focused on social justice and helping students to develop their activist identities exacerbates the importance of having our staff model the way for our students, especially when it comes to creating relationships and partnerships on…
  • Five reasons to join the weekly #SAGrad Chat!

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Hey everyone! As some of you might know, I am the Graduate Student Liaison for the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community. With this new responsibility, I have assumed the helm of the @SAGradMOD Twitter account—where I have launched a weekly #SAGrad chat in hopes of engaging more graduate students in online professional development. Each week we have our own chat similar to the #SAChat—yet, we focus on responding and sharing experiences from the perspective of being/having been a #SAGrad student. There are many consistently dedicated folks who join us each week and we’d love to have your…
  • #SABeginnings: One Last Lesson

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    The job search mindset is a very interesting state to be in, especially right out of graduate school. It doesn’t matter how well your own journey is going, you still find yourself comparing your own path to that of others. My own journey is definitely different than I thought it would be. For those with whom I spoke with in March, I had a completely different idea of where I would be by this time. To be frank, “jobless” did not seem like it had the potential of being a word in my vocabulary. During the last week of classes in May, I was stressing along with the rest of my cohort. I was…
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • How to Read Proofs Faster: A Summary of Useful Advice

    Study Hacks
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
      The Wisdom of  (Math Nerd) Crowds A couple weeks ago, I complained that my academic paper reading speed was slower than I would like given its importance to my productivity. I asked for your advice and you responded with over 60 comments and numerous private e-mails. My goal in this post is to synthesize the best ideas from this feedback, as well as the results of my own self-reflection, into a clear answer. In particular, I’ve identified three big ideas relevant to trying to read technical papers — and in particular those containing mathematical proofs — as…
  • The Concrete Satisfaction of Deep Work

    Study Hacks
    21 Jun 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Deep Work as Soulcraft I recently reread Matthew Crawford’s 2009 book, Shop Class as Soulcraft. Though Crawford’s primary goal is to make a philosophical case for the skilled trades (think: Mike Rowe with footnotes), a lot of what he writes resonates with my thinking about deep work. Consider the following quote, which caught my attention: “The satisfactions of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence have been known to make a man quiet and easy. They seem to relieve him of the felt need to offer chattering interpretations of himself to vindicate his worth.
  • My Deliberate Quest to Read Proofs Faster

    Study Hacks
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Deconstructing Theory As a self-observant theoretician, I’ve learned that my research success depends on two intertwined factors: (1) my ability to digest and understand diverse results in my field; and (2) my ability to persistently attack good problems once identified. Through practice over the past few years, I’ve become adept at the second factor. My deep work hours per week are quite high and have recently led to a correspondingly high rate of producing publishable results. A nagging concern of mine, however, is that I’m not as good with the first factor. Indeed,…
  • Don’t Fight Distraction. Make It Irrelevant.

    Study Hacks
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:20 am
    The War on Attention My friend Dale (whose Ancient Wisdom Project blog you really should read) recently pointed me toward an interesting David Brooks column. In it, Brooks addresses the difficulty of maintaining focus in a distracted age: And, like everyone else, I’ve nodded along with the prohibition sermons imploring me to limit my information diet. Stop multitasking! Turn off the devices at least once a week! And, like everyone else, these sermons have had no effect. What’s interesting about this column is Brooks’ solution, which articulates a point that I firmly believe:…
  • Deep Habits: My Office in the Woods

    Study Hacks
    28 May 2014 | 8:53 am
    Fashionably Deep A reader sent me the above image. She implied that it represents a logical conclusion to my ever intensifying quest for depth. I’m not there yet, but she’s not far off… Case in point: I recently found a new hidden work location here on the Georgetown campus that I think trumps any previous spot I’ve found in terms of its ability to eliminate distraction and foster depth: I hate to give away all my secrets, but the location of this particular spot involves the Glover park trail that abuts the western edge of the medical school. As an unrelated…
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    Athletic Management

  • Expanding Role

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    A high school athletic director has been named President of two campuses of Ivy Tech Community College.
  • All-Star Athletic Director

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    By Ali Nolan This past Tuesday, 30 dedicated educators from across North America stormed Minneapolis' Target Field before MLB's 85th All-Star game as winners of the Target Presents People's All-Star Teachers Campaign. Among them, and proudly donning a New York Mets jersey, was Renan Ebeid, Athletic Director at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Concession Expansion

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    The University of North Texas will sell beer at its football games.
  • From the Ground Up

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    A Louisiana high school football coaching staff helped put together the school's first ever weightroom.
  • Tracking them Down

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    At the University of Wisconsin, the football program is scouring the track and field team for impact players.
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    Campus To Career

  • How to Find Your Alumni Mentor

    Kirk Baumann
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Seventy percent of jobs are found through networking, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whether you’re searching for an internship or trying to land your first job, your network is your best resource for finding opportunities. A great way to amp up your networking efforts? Take advantage of your alumni networks and enlist […]
  • 10 Ways to Use Social Media to Land Your Dream Job

    Kirk Baumann
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social media is one of the most life-changing developments of the 21st century. It has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, including the way we connect, socialize, entertain, seek knowledge, promote personal and corporate brands, and seek jobs. Gone are the days when our job search was limited to scouring “help wanted” ads in […]
  • Big Advice from a Tiny Tot

    Kirk Baumann
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    My wife and I recently became parents for the first time and boy, have we already learned a lot from tiny baby Baumann!  Someone once said that “normal is just a setting on the washing machine” and as new parents, we’re realizing how true that really is.  Life will never be the same. As we […]
  • 5 Things They Don’t Teach You About Work in College

    Kirk Baumann
    23 May 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Getting a first job is something that’s a milestone for every person. Whether you’re a college graduate or started working after high school, a first job is something that is nerve-wracking and unforgettable at the same time. Not only that, this is your first experience into a world that’s totally different from school. Your assignments […]
  • Is an Apprenticeship the Stepping Stone to Your Dream Career?

    Kirk Baumann
    13 May 2014 | 7:09 am
    For many school and university leavers, an apprenticeship offers the perfect cocktail of education and experience. In fact, more and more students are opting to train on the job rather than pursue higher education to search of better job prospects, but is an apprenticeship the stepping stone to your dream career? We take a closer […]
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    Mallory Bower

  • The Product is Always Right

    Mallory Bower
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    College! What is it good for? Read all the student development theory books and write as many learning outcomes as you want, higher education is still a business. In fact, we’re big business with an identity crisis (quick! someone create an identity model for that!) Why do we exist? What are we for?  We certainly can’t be all things to all people, and I may be biased, but I think our purpose for many is to open doors to a better life. For most, this means gainful employment. So as we’re putting students through the rigor of academic coursework, helping them develop…
  • Rogue Seeds

    Mallory Bower
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    I started my vegetable seeds in March, when snow storms still grace our presence in Central New York. Sheltered by a plastic planter I bought at TruValue for 3.99 and the greenhouse in our backyard, I was confident that we’d have sprouts to transplant in the coming weeks. I watered, fertilized, and nurtured what I hoped would someday become lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, squash, kale, and cucumbers. Despite my support, growth was slow. And then one day, I spotted what looked like a healthy kale plant growing amongst our backyard shrubs. Taller than all the others, thriving in the…
  • I’M NOT READY!!!

    Mallory Bower
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    … But I will be. This is the email I wrote to my friend Joe just five days before delivering an Ignite-style talk at the NASPA Region II Conference. Public speaking is something that energizes me, but this new style had my nerves worked up into overdrive. I just didn’t feel ready. I wasn’t ready when I said “HECK YES I’LL DO IT!” I wasn’t ready when I chose my topic. I wasn’t ready when I submitted my 20 slides. I wasn’t ready when the audience took their seats. I wasn’t ready when my awesome co-presenters rocked their talks. I…
  • ROI is our responsibility

    Mallory Bower
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:32 am
    I’m going to make a bold statement: college ROI is our responsibility. ALL of us. Students are shelling out major dough for our higher ed product. Not to mention that a huge chunk of their tuition pays our salaries. Now I’m certainly not advocating for a placement model, but we need to make students 1) know what success looks like for them; and 2) know how to go get it. I know, I know, success  looks different depending on which student you ask. Reality is, many will achieve their first post-grad triumph when landing their first job. Also – we can’t keep ignoring…
  • Don’t Skip Your Career Fair

    Mallory Bower
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This morning I watched Kevin O’Connell’s TEDx talk, “Skip Your Career Fair.” I am forever clicking on links like this (remember that one about why career services must die?) While I agree with Kev’s points about building a solid digital reputation, shopping around, and networking creatively, please don’t encourage students to skip their career fair. But whyyyy? you ask. Ok, twist my arm. I’ll tell you. It’s a cop-outFor the love of Sanford, stop sheltering students from feeling uncomfortable. Networking events kinda freak me out, too. But ya…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • The Limits of "Unlimited"

    Barbara Fister
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Blog: Library Babel FishImagine a service that will let you get your hands on almost any book you want, however obscure or expensive, for a very low price. Imagine the opportunity to indulge your curiosity impulsively and read all you want to without going broke. We call it Interlibrary loan and if we had to invent it today, it probably would lead to Congressional hearings and new laws banning it - unless some hot tech startup invented it and called it “Uber for books” or something.  Libraries rely on the first sale doctrine to share, and our ability to keep it going in…
  • What Would Big LMS News Look Like?

    Joshua Kim
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Blog: Technology and LearningDid you attend the D2L, Blackboard or Instructure conferences this year?  (Sorry of not including Moodle or Sakai - what are the big events for these platforms?). There seems to be some debate if any big news came out of the LMS world this year. Carl Straumsheim’s analysis is that the LMS is evolving towards a learning ecosystem, one that will easily integrate with best-of-breed single purpose apps while offering a more seamless learning experience. Michael Feldstein argues that this was indeed a big year for Blackboard, with some exciting…
  • From Dean to Student

    Melinda Manning
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Blog: University of VenusAfter eleven years of working as a college administrator, I decided for a variety of reasons to quit my job and embark on something completely different. The path to “completely different” resulted in me going to back to school for a Masters of Social Work. So in the course of eight months, I went from “dean” to “student” at the same university.  It’s been an incredible ride. Here’s a few of things that I’ve learned in my first year. Millennial graduate students don’t always love technology: Most of…
  • Tensions at Pasadena City College

    Scott Jaschik
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    Tensions continue to grow between faculty members at Pasadena City College and President Mark W. Rocha, The Los Angeles Times reported. Rocha says he is making necessary changes to deal with financial challenges. But faculty members say he doesn't consult with them, resulting in flawed decisions. Faculty members are considering their third vote of no confidence in Rocha. Ad keywords: administratorsfaculty
  • Higher Ed, Library Groups Criticize Proposed FCC Regulations

    Carl Straumsheim
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    One week after 11 higher education and library groups presented their "net neutrality" principles, the organizations last Friday released their full comments in response to the Federal Communication Commission's notice of proposed rule-making. The FCC has proposed creating a "fast lane" for online traffic for vendors willing to pay for access to it, which the organizations say could negatively impact everything from digital humanities scholarship to digitizing library resources. In the comments, the groups support reclassifying internet service providers as…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • Hookah’s Healthy Alternative Claims Go Up in Smoke

    Elizabeth Simmons
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You may have heard that smoking hookah is better for you than smoking cigarettes. Turns out, it’s all in how you define “better.” A recent study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention indicates that smoking hookah, or water pipes, may be more dangerous than originally thought. Hookahs most often consist of a head connected to a water jar with a hose attached and a mouthpiece. Flavored tobacco is placed below burning charcoal in the head, and the resultant vapor is cooled then smoked. In the United States, Europe and the eastern…
  • Your Friends’ Moods Online Can Impact Yours in Reality

    Elizabeth Simmons
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    By this time, I think we’ve all heard the story of the Facebook experiment that caused some people to see mostly positive posts and others to see mostly negative posts. When it was revealed the study took place without the knowledge of any of Facebook’s users, people were outrage and dismissed the study as unethical. While I personally agree that the way information was gathered for the study was pretty sketchy, but it did yield some interesting results. The study showed that the more positive posts you see, the more positive things you’re likely to post yourself. The same…
  • For-Profit Colleges Under Fire

    Elizabeth Simmons
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Earlier this year, President Obama and his administration made waves when they announced new steps to address concerns about student loan debt. They announced new regulations that would require career colleges to do a better job of preparing students for gainful employment. If the schools do not meet the new regulations, they could lose access to federal student aid. In a release about the new regulations, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, “Higher education should open up doors of opportunity, but students in these low-performing programs often end up worse off than before they…
  • The U.S. Department of Education Should Think Before It Tweets

    Elizabeth Simmons
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:38 pm
    This week the U.S. Department of Education gave us an excellent example of what NOT to tweet out to the many college students who will be hoping for student aid this school year. It also showed it’s about as good at social media as the average “cool” parent. In what can only be described as an attempt to be hip gone awry, Federal Student Aid, @FAFSA, tweeted to its followers a still from the movie “Bridesmaids” accompanied with the quote, “Help me. I’m poor.” While a funny quote that I’ve often used myself when feeling particularly broke, it’s…
  • Free Tuition for Starbucks Employees Through New Program

    Elizabeth Simmons
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:50 am
    It’s no secret, college is expensive. For many, that expense has simply gotten too high. College tuition has risen 80 percent in the last 10 years alone. This increase means that some people can’t go to college, or complete their degree, no matter how much they desire to. Starbucks has decided to do something about this problem, and announced the Starbucks College Plan earlier this week. Starting in the fall, Starbucks will help many of their part- and full-time U.S. partners (employees) complete their college degrees. Through a partnership with Arizona State University (ASU),…
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    International Higher Education Consulting Blog a project by David Comp

  • The first time Germany played Argentina in the World Cup Final I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany (1986)

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    My family has turned into a big soccer family the last couple of years with my two older children playing competive soccer and my five year old on his, we have been watching as many World Cup games as possible.  With the final game set with Germany to face Argentina we see the continuation of a great World Cup rivarly. When West Germany lost to Argentina in the 1986 World Cup I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany.  My host family bought me a Rudy Völler World Cup jersey and yesterday I dug it out of my soccer bag.  I have never worn the shirt and should…
  • Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე), 25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე)25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 and President of Georgia from 1992 to 2003 understood the value of international educational and cultural exchanges.It's facinating to read about how "General Agreement on Contacts, Exchanges, and Cooperation in Scientific, Technical, Educational, Cultural, and Other Fields" between the United States and the Soviet Union [one of smaller outcomes of the Geneva Summit in November 1985] came about:"Pact on Exchanges:…
  • How accurate is Louis CK in talking about a school trip to Guatemala?

    30 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    The part about the school trip to Guatemala begins at the 2:38 mark but the entire clip is worth watching! Disclosure for those of you with sensitive ears: there are some #$%@! words...
  • The Twitter Back Channel from the 2014 NAFSA Conference in San Diego

    27 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    Tweets about "#NAFSA14"
  • Lily von Klemperer on Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

    23 May 2014 | 8:49 am
    As many IHEC Blog readers know, I enjoy learning and writing about the history of international educational and cultural exchange and I'm quite excited about the formation last year of the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection which is a project of the Forum on Education Abroad in partnership with Dickinson College, the American Institute For Study Abroad (AIFS) and the AIFS Foundation.  I enjoy the history of the field so much that several years ago I created the Bury Book Internaitonal Education Library & Archive and have received donated materials from some of…
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    Lisa Endersby - Canadian Student Affairs professional working to topple pedestals and create paths for student success.

  • Searching for Success: A Reflection on #SAFailsForward

    30 Jun 2014 | 1:32 pm
    What fascinates me most about failure is the apparent duality of the term. In order to know failure, one must be able to define success. In order to avoid mistakes, one must know the ‘right’, ‘best’ or ‘correct’ way of doing things. To know failure, we must know success, and know it often. To know success, however, we must never know failure. We must work hard to succeed, but emerge not only victorious, but pristine and unscathed from our struggles. It must be difficult, but look easy. It must be complex & complicated, but completely perfect. I have…
  • Navigating Language Land Mines – A Conversation about Mental Health

    12 May 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This post was inspired by a thoughtful and important read by Charlie Potts discussing the current #SACommits blog series furthering the conversation about mental health.  Mental health, unlike some other topics of conversation in student affairs and the wider professional community, is littered with land mines buried under good intentions and blissful ignorance. Many of these explosives are set off by the intricacies of vocabulary and language, an area we are still only beginning to understand. As a recent contributor to the #SACommits blog series, featured on the Student Affairs Collective,…
  • Big Red Bicycle

    6 May 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It’s not a sight you see every day. Or any day. Or even some days. A giant, red bike looking much more like a large caravan outfitted with 29 pairs of pedals and 29 red-shirted riders, set to pedal their way (slowly I assume) through the city. After indulging in some fantasy about a police escort, loud music, and cheering fans accompanying my (semi)regular cardio routine, this wonder of modern bike modification made me think about life, leadership, and the pursuit of biggest goals. In case you were curious, this giant machine has a name; aptly, the Big Bike, ridden in support of the…
  • Who Do You Walk With?

    27 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In order to achieve success, it often seems like we must learn to defy the laws of physics. We work to “climb the ladder”, struggle to “scale new heights”, “spread our wings”. Success is symbolized by soaring, a superhuman achievement of “rising above” the challenges that “drag us down”. Book covers and magazine articles about success picture mountains and other lofty terrain, illustrating achievement as a vertical ascent. No wonder we continue to build pedestals. Up is good. Down is bad. We “rise up” from adversity after…
  • We Are Not What We Seem To Be

    13 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    This is another post inspired by one of the books I read for my 52 in 52 book challenge in 2013.  I’ve been exploring the word ‘story’ for a few weeks now. Have you ever had that weird feeling that a word no longer makes sense because you’ve said it so many times? I feel a bit like Iago Montoya, not really sure that word means what I think it means anymore. In searching for blogging inspiration this week, I came across this quote from City of Dark Magic, a fantasy novel by Magnus Flyte, recommended to me by one of my best friends when I was looking for the next book…
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    The Dean's List

  • End Game

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Nardin House - 1980I have never really left college, though I did graduate some 30 years ago. This summer I joined one of my old peer groups for their annual weekend camping trips. Indeed, a great deal of conversation over the  weekend was around the topic of whether or not I had invited myself. I did, sort of, but I had a standing invitation to the upper mid-west from my friend Nep, who lives in Madison, where we all attended college together. This year the event was held at the new old farm house just over the Minnesota border to Wisconsin and owned by our friend  Rucksie. So that…
  • Package Deal

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    I am asking students to think outside the box. The mailbox, if you will. For some time I have been discussing changes to the Coates University Center, and those changes are finally coming to fruition. Part of what sparked this was consolidation of Central Receiving operations on Kings Court with the Mail Center operations at the Coates Center. From an efficiency and business standpoint this made sense. Additionally, I have wanted to move the mailboxes out of the Coates Center. On most campuses, mailboxes are in the residence halls. Our halls don't have main desks or spaces for boxes so they…
  • My life as a blogger

    5 Jun 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This was my dinner and its mushroom at the annual President's dinner. The mushroom is CLEARLY in the shape of the Trinity tower. Mine was the only one like this. I think there is a story there. Don't you?Editors note: Recently I wrote my 250th Dean's List blog post. I wanted to celebrate this milestone, because frankly, who else would? Now it might seem arrogant to interview one's self, and I will own that. On the other hand, I think I have demonstrated a willingness to embarrass myself (can you say "piano"?) and self-disclose very private things, like my love of 1960's bubble gum pop (can…
  • Parting Ways

    19 May 2014 | 8:59 am
     President Dennis Ahlburg, with his wife, Penelope Harley (above), share a private moment between the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 17, 2014. The President announced on May 14 that he would be stepping down from his role effective January 1, 2015. Trustee Richard Calvert (left) reflects on his award for 39 years of outstanding service as a University Trustee. His father, James Calvert, was instrumental in bringing Trinity to its spot in San Antonio, and there is a residence hall named in his honor. Richard Calvert, like the late Jack Stots (trustee), Paul…
  • Sixth Annual: The Year in Review - 2013-2014

    12 May 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Another academic year is in the books, and as is tradition, I take a look back at the year that was. While I try to think broadly, beyond the Student Affairs perspective, I have certainly missed some things, and invite the readers to post on those things in the comment section.There will be a handful of posts between now and August, but look for more regular posting to occur when we begin the 2014-2015 academic year.Top Stories1. Sexual AssaultAs the government beefed up regulations to improve enforcement of sexual assault policies across the nation's campuses, 55 colleges and universities…
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  • Space

    Brian LeDuc
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    It’s easy to lose sight of why you started something without a clear set of objectives lighting your path and guiding decision-making.  When priorities pull leaders in a variety of directions given competing expectations and outcomes at various levels of an organization, it’s profoundly important to maintain clarity on the definitions of success which are most important to achieving the desired goals. This starts with an exercise that few begin, and even fewer follow-through on; clarifying goals and expectations, and reviewing them earnestly and honestly; but intentionality…
  • Making an adjustment

    Brian LeDuc
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:56 pm
    I’ve spent much of the last 30 weeks focusing on smaller reflections around a verb manifested in my week, and not until recently was I really maintaining an interest in how this connected to the larger theme that I wanted to pursue as a result.  In my estimate, I was getting involved for all of the wrong reasons. That changes now. From here on, I’ve gone rogue from the Loquacitas project and I’ll begin considering my weekly verbs in the context of value; focusing on my journey to fulling engaging my own and exploring the way that I create it for others. Clarify objectives;…
  • Loquacitas, Week 29: Release

    Brian LeDuc
    13 Feb 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Maybe I took this one too literally. Maybe not.   Either way, when you allow yourself to be consumed by something; when you discover just how enveloped you are in it, I I’m afraid the only way to free yourself is simply to release it. Release yourself from it. I needed to release this week as I found myself becoming someone I didn’t want to be, overcome by a feeling that I could no longer sustain.  And it sucks. There’s no way around it– but I also find that when I look into the space that I let become filled with those things I choose to release, that I discover…
  • The Year of Value: Time

    Brian LeDuc
    4 Feb 2014 | 3:32 am
    This week, Claudia checked in about the progress we’ve made thus far around our Year Of project; she asked us to …spend a couple of minutes reflecting on the issue of time and encouraging you to think about how you will take advantage of this gym membership for your soul. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the theme of value in my life; spent a lot of time writing about it, making meaning of it, and negotiating the implications of it– dealing with its’ scarcity, frustrated by the toxic environment it sometimes creates. But where is my time to derive more…
  • Loquacitas, Week 29: Envelop

    Brian LeDuc
    2 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    What do you surround yourself with? What do you allow yourself to be overcome by? What are you wrapping yourself up in? These were the questions I posed myself as I negotiated this week, and considered how envelop manifested itself. I resisted the urge to get caught up in my inner world, overcoming my tendency to view my experiences through the haze of personal clouds.  Ironically I also felt the discomfort of this approach in earnest as I reflected on the the resounding message of Brene and Sheryl telling me that it was weak to go it alone juxtaposed with the price of greatness for…
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    The Evolution of Strength

  • Why I Do CrossFit

    Ardith Laverne
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    That is such a cop-out title. People love the “Why CrossFit is Dangerous,” “Why CrossFit Isn’t For Me,” “Why CrossFit is the Best Thing You’re Missing,” etc. Even so, I want to consider and share why I continue to participate in this form of fitness and recreation, and why this is the only other athletic thing I’ve stuck with besides cheer and dance–and why it’s the only athletic thing that I feel like I’ve grown in and continue to progress in as I approach my two-year anniversary. The Workouts I remember my first workout…
  • The Return! Kind of.

    Ardith Laverne
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    “Hey, so, Ardith–what’s with the lack of blogging?” Oh, jeez. Well, there are several reasons that I haven’t posted as much as usual. The Wide World of Student Affairs and Higher Education I’m still wrestling with what’s up with my professional life. As I’ve said a hundred times before, my job is fantastic and my team is great, but I’m missing something. I can’t pinpoint it yet, but I think it partially has to do with a need to be connected and engaged with more AAPI professionals more often, the desire for an outlet to explore…
  • “To live is the…

    Ardith Laverne
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde Been living life and starting to feel grounded in my wanderings. I miss this space, but I needed to get my headspace tidied up.  More to come.
  • I Refuse

    Ardith Laverne
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:48 pm
    I refuse to live in fear. The culture I live in has created–out of its own faults and its own greatness–something that can so easily lead to a fearful life, a cynical life, a life in which the only hope is seemingly from escape. But I will refuse that. Some of you will bicker endlessly, refusing to listen to one another, refusing to even consider for one second that someone else’s point-of-view may be valid (maybe not 100% correct, but valid and with good points), refusing to think that maybe your truth and her truth and his truth are all true and real–albeit…
  • Ten Years Wandering

    Ardith Laverne
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:01 pm
    High school ended exactly ten years ago, as of June 4th, 2014. I can’t recall what I imagined for myself ten years ahead as I sported my red graduation gown back in 2004. All I knew was that I was leaving for college that following September with the intention to major in music, and that anything could happen. I decided to change my major early on. To what, I wasn’t sure, although I eventually arrived at Communication paired with a Business Administration minor. I remember the indecisiveness, flipping through the course catalog numerous times, bookmarking several majors that…
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    Finding the Words

  • #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…
  • Always On Time

    22 May 2014 | 8:34 am
    "Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."James 1:4, NIVThose of you who are regular readers of this blog know that I'm a big believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason. Thanks in large part to my faith, but also to various life experiences I've had, I see purpose in my life. I see a grander design for me, doors opened (and closed), windows cracked (and slammed shut), and paths forged (and dead-ended, requiring a U-turn and a new plan).Of course, in the midst of my optimistic mantra, there are some big issues that I…
  • A Breath of Fresh Air

    12 May 2014 | 6:36 am
    Take a deep breath.Slowly, exhale.Do you feel it? Do you feel the tension ease? Do you feel that tightness in between your shoulder blades loosen? Do you feel that weight on your heart lift?For all my education buddies out there, breathe that sweet air. That's summertime. (For those of you who are still plugging away, don't give up! The light is there, waiting for you at the end of the tunnel.)As I've blogged about before, as much as I love what I do and the students I work with, summer is a time to breathe easy. It's a time when the rush, hustle, and bustle of the school year…
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    One More Blog.

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    18 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
  • ourpresidents: President Kennedy was known for being a fast and...

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    ourpresidents: President Kennedy was known for being a fast and voracious reader. As Mrs. Kennedy once said, “He’d read walking, he’d read at the table, at meals, he’d read after dinner, he’d read in the bathtub…He really read all the times you don’t think you have time to read.”  In fact, JFK could read 1,200 words per minute. Check out this letter from JFK’s press secretary, Pierre Salinger, discussing JFK’s talent. -from the JFK Library 
  • pewinternet: We’ve just updated our social networking fact...

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    pewinternet: We’ve just updated our social networking fact sheet with some 2014 numbers; good time for a reminder that we’ve got a series of fast-fact tip sheets at your disposal for grab ‘n go tech stats: Plus, handy dandy charts of key tech indicators and their growth over time: We’ve got the data, yes we do.
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  • 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…
  • Congratulations to the NAER 2014 Hall of Fame Award Honoree

    Julie Smith
    15 May 2014 | 11:19 am
    Jeannette Cabrera Palacios was given the NAER 2014 Hall of Fame Award.  NAER sponsors the Recruiter’s Hall of Fame–an award that honors professionals in the executive search industry. Induction into the NAER Executive Recruiter’s Hall of Fame is restricted to those individuals that have demonstrated leadership in the profession of executive search and that possess a substantive and proven career history of superior contribution to the practice of executive search.  Congratulations Jeannette!
  • Thank You to the Speakers of the 2014 NAER Annual Conference!

    Julie Smith
    1 May 2014 | 9:51 am
    SJG – The Spelman and Johnson Group would like to thank all of the speakers who contributed to this year’s Annual 2014 NAER (National Association of Executive Recruiters) Conference.  Shout outs go to David CampbellPresident and Chief Operating Officer at Chernoff Newman, Peggy Binette, Assistant Director of News & International Communications at the University of South Carolina, Derry London, Manager for Social Media at CBS TV News WLTX, Rob Schaller, Director of Communications & Social Media at the University of South Carolina Law School, Tye PriceVice President of…
  • Welcome to SJG’s New Website!

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group is proud to present our brand new website! The beautiful, original new artwork you see is by Sarah Knotz, a graphic artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Sarah earned a 2006 BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design before pursuing her 2010 MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She draws inspiration for her work by exploring new cities, constant immersion in music, books, and films, and watching the seasons change in NYC. You can view her website at: We have also given our…
  • Congratulations to the 2014 NASPA Outstanding New Professionals

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    We would like to extend a big congratulations to the 2014 NASPA Outstanding New Professional Award Winners: Richard Zereik, Associate Director of Services for Students at McGill University Laura Smith, Internship Coordinator/Career Advisor at Towson University Cord McLean, Program Advisor for Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University Wilson Okello, First Year Advisor at Miami University Emily Ambrose, President’s Leadership Program Coordinator and Instructor at Colorado State University Nate Panelo, Ethnic Student Center Coordinator at Western Washington University Kayla Wiechert,…
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    Livin' Loyno

  • All about people

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    As I prepare to enter my senior year, I am reminded about how much I have learned in the classroom, but I also recall the numerous relationships that I’ve developed and continued. Both will be useful in the next couple of years, but networking with people in my field of study has opened doors for my future. During my time at Loyola, I have had the opportunity to learn from professionals at| The Times- Picayune, The Lens, and WWL-TV. These experiences alongside the numerous other professionals I met have helped shape the path I will take after graduation. You may not remember…
  • Explore Themed Living Communities

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    With the 30th Anniversary of the University Honors Program celebrated on June 20, you may be interested in the Themed living Learning communities Residential Life offers students. A glimpse into each Themed Living Community: Honors TLC- Students on this floor will live with their honor classmates. The headquarters of the Honors program now located in Monroe library will allow honors students exclusive access to study space and other resources. Leadership TLC- A community that strives to surround students with Jesuit values and offer students opportunities from resume workshops to public…
  • Make your orientation ORIGINAL

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:24 pm
    During the last two years, I have worked for The Office of Residential Life in a couple different positions, but I have always received a variety of questions ranging from academics to entertainment. A parent asked me this question last summer: What have you learned at Loyola? It seems fairly simple, yet it caught me off guard. Simple questions do not always have easy answers.I have learned so much here and as I began to think more about it I realized my journey mostly taught me about myself. I believe the two most important lessons I have learned throughout my time at Loyola are: Try…
  • An Ideal Week

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    14 Nov 2013 | 7:27 am
    Loyola week may be our version of homecoming week, but I believe it symbolizes much more. Throughout the hustle and bustle of the events in the quad and throughout campus last week, I was able to reflect on the meaning of Loyola week. Community, diversity, professionalism, and many other words describe Loyola, but I believe that Loyola week can be best represented by our Jesuit identity. Jesuit ideals may appear daunting and scary from the outside, but I see them embodied in actions of Loyola community members every day. When a professor extends her office hours to wait for a student…
  • It can all be yours with a meal plan swipe

    Lucy Dieckhaus
    5 Nov 2013 | 2:46 pm
    Dining options on Loyola’s campus have recently expanded with the Danna Center food court, but are you aware of the many other options available? Orleans Room We have seen the long lines to grab an entree, red bean Mondays, catfish Fridays, vegetarian options, and styrofoam dishes. Everyone that lives on campus has probably eaten here. You can love the food or hate the food, but the OR has a variety of options to accommodate all Loyola and Tulane students. OR to go This location is hidden in the basement of the Danna Student Center. It provides a quick option for anyone looking for a salad,…
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  • How to Develop Shower, Car Sing Along Confidence: Becoming a More Powerful Leader

    Chris Collins
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    That moment when you're in the shower and your favorite song is stuck in your head. There's nothing like it! You will hit high notes like Mariah Carey, sing in perfect bass like that one guy from Boyz II Men, and create your own ad libs like you have been singing since you were a one-year-old! Or what about when you and a close friend are in the car and your jam comes on? You sing that song like you are performing at the Grammy's, oblivious to the folks staring at you at the red light. Thing is... most folks can't sing... not even a little bit. But it's something about the shower and the car…
  • Top 10 Brain Foods that Help You Study and Get Better Grades

    Guest Blogger
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Have you been feeding your brain lately? If you’re looking to learn how to study more efficiently or improve your mental alertness in order to achieve better grades, you may have tried all kinds of different study techniques. But did you know that simply choosing foods that fuel the brain can have a significant effect on your academic performance? It’s true—eating certain foods can improve your ability to focus, retain information, and remain mentally alert in order to get you through the most grueling of study sessions. Want to learn more? Read on for information about the top ten…
  • Transitioning to the dorm life

    Guest Blogger
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Living in a dorm can be fun-filled, but issues will arise. Resident Advisors (RAs) play an important role in improving the resident life experience. They educate the students on co-existing in a dorm to ensure a peaceful atmosphere. Whether you are an RA managing a floor-full of bright-eyed freshmen or a high school counselor preparing his/her students for the transition to college living, here are few tips you can suggest.
  • Building a balanced college social life

    Guest Blogger
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Many students enter college without adequate preparation. Even with the most supportive parents, counselors and student life leaders, many wonder if they will fit into the college social scene. Others over-commit and find themselves struggling academically because they are pulled in too many directions. You can help your students face their anxieties, find balance and gear up for what can be an exciting college social life. Here are few tips to help you do this.
  • Believe it or not you can stay healthy in college

    Guest Blogger
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Many college students over eat in college cafeterias, drink too much alcohol, and rely on potentially dangerous, caffeine-packed energy drinks to stay awake while studying; all things that contribute to a lifestyle not recommended by the National Institutes of Health. However, college students CAN have a great time and still stay healthy. Even though you're very involved with studying, going to classes, taking tests, and having a social life, you can still stay healthy. Practicing good, healthy habits during your college years makes it easier to stay healthy throughout your life.
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  • Three Ways (Two Good, One Bad) to Fight Campus Rape

    Angus Johnston
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat has a piece out this morning offering three suggestions on how to curb rape on campus. Some of you may be cringing right now, as Douthat’s record on women’s issues is pretty poor, and indeed there’s a lot to cringe over in today’s column. But he’s getting at a real problem, and by my lights two out of his three proposals are worthy ones. Douthat exaggerates when he says that “nobody — neither anti-rape activists, nor their critics, nor the administrators caught in between — seems to have a clear and…
  • Louie

    Angus Johnston
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Okay, so here’s a thing about last night’s Louie: Louie was angrier when Pamela tried to leave his house without kissing him than he was when she threw out all his furniture. A lot angrier. That’s pretty messed up. As bad as the almost-rape episode from two weeks ago was, this week’s pair bothered me more. Because the kind of pressure he was putting on Pamela this time was a hell of a lot more insidious. Going in for the kiss when you don’t know if it’ll be reciprocated. Mooning around someone instead of asking them out. Wheedling to get someone in the sack…
  • A Vital Perspective on Access for Students With Disabilities

    Angus Johnston
    29 May 2014 | 12:11 pm
    A recurring theme in discussions of trigger warnings in college classes is the idea that students with PTSD should be going to campus disability offices, not professors, to ask for the assistance they need. This question has come up in my Facebook and Twitter feeds today, in response to the piece I just wrote for Inside Higher Education, and in the course of one such conversation my friend Andrea Chandler said a few things about her experience trying to work with the disability office at the college she was attending. If you’re a professor and you think the disability office will…
  • Why I’m Introducing Trigger Warnings Into My Syllabi

    Angus Johnston
    29 May 2014 | 6:52 am
    I’ve just written a piece for Inside Higher Ed discussing why I’m adding a trigger warning to my syllabi, and explaining what I see such content notes as contributing to the classroom environment. As far as I’m aware, I’m the first prof in the US to go public with the text and rationale for their warning. Here’s an excerpt: History is often ugly. History is often troubling. History is often heartbreaking. As a professor, I have an obligation to my students to raise those difficult subjects, but I also have an obligation to raise them in a way that provokes a…
  • The Arizona Students’ Association Rises from the Ashes

    Angus Johnston
    25 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Almost exactly a year ago the Arizona state legislature passed a law, HB 2169, that banned the use of student fees to support independent student organizations, rendering illegal the referendum-based funding model that Arizona’s statewide student organization, the Arizona Students’ Association had depended on for nearly two decades. ASA has been working diligently over the last year to fashion a new approach and identity for the HB 2169 era, and this weekend that work is bearing fruit with the Association’s first annual Student Congress. Starting with a reception this…
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    E-Learning Queen

  • George Gissing's In the Year of Jubilee (1895): Mini-Lecture & Interactive Learning Object

    30 Jun 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Late Victorian writer George Gissing and his works are not well known, but they are emotionally gripping, psychologically realistic, and ultimately both destabilizing and reinforcing of how we come to understand the world around us vis-a-vis rapid cultural and technological change. To correct the fact that his works have slipped into invisibility, The Fringe Journal is launching a series of
  • Interview with Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin: Innovators in Education Series

    12 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Writing prompts are no longer static when they are placed into an environment of active collaboration, reading and responding via any number of mechanisms (mobile, elearning, face-to-face, and hybrid). The key is to develop prompts that work in all environments.  Welcome to an interview with Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin, whose book, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press) was a
  • Booth Tarkington's The Turmoil (1915): A Mini-Lecture

    8 Jun 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Booth Tarkington’s novel, The Turmoil (1915), negotiates the psychological minefield of rapid industrialization / technological shifts / structural social change due to new innovation and rapid growth. While it was written almost 100 years ago, the disruptive technologies and their impact on social structure and individual psychology hold true today. The Turmoil is first of the Growth Trilogy, 
  • Interview with Emily Claude, Oklahoma Arts Institute: Innovative Programs in Education Series

    28 May 2014 | 7:17 am
    With new capabilities for collaboration and posting performance, it is more important than ever to develop programs that inspire learners of all ages and from all background to develop their creativity and to share that journey. One great example is the Oklahoma Arts Institute at  Quartz Mountain, which offers two innovative programs for arts. Welcome to an interview with Emily Claude, Vice
  • Finalist in Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets

    22 May 2014 | 11:47 am
    Texture Press's Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, by Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin with illustrations by Don Riggs, is a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for 2014. The finalists will be officially announced in late May, but the editors and authors received notification in early May. Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the
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  • 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…
  • Something weird is happening at Coursera

    5 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Something weird is happening at Coursera. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but have boiled it down to two options. Both are problematic. A bit of background About two months ago, I posted a short article on a DesignJam that we hosted at UT Arlington. The designjam brought together numerous folks who had some interest in teaching and learning online, often at a massive scale (i.e. MOOCs). Paul Olivier Dehaye commented on the post and described his interest in running a dual-track MOOC, blending instructivist and more collaborative. He was referring to the Massive Teaching course on…
  • Activating Latent Knowledge Capacity

    5 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Last week, we wrapped up another successful Learning Analytics Summer Institute at Harvard. The recordings of most of the talks and panels can be found here. Since we were already in town, Dragan Gasevic and I were invited by edX to give a talk to their staff and member institutions (we are running a course on edX in fall on Data, Analytics, & Learning). The focus for the talk at edX, slides below, was to try and get at what is wrong with MOOCs and education in general. To answer the challenge of “what is wrong with education” it’s helpful to step back a bit and…
  • Attend (online) the Learning Analytics Summer Institute

    29 Jun 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Last year, we held the Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) at Stanford. This year we will hold LASI at Harvard. The event starts tomorrow and runs for three days (June 30 – July 2). Our interest and mission with the Society for Learning Analytics Research is to make data and algorithms open and accessible to researchers in order to create transparency around how analytics are being used in teaching and learning. As such, we will be live streaming LASI. The schedule of speakers, and we have an amazing set of panels and keynotes, is available now (scroll down the page for the live…
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    Google Student Blog

  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Fiona Yeung

    Sarah H
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    From Google Glass to Project Loon, Adwords to Docs, our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects. Interns also work across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the summer!Meet Fiona Yeung, a User Experience Design Intern working at…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Shelbey Roberts

    Sarah H
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights.For today's post, meet Shelbey Roberts, a BOLD intern in Mountain View on the GooglersGive team.Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!I’m an Android (kind of)! Last summer, one of my internship…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Denver Ogaro

    Sarah H
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    From Google Glass to Project Loon, Adwords to Docs, our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects. Interns also work across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights.Denver Ogaro, a student at Harvard University originally from Kenya, is a Software Engineering Intern in our Cambridge office. Denver is completing his third…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Cassie Kozyrkov

    Sarah H
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    From Google Glass to Project Loon, Adwords to Docs, our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects. Interns also work across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. For today's post, meet Cassie Kozyrkov, a Decision Support Intern located in the Google Mountain View office. Cassie is a PHD in Statistics at North…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Brandon Nixon

    Sarah H
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Our interns have the opportunity to work on some of Google’s most cutting edge and innovative projects - not only in engineering, but across sales and other business functions, bringing a fresh perspective to the work done at Google. To show you just how much of an impact interns make and to highlight their unique experiences, we’re bringing you a special blog series: Google Intern Insights. Make sure to look out for the different interns being featured on the blog throughout the summer!Tell us one fun, outlandish fact about you!Before the start of my freshman year of college, I…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Learning to Let Go – A Career Lesson on Over-Committing

    Joe Sabado
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
    One of the important lessons I have learned in my career is the value of sharing my responsibilities (and accolades) with others and being careful about taking on more duties than I am able to handle. I’ve come to learn that over-committing myself and not being able to fulfill my part do result in me […]
  • Taking Some Time to Reflect and Dream

    Joe Sabado
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:57 pm
    I have heard other folks say good ideas come when they’re in the shower. Could it be because that’s one of the few minutes within our busy days we actually get to think freely and not get distracted with the worries and issues we must face at work and in our lives? It’s been a […]
  • Year in Review – Professional/Memorable Moments of 2013-2014

    Joe Sabado
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:05 am
    Academic year 2013-2014 was a year filled with accomplishments and memorable events that impacted me professionally and personally. It was a year of connecting and working with new students, UCSB colleagues, as well as professionals from all over the country I met via social media. It was a year I committed myself to learning as much […]
  • Why I Love My Job In Student Affairs at UCSB

    Joe Sabado
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:21 pm
    For all the challenges I face in my job from time to time, I can’t see myself working for any other place outside UCSB student affairs at this point in my career. It’s been more than a week since the Isla Vista tragedy and within that time, I’ve seen so many remarkable acts, events, selfless […]
  • UCSB Community – We’re All In This Together

    Joe Sabado
    26 May 2014 | 9:06 am
    I want to write about the emotional roller coaster I’ve felt the last few days about the senseless and tragic incident that happened to our community. But, there’s so much to process, I don’t even know where to start. If this is a rambling post, that’s a reflection of my feelings at this point. It’s […]
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  • Many New Ideas are Quite Old

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

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

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

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

    Kevin R. Guidry
    1 May 2014 | 9:35 pm
    One of the more exciting developments at my university is the ongoing development of our new Mathematical Sciences Learning Laboratory (MSLL). Pronounced "missile" and the already the cause of many puns (e.g., the opening of the new lab is already being dubbed "the missile launch"), it's a space that is "intended to serve students entering our foundational mathematics sequence, in particular, courses below the calculus level."  It seems to draw part of its inspiration from the math emporium model which, in its most radical form, allows students to…
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • What’s Your Research Impact? #ImpactFactor

    Laura Pasquini
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:25 pm
    For those of you who track on me in social spaces, you know that I just completed my tenure as an academic advisor and counselor as of TODAY! This does not mean I will drop off from the advising world entirely, as I serving my term on the NACADA Council, I am a fan of the #AcAdv Chat community, and I involuntarily advise a number of students, colleagues, friends, and family, about academic and career matters on a regular basis.  Job Update: I’m Off the Market I accepted a full-time faculty position with the UNT College of Information, as a Lecturer for the Department of Learning…
  • Participation Observation Method

    Laura Pasquini
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:48 pm
    In constructing the curriculum chapter for the Fashioning Circuit book* being developed by Dr. Kim Knight (a.k.a. @purplekimchi), I utilizing a few exploratory research methods to review the current workshop materials, lessons, and learning on the subject matter. The first method: Participant Observation. As I work through evaluation and assessment of the curriculum, I might as well share and get feedback on the process. Participation observation allows for the collection of information and qualitative data, rooted in the ethnographic research tradition. For this method, participation…
  • #Dissertation Thanks and Acknowledgement for my PhD Journey

    Laura Pasquini
    14 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    “Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” ~ Etienne Wenger My doctoral dissertation research is dedicated to all the members of my personal learning network and communities of practice, who connect, inspire, collaborate, interact, challenge, and share with me personally and professionally. I am thankful for your passion. Here are a few slides from my final dissertation defense from Thursday, June 12, 2014. Some slides have been removed to prepare for journal publications,…
  • My #Dissertation Defense

    Laura Pasquini
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:24 am
    This Thursday two epic events kick off: The 2014 World Cup (3 pm CT) My FINAL Dissertation Defense (2:30 pm CT) Conveniently, I found this @PhDComics cartoon (circa 2010) shared in my network: c/o PhD Comics: World Cup vs. PhD Here is my dissertation title and abstract: Pasquini, Laura A. Organizational Identity and Community Values: Determining Meaning in Post-Secondary Education Social Media Guideline and Policy Documents. Dissertation Abstract, Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Technology and Performance Improvement), August 2014. With the increasing use of social media by students,…
  • Are you going to #blend14? Join the Unconference session (#unblend14) & More in the Rocky Mountains!

    Laura Pasquini
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The @SloanConsortium 2014 Blended Learning Conference and Workshop (a.k.a. #blend14) is less than a month away! I am excited to be attending and facilitating a workshop in the rocky mountains (Denver, CO) this July.  As blended learning models for curriculum and program development increase in post-secondary education, learners and instructors are being more invested in different mode and models for education. Last year, I found the mix of programs, discussions, and people at #blend13 very refreshing.  If you have interests in design, development, or research in hybrid and blending learning…
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    Wired CampusWired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • With Scrim and Rolling Desks, a Journalism School Seeks a Tech Edge

    Avi Wolfman-Arent
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    A little over a century after his death, Joseph Pulitzer still looms large at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The building that houses the school bears his name. Every year the school announces the Pulitzer Prizes from the World Room, a reference to The World, his New York newspaper. A bust of the publishing tycoon and school founder peers across the first-floor lobby and into what has been a construction zone for the past nine months. But on Monday, professors are to move into the space, the new headquarters of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media…
  • Should You Build a Data Center Today? 2 Universities, 2 Answers

    Avi Wolfman-Arent
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    When it comes to building campuses from scratch in the information age, few institutions have a track record like New York University’s. Under its current president, John E. Sexton, NYU has opened campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. In 2012 it earned New York City’s backing for a new graduate-level institute in downtown Brooklyn. While in New York recently to cover Cornell Tech and its ambitious plans to build an applied-sciences graduate school on Roosevelt Island, I asked members of New York University’s IT brain trust how they’ve approached similar challenges. Many of their…
  • Would Graduate School Work Better if You Never Graduated From It?

    Steve Kolowich
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Learning continues long after college ends. What if being enrolled in college was also a lifelong condition? That is how Christian Terwiesch, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, thinks graduate business programs might work in the future. He and a colleague, Karl T. Ulrich, vice dean of innovation at Wharton, have published a paper on how the ascent of short video lectures—the kind popularized by massive open online courses and Khan Academy—might change the cost and structure of top business programs like Wharton’s. The short answer is that they probably…
  • QuickWire: College and Library Groups Petition FCC on Net Neutrality

    Avi Wolfman-Arent
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    [Update (7/15/2014, 5:31 p.m.): The FCC has extended the public-comment period until Friday, and for that reason the college and library group has not yet officially released its comments.] [Update (7/18/2014, 1:53 p.m.): The coalition officially filed its comments with the FCC this morning. There are now 11 groups signed onto the document.] A coalition of seven university and library organizations on Tuesday filed comments asking the Federal Communications Commission to preserve net neutrality. The comments came less than a week after 11 university and library groups—including six of the…
  • QuickWire: Desire2Learn Rebrands and Adds Partners

    Lawrence Biemiller
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    The education-technology company Desire2Learn said on Monday that it was renaming its learning-management system, which will now be called Brightspace, and adding assorted features, including game-based learning. The company also said it was teaming up with IBM to improve Desire2Learn’s predictive analytics and with Microsoft to add a Windows 8 mobile app for e-books to Desire2Learn’s offerings.
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    Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

  • July Open Thread

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Another month another Open Thread! Here's a discussion starter:
  • June Open Thread

    31 May 2014 | 7:01 am
    Another month another Open Thread! Write what you like on topics within the general ambit of this blog, but here’s some suggestions for useful contributions: links to recent posts/articles that relate to topics covered by the FAQs here (and the best links might even be added to the Further Reading Lists on some of those […]
  • May Open Thread

    30 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    More Open Thread! Write what you like on topics within the general ambit of this blog (self-promotion is entirely welcome). Here's some suggestions for useful contributions:
  • April Open Thread

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Some of you really want to see more action here again. But I'm just not sure that I have anything new to say...I've decided therefore that I'll experiment with monthly Open Threads for a while and see what you all come up with.
  • Conference anti-harassment campaigns do work: Three existence proofs from SF&F, atheism/skepticism, and open source

    28 Aug 2013 | 5:00 am
    Guest Post by the Ada Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation supporting women in open technology and culture (originally published at the Ada Initiative blog)
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • This Astronomer Had to Make the Hardest Career Choice

    AAUW Intern
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Beatrice Tinsley, image via Wikipedia Imagine if you and your partner were both brilliant minds in the same field, but because you were refused any official academic appointment near home, you had to choose between your family and your career. This was a reality less than 40 years ago for Beatrice Tinsley, the first recipient of the AAUW Annie Jump Cannon Award for astronomy. Raised in New Zealand, Tinsley loved math and physics from a young age. She was the first girl in 20 years to apply for and earn her high school’s math scholarship. She changed gears while attending New Zealand’s…
  • Molly Rockett Got Elected at 20, and You Can Too!

    Jessica Kelly
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Molly Rockett is a 20-year-old rising senior at the University of Connecticut, a resident adviser on campus, and former president of the College Democrats. She is also a sitting member of the Board of Education in her hometown of Somers, Connecticut. What motivated Rockett to run for local office before she was even out of college? She had three big things going for her: a desire to serve her community, a support system, and a great campaign strategy. Rockett wanted to give back to her hometown and saw the Board of Education as the best place for her to do so. “As a product of Somers…
  • AAUW Alumna Gives back to the Boise Branch

    Lauren Byrnes
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Molly O’Leary, 1992 AAUW Career Development Grantee, was reintroduced to AAUW in a surprising way recently. Molly O’Leary When AAUW Boise Area (ID) Branch members asked around for some legal advice, they were directed to O’Leary, known in the community for working with nonprofit groups. After the work was finished, the branch found out, much to their delight, that their bill was waived completely. As it turned out, O’Leary’s grant was partially funded by the Idaho State Golden Anniversary Endowment! O’Leary was happy to reconnect with AAUW and give her expertise to the branch.
  • For Women, Student Loan Debt Is an Even Bigger Crisis

    AAUW Intern
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    As outstanding student loans surpass every other form of non-mortgage debt, it is becoming increasingly expensive to finance a college degree. Nearly 40 million people are saddled with student loan debt, totaling nearly $1.2 trillion in loans. Seventy-one percent of college seniors who graduated in 2012 have loan debt, averaging $30,000 per bachelor’s degree. Though debt is a crisis for all students, the burden falls even harder on women because of the persistent gender pay gap. These staggering numbers are part of the reason why several senators introduced a bill last month to reform the…
  • What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?

    Lisa Maatz
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    According to the Supreme Court, an employee’s contraception is her boss’s business after all. In a disappointing 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court sided with two for-profit companies that had challenged the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement, which says that certain preventive health care services like contraception must be covered without copay or cost-sharing. Both Hobby Lobby, a family-owned chain of arts and crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood, a family-owned cabinetry business, claimed that providing certain services in their insurance plans violates their…
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    This Side of Theory

  • Can We Have a Conversation?

    Stacy Oliver
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Last night I shared a link on Twitter to a CNN article about homeless college students. This is a topic dear to my heart after I recently wrote an article for the ACUHO-I Talking Stick about the social responsibility of college and university housing when it comes to students in need, including homeless students. There’s also a blog post on the same topic in the queue for ACUHO-I, expanding on the topic with more data and information than could be included in the article. The ensuing conversation about social justice implications of institutional policies and procedures was vibrant and…
  • I Will Find the Rainbow

    Stacy Oliver
    28 May 2014 | 5:29 pm
    I was on a train this morning when I read a Facebook status from a friend that said, “The world shrinks a little when a poet dies.” My heart sank, as I knew that this likely meant Maya Angelou died. After all, what poet is more beloved than Maya Angelou? I clicked over to a news source and as I did, a breaking news alert appeared on my phone confirming what I thought. I wrote my own Facebook status, recalling that I went to see Dr. Angelou speak at Memorial Auditorium at Ohio University while I was an undergraduate student and how meaningful that experience was to me. This…
  • Culture of Recognition

    Stacy Oliver
    1 May 2014 | 7:43 pm
    It’s Chicken Dinner season in student affairs — the time of year when we gather nightly for a banquet meal in recognition of our students, our staff, our student staff. A former supervisor of mine used to joke about how many types of chicken he would eat during the two weeks at the end of the semester. Ten years later, campus menus have expanded — but I wonder if our understanding of recognition has evolved as much. I’ve thought a great deal about how to create and sustain a culture of recognition in the work place, particularly one that persists throughout the year…
  • You Put Your Left Foot In…

    Stacy Oliver
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    (This was originally planned as a Pecha Kucha talk for #ACPA14. Due to a strong sense of responsibility to other areas of my life, I was unable to attend and have turned it into a blog post instead). I love the hokey pokey. I love it because it’s message is so simple, but often overlooked — you are the sum of your parts. You are more than your right arm, your left foot. In the end, you put your whole self in, and that’s what matters. That’s how people get to know you and celebrate you. Or is it? I started seeing a specialist in August for pain after I self-diagnosed myself using…
  • Current Bobcat Resident

    Stacy Oliver
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    In December, as part of my 31 Random Acts of Kindness, I mailed a gift card for a pizza place to the current residents of the residence hall room where I lived my first year at Ohio University. I was feeling nostalgic for finals week and, watching my current students prepare for their exams, I thought about those times with my friends in our hall fifteen years prior. Like most of my random acts, I sent it off into the world, and didn’t think much about it again. Until this morning. I checked my mail on the way to work and there was a letter addressed to “Current Bobcat…
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    eighteen and life

  • GOAL!

    Debra Sanborn
    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

    Debra Sanborn
    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

    Debra Sanborn
    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…
  • Want to appear intelligent? Just smile.

    Debra Sanborn
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There’s something in my pocket it belongs across my face. I keep it very close at hand in a most convenient place. ~Brownie Smile PsyBlog featured a new research study on facial evaluation and the power of a smile. The study found that when judging men just on their facial appearance, there was a relationship with actual intelligence. But when it came to judging women, there was no relationship between how intelligent they were perceived and their actual intelligence. The study suggested that this is because women are primarily judged on their attractiveness overruling…
  • National Student Exchange: Your place to BE

    Debra Sanborn
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    This will be an excellent opportunity to really get to know myself, network and make new friends — and prove to myself that I can succeed in any environment.                                                                                                  ~ William Rabe, ISU sophomore Next fall, an Iowa State University student will experience a National Student Exchange (NSE) to the University of Alabama — just like his father did 31 years ago as a college student in North Dakota. It was a fateful trip for William Rabe’s father,…
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • What Can You Do? Preventing Hazing in Fraternities & Sororities

    Heather Shea Gasser
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Wednesday, July 23rd at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive While nearly all states in the U.S. now have anti-hazing legislation and most campuses have adopted policies prohibiting hazing, it is still too common especially within fraternities and sororities. While there is a lot of evidence to prove that Greek-letter organizations provide positive experiences for students, many are still engaging in hazing. State laws and campus policies are apparently insufficient in reducing incidents of hazing and campus leaders need strategies to prevent…
  • Parents as Partners with Student Affairs

    Heather Shea Gasser
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Wednesday, July 9th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive New student orientation season is in full swing on many college and university campuses. While the average age of college-going adults is no longer 18-22, many of our residential/traditional campuses still primarily serve this population… and their parents/guardians.  Transition from high school to college can be an unsettled time for students, but it is also equally challenging for their parents who are shifting responsibility as the primary “director” of their child’s…
  • Job One 2.0 – A conversation with Carnaghi and Magolda

    Heather Shea Gasser
    23 May 2014 | 4:23 am
    Wednesday, June 4th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Who are the next generation of student affairs professionals? What are the foundational experiences that characterize the transition between graduate school to campus positions? How do the stories about this transformation impact how they enter this profession? The book Job One 2.0: Understanding the Next Generation of Student Affairs Professionals answers these and and other questions of new professionals and those who supervise them. The book focuses on narratives written by new…
  • Advancement in Student Affairs: Selling Our Story

    Chris Butler
    21 May 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Wednesday, May 21 at 1:00pm EDT Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Across the spectrum, Student Affairs professionals are doing more with less which has made the focus on advancement within Student Affairs all the more important. Beyond that, our students have an amazing stories that deserves to be shared and supported which is what our guests are going to focus on in this episode of Student Affairs Live! Join host Chris Butler as he welcomes Michelle Hyde, Assistant Director for Development University of Illinois Division of Student Affairs Zack Hawkins,…
  • I Attended a Student Affairs Convention… Now What?

    Heather Shea Gasser
    7 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    Wednesday, May 14th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Many of us have the opportunity to attend student affairs conventions as part of our ongoing professional development plan each year. As funding for conferences grows scarce, student affairs professionals need to make the most of the time they spend at convention, but also intentionally plan for the return home in order to make the most of their experiences. How we operationalize and apply the learning and development that takes place at conferences back on our home campuses is a…
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