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  • Why SA Professionals Have the Coolest Job

    The Student Affairs Collective
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I recently found myself thinking about the field of student affairs and had two recurring thoughts. (1) How in the world did I find and decide to pursue this field and (2) This is probably THE coolest and most unique profession out there. I can think of at least 100 ways that this is one of the coolest fields in the world, however I have narrowed it down to about 7 reasons. 1. Being on a college campus. When we think of college, we may refer to it as the best four years of our lives. With the social gatherings, extracurricular activities, peer groups, and of course SA professionals, it is…
  • How the Best Young Professors Research (and Why it Matters to You)

    Cal Newport » Blog
    Study Hacks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Lounging in Lauinger Today I spent the morning in the library. As often happens, I arrived with a specific book in mind, but soon a long trail of diverting citations lured me in new directions. I’m a sucker for libraries. One such happy discovery was the book, The New Faculty Member, by Robert Boice, a now emeritus professor of psychology at Stony Brook. This book summarizes the findings of a multi-year longitudinal study in which Boice followed multiple cohorts of junior professors, at multiple types of higher education institutions, from their arrival on campus until their tenure fate…
  • Century Celebration

    Athletic Management
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Yale University is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the historic Yale Bowl.
  • Keep Your Job Search Game Strong With These Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Campus To Career
    Kirk Baumann
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    We’ve welcomed a few new players to the job search field. Today’s job seekers have more resources to help draw out the Xs and Os than ever before. The wealth of online resources and social platforms can help you break free from getting caught up in zone defense and look out on all sides. Social […]
  • The Birth of a Student Leader: DeJuan Washington’s Journey

    Career Spotlight
    Dejuan Washington
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    As I began my first semester as a first generation freshman here at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, I was plagued with various insecurities that forced me to question my value in higher education. Like many African American students at this institution, I struggled academically and saw little progress in my quest to mirror the academic performance of the majority population. I was lost. In search of guidance to aid me in my journey of academic excellence, I attended my first Black Student Union (BSU) meeting, a place where I would soon feel at home and culturally validated in an…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Why SA Professionals Have the Coolest Job

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I recently found myself thinking about the field of student affairs and had two recurring thoughts. (1) How in the world did I find and decide to pursue this field and (2) This is probably THE coolest and most unique profession out there. I can think of at least 100 ways that this is one of the coolest fields in the world, however I have narrowed it down to about 7 reasons. 1. Being on a college campus. When we think of college, we may refer to it as the best four years of our lives. With the social gatherings, extracurricular activities, peer groups, and of course SA professionals, it is…
  • #SACandidEx- “What just happened?” Dealing with Unprofessional Behavior as an Internal Candidate

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    source: The author of this post has chosen to remain anonymous. It was time for the campus partner panel for my internal interview.  I currently served in the interim role of the position I was interviewing for so I was familiar with everyone in the room. There was a panel of 6 individuals with whom I interviewed and had worked with in various ways. The interview began. I was ready for their questions. Then, like most interviews, it was my turn to ask questions. My first question was, “How can I support you and your office in this role? What are your needs?” Well, this…
  • Does Using “Dorms” Instead of “Residence Halls” Make Our Work Less Valuable?

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Preface: Betteridge’s Law I saw a shirt on Facebook that read: F*ck, Sh*t, C*ck, D*rm Just another 4 letter word #reslifeprobs. First, I think the shirt is stupid. Actually, lazy. The shirt is lazy. Second, “4 letter” should include a hyphen. See, “letter” acts as a modifier to the number four. Third, it prompted me to write the following Facebook post: This aversion to using the word “dorm” is ridiculous. And, I don’t need a lesson in the origin of the word or it’s meaning versus “residence hall.” I get it. I just think…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 09/18/2014 – Social justice & social media

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on  Social justice & social media . In this week’s chat 156 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): 598 tweets 86 contributors Transcript MOD: Erica Thompson Top Contributors Alex Fields Charlie Potts Dan Taylor Karyn Dyer Tisheika Snow EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 412 tweets 70 contributors Transcript MOD: Daniel Shelnutt Top Contributors Niki Messmore Kevin Knudsen Karyn Dyer Adam Z.
  • #SACandidEx- “Non-verbals can be flags, too”

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Let’s be honest, we have sat through more interviews than we care to admit. We’ve endured the frequent anxiety, nervousness and knowing that our every little move is being evaluated and critiqued far too often. We’ve honed our listening skills to ensure to catch each question clearly and quickly all the while, we’re running the STAR acronym through our minds at the speed of lightning to ensure we’ve answered the questions thoroughly. We’ve also been on so many interviews that we know the tell-tale signs for when our interviewers have lost interest in our answers: the glazed-over…
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    Cal Newport » Blog

  • How the Best Young Professors Research (and Why it Matters to You)

    Study Hacks
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Lounging in Lauinger Today I spent the morning in the library. As often happens, I arrived with a specific book in mind, but soon a long trail of diverting citations lured me in new directions. I’m a sucker for libraries. One such happy discovery was the book, The New Faculty Member, by Robert Boice, a now emeritus professor of psychology at Stony Brook. This book summarizes the findings of a multi-year longitudinal study in which Boice followed multiple cohorts of junior professors, at multiple types of higher education institutions, from their arrival on campus until their tenure fate…
  • Deep Habits: Jumpstart Your Concentration with a Depth Ritual

    Study Hacks
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    In Search of Depth Aaron is a PhD student. This requires him to spend a significant fraction of his time thinking about hard things. To accommodate the necessity of depth in his working life, Aaron developed a ritual he uses to quickly shift his brain into a state of concentration. Here’s how it works: Aaron puts on headphones and plays non-distracting meditative music (this track is a favorite). He launches FocusWriter, a stripped-down text editor that hides all the features of your computer (not unlike George R. R. Martin’s use of Word Star). He loads up a template that contains…
  • A Personal Appeal

    Study Hacks
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Saturday Update: Today was the charity event and it was a big success. With your support, our team ended up the top team fund raiser and I ended up one of the top ten individual fund raisers (out of 4,500 participants). This is a direct result and expression of your support. I thank you!   I don’t often allow my non-professional life to seep into this blog, so this post represents a rare violation of this habit… This Saturday, I’m participating in a fund raising event called the Race for Every Child. My team in this event is raising money for a foundation started by our…
  • Deep Habits: When the Going Gets Tough, Build a Temporary Plan

    Study Hacks
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    The Temporary Plan As I’ve revealed in recent blog posts, there are two types of planning I swear by. The first is daily planning, in which I give every hour of my day a job. The second is weekly planning, where I figure out how to extract the most work from each week. These are the only two levels of planning that I consistently deploy. But there’s a third level that I turn to maybe two or three times a year, during periods where multiple deadlines crowd into the same short period. I call it (somewhat blandly, I now realize) a temporary plan. A temporary plan is a plan that…
  • John Cage on the Necessity of Boredom

    Study Hacks
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Words of Wisdom A reader recently pointed my attention to the following quote from the composer and artist John Cage: “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.” She thought I would like it and she was right. Cage captures something fundamental about deep work on important things: there’s a stage — sometimes a long stage — that’s tedious. The good news, of course, is that over time, tedium gives way to glimpses of potential…
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    Athletic Management

  • Century Celebration

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Yale University is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the historic Yale Bowl.
  • NCAA Calls for Common Sense

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    By Patrick Bohn Thanks to a complex rulebook, the NCAA's enforcement decisions are not always transparent to the institutions it serves. In an effort to make things more clear, the NCAA recently announced a new philosophy on how schools should interpret the rules. The hope is that not only will schools be able to use common sense to make decisions, but that they can be more supportive of student-athletes.
  • Female at the Helm

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    In Tennessee, Brittney Garner is believed to be the first female head football coach in the state.
  • Across the Pool

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    A North Dakota husband and wife are coaching rival high school swim teams.
  • Rutgers Apologizes

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Rutgers University Athletic Director Julie Hermann has apologized to Penn State after fans wore shirts mocking the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
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    Campus To Career

  • Keep Your Job Search Game Strong With These Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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

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

    Kirk Baumann
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Every week, I receive (and send) connection requests through LinkedIn. What continues to surprise me is the fact that the large majority of those who wish to connect fail to personalize the message. Now, let me explain first that I’m not too caught up with this since there are so many new smartphone and tablet […]
  • Career Change? What You Need To Know Before Making The Transition

    Kirk Baumann
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Circumstance in life evolve all the time. Some of these changes in life create an opportunity or need to change careers. This isn’t something that should be done impulsively, but should be heavily contemplated and considered. Here are some things to consider before actually making the change. Change to What? It goes without saying that […]
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    Career Spotlight

  • The Birth of a Student Leader: DeJuan Washington’s Journey

    Dejuan Washington
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    As I began my first semester as a first generation freshman here at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, I was plagued with various insecurities that forced me to question my value in higher education. Like many African American students at this institution, I struggled academically and saw little progress in my quest to mirror the academic performance of the majority population. I was lost. In search of guidance to aid me in my journey of academic excellence, I attended my first Black Student Union (BSU) meeting, a place where I would soon feel at home and culturally validated in an…
  • 5 Career Lessons from Mean Girls

    30 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Today marks the tenth anniversary of the iconic movie, Mean Girls. In addition to having the most quotable script of all time, Mean Girls also offers a lot of career takeaways! This list is “so fetch” so you better keep reading. 1. Don’t get an ego Cady’s ultimate downfall is that she starts thinking she is all that and a bag of Regina’s low cal chips. She gets caught up on getting to the top of the social pyramid, which ultimately causes her to flunk calculus, lose her BFFs, and get grounded. Whether you’re on the job hunt, interviewing, or just starting…
  • How I Landed My Dream Job

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Hello friends! As the days until graduation dwindle, I can’t help but look forward to the next phase in my life. I’m fortunate enough to have landed my dream job post-grad *YAY.* I don’t mean to brag, I really don’t, but it took a ton of work to get to this point, and I really want to help all of you reach your dreams. Here are 4 quick bits of advice to help you earn your dream job.  1. Know your dream This might seem like common sense, but you can’t really achieve a dream if you don’t know what it is. Look at the possibilities of your future career and aim high! Nothing is…
  • Tick Tok: 3 Loose Ends that Need Tying

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Tik tok, on the clock But graduation countdown don’t stop Tonight, I‘mma apply For the job of a lifetime  Tik tok, on the clock But second semester won’t stop Tonight, I’mma scrape by Til I reach the finish line Yes, that was my very own career parody of KE$HA’s “Tik Tok,” please hold your applause. While I hope you found it funny, upcoming graduation is no laughing matter. In just a few short weeks, all of you grads will be walking across that glorious stage and receiving those hard-earned diplomas. But don’t get a severe case of senioritis…
  • To-do List: Acrostic Poem Style

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:25 am
    Remember acrostic poems from elementary school? You usually had to make a poem describing yourself using the letters of your first name, tell me I’m not alone here! Regardless, hardly anything makes me more nostalgic than thinking about those wondrous Spring Break vacations my family and I went on throughout my childhood, and thus comes my inspiration for this post! While our younger selves had no responsibility, and certainly no job hunting to be done, us older folk must use this time off school wisely for career gain! Without further ado, here’s a Spring Break to-do…
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    Inside Higher Ed

  • Program 18: Are Campuses Undermining Pell Grants? / Digital Access for Disabled Students (Sept. 19, 2014)

    Doug Lederman
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    In the latest edition of our news podcast, the New America Foundation's Stephen Burd joins Editor Doug Lederman and the moderator Casey Green to discuss the foundation's new report assessing how successfully (or not) colleges are using their Pell Grant funds to enroll low-income students. And in our other segment, Kyle Shachmut of the National Federation of the Blind's Massachusetts chapter argues for legislation designed to ensure that colleges make digital educational materials accessible to students with disabilities. This Week on 'This Week': 'Undermining Pell' The New America report A…
  • Clemson Halts Program That Asked Questions About Student Sex Lives

    Jake New
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Clemson University has suspended an online Title IX training program after the university "learned of concerns about some anonymous questions in the module for undergraduate students," the university announced Thursday. The program, which undergraduates were required to take, included anonymous survey questions asking students about their involvement in athletics and Greek life, their drinking habits, and their sex lives. “The questions are a part of the training so that you may get a sense of the behaviors and experiences of other Clemson students,” said an email from…
  • Significant financial pressures weigh on Thomas Jefferson School of Law

    Kaitlin Mulhere
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    After defaulting on bond payments, and facing criticism for graduates' poor job outcomes, Thomas Jefferson struggles to rebound. Editorial Tags: Law schools
  • Ideas not to follow for keeping students enrolled (essay)

    David Galef
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Column: U of All PeopleStudent retention has been in the news a lot lately, but for a long time, no one at U of All People took it too seriously, since we’ve always had the same 20 percent rate of graduation within 20 years. To supplement our data, we also rely on anecdotal evidence, such as Professor Daissa Frogg’s looking around his biology lab in 2005 and exclaiming, “Where is everybody?” As it turned out, Professor Frogg had simply got the time wrong, and most of the students were at lunch. But recently our rates have plummeted to below 10 percent, teasing at…
  • Colleges now often rely on data, rather than gut, in hunt for students

    Ry Rivard
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Colleges use data to predict who they should target as they hunt for students. Editorial Tags: Admissions
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  • Cal State’s Mass Derecognition of Christian Student Groups Draws Criticism from FIRE Chairman, Board Member

    Will Creeley
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    To close out a busy week here at FIRE, FIRE Chairman and Co-founder Harvey Silverglate has an insightful opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal about the California State University System’s recent decision to withdraw recognition from the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the system’s 23 campuses, which enroll nearly 447,000 students. As Harvey writes, Cal State’s decision to enforce a so-called “all-comers” policy—under which all student groups must accept all students as voting members and leaders, regardless of belief—is a stinging defeat for freedom of…
  • Catch FIRE President Greg Lukianoff in D.C., Chapel Hill, and Berkeley Next Week

    Nate O'Connor
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will be on the move next week as he travels from campus to campus to promote free speech and First Amendment rights at America’s colleges and universities. On Monday, Greg will be participating in the Fourth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering on the campus of George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C. He will take part in a panel that will focus on the issue of religious liberties on campus and will be joined by Charles Haynes, the Director of the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center. The panel…
  • James Madison University Loses Its ‘Green Light’ Rating

    Samantha Harris
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    After failing to heed several warnings from FIRE about new speech codes, James Madison University—which FIRE at one point named one of the seven best colleges for free speech—has lost its “green light” rating. This is particularly disappointing news given how hard a dedicated group of JMU students worked to bring about speech code reform and how proud those students were of their university’s green light rating. JMU first earned a green light in the fall of 2011 after nearly two years of behind-the-scenes work by FIRE and members of the Madison Liberty student group. Unfortunately,…
  • VIDEO: University of Alaska Fairbanks Newspaper Investigated for Nearly a Year for Protected Speech

    Susan Kruth
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Last December, I wrote here on The Torch about a University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) professor’s repeated sexual harassment complaints against independent student newspaper The Sun Star. Two articles prompted the complaints: one satirical April Fool’s Day article about a “a new building in the shape of a vagina” and one investigative piece on the “UAF Confessions” Facebook page. After FIRE wrote to the university in January explaining the danger to a free press created by UAF’s months-long investigation into the newspaper’s protected expression, the investigation finally…
  • Constitution Day 2014: What a Difference a Year Makes

    Catherine Sevcenko
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    September 17, 2013—last year’s Constitution Day—turned out to be a dark moment in the history of free speech on America’s campuses. That was the day Robert Van Tuinen was stopped from handing out Constitutions on the campus of Modesto Junior College (MJC) in California. He had neglected to sign up to use the school’s tiny “free speech area,” the only place that a student was allowed to hand out literature. On the same day, an administrator at Citrus College (also in California) told student Vinny Sinapi-Riddle that he could be removed from campus for seeking another student’s…
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    Edu in Review Blog

  • Here are the Top 10 Universities, According to U.S. News

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

    Elizabeth Simmons
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you were the victim of sexual assault while at school, you would expect that something would be done about it. Unfortunately, there are now nearly 80 colleges and universities under federal investigation due to Title IX violations stemming from how the institutions of higher education handle reports of sexual assault. Hint: it’s not well. Many times, when sexual assault or rape is reported on college campuses, the consequences hardly match the crime. Then there are the times when instead of the rapist being punished, the victim is blamed because they were too drunk or too scantily…
  • Students Invent Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

    Elizabeth Simmons
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Even if you’ve never been to a party or bar, I bet you know their number one rule: Never leave your drink unattended. There’s also its cousin, never accept a drink from someone if you didn’t see them make it. Why all the rules? In the United States, 18 percent of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s nearly one in five. Often, the assaults are facilitated by the use of date rape drugs. These include Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. Problem is, these drugs can be difficult to detect, and up to now, no one has figured out a reliable, and discreet, way to…
  • How to Be a Better Freshman

    Elizabeth Simmons
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Freshman year is a big deal. You’re experiencing and encountering so many new things at once, and they all seem like make it or break it situations. However, you can relax knowing that while everything seems like a huge deal, in the long run, most things aren’t. By following some simple tips, you’ll be navigating your first year of college so well; people may think you’re a sophomore! DO create some distance; DON’T be a stranger For many incoming freshmen, this is the first time they’ve been away from home. No matter the distance, if you’re living on…
  • Looking for a Party? We’ve Got Your Biggest and Tamest Party School Rankings

    Elizabeth Simmons
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As students are heading back to campus this fall, at least some of them have only one thing on their minds: Where’s the next party? If they’re headed to UC Santa Barbara, they probably won’t have to look too hard to find it. However, if they attend Liberty University, a party is going to be pretty hard to come by. Mike Simmons of eCollegeFinder created maps outlining the biggest party schools and the tamest party schools in each state after looking at the party data gathered by College Prowler. Each school was ranked on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the biggest and…
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    Hank Nuwer: Hazing Prevention

  • Hazed and Confused Ice Cream? Ben & Jerry’s Warped New Flavor.

    Hank Nuwer
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    We’ve heard about the latest scoop from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. And we flatout don’t like the way the ice cream giant has come up with a new flavor to be called “Hazed and Confused,” the same name a Boulder (Co.)-based beer company chose for its new brand just about the time Colorado University […]
  • Women’s soccer coach at New Mexico suspended

    Hank Nuwer
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    The University of New Mexico punished coach and players alike after off-campus, alcohol-related hazing went wild. Police say they could file felony charges. Worse, the UNM soccer handbook seems to condone so-called “putting rookies in their place.” Liability issue? Two players (twin sisters) have left the squad.
  • Vermont columnist calls for a shutdown to Milton football program

    Hank Nuwer
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Link to editorial Excerpt: Court documents detail players being assaulted with broom sticks and pool cues… a locker room culture that simply can’t be tolerated. Hazing is often a cultural problem; in many cases a passive acceptance as leaders in positions of authority look the other way or don’t look close enough. Read more:
  • New Mexico columnist Will Weber Reacts to UNM hazing penalties

    Hank Nuwer
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Column by Will Weber
  • More details coming out about the death of Arizona freshman Michael Evan Anderson

    Hank Nuwer
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Here is an except from Arizona Central Phi Gamma Delta, better known as FIJI, received word Monday that the fraternity is no longer recognized by the university. The fraternity had been on interim suspension since July while university officials investigated numerous allegations, including claims that members withheld information from police after the death of a […]
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    Eric Felix

  • A post to keep me honest

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

    20 May 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Starting my summer session courses, the first assignment was to choose between a TEDtalk and Moth style presentation. Given the following prompt, I went with the Moth style presentation. “What’s […]
  • #NationalLibraryWeek

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

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In the anti-affirmative action era, the process of “Holistic Review” has been used in college admissions as a comprehensive approach to evaluating students beyond the traditional high school GPA and […]
  • Getting Ready for #AERA14

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    So I just received a flight reminder for my trip to #AERA14.  Really, a reminder to get ahead in my coursework, decide what to pack, and yelp the best places […]
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    Lisa Endersby - Canadian Student Affairs professional working to topple pedestals and create paths for student success.

  • The Trouble with Titles

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

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    It all started with just under 140 characters. So much can start with 140 characters. Ideas are shared, conversations can begin, connections can be made. But it’s only the beginning. And sometimes I think we forget that.  I’m always surprised by which of my tweeted thoughts will resonate with my friends and followers. In this case, I take resonate to mean the number of times the tweet is favourited, retweeted, or replied to. While not a perfect measure, I can assume that if an idea is shared or kept for future use, I may just be onto something. The tweet I captured above was in…
  • 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…
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    The Dean's List

  • Anatomy of a Lecture

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

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

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

  • Badlands NP

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Well, I’ve made it through the first couple weeks of the Fall semester. It hasn’t been too bad. Besides dealing with my cold, it’s been downright pleasant. I was going through some photos from the epic summer of 2010. I came across this beautiful photo from Badlands National Park in South Dakota. I just felt compelled to share it. I’ve had a touch of the wanderlust lately and I feel like I should start thinking about my next travel adventure. Thankfully, I’ll be taking a microadventure up the North Shore this weekend to check out the start of the changing leaf…
  • Summer Road Trip – Universities

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Wow, this summer has just flown by! I’ve spent most of my time working (so many fun projects) and crafting, reading, and Netflix binging during my free time. In July, I went on vacation for 2 glorious weeks. I visited family and friends while roadtripping out to see my dear friend Kristen who lives in northeastern Ohio. I had great weather and great driving the whole time. My favorite accomplishment of the whole trip (and I think it earned admiration from many people) – not checking my work email the ENTIRE time I was out of the office. Talk about awesome. Anyway, one of the…
  • 3 Years a Bulldog

    19 Jun 2014 | 6:58 pm
    This week I’m celebrating my 3 year anniversary at UMD. All week I’ve been thinking about writing this post and have been struggling with what I want to write. Yep, still struggling. Here’s the nitty gritty. I love my job. I don’t know if I can really put it any other way so simply. 3 years in and I still feel challenged by my position. Challenged in a good way. I’m excited to see where the next year takes me. The core of my work will be very similar to previous years and some of it will be different. I’m taking on some new roles including with the Commission for Women on campus…
  • Full Circle with my Undergrad Degree

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    As an undergrad, I earned a degree in Communication with a minor in Management from UW-Eau Claire. Could I have picked two broader topics to pair together? My emphasis in Communication was Organizational Communication, which is the study of how communication happens within an organization. Another way of looking at it is – the human side of business. Between my major and minor I pretty much studied the same topic, from two different schools of thought. It was fascinating at the time (and still is), and if I had to choose today, I’d probably minor in marketing. At the time of choosing…
  • Time by the Lake

    9 Jun 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Sunday was absolutely beautiful. Warm, cozy sunshine, a calm lake, and the itch to spend some time outside were all great reasons to do a small trip up the shore. I ventured up just past Two Harbors (about 20-25 miles north of Duluth) and just enjoyed the sunshine and some time by the water. Lake Superior was soooo calm. It was a picture perfect day.
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    The Evolution of Strength

  • Two Years’ Time

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

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

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

    Ardith Laverne
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    A few days ago, one of my friends tagged me in a “five days of positivity” challenge. I figure I’ll go ahead and post my daily pluses here (when I remember), seeing that I’ve been inconsistent these past few months with blogging. Day One 1. I’m excited about the progress I’ve made in CrossFit. Two years ago, I walked into CrossFit HEL and got my butt handed to me. I could barely run around the block, lifting a 22lb. bar was nearly impossible, and all the skills and lingo were foreign to me. This summer, I’ve definitely been able to see results, and…
  • Time Flies

    Ardith Laverne
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    During the past two weeks, I was busy. At the end of July, I drove back to my hometown for my ten-year high school reunion, where many of my good friends were back in town. We all had the chance to reconnect with people we hadn’t seen in-person for quite some time, and I left feeling content. People from my graduating class grew up to be some really cool individuals, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to converse with so many people. I had some good conversations, including one where a classmate somewhat lamented that he had taken so long to decide to go back to college, but I was so…
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    Aaron Hood

  • Reaching Men for Social Change

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

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We know that the traditional vision of leadership is broken (and we know that this isn’t an original idea) because it does not recognize the cultural implications of leadership. We thought of leadership as someone who was giving orders. This was someone who had a unilateral vision of what needed to be accomplished and gave orders for how things should be done. Leaders were generals, kings, CEOs. Leaders were somehow appointed by a higher power (not necessarily a spiritual power). We knew that we had to listen to these people because that’s the way it was. We had to assume that…
  • Positive Power Dynamics

    2 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    “Time and again, despite differences in the context of the relationships, students characterized their worst relationships as unequal and unfair. These types of relationships made people feel diminished, inferior, weak, and violated.” (Goodman, 2000, p. 197) It’s not at all surprising to me that people describe the worst relationships that they’ve had as being one-sided or feeling inferior to another person. This makes total sense to me. Being taken advantage of in a relationship (whether romantic, work, friendship, etc.) would sour that entire experience. Feeling that…
  • Mindfulness and Social Justice part 2

    30 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    I started writing about mindfulness in the context of social justice work back in February and thought that it would make a good series as there is always more to learn in both social justice and in mindfulness because there is so much personal work (self-discovery, whatever you would like to call it) to do. This post is a continuation of that irregular series, but focusing a little more on background of why I had the thought to link them and some resources I’ve found since thinking of the idea. Mindfulness and meditation are becoming more visible in the mainstream eye (see Time…
  • A False Sense of Individualism

    5 Mar 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I accept oppression and privilege stemming from white supremacist, capitalist, imperialist patriarchy societal pressures which means that there are invisible, unearned advantages that are bestowed upon people. These privileges are a silent form of collectivism. I have seen this to be one of the reasons people have a difficult time accepting that privilege exists. I have spoken with a few people over the last couple of years that seem to seize up when we start talking about privilege. My interpretation is that the concept of privilege is contrary to what we’ve always believed about our…
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    Finding the Words

  • Slow Growth

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

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

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

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

  • Filling the Page

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Crossposted from Co-Create UMBC. If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself in this position before: sitting at your computer with Microsoft Word on the screen and ready to go, staring at a blank document, typing 58 first sentences and repeatedly hitting backspace, erasing each one. Coffee doesn’t help. Music doesn’t help. Nothing I write is good enough. I think I know what I want to say, but the words just don’t fully capture the point. And whatever I do end up writing, I don’t want to be misunderstood. It sounds like writer’s block, but it…
  • congressarchives: Today marks the 200th anniversary of the end...

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    congressarchives: Today marks the 200th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Baltimore. It was on this day that Francis Scott Key watched the American flag being raised over Fort Henry and was inspired to write a poem that would eventually become our national anthem. congressarchives: The new exhibit, Congress and the War of 1812, Part 1, at the Capitol Visitor Center is on display until October 2014. We’ll post highlights from the new exhibit all week.“The Star-Spangled Banner,” a song based on a poem by Francis Scott Key, was inspired by the American flag during the War of 1812. In…
  • Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Star Spangled Spectacular,...

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Star Spangled Spectacular, 9/13/14.
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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 
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  • Article Spotlight: “What to Ask at Career Services”

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

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

  • Education hasn’t seen true disruption. Yet.

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

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

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

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

    13 Jan 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Online education is absolutely necessary. Excellent online education is even more important. For many students, it’s going to be a welcome alternative, especially when someone figures it out enough to create a holistic, quality, interactive learning experience. But universities need to realize that it won’t be the saving grace for every institution. Here’s why: In an online world, where the cost of switching is almost zero, one or two entities always win out.  Search engines? Google. Online shopping? Amazon. Wasting time? Facebook (kind of). If you’re going to take…
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    Jeff Lail

  • How I’m Making Change On My Campus

    7 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    My friend Mallory Bower asked, essentially, for us to stop talking about it and start being about it.  Preach on, homes.  She issued a challenge to tell everyone how we’re making change on our campus.. Here’s what I’m doing to make change on my campus in the area I care most about, which is doing quality assessment to make us better at our work. Created a card swipe system to track event participation and I’m now supporting it for the entire division.  The system ties event participation to student records, so I can see a plethora of data about students who participate in event.  …
  • Changing Education from My Angle

    10 May 2014 | 5:13 am
    I went to see Michael Wesch, US Professor of the Year, speak on campus at UNCG on Monday.  You should Google the man.  He’s big on YouTube and Twitter.  I’ve been wrestling with his talk for the last two days and I had some things I wanted to share: After seeing some of the ways he was looking at teaching students, I couldn’t help but think about how much better most of my education could have been.  I’ve learned a lot of facts, but didn’t produce a darn thing that was worth much value out of any of my courses.  As I’ve sat in some of these undergrad…
  • Adminducator

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    I saw this little video float across my timeline this afternoon As I mentioned in the comments of a previous post, part of the email exchange I’ve referenced before was the question “are we educators or administrators?”. I’m not really comfortable calling myself an educator and I’m not really comfortable calling myself an administrator.  So, I’m going with adminducator. Let’s break this down, using my job as an example Admin – I was trying to calculate how much of my job was administrative and I came up with 67.3%, which is really a made up…
  • Creating a Student Card Swipe System

    28 Apr 2013 | 5:44 pm
    Because I don’t have the clout to actually benefit financially from these ideas right now, I’m going to share this with the world.  Also, I know that some people out there in TV land are already doing these sorts of things, especially one company that is called (name extricated because I’m not getting paid to endorse products). I do think these ideas are so self evident that I’m sure other people have thought of these things, even if they couldn’t do them. I would love to collaborate if you’ve got the means or ability to work on doing these projects.  I…
  • My Biggest Regret – Not Realizing What I Didn’t Know

    7 Jul 2011 | 5:30 am
    My good friend Laura Pasquini shared this link on twitter a while back, a youtube video with people sharing their biggest regret (ok, it wasn’t this video, but I couldn’t find the original.  this will do). My initial response was that I try to not live with regrets, I just have things that I do using the information I have at the time.  It’s foolish, I think, to look back and think about regrets because you’re viewing it through a lens that was different than the one you had that you used to decide to do whatever you did that you regret.  It’s unfair. So on…
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  • For Better Study Focus… Get the Right Instructions

    Dave Farrow
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Many people don't know that nearly half of the Farrow Method is not about memory techniques at all. All of my fans and students tell me that speed memory is not important, but accuracy in memory is. There is a secret I use every day to achieve tremendous focus in the brain. This secret allowed me to break the toughest world record in memory because memory techniques alone were not enough. I designed my school memory tournaments to train students' brains for better focus. Today's tip for better focus is to get the right instructions.
  • 12 Things To Know About College

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    College can be a scary experience for anyone entering the campus for the first time. Whether you're attending a simple community college up the street or a university thousands of miles away, most students have no idea what they are doing once they park their car, head to class and listen to a lecture for the first time. To help ease the transitioning process, here are 12 things that students wish people told them about the college life --
  • Using Failure to Achieve Success

    Chris Collins
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, IL and never heard of gumbo until I moved to Texas. One year my mom decides to have a gumbo cook-off for Christmas and I think to myself, “Self, it’s just a bunch of meat in some gravy, how hard can it be?” After ten tries at making my own roux (and failing) and ruining four bottles of store-bought roux, I conceded… making gumbo was more than just putting meat in gravy. I had to call in the pros for reinforcement, so I called one of my college friends. Her people were from the birthplace of gumbo, Louisiana, and her Aunt walked me…
  • 3 Things You Must Learn from Yesterday Before You Release Your Past

    Herb Ammons
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    No doubt, you have been given advice to leave the past behind you. Maybe you have been told you need to release your past. To some extent, both of those things are true - there is a time to let the past go. However, before you release your past, it is important that you learn from yesterday. You see, the experiences that you have had in the past are some of the best educational tools that you have. If you simply forget your past, you will never learn from those experiences that have so much to teach you. Before releasing your past, here are three things that you definitely need to learn.
  • Assuring Failure is Not an Option!

    Dayna Steele
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    The most successful people have a calendar, most on their phones now that syncs with their computer, to keep up with everything that needs to be done - from work due to calls that need to be made to appointments and meetings. Start to make it a habit to use the calendar function on your phone and/or computer and set out a schedule each and every day. As soon as you get an assignment, add it to the calendar. When you think of something that needs to be done, add it to your to-do list, when you think of someone you need to call or see, add it to the plan. Each and every morning I print out a…
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  • George Orwell on #GamerGate

    Angus Johnston
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Okay, it’s not just #GamerGate. This passage, from one of his newspaper columns in 1944, applies pretty broadly to online political discourse in all sorts of settings. “The thing that strikes me more and more — and it strikes a lot of other people, too — is the extraordinary viciousness and dishonesty of political controversy in our time. I don’t mean merely that controversies are acrimonious. They ought to be that when they are on serious subjects. I mean that almost nobody seems to feel that an opponent deserves a fair hearing or that the objective truth matters as long as…
  • By All Means, Let’s Talk About Alcohol and Campus Sexual Assault. But Let’s Do It Right.

    Angus Johnston
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    A new piece went up at the Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday titled Why Campuses Can’t Talk About Alcohol When It Comes To Sexual Assault. When I saw it this morning, I clicked on it eagerly. The subject of alcohol and campus sexual violence is an important one, to my mind, and the subject of why campuses — specifically administrators — don’t want to talk about it is even more important.  So when I opened the article, I was hoping to find a discussion of how the 21-year drinking age pushes alcohol use underground, making it more difficult for students to sensibly…
  • 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…
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    E-Learning Queen

  • eLearnChat Interview: Rick Zanotti and Dawn J. Mahoney

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I had a great time on the webshow, eLearnChat, with host Rick Zanotti and fellow elearning expert Dawn J. Mahoney -- they are quite funny when they start riffing and I have to say it was seriously fun. We talked about new trends in training, and how to be effective in a global context when we're looking at very specific topics and areas for training. A great time was had by all -- I was in
  • Business Simulations: Improving Applications - Interview with Veijo Kyosti, Cesim - Innovators in E-Learning Series

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Business simulations and other types of interactive elearning are more important than ever, especially as the simulations have more connections to real-world applications and problems. Welcome to an interview with Veijo Kyösti of Cesim, a Finnish educational technology company. 1.  What is your name and your relation to elearning? My name is Veijo Kyösti, Co-Founder and Managing Director of
  • Interview with Chris Charuhas, In Pictures: Innovators in E-Learning Series

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
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  • Mr. Midshipman Easy (1836) by Frederick Marryat: Mini-Lecture - Learning Object

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to a mini-lecture learning object on one of the first sea novels, or "nautical tales," Mr. Midshipman Easy (1836) by Captain Frederick Marryat.  The full text is available at Internet Archive. An audio recording is available via Librivox. To access the interactive learning object, please click the Learning Object Link. Click the graphic to go to the learning object for Mr. Midshipman
  • Mexico’s Energy Reform: Success Requires Knowledge, Plus Partnership Mindset

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Mexico has six basins that produce oil and gas, and tremendous offshore, deep Gulf of Mexico resources. There is also shale potential in formations that extend south from the South Texas Eagle Ford. Still, according to statistics released by Pemex, Mexico’s oil and gas production has declined 25% since the 1980s. The problem has stemmed partially from a lack of investment, and difficulties in
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  • LINK Research Lab: Fall Speaker Series

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

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

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

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

  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Josep Ballester

    Sarah H
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 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 stroll through the blog to check out other interns who have been featured on the blog throughout the summer! Also, our technical internships for…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Jocelyn Schulz

    Sarah H
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 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. Make sure to stroll through the blog to check out other interns who have been featured on the blog throughout the summer! Also, our technical internships for…
  • The Chromebook Lending Library is coming to campus

    Sarah H
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Chromebooks are college-bound this fall. Introducing the Chromebook Lending Library.The Chromebook Lending Library is traveling to 12 college campuses across the U.S. loaded with the latest Chromebooks. The Lending Library is a bit like your traditional library, but instead of books, we're letting students borrow Chromebooks (no library card needed). Students can use a Chromebook during the week for life on campus— whether it’s in class, during an all-nighter, or browsing the internet in their dorm.Chromebooks are a new type of computer that helps students get things done faster and…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Alice Chang

    Sarah H
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:56 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 stroll through the blog to check out other interns who have been featured on the blog throughout the summer! Also, our technical internships for…
  • Google Intern Insights 2014 - Meet Christian De Angelis

    Sarah H
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:44 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 stroll through the blog to check out other interns who have been featured on the blog throughout the summer! Also, our technical internships for…
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    Joe Sabado - Student Affairs & Technology Leadership

  • Adversities as Catalysts to Growth and Opportunities

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

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

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

    Joe Sabado
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    The ability to understand and share the perspective of our students plays a very important role in how effective we are as student affairs professionals and educators in building relationships and helping our students.  Personally, while I fully acknowledge the fact that I can never fully understand today’s students perspectives due to our differences in […]
  • UCSB STEP Program – Nourishment for My Soul

    Joe Sabado
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    There’s not a week I look forward to in my job more than STEP Program, a summer bridge program for incoming first year, first generation, and under-represented students at UCSB. I have served as a transitional facilitator for  the last four years and it’s one of the most fulfilling personal/professional experience I have ever done […]
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    TechKNOW Tools

  • Have Conferences, Will Travel – Fall 2014 Edition

    Laura Pasquini
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With the start of the academic semester comes a series of conferences. I’m grateful for the conference survival guides and other helpful conference hacks shared by my PLN. Due to limited travel funds and time, I had to decline a few conferences; however I will be sure to follow along the Twitter backchannel (I am looking at you #HEWeb14 and #SMSociety14). In considering the cost of professional development at many conferences, I have learned to get more involved to help fund this sort of travel. Image c/o @jure Here are a few ways to get involved and learn how to fund your own…
  • Hot Off the Digital Press: @LPQuarterly 2(3)

    Laura Pasquini
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    With the start of the new academic year, we are pleased to be distributing the new issue of the Learning and Performance Quarterly (LPQ) journal – Volume 2, Issue 3. On behalf of the editorial team, I hope this edition will inform scholars, practitioners and leaders in the learning and performance field. The Learning and Performance Quarterly (ISSN 2166-3564) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal from the Center for Knowledge Solutions at the University of North Texas. The journal takes a broad look at current developments and research that involves innovative learning, training,…
  • PhD Balance & Support: Life as a Doctoral Researcher and Higher Ed Professional

    Laura Pasquini
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    As part of my “Thanks-For-Supporting-My-PhD-Completion” and ways to motivate other doctoral researchers, Melissa and I decided to write an article for NACADA’s Academic Advising Today. This piece shared insights from our #hackPhD Panel at #nacada13 and our own hindsight of what it takes to successfully finish the degree. We are not alone in thinking that being both a full-time professional in higher education AND full-time PhD student is a CHALLENGE: The tensions among academic and personal roles can have a great impact on an advisor’s doctoral education. The theory of…
  • Introducing the @ACPA Digital Task Force: Project Planning

    Laura Pasquini
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    This year I am fortunate to be collaborating with an invested group of scholar-practitioners on the ACPA Digital Task Force to  examine how technology impacts and influences post-secondary education student development. The various teams involved will focus on how the digital realm influences our campus communities, with regards to  crisis management, communication channels, programming initiatives, learner competencies, practitioner implications, curriculum development, and research contributions. This year our specific team, comprise of Paul, Jason, Erik & myself, will be working on…
  • Top Ten List for Being a Better Faculty Member

    Laura Pasquini
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Just when I thought I was done with orientation sessions at UNT… I attended my OWN “new faculty” orientation. {UPDATE: For those who are not aware, I finished my PhD this summer, graduated, and accepted a 9-month faculty appointment with the UNT College of Information as a Lecturer for the Department of Learning Technologies. Yay!} During the day, information about the campus, expectations and advice was shared by a number of administrative leaders from the campus. One talk, from Dr. Warren Burggren, the Top 10 List for Being a Better Faculty Member, provided some sound…
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    Wired CampusWired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • New Online Services Aim to Democratize Admissions Counseling

    Rebecca Koenig
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    Websites offering online college-admission counseling have proliferated in the past few years, with services whose prices range from free to thousands of dollars. This week saw the launch of two new options that claim to make low-cost resources more widely available. Chegg, an online textbook retailer and student-services website, entered the market on Tuesday by announcing a fee-based platform that connects college applicants with advisers for one-on-one video, audio, and chat counseling. On Thursday the online college-information hub Campus Explorer will announce its own free…
  • The MOOC Where Everybody Learned

    Steve Kolowich
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Some MOOC skeptics believe that the only students fit to learn in massive open online courses are those who are already well educated. Without coaching and the support system of a traditional program, the thinking goes, ill-prepared students will not learn a thing. Not so, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The researchers analyzed data from a physics course that MIT offered on the edX platform in the summer of 2013. They found that students who had spent significant time on the course showed evidence of learning no matter what their educational background.
  • Will the Next Classroom Disruption Be in 3-D? Facebook’s Virtual-Reality Company Thinks So

    Jeffrey R. Young
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Brendan Iribe, chief executive of Oculus VR. (Getty Images) College Park, Md. — Brendan Iribe dropped out of the University of Maryland here, but before he did he amassed 227 parking tickets. And he managed to meet two business partners who would help him build the virtual-reality company Oculus VR, which Facebook bought this year for about $2-billion. One of those parking tickets remains unpaid, but the university is likely to forgive it after Friday, when he gave $31-million to erect a computer-science building. That makes Mr. Iribe, who is 35 years old, the institution’s most…
  • Apple Watch: Coming to a Classroom Near You?

    Rebecca Koenig
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    Wearable technology has entered the mainstream. The Apple Watch, announced on Tuesday, ushers in the possibility that, one day soon, campuses across the country will contend with students who are literally attached to their gadgets. “These wearable technologies will become like appendages,” said B.J. Fogg, a consulting professor at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab. “To remove those capabilities will be like tying one hand behind your back.” While the prospect of the new device may thrill technophiles, it may also make professors and administrators…
  • MOOC Provider Gets Into College Counseling

    Steve Kolowich
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    The providers of massive open online courses mostly cater to adults who already went to college. Now one provider, edX, is setting its sights on high-school students who are trying to get in. The nonprofit organization just announced a raft of free, online courses for high-school students. Most of the new MOOCs cover material from Advanced Placement courses in traditional disciplines. But one course, called “The Road to Selective College Admissions,” will aim to counsel students on how to produce a successful college application. “We will provide tools to help students plan…
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    AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

  • By the Numbers: A Look at the Gender Pay Gap

    Rachel Wallace
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Learn more at Imagine you work an entry-level job alongside someone who has less experience than you but still makes more money. Maybe you become a supervisor, yet still take home less pay than the employees you manage. Years go by and you look back on a lifetime of work and realize you lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings. This is real life for women working in a country with a gender pay gap alive and well. The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau illustrate how that gap affects women, who are the primary source of income for 40 percent of American…
  • On Happiness, Entrepreneurship, and Beauty

    Lauren Byrnes
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Walking down city streets can reveal a visual cacophony of bright colors, teetering piles of products and gadgets, and shop owners hustling around it all. For Nazish Zafar, a 2013–14 AAUW International Fellow, these sites aren’t just individual stories; they’re the most interesting things to look for. Currently completing research and writing her dissertation for a doctorate in sociology from Johns Hopkins University, Zafar has traveled the world documenting the struggles and successes of urban small business owners. She has some beautiful photos to show for it. “Rather than going to…
  • Why I Fought for VAWA 20 Years Ago, and Why It Still Matters

    Lisa Maatz
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    This month we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a groundbreaking bill that expanded protections for women across the country. I was honored to attend the White House event marking this occasion. As I listened to Vice President Joe Biden speak, I couldn’t help but think about how much VAWA means to me. In 1994, as VAWA was being debated, I was the executive director of the largest and oldest rural domestic violence shelter in Ohio. It was a different time; there was no e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter. We had few laws about domestic violence…
  • How to Write Grant Proposals: 8 Tips from an Expert

    Shana Sabbath
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
      Sukey Blanc As an organization that funds projects to advance equity for women and girls, we see a lot of grant proposals, which means we know firsthand how a well-written proposal can make your funding request shine. But how can you write a grant proposal that will get the attention it deserves? We got the inside scoop from Sukey Blanc, a founder of Creative Research and Evaluation and a valued member of the AAUW community. Blanc knows better than most the challenges that foundations face in allocating their funding and the challenges that grantees face in writing proposals. Through…
  • “Marching for My Convictions”: A Judge Remembers Civil Rights-Era Alabama

    AAUW Intern
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Young African Americans coming of age in the segregated South of the 1950s and ‘60s witnessed a brutal society on the brink of massive change. For Vanzetta Penn McPherson, who received an AAUW American Fellowship to finish her final year at Columbia Law School in 1973–74, that time was an opportunity to fight for her beliefs and be a part of the movement that would alter the course of history. Vanzetta Penn McPherson In her AAUW fellowship application, McPherson wrote, “I have been privileged to grow up in a period of our country’s history that has produced some of the most…
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    This Side of Theory

  • Confusing a Platform With Power

    Stacy Oliver
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    I am Jewish. I am an alumna of Ohio University. And I work with college students. It seems important to be up front about those facts because they are the foundation of my conflict regarding the current events at my beloved alma mater. As a Jewish alumna, my heart aches watching this situation unfold at a place I called home for six years. And as someone who works with college students, I can understand how Ms. Marzec arrived at this place, how she made these decisions without full concern for unknown consequences. I’ve worked with students like Megan — students who confuse having a…
  • Mindset List: Think Before You Share

    Stacy Oliver
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Beloit College released its annual Mindset List today, a list of whimsical historical and pop culture facts intended to help “inform [our] work with [our] students.” The list is released annually in August as new students enter the Ivory Tower. Seems harmless, right? But the Beloit Mindset List is a list of sweeping generalizations. It assumes all students are between the ages of 18-22, an assumption that is becoming increasingly wrong across the United States. It assumes all students will graduate in four years by labeling them as the Class of 2018. According to U.S. News and…
  • Belonging.

    Stacy Oliver
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I was ill during the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition. This was evident to anyone who knows me well. My extraverted nature was quashed and replaced with quietude; rather than seeking out large social opportunities, I connected with people individually or in much smaller groups. I left socials early and, in fact, left D.C. early thanks to a compassionate friend who drove me to the airport twelve hours before my scheduled flight and also thanks to a gate agent who watched me cry as I pleaded to get onto any earlier flight  [he got me on a flight that left 35 minutes after I walked into…
  • Can I Help You Tweet Better?

    Stacy Oliver
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I like to help people. And today I am going to help some of you with an unsolicited Twitter lesson. When you start a tweet with a person’s username, only people who follow both of you see that tweet appear in their main twitter feed. For example: @LynnEllison: The ACUHO-I volunteer call went out. Shall we three-peat our tandem volunteer shift? Only users who follow both Lynn and me see the above tweet in their main twitter feed. So why is this important? If you’re live tweeting an event such as a conference, speaker, webinar, etc. or participating in an online chat and start the…
  • In Which I Go Rogue… Again

    Stacy Oliver
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Last week I put out a call to the student affairs community on Twitter to participate in a rogue chat about the social justice implications of our campus policies and procedures. I used the word rogue intentionally — it was a moniker assigned many years ago to iterations of #sachat that popped up outside of the scheduled chat times. I remember sitting on the floor of my living room in Indiana participating in one such chat. It felt a little daring and mischievous to chat without the iconic orange logo popping in to moderate — hence, the term rogue, which means exactly that……
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    Higher Ed Live » Student Affairs

  • Myths, Assumptions, Skeptics and Crusaders: Engaging Students Through Social Media

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

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

    Heather Shea Gasser
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wednesday, September 3rd at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive What does the future hold for Student Affairs? Who will lead departments and divisions on college and university campuses in the coming years? How are master’s programs preparing these future student affairs leaders to meet the various challenges the future holds? What do current #SAgrads have to say about the profession and their future aspirations? On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea Gasser opens the show to a large panel  (8 guests!) of current…
  • Think Global: Welcoming International Students to Campus

    Heather Shea Gasser
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Wednesday, August 6th at 1:00pm ET Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout Conversation: #HigherEdLive Across the United States this fall, colleges and universities are enrolling the largest ever incoming cohort of international students. This number has grown steadily over the past seven years, according to the 2013 Open Doors Report by the Institute of International Education. The largest percentage of international students come from China, South Korea, and India. How effectively we serve, connect, and engage these students this fall may determine how effectively we’re able…
  • What Can You Do? Preventing Hazing in Fraternities & Sororities

    Heather Shea Gasser
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    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…
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