Quick Hit: Important Dates for 2017

Earlier this week, one of my favorite morning newsletters, the Washington Post’s Daily 202, included a fantastic resource for campus communicators looking to plug faculty experts into current events. For the past several years, the Post’s James Hohmann has put together a list of important dates for the year ahead, which he says helps him with long-term planning and big-picture thinking. They include political, cultural and sports milestones and all offer great opportunities for your faculty experts to shine. This year’s list of dates is … Read more…

Bosses I Have Known

I’ve been thinking a lot about bosses the last couple of weeks. Like you, I’ve had good ones and bad ones and, thankfully, a handful of exceptional ones. I’m so lucky that the good ones are still a presence in my life and more often than not, I’m channeling them when I offer advice and guidance to clients and friends. Here are some of the best (and, at times, toughest) lessons I’ve learned from these amazing leaders. Hire good people and let them do their … Read more…

Longwood University Takes National Stage

This week, I had the unbelievable opportunity to be on the campus of Longwood University as they played host to the only vice presidential debate of the 2016 general election cycle. I’ve really struggled to convey to colleagues and friends how amazing the experience was—there just aren’t enough superlatives to describe what it was like to watch more than a year of work by the campus team pay off on the national stage. The energy and excitement on campus was beyond tangible, particularly among students … Read more…

Advice for Working with Student Journalists

One of the surest signs of fall is a spike in the number of questions we get from campus colleagues about how to best work with student journalists. The relationship between campus communicators and student journalists can be a frustrating one on both sides of the equation. Communicators can lose sight of the fact that these journalists are in fact student journalists, and student journalists feel slighted when their institution overlooks student media in favor of local, state and national press. Here are some tips … Read more…

Careful, or It’ll Freeze That Way

Last night, while one of his fellow swimmers peacocked around during warm ups before their 200 m butterfly semifinal, Michael Phelps made the face that launched a thousand memes on social media. Looking at his face, I heard my mother’s voice in my head: “Careful, or it’ll freeze that way.” I also couldn’t help thinking about relations between higher education leaders and the media. We’ve all had less than ideal experiences with the press. It’s even more challenging when you’re dealing with a president or … Read more…

Week in Review: Celebrating Student Success

Before she headed off for a well-earned summer Friday, Ali Lincoln shared this great story about one of her former advisees. Let this great story warm your heart and then catch up with higher ed news below! Even though I’m not a college counselor anymore, I still consider myself an advocate for students and love hearing student success stories. Especially since I think we sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture and student successes really drive home the importance of higher ed. This week, one … Read more…

Dispatches from the Lobby

In higher education, we talk a lot about how much learning our students do outside the classroom, whether it be in leadership roles, on athletic teams, or in their residence halls. While my college days are far behind me, I’m thinking about that extracurricular learning experience while sitting in the lobby of the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, this week. Upstairs, a few hundred colleagues and a few dozen journalists are at a conference, making connections and learning from one another. And while I’m not … Read more…

Week in Review: The Long-Awaited Fisher Decision

Everyone in the higher ed world has been waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the Supreme Court to issue its ruling on affirmative action in admissions in the Fisher v. University of Texas case. This week, we finally got a decision! The SCOTUS ruled 4-3 to uphold the Fifth Circuit’s original ruling in favor of UT and its consideration of an applicant’s race in admissions decisions. The Supreme Court charged universities with the responsibility to regularly assess admissions practices, but ultimately, the ruling is a … Read more…

Week in Review: Long Weekend Edition

I’m feeling some of those good old mixed emotions today. I’m always happy to have a chance to write the Week in Review, especially one that posts on Thursday because we’re taking a long weekend. But I’m also sad (but happy, but sad, but…) that our friend and colleague, Kyle Gunnels, is marking his last day with TVP Comms today. Kyle has been with the agency literally since day one, and so much of what we are today is because of the creative, strategic, and … Read more…

School’s Out

Campus colleagues across the country are heaving a sigh of relief this week as the spring semester winds down. This year, I can empathize more than ever —  on Monday, I taught the last session of my first media relations course as an adjunct at Georgetown University. It was an amazing experience, one that I’m still processing. There are so many things I want to do differently the next time I teach (sorry, but there’s going to be more group work!) but right now, I’m still thinking about the … Read more…