Week In Review: I Woke Up Like This

This morning, I woke up in Boston—my first trip of 2016! Now I feel like the year has really and truly gotten underway. Especially since here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it definitely feels like winter, which hasn’t been the case in Washington these last few weeks. This has been a pretty big news week, what with the Golden Globes, the College Football Playoff National Championship (Kyle and Bobby require me to insert “Roll Tide!” here), President Obama’s last State of the Union address, the … Read more…

Meeting People Where They Are

Over the past 20 years, when I haven’t been working in higher education, I’ve worked in government, at both the state and federal levels. So I’m always pretty excited for the State of the Union—I love the pomp and circumstance, I love good rhetoric, and I love watching the subsequent roadshow, when the president travels to sell his ideas to the public. The Obama administration has had the advantage of being in office during an explosion in the ways we receive share and receive information, … Read more…

My Chipotle Confession

Gentle readers, I have a confession. My Chipotle withdrawal symptoms are approaching unmanageable. I haven’t been there in weeks, since the news of the E. coli outbreak hit. And I’m jonesing for a burrito bowl with brown rice and chicken. I am dreaming of the corn salsa. And those chips, covered as they are in cilantro and lime, or the salt from unicorn tears, or whatever. Still, food-borne illness is no joke and so I was resigned to gritting my teeth and getting through this … Read more…

Week in Review: The Post-Thanksgiving Sprint

Welcome back to the Week in Review! Here’s hoping you’re still feeling refreshed from the long Thanksgiving weekend. Though, if you’re anything like the TVP Comms team, you’re probably already totally absorbed in the mad dash to the end of the year. If you’ve been running hard all week, too, take a minute to sit down, breathe deep, and catch up on this week’s higher ed news. What’s new this week: Grinnell College Prof. Dan Sinykin published a piece on Salon that reminded us all … Read more…

The Joys of Business Travel

One of the questions I get asked most often about my job is some variation on “Do you travel a lot?” Yes. Yup. I do. Usually in spurts—this time around, I’ve been away from home for six days for two sets of meetings, after a two-day trip just a week ago. I am most often on small planes via small airports. Sometimes with little notice, for very short periods of time. Business travel can be a gigantic pain in the neck. Delays. People. People experiencing delays. … Read more…

Week in Review

I have two statistics for you today. There are 51 ½ weeks until the presidential election. There are eight weeks until the end of 2015. Whether these are depressing or uplifting depends on your perspective, I suppose. For my part, I am not sure I can handle another year of campaigning when I’m already so tired and the incessant political ads haven’t even started yet. And I’ve only locked down one Christmas gift so far and probably haven’t accomplished a single New Year’s resolution. Thinking … Read more…

Week in Review

Happy almost Halloween! I’m just back from watching the world’s cutest pirate parade around his daycare, and I know the entire TVP Comms team is counting the minutes until the end of the work day and the beginning of Halloween weekend. Before you head out to trick and/or treat, grab two handfuls of candy corn (that one’s for new mom Ali Lincoln) and check out this week’s higher education news. What’s new this week: Our team is in awe of the prolific, fantastic Anthony Gaughan. … Read more…

Back to School

It’s been said that if you want to get better at something, teach it to someone else. Teaching requires you to slow down, think about the why behind what you do, and then verbalize it clearly—a luxury for busy communications professionals like all of us. I’m taking that advice to heart and am excited to share that next semester, I’ll be teaching Media Relations at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies’ Public Relations and Corporate Communications graduate program. This will be my first experience in … Read more…

Answering the Faculty’s Toughest Question

What’s in it for me? That’s a question that is often explicitly or implicitly asked by faculty members when the subject of engaging with popular media comes up. It makes sense. Faculty members are already engaged in teaching, advising, and service to their institution. Many are also performing research and publishing their findings in academic publications that are influential in their field. And new faculty members are keenly focused on the requirements for promotion and tenure. So when campus communicators turn up and ask faculty … Read more…

True Confession

I have a confession to make. On Sunday morning, I was working my way through The New York Times, coffee at my elbow. I got to the point where all I had left was the Sunday Review—which featured a Frank Bruni piece about measuring college’s value—and the magazine—specifically, the education issue of the magazine. And I couldn’t do it. I could not read one more piece about higher education. Me, the woman who decided at age 20 that higher education was my calling. Me, the … Read more…