Kristine Maloney Receives Leadership Recognition

We know Kristine Maloney is someone to watch and a standout in our field and we are pleased the Worcester Business Journal agrees. Just this week Kristine was named to their 40 under forty list. Within Kristine’s feature is the following description of her career highlights, “Reading my first national story hit the front page of USA Today, ghostwriting articles published in The New York Times, and working with the late Rev. John Brooks, former College of the Holy Cross president, on a feature for NBC’s … Read more…

Your Research Isn’t Gaining Traction? Then Work With Me, People!

Earlier this week I read an op-ed from two academics and I loved it so much I’m thinking of getting the headline tattooed on my arm. The title? “Prof, no one is reading you.” The two, a visiting professor and a doctoral researcher, point out some startling data on the usage of scholarly publications in their piece: Up to 1.5 million peer-reviewed articles are published annually. However, many are ignored even within scientific communities – 82 per cent of articles published in humanities are not … Read more…

Congratulations to AVP Kyle Gunnels!

I am thrilled  to share that Kyle Gunnels has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of TVP Communications. For those of you who have followed the agency’s great trajectory, you know that Kyle has been right there alongside me since the founding of the firm. I joke that he is the other half of my brain and know that statement is very, very true. Please join me in congratulating Kyle on his new position. And for fun, I’m sharing a picture I recently found of the two of us … Read more…

Celebrating Who and What We Are

TVP Comms has its own breaking news! I am very pleased to share that TVP Communications has been officially recognized as a Small, Women and Minority (SWaM) vendor by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This news pleases me on many fronts– I am proud to say we are woman- and minority-owned (thanks Mom and Dad) and know our small business size positively shapes how we work with our clients. When we receive questions about the size of our agency, they often imply that our size might be an impediment to our ability to … Read more…

Congrats to Erin Hennessy!

Social media postings alerted me of a very special award that was presented this weekend– one I am pleased to share. Drew University recognized Erin Hennessy as the recipient of the 2015 Alumni Service Award. The award was in recognition of her many contributions to her alma mater and to the higher education community. Congratulations Erin! Your contributions and accomplishments deserve recognition!  

Thou Shall Be A Leader In Tough Times

We’ve come to the time of the year when the daily news digests from the higher ed trade publications, think tanks and associations are filled with stories of colleges and universities with budget shortfalls that necessitate dramatic change. And it feels this year like there are more institutions announcing layoffs and shifts in programmatic offerings than in the past two or three years. I’ve read the clips and the language from the institutions and been startled by the matter-of-fact approach some have taken. The situations … Read more…

Thoughts on “Katrina 10 Years Later – Institutional Resilience, Managing Disasters, and Lessons Learned”

Yesterday I was honored to serve as moderator of a panel at the NASPA annual conference. Not only was I surrounded by amazingly powerful women who serve as chief student affairs officers, I had the ultimate front row seat as they told their stories from the frontlines of an unprecedented disaster. The session, “Katrina 10 Years Later – Institutional Resilience, Managing Disasters, and Lessons Learned in Student Affairs,” included heartbreaking stories from Cyn Cherrey, Arnel Cosey and Cissy Petty, alongside their personal and professional case … Read more…

When a Tweet Becomes a Nightmare

Last Friday I staked my claim to discuss the New York Times Magazine piece, “How One Stupid Tweet Ruined Justine Sacco’s Life,” because the writing drew me in and the application to our field is invaluable. (When you read it, follow it with the related and referenced piece on Gawker entitled, “Justine Sacco is Good at Her Job and How I Came to Peace with Her” and then The Atlantic piece, “A Social-Media Mistake Is No Reason to Be Fired.”) The Times piece is a cautionary “must read” for anyone in our … Read more…

Snoop Dogg’s Classy College Choice Example

As you probably know, Wednesday was national letter signing day for Division I collegiate football players and as always, the day was a topic of conversation for many sports fans. One of the most closely watched players was Cordell Broadus, who committed to UCLA. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cordell, I highly encourage you to watch ESPN’s engaging “Snoop & Son,” which chronicled Cordell’s senior year of high school, his football successes and his off-the-field relationship with his father, Snoop Dogg. What … Read more…

“You Know Why I’m Here”

I’ve enjoyed Marshawn Lynch’s recent press moments more than I should. He might just be my favorite professional football player right now for all of the wrong reasons. If you aren’t in Beastmode (the name of his apparel line), Marshawn plays for the Seattle Seahawks and has been fined previously by the NFL for not participating in mandatory media days. He showed up for this year’s Super Bowl events, but at the first press conference he responded to all questions by saying, “I’m only here … Read more…