Week in Review: Rain, rain, go away!

It has rained 15 out of the 20 days in May so far here in Williamsburg, with no end in sight—apparently, it’s going to continue for the rest of the month. Upsetting news for me, since I literally wore out my rain boots this spring. We’re all a little grouchy and stir crazy at my house, and in desperate need of some vitamin D. Truly, even the ducks are seeking shelter from the rain around here, and my yard has turned into a mushroom farm. … Read more…

Week in Review: Friday the 13th

I’m not a particularly superstitious person, and horror is not my go-to genre (in fact, it’s my avoid-at-all-costs genre), so I’ve never quite understood the fascination with Friday the 13th. It seems less cool than leap day or sequential dates—or the epic 10/10/10 (I don’t even think that’s my birthday bias. It’s just awesome). The date is not as big of a deal in other cultures, or even considered unlucky. Source: Giphy.com But, just in case, maybe don’t walk under ladders or break a mirror … 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…

Week in Review: Run for the Roses

This weekend is the Kentucky Derby and while I don’t know much about the race or the horses (although, fun fact, my brother and I did take horseback riding lessons one summer, and the most memorable part was that my brother rode a blind horse), I do love pretending to be fancy. I feel like fanciness is the essence of the race at its core. Huge elaborate hats, mint juleps, and thousands of roses make this quite a spectacle, since the actual race is only … Read more…

Week in Review: Strawberries are my jam

By far, one of my favorite things about life in the southern part of the country is that local produce is available sooner. It’s officially strawberry season in Virginia! Strawberries are one of those items that just can’t be replicated in the grocery store, even in season. Those jumbo, hard, slightly sour fruits don’t deserve to bear the same name as the small, brilliantly red berries in their teal-green cardboard quart. I’ve already made a trip out to the berry patch and canned a first … Read more…

Week in Review: Happy Earth Day!

I remember Earth Day being a much bigger deal when I was younger, especially if it fell on a school day. There were art contests, tree plantings, lots of tie-dye, and if you were lucky, class outside. Now, I like to think that my Earth Day efforts are simply spread throughout the year with things like recycling, composting, and gardening. That still counts, right? If not, I’ll have to dig out my tie-dye t-shirt collection to celebrate. You can go green by reducing the number … Read more…

#prsache Recap: Beads, Balconies, Comms Insights and a Whole Lot of Fun

Last week in New Orleans, around 180 higher ed communications professionals gathered for the PRSA Counselors to Higher Education Senior Summit. PRSA CHE is one of my favorite conferences to attend—it’s always a nice time to meet with friends and colleagues from across the country, and I always leave with lessons learned. Being in New Orleans this year, didn’t hurt the festivities! There were balconies: Had a wonderful time at #prsache — visited NOLA, learned from my peers, presented with my superheroes and ate lots … Read more…

Week in Review: Find Your Park

I love the national parks, and I agree with Ken Burns that the parks system is one of the country’s greatest ideas. In fact, one of my life goals is to visit every single national park (just the parks, not historic sites or forests or monuments, as that would take me more than one lifetime, I’m sure)—eight down, 51 more to go! Tomorrow is the beginning of National Park Week. If your trip to the national park closest to you requires more than a short … Read more…

Trend Stories: Sharing the Spotlight to Showcase Your Campus

Last month, I read a media commentary in Slate that has stuck with me. The article, titled “In Defense of the Trend Piece,” focused on criticisms of trend pieces generally, and one recent New York Times article in particular, “What Happens When Millennials Run the Workplace.” Some critics were upset by the generalizations they felt the story made about millennials, others by the feeling that the story had been over-covered by media. Still others took issue with the fact that attention was paid to the … Read more…

Week in Review: On the Nest

“I see Blue! He looks glorious!” isn’t just a line from Old School; right now, it’s also one of the most frequently uttered phrases in my house because we have nesting bluebirds! Bluebirds are beautiful and very helpful at keeping bug populations in check, but apparently, they’re also kind of wimpy (often attacked by other birds, snakes, raccoons, cats, and even squirrels) and need all the help they can get. After watching them stake out their territory, test out all of the available houses in … Read more…