Week in Review

Even though we had to move our retreat to next week, our team made it through the Blizzard of 2015 safe and sound (though as I type this on Friday morning, it is snowing AGAIN in Massachusetts). Some of us were buried under three feet of snow… Some of us were jealous of the enormous amount of snow… And some of us inspired envy with a 70-degree day in January…   For non-weather related updates from our team, read on. What we’ve been talking about: … 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…

Hollywood, Higher Ed and Sexual Assault

This week, the movie industry is focused on the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The festival is a program of the Sundance Institute, founded by Robert Redford with the goal of supporting and celebrating independent filmmaking. Much of the buzz in Park City this week has focused on an upcoming film, “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about campus sexual assault. By all accounts, including this New York Times piece, the film is powerful and will fuel further conversations about how our institutions are … Read more…

Week in Review

For the State of the Union, did you play Obama Obingo? Members of the Parrot family sure did! They looked at games from the Tea Party, Vox, EWA, LWV and CNN—and SLP walked away with the win on CNN’s board. For the state of higher education this week, read on. What’s new this week: Teresa Valerio Parrot’s expertise was quoted in this article on how the interim president of California University of PA has been handling crisis communications at the institution. Congrats to Jarad Bernstein … Read more…

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Now Get Out There!

It’s January—which means it’s cold, really cold in some places. In general, it’d be much more pleasant to hunker down in your office with a space heater and hot cup of coffee than going just about anywhere else on campus. I get it. I have braved bitter (and painful) wind chills on campuses from Iowa to New Hampshire and hated every second of those walks from one extreme end of campus property to the other. But I never regretted it, because every time I got … Read more…

Reality Check

When I read this article, I laughed out loud because it’s so spot on in my experience as both a student and a college counselor. And I imagine it rings true for many people looking back on their first job experiences. As a student, I definitely thought I was the next big thing, and that I would crush it in any job lucky enough to land me. I was feeling great about how intellectual I was, how good I was at critical thinking and problem … Read more…

Week in Review

Happy Friday! This week, the TVP Comms team took a stroll down memory lane…and it’s no surprise who took home the prize for top childhood nerd—yours truly, and proud of it. Indulge your inner higher ed nerd and scroll down to get the latest! What’s new this week: Congratulations to Drake University for a successful announcement of its next president, Marty Martin! The January Term courses at Saint Mary’s College of California made headlines this week. The unique offerings include a course on making craft … Read more…

The Often Overlooked Importance of Internationalization on Campus

I’ve written before about internationalization in higher education and why I think it’s such an important topic—particularly, that institutions should expand and increase student participation in international opportunities as well as attract more international students. Last week, I read an article on the PIE News that in order to attract the “best students” from around the globe, the University of Edinburgh is aiming to become 50 percent international. It was refreshing to see quotes from institutional leaders championing the need for a strong emphasis on … Read more…

Balancing A Community’s Desire for Communications with Holes in Available Information

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to serve as faculty to the ACE Fellows Program participants. This my 7th or 8th year teaching media and executive communications considerations to this group, though this year’s experience was much different. The leadership team from the National Center for Institutional Diversity, housed at the University of Michigan, created a fictional case study for the Fellows to help them understand that they may be asked to make leadership decisions with limited information. After the rollout of the scenario, … Read more…

Week in Review

With extremely cold temperatures hitting all over the country, some of us were very excited. Some of us braved the cold to help those in need. And some of us cranked up the space heater, layered on the fleece-lined pants and drank all the warm beverages. But 2015 is heating up in the higher ed world, so read on! What’s new this week: Mary Johnson at Higher One is having a stellar start to the New Year! She posted a piece on her Huffington Post … Read more…