What The Mooch can learn from Rumpelstiltskin and Higher Ed

I spent the past weekend pondering the recent changes made in the White House communications team and the reaction to these changes from the media and the general public. Last week President Trump named Anthony Scaramucci, nicknamed “The Mooch,” the new White House communications director and soon after Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary. There was initial excitement about having someone new in the White House, which was quickly followed by frustration and then mocking that not much had changed despite turnover in … Read more…

Heading Back to Campus

Now that my baby girl is almost 21 months, I figured we should probably get a jump on those college applications and schedule some campus tours this summer. JUST KIDDING. But she did visit a college campus recently and got a quick insider tour of the College of the Holy Cross. We were there for a friend’s wedding and my daughter darted around the mostly deserted, meticulously maintained grounds on her first visit to a college campus. And, forgive me: I got nostalgic. I always … Read more…

Week in Review: VIP Diner

I’ve never been a regular at a restaurant before. To be clear, I’ve been a recurring patron at several institutions, but not to the point of name recognition, nor have I ever said, “I’ll have the usual.” But I think I’m making some progress. My husband and I frequent wine tastings at a little Spanish specialty store down the street from us, and there’s also a tapas bar run by the owners. They know us quite well in the wine store, probably because we usually … Read more…

Keeping Up With News About the News

For those of us in higher ed media relations, there’s a lot of news to keep up with on a daily basis. To do our jobs well we need to stay informed about the latest trends within education and keep up with news of the day in a variety of areas from politics to science, especially as it relates to available faculty expertise. While these things alone are more than enough to keep us busy, it’s also critical to keep up with the news about … Read more…

Week in Review: In a Pickle

Ali’s my name, and pickling’s my game. I love pickles, and I’ve been on a five-year quest to find the perfect (or should I say, i-dill) recipe for homemade dill pickles. I’ve tried hot and cold packing, dill seed and dill weed, quick fridge pickles and long brine fermented pickles, chips, spears, whole—bet you didn’t know there were so many pickling options. My cucumbers are overtaking the garden, and I’m picking as fast as I can pickle them. I’ve got a few promising leads to … Read more…

Quick Hit: Hot Higher Ed Podcasts for the Summer

Whether you are relaxing on the beach, carting the kids to camp, or taking a stroll during lunch, it’s nice to take a break from screen time and get your higher ed news and stories via podcast. I’ve recently started listening to Have You Heard, a podcast by journalist Jennifer Berkshire and Holy Cross professor Jack Schneider which focuses on education policy in the Trump era. They tackle tough topics (making them fun and breaking them down) ranging from the rise of for-profit universities to the use … Read more…

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Happy new fiscal year, friends! While July 1 is often overshadowed by its near neighbor, July 4, the TVP Comms team embraces the beginning of a new fiscal year as a great opportunity to do some behind-the-scenes work to prepare for the next 12 months. Below are some ways to start the year strong. Consider priorities. What needs your care and attention this year? Do you have resources that allow for new initiatives, like experimenting with promoted social media posts or a ramped up video … Read more…

Week in Review: Happy Fourth of July!

Independence Day ranks pretty high on my favorite holidays list, and what’s not to love? I have memories of beautiful summer days with bluebird skies and endless sunshine, shimmering bodies of water, sparklers and fireflies in the warm nights, but here’s the real McCoy: this picnic holiday brings some serious food game. God, I love it—all of the summer’s best offerings! Normally I’m (mostly) civilized and follow proper etiquette when it comes to social gatherings involving food (truly, I swear), but put me around Fourth … Read more…

A Look Back at My First Year as Part of the TVP Comms Team

July 1 will mark my one-year anniversary as part of the TVP Comms team. When I joined the team, I knew I would be able to use many of my existing professional strengths, but I’ve continued to gain a vast set of new skills as well. I’ve also learned how to work from home and how to travel more easily. And, most importantly, while we work hard, I’ve learned this team knows how to have a lot of fun. Here are a few of my … Read more…

Quick Hit: The Campus Novel

Despite the facts that 1) I love reading and 2) I love (and work closely with) higher ed, I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I didn’t know campus (or academic) novels were a thing. That’s not to say that I hadn’t read any before, but I didn’t realize they had their own genre. Anyway, I just unintentionally read three (almost) back-to-back, and I think you should add a campus novel to your summer reading list. They’ve got scandal, nostalgia, identity struggle, plus some higher … Read more…