Week in Review

Our very own Kyle Gunnels is off in Ireland for a big milestone—he’s turning 30—AND it’s Fourth of July weekend. Happy birthday Kyle and America! Enjoy an extra day off in their honor, and hopefully it’s filled with lovely weather, fireworks, and some patriotic desserts. Before starting your long weekend, make sure you scroll down for the latest in higher ed news. What’s new this week: Nearly a third of parents don’t have a conversation with their children about paying for college. Read tips from … Read more…

Week in Review

Most of the TVP Comms team was up in the air this week (multiple points for some of us), and we can all agree: something needs to be done about air travel etiquette. While our tips could fill volumes, here are some common courtesy moves from this week that could really make flying a more tolerable experience for everyone: -Before you rocket your seat into recline, think about the person behind you. Stop, take a look, and recline slowly. Bonus points if you give your … Read more…

Information Overload: Rethinking College Orientation

It’s summer orientation time! Besides giving me a lifelong fondness for icebreakers and cheesy reflection activities, orientation was a truly transformative time for me in college. Not as an incoming first-year, but as an orientation leader. I made some phenomenal friends, problem solved under pressure, and pushed myself out of my comfort zone. OLs are required to be peppy and social; have I mentioned that I’m an introvert? It was challenging and so much fun, and quite different from my first experiences with orientation. As … Read more…

Week in Review

Week in Review I love silly animal-related videos, and I’m definitely not alone—so many cat videos, so little time. What’s not to love? They give you small bursts of joy whenever you watch them, and now I know there’s a scientific reason behind it. Teresa sent me this article and I highly recommend you watch the videos for a good pick-me-up. If you had an extra tough week, enjoy this bonus clip courtesy of Erin. Once you’ve finished squealing in delight, scroll on down to … Read more…

Make a Consulting Partnership Work

In the nearly 18 months I’ve worked with the TVP Comms team, I’ve learned a lot about how institutions work with consultants and which approaches are most effective. Yesterday, during a conversation with a president, he boiled the best partnerships into one sentence: “When we work with good consultants, we on campus should be working harder than the consultants.” Yes! That! If I knew how to sew, I’d embroider that on a sofa pillow… We at TVP Comms love partnering with institutions—in good times or … Read more…

Week in Review

The Council of Independent Colleges and American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ annual College Media Conference is coming up at the end of the month, and the TVP Communications team is pretty pumped about it. I’m jazzed because I feel like now that I’ve got a full year under my belt, I’ll glean a lot more from the conference. Plus, it’s always fun to see my colleagues and make new friends in the biz. Let us know if you’ll be there—we’d love to say … 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…

How to avoid a routine rut? Stay creative!

I just recently got back from a vacation, and if you’ve ever been on a vacation (which I hope everyone has), you know that it can be difficult to jump back into the normal routine of work. I mean just a few days ago I was exploring new cities, seeing new things, making new friends and getting stamps in my passport—conference calls, strategy sessions and having to wake up at a certain time every day just don’t compare. Eventually, though, you get settled back into … Read more…

Week in Review

Happy National Donut/Doughnut Day! All day long, you can find free or semi-free pastry treats available for your eating pleasure at various participating doughnut retailers. Looking for the skinny on where to find your free doughnut? Check here or look up your local shop on their preferred social media platform—looks like I’ll be making stops at Dunkin’ Donuts, Duck Donuts, AND Emily’s Donuts & Café. No judgment on doughnut day, right? What’s new this week: This fun piece in US News & World Report included … Read more…

12 Months, 12 Lessons

I can’t believe I’ve already been at TVP Communications for a whole year! Queuing up a lovely cliché for you, time has truly flown! BUT I have learned a thing or two, despite the fact that I still feel like a newbie a lot of the time. Here are some of the nuggets I’ve gleaned in my first year at TVP Comms: There are a lot of ways to support students beyond direct service. When I decided to come work for TVP Comms, this was … Read more…