Week in Review: Holiday Cookie Monster

One of the best things about the holidays (and really, any time of the year) is baked goods. Every year growing up, my siblings and I would pick out a new treat to try out for the holiday season in addition to traditional favorites—we chose fun-sounding cookies like spitzbubens and moose poop (I know, but oh so delicious), both of which are still among my favorite treats. And I’ve continued this tradition into adulthood—recent hits include salted peanut butter fudge, secret-recipe toffee, and lemon-glazed shortbread. … Read more…

Bosses I Have Known

I’ve been thinking a lot about bosses the last couple of weeks. Like you, I’ve had good ones and bad ones and, thankfully, a handful of exceptional ones. I’m so lucky that the good ones are still a presence in my life and more often than not, I’m channeling them when I offer advice and guidance to clients and friends. Here are some of the best (and, at times, toughest) lessons I’ve learned from these amazing leaders. Hire good people and let them do their … Read more…

You Won’t Believe What You Read!

And maybe you shouldn’t… Fake news and the impact of fake news has been making headlines recently, and I know I’m not the only one grateful for the professor who made a working, tiered list of fake and misleading news outlets. There’s a lot to be said about the culpability of the various forms of media, as well as personal responsibility of consumers of news, but amidst the conversation about fake and misleading news, I also find myself wondering—once again—what makes something newsworthy? (Source: wifflegif.com) … Read more…

Week in Review: What’s On The Menu?

I’m conflicted about crafting a Thanksgiving menu this year, torn between tried-and-true recipes or sampling delectable new dishes. As I’ve moved away from the kids’ table and expanded my palate, I’ve added more variety to my plate, but now I’m at the point where I’m looking for something more. Last year, after a decade of making a decadent chocolate harvest cake, I went with Erin’s (thoroughly vetted and highly recommended) salted caramel cheesecake—delicious results. I’ve been recently humbled by both a knockout kale salad (yes, … Read more…

Week in Review: Looking Ahead to January 2017

Like many others, this week I was consumed by news of something big coming in January—that’s right, Planet Earth II is happening! (See what I did there?) BBC already premiered the series in the UK, and it’s coming to the U.S. at the end of January 2017. I loved the first series, and especially after this riveting sneak peek of an incredible iguana and snake chase, I’m sold. (Source: BBC Earth) If you’re looking for a sneak peek at the latest in higher ed news, … Read more…

Social Media Is (Still) Narrowing Our Perspectives

A year-and-a-half ago I learned an important life lesson, which was brought to me by the former planet Pluto. I chronicled my experience on the Inside Higher Ed “Call to Action” blog and have included the piece below. It is extremely relevant today, the day after the presidential election, and is a reminder to avoid narrowing our perspectives and instead expand the list of those we meet with, talk with and learn from in the coming months and years. Again today I am “re-jiggering” my … Read more…

Week in Review: It’s Not December Yet!

Despite my love for the winter holiday season, I resent the fact that we often seem to skip right over Thanksgiving—this year, there were Christmas decorations up around here even before Halloween! (Source: Giphy.com) Too soon, people, too soon. Why do we insist on rushing through this month and Thanksgiving? We get an opportunity to be with friends and family, push pause on our busy, rushed lives, and think about things we’re grateful for. That, and the holiday is entirely centered around a gluttonous parade … Read more…

Week in Review: Happy Halloween!

Halloween was one of my favorite holidays growing up. I loved the candy, the costumes, the pumpkin carving, you name it. And I’m really excited to be able to celebrate it more fully again with my daughter. While this won’t be Lucy’s first Halloween (though I don’t know how much of a costume we pulled together just coming home from the hospital last year), it will be her first time trick-or-treating. And that means, in addition to stealing her candy, and despite my husband’s protests, … Read more…

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Our Beginnings with TVP Comms

In continuation of our fifth anniversary celebration, enjoy these memories of our first days and weeks as part of the TVP Communications team. Teresa: I remember TVP Comms’ first day like it was yesterday. I woke up unnaturally early because I was excited, verified the website was live and then just sat in my home office and thought, “Holy moly. What did I just do?” Knowing I wasn’t living a real-life version of Field Of Dreams, it suddenly hit me—what if I built it and … Read more…

Happy 5th Anniversary to Us!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Today is the fifth anniversary for TVP Communications. Five years feels like an important milestone, but one that I never doubted we would reach. I am so proud of our work on behalf of colleges, universities and education-related organizations. We’ve provided guidance, earned amazing placements, presented across the country (and world!) and provided support when institutions faced highs and lows. And it has been my honor to be a part of it all. Thank you to my amazing colleagues for their hard work and for … Read more…