Week in Review: Weather Whirlwind

It was a weird week, weather-wise, here in Williamsburg. We kicked it off over the weekend with a big snowstorm (with about a foot of snow, so truly, a real storm!) and icy temps that closed schools and daycare for two days. And now suddenly, it feels like spring. The snow is completely gone, the thermometer hit 72 degrees yesterday, and I opened my windows and hung my laundry outside to dry again. What the what? And that’s weather. Back to you, higher ed news. … Read more…

A Reminder from the FLOTUS on the Importance of Education

Last week, Michelle Obama gave her last official address as First Lady of the United States, and I fully admit that it choked me up. Not just because the FLOTUS was emotional or because we’re drawing nearer to an administration change, and changes always brings a degree of uncertainty, but also because her final speech focused on empowerment through education and celebrated school counselors. As a strong supporter of education and a firm believer in its transformative power, Mrs. Obama’s words resonated with me. What … Read more…

Quick Hit: Important Dates for 2017

Earlier this week, one of my favorite morning newsletters, the Washington Post’s Daily 202, included a fantastic resource for campus communicators looking to plug faculty experts into current events. For the past several years, the Post’s James Hohmann has put together a list of important dates for the year ahead, which he says helps him with long-term planning and big-picture thinking. They include political, cultural and sports milestones and all offer great opportunities for your faculty experts to shine. This year’s list of dates is … Read more…

Week in Review: Happy New Year!

I truly enjoy making resolutions each time we ring in a new year. At their core, resolutions make up a to-do list—and I love a good list. For me, making resolutions is really about reflecting on the past and using that self-discovery to shape the upcoming year. It’s easy to make a yearly to-do list that is way too ambitious or not specific enough or hard to measure progress on (in fact, it’s easy to do that on any to-do list…I’m looking at you, “Garage” … Read more…

Week in Review: That’s a Wrap, 2016!

Welp, see you later, 2016! It’s been something…so we’re going to send it off properly: http://elfyourself.com?mId=69853883 We wish you happy holidays and a happy new year from all of us at TVP Comms. Please enjoy one last Week in Review before we close down for a short break—we’ll see you in 2017! What’s new this week: The UVA Miller Center’s National Commission on Financing 21st Century Higher Education recently released a culminating report on sustainable financial models for higher ed. Coverage continued with a piece … Read more…

A Few of Our Favorite Things

When it comes to favorite holiday traditions, it’s all about Christmas Eve for the TVP Comms crew. From the food and decorations to the lights and presents, below are a few of our very favorite ways to celebrate. We’d love to hear about your traditions as well. Tweet us, or share in the comments section. Photos especially welcome! Teresa: My Christmas tradition is really a Christmas Eve tradition. Each year my family shares some sort of family activity (getting dressed up and watching a play, … Read more…

Week in Review: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

My holiday celebrations have already started with a trip back up to New England to visit family this week. Truthfully, I was excited to see some snow, since it’s not quite Christmas without snow in my book. But, with dangerously low temperatures (-20 degrees with the wind chill) today and a winter storm coming in tomorrow, I’m already over it. I miss a lot of things about living in New England, but winter weather isn’t one of them. Brrrrr! Be sure to bundle up if … Read more…

Build and Foster Relationships on Campus: Throw a Party!

The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s the time of year we are extra grateful for our family, friends, and colleagues. If you work in the media relations field you are always thankful and grateful for all the time spent by faculty and administrators providing background to reporters, conducting interviews, and fielding questions, especially after hours and in between busy class schedules. That’s why nine years ago, while Kristine and I were both working in media relations at the College of the Holy Cross, we … Read more…

Week in Review: Backyard Birding

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for songbird sightings in my backyard. We put up a new kind of suet feeder, gave our birdbath a good scrub down, and replenished our seed feeders, and basically I’ve become like a bird whisperer. The cat, the baby, and I like to stand by the window and watch all of the birds flit around the feeders. In addition to common standbys like nuthatches, chickadees, wrens, sparrows, jays, and cardinals, we’ve got finches, tufted titmice, mocking birds, thrashers, … Read more…

Finding the Right Voice

It’s always prudent to choose your words carefully because they are powerful. They represent you and your thoughts and they deserve respectful consideration. Except, that is, when they represent someone else’s thoughts—then they require even more scrutiny and care. Editing and writing have been a major part of every job I’ve had. As a teacher, I corrected mountains of writing exercises and helped (or tried to, anyway) my students develop their voice and craft as writers. When I was a college counselor, I worked with … Read more…