Week in Review

What luck, dear readers, that you get a Harry Potter related-opening two weeks in a row! Today is Harry’s (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday! And there also happens to be a blue moon tonight, so I hope there will be some fanciful reveling in households everywhere. And if you aren’t particularly fond of HP (and know that I judge you for this choice), use today as an excuse to eat cake and believe that magic exists—even if it’s just the magic of science and nature in … Read more…

Week in Review

My husband has been reading the Harry Potter series aloud to our unborn child so that she’ll be familiar with his voice (and love Harry Potter immediately), and I had a major revelation this week—well, a double revelation, actually. Sirius Black can turn into a dog, and Sirius is the name of the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation! (I see what you did there, J. K., very clever.) And this led me to realize that the dog days of summer are not actually … Read more…

Week in Review

Who doesn’t love an underdog? Pluto—and I’m not talking about Mickey Mouse’s dog—made a big appearance in the news this week. I felt indignant when Pluto lost its full planet status, and then kind of forgot about it. Until earlier this week, that is! Between the time commitment of the mission and the first released images of Pluto, it was me feeling dwarfed by the enormity of space and existence. It brought to mind something a college poetry professor of mine once said: we’ve really … Read more…

Consultant Isn’t a Dirty Word

When I was younger, I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. I’m not entirely sure why, but it may have been because I felt it was a job you could describe with one word and most people would have a general understanding of what that job entailed. Instead of following that career path (much to my mother’s dismay), I opted for a career spent mostly in higher education—and for jobs that weren’t easily explained. What does a deputy chief of staff do? … Read more…

Week in Review

Fittingly for a patriotic weekend, on Sunday the United States won the World Cup. Correction—our ladies dominated Japan for a win. Impressively, they also dominated TV ratings, with the largest television viewership of any soccer game in American history. And yet, unfortunately, they have to deal with pay inequality and other forms of gender bias. Hopefully all of the media attention will help bring about some positive change in wage disparity and sexism in the sport—and maybe even in regular life, too. If you’re not … Read more…

Congratulations to AVP Kyle Gunnels!

I am thrilled  to share that Kyle Gunnels has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of TVP Communications. For those of you who have followed the agency’s great trajectory, you know that Kyle has been right there alongside me since the founding of the firm. I joke that he is the other half of my brain and know that statement is very, very true. Please join me in congratulating Kyle on his new position. And for fun, I’m sharing a picture I recently found of the two of us … Read more…

Llamas on the Lam, Caddy Shack and Other Takeaways from This Year’s College Media Conference

Remember when I said that you’d always remember where you were when the llamas escaped? Turns out I wasn’t wrong. The infamous llamas came up several times at last week’s College Media Conference, organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). And runaway llamas dominating the news weren’t the only important takeaway from the conference—did you know Caddy Shack is based on a real scholarship? I also had some more directly applicable takeaways from CMC … Read more…

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…