Week in Review

Tourist season is in full swing here in D.C., and tourists are clogging up the sidewalks in every direction you try to walk. Families and school groups headed to the nation’s Capitol aren’t the only ones traveling lately as several of us here at TVP Communications have attended conferences and visited clients over the past week—and of course, Ali is still in the process of moving, which is why I’m filling in for the Week in Review (fingers crossed all goes well). And travel season … Read more…

The FAFSA, It’s (Been) A-Changin’

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I was on my way to EWA’s National Seminar in Nashville to meet my new team and get a first glimpse at higher education media. Here I am again, not quite so green, at this year’s annual seminar in Chicago. The weather is a lot colder, but I’m still just as excited by education writing. One of my favorite sessions this week was Can FAFSA Be Fixed? Big surprise, right? While I have a penchant for … Read more…

Week in Review

April 14-20 is a tough week for the nation, and not just because taxes are due. From school shooting massacres and terror bombings to presidential assassination and sinking ships—this week is historically grim. Every year, as we remember these somber moments, it seems harder to accept that not only do such horrific tragedies exist, but also that they keep happening in the world we live in. Paying respect is not only found in keeping these events in mind, but also in living and enjoying life. … Read more…

Week in Review

If April showers bring May flowers, what do April snow showers bring? That’s right, folks—it’s still snowing up in Massachusetts. Other parts of the country are enjoying warmer temperatures, sunshine, daffodils, and trees in bloom, while I had to shovel my steps yesterday. Seriously, Mother Nature, cut me a break—I need something new to write about! For non-weather related updates, scroll down and enjoy! What’s new this week: California State University San Marcos had a twofer in AASCU’s Public Purpose Winter 2015 edition—an interview with … Read more…

Happy Financial Literacy Month!

The start of April brought fools, showers, and financial literacy month. I know I probably get a little too excited about financial aid and financial literacy conversations, but April truly is an important month for student finances in the higher ed world for incoming, returning, and graduating college students. For incoming students, April is a month filled with pros/cons lists, accepted student days, and soul searching before National College Decision Day. Most have heard back from the institutions they applied to by this point and … Read more…

Week in Review

I enjoy traveling for business, probably because I don’t do it too much and it still feels like a treat. I like seeing new places, spending time with my team and of course, trying out new restaurants. I also love the feeling of breezing through security with TSA PreCheck—I feel so important. But this week’s trip really took a top prize in my book: a PEZ-stocked minibar. Kimpton for the win of the week. For higher ed wins this week, scroll down and click away. … Read more…

Week in Review

Even though spring break season is winding down, TVP Communications vacations are gearing up, and I am so jealous. My colleagues will soon be enjoying the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, Disney World and Europe—and I have no upcoming travel plans. In fact, my next vacation day is going to be spent moving from Massachusetts to Virginia, which is not exactly my idea of relaxation. But at least summer is on the horizon, and I’m very open to vacation suggestions, so send your ideas to @alilincolntvp. … Read more…

Thoughts on “Katrina 10 Years Later – Institutional Resilience, Managing Disasters, and Lessons Learned”

Yesterday I was honored to serve as moderator of a panel at the NASPA annual conference. Not only was I surrounded by amazingly powerful women who serve as chief student affairs officers, I had the ultimate front row seat as they told their stories from the frontlines of an unprecedented disaster. The session, “Katrina 10 Years Later – Institutional Resilience, Managing Disasters, and Lessons Learned in Student Affairs,” included heartbreaking stories from Cyn Cherrey, Arnel Cosey and Cissy Petty, alongside their personal and professional case … Read more…

Week in Review

At long last, it’s officially spring—even if it’s supposed to snow today! While much of the country is stricken with March Madness, I’ve personally never been into it. However, for the record, the one time I did fill out a bracket in college (loosely based on which mascots would be triumphant in a battle to the death), I won the pool. And for a brief, shining moment, Holy Cross was even on its way to victory—the team ultimately lost, but only by ten points so … Read more…

Pitfalls to Avoid When Pitching Journalists on Twitter

Of all the technologies available to help enhance media efforts, my favorite and most utilized is Twitter. It’s free. It’s extremely versatile. And it gives insight into how various topics are being covered (and by whom) in a way I find superior to media databases and even Google searches. Yet, while I love Twitter and use it constantly for things like staying up to date on breaking and industry news, researching topics and journalist interests, and building relationships, I’m much more selective about how and … Read more…