Week in Review: We Can Do It!

Regardless of your politics, this week was a profound and historic one for this country—for the first time ever, a woman has officially been nominated (and accepted the nomination) to be a presidential candidate in the U.S. And truly, it is momentous, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, because it represents an incredible opportunity for women. With each generation pushing for more progress than ever before, I’m grateful for how far we’ve come. In my lifetime, I’ve always had rights and possibilities open … Read more…

Higher Ed Stories to Watch in 2016

Each spring, Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik, presents his stories to watch for the year at the Education Writers Association (EWA) conference. And each year, journalists across the country take his advice and cover these topics. So how can PR and media relations professionals capitalize on his foresight? First, read his predictions for some of the biggest higher ed stories of the year. 2016 Stories to Watch (from Scott Jaschik) 1) Clinton versus Trump on higher education 2) Tensions that go beyond black and … Read more…

Week in Review: Celebrating Student Success

Before she headed off for a well-earned summer Friday, Ali Lincoln shared this great story about one of her former advisees. Let this great story warm your heart and then catch up with higher ed news below! Even though I’m not a college counselor anymore, I still consider myself an advocate for students and love hearing student success stories. Especially since I think we sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture and student successes really drive home the importance of higher ed. This week, one … Read more…

Excitement in Education!!!

I think it’s fair to say that I’m easily excitable about things I’m passionate about. This week, in addition to excitement over a fantastic risotto and my first watermelon in the garden, I’m super excited about this U.S. News & World Report article titled, “School Districts Not Tracking College Completion” and you should be, too. (Source: WiffleGif.com) Bear with me. It has a dismal headline, I know, and seemingly doesn’t have great news about either K-12 or higher education. But despite that, it actually highlights … Read more…

Week in Review: A Snap-worthy Retreat

This week, the TVP Comms team united for a staff retreat in Worcester, Mass., for some general silliness and good food—oh, and a little bit of business. A highlight included a quick Snapchat tutorial from our very own Erin Hennessy. I’ve still got to set up my Snapchat account, but I’m excited to test it out! I’m starting to see why Snapchat could be a good tool for higher ed, since everyone benefits from being silly every once in a while. I know I certainly … Read more…

Going Beyond the PoliSci Department for Election Experts

Now that July 4th has come and gone, fall will be here before we know it—which means that the 2016 presidential election will be in full swing. It’s hard to look at any news outlet these days and not see scores of stories about the election, especially with the late, breaking news last week that Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton or that Donald Trump might actually quit the presidency if he wins. As PR peeps, we automatically go to the professors in our … Read more…

Week in Review: Iceland is a nice land

With a soccer coach for a husband, it’s inevitable that soccer winds up on my TV more often than not, but with the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, I actually paid a little more attention than I normally do. Why? I was impressed by Iceland’s national team—with a population of just over 330,000, they managed to put together a team talented enough to make it to the quarter finals of the first major tournament the country has ever qualified for, even beating England (the population of … Read more…

TVP Communications Welcomes Cristal Steuer

I’m continually amazed by the media placements the TVP Comms team earns and the genuine way we partner with our campus clients. And I’m always on the lookout for the next person to add to our great team. As it turns out, I’ve known our newest colleague for years and been impressed with her work since our first meeting. I am pleased to introduce Cristal Steuer as TVP Comm’s new senior strategist. Cristal worked for the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) for nine … Read more…

Week in Review: AMERICA!

Happy Independence Day weekend! I had a very patriotic moment recently when I saw a bald eagle in the wild for the first time ever. There’s a swampy tributary near my house and on a drive back from the store, a bald eagle flew right over the car and headed for the water. I was so overcome with excitement and patriotism that I rolled down my window and shouted “America” at the top of my lungs. Because, clearly, that’s the only appropriate response in that … Read more…

Dispatches from the Lobby

In higher education, we talk a lot about how much learning our students do outside the classroom, whether it be in leadership roles, on athletic teams, or in their residence halls. While my college days are far behind me, I’m thinking about that extracurricular learning experience while sitting in the lobby of the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, this week. Upstairs, a few hundred colleagues and a few dozen journalists are at a conference, making connections and learning from one another. And while I’m not … Read more…