Week in Review: VIP Diner

I’ve never been a regular at a restaurant before. To be clear, I’ve been a recurring patron at several institutions, but not to the point of name recognition, nor have I ever said, “I’ll have the usual.” But I think I’m making some progress. My husband and I frequent wine tastings at a little Spanish specialty store down the street from us, and there’s also a tapas bar run by the owners. They know us quite well in the wine store, probably because we usually … Read more…

Keeping Up With News About the News

For those of us in higher ed media relations, there’s a lot of news to keep up with on a daily basis. To do our jobs well we need to stay informed about the latest trends within education and keep up with news of the day in a variety of areas from politics to science, especially as it relates to available faculty expertise. While these things alone are more than enough to keep us busy, it’s also critical to keep up with the news about … Read more…

Week in Review: In a Pickle

Ali’s my name, and pickling’s my game. I love pickles, and I’ve been on a five-year quest to find the perfect (or should I say, i-dill) recipe for homemade dill pickles. I’ve tried hot and cold packing, dill seed and dill weed, quick fridge pickles and long brine fermented pickles, chips, spears, whole—bet you didn’t know there were so many pickling options. My cucumbers are overtaking the garden, and I’m picking as fast as I can pickle them. I’ve got a few promising leads to … Read more…

Quick Hit: Hot Higher Ed Podcasts for the Summer

Whether you are relaxing on the beach, carting the kids to camp, or taking a stroll during lunch, it’s nice to take a break from screen time and get your higher ed news and stories via podcast. I’ve recently started listening to Have You Heard, a podcast by journalist Jennifer Berkshire and Holy Cross professor Jack Schneider which focuses on education policy in the Trump era. They tackle tough topics (making them fun and breaking them down) ranging from the rise of for-profit universities to the use … Read more…

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Happy new fiscal year, friends! While July 1 is often overshadowed by its near neighbor, July 4, the TVP Comms team embraces the beginning of a new fiscal year as a great opportunity to do some behind-the-scenes work to prepare for the next 12 months. Below are some ways to start the year strong. Consider priorities. What needs your care and attention this year? Do you have resources that allow for new initiatives, like experimenting with promoted social media posts or a ramped up video … Read more…

Week in Review: Happy Fourth of July!

Independence Day ranks pretty high on my favorite holidays list, and what’s not to love? I have memories of beautiful summer days with bluebird skies and endless sunshine, shimmering bodies of water, sparklers and fireflies in the warm nights, but here’s the real McCoy: this picnic holiday brings some serious food game. God, I love it—all of the summer’s best offerings! Normally I’m (mostly) civilized and follow proper etiquette when it comes to social gatherings involving food (truly, I swear), but put me around Fourth … Read more…

A Look Back at My First Year as Part of the TVP Comms Team

July 1 will mark my one-year anniversary as part of the TVP Comms team. When I joined the team, I knew I would be able to use many of my existing professional strengths, but I’ve continued to gain a vast set of new skills as well. I’ve also learned how to work from home and how to travel more easily. And, most importantly, while we work hard, I’ve learned this team knows how to have a lot of fun. Here are a few of my … Read more…

Quick Hit: The Campus Novel

Despite the facts that 1) I love reading and 2) I love (and work closely with) higher ed, I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I didn’t know campus (or academic) novels were a thing. That’s not to say that I hadn’t read any before, but I didn’t realize they had their own genre. Anyway, I just unintentionally read three (almost) back-to-back, and I think you should add a campus novel to your summer reading list. They’ve got scandal, nostalgia, identity struggle, plus some higher … Read more…

Week in Review: Chatterbox

Recently, my daughter’s vocabulary has exploded; it seems like she’s learning new words and little phrases every day. Granted, she’s still working on her pronunciation of things, like turtlelurtle (turtle), munka (marker), and pika (which somehow is facecloth?), but I’m enjoying the adorableness while I can. It’s been bittersweet for me, because although I’m proud of her for developing new language skills, I’m sad that she’s growing so quickly. But, another pro is that the uptick in words and phrases has helped to decrease communication … Read more…

The Luxury of Choice

I’m a big fan of College Signing Day. Not the official sports-related one, but the national one that celebrates students everywhere making their college decisions. It makes me reminisce about my time as a college counselor with Bottom Line and brings to mind some of my favorite student memories—moments of joy, of celebration, of hard work paying off, and of great possibility. On Monday, though, this Chronicle of Higher Education article by Eric Hoover reminded me that although many of my memories of former students … Read more…