New Technologies in (and out of) the University Classroom

When I was an undergraduate student, there were only a handful of classes in which I used any form of technology during the lecture, and other than using a computer to type papers or conduct research many didn’t require that much outside usage either.   Now however, as mobile and computer-based technologies are continually becoming more and more integrated in everything we do, many in higher education are recognizing the need to incorporate these technologies into all aspects of learning—from using Twitter in the classroom … Read more…

Kyle’s Famous!

I’m amazingly proud of our very own Kyle, Gunnels, who was featured by his graduate alma mater, the University of Queensland, for his participation in the Centre for Communication and Social Change.   It’s a great profile on his experience and bright future.   Check it out!

Let the Madness Begin!

I watched the March Madness seating live on television yesterday and saw my alma mater receive her invitation for this year’s Big Dance.   After celebratory Facebook postings on Saturday (when we clinched our berth) and Sunday (when it was formally announced), I read Inside Higher Ed’s annual academic brackets and was shocked to see that my team was booted in the first round.   In other words, not only are we underdogs on the court, but our student-athletes persist and graduate at lower rates … Read more…

Telling Your Story

I recently had the distinct pleasure of serving as a plenary speaker for the 2012 USA Funds Symposium, “Building the Capacity to Enhance Student Success.” I was given the topic “It Matters How you Tell Your Story,” which allowed me to share my thoughts on how to mine stories on campus.   Having said that, I believe the strongest stories we can tell are those that involve our students.  In other words, we need to spend our time sharing success stories for those we impact. … Read more…

Academia and the SOTU Address

President Obama’s State of the Union address made me wish I was once again an undergraduate student enrolled in a rhetoric class.  The language used to craft the speech was beautiful not because of its political intonation, but because it will serve as amazing fodder for classroom discussions. I can only imagine the discussions that will occur across campuses and academic disciplines tomorrow– conversations, and event debates, that make American higher education so amazing.   Now that I’m over my misty-eyed moment of love for … Read more…

Medicinal Training via CASE Media Relations Professionals Conference

The session description for my February 7th CASE presentation with Andrea Boyle of the University of Delaware has been posted.  We both are thrilled to be volunteers for the Annual Media Relations Professionals conference.  Here’s a preview of what we are discussing:   Media Training Clinic: Preventative Medicine for Media Ailments We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve wished we could “pause” our interaction, confer with our peers and then return to issue a diagnosis.  Wish no more! This session is your opportunity to learn … Read more…

ACE Webinar on Sexual Assault and Crime

I am honored to serve as a speaker for the January 26, 2012, American Council on Education webinar entitled, “Sexual Assault and Crime on Campus: What Higher Education Leaders Need to Know.”   I will be joined by Dolores Stafford (expert on campus safety and Clery Act compliance) and Tom D’Antonio (lawyer specializing in higher education issues and also a Clery expert).  Ada Meloy, general counsel for ACE will moderate our discussion.   Yesterday was the dry run for our session and it went very … Read more…

RFP for Video Partner

If you know anyone with video expertise please send them this RFP from College of the Holy Cross.  I adore this school and its administration and cherish the opportunities I’ve had to work with them.   Tell ‘em TVP Communications sent you

There’s Nothing Wrong with a Little Bit of Swagger

I had the great honor recently of presenting to a group of amazing STEM scientists.  Not just any STEM experts, but women who lead their fields.  I was there on behalf of the Association for Women in Science to talk to them about mining their stories to share with external audiences.  I realized very quickly into my presentation that I hit a nerve with many of them that I don’t hit as often with their male counterparts.   I asked the scientists to share their … Read more…