Tomorrow will mark exactly one month until we cast our ballots for the next president of the United States. As a former television news writer and producer, there is one day (or maybe night) every four years that I miss being in the newsroom: Election Day. I enjoyed the energy, the team pulling together, and getting to know which candidate won each state just a few seconds before we called each state on the station.
Between the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., this past week and the upcoming presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., on Sunday, the waning weeks of campaigning are in full swing, and so are the faculty experts and debate stories TVP Comms is working on.
For presidential platform-worthy news in the higher ed world, scroll down to see this week’s happenings.
What’s new this week:
Longwood University hosted the vice-presidential debate and received tons of press coverage. Enjoy some of the energy of debate night via social media. Check out this Marketplace piece on why the exposure Longwood received leading up to, during, and after the debate is unrivaled.
In case you missed the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday night, our Fortune Insider faculty experts have you covered. College of the Holy Cross professor Donald Brand offered advice to debate moderators and Holy Cross religious studies professor Mathew Schmalz wrote about the lack of faith in the first presidential debate and nailed his predictions that religion would be front and center in the vice-presidential debate.
Last week, a new study out of Grinnell College by professor Shannon Hinsa-Leasure on the ability of copper materials in hospital rooms to reduce bacteria received much media attention and this week it was featured in The New York Times and on Iowa Public Radio.
Katherine Cramer, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Morgridge Center for Public Service, wrote about how colleges and universities need to prepare students not only for successful careers but also meaningful citizenship in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Congratulations to Drake University! Their persistence on a student-led #BringDrakeToDrake campaign paid off big time this week.
This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, Paul Redfern from Gettysburg College offered advice on Snapchat strategy for your institution.
What we’ve been talking about:
Erin Hennessy was lucky enough to be on campus to help with the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University. Check out the TVP Comms blog to see why the institution’s media strategy was so successful.
What’s next on our calendars:
From October 17-19, Teresa will head to San Antonio, Texas, to serve as an instructor for the Academic Impressions Proactive Issues Management for Higher Ed Communications and Public Relations Conference.
Erin will lead Effective Media Management training for ACE’s Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program in New Orleans on October 18, 2016.
Teresa will co-chair CASE’s Annual Conference for Media Relations Professionals, which will be held January 11-13 in New York City.
What we’ve been reading:
I have loved a number of Michael Chabon’s novels, but nothing he has written has moved me as much as his recent piece for GQ about taking his youngest son, Abe, to Paris for Fashion Week. Chabon writes movingly about watching his son, 13 years old, in his element, attending shows and critiquing collections and expressing his unique worldview through his own clothing. The tail end of the piece encapsulates perfectly what it is to watch a child growing up and, to a necessary extent, away from his or her family: “You are born into a family and those are your people, and they know you and they love you and if you are lucky they even, on occasion, manage to understand you. And that ought to be enough. But it is never enough. Abe had not been dressing up, styling himself, for all these years because he was trying to prove how different he was from everyone else. He did it in the hope of attracting the attention of somebody else—somewhere, someday—who was the same. He was not flying his freak flag; he was sending up a flare, hoping for rescue, for company in the solitude of his passion.” With the support of his family, I’m confident Abe will find his people.
It’s fascinating (and perhaps a little frightening) how enormously complex climate change is—and that’s with most of our attention on this issue focused pretty exclusively on our own little planet. Yet, when you begin to consider things more broadly (“the broadest possible perspective”) as this author does — both in time and space (as in our solar system and beyond)—it’s quickly apparent that there’s so much more going on with our planet than we fully realize or understand. Yes, human intervention got us to this point at this time, but history has shown that planets don’t remain habitable forever. “How likely is it that other young civilizations like our own have run into the kind of sustainability crisis we face today?” asks the author, who argues that these are the kinds of questions we need answers to truly understand “what we’re up against.”
Teresa Valerio Parrot
I adore Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and I can’t get enough of Notorious RBG. It was a delight to hear personal stories about her life and the people who have supported and encouraged her. I was inspired to read how, despite the tough issues before SCOTUS, she thinks of her colleagues and profession with such positivity. Once again, I’m charmed!
Born and raised in New England, you could say I was also born and raised a Patriots fan. A very lucky fan, as for most of my adult life Tom Brady has been quarterback and Gillette Stadium has had seats rather than bleachers. So, starting off the football season without No. 12 was rough in my household. Now, the countdown is on for T-Brady’s triumphant return to the field this Sunday. While there were plenty of stories to keep us entertained during Brady’s suspension, if you have not seen Ben Affleck and Matt Damon arguing over their friendship with the QB (in the name of charity, of course) then you need to watch this hilarious video now, because pretty soon it will be back to business.
I love tea—even if I’m drinking bagged tea out of a mug, I secretly feel fancy. When I was little, my grandmother used to let me drink decaf tea (with about 30 sugar cubes snuck in) with her out of her beautiful china teacups. And though I’ve come to learn that I’m actually not really a sophisticated tea drinker, I’ve never gotten over the sensation of feeling sophisticated when I have tea. NPR’s The Salt blog has a recurring Tuesday Tea post that’s helping me up my tea knowledge and so far, it hasn’t changed my tea consumption habits (who has time for loose leaf and perfect temperature most mornings?). But it’s still interesting, whether you’re a bonafide tea snob or you just like to drink it with your pinky finger out.
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— Erin Hennessy (@ErinAHennessy) October 5, 2016
— TeresaValerioParrot (@tvparrot) October 5, 2016
The Long Emotional Journey to Drake’s Sneaky Drake University Visit https://t.co/1tvsVaRAa8
— Kristine Maloney (@kristinemaloney) October 5, 2016
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— Ali Lincoln (@AliLincolnTVP) October 5, 2016
— Cristal Steuer (@CristalSteuer) October 4, 2016
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