Between the first presidential debate, La Salle University announcing a tuition reset, and Grinnell College releasing a new study showing how copper can reduce bacteria in hospital rooms, we have been busy helping to promote all these great professors and initiatives.  We love working with faculty experts; new programs; and scholarly work and research on campus. This week we’ve been lucky to do be able to do a bit of it all.

We believe the headlines speak for themselves, as you may have to scroll down for a while to see this week’s happenings.

What’s new this week:

In case you somehow missed the first presidential debate on Monday night, our Fortune Insider faculty experts have you covered.

College of the Holy Cross professor Donald Brand offered up his prediction before the debate. In a post-debate piece, Drake University professor Dennis Goldford wrote about how Hillary Clinton emerged as the winner, but also noted that it might not matter in the long run. Grinnell College professor Douglass Hess wrote about what Donald Trump needs to do to win over voters.

In a piece for U.S. News and World Report, Drake University professor Rachel Paine Caufield gives her thoughts on why Hillary Clinton’s ‘honesty problem’ is fueled by the media.

Professor Ward Thomas of Holy Cross penned a piece for Fortune on what Trump’s candidacy says about voters’ expectations of U.S. leaders.

Expertise from Scripps College professor Branwen Williams was prominently featured in a Mashable article explaining five common areas of climate change.

A feature in eCampus News highlights the Washington Monthly rankings and why new factors, including earnings and social mobility, are important to college rankings.

Congratulations to LaSalle University on its big announcement of a 29 percent reduction in tuition rate and great coverage in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia Tribune, ABC 6, NBC 10 and Education Dive.

Richard Hall, chair of the Ball State University board of trustees, writes for Trusteeship about how the campus embraced entrepreneurial principles to create more effective ways to save money.

In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Raynard S. Kington, president of Grinnell College, responds to an essay about “Barack Obama’s Imprint on Higher Education.”

A new study out of Grinnell College by professor Shannon Hinsa-Leasure shows copper materials in hospital rooms can reduce bacteria.  News of the study was published in media outlets including Becker Hospital Review, Des Moines Register, Business Record, KWQC and Hinsa-Leasure was interviewed by WHOtv, Des Moines’ NBC affiliate.

America’s Promise wrote about last week’s APM event focused on two false messages students receive about college.

Be sure to tune in on Tuesday, October 4 to the vice presidential debate, hosted by Longwood University!

This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, advice on marketing to international students and how to build your institution’s brand from the inside out.

What we’ve been talking about:

From the must-haves to all the bells and whistles, Ali Lincoln gives advice on the TVP Comms blog on how colleges can best meet reporters’ needs in their online newsrooms.

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:

Erin Hennessy

It seems like they’re following me. Everywhere I go, I see Chip and Joanna Gaines. They’re the stylish and accomplished couple behind HGTV’s runaway hit “Fixer Upper,” a home renovation show set in their hometown of Waco, TX. And I’m telling you, I want to hate these people for their ubiquity, for their unerring taste, for their obsession with shiplap. (For the uninitiated, shiplap is, according to Wikipedia, “a type of wooden board used commonly as exterior siding in the construction of residences, barns, sheds, and outbuildings.”) But I can’t hate them, because they are charming, and funny, and they are succeeding not just in making over homes, but making over the reputation of Waco.

Kristine Maloney

My son started pre-kindergarten this year, and in the four short weeks he’s been in school, I’ve noticed significant growth in all areas of his development. I have no doubt it’s because of his teacher, who my daughter was also fortunate enough to have several years ago. (And by fortunate, I mean we stalked her for years and descended like hawks when registration opened!) Mrs. Mara’s approach to public early-childhood education is different and it works and I am so thankful my children have had the opportunity learn from her. Despite teaching for 25 years, she’s not jaded by the system as some are. She loves to teach. Even more important, she loves when children learn. So, when I saw an article about her experiences as a young teacher and what she thinks can help improve child learning (especially in urban environments) it was a must read for me.

Teresa Valerio Parrot

Ever read a book and wished that it would never end? Well, what if you could read a similar book, see a similarly themed movie, binge on a podcast that addresses the same issues, or watch a play that has a similar storyline? NPR used books as the jumping off point to create a fun list. My queue of a variety of offerings just grew and I can’t wait to consume them all!

Sometimes while on conference calls I like to watch live camera feeds of animals from around the world. My favorite is the site that features bears in Alaska, but I’m not opposed to watching the hippos in Kenya, too. And sometimes, I just need a recorded feed like this calming video of coral. I challenge you to visit one of the sites, put the stream on mute and not feel more relaxed during your next marathon of meetings.

Cristal Steuer

Finally, my kind of library is opening in Boston. One filled with news, food, and books, of course!   According to the Boston Globe, WGBH will be opening up a satellite location in the Boston Public Library today – and that’s not all – there will be a café, too.  The article calls it “a unique cafe-within-a-television/radio-studio-within-a-library, as part of its campaign to be a more welcoming, less stuffy community space.” WGBH will be broadcasting live news programming from the library in an effort to be front and center in the community. The “Newsfeed” café will seat 60 and is run by The Catered Affair. Both initiatives are part of the library’s three-year renovation project.

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