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The TVP Communications Team’s Favorite Stories of 2019

The holidays are upon us, and here at TVP Communications we are thankful for our campus partners and the stories we get to share with journalists throughout the year. Here are some of our favorites from 2019.  

Grinnell CollegeThe University of Toledo and Oxford College of Emory University all had Academic Minute takeovers this year, which featured faculty from their campuses every day for a week. The segments were syndicated on more than 200 NPR stations and also appeared on Inside Higher Ed.  

CASE Currents highlighted Carthage College President John Swallow and his (and his family’s) successful transition and integration to into a new campus and a new community.

Professor Jim Friedman of the Farmer School of Business explained how entrepreneurs can look to acting techniques to help them better connect and communicate with others in this Wall Street Journal article on what startups can learn from improv comedy.

Grinnell College Professor Ross Haenfler weighed in on Bart Simpson mania and culture wars of the 1990s for this episode of Slate’s Decoder Ring podcast.

Douglas Hicks, dean and professor at Oxford College of Emory University, argued that a diversity of religions in Congress is essential to our democracy in an essay for The Hill. His essay was cited by the Catholic News Service, and also appeared in OVS NewsweeklyCruxNorth Texas Catholic, and The Catholic Spirit.

Tom Brady’s success as a team leader for the New England Patriots could be due to his “gentelligence,” according to Farmer School of Business Professor Megan Gerhardt. Check out her expertise in The Washington Post and Inc. for more on why introducing himself to all new players and creating opportunities for relationships and interactions with millennials may be helping Brady and the Pats post such great records.

Finding a job can feel like its own full-time job, so some institutions–like Scripps College—use the winter break period to offer workshops focused on how to get a job. Learn more about Scripps’ winter break career coaching program in this Washington Post piece. The article also ran in the Hechinger Report and was featured in the Lumina newsletter.

In a piece for The Atlantic, Grinnell Professors Eliza Willis and Janet Seiz explained why the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras cannot stop emigration from their countries at will.

In an essay for Scientific American, Professor Sarah Fankhauser of Oxford College of Emory University considers what drives people to believe misinformation about vaccines.

Too few students are checking the graduation rates of the colleges and universities that they’re applying to, and former Executive Director of the Coalition for College Annie Reznik explained why this can be a costly oversight in this piece for MarketWatch.

Media contagion of suicide is real, and Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach of the University of Toledo shared strategies and best practices on how to avoid it in this Salon essay.

In an essay for Inside Higher Ed, Oxford College of Emory University’s Gary Glass argued that colleges need to rethink how they address student mental health on campus and take up a more connections-based approach.

A new study from University of Alaska Anchorage Professor Mouhcine Guettabi indicates that universal basic income may be a solution to childhood obesity. He was interviewed by CBS MoneyWatch.

President of Grinnell College Raynard Kington wrote about alternative ways to achieve social change on campus for Liberal Education.  

In a piece for The Washington Post,
 Grinnell College Professor Mark Laver examined country music’s complicated relationship and history with race.

Longwood University Professor Catherine Franssen wrote about how she dealt with her young daughter’s Alopecia diagnosis in this heartfelt Parents essay.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, the TODAY show spoke with Fordham University students for tips on how to be happy and with Rev. David Marcotte, S.J., on how to be our best selves.

Grinnell College Professor Caleb Elfenbein weighed in on how anti-Muslim public sentiment operates to suppress the public voices of Muslim Americans and how their free speech is limited in ways that other Americans don’t experience in an essay for The Hill.

Kenneth Carter of Oxford College of Emory University published a new book on people with thrill-seeking personalities. Read more in Live ScienceYahoo! News and the KGNU science show How on Earth.

In an essay for CNN, Grinnell College Professor Mark Montgomery explains why the economic plans described by the 2020 presidential candidates have him questioning whether he’s truly a Democrat.

Farmer School of Business student Akosua Boadi-Agyemang shared her story with Poets & Quants for Undergrads; after months of internship searches, a bold move on LinkedIn and a viral post helped her land a spot with Microsoft.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and looking forward to sharing many wonderful stories in the new year.

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