Today marks 14 years since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. I remember the horror of 9/11 very clearly, but personally, I don’t like to dwell on the terribleness of the tragedy and violence. Instead, I like to take a look at how we’ve healed and consider triumphs of human spirit and love. I like to think about all of the wonderful things that people are capable of—even small tokens of kindness, compassion, and beauty can make the world better. I like knowing that in one of our nation’s darkest moments, there was light and hope to be found.
However you choose to do it, take a moment to remember 9/11/2001 so that we as a nation #NeverForget.
What’s new this week:
Congrats to Augustana College for their media hat trick this week! President Steven Bahls discussed Missoula in the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s What I’m Reading section. And Executive Vice President W. Kent Barnds wrote a piece for the Hechinger Report on college tuition and was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article on the cost of private colleges.
What we’ve been talking about:
Principal Teresa Valerio Parrot offered up sage advice in a Chronicle piece on crisis communications on campus.
Pining for a syllabus, Ali Lincoln was inspired to take matters into her own hands and design a course of study for herself with help from her bookshelf and the library.
It’s college football season again, and Kyle Gunnels had some fun looking at commercials for the AP top five universities.
What we’ve been reading:
Erin Hennessy
Hi! I’m back! Did you miss me? You might not have noticed, but I spent the last two weeks on vacation with my family and boy, was it glorious! Two weeks of unstructured time to sleep and read and watch the waves. But the best part for me was significant time with my nephew. So this Frank Bruni piece that casts aside quality time in favor of time really resonated with me. Time allowed me to be there when Jack decided he was ready to take his first steps into the ocean, or when his imagination was captured by the Blue Angels flyover we happened to catch from the deck. I’m grateful for colleagues that picked up the slack while I was gone, and wish them the same kind of time on their vacations.
Ali Lincoln
Food is never far from my mind, and whenever I see “best of” lists about food, I always try to see if there are any hot spots near me or if I could perhaps take a trip to test out the dishes myself. This best mac n cheeses in America list had me drooling and planning out a driving route.
I love a good pun, and this was a really fun read in the Chronicle blog Lingua Franca for anyone who enjoys linguistic jokes!
Kristine Maloney
If you’re looking for some historical and legal context around the challenges of addressing sexual assault on campus, this New York Times Magazine article is for you. Though clearly there’s a lot of work left to do, progress has been made thanks to some very brave, intelligent and dedicated women, and of course the many others who have supported them.
Kyle Gunnels
Colbert is back! I’ve been watching the new Late Show this week and have enjoyed the guests, sketches and musical performances so far. A long time favorite of mine, it’s been great to have Colbert’s brand of humor back on air and to see it tailored for a wider audience. My favorite thing about the show, however, might just be the intro sequence (which I can’t find online)—it’s always nice to see a good aerial view of my favorite city, NYC!
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