I’ve been learning from her since the moment I met her—but now Erin Hennessy’s role as a teacher is official. Beginning in the spring semester, Erin will be teaching in the department of public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies. Congratulations Professor Hennessy! Your students will be lucky to have you.
Kudos are also in order this week for Grinnell College, which was ranked ninth in the country among liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger’s Best Value Colleges issue. The institution was also featured prominently in a feature story comparing the benefits of large and small campuses.
Drake University’s Renee Cramer also made a splash this week with her piece on supermodel Chrissy Teigen’s “no hot nannies” comment and why it matters in The Conversation.
Here’s hoping all the nannies—and all of you—have this weekend off to enjoy holiday parties!
What’s new this week:
The Farmer School of Business and Drake University were both featured in this InformationWeek story about universities expanding their curriculums to meet employers’ data analytics needs.
Taylor Reveley IV, president of Longwood University, wrote about the collaborative effort to bring the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate to campus for the Association of Governing Board’s newsletter.
On the Inside Higher Ed Call to Action blog this week, Deborah Bosley advocated for simpler written communication among international audiences and Deborah Maue wrote about the differences between brand and reputation.
What we’ve been talking about:
On our blog, Erin Hennessy wrote about her love of Chipotle and offered thoughts on how the company has responded to recent health-related crises.
What we’ve been reading:
Bobby Mathews
With the decision to cut at least three major Alabama newspapers to three-times-weekly rather than daily, real, in-depth journalism is hard to come by in my home state. But it’s still there—you just have to know where to look. The fine folks at Weld, an alt-weekly newspaper started by, I believe, some former Post-Herald staffers and disgruntled Birmingham News ex-employees does a great job of showcasing what’s really going on in the Magic City. Weld is required reading for concerned/interested citizens, and a reminder of what good journalism can be.
Teresa Valerio Parrot
The horror of the Umpqua Community College shooting is still fresh in my mind and I still think about the victims who were just trying to get an education. For that reason, Robin Wilson’s piece in The Chronicle, which described how the campus is struggling to—and succeeding in—closing out the semester, caught my attention. Her words and their experiences are moving and reminded me that some in higher education are only asking for peace (internal and in our communities) this holiday season.
Kyle Gunnels
My “what I’m reading” this week is a bit different…instead I’m listing what I look forward to reading. With the holidays upon us, I plan to use plane travel and down time to read the two new books I just ordered. First up, The Man in the High Castle. After watching the first few episodes of Amazon’s show adaptation (great, btw), I decided to read the original book before getting too involved in the show—a dystopian U.S. future wherein Hitler and his allies won WW2. What’s not to love? Next up, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War. As outlined online, this book seems fascinating: “Los Angeles Times correspondent Megan Stack covered the war in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, then bounced around to other hot-spot postings, including Israel during the second Intifada, occupied Baghdad, and southern Lebanon during the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.” 
Kristine Maloney
This NPR piece is a great reminder of what’s most important during the holiday season. So many of us are feeling the pressure in these last few days of the year, but new research out of the Yale School of Medicine says taking the extra minute (that you don’t feel like you can possibly spare) to help someone in need through a gesture as simple as holding the door, can help alleviate stress for everyone involved. And the reality is, most of the time our busy lives can wait a few seconds. We just need to take a step back and remember that sometimes.
Erin Hennessy
There are just 13 days left in 2015, and while I’ve still got a lot to get done this year, I’m slowly shifting my focus to 2016. This Nieman Lab list of predictions for journalism in the new year is at the top of my list to read this week and to share with my Georgetown students next semester.
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