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Week in Review: Egg Hunt Practice

This past week, my daughter participated in her first two Easter egg hunts, one that my mom’s neighborhood association hosts and one at daycare. The first one was pretty cutthroat. Lucy’s group was kids aged four and under, and those four-year-olds really wanted the candy. At daycare, Lucy put her practice to good use and totally dominated the egg hunt against kids closer in age to her. And, she even shared her winnings with the kids left in her dust—after checking to see if there was anything good inside (there wasn’t). I have a feeling that she’s going to win the official egg hunt on Sunday, especially since she’s the only contestant and the eggs are stocked with all sorts of treats she likes.

If the only hunting you’re doing is for the latest happenings in higher ed, scroll down for more.

What’s new this week:

In a piece for The Conversation, Drake University’s Eleanor Zeff shared three reasons for optimism in Somalia.

And it was raining hits for College of the Holy Cross this week!

This Forward article on how one word (Nuts!) changed the course of World War II included expertise from professor Noel Cary.

Professor Mathew Schmalz asked if temptation is such a bad thing in a piece for The Conversation.

Also in The Conversation, Professor Cynthia Hooper offered interesting insight on Russian communications strategy. The piece also ran in the Washington Post.

And finally, this Telegram & Gazette article featured Working for Worcester, which started in a Holy Cross dorm room five years ago and so far has invested $1 million dollars in the city in resources and services.

This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, don’t miss posts on starting with your website for a successful digital strategy, how media relations can support integrated marketing communications goals, and what it means to trust, but verify, marketing to teens.

What we’ve been talking about:

In the wake of several PR disasters this week, Teresa weighed in with thoughts on what is so hard about apologizing—and doing it well.

In an effort to look beyond her social media bubble and go-to news sources, Ali tested out a few different options for reading alternative viewpoints.

Hey boss, can we have the staff meeting outside? #happymonday #workfromhome #consultinglife

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What’s next on our calendars:

Teresa will serve as a panelist to discuss responsive leadership during American University’s summit for higher ed thought leaders, the NEXT University: A Summit for Innovators, on May 22.

What we’re recommending:

Teresa Valerio Parrot
I’m one beekeeping class and two weeks away from delivery of four pounds of bees. I’ve assembled my top bar hive, my suit and tools will arrive any day and I’ve been watching bee installation videos on repeat. This particular video is my favorite because the narrator is so calm as she talks through each step. Just in case you are interested in the moment that makes me the most nervous in establishing my hive, fast forward the video to the 7:30 mark. To be honest, I kind of break out in a cold sweat each time any beekeeper dumps out their bees and am hoping my fear dissipates once I have to do it myself. Wish me luck!

Ali Lincoln
I’m still plugging away with my more things homemade resolution (and for the record, the real pants outside of the house is still going strong, too). So far, it’s been pretty enjoyable with all the tasty treats that have come from it, but I have started to venture into the realm of crafts and DIY. I made a branch of paper forsythia flowers and right now I’m wrapping up some really cute lamb finger puppets. Surprisingly, I’ve been moderately successful—though I still need to take a mulligan on most of my first attempts.

Kristine Maloney
The Boston Marathon is just days away, and living in Massachusetts, there are myriad news stories about the runners, the people who have inspired them to run and the causes they’re supporting. Most are emotional—stories precipitated by a tragic event or chronic disease diagnosis that have motivated people to draw awareness to an important cause and create change. This story, about a woman running in support of her friend Vanessa Marcotte, who was killed while running alone (in the middle of the day, on a route she knew well) last summer, is one that I’ve been following for a while. Marcotte disappeared not far from my home—and I definitely changed my own running habits as a result, at least in the immediate aftermath. I remember my mother and sister texting me asking me to find someone to run with while Marcotte was missing—not to go out during lunch in my own neighborhood as I normally did. And I recalled a few other instances in which I had felt unsafe out by myself. This Globe story about the dangers of “running while female,” which includes survey results comparing the experiences and comfort level of male and female runners, was very relatable. On Monday I’ll be thinking of Marcotte and cheering her friends on, proud of them for not letting fear or grief or anger take over, and for drawing attention to important safety concerns for female runners.

Erin Hennessy
This week, Dorothy Mengering, who came to fame late in life as the mother of Late Show host David Letterman, passed away at the age of 95. Mengering raised three children, worked for her local church, and was a masterful pie-baker. Her appearances on Late Show always brought out the softer, more gentle side of her host son and the love between the two of them was evident. That love is also woven through every word of this lovely obituary, written by Mengering’s three children.

Cristal Steuer
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Eric Hoover recently wrote a very powerful and inspiring story about Kristina Anderson, who was shot during the Virginia Tech massacre 10 years ago. While she goes into detail about what that day was like, more importantly, she talks about how she has found a way to take what happened to her and help others. Originally afraid of public speaking, she founded The Koshka Foundation, a non-profit organization for safety and violence prevention. Anderson goes around the country speaking about her experiences (even injecting humor) and helping others get through similar situations. I dare you to get though the article without crying.

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