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Week in Review: Say Cheese!

After an initial dairy issue caused by a milk protein intolerance, my girl is growing to be quite a lover a cheese (not surprising, given the cheese intake of my household). Her favorites include extra sharp cheddar, ricotta, and goat cheese (she ate garlic and dill goat cheese last week and she’s definitely a fan). This week, she even tried some Brie—it wasn’t her favorite, but she still went back for more. Not bad for a 16-month old.

If the only cheesy thing you’re interested in is the cheesy segue to the latest higher ed news, scroll on down for more!

What’s new this week:

Cynthia Hooper, professor at College of the Holy Cross, explained why Trump’s definition of democracy is dangerous in a piece for Fortune.

NASPA President Kevin Kruger shared his thoughts on the 2017 Inside Higher Ed survey of college and university presidents. He points to a disconnect between student affairs realities and presidential perceptions, but also offers key takeaways for presidents.

This week on Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog, don’t miss posts on social listening and measuring the ROI of website redesign.

What we’ve been talking about:

Erin’s on a tropical vacation this week, and the rest of us were jealous. So we decided to think back to our favorite spring break vacations in college.


Once again, Kristine and Teresa have confirmed Chocolate Cafe really does sell the world’s best hot cocoa. And they missed not having @kylegunnels with them to take the picture.

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What’s next on our calendars:

On March 30, Erin will be presenting with Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fain on crisis communications at CASE’s 25th Annual Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations.

On April 4, Teresa will be presenting at the CASE Institute for Senior Marketing and Communications Professionals.

Teresa is a member of the planning committee for PRSA’s Counselors to Higher Education Senior Summit, which will be held in Washington, DC, April 5-7. At the Summit, Erin will participate in a panel discussion on the importance of a smooth presidential transition.

What we’re recommending:

Teresa Valerio Parrot
This week I had the pleasure of spending time with Senior Correspondent/Producer Emily Hanford, and during a conversation of current events in higher education she reference a documentary APM produced a year-and-a-half ago on the history of HBCUs. As luck would have it, I had a plane ride and wifi right after the conversation. If you aren’t aware of the history of HBCUs and their future direction or even if you are aware of them, this piece is well worth a listen.

Ali Lincoln
As a Massachusetts native, I’m predisposed to be a lover of Fluffernutters. And for those of you who aren’t familiar with the official state sandwich, that’s a peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff delicacy. And I still always have a jar of Fluff on hand to satisfy the occasional craving for one. So naturally, I couldn’t resist this fun Boston Globe article on the history of Fluff and why Massachusetts was the only place that it could have been created. I know what I’m having for lunch today!

Erin Hennessy
This week, I’m off on my annual spring vacation, a trip I take annually with a dear friend from college who, like me, looks forward to a week at a resort with no schedule, no obligations, and no desire to leave the property. What we do is read, for multiple hours every day. For a six-day trip, I’ve packed seven books (five on the Kindle, two in hard copy) and about 10 magazines. In case you’re seeking books for your own spring getaway, here’s the list of what I’ve been enjoying this week:

Dancer, Colum McCann

Moonglow, Michael Chabon

The Nix, Nathan Hill

Listen to Me, Hannah Pittard

The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Blood of Emmett Till, Timothy B. Tyson

A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline

Cristal Steuer
With the season of Lent upon us, I enjoyed this first-person essay by ESPN television host Tony Reali, who has worn ashes on his head for Ash Wednesday for the last 16 years on national television. Born and raised Catholic (there is even a picture of him at his First Communion in the article), he explores why he is giving up silence for Lent in an effort to ask important questions about all religious backgrounds. He writes, “What if we saw people as the human beings they are, not the scarf on their head, country on the passport, or ash on their face? These are the questions I find I’m asking myself. Questions that should not be silenced.”

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