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Week in Review: Sitting Around the Campfire

My husband and I both used to camp a lot growing up, and we decided to try it out with our daughter this summer. Apparently, a lot of people think it’s a terrible idea, because in searching online for tips on camping with toddlers, most posts said something to the effect of “Why would you do that to yourself?” But, internet be damned, we’re doing it—just a short trip to a lakeside campground within 2.5 hours from home. And yes, it has required about a month of advanced planning and it probably won’t be super relaxing, but we’re all very excited about it—Lucy even got her very own tiny sleeping bag and camp chair that are so adorable I can’t stand it. We hope to get more adventurous with our camping trips and introduce her to national parks across the country as she gets older. Plus, I can’t wait to see how quickly she takes down her first s’more.

If you can’t wait to take down the latest in higher ed news from this week, keep reading for more.

What’s new this week:

College of the Holy Cross Professor Mathew Schmalz examined who becomes a saint in the Catholic Church in The Conversation.

What we’ve been talking about:

Cristal shared her favorite lines from Robert Fulghum’s famous poem “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” as they relate to PR.

Ali and Erin are hitting the books in the fall semester with a free online course on living writers offered through Colgate University.


The TVP Comms team works really hard throughout the year, which means we try to make time to play in the clouds. Be sure to enjoy your summer, too!

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What’s next on our calendars:

Teresa will present a preconference media training at the CASE Annual Conference for Media Relations Professionals on Monday, September 18 in Philadelphia, PA.

Teresa will be co-leading the “Developing Presidential Voice: Toolkit for Marketing and Communications” webinar for Academic Impressions on September 22.

Teresa will be leading a crisis communications session and case study review for the Dean’s Section of the American Association of Law Schools in San Diego, CA on January 6, 2018.

What we’re recommending:

Ali Lincoln
I’ve been thinking about this Buzzfeed story and missing white girl syndrome all week. I read about Shy Shy, a girl who has been missing for 19 years, and I admit, I had never heard of her before this article. It was a tough thing to read as a mom—I can’t imagine the heartbreak Shy Shy’s mom and family must still be going through, not knowing what happened to her and still hoping for a happy ending. And the details weren’t just heartbreaking; they were infuriating. I can’t understand why someone would not take a phone call about a missing child seriously, and to think that race and socioeconomic status can factor into whether or not they’re recovered is sickening. I hope at some point, Shy Shy’s family can find some form of closure and peace with her disappearance.

Erin Hennessy
I’m just two weeks from my long-awaited vacation, which means I’m piling up books and making tough decisions about which ones make the cut for the trip. Of course, I’m making that task tougher by continuing to order books and place books on hold at my local library. One recent addition to my pile is What Made Maddy Run, by Kate Fagan. Fagan wrote about Maddy Halloran, a scholarship athlete on the University of Pennsylvania track team, for ESPNW two years ago, after Halloran took her own life. Her book expands on her original piece to examine why Halloran struggled as she did and what kind of pressure student athletes are managing on our campuses every day. While this certainly isn’t the typical light and fluffy beach read, I’m hoping What Made Maddy Run sheds some light on how we can better help students manage their mental health challenges.

Kristine Maloney
Even though my last name is Irish, I’m not an avid reader of the “Irish sports page.” (I have enough family members to fill me on what they read there.) However, every once in a while I find myself fascinated by an obituary. This week, I was first made aware of the death of Judith Jones, an editor who touched an amazing array of pretty culturally significant works, on WNYC’s The Takeaway. I was driving at the time I heard the highlights of her literary career, but the first thing I did when I got to my computer was a search for her name. Jones died at the age of 93 after discovering Julia Child, rescuing the Diary of Anne Frank (from a pile of rejections!) and editing John Updike, among many other very impressive accomplishments.

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