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Week in Review: Soup’s On!

I don’t know about you, but I need a break from the Kardashian baby boom and our president’s ongoing feud with the NFL and professional athletes. This weekend looks promisingly autumnal in Virginia and I’m unplugging and taking full (or should I say, fall) advantage. All of my food magazines have been piling up with cozy fall favorites and slow cooker classics, and I’m finally diving in. I’m going pumpkin picking, putting on some soup to simmer, and maybe even breaking out a sweater or a scarf.

If the only thing you’re looking for me to break out is latest in higher ed news, scroll down for more.

What’s new this week:

Bon Appetit highlighted the healthiest college dining halls, and the College of the Holy Cross made the list—congratulations!

Professor Joanne Pierce of Holy Cross explains why Pope Francis is reviving a tradition of local variations in Catholic services in a piece for The Conversation.

What we’ve been talking about:

The TVP Comms team traveled a lot this week!

We don’t commute often, but when we do, sometimes we get to go places like this.

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Everything is bigger in Texas, including Teresa’s appreciation for being able to spend a day with communications and development colleagues across the UT System. A post shared by TVP Communications (@tvpcomms) on

Sometimes you don’t remember to take the picture until it’s time to come home. Bye, Ohio!

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Busy day for the @tvpcomms team– while @erinhenn and @maloney1118 traveled from the Midwest, @teresavalerioparrot spent a New York minute on the East Coast. A post shared by TVP Communications (@tvpcomms) on


What’s next on our calendars:

Erin will present a session on social media to participants in the NACUBO Fellows Program in Washington, DC, on October 12.

On October 12, Erin and Sandy Baum, fellow at the Urban Institute and trustee of Bryn Mawr College, will participate in an AGB Guardians Initiative webinar, “Let’s Talk About Value: How to Become an Advocate for Higher Ed.

Teresa will lead 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.

On Feb. 9, 2018, Erin will present “Finding—and Using—Your Voice: A Communications Toolkit for Advocates,” part of Mount Holyoke College’s Advocacy in the Public Domain event series.

What we’re recommending:

Teresa Valerio Parrot
I’ll admit it—I get choked up with pride as my daughter hits milestones and for that reason, this video made my day. The Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie kicker won Sunday’s game with a 61-yard field goal, but it was his father’s reaction and tears that tugged at my heart. Congrats to Jake Elliott AND his parents.

Ali Lincoln
It’s been a rough hurricane season, with three major storms hitting the U.S., but it’s also been rough to see the disparity in response to the aftermath of the storms. While there seemed to be a huge outpouring of support for Texas after Harvey and Florida after Irma, Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the response is…lacking, at best. This article from Vox provides some context and information about storm damage, and it kicks off with the important reminder that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.

And, recently, when I heard that my beloved 30 Rock was leaving Netflix, I was all blerg. I remember watching it on DVDs from Netflix, and then binging before they had the “Are You Still Watching?” judgment that prevented you from watching more than four episodes in a row. So I crammed in the whole series again, only to discover that the series is moving to Hulu. I have no regrets about curling up in my Slanket with my night cheese and shirking all of my responsibilities. In fact, I may do it again to celebrate the fact that I don’t have to break out the DVDs (I only have up to season three anyway).

Cristal Steuer
We all made it through another crazy week! A highlight of most of my weekends is Saturday Night Live. It’s returning for a 43rd season tomorrow, hosted by one of my favorites, Ryan Gosling, and will also feature three new cast members.

In honor of the funny leading ladies, take a quick break today and fill out this BuzzFeed quiz to find out which returning female cast member you are. While I’m definitely not as funny, I got Leslie Jones. And, that’s my Week Day Update. (Cue the music.) See, I told you.

Erin Hennessy
Today is National Coffee Day, and to help you plan your celebrations, Buzzfeed has compiled this handy list of all the places offering free coffee today. And because it finally feels like fall here in the mid Atlantic, I’m sharing my all-time favorite Cincinnati chili recipe, which will be simmering away on my stove this weekend.

Kristine Maloney
September is one of the busiest times of year for many people. A new school year often means new and busier routines than we enjoyed during the summer and things can feel downright out of control some weeks. I am counting down the days until October (which is when I have convinced myself things will start to even out and feel more manageable). Until then, this New York Times feature on being better at stress has some great reminders. Exercising outside has long been a stress reliever for me and I try to do it as often as I can, even in winter. But I could definitely take advantage of some of these others tips—and hopefully some of you can too.

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