REBROADCAST: tom diroma & the weather of things

10420775_10100792030222165_6504419618719989334_nIt’s new student orientation season, so we’re taking a break and rebroadcasting Episode 27 with Tom DiRoma. Back in 2015, Tom had just begun his new job as Assistant Director of Student Involvement at Lynchburg College. Tom attended SUNY Oswego during his undergraduate years, which naturally inspires a conversation about snow, cold, and even science, as Jackie continues to brave harsh winters while Tom and Lougan have other weather patterns to endure. Tom explains how exactly he landed at Lynchburg College by loosening his search requirements. We talk about orientation and Lynchburg’s unique “Hornet Days,” introducing new students to campus. We also talk about time management, something that is important not only for our students.

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larry falck & the throwbacks

We kick off episode 87 by chatting boy bands with Larry Falck, coordinator of digital media at Francis Marion University. Larry’s big summer project is switching the FMU website to a new CMS (content management system), which is no small task. Aside from web-talk, we discuss the recent commencement ceremonies, and how each of them are covered on social media and live streaming.

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ryan morejon & the original instagram

If you’ve listened to Episode 1 of Higher Ed Social, you may know Ryan Morejon. Why? He was hired as social media specialist soon after the position was discussed on that episode. He has been at the University of Florida for two years, and we chat about his position and how he got there. We also talk about managing students, fostering creativity, and of course, commencement.

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kara sassone & the karaoke plane

Episode 85 welcomes Kara Sassone, web producer and social media specialist at the Northeastern University College of Science. Kara tells us about how she got into higher ed, and how she landed in Boston. We chat about Boston things like baked beans, the Freedom Trail, and public transport. Kara and her team will be working on a website redesign this summer, and Lougan shares some words of wisdom from his experience.

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corey patterson & the hidden immunity idol

Jackie and Corey Patterson, director of graduate operations at Abliene Christian University, spend most of episode 84 spoiling episodes of Survivor. They discuss the current season and who they see going all the way to the end. Corey spent some time working in Nashville before settling at ACU, and he and Lougan share memories of their old stomping grounds.

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wayne glass & the pet dinosaur

Episode 83 is with Wayne Glass, a Residence Hall Director at Macalester College. Although he’s now settled in Minnesota, Wanye has lived and traveled in many places across the country, and we chat about adventures in the US. Before the show was recorded, Wayne was preparing to present at the ACPA conference in Columbus, OH. We talk about his presentation, being on a committee, and even about next year’s conference!

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meaghan milliorn fikes & getting internet famous

Episode 82 welcomes Meaghan Milliorn Fikes, who sometimes goes by Meaghan Milliorn, the Online Marketing Manager at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Meaghan is an alumna of UALR, earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degree at the institution. We chat about the ups and downs of working in communications at an
institution, but agree that it’s a great department to work in. With March Madness underway, Lougan and Meaghan both compare NCAA stories, and Meaghan reflects on UALR’s visit to the big dance last year.

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geralyn williams & cowboy bebop

We chat with Geralyn Williams in episode 81, a graduate student at the University of San Diego. She works in community engagement and social justice at the university’s Mulvaney Center. We chat about her plans post-graduation, and the challenges she faced moving across the country for school. Geralyn will be presenting at ACPA about balancing responsibilities and burnout on the job, and gives us a sneak peek into her presentation!

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bruce floyd & the standing desk

Episode 80 welcomes Bruce Floyd, Social Media Manager for the Florida Gators. He takes us behind the scenes of his social media strategy for the 21-team large franchise, and explains how he coordinates each individual team’s accounts. We discuss how messaging on Twitter has changed in athletics, and how Bruce manages it all. He also shares his recent Signing Day experience, introducing us to the most important part – the fax machine, who became famous and was featured in publications including Rolling Stone.

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ashley budd & the digital ecosystem

Ashley Budd is the Director of Digital Marketing in Cornell University’s Advancement Division, but works remotely from her home in upstate New York. We chat about the positives and negatives about working remotely, Slack and all. Ashley and her team are closing a large website redesign, and she discusses their approach to a smarter and more personal experience for Cornell alumni.

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