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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sandra files & the punch line

We’ve kicked off the new year with Sandra Files, Digital Support Specialist at The Johns Hopkins University. The university is closing in on reaching its $5 billion campaign goal, and Sandra chats about what it’s like to fundraise for such a large amount of money for positive change. Sandra works specifically on leveraging separate social media presences to tell effective stories, and collaborates with her team to tell those stories through text, video, photography, and more.

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two years of higher ed social

Happy New Year! This week, Lougan and Jackie discuss our favorite episodes of 2016 and announce their plans for year 3 of the podcast.

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alex williams & the disappearing silos

ForAlex Williams with reindeer antlers episode 77 we welcome Alex Williams, Senior Program Manager at Technolutions, better recognized as Slate. We chat about the New England states, with the snow on its way. Even though Alex doesn’t work on a campus, he jokes that he’s surrounded by higher education, living a stone’s throw from Yale in New Haven, CT. His passion for enrollment management stems from his involvement in admissions in undergrad, and even though he was working in an unrelated field, he worked to found #EMChat on Twitter – a dedicated chat to breaking down silos in higher education in regards to enrollment management. Alex gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to maintain this weekly chat.

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REBROADCAST: cassie allen & the free roaming rabbit

It’s been a busy end of the semester!  We’re working on some new episodes that are coming soon, but in the mean time enjoy this great episode with Cassie Allen!  We talked about all sorts of awesome stuff.

Cassie AllenEpisode 62 is filled with Geneseo and Albany pride, thanks to Cassie Allen, Assistant Director for Phoneathon and Young Alumni Giving at Siena College. Jackie and Cassie are both Geneseo alumnae living in Albany, so we chat a lot about both topics. Now that phoneathon is over, Cassie is back to a normal work schedule, and talks about what she’s been up to with her new-found free time. We talk about podcasts aside from our own, as well as Cassie’s rabbit, George. Jackie and Cassie also compare stories about times they’ve been mistaken for students on campus, something that makes Lougan feel old.

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michelle tarby & the signs of weakness

Michelle speaks in front of an iMac.Episode 76 is with Michelle Tarby, director of interactive content strategy at LeMoyne College. Michelle was chatting with us from a snowy Syracuse NY, stuck inside on her first snow day that she can remember. We talk about school closings and how to deal with it, and Lougan shares some science with us. We also talk about the Higher Ed Social Media conference that Michelle presented at, all about giving days on campus.

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wesley hough & six degrees of kevin bacon

Wesley HoughEpisode 75 is an exciting chat with Wesley Hough (like tough!), 5th year graduate student in the PhD of Mathematics program at the University of Kentucky. Wesley also works as a Teaching Assistant, teaching Calculus II for Life Sciences. We chat about the structure of his department considering he teaches science students but is studying for a degree in math. He is working on his dissertation and explains it well enough for Jackie and Lougan to understand. We also talk about job searches – Wesley is planning to apply to close to 85 jobs across the US – and a very interesting number.

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