REBROADCAST: tonya oaks-smith, colleen brennan-barry & the warp core breach of lougan’s mind

tonya-colleenHighEdWeb 2016 starts this weekend!  We’ve been busy working on our poster presentation and haven’t been able to record this week or last. In the mean time, check out this awesome episode with Tonya and Colleen.

Episode 64 is so big, we brought on two guests! We talk with Tonya Oaks-Smith, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Henderson State University, and Colleen Brennan-Barry Assistant Director of Marketing & Community Relations at Monroe Community College. Colleen serves as the President of Higher Education Web Professionals Association and Tonya serves as the Chair of the HighEdWeb National Conference, and have lots to talk about when it comes to the upcoming conference! The HighEd Web gang will be heading to Memphis, TN in October, and we talk about food, fun, sessions, learning, and an exciting keynote announcement that nearly kills Lougan.


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daniel shelnutt & the snowplow parents in florida

c8olofdrIn episode 73, we chat with Daniel Shelnutt, Academic Advisor at the University of Southern Florida, College of Arts and Sciences. Even though he doesn’t live there anymore, we chat about the North Carolina area, where both Daniel and Lougan have lived at different times. Jackie was excited to watch the Buffalo Bills win the night of the recording, and Lougan scores some points by not mentioning “sportsball” at all! Daniel’s birthday is just around the corner, and he shares his plans for turning the big 3-0, and we close the show with Daniel’s explanation of the class he is teaching this semester.


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rebecca stapley & cat litter on ice

RS26In episode 72 we finally connect with Rebecca Stapley, Assistant Director of Multimedia and PR at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Both Lougan and Rebecca come from an admissions background, and we spend a lot of time chatting about everything they’ve learned from the two departments. With the semester in full swing for everyone, we talk abut how to handle all our projects, but take time for ourselves. The weather is changing, as Jackie and Rebecca start to feel the fall while it still feels like summer over in Lougan’s neck of the woods. We also share our strategies on hiring and utilizing our student workers and volunteers as best we can.

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matt brinton & teaching technology

9bHF7g8JEpisode 71 features Matt Brinton, the Associate Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Northern Colorado. We begin our discussion with a talk about Welcome Week activities at our respective institutions and the organization of our offices on campus. Matt is a Ph.D. candidate, and we discuss his new course on technology in education which has been in development since 2014. Finally, we talk about how Matt is trying new things when marketing to his alumni.

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ebru kardan & the great outdoors

Ebru KardanWe’ve made it to episode 70 with Ebru Kardan, Director of External Affairs and Communications at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We first address exactly what that means, as higher ed titles tend to include a lot of extra words in job titles. There’s some nerdiness in this podcast, in the form of Star Trek talk and Ebru’s famous beer can cat. We also talk about Untappd and call out many past guests for the beers they were drinking at the time, and Jackie explains a class she’ll be taking later this month.

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lougan, jackie & fall 2016

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It’s been a crazy week, so Jackie and Lougan decided to do a quick episode about what we’ve been up to. We’ve both received new job titles for the new academic year, and we’re both hard at work gearing up for the new semester. We also talk about our goals for the year, Jackie’s “reading” habits and Lougan’s favorite video game of all time Persona 4.

dave eng & xp, hp, and crits

Dave EngEpisode 69 is with Dave Eng, Director of Student Activities at St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Doctoral Candidate at Northeastern University. Dave is studying games, gamification, and game-based learning, which fuels most of the conversation. Dave talks about gamification in our lives, such as earning steps and beating your friends with FitBits, getting candy with Waze, and of course Pokemon GO. During the time of recording, Dave was preparing to head to a gamification conference, which leads to a nerdy discussion teaching Jackie everything she needs to know.

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jackie, pinterest & higher ed live

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 9.54.34 PMThis week, Jackie had the chance to be a guest on Marketing Live, part of the Higher Ed Live network. She chatted live with Amy Jorgensen about Pinterest and what colleges can do with the platform. She’ll be presenting the same topic in Memphis at the Higher Ed Web conference, and Lougan and Jackie will be tag teaming on a poster there about this very podcast!

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jessica philo & the seven-eleven slurpees

gocISlwpEpisode 68 is with Jessica Philo, who recently started working as a Student Services Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. Jessica shares with us how she got into higher education (she was an advertising major in undergrad) and we chat about what life is like in a big city compared to a smaller town. Jessica explains why everyone should hug the folks on campus who schedule classes, as she gives us a behind the scenes look at the process. We also talk about Jessica’s blog, J Seeks Joy, and where she comes up with content inspiration.


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REBROADCAST: missy vetrano & the estate sale

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQMAAAAJGFmOTdjM2UxLWZlNjktNGM2My1hZTg5LTZiNGQ3NTgyZTkwZgWe couldn’t tell you at the time, but now it’s official. Missy has begun working as Recruitment Coordinator at the Syracuse University College of Law. As a well-deserved congratulations, we’re rebroadcasting this episode, before she moved to the big Orange.

Episode 59 congratulates Missy Vetrano, current graduate student at the University of Buffalo who successfully unlocked her next achievement; getting a job in higher education. Although we can’t yet disclose exactly where she’ll be working, Missy talks about her path to higher ed beginning with her undergraduate studies, and her final semester feelings. Missy is moving for her first job, and she tells us the secret to negotiation at estate sales. if you haven’t already guessed, she’s Jackie’s sister, and reveals something pretty embarrassing about Jackie’s past.

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