nicole lentine & the vhs tape

1115973_740109098960_697067394744921213_oEpisode ten brings some more severe wind chill with Nicole Lentine, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Champlain College. Nicole has been at Champlain for a long time, and it all started with a VHS tape; the one she received as marketing material from the college. She applied there, and only there, and has worked there ever since! We chat about the changing landscape of admissions and student applications, breaking down silos, and the shackles we wear each day; our Fitbits.

Links to cool stuff:
Do you own your Fitbit? Or does your Fitbit own you? Read more

Be friends with us on FitBit, and challenge us!
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Jackie: Follow her
Lougan: Follow him

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mark anbinder & higher ed eats

1509878_10101555167857945_3584318490634828402_nEpisode nine may leave you hungry, very very hungry. We chat with Mark Anbinder, Web Communications Manager at Cornell University and food enthusiast, among other things. Mark introduces us to his two adorable pitbulls and chats with us about Cornell hockey, which are two of his other passions. In the higher ed realm, we discuss the difference between a good app and a good mobile site, and how to figure out what the best decision is. Most of all, we talk about food; all types of it. Come hungry!

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Mark’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe:
1/2 a beer
some molasses
some worcestershire sauce
splash of cider vinegar
Optional: add an orange rind or apple slices for fruitiness, or hot sauce for a kick!

Mark’s Slow Cooker Chili recipe:
Ground Beef
Pork loin, London Broil or some other cut of meat
Diced Onion
Diced Red or Orange Pepper
Minced habanero or similar hot pepper of your preference
Can of Diced Tomatoes
Can of Tomato Paste
Canola Oil
Half a Beer
Quarter cup of cocoa powder
Chili Powder
Cumin
Black Pepper

Sweat a diced onion, a diced red or orange pepper and a minced habanero or similar hot pepper of your preference in a little canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and half-inch to 3/4-inch chunks of pork loin, london broil, or other cut of meat that works well low-and-slow. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all the meat is browned.

Drain any excess fat, and transfer to a Crock-Pot. Add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of whole tomatoes drained, a can of tomato paste, and a half a beer, plus chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder and black pepper to taste. Cook on low all day.Top with sour cream and shredded cheddar, and serve with fresh corn bread.

Mark’s Cornbread recipe:
1-1/2 cups of pancake mix such as Bisquick
1/2 cup of corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup milk
2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with a cast iron skillet inside.
In a mixing bowl, mix all of the ingredients by hand, starting with the dry ones. It’ll all dissolve easily, and mix into a smooth batter with just a spoon.

Caution! Cast iron sitting in oven gets hot! Remove skillet with a potholder, place it on a trivet or stove burner, and lightly grease it with a little butter or a natural butter or oil spray. Spoon the batter into the skillet all at once; it will start to cook pretty much as soon as it hits the hot cast iron. This is the point; it makes a nice crust. (Don’t have cast iron? Get some. It’s cheap. Meantime, use a glass baking dish instead.)

Caution! Cast iron is still hot! Place the skillet back in the oven with a potholder, and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Lick spoon. (If you trust your eggs’ freshness. I do.)

Caution! Cast iron is very hot! Remove the skillet with a potholder and test that the cornbread is done by sticking a thin knife or a toothpick in, and seeing if it comes out clean. If so, it’s done. Allow to cool. The cast iron will stay hot for quite a while. Really. Don’t touch it. (No, I didn’t! Just making sure you don’t.)

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matt herzberger & the pineapple express

1795717_10104508883977244_59625564_nEpisode eight is in NO way sponsored by anything in, around, or related to Portland, Oregon. We promise. Lougan loves it, and Matt is visiting, so we talk about it. Matt Herzberger is heading to Portland for some fun, but will also be going on a campus visit as the founder of Aligned Path, a digital marketing consulting organization. Aside from food in Portland, we chat about Matt’s decision to start his own business, what it’s like to be a vendor who does no evil, and of course…snow. We also left you a special gift in this episode. See if you can find it.

Links to cool stuff: 
Aligned Path: click here
Web Leaders EDU: click here
Lougan’s favorite Portland Coffee Place: click here
Lougan’s favorite Portland Ramen Shop: click here
Jackie’s shattered bumper: click here
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chris d’orso & the unexpected google search

hqdefaultEpisode seven features the closest thing we could get to a celebrity, Chris D’Orso, Assistant Director of Enrollment Communications at Stony Brook University. Aside from being “the Twitter guy” on campus, Chris co-hosts Admissions Live, part of the newly rebranded Higher Ed Live Network. We chat with Chris about breakfast foods, but more interestingly about social media on campus and how to balance the love for the place you work with the love you have for your alma mater. We also do a little digging and find something out about Chris that may be a little less known.

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donna talarico & the seahorse

donnaTalarico-BeermanOMC-StaffEpisode six invites Donna Talarico, Director of Integrated Communications at Elizabethtown College, to talk about her work outside of Higher Education. Donna dreamed and founded Hippocampus Magazine, an online non-fiction magazine with content contributed by writers on a monthly basis, with its first issue going live in May 2011. Since then, Donna has worked to not only grow Hippocampus Magazine, but work to create its first-ever conference, HippoCamp. Naturally, Donna is busy; something we can all relate to. We chat with Donna about her adventure outside of Higher Education, as well as tactics to stay focused and organized when juggling multiple projects.

Here’s Hippocampus Magazine: click here
Want to help support HippoCamp? Check out Donna’s IndieGoGo Campaign: click here 
Oh, and if you’re interested in learning about seahorses, here’s a video:  click here
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kristin burns & admissions forever

10961777_10103343578009693_360882522_nEpisode five welcomes Kristin Burns, Marketing Writer at University of California Davis. Even though none of us work in Admissions, we spend a lot of time chatting about the department, thanks to Lougan and Kristin walking down memory lane. We highlight the pros and cons of “class of” groups, while realizing that the incoming class was born right around the same time Happy Gilmore was released. We also talk about the value of the fresh-outta-college opinion Jackie and other current students offer to the workplace, the power of hashtags for incoming students, and studying abroad.

Check out One UC Davis: http://ucdavis.edu/one/

 

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kristen mruk & changing community colleges

10965440_10102238877268958_2055218338_nEpisode four is all about community colleges, Kristen Mruk’s speciality. Now serving as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Genesee Community College, Kristen gives us a little insight about what it’s like to work at a two-year institution, and plan winter orientation for a wide range of students and their guests. We also discuss President Obama’s recent announcement of his proposal to make the first two years of community college free for all students, and investigate what that could mean for higher education.

Click here for info on Tennessee Promise

Check out some articles related to President Obama’s Community College Plan
The Atlantic
NPR
CBS News
The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

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michael venturiello & figuring out the future

10979489_10152645970782555_378499696_nEpisode three is all about growing up and figuring out the future. Michael Venturiello graduated from college and immediately entered the working world as an RD, but a year later switched gears, and cities. He now resides in Buffalo, New York and is slowly figuring out where exactly he wants to be. We talk about silos in higher ed, networking as a young professional, and Mike’s plans to travel abroad. We should warn you at home who are a bit squeamish that we talk about some bodily fluids, too.

 

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the dave tyler holiday special

10983064_10153667212679068_937848143_oEpisode two marks the last podcast of 2014, and we’re saying hello to the new year with Dave Tyler, Digital and Social Specialist at the College at Brockport State University of New York.  ‘Tis the season to talk about holiday cards, as well as the fine line non-religious institutions walk this time of the year.  All of us take a moment to make some resolutions for 2015, too, both personally and professionally. We also talk about the SUNY Mascot Madness campaign and the SUNY (State University of New York) system.

Here’s a link to Jackie’s article about cow poop on LINK, the online journal for Higher Education Web Professionals:
click here
Interested in watching the video of Ellsworth right before the big matchup last March? Click here
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todd sanders & the attack of the cats

10550982_10100171668703187_6864901657786308460_nEpisode one features Todd Sanders, Director of Social Media at the University of Florida, and he’s a big Green Bay fan. Aside from Todd nearly spoiling the end of Jackie’s favorite reality shows, we talk about what it’s like to work on a decentralized campus, and Todd’s transition to a new role at a new institution. Other topics include Lougan’s cats, Belmont Street, college sports, and more about Lougan’s cats.

Check out Maru the Cat: click here

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