coby dillard & the student veterans

Coby Dillard is the coordinator for veterans and military services at the University of California Santa Barbara. Coby began his career in the Navy as a yeoman, and after leaving the Navy, he decided to take advantage of his post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits at Tidewater Community College. There he began his career in higher ed as a work study student. Coby transitioned to UCSB last year, and has been working to rebuild their programs for student veterans. We had a great discussion about what makes student veterans special, and how he works to support their needs.

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steve gavazzi & the story behind land-grant universities

Steve Gavazzi is a professor of human development & family science at The Ohio State University. While Steve is a marriage and family research scientist by training, he’s also been interested in the mission of land-grant institutions. That interest led him to co-write the book Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good with E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University. We chatted with Steve about the history of these institutions and their future. We also discuss college rankings and their historic impact on institutions of higher learning.

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ted fox & the free meal

Ted Fox works at his alma mater, the University Notre Dame, as executive administrator of the Office of the Provost. Before his return to Notre Dame, he worked a ESPN as a production assistant. The group talks about the intersection of podcasting and higher ed, including With a Side of Knowledge, a podcast from Notre Dame that Ted hosts…over brunch.

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jackie milhans & chicago seafood

It was guaranteed that Jackie and Lougan wouldn’t forget this week’s guest, Jackie Milhans! She works as the manager of research computing team at Northwestern University, and Jackie V. nerds out hard with her about data. She tells Jackie and Lougan all about data simulation, storage, analysis, plus all the departments her team supports.

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jonathan hardy & not skype for business

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Jonathan Hardy is the IT Director for Systems Engineering and Telephone Services at the University of Georgia, where he leads teams on storage, virtualization, database, Office 365, and campus security.  Each day he works with something different behind the scenes. He started his career working in desktop support as a student, then he advanced into his full-time position. His father’s experience in electronics in the Navy inspired Jonathan to get into IT after always being around circuit boards.

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natalie williams & the many bird mascots of the OVC

For our final episode of the 2018 season, we chatted with Natalie Williams from Iowa State University. As the academic coordinator for men’s basketball and women’s softball, she monitors and supports student-athletes academically to ensure compliance with NCAA academic eligibility rules and to make sure they maintain their athletic scholarships. In college, she played volleyball so she believes her experience as a student-athlete can help her advisees. She loves how her job deals with both the athletic and academic side. We have a great discussion about the challenges of her job and her plans for the holiday season.

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