eric stoller & the lunch episode

Photo of Eric StollerEric Stoller is the vice president of digital strategy at GeckoEngage. You may know him from his articles on Inside Higher Ed, his speaking engagements and his consulting work around digital engagement. He’s always loved doing marketing and public relations, but never wanted to work for an agency. Eric’s experiences in student development services at University of Illinois Chicago and enrollment management at Oregon State University really cemented interest in the intersection of technology and student success. He’s had an incredible and unique journey through the world of higher education. 

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chris d’orso & the long story

This week, we welcome back the amazing Chris D’Orso. Since he was on the show back in 2015, Chris has move to SUNY College at Brockport where he is now the associate director of undergraduate admissions. The move for him was a positive change, as it’s allowed him to reconnect with his passion of working in undergraduate admission. You’ll also find out about something really big that’s been happening in Lougan’s life and why the podcast has been a little inconsistent lately. A HUGE thanks to Chris and Jon for being so supportive.

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steve ostendorff & the temporary spartan race route

Steve Ostendorff is the director of graduate admissions at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in Manhattan. We talk about commuting to work, and what Steve does to pass the time on his two-hour train ride. Part of his daily routine includes taking a nap, but more importantly doing his homework – because he’s also a part-time doctoral student. Steve tells Lougan and Jackie about his department’s efforts to roll out an online course.

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carbs & content with jacqueline rowe


Jacqueline Rowe is the senior enrollment communications coordinator for undergraduate admissions at Stony Brook University, where she focuses on event management and website coordination plus social media for the university. We learn all about “Jackie Idea Bombs” and talk about carbs. Lots of carbs. Lougan goes hard on science again, and we answer the question, “is butter a carb?”

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noel peloquin & the power of alexa

Noel Peloquin grew up Starkville, Mississippi. Prior to moving to Boston, she worked in healthcare. She now works as the marketing and communications coordinator for enrollment management UMass Boston, where she creates communications for first-generation college students. They discuss how admissions communications help students make one of the biggest decisions of their lives. We also talk about how many things Alexa cannot do. 

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derryce howzell & parents want their children to be better

Derryce Howzell is a professor of communications at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, Nevada College, and the Nevada Career Institute. Working in college admissions after receiving her bachelor’s degree is why Derryce fell in love with an academic environment. She was inspired to teach after she took an undergraduate class called Intercultural Communications. They talk about the struggles of not being on campus when you receive an online.

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