peyton lipscomb, a camel, a mariachi band, a three legged gator & a cat colony

Peyton Lipscomb is the retention initiatives coordinator at University of West Florida. Her undergraduate advisor in economics suggested her pursue a career a higher education since she loved serving the campus of Mississippi State. She oversees an initiative called Anchor Down for freshmen. Their events are focused around a theme and it issues stickers to professors and students with questions to ignite conversation.

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dee goines & the student affairs wrestling kliq

Dee GoinesDee Goines is Director of Residence Life, Housing and Conference Services at The University of North Texas at Dallas. During the show, Dee introduces Lougan and Jackie to the Student Affairs Kliq, a Facebook group for fans of WWE in Student Affairs. UNT Dallas has recently completed it’s first residence hall, so Residence Life is a relatively new department. As such, Resident Assistants are a new concept to the institution. Dee talks about his process for hiring new RAs and about the structure of his new department.

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brenda ice & the award for the most tired

Can you believe it?  We’ve made it to episode 100! Our guest this week is Brenda Ice, the director of campus life at Scripps College in Claremont, California. The West Coast transplant oversees resident life, the office of student engagement, orientation, and leadership. Right now, Brenda is overseeing the overhaul of orientation. Brenda also implemented a program called Tu Well Be Well to benefit the mental health of resident advisors.

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hope cooper buckner & the monograms

Photo: Belmont Photographer

This week we talk to Hope Cooper Buckner, the assistant director of communications at Belmont University.  Aside from dealing with Lougan on a regular basis, Hope is an integral part of Belmont’s Office of Communications that produces content and works with internal and external stakeholders to help manage the institutional brand. In May, Hope graduated with an M.Ed. in  nonprofit leadership and as her thesis studied the value of collegiate level mentorship experiences for women. That research inspired her to launch a new nonprofit called MentorHER which will provide psychosocial mentoring opportunities for women on college campuses.

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ben osborne & OUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL EPISODE!

ben osborneGrab your passports! For the first time we’ve chatted with someone outside the United States! We didn’t pick somewhere close like Canada, Mexico, or even anywhere in Europe. In episode 89, we talk to Ben Osborne, social media coordinator at the University of Adelaide in Australia. We discover some interesting differences between universities in the United States and Australia, from commencement to residence halls, and even what it means to be a college student.

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corey patterson & the hidden immunity idol

Jackie and Corey Patterson, director of graduate operations at Abliene Christian University, spend most of episode 84 spoiling episodes of Survivor. They discuss the current season and who they see going all the way to the end. Corey spent some time working in Nashville before settling at ACU, and he and Lougan share memories of their old stomping grounds.

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