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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ben luttrull & the fur babies

In episode 88, we chat with Ben Luttrull, media relations specialist at the University of Southern Indiana. Each of us have a different structure in our Communications and Marketing divisions, which leads us to an interesting discussion about division of responsibilities. We also talk about using LinkedIn to connect with audiences, as well as how we rely on student workers to help us get work done…and remind us about what’s cool and what’s not.

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larry falck & the throwbacks

We kick off episode 87 by chatting boy bands with Larry Falck, coordinator of digital media at Francis Marion University. Larry’s big summer project is switching the FMU website to a new CMS (content management system), which is no small task. Aside from web-talk, we discuss the recent commencement ceremonies, and how each of them are covered on social media and live streaming.

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ryan morejon & the original instagram

If you’ve listened to Episode 1 of Higher Ed Social, you may know Ryan Morejon. Why? He was hired as social media specialist soon after the position was discussed on that episode. He has been at the University of Florida for two years, and we chat about his position and how he got there. We also talk about managing students, fostering creativity, and of course, commencement.

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meaghan milliorn fikes & getting internet famous

Episode 82 welcomes Meaghan Milliorn Fikes, who sometimes goes by Meaghan Milliorn, the Online Marketing Manager at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Meaghan is an alumna of UALR, earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degree at the institution. We chat about the ups and downs of working in communications at an
institution, but agree that it’s a great department to work in. With March Madness underway, Lougan and Meaghan both compare NCAA stories, and Meaghan reflects on UALR’s visit to the big dance last year.

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bruce floyd & the standing desk

Episode 80 welcomes Bruce Floyd, Social Media Manager for the Florida Gators. He takes us behind the scenes of his social media strategy for the 21-team large franchise, and explains how he coordinates each individual team’s accounts. We discuss how messaging on Twitter has changed in athletics, and how Bruce manages it all. He also shares his recent Signing Day experience, introducing us to the most important part – the fax machine, who became famous and was featured in publications including Rolling Stone.

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sandra files & the punch line

We’ve kicked off the new year with Sandra Files, Digital Support Specialist at The Johns Hopkins University. The university is closing in on reaching its $5 billion campaign goal, and Sandra chats about what it’s like to fundraise for such a large amount of money for positive change. Sandra works specifically on leveraging separate social media presences to tell effective stories, and collaborates with her team to tell those stories through text, video, photography, and more.

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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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jon-stephen stansel & the power that’s inside

maxresdefaultEpisode 67 brings back Jon-Stephen Stansel the Social Media Coordinator at Texas State University, and we talk about Pokemon GO, exclusively. We chat about how campuses can use this new app, and how Jackie, Lougan, and Jon-Stephen are doing on their own journeys to be the very best.

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melissa van de werfhorst & the power of the wikipedia

11953130_1194710127221087_6474174825131308098_nEpisode 65 is with Melissa Van De Werfhorst, Marketing and Communications Manager for the College of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Unsurprisingly, we talk about cats (there’s 9 between everyone), but also chat with Melissa about the recent Sarpa fire that was very closeby. Now that it’s summer, life has slowed down a little, but Melissa is working on a website relaunch for the College of Engineering. We also geek out about Murder She Wrote and Star Trek for a while.

 

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