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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tonya oaks-smith, colleen brennan-barry & the warp core breach of lougan’s mind

tonya-colleenEpisode 64 is so big, we brought on two guests! We talk with Tonya Oaks-Smith, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Henderson State University, and Colleen Brennan-Barry Assistant Director of Marketing & Community Relations at Monroe Community College. Colleen serves as the President of Higher Education Web Professionals Association and Tonya serves as the Chair of the HighEdWeb National Conference, and have lots to talk about when it comes to the upcoming conference! The HighEd Web gang will be heading to Memphis, TN in October, and we talk about food, fun, sessions, learning, and an exciting keynote announcement that nearly kills Lougan.

 

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chris barrows & the sticker

203fb77Episode 54 welcomes back Chris Barrows, Social Media and Mobile Product Administrator at NYU. As a group of Social Media managers, we chat about what it takes to create an effective social media team, whether it’s made up of students, staff, or both. Chris is challenged with a large campus, but makes it work with things like Slack and Skype, shrinking the distance between users. Chris is serving as the chair for the upcoming eduWeb conference, and we chat about the importance of attending any conference, and what it takes to be chair. If he wasn’t busy enough, Chris also hosts his own podcast, Why I Social, which chats with everyone, “from average Joe to CEO.”

 

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aaron knight & tweeting like kanye

1385931_10101307514592126_617766806_nEpisode 53 is with Aaron Knight, Senior Programmer/Analyst at SUNY ESF. We walk down memory lane and chat about how all of us met (spoiler, it was a conference), and what’s happening at the office. With recent newsworthy events on campuses in New York state, we take some time to talk about potential PR nightmares and how we can handle them on our own campus. On a more positive note, Jackie and Lougan talk about their connection to the Grammy awards, which turns into a tangent about Kanye West.

 

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