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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annie mitchell & a million lougans

MitchellAnnie2_2014Episode 52 has less dirt on Lougan than we thought. We chatted with his past colleague, Annie Mitchell, current Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Wofford College. We talked about the difference between working at a two year college as compared to a four year college, as well as some new apps and social media platforms, like the completely appropriate-for-all-ages Fleek College Stories craze (hint: it’s not safe at all for work, or children). We recorded this episode on the morning of the Super Bowl, which is especially close to Annie’s heart, considering training camp for the Panthers is at Wofford. Annie shares a little about what her department is up to, including more measurable goals, and advertising in the mall.

 

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lisa catto & sixty hour minutes

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbGAAAAJDU4N2ZkZmVlLTk3MWUtNDYwNy1hMzQ0LTFiYTAxMTYwNzc2YgWe hit the big 5-0 with Lisa Catto, Director of Social Media and Media Relations at Western Oregon University. Because she’s in Oregon and Lougan loves it, we talk about Portland…a lot. That includes public transit, ramen noodles, and the fact that it really is awesome despite what Portlandians say about it. With the new year starting, all of us are thinking about upcoming conferences, and we discuss why they’re awesome, how to be a newbie, and other great benefits. We close the show talking about social media groups, from faculty to students!

 

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patrick jervis-stone & the drop from the top method

afLfxiC1.jpg-largeEpisode 48 is the first of 2016 with Patrick Jervis-Stone, Social Media and Brand Manager at East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT). EVIT students are at their high school for half of the day, while spending the other half learning career and technical skills that they can take with them as they transition into college or the workforce and beyond. We chat about cats, how we got in our jobs (of course, not because we thought we would), and about the importance of teaching ourselves new skills using the internet. Jackie wraps the show with a crazy new idea for ESPNM, ESPN Mascot.

 

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jake dolan & the animated gif

Jake DolanEpisode 44 welcomes Jake Dolan, Director of Web and Digital Communications at Montana State University. We chat about different conferences we’ve attended and plan to attend, even if some of them are outside the scope of higher education, inspiring a discussion on the importance of understanding our jobs without necessarily looking at them through the lens of a college or university. We talk about the evolution of the web, and how each of us experienced its growth in our own way, plus some juicy gossip about Lougan’s first ever website. Jake closes the show by explaining how the web is maintained at Montana State; and it’s not only one person’s responsibility.
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