lisa kelsay & the fondue-making cows

13406867_10101603780727561_782023677217273413_nWe’re back from vacation with Episode 63!  This week we talk with Lisa Kelsay, Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts and Director of Academic Arts at Moraine Valley Community College. We begin the show by chatting about our morning commutes, and the struggles of choosing to live in a bustling city, or moving closer to campus. Jackie and Lisa both studied abroad in Italy during their undergraduate years, and talk about what they loved best about the experience. Lisa shares with us “a day in the life,” which, as we all know, is different depending on the day. She explains her current work, which includes dealing with parents and giving out exciting awards to her students. When this episode was recorded, Lisa was preparing for the Espirit de She Triathalon, which she has since completed, and shaved over 17 minutes off her race time from last year!

 

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matt reed & jogging or blogging

IMG_0253Episode 57 welcomes Matt Reed, Vice President for Learning at Brookdale Community College and author of Confessions of a Community College Dean, which began in 2004. Confessions of a Community College Dean is hosted as a blog on Inside Higher Ed, and can also be found as a book! Matt works to post once a day, Monday through Friday to the blog, which is a lot of work! We talk about commitment, dedication, and deadlines, while also thinking about work-life balance. Matt sheds some light on what he does every day, and we also chat about the Tennessee Promise program and other legislations starting to take effect in higher education across the country.

 

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tom priester & the correctional facility

11727877_10100536390057263_1050894409_oEpisode 29 kicks off with Dr. Tom Priester, Director of Transitional Studies at Genesee Community College, talking about a fun new way to use all those free college shirts we get from campus events. Coming off the Fourth of July holiday weekend, we chat about summertime, BBQ, and research laws regarding owning fireworks and firing them off. We do talk Higher Ed, though, when Tom brings up his summer project: the final edits on his textbook, Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom, which will be released soon as an open-source textbook through Open SUNY. We end the show with an incredibly interesting story from Tom, as he explained how he ended up in Attica Correctional Facility, and will be heading back.

 

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kristen mruk & changing community colleges

10965440_10102238877268958_2055218338_nEpisode four is all about community colleges, Kristen Mruk’s speciality. Now serving as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Genesee Community College, Kristen gives us a little insight about what it’s like to work at a two-year institution, and plan winter orientation for a wide range of students and their guests. We also discuss President Obama’s recent announcement of his proposal to make the first two years of community college free for all students, and investigate what that could mean for higher education.

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Check out some articles related to President Obama’s Community College Plan
The Atlantic
NPR
CBS News
The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

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