jon blankenship & the batter of winterfell

This week we talked with Jon Blankenship, the director of digital media strategy for Vanderbilt University Development & Alumni Relations. Jon worked with Lougan at Belmont for more than 8 years before his move across Wedgewood Avenue to Vanderbilt. We talk about Jon’s previous position at Belmont where he was tasked with transitioning the oversight of website content over to university marketing. We also chat about his new position at Vanderbilt working on web, email and social media strategy. 

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jen doak-mathewson & the task of the husky

Jen Doak-Mathewson is the Director of Engagement and Acquisition at the University of Connecticut Foundation. We talk about the increased frequency of integrating a university’s alumni association and foundation, which Jen experienced herself at UConn. We also talk about email campaigns – the good, the bad, and the great! 

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joseph didomizio & for the love of buffalo

Joseph DiDomizio is the director of digital communications in the Division of University Advancement at the University of Buffalo. We start the show with a great discussion about the amazing city of Buffalo, NY. We also discuss the work Joseph does, the growth and the change he has experienced in his office and some recent projects that he has been working on.

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ashley budd & the digital ecosystem

Ashley Budd is the Director of Digital Marketing in Cornell University’s Advancement Division, but works remotely from her home in upstate New York. We chat about the positives and negatives about working remotely, Slack and all. Ashley and her team are closing a large website redesign, and she discusses their approach to a smarter and more personal experience for Cornell alumni.

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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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