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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kara sassone & the karaoke plane

Episode 85 welcomes Kara Sassone, web producer and social media specialist at the Northeastern University College of Science. Kara tells us about how she got into higher ed, and how she landed in Boston. We chat about Boston things like baked beans, the Freedom Trail, and public transport. Kara and her team will be working on a website redesign this summer, and Lougan shares some words of wisdom from his experience.

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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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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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paul gilzow & the 62 dislocations

Paul Gilzow in a carEpisode 74 welcomes Paul Gilzow, Apps Developer from the University of Missouri, who Jackie and Lougan recently spent some in-person time with at the recent Higher Ed Web conference in Memphis, TN. Paul’s presentation, “Access Denied: Keeping Yourself off an Attacker’s Radar,” was named best in track and best in conference. We chat about our conference takeaways, how physical distance can effect working teams, and the best places to get BBQ in Tennessee.

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Paul’s Red Staplers have no staples

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rebecca stapley & cat litter on ice

RS26In episode 72 we finally connect with Rebecca Stapley, Assistant Director of Multimedia and PR at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Both Lougan and Rebecca come from an admissions background, and we spend a lot of time chatting about everything they’ve learned from the two departments. With the semester in full swing for everyone, we talk abut how to handle all our projects, but take time for ourselves. The weather is changing, as Jackie and Rebecca start to feel the fall while it still feels like summer over in Lougan’s neck of the woods. We also share our strategies on hiring and utilizing our student workers and volunteers as best we can.

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matt brinton & teaching technology

9bHF7g8JEpisode 71 features Matt Brinton, the Associate Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Northern Colorado. We begin our discussion with a talk about Welcome Week activities at our respective institutions and the organization of our offices on campus. Matt is a Ph.D. candidate, and we discuss his new course on technology in education which has been in development since 2014. Finally, we talk about how Matt is trying new things when marketing to his alumni.

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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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