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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ted fox & the free meal

Ted Fox works at his alma mater, the University Notre Dame, as executive administrator of the Office of the Provost. Before his return to Notre Dame, he worked a ESPN as a production assistant. The group talks about the intersection of podcasting and higher ed, including With a Side of Knowledge, a podcast from Notre Dame that Ted hosts…over brunch.

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jon mcbride & the sesquicentennial episode

Jon McBride works at Brigham Young University as the media relations and social media manager. Since he started at BYU 6 years ago, he has begun to develop a strong and creative social media strategy. In this episode, he explained how he loves that his department is adaptive to the field of communication. Jon tells us about the time he pitched Beyonce’s publicist, and also chats with Lougan and Jackie about his student social media team and their thoughtful Instagram stories on tough campus topics.

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carbs & content with jacqueline rowe


Jacqueline Rowe is the senior enrollment communications coordinator for undergraduate admissions at Stony Brook University, where she focuses on event management and website coordination plus social media for the university. We learn all about “Jackie Idea Bombs” and talk about carbs. Lots of carbs. Lougan goes hard on science again, and we answer the question, “is butter a carb?”

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