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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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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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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emily stulz & the wild, wild web

t31LxsMiEpisode 43 started with some technical difficulties, but we finally connected with Emily Stulz, a graduate assistant in the marketing and communications office at Northern Michigan University, earning a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. We chatted about working with student interns, especially when it comes to social media platforms, and Emily shared some great ideas she and her student worker came up with for using Snapchat on campus! We also talked about the internet; meeting people, making friends, and of course, animals. We ended the show with Emily’s new initiative on campus to create a resource for first generation students on campus, which was also featured in the Student Affairs Collective blog.

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aaron hill & the deserted island

12049663_848945278553917_8815424870552009994_nEpisode 42 is our first episode back with a guest, and this week it’s Aaron Hill, Web Programmer/Analyst at the Cornell Hotel School. We chatted about Aaron’s most recent project – a complete redesign and restructure of the Cornell Hotel School website – and all the small details that went into the process. This tangents into a conversation about fonts, footers, and brand consistency between schools within a university. We also chat about the ghosts of social media’s past; MySpace, Friendster, Xanga, and more…and Jackie reminds everyone how young she is…again.

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jackie, lougan & the apology episode

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Episode 41 is our apology to you, listeners. We’ve been busy, and although it’s no excuse, we’re ready to get back on track with super awesome announcements! Lougan is handing new responsibilities with a growing fleet of student workers, and Jackie had just returned from a trip to New Orleans for the annual ConFab conference. All that, plus, some really exciting news from Jackie! Don’t miss it.

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lisa catto, chris barrows & the bass pro pyramid

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbGAAAAJDU4N2ZkZmVlLTk3MWUtNDYwNy1hMzQ0LTFiYTAxMTYwNzc2Yg203fb77It’s episode 39 and Lougan sits down with Lisa Catto, public relations specialist at Western Oregon University, and Chris Barrows, social media and mobile products coordinator at NYU.  This episode was recorded IN PERSON at the 2015 HighEdWeb Conference in Milwaukee, WI.  We talked a lot about past HighEdWeb Conferences and next year’s conference in Memphis, TN.  I mention some of the sessions we talked about last week, while Chris and Lisa share their favorites as well.  Chris was also nice enough to provide the technology used to record this podcast, so thanks to him for that!  Check out his podcast in the links below.

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aaron rester and the search bar

11034292_10155465576415634_7304217489445098985_nEpisode 37 starts with a nice glass of wine and Aaron Rester, Assistant Vice President of Web Development at Roosevelt University. We “kick off” the episode discussing sports (get it?), and Jackie reflects on another loss for the Buffalo Bills. We also chat about work-life balance, specifically checking our work emails and discussing the most efficient way to submit work requests; through Snapchat or Vine. Apple has released its most recent iOS update, and we give a quick review on the highlights while talking about some photo features that we still don’t completely understand. We reflect on the movement of technology, failed demonstrations, and the internet, which leads to a discussion about the most effective website structure and navigation for an educational institution. And, we attempt to answer the question: which is better, audience-based, or task-based navigation?

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