peyton lipscomb, a camel, a mariachi band, a three legged gator & a cat colony

Peyton Lipscomb is the retention initiatives coordinator at University of West Florida. Her undergraduate advisor in economics suggested her pursue a career a higher education since she loved serving the campus of Mississippi State. She oversees an initiative called Anchor Down for freshmen. Their events are focused around a theme and it issues stickers to professors and students with questions to ignite conversation.

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junior delgado & the cow pasture

Junior Delgado is the director of the Career Center at Westfield State University, a mid-sized college in Westfield, Massachusetts. He started as the coordinator of senior programs 18 years ago and nine years later he started his current role. The center is staffed with 13 people who oversee career services for undergraduates, graduates, and alumni. Junior discusses how the university uses the platform Handshake to promote one on one connections and as a tool to host networking events. His signature lesson topic to prepare students is to have them think about life after Westfield.

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dee goines & the student affairs wrestling kliq

Dee GoinesDee Goines is Director of Residence Life, Housing and Conference Services at The University of North Texas at Dallas. During the show, Dee introduces Lougan and Jackie to the Student Affairs Kliq, a Facebook group for fans of WWE in Student Affairs. UNT Dallas has recently completed it’s first residence hall, so Residence Life is a relatively new department. As such, Resident Assistants are a new concept to the institution. Dee talks about his process for hiring new RAs and about the structure of his new department.

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brian keiser & the higher ed social merch store

Brian Keiser is the director of academic advising at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Brian’s path has been a winding one. He originally went to college to study meteorology, and after several changes in major graduated with a degree in communications studies and a master’s in educational psychology. He’s currently pursuing his Ph.D. in child development and early childhood education, which he claims has nothing do with his job. On the show, we discuss Brian’s work leading Bridgeport’s advising and retention efforts that are funded by a Title III grant from the Department of Education.

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janell mora & it’s pi day

Janell Mora is the Associate Director for International Student Professional Development for Arizona State University. Her position falls in the Career and Professional Development Services office where she works with international students and alumni, employers for global corporate engagement, and international policies. We discussed a wide range of topics including government regulations, communication between students and employers and utilizing Brazen to host a virtual career fair. As well as a discussion of how your major can give transferrable skills for your career path.

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Janell on Linkedin
Janell’s Work Authorization Video
ASU Now article discussing the work of ISAAT

chrissy montelli & the gold lasts forever

Chrissy Montelli is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst earning a Masters of Fine Arts in writing specializing in poetry. By day, she is a graduate assistant for Student Activities as programming counselor for events on campus. Currently, she is working on her thesis, a series of poems that examines mental illness and how it influences relationships. Chrissy decided to pursue her MFA in creative writing after realizing she didn’t want to teach high school English. She loves how sees the growth in the students she advises.

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