lacy paschal, seven cats & two babies

LacyEpisode 25 features Lacy Paschal, Director of Web Communications at Vanderbilt University, even though it takes some time to formally introduce her. In this episode, Jackie’s soul dies a little because she has nothing, at least when it comes to children (both which Lougan and Lacy have adorable ones). We talk about college sports, specifically in Nashville, and Jackie continues to learn about sports teams in the south. Lacy reveals that she is adjusting to a big switch in her department, growing from 3 to 14 members, due to a reorganization on campus. We also chat about personalized customer service, and what the best method for teaching software is.

 

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highedweb new york & the pancake tweetup

CHUzA3oUcAAKNjv.jpg-largeThis is a special mini-episode of the podcast.  Jackie headed off to Ithaca, NY this weekend for the HighEdWeb New York regional conference. The podcast was recorded via cellular phone from the post-conference Pancake Tweetup. You’ll hear from some new voices and some old friends as well. The audio quality isn’t great, but it’s worth a listen.  Thanks for the photo Dave Cameron!

 

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tiffany broadbent-beker & the pantless eagle

tiffany_broadbentbeker-300x225Episode 24 kicks off with Lougan and our guest, Tiffany Broadbent-Beker, Web Developer and Social Media Coordinator at the College of William and Mary, acting as the Higher Ed Social bartenders for the evening. We first chat about Tiffany’s experiences living near Colonial Williamsburg, as many of the actors break character on a regular basis. In her position, Tiffany monitors some of the social media accounts for the college, sharing the responsibility with other team members. We chat about this unique practice, and how much anxiety monitoring social media accounts can cause, when it’s for a large institution. This leads us down the path of welcoming incoming freshman and transfer students to campus, with orientation surprisingly jsut around the corner. Amongst other topics, spanning from which Hogwarts house is the best to WWDC predictions, Tiffany reveals Jackie’s favorite new app.

 

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ryan hogan, keith warburg & the best bathroom

keithryan hoganEpisode seventeen features Keith Warburg, Social Media and Content Manager and Ryan Hogan, Associate Director of Admissions at Valdosta State University. The guys talk (in southern accents) about their love of southern Georgia. We talk about QR codes and how they can be bad, or so bad they might be good, which leads to a discussion about admissions websites and gathering social media content from students. When it comes to admissions, Yik Yak is seen as a potentially negative platform, but the students at Valdosta turned it around, even providing some information for incoming students.

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Ryan’s awesome QR Code profile pic
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emma daitz & the ramune bottle

IMG_4693Episode fifteen starts with a weird pop…or drop, as Lougan attempts to explain the reason for a marble in his drink. We chat with Emma Daitz, Marketing and Web Editor at Nazareth College about an interesting variety of topics, including wearable technology, social media contests, and what types of headphones to wear in all situations. We also discuss the pros and cons of an open office space, determining if it does or does not hinder productivity. We wrap up chatting with Emma about Nazareth’s accepted students day, #ExpNaz.

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michael fienen & the moderately priced scotch

1049127_741546932645_51770422_oEpisode thirteen starts with a pop as Michael Fienen, Senior Developer at Aquent and CTO for nuCloud, cracks into a new bottle. In this episode, we talk a lot of tech, but we talk higher ed, too. Michael used to be the one-man web team, bringing us down a long winding road of figuring out how to prioritize tasks alongside putting out fires. We also talk about the importance of face-to-face interaction, especially across departments, and how being a “translator,” or at least having one in your office, is key to collaboration. We also do a lot of tech talk, discussing UX and UI, website design fads, and skeuomorphism, a new phrase you can use to make you sound smart.

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mark anbinder & higher ed eats

1509878_10101555167857945_3584318490634828402_nEpisode nine may leave you hungry, very very hungry. We chat with Mark Anbinder, Web Communications Manager at Cornell University and food enthusiast, among other things. Mark introduces us to his two adorable pitbulls and chats with us about Cornell hockey, which are two of his other passions. In the higher ed realm, we discuss the difference between a good app and a good mobile site, and how to figure out what the best decision is. Most of all, we talk about food; all types of it. Come hungry!

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Mark’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe:
1/2 a beer
some molasses
some worcestershire sauce
splash of cider vinegar
Optional: add an orange rind or apple slices for fruitiness, or hot sauce for a kick!

Mark’s Slow Cooker Chili recipe:
Ground Beef
Pork loin, London Broil or some other cut of meat
Diced Onion
Diced Red or Orange Pepper
Minced habanero or similar hot pepper of your preference
Can of Diced Tomatoes
Can of Tomato Paste
Canola Oil
Half a Beer
Quarter cup of cocoa powder
Chili Powder
Cumin
Black Pepper

Sweat a diced onion, a diced red or orange pepper and a minced habanero or similar hot pepper of your preference in a little canola oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and half-inch to 3/4-inch chunks of pork loin, london broil, or other cut of meat that works well low-and-slow. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all the meat is browned.

Drain any excess fat, and transfer to a Crock-Pot. Add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of whole tomatoes drained, a can of tomato paste, and a half a beer, plus chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder and black pepper to taste. Cook on low all day.Top with sour cream and shredded cheddar, and serve with fresh corn bread.

Mark’s Cornbread recipe:
1-1/2 cups of pancake mix such as Bisquick
1/2 cup of corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup milk
2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with a cast iron skillet inside.
In a mixing bowl, mix all of the ingredients by hand, starting with the dry ones. It’ll all dissolve easily, and mix into a smooth batter with just a spoon.

Caution! Cast iron sitting in oven gets hot! Remove skillet with a potholder, place it on a trivet or stove burner, and lightly grease it with a little butter or a natural butter or oil spray. Spoon the batter into the skillet all at once; it will start to cook pretty much as soon as it hits the hot cast iron. This is the point; it makes a nice crust. (Don’t have cast iron? Get some. It’s cheap. Meantime, use a glass baking dish instead.)

Caution! Cast iron is still hot! Place the skillet back in the oven with a potholder, and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Lick spoon. (If you trust your eggs’ freshness. I do.)

Caution! Cast iron is very hot! Remove the skillet with a potholder and test that the cornbread is done by sticking a thin knife or a toothpick in, and seeing if it comes out clean. If so, it’s done. Allow to cool. The cast iron will stay hot for quite a while. Really. Don’t touch it. (No, I didn’t! Just making sure you don’t.)

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matt herzberger & the pineapple express

1795717_10104508883977244_59625564_nEpisode eight is in NO way sponsored by anything in, around, or related to Portland, Oregon. We promise. Lougan loves it, and Matt is visiting, so we talk about it. Matt Herzberger is heading to Portland for some fun, but will also be going on a campus visit as the founder of Aligned Path, a digital marketing consulting organization. Aside from food in Portland, we chat about Matt’s decision to start his own business, what it’s like to be a vendor who does no evil, and of course…snow. We also left you a special gift in this episode. See if you can find it.

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Aligned Path: click here
Web Leaders EDU: click here
Lougan’s favorite Portland Coffee Place: click here
Lougan’s favorite Portland Ramen Shop: click here
Jackie’s shattered bumper: click here
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