jim sargent & the space opera

Jim SargentEpisode 49 is with Jim Sargent, Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Transfer Admissions at Trinity College. Although his role is fairly new, Jim is not new to Trinity, previously working in Communications. We chat about transfer students and their needs, as well as resources on urban and suburban campuses. We tangent about Pokemon, cats, Star Wars, and rom coms, but get back on track when Jim explains Trinity’s new announcement; becoming test-optional.

 

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brady griffith & don’t worry, lougan cut out the spoiler

Portable Network Graphics image-5DF2B92E1A50-1Episode 47 welcomes recent graduate Brady Griffith, Life Coach at Maryville University. Naturally, we talk about Star Wars because Lougan had seen the new release since our last episode…more than once. Don’t worry, listeners, we cut out the spoilers. We determine that Lougan is in fact not a Star Wars uberfan, but does own a $600 lightsaber. We finally get around to asking Brady what a Life Coach really is, and he explained the relatively new concept in Higher Education and at Maryville. As a Maryville alumnus, Brady describes his transition from student to Life Coach, and how it benefits his new position. We’re excited to bring Brady back on the show to hear how the program has evolved!

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wimer alberto & s02e01

10996000_731359353656880_5555353777226381225_nEpisode 46 is the first episode of season 2! We celebrate with Wimer Alberto, currently serving as the Senior Coordinator of Occupancy Management and Housing Operations at Arizona State University, but will soon be transitioning to Assistant Director for Guest and Conference Services. Because of his new role, we talk about the impact of conferences and other resources on campus, which universities are now beginning to take advantage of. With the recent Star Wars movie release, Lougan nerds out (a lot) especially because Jackie has finally seen a Star Wars movie! We close the show by talking about how our own studies shaped the way we view ourselves on our campuses, as well as Wimer’s post-graduate dreams.

 

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dustin ramsdell & the attack of the empire strikes back into darkness

RU-Headshot_LM2_7761We’re back with the big 4-0! We’ve been gone a while, and were asked by Dustin Ramsdell, one of our previous guests, to chat about our podcasts and do a little brainstorming. Well, we didn’t really talk much about the podcast, but we did talk about everything else. In a small town in Maine, Dustin talks about food choices, while Lougan expresses his deep-rooted love for Ramen. We talk a little about cats and sportsball, but then get to the good stuff – our podcasts! The conversation quickly digresses into podcasting in general, and then we talk about the future, and the future’s past, the present. Unsurprisingly, this ends the show with a full-out scifi geek session.

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jon-stephen stansel & the language lesson

_39A0562Episode 26 is with Jon-Stephen Stansel, Social Media Coordinator at Texas State University. JS just started this new job, and had a very interesting journey bringing him to Texas. We chat about this unique path, and get a language lesson along the way. Lougan geeks out a little bit about Japanese culture and language, and we also talk about JS’ introduction to social media in his previous position while discussing its evolution. In his new job, JS works with a larger team, allowing him to focus on social media strategy, something that we decide has both pros and cons. We close the podcast with a mini Apple Watch review, getting JS’ take on it as well.

 

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dustin ramsdell & the lightsaber

RU-Headshot_LM2_7761Episode twelve features Dustin Ramsdell, Resident Director at Husson University and co-host of The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast. Lougan kicks off the podcast by geeking out, or nerding out, with Dustin about science fiction, as Jackie sits silently in the background, because her nerd-ism is fitness. These passions lead to interesting metaphors about higher ed, and a discussion about how to stay fit when working in higher education. We close by discussing the recent events at the University of Oklahoma, and how social media plays a bigger role than it seems.

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