melissa mae cheater & the power of maple syrup

For our second international episode, we sat down with Melissa Mae Cheater, the digital content manager at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Melissa is also the founder of #PSEWEB (Post Secondary Education Web), a Canadian offshoot of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association here in the US. During the show, we chat about the differences between student life in the US and Canada. Melissa also shares her thoughts on how departments across campus can better work with their communications teams to celebrate success. 

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todd sanders & ryan morejon is on a pontoon boat

This week, we bring the amazing University of Florida social team back to the podcast. For a quick refresher, Todd Sanders is the director of digital communications & social media at UF and Ryan Morejon is UF’s social media specialist. During the episode, we chat with the UF Crew about the importance of creating community within a university content creation, as well as the UF President’s high level of engagement with their team. We also discuss audience interaction on various networks and their strategy on jumping into new networks like TikTok. 

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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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martin sickafoose & alumni relations is more than just football

This week we talked alumni relations with Martin Sickafoose, the vice president of digital marketing at the Purdue Alumni Association. Martin talks about the different ways Purdue reaches out to their many thousands of alumni and the challenges of communicating to such a large audience. You don’t want to miss this episode.

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