Day 32 – On Being a College Parent – #100DaysofHigherEd

Unlike most other student affairs professionals, I really like working with parents. There is something eternally pure about overprotective parents dropping their kid off at orientation or residence hall sign in and the pride and fear on their faces. And I know that feeling. This past year I was that parent. This post is goingContinue reading “Day 32 – On Being a College Parent – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 31 – On Politics and the Classroom – #100DaysofHigherEd

For nearly 100 years the political views of college faculty and the potential suppression of free speech and ideas has been the subject of curiosity and criticism. The specter of the overreaching faculty member is boosted by an almost urban legend level of suspicion and recently lawmakers have shown a willingness to take this issueContinue reading “Day 31 – On Politics and the Classroom – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 30 – What I have Learned from Working with Multiple Universities – #100DaysofHigherEd

I was going to make this blog post about my observations on the politics of working at multiple universities and their commonalities and differences, but I am going to call a line of scrimmage audible for this post. I have had the pleasure to work for or with literally a dozen higher education institutions. SomeContinue reading “Day 30 – What I have Learned from Working with Multiple Universities – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 29 – On My East Carolina Days – #100DaysofHigherEd

A couple of weeks ago an article by Pam Kelly appeared on The Assembly website and was titled “The Ill-Fated Chancellor” It was about my alma-mater East Carolina University and it has sparked a debate among alumni like myself; what is the soul or identity of a university and when should you stray from thatContinue reading “Day 29 – On My East Carolina Days – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 28 – College Life and Television – #100DaysofHigherEd

Pretty much everyone who knows me knows that I am a fan of how pop culture portrays college life and the politics of campus. And there is no shortage of media which focuses on college and how it is presented to the world. Today’s blog post will focus on this very interesting and wide subject.Continue reading “Day 28 – College Life and Television – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 27 – On Herding and Hazing – #100DaysofHigherEd

There is a certain sadness when I read a story about yet another hazing incident. As a person who cares about and for students and as someone who believes there is so much good in engagement and involvement when it comes to hazing this all comes tumbling down. This past weekend my daughter was initiatedContinue reading “Day 27 – On Herding and Hazing – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 26 – My Love for College Bookstores and Libraries – #100DaysofHigherEd

If the University of Georgia did not have a library, we may not have been blessed with R.E.M. or the B-52s. Its true. Or at least that is part of the thesis forwarded by Grace Elizabeth Hale in her new book; Cool Town – How Athens Georgia Launched the Alternative Music Scene and Changed AmericanContinue reading “Day 26 – My Love for College Bookstores and Libraries – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 25 – Higher Education, Peter Pan, and Body Dysmorphia – #100DaysofHigherEd

For most of my career, I have spent my days with lots and lots of people who are much younger, better looking, more fit, and decades younger. I truly live the life of Wooderson, the Matthew McConaughey character from the movie Dazed and Confused. “I get older, they stay the same age.” The fact isContinue reading “Day 25 – Higher Education, Peter Pan, and Body Dysmorphia – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 24 – Accepting Yourself as the Higher Ed pro You Are – #100DaysofHigherEd

I must admit, it has not turned out the way I had hoped. It is not even close. When I first entered a classroom to begin my journey to be a higher education professional it was the summer of 1995. I had just arrived on the campus of Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and IContinue reading “Day 24 – Accepting Yourself as the Higher Ed pro You Are – #100DaysofHigherEd”

Day 23 – Travel as a Higher Ed Professional – #100DaysofHigherEd

In November 2019, just before the pandemic I found myself in a 5-star restaurant where I could not understand the menu, and nothing looked appetizing. It all started innocently enough. A group of us from Florida were at the conference reception, enjoying our drink ticket drinks, chatting away. Then someone suggested, we should all getContinue reading “Day 23 – Travel as a Higher Ed Professional – #100DaysofHigherEd”