Saturday, December 26, 2009

Marriage 101

song chart memes
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Today is

Boxing Day!

When: December 26th. However, some people will celebrate it on the first weekday after Christmas. If Christmas falls on a Friday or a Saturday, Boxing Day is the following Monday.

Boxing Day is celebrated in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other former British commonwealth countries. It is a legal holiday in these countries. This is also St. Stephans Day, where Boxing Day gets some of it's roots. On St. Stephans' Day, churches opened their collection boxes to the poor.

Boxing Day was an expression of appreciation and thanks, much like Christmas tips are today.

The roots of the holiday goes back to the Middle Ages . On this day, members of the merchant class would take boxes, fill them with food and fruits, and give them to servants, tradespeople and the less fortunate. In the case of servants, they would work on Christmas Day, so it was only fitting that immediately after Christmas, they would be given a day off to celebrate. Usually celebrated the day after Christmas, some would celebrate the following Monday when Christmas fell on a Friday or Saturday.

Today, the giving of boxes includes filling boxes with food and clothing for the needy and performing volunteer work. Monetary gifts to charity are also common.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

73 year old

finishes his bachelor's degree at the University of Memphis.

Degree of pride

Perseverance worked for others besides Toler-Davis and her son. It pulled graduate Jack Childs, 73, through college -- all 55 years of it.

A Memphis native, Childs enrolled in what was then Memphis State University in 1954, but dropped out to work and raise a family.

Throughout a 34-year career working for an organization affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, Childs drifted in and out of school.

But in 2008 Childs decided to get serious about his studies.

Hitting the books at 70 was a challenge -- a dislike of typing meant writing out all his papers by hand -- but Childs stuck with it, earning his bachelor's degree with a 4.0 GPA.

Daughter Pam Childs-Hollahan, 53, said it was important for her dad to show his six grandchildren and two great-grand children the value of getting an education and sticking to a goal.

"He's so proud of himself, which makes me even more proud of him," Childs-Hollahan said.

Due to the snowstorm last Saturday

ETSU is holding another commencement for students who had to miss the regular ceremony.  I'll try to post a couple of pictures.  It'll be later; I don't get service in the Mini-dome.

ETSU Special Commencement Ceremony

The latest New Directions

for Adult and Continuing Education is out.  Number 124.  Winter 2009. 
Reaching Out Across the Border: Canadian Perspectives in Adult Education.  ACHE is hoping to partner more closely with CAUCE, the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education.  Timely, aye?

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

I really, really hate that Christmas Shoes song.  I turn off the radio whenever it comes on.  First of all, if the kid's mother is dying, he should be with her in the hospital.  Second, when she dies, her shoes are staying on her cold, dead, feet.  And third, Jesus isn't the type to be impressed with new shoes...

10 Most Depressing Christmas Songs

Friday, December 18, 2009

At the reception for

Our graduating seniors.  Commencement is tomorrow and we always hold a drop-in reception for our students following rehearsal.  Our students are busy, and many elect not to walk at Commencement and others can't make the reception.  This year, though, we had over 20 students drop in.  When I asked, one of them told me that not only was this his first visit to ETSU, it was also his first visit to Johnson City.  He completed the program online.

There are dire weather warning for tomorrow...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Call for papers

National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning
June 9 - 11, 2010
Caesars Atlantic City

Learn More about the National Institute

You are invited to submit a proposal for a short or full presentation, panel discussion or round table discussion that reviews case studies, best practices and lessons learned in assessing adult learning.

Topics include adult learning, credit-by-examination, prior learning assessment, online learning, online testing, blended learning programs and international perspectives of assessing adult learning. Other topics relevant to assessing adult learning at a distance will be considered.

Application-based presentations are of special interest to the National Institute.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2010

• Papers will be reviewed in February 2010
• Selections will be made and presenters will be notified in March 2010
• To respond, send a 250-word abstract to:

For information on formatting instructions for submissions, click here or contact Dan Negron at (609) 633-6271 or

This warms the cockles

Of my old, English-major heart.  The reader will master the skills necessary to start...

Learning to Hate Learning Objectives

Call for Proposals

57th Annual Conference
Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE)
Fredericton, New Brunswick
June 1-4, 2010
For More Information

The 2010 CAUCE Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for concurrent sessions on creative continuing education that correspond with the following three conference tracks:

1. Creativity – catalyst for change
2. Models, strategies and methods to challenge the times
3. Embracing Diversity

Abstracts should be submitted in the proposed language of presentation (English or French). Simultaneous translation will not be available.

Abstracts will be evaluated on the following criteria:

o Relevance to the conference theme
o Learning outcomes for the audience
o Clarity of session objectives and organization of information
o Degree of originality of research or approach
o Presentation approach and level of participant engagement

Presenters will be advised of the status of their submissions by Monday, March 1, 2010. If your submission is accepted, you must provide a final paper (or other contribution to the conference proceedings) by May 3, 2010. Papers will be published in the conference proceedings and made available to the delegates.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, January 22, 2010

Fill out the Abstract Submission Form by clicking here

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Maybe Twitter

isn't such a big deal, after all.  Its decline is Number 8 on Newsweek's Tech Predictions for 2010.

Twitter Use Flatlines
Twitter is almost synonymous with explosive growth. But there are signs that 2009's darling of the Internet has already begun to level off, a reversal that would have seemed impossible not long ago. In February 2009, Nielsen Online reported that Twitter's 7 million unique visitors constituted more than 1,000 percent growth in just a year's time. Ashton Kutcher, after beating CNN to the million-follower mark in a neck-and-neck race, began blasting past later milestones with ease. (He's now at 4.1 million followers.) And when Oprah Winfrey embraced the service in April ("HI TWITTERS"), Twitter's popularity simply hockey-sticked.
There were skeptics all along--Nielsen also reported last spring that 60 percent of Twitter users failed to return after one month--but excitement about the new medium's potential made them easy to dismiss. Now the data have become difficult to ignore. Twitter's U.S. traffic actually declined from September to October, according to a range of measures. We're by no means Twitter haters here at NEWSWEEK--here's proof--but it seems clear that the service is in for a period of modest performance, as sign-ups of new users are measured against better estimates of existing users who neglect their accounts. One of the things that has made Twitter so successful is its wide-open API; ironically, that same transparency can provide a reality check on the number of people who have let their accounts go totally dormant--who began tweeting during the Oprah bubble, but turned out to be making just a short stop at the birdbath.

You may be addicted to Twitter if

You put your Twitter handle on your business card. I tried but couldn't get into Twitter.  My life is boring enough without sharing it and bring folks down.  But people insist it has a future in higher education.

Top 7 ways to put Twitter to work for you

Be quiet

and Lead. Why Introverts Can Make the Best Leaders

Reason number one? They think first, talk later.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I love the java jive

And it loves me.

People who drink three or four cups of coffee per day have an approximately 25% lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who drink two cups or fewer, according to an analysis of previous research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from 18 different studies involving more than 450,000 people, and found a strong correlation between increased consumption of both coffee and tea and lower risk for diabetes. Individuals who drank three or more cups of tea per day had a one fifth lower risk for diabetes compared with those who drank none as well. What's more, their findings suggest that it isn't likely the caffeine in these drinks providing protection: according to the analysis, decaffeinated coffee had the strongest correlation with reduced risk for diabetes—people who drank three or four cups of decaf per day had roughly a third lower risk of developing diabetes compared with those who drank none.

Read more: Coffee and Tea may Lower Diabetes Risk

A floating campus...

I saw this job posted on Inside Higher Education.  I tried my best to pun on seamen somewhere in this, but failed.  Then I considered a reference to Waterworld, but that crashed as well.  Oh well, I guess it speaks for itself.  What a cool job for a retired administrator, though.

Dean of Students - Semester at Sea

Voyage: 2012 Spring General Responsibilities: Responsible for the development and administration of a comprehensive and diverse co-curricular living/learning environment aboard a floating campus with up to 700 students. Reporting to the Executive Dean and serving on the senior administrative team, supervise Assistant Director, Resident Directors, Conduct Officer, Lifelong Learning Coordinator, and Dependent Child Coordinator. All staff members report to the Executive Dean, who maintains overall administrative authority over the program during the course of the voyage. As a staff member, you are responsible for the day to day activities associated with your particular position as outlined in the job description. In addition to regularly assigned duties, you will be expected to be an integral part of the shipboard community which includes attendance in the interdisciplinary Global Studies course and other onboard educational and social activities, as your work schedule permits. Some staff may be asked to serve on a limited number of in-port activities as official representatives of Semester at Sea and as trip leaders on any of the Field Trips. The Institute for Shipboard Education is an equal opportunity employer. Minimum Qualifications: Effective and ethical leadership is essential to the success of all organizations. The Institute for Shipboard Education appoints, positions, and empowers leaders within the voyage team to accomplish stated missions. Leaders at various levels are selected on the basis of formal education and training, relevant work experience, personal skills and competencies, relevant professional credentials, as well as potential for promoting learning and development in students, applying effective practices to educational processes, and enhancing institutional effectiveness. Requirements for this position include: - Master's degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs preferred - Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in student affairs administration Position Type: Staff Position Please visit the voyage section of our homepage at  to get detailed information on Voyage Dates and Port Itineraries.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Increasing access to the Ph.D. in Nursing

at ETSU.

JOHNSON CITY – Graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing at East Tennessee State University come from all walks of the profession, but one commonality has led the College of Nursing to modify the program to provide flexibility for working adults to juggle higher academic pursuits with the rigors of day-to-day life.

“We have a diverse group of students in our program, ranging from nurse administrators to nurse faculty members to practicing nurses who are interested in research careers, but most of them do have one thing in common,” said Dr. Sadie Hutson, assistant professor and coordinator of the Ph.D. program for the College of Nursing.

“They have day jobs.”

Starting in 2010, candidates for the ETSU Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree will be able to complete nearly all of their academic requirements online. The new format will begin with graduate students who enroll in the fall 2010 cohort. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2010.

The online component will be augmented with a few intensive courses on campus that are short in duration, Hutson said. Prospective graduate students from outside Tennessee now have added incentive to consider the College of Nursing’s doctoral program, as the ETSU School of Graduate Studies has declared that out-of-state graduate students may qualify for in-state tuition rates.

“More convenience is a need for working students, and we designed the program around that reality,” Hutson said. “ETSU’s doctoral program has a strong reputation throughout the state, and it’s still the same program with the same high academic standards – we’re just adapting it to meet the needs of our students.

“And in making this change, we also think it will create an enhanced academic experience. In an online learning environment, students are more in control of establishing “class” time that fits into their schedules. They will also have opportunities to come to campus and have face-to-face meetings with the faculty and their peers and to establish a feeling of connectedness and community.”

Hutson said the College of Nursing draws doctoral candidates who are seeking new careers or looking to strengthen existing careers in nursing academia, health care administration or applied clinical research.

“The appeal of the program is that one can specialize in almost any field in nursing, which provides many diverse options,” Hutson said. “Our faculty members are a wonderful example of how a doctoral degree in nursing provides choices. Many of us conduct research, teach, administer programs and see patients clinically…all in the same week.”

For more information on the College of Nursing Ph.D. program, call Hutson at (423) 439-7470.

How to start networking

G. L. Hoffman has some advice on networking for folks who don't like to network.  Although this is stuff you probably already know (although the examples on the out-of-the-box activities are a bit...out there), it's still good to be reminded that the focus of networking should be on the other person.  Good things will follow.

Five Networking Tips for People Who Don't Network

The subject of networking comes up most often as it relates to searching for a job. Unfortunately, most of us begin to network when we are out of work—not before.

Networking is really about finding common interests with others and beginning new relationships that you aim to nurture long-term. If you are only trying for short-term, me-first kinds of relationships with the people you meet, that's not networking, that's self-promotion.

The most likely reason that people don’t network effectively is they view themselves as introverts or as simply being shy. I understand this. Here are some tips to overcome it:

1. It truly is not about you. It is more about the other person. Ask questions, find their interesting story, learn from them, ask advice. Strive for a conversation that is 25 percent you, 75 percent them.

2. Show up often. Put yourself in situations where you will meet new and interesting people. At first, you might feel as though you're in the spotlight, alone—and you may find that people don't immediately approach you. But be persistent, and by the second (or fifth) time that you show up, people will likely have warmed to you.

3. Do some of out-of-the-box things. Skydive, bungee-jump, begin writing a novel, start a company, go to the Super Bowl. People love hearing other people's stories, so create some real stories that you can share simply, directly, and humbly.

4. Remember your manners. Smile a lot. Say "please" and "thank you." Hold doors open. Make eye contact. Say “and” more than you say “but.” Be positive. These are the things your mom taught you.

5. Networking is like dating. You don’t walk up to the pretty girl at the bar and say “Want to go home with me?” This only works if you can hit a drive 350 yards, look good in red polo shirts, and have, what, a billion dollars?

This year there have been two popular concepts that have made me want to kick something: “Networking,” because most who talk about it miss the main point—that it’s about others, really. And “personal branding,” which is really about reputation, and if we all spent more time maintaining our reputations, we might not need image consultants.

ACHE Dean Level Sponsor, Boston Reed College

Announces the winners of its drawing at the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting:

It was indeed our pleasure to be a Dean Level Sponsor at the 2009 ACHE Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last month. Many conference attendees stopped by the Boston Reed table to learn more about partnering with Boston Reed and to enter our drawing for Napa Valley wine, made by Boston Reed's CEO, David Wignall.

This year's wine recipients are:

• Charles Hickox, Eastern Kentucky University, KY

• Mary Alice Burkhart, Austin Peay State University, TN

• Antoinette Coleman, Bowie State University, MD

• Richard Cheney, Central Connecticut State University, CT

• Linda Crosset, Indiana State University, IN

• Francine Fink, Becker College, MA

• Charlee Lanis - East Central University, OK

• Dr. Louann Waldner - College of Sequoias, CA

Friday, December 11, 2009

Why am I just hearing about this now?

I love it...

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

Time's Top 10 Buzzwords of 2009

Public Option
Wise Latina
Death Panel
Opposite Marriage
Summer of Death
Beer Summit
Green Shoots

A note from Middle Tennessee State

About their annual Adult Learning Conference.

The 2010 Adult Learning Conference will be held at MTSU from noon February 18 through noon February 19.

The theme this year is "Connecting Adult Learners to Your Campus" We are particularly interested in hearing about your experiences with connecting your students to your campus where you have been using technology, innovative student services, and interactive programs. What do you have to share with others across the state, and even the southeast region?

We are inviting Dr. Kristen Betts, Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Education's Higher Education Program at Drexel University, whom I met at the NACADA conference in San Antonio, TX in October, to present our keynote for the conference. She plans to highlight the factors driving adult learning enrollments and to present a way for personalizing technology-supported programming. She will also share successful strategies to increase adult learner engagement and retention through innovative student services interactive programs such as a virtual tea, alumni lecture series, CEO Leadership Workshop series, and other initiatives.

Neil Diamond sings the The Chanukah Song

Maybe you should consider video games for Christmas

This experiment shows IQ gains after playing video games for 20 hours.  Maybe I should start playing.

13 Christmas Gifts = 13 Point Gain in Kids' IQ
Bunge’s team brought the games to an elementary school in Oakland with historically low state test scores. The researchers asked some second, third and fourth graders to stay after school to play. The kids’ IQ averaged a 90, and their brain speed (a subtest of intelligence) ranked them at only the 27th percentile. The children’s parents, on average, were high-school dropouts. These were the kids every education policy hopes to target, and every thought leader has an opinion on how to improve.
Twice a week, the kids played the games for an hour and fifteen minutes. Every fifteen minutes the kids moved to a new table, to make sure their brains always had something new to figure out. (The neuroscientists thought it was important the sessions remained fun.)

After just eight weeks – twenty total hours of game playing – Bunge’s team retested the children’s intelligence. They were specifically interested in the kids’ reasoning ability. According to the classic theories of intelligence, reasoning ability is considered both the core element of intelligence and also the hardest to change. Allyson Mackey, Bunge’s graduate student who supervised the study, thought she might see gains of 3 to 6 points, at most.

“From adult training studies, we knew some improvement was possible,” said Bunge. “But it was enormous.”

The children’s reasoning scores, on average, leapt 32%. Translated to an IQ standard, that bumped them 13 points.

For comparison, consider that a 12 point gain is normally how much a child’s IQ goes up after an entire year of school. By giving the children precisely targeted games, Bunge and Mackey were able to beat that, in just 20 hours of game playing.

Chanukah begins

at sundown today.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, (also called Chanuka and Hannakuh) celebrates victory from Greek religious persecution. The Jewish victory was led by the Macabees in the year 167 B.C. Upon returning to the temple to rededicate it and relight the Menorah, the Macabees found only one small flask of oil, enough to light the Menorah for just one day. However, the flask of oil lasted lasted eight days, Hence the celebration lasts eight days. This is also why it is called the Festival of Lights.

Chanukah is a happy and joyous festivity. There is no fasting no eulogies, and no sacrifice. Small gifts are given to family and friends each of the eight days of Chanukah.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

Top 10 TV Episodes of 2009

The Office, "Stress Relief"
Glee, "Pilot"
Big Love, "Come, Ye Saints"
Dollhouse, "Briar Rose"
Nurse Jackie, "Tiny Bubbles"
30 Rock, "Apollo, Apollo"
Mad Men, "My Old Kentucky Home"
Party Down, "Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen"
Breaking Bad, "Phoenix"
Curb Your Enthusiasm, "The Table Read"

A continuing education opportunity in Tennessee?

Somehow, these teacher shortages never hit as hard as predicted, and the economy could play a big factor in reducing vacancies.  Still, it looks like a rosy market for teacher education programs, and their may be an even better market when taking them off-campus or into community colleges in a 2+2 arrangement.  We're using some grant funding to help convert teacher assistants to special education teachers in the Sevierville area.

If nothing changes by the fall of 2013, University of Tennessee researchers say the state can expect a teacher shortage so severe 40 percent of the current positions could be open.
The most critical need will be for math and science teachers, but dire shortages are predicted at every grade level, plus special education and vocational education, said Bill Fox, director of the UT Center for Business and Economic Research in Knoxville.
"We've been changing the rules," he said. "For instance, we've increased the number of math classes and science classes that students must take. We've lowered pupil-to-teacher ratios," he said.

What hasn't happened, "is someone sitting down and saying, 'What are the implications of the policies we're legislating?' We have to begin to assess our capacity to provide the quality of education that we're mandating, based on the traditional routes of finding teachers."

The study, done in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education and the state's Higher Education Commission and released Tuesday, was funded by the governor's office.

It says Tennessee will need 69,168 teachers next year, but will have only 57,665 on the payroll.

In each year of the five-year study, the scenario becomes bleaker. By fall of 2013, researchers project 31,431 teacher openings, as both the supply of teachers decreases and demand increases.

Fox and his team analyzed 10 years of teacher employment data, and factored in the percentage likely to leave each year, those who will move between districts and the number of former teachers expected to return.
Mark Weber. The Commercial Appeal

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

From the Lumina Foundation

The Economics of Education

Cities with a highly educated population have a more robust economy. CEOs for Cities research shows that if each of the nation's 51 largest metropolitan areas improved their educational attainment by just 1 percentage point, the nation would realize a $124 billion annual dividend.

Small gains in college attainment rates translate into significant financial benefits for cities. In these videos, Carol Coletta, CEO and president of CEOS for Cities, explains the Talent Dividend and why it works.

Although geared to business

There is still some good advice in this piece for continuing educators.  In particular, the tactic of applying for an award is under-utilized in CE.  ACHE has several national and regional awards and many state continuing education organizations have awards as well.  They often go begging for entries.

5 Do-It-Yourself PR Tactics

But how much is the alternative worth?

The Job Market: Is a College Degree Worth Less?

Flow Chart 101

song chart memes
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pete Cashmore's

Top 10 web trends to watch in 2010


Sparked by Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed, the real-time communications trend will grow.

The cloud-computing movement will see a major leap forward in the first half of 2010.

2010 will be the breakthrough year of the much-anticipated mobile payments market.

The athletic program excepted

UT president says worse economic times coming TriCities

Scenes from our MALS student research

Mini-Conference.  Students in the Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies course in our M.A. in Liberal Studies program present a paper in a mini-conference organized by the professor, Dr. Jill Leroy-Frazier.  It's an opportunity for new graduate students to gain experience in presenting a paper to a generally friendly audience.  The students and their papers included Patricia Gerard's "Philosophers, Kings, and Interdisciplinarians"; Joseph Penza's "Assyriology: Ancient Discipline or Multi-Discipline of the Ancient"; Stephanie Wilson's "The Transdisciplinary Contribution to UNESCO's Four Pillars of Education"; Anthony Norton's "Dancing in the Archive"; Jessa McCroskey's "Playgrounds and Battlefields: A Look at Interdisciplinarity through Museums"; Bernice Hagaman's "Interdisciplinarity of Student Services and Educators: How Disability Laws have Changed the Landscape in Higher Education"; and Josiah Leuenberger's "An Interdisciplinary Analysis of White Conservative Protestants in America and the Religious Right."

They were excellent presentations.  And, as I realized while typing this, these students have mastered the art of developing titles for academic papers.

Got a tough boss?

What to Do if You Don’t Get Along with Your Boss - Stepcase Lifehack

Not exactly a top 10 list

But here are Time's worst inventions for 2009.

The Five Worst Inventions

Monday, December 7, 2009

Are there student riots

In our future?  Tuition is increasing nearly everywhere.  During the Vietnam War, my wife had to vacate her house one night because of student unrest (Her father was head of ROTC).  And this was at a relatively isolated regional campus. 

Whether you're an oppressive foreign dictatorship or an American state in the process of committing fiscal suicide, you know you're losing the public relations battle when encounters between armor-clad riot police with truncheons and college students are broadcast on TV. That's the sad situation California found itself in last week, after the University of California Board of Regents announced a staggering 32 percent midsemester tuition hike. Students responded by demonstrating, chanting, and occupying administration buildings. Things got unruly, law enforcement was called, and within hours it was every spin doctor's nightmare, replayed endlessly on YouTube and cable news.

As is often the case, California is leading a national trend. Higher education is becoming less affordable across the country every year. If states and universities don't make major structural changes in the way they operate, anger and frustration could start to boil over nationwide.
Read more in States of Crisis

Declaring war

On my iPhone and my masculinity.  I haven't seen this ad but I assume it's legit.  Excuse me while I go have a daiquiri.

Discovering if learning to teach online

Can improve teaching in the regular classroom. Hmmm.  Seems like it certainly would.

Learning from Online

One of the researchers, Casimir Barczyk, a veteran professor at the Calumet school of management, is an alumnus of the Distance Education Mentoring Project. He says he was leery of the program at first, but was won over in the process of adapting a course on human resources management to the Web, and joined the research team about nine months later.

Barczyk had been a professor at the management school for more than two decades, including eight years teaching courses online, when he was instructed to undergo mentoring after students habitually dropped out of his online courses, or gave them poor reviews.

“I was skeptical,” Barczyk says. “I said, 'What can I possibly learn -- I’m a full professor, I’ve been doing classroom education for over 20 years, I’ve been doing online education for about eight years, so what can I possibly learn?' ”

What he learned was how to engineer assignments and assessments toward explicit educational objectives. If Barczyk needs students to learn how to think analytically about hiring rubrics, for example, he would not use simple true or false question to evaluate their progress.

After learning the value of objectives-oriented course design in his online courses, he applied the same principles to the classroom courses he had taught for decades. Student performance improved in both, he says.

A logo contest

To celebrate ETSU's Centennial.
Currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff members at East Tennessee State University are invited to submit designs in a competition to select the logo that will be used to promote the university’s 100th anniversary celebration. The centennial observance will begin in October of 2010 and run for an entire year, culminating in October of 2011, when ETSU turns 100. This document describes the official rules of the contest.
And to help get folks started, here's's Avoiding Some Common (and Horrifying) Logo Design Mistakes.  Contains some graphic language.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Good advice from Dean Dad for all college and university administrators

The Home Stretch / Confessions of a Community College Dean - Inside Higher Ed

More tips on updating your vita

Several DOs and DON'Ts in Vita Preparation

DO make your vita a clear and concise summary of your professional qualifications. Like any good writing, every word should count.

DO try to obtain copies of several vitae from individuals who are at your stage of professional development or slightly ahead. One of the best ways to construct a vita is by seeing how others have done it.

DO take the time to create an elegant and inviting format, and be sure to laser print the final product on high quality paper. Style matters, and your vita should appear professional, uncluttered, and friendly to the eye.

DO be sure to check the vita carefully for mistakes and typographical errors. Without exception, it must be absolutely error-free.

DO have your faculty adviser, colleagues, family, and friends look over your vita before you send it out. They will undoubtedly spot weaknesses you have overlooked and may be able to suggest ways of overcoming them.

DON'T give the appearance of padding your vita by including such things as extra-wide margins, high school accomplishments, or excessive detail about your research and teaching experience (e.g., details associated with running an experiment, such as "I contacted participants, scheduled them for sessions...").

DON'T list irrelevant personal information such as height, weight, health, or military status. Listing your age, marital status, or the number of children you have is optional (unfortunately, such information can invite discrimination, particularly against female applicants), and excessive details should be avoided (e.g., names and ages of children). Listing hobbies and outside interests is also optional and should only be done if you feel it will enhance your image as a well-rounded professional.

DON'T list categories that have only item (with one exception: a section entitled "Publication" is acceptable for listing a single publication).

DON'T use category subheadings that are more ambitious than their content (e.g., "Articles, Publications, and Grant Proposals" followed by only one grant proposal). Later in your career, you can add some of these sections (for example, "Professional Activities" might include editorships, memberships in academic or grant-reviewing committees, consulting work, and so on).

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Win 100 big ones

and a bunch of other stuff from Laurie at Punk Rock HR. She's having a Worst Job in the World Holiday Contest.

Find out more at Punk Rock HR Contest

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A note from John Stapleton

With materials from the ACHE Conference. 

At our breakfast table discussion at the recent ACHE Annual Conference, titled Marketing to Adult Students - Trends & Tactics for Message Delivery, those who attended asked if we could send them the slide show.

For those of you who are trying to find ways to get the necessary resources to market to this profitable group, this slide show should give you many ideas on how you can build a strong case for increasing your budgets for marketing to adult students.

The slide show that was the basis for the discussion is now posted on Slide Share
Visit Paskill Stapleton & Lord.

NAASS Director Search

North American Association of Summer Sessions

Executive Director

The North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) announces a search for an Executive Director. NAASS is a vibrant, member driven association recognized as the authority in research and applications related to summer and special sessions at institutions of higher education. Through its membership activities and conferences, the NAASS provides outstanding educational activities, mentoring, and consulting services to assist its members to develop exceptionally successful summer and special sessions. The NAASS Executive Director is the association's only paid professional employee who will administer the organization's general operations and implement the directives of the Executive Committee. The Executive Director is responsible for the effective and efficient day-to-day operation of the association and is seen as the organization's "public representative".

Applicants for this position should submit their vita (resume) with a cover letter that discusses their qualifications for the position. The complete job description may be seen at:

Resumes with cover letter should be mailed to:

Dennis Nunes
Director of Summer Sessions
St Cloud State University
720 4th Ave S
St Cloud, MN 56301
OR Electronically to:

Applications should be received by January 4, 2010 to receive full consideration.

The best and worst paying states

for women's wages.  Unexpectedly, Tennessee is not in the 10 worst, coming in at 35 and just above South Carolina.

At the top of the list is Washington, D.C., where women make an average of $866 a week, largely because of the plethora of high-paying government jobs--many with a regulated pay system, helping to make the wage gap much tighter here than in the rest of the country. On average, women make 80% of men's earnings, but in D.C. they earn 92.2% as much as their male colleagues.

Other areas that top the list include Maryland, Connecticut and Massachusetts (second, third and fourth places, respectively) and their rankings highlight the fact that the Northeast is one of the best regions for women to secure big salaries. Women in these three states make between $762 and $774 each week. . . .

In ForbesWoman's ranking of the 10 Worst States For Women's Earnings, we looked at the median weekly earnings of full-time women workers by state, based on a July 2009 release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The difference between the highest and lowest earning states was $356 a week, or almost $19,000 a year. Southern and western states made up most of the bottom of our list, and because some states tied, the worst state comes in at No. 46.

Workforce Development Institute

St. Petersburg, FL
January 27-30, 2010
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

Designed as a comprehensive program for community college-based workforce service providers, the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is an annual three-day conference that aims to educate, invigorate, and motivate those who are new to workforce development as well as seasoned practitioners.

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) convenes the 17th annual Workforce Development Institute (WDI) Thursday, January 28 through Saturday, January 30. Preconference sessions will be Wednesday, January 27. A special intensive seminar of the AACC Future Leaders Institute (FLI/WDI) will be offered starting Tuesday, January 26 from 2-5 p.m. and continue all day (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) on Wednesday, January 27.

WDI's 2010 theme, The Stimulus & Beyond, reflects the extraordinary number of opportunities opening up for community colleges, and the institute will provide critical information about ways your college can make the most of them. Sessions will examine major economic and legislative initiatives including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the American Graduation Initiative: Stronger American Skills Through Community Colleges, as well as others. Representatives of key federal agencies and top business leaders have been invited to participate.

For more information, please contact: Carolyn Teich,Senior Program Associate for Office of Economic Development, Ph: 202.728.0200 x228,

A continuing education opportunity

For colleges in Virginia if the State Council of Higher Education get its way.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Three Virginia yoga instructors aren't feeling so Zen about a state plan to regulate and license would-be teachers of the ancient discipline.

The instructors say they plan to file a federal lawsuit in Alexandria on Tuesday arguing the plan infringes on their free speech rights.

They say entrepreneurs would have to ask the government's permission before they open their mouths or face fines and jail time. And they say complying is costly and time consuming.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia wants to certify yoga teacher training as it does the teaching of dog groomers, dancing instructors and bartenders. It says certification will make sure students get their money's worth.

Several other states have attempted to regulate yoga instructor programs this year.

Will a private college education

Be more expensive next year?  Private colleges consider whether they overreacted by increasing aid to this year's freshman class.

Economic Recovery Isn't Good for Everyone

When the economy was in free fall early in 2009, officials at hundreds of private colleges felt a little panic: How would they find enough qualified students willing to fork over anything close to their sticker prices, which average $35,000 a year? (And that's before books, transportation, and other extras.) So they dramatically increased the amount of grants and scholarships they offered to students accepted into their classes of 2013.

John Strassburger, president of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and president of the Council of Independent Colleges, a group of about 500 private colleges, says some financial aid officers now believe they went overboard last year. Now, as economists are beginning to identify signs of an economic rebound, many private college financial aid officers are planning to be a little stingier with aid offers to next fall's freshmen.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

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ACHE award winners

Several ACHE awards and scholarships were given out at the Awards Banquet at the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting last week.  Congratulations to all!  Here's the list of the awards:

Leadership Award:  Patricia Brown
Special Recognition Award:  Barbara Hanniford
Crystal Marketing Award:  Western Kentucky University for "Independent Learning 2008 Rebranding Initiative"
Marlow Froke Award:  William D. Oberman and Elizabeth T. Hill for "Discovering the Paths to Building Social Capital: Complex Campus and Community Linkages in Continuing Higher Education"
Distinguished Program Award Credit: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for Reach Higher: Oklahoma's Adult Degree Completion Program
Distinguished Program Award Non-Credit: Austin Peay State University for Spanish in the Workplace for Tennessee Department of Rehabilitation Services
Creative Use of Technology Award: Kansas State University for Distance Learning Video Gallery
Older Adult Model Program: Ardmore Higher Education Center for Senior University
Outstanding Services to Underserved Population: Southern New Hampshire University for the SNHU Advantage Program

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Call for proposals for a conference at the beach

ACHE South Spring Conference
“Exploring New Frontiers in Continuing Education”

April 11-14, 2010
Melbourne, FL

Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2010

Conference Tracks
Presenters are requested to submit proposals for concurrent sessions for topics pertaining to adult and continuing higher education. Areas of focus include but are not limited to:

• Launching Lives: Transforming Students
• Mission Possible: Transforming Institutions and Ourselves
• One Small Step...One Giant Leap: Transforming Programs
• Defying Gravity: Transforming Services and Policies

Guidelines for Concurrent Session Proposals: Concurrent sessions will be 50-minutes in length, with three session times on Tuesday, April 13, and one Wednesday, April 14, for a total of 12-15 different presentations.

To propose a concurrent session, please provide the following items of information in the format below:

1. Name, Institution, Mailing Address, Telephone, Fax, E-mail for all presenters
2. Title of presentation.
3. Recommendation for Novice, Intermediate, Experienced, of All Audiences (Indicate One)
4. Abstract of presentation (70-80 words)
5. Brief biography of presenter(s)
6. One page double-spaced Presentation Summary, including pertinence to conference theme and which conference track(s) presentation addresses.
7. Special AV equipment needs: indicate if you will be using overhead transparencies, PowerPoint, or other presentation formats. Unless your presentation is on a flash drive, you must provide your own laptop computer. A podium, microphone, and one flip chart with pad and pens will be available in each concurrent session meeting room.

Send proposals via email by January 8, 2010 as a Microsoft Word attachment to:

Marilyn Read, Delta State University, at
Those submitting proposals will be notified of the decision by February 5, 2010.

I guess the biggest surprise to me

Was that there were philosophy job openings.  I'm certainly against gender bias.  From

Philosophers Against Bias

Many academic associations have policies barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Many of those same associations have job listing services that are used, in some cases, by religious institutions that require all hires to hold certain beliefs or follow certain rules, in some cases barring sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman.

The American Philosophical Association has for several years been debating whether allowing such institutions to use its jobs services undercuts the group's anti-bias rules and effectively hurts its members who are gay; some philosophers have suggested that the association ban job notices from colleges that discriminate against gay people.

While the association has now rejected that move, it has decided on a new procedure that will flag all ads from employers that either volunteer that they discriminate or are determined to do so.

The new policy is being hailed by some philosophers as an important demonstration of the association's commitment to equity. But there may be a loophole in the policy -- and an association of Christian colleges is questioning the fairness of the new procedure.

Under the new system, the association's rules against bias will be posted on the page where colleges can add a job notice. When placing the notice, colleges will be asked to indicate whether their policies are consistent with the association's bans on various types of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation. Any colleges that does not indicate that it complies with the statement will be flagged for not doing so, so potential applicants will be aware of the issue. Further, the association will investigate any complaints about whether colleges that haven't been flagged are violating the policy, and if they are found in violation, they will also be flagged.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Advising in real life

Is no longer enough for online students.  I wonder if we could set this up for our online and off-campus programs?

Second Life Advising Required by Penn State

Plenty of colleges have a presence in Second Life. Pennsylvania State University is taking that a step further. Academic advisers at the university’s online campus are now required to be available for meetings with students in the virtual world every week, a Penn State official said during last week’s Educause conference . . .
Students on the real campus get to chat with their advisers face to face. Now online students who never set foot there can do the “exact same thing,” says Shannon Ritter, social-networks adviser for the Penn State World Campus.
Almost the same thing, anyway. Second Life requires users to choose avatars, or graphical representations of themselves. So students who want to meet with Rachel Zimmerman will find themselves chatting with a character called RachelM Snoodle. Looking for Karen Lesch? The adviser goes by KarenM Magic. All advisers are required to cover at least two hours a week.

Ms. Ritter, whose job involves using emerging technologies to build community with online students, says there hasn’t really been any resistance to the requirement – just adjustment to a new technology.

“Second Life has been a completely new thing to almost all the advisers,” she says. “And so at the beginning they aren’t really sure how to do anything. But we schedule training sessions and work with them on the basics. And once they're in there, they really enjoy it."

Facebooking the ACHE Conference

I think the ACHE Conference Facebook site was a wonderful success!  If you haven't yet, take a look at it.  It was great if you were there, and it helped keep those who could not attend a little in the loop.

ACHE Conference Facebook

I've been getting spammed on my comment entries

So I had to go to "word verification" to stem the tide.  Over in Retrospace, the author has had the same problem and answered with an obscene gesture aimed at the spammers.  And it contained a better explanation than I could have composed:

Retrospace Gives the Bird to Spammers
Well, folks, you can thank spammers for having to use that pain-in-ass word verification every time you want to leave a comment. I've been deleting ridiculous comment spam for months, but it's just getting out of hand and taking up a lot of time. Who the hell are these spammers? I mean, what kind of business model uses spam as a marketing plan? Has it ever actually happened that someone notices spam in the comment section, is desperately curious about where this link might lead and actually clicked on it? EVER? Has this ever actually happened?
And if by chance you accidentally click it, who the hell is going to purchase something from them? Is their clever plot contingent upon ensnaring porn addicts who will lay down credit card numbers the minute they lay eyes on their lousy porno website? It all reminds me of when my computer was overtaken by a virus last year. No matter what I clicked after a Google search, it directed me to various idiotic ads. Gee, that really made me want to try their products. A helpful tip to up-and-coming businesses: forcibly taking customers to an advertiser against their will is not a good marketing strategy.
To all you spamming douche bags, this bird's for you.

Save the date

Thomas Edison State College's National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning 2010 will be held June 9-11, 2010.  I hate to take a cheap shot, but the English major in me is just too strong.  The theme appears to be Future Visions, although it was listed on the save-the-date postcard I just got as Future Visons.  I suppose it could be Future Bisons.  I picture Buffalo wielding light sabers...

God help me I do love Top 10 lists

Time's top 10 college presidents.

The Big Man on Campus

First they came for the smokers...

My C.E. buddy in town worries that they'll eventually come for the drinkers. Hah, he doesn't know politicians....

Fat Fees and Smoker Surcharges: Tough-Love Health Incentives

Saturday, November 21, 2009


GeoTagged, [N36.35951, E82.43026]

Here I am at the Constitution Center during the optional reception Sunday night.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Human resources professionals recently held

an unconference. I learned about this on Punk Rock HR, and it's an interesting idea. It sounds like a ground roots conference designed to meet the needs of--I suspect--younger professionals. Here is an excerpt from the unconference website:
HRevolution is a premier HR 'Un-conference' event being held in Louisville, KY, on November 6- 7, 2009. The focus is on HR, social media, technology, and how the three interact. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in or sponsor this event.

The Story
The idea came from hearing HR professionals say that traditional conferences may not be addressing HR issues and social media in the way that bloggers do. So, we created this 1 1/2 day "experience," centrally located in Louisville, KY, where we can come together in a less structured setting. The goal is to share ideas and experiences so that each person leaves knowing more than they came with.

Some of the fun and informative topics that the HRevolution may explore:

*Blogging Basics - tools, platforms, getting started
*Advanced Blogging Topics - hosting, building an audience, promotion, aggregation
*Social Media in HR - building the case, learning the tools, planning the strategy, executing the plan, measuring the results
*New Technology you can use - Demo and discussion of some exciting new technologies for information sharing and collaboration, low-cost (some even free), low maintenance, and really cool

The $50 participation fee will help cover the cost of the conference rooms (and related fees), food, and tweetup. Because of our generous sponsors' support, this participant fee is much lower than originally anticipated. At the close of HRevolution, if there is any surplus of funds, we will be donating it to Junior Achievement KY. Junior Achievement works with students to help prepare them for success in the global economy.