Monday, February 29, 2016

Texting compatability

Is a real thing now, evidently. Another aspect of our modern world where we're always connected.  And another thing to worry about when you're dating. From Time.

How ‘Textual Chemistry’ Is Changing Dating
But unlike the phone call, which has been around for decades, texting and messaging are new enough that no one can agree on what the hard and fast rules of texting are, which means a typo might doom a future relationship. A winky face may be creepy to one person and friendly to another. Long texts can demonstrate care or reek of desperation. That’s why 58% of singles think texting makes dating more ambiguous, according to a recent study from online dating sites Christian Mingle and JDate. 
And yet the importance of texting grows with each passing Valentine’s Day. As more and more couples meet online or through dating apps, texting has become not only a means of seduction, but also the foundation upon which a future might be built. Whether a witty repartee is established in those first few messages on Tinder or Bumble could be the first step to a lasting relationship. 
And the problems persist in long-term relationships, where texting and emailing have in many ways supplanted face-to-face conversations. In a 2015 poll by the Gravitate Research Group, 80% of Americans said they prefer texting to voice calls, and the average American spends 26 minutes texting every day. 
So texting compatibility can be an important signifier of how communication would work in a long-term relationship. A 24-year-old friend and medical student living in Chicago, Madeleine Boesche, says that texting killed her relationship with an older guy she was seeing.
“He was usually very prompt in his replies, but the way he phrased his messages was always stilted, dry and emotionless,” she says. “When we would hang out he was funny and charismatic and a great conversationalist. But anytime I made a joke over text he would respond seriously, killing the witty banter vibe and ending the conversation.”

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Call for proposals


ACHE's 2016 Annual Conference & Meeting
Our Call for Proposals continues!

ACHE invites members and friends of the association to submit proposals on the theme Innovation, Transformation, and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future for our 78th Annual Conference & Meeting to be held in New Orleans October 17-19, 2016.
Topics to consider:
·       Transformative roles and responsibilities
·       Practical application of theory
·       Effective learning, teaching tools, and environments
·       Tips, tools, techniques, model-building and case studies
·       Impactful marketing
·       Credit for prior learning
·       Access to quality continuing higher education
ACHE 2016 logo


Make plans to 'let the good times roll' with ACHE this October by submitting your proposal by March 28th.
Questions? Contact Call for Proposals Co-Chairs Rick Osborn at osbornr@etsu.edu or Robin Plumb at rplumb@se.edu.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Nothing like an AARP playlist

To make you feel old.  From AARP, naturally.

16 Songs Everyone Over 50 Should Own

"Once Upon a Time"

FRANK SINATRA (1965): People say the definitive version of the song was performed by Bobby Darin. He's great, but this cut, recorded as Ol' Blue Eyes turned 50, makes us ache for all the sweet byroads of our lives. — John Dominis/Time & Life Pictures

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ETSU offers a week-long Renaissance Child Spring Enrichment Program

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development will offer a Renaissance Child Spring Enrichment Program for children ages 6 to 12 during the week of March 14-18, with daily sessions from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Spring-related arts and crafts will be offered, as well as field trips to Rocky Mount State Historic Site and Just Jump Trampoline Park.

Each child should bring a bag lunch daily and wear “paint-friendly” clothing.
Enrollment is limited. There is a $160 fee, with a $15 discount for ETSU students and employees.

To register, visit http://etsuaw.etsu.edu/, then click on “Courses” and choose “Camps for Children,” or call 800-222-3878.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Call for proposals


ACHE's 2016 Annual Conference & Meeting
Our Call for Proposals continues!

ACHE invites members and friends of the association to submit proposals on the theme Innovation, Transformation, and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future for our 78th Annual Conference & Meeting to be held in New Orleans October 17-19, 2016.
Topics to consider:
·       Transformative roles and responsibilities
·       Practical application of theory
·       Effective learning, teaching tools, and environments
·       Tips, tools, techniques, model-building and case studies
·       Impactful marketing
·       Credit for prior learning
·       Access to quality continuing higher education
ACHE 2016 logo


Make plans to 'let the good times roll' with ACHE this October by submitting your proposal by March 28th.
Questions? Contact Call for Proposals Co-Chairs Rick Osborn at osbornr@etsu.edu or Robin Plumb at rplumb@se.edu.
East Tennessee State University's
Office of Professional Development
Specializing in planning and implementing Conferences &Seminars, 
Non-Credit courses, Certification Training courses, and 
Children's Enrichment programs





 East Tennessee State University's 
Office of Professional Development 
is offering:



Professional in Human Resource 
Certificate Program 
Through the HR Certification Institute

Classes begin March 8 and will meet Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on ETSU's main campus for eight weeks, ending April 26.

The course supports career advancement by building confidence to manage human resources challenges through instruction from an experienced certified practitioner You will also have the opportunity to network with other professionals in the field.

The Instructor  
Lori Erickson, Assistant Director, Employee Relations,
Compensation & Development at East Tennessee State University 
Lori is an experienced certified practitioner in the Human Resources field.

Participants will receive a certificate from ETSU and 
up to 2.2 continuing education units. 




Who Should Attend
     * HR professionals planning to take the PHR®
     * HR practitioners seeking professional development to advance their careers

ETSU employees may use their employee audit opportunity to pay for the course.

The class cost is $700, which includes course materials
.
For further information, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at 800-222-3878 or 


East Tennessee State University's
Office of Professional Development
Box 70559
Johnson City, TN  37614-1707
423-439-8084 (local)
1-800-222-ETSU
Website - Click Here

Thursday, February 18, 2016

I'd heard rumors to the contrary

But it continues to look like public universities in Tennessee will soon have their own governing boards. From The Tennessean.

One of Gov. Bill Haslam’s top education-related legislative priorities received a favorable vote from a House committee on Tuesday. 
The House Administration and Planning subcommittee unanimously approved Haslam’s Focus on College and University Success Act plan. 
The effort seeks to create independent boards for six state universities governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The local boards would be allowed to set tuition, approve budgets and set their own priorities. The Board of Regents would continue to manage the state's network of 13 community colleges and 27 technical colleges.
Rep. Ryan Williams, R-Cottontown, and Mike Krause, who was representing Haslam’s administration, fielded a handful of questions from the committee as it considered the 37-page bill. 
“It allows these six institutions the opportunity to run more autonomous than they are,” Williams said. 
Although the plan has been criticized by some, including former Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan, who resigned last month in protest of Haslam’s effort, no members of the subcommittee offered criticism of the legislation.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Professionalism 101

Tips on conduct in the workplace from Robert Herjavec. From Fortune.

Gone are the days of formality where people dressed for work like they were going to a wedding. Today, we thrive in a culture that comes with flexible work hours, the ability to work remotely, and company socials for co-workers and clients to mingle outside of the office. So it’s no surprise that personal lines get blurred and professionalism can be compromised. 
But maintaining a level of professionalism when associating with co-workers is still crucial. Don’t get me wrong, building relationships with colleagues outside of work is beneficial — teams bond through a work hard, play hard mentality. I have a great team at Herjavec Group. We’re aligned on our goals, and celebrate our wins together. Team building events, holiday parties, and after work drinks allow us all to get to know one another in a relaxed atmosphere. But just remember, there is no “after hours” when your boss is around. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Looking forward to playtime

At the Academic Mindset Summit.

Southern magic

BuzzFeed lists several beautiful places in the South. The Blue Ridge Parkway leads the list off, with the following spot in Tennessee landing at number 3.  Several waterfalls are included.

21 Magical Places In The South You Won’t Believe Actually Exist
3. Reelfoot Lake - Tennessee 
Reelfoot lake is actually a flooded forrest: Following a series of earthquakes, in the winter of 1811-1812, the Mississippi river flowed backward for a few hours – long enough to give birth to this spectacular lake. Today, Reelfoot Lake is home to majestic bald cypress trees and, in January and February, to thousands of American bald eagles.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Call for proposals

2016 CAEL Conference Call for Proposals

The 2016 CAEL International Conference, "Partners in Progress: Unite to Educate America's Workforce," will be held November 9-11, 2016 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. CAEL invites you to submit a proposal for a workshop or roundtable session. 



The deadline for the 2016 conference is March 31, 2016.


If you have any questions, please contact Diana Bamford-Rees at dbamford-rees@cael.org

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I'm a vert, you're a vert

We're all verts to some degree. Ambiverts? I'll add this in my personality profile file. From The Muse.

5 Signs You're a Real, Live Ambivert, Just Living Among Introverts and Extroverts
Given their social and outgoing natures, extroverts have never had much trouble gaining acceptance in the business world. In fact, they’ve been seen as sales naturals for decades. Meanwhile, introverts have recently staged an upsurgence, agitating for acceptance of their quieter but no less successful methods of doing business. 
But often lost in the back and forth between the two well-known personality types is a startling fact—most people are neither. 
“More than half the population is ambiverted,” according to Wharton School professor Adam Grant, Elizabeth Bernstein has reported in the WSJ. And what’s more, ambiverts actually have advantages over those who live more on the ends of the introversion-extroversion scale. 
A study of salespeople published in 2013 “showed that the social and emotional flexibility of the ambiverts in the group made them superior salespeople,” notes Bernstein. “The employees with the highest revenue per hour—an average of $208, compared with $138 for the full sample—were ambiverts who had a personality test score exactly between extroversion and introversion.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tough times at my alma mater

I got my B.A. and M.A. from Western Illinois University, taught English, and then started my career in continuing higher education there. I was an advisor in an external degree program before online education. Of course, it's been quite a while since I worked there, and things have certainly changed--WIU didn't have its own governing board for one thing, and no faculty union for another.  It's sad to see things so bad.  From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Western Illinois has for years struggled with declining enrollment and reduced state support, a predicament compounded by the fact that Illinois has yet to pass a budget for the fiscal year that started last July. That’s left public colleges without state money for the past seven months. 
The institution had already combined some departments and curbed other spending, said Kathleen Neumann, interim provost and academic vice president, leaving no choice but to look at layoffs. Campus officials said they had turned to enrollment numbers to determine which departments should be scaled back and which faculty positions should be cut. 
That had been the plan, at least. This week, Western Illinois’s president, Jack Thomas, changed course, announcing that while faculty cuts were still needed, tenured professors would be spared.
But for how long? Ms. Czechowski asked. And why did she end up on a layoff list at all? She and other tenured faculty members say they weren’t given much of an explanation. Moreover, 30 of their colleagues — including 10 assistant professors — remain on the verge of losing their jobs.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sometimes it's good that you can't go back home again

Illinois higher education is a mess. And I thought it was bad a few years ago when a former continuing education dean at a regional university told me he left the state when doctors stopped accepting his state-provided health insurance. He was prescient.  From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

For Illinois's Public Colleges, No State Money Means Plenty of Pain
Tom Wogan, a spokesman for Chicago State University, told The Chronicle on Wednesday that the institution had exhausted its reserves and wouldn’t be able to make payroll come March without the state’s help. In response to a request for comment, [Governor] Mr. Rauner’s office sent The Chronicle a memorandum, written on Wednesday by his chief legislative aide and sent to the legislature, stating that "recent reports of wasteful spending, corruption, and low academic performance at Chicago State are plentiful." 
Elsewhere, the president of Eastern Illinois University sparked alarm in November when he said his institution might have to shut down this spring, though he later offered assurances that the campus would remain open. Western Illinois University has sent informal layoff notices to more than 40 faculty members, including a handful who have tenure. 
College officials say they are doing their best to minimize consequences for students and to preserve academic quality. But they acknowledge that the budget delay has thrown them into unprecedented waters. They’re wondering how to plan for the possibility that the state will simply skip higher-education funding for the current academic year.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The problems introverts face in the teaching profession

It can drain them. Since I assume many faculty are introverted, this might explain their preference for research. By Michael Godsey, writing in The Atlantic.

Why Introverted Teachers Are Burning Out
I’ve written about the challenges faced by introverted students in today’s increasingly social learning environments, but the introverted teachers leading those classrooms can struggle just as much as the children they’re educating. A few studies suggest that introverted teachers—especially those who may have falsely envisioned teaching as a career involving calm lectures, one-on-one interactions, and grading papers quietly with a cup of tea—are at risk of burning out. And when these teachers leave for alternate careers, it comes at a cost to individual children and school districts at large. 
The term “introversion” can mean a variety of different things in different contexts. Carl Jung defined it as an orientation through “subjective psychic contents,” while Scientific American contends that introversion is more aptly described as a lessened “sensitivity to rewards in the environment.” It’s generally accepted, however, that as Stephen A. Diamond gracefully describes it, “[Extraversion and introversion] are two extreme poles on a continuum which we all occupy.” 
The most common use of the term is to differentiate between introverts (who are energized by quiet space, introspection, and deep relationships and are exhausted by excessive social interactions) and extroverts (who are energized by social interaction and external stimulation and tend to be bored or restless by themselves) as a way of explaining different personal reactions to similar contexts.
It’s in this sense of the word that some teachers are citing their introversion as a reason why today’s increasingly social learning environments are exhausting them—sometimes to the point of retirement.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TBR has a new Chancellor

For a while, anyway. From The Tennessean.

Board of Regents picks David Gregory as interim leader
Bolstered by the endorsement of Gov. Bill Haslam, David Gregory was appointed Thursday to serve as acting chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents after John Morgan retires at the end of the month. 
Haslam, who serves as honorary chairman of the Board of Regents and appoints its members, recommended Gregory during a special called meeting to replace Morgan, who is set to step down as chancellor on Jan. 31. Haslam said Gregory, who has spent almost 20 years as a high-ranking Board of Regents staff member, will serve as "a strong and steady hand" as the organization faces massive changes during the upcoming legislative session. 
"It's really important that we have someone who is known by everyone in the system," Haslam said. 
Haslam has proposed to change the makeup of that system dramatically in the coming months. His plan, which will come before the legislature this year as part of the proposed "Focus on College and University Success Act," calls for the creation of independent boards for six state universities governed by the Board of Regents.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

East Tennessee State University's
Office of Professional Development
Specializing in planning and implementing Conferences &Seminars, 
Non-Credit courses, Certification Training courses, and 
Children's Enrichment programs

Like us on Facebook




Let Them Eat Cake! 
Part One
February 11, 18, 25 & 
March 3, 10, & 17 
6 p.m.- 9 p.m. 
ETSU Main Campus 
Foods Lab Hutcheson Hall 
Cost: $249.00 for all six sessions 
Register online here
Contact us: goicl@etsu.edu or call 800-222-3878

Let Them Eat Cake! 
Part One 
Let a Next Great Baker teach you how to make great cakes, without opening a box! In this introductory course, TV Chef Julie Voudrie will guide you through a delicious hands-on journey, covering a wide variety of practical cakes for all occasions; pound cakes, bake and decorate a simple birthday cake, and learn how to make homemade frostings and fillings. At the end, you'll put it all together in a fun and exciting cake challenge, just like the ones on TV!



East Tennessee State University's
Office of Professional Development
Box 70559
Johnson City, TN  37614-1707
423-439-8084 (local)
1-800-222-ETSU
Website - Click Here

The color of your outfit might matter

According to Reader's Digest, Blue says 'Hire me.' I wear a lot of blacks and grays....

7 Surprising Things Your Outfit Color Says About You
Navy blue is considered one of the best colors to wear on a job interview. According to a Career Builder survey of 2,099 hiring managers, interviewees wearing blue were considered team players. The color symbolizes relaxation, loyalty, confidence, and control.