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Texting compatability

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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 tho…

Ready for my shift

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At our Tennessee Reconnect table at the Johnson City Mall.

Infographic Friday

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Call for proposals

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

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

Nothing like an AARP playlist

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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

ETSU offers a week-long Renaissance Child Spring Enrichment Program

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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.

Call for proposals

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

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
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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




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Infographic Friday

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I'd heard rumors to the contrary

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

Haslam college overhaul given early approval 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 opportu…

Professionalism 101

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Tips on conduct in the workplace from Robert Herjavec. From Fortune.
Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec on the Most Unprofessional Thing an Employee Can Do 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 remembe…

Looking forward to playtime

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At the Academic Mindset Summit.

Southern magic

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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.

Happy Presidents' Day

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Infographic Friday

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Winter driving across the United StatesElephant Insurance</

Call for proposals

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2016 CAEL Conference Call for ProposalsThe 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. 


Click here to submit a proposal.
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.

I'm a vert, you're a vert

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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 em…

Tough times at my alma mater

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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.
A University Softens a Plan to Cut Tenured Faculty, but Professors Remain Wary 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, leavin…

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

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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 institut…

Infographic Friday

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The problems introverts face in the teaching profession

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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 t…

TBR has a new Chancellor

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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 t…
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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




Let Them Eat Cake!  Part One February 11, 18, 25 &  March 3, 10, & 17  6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

The color of your outfit might matter

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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.