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Dorm living

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Never heard of bed risers with power outlets in them. From Lifehacker.
How to Make the Most of Your New Dorm Room's Tiny Space Welcome to your new digs, college students. Hope you enjoy sharing a tiny space with one (or more) roommates. Before you move yourself in, here are a few tricks you can use to make your little area go a long way, especially in a shared living environment. Use Bed Risers to Give Yourself Extra Storage Space (and Power Outlets)

This trick is useful in any small living space, but it becomes especially handy in dorm rooms. These bed risers from Bed Bath and Beyond not only give you an extra seven inches of space underneath your bed, but one of them has two USB outlets and two regular power outlets embedded in them.  The riser plugs are a handy way to let roommates share an outlet that would otherwise be hidden behind a bed. Instead of one person hogging two outlets, you can have your phone (or a power strip) plugged into one outlet and share the other with your …

Promises, promises

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A nice piece from The Tennessean on the experiences of several students with Tennessee Promise. Some successes, some failures. Many have difficulties completing the FAFSA, a common story among first generation college students.
A year in, students have range of Tennessee Promise stories
Students are at the heart of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, but no one story encapsulates each of their experiences going into the program's second school year.  The Tennessean began following several students through the program early in 2015. Their stories illustrate some of the ways the program has shaped lives across the state.  In an email, Mike Krause, the Tennessee Promise executive director, said "trying to reach students wherever they may be in life" is one of the main challenges for the program.  "Some students will follow a very direct path, others may persist in college but without Tennessee Promise support," he said. "Whatever the specific situation,…

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Today is Women's Equality Day!

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More Nashville controversy over removing Confederate

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From Vanderbilt's Confederate Hall. This time from a sports talk show host. Makes me like Jack Daniels even more. From The Tennessean.
Jack Daniel's nixes Clay Travis deal over 'Confederate' controversy Popular sports talk show host Clay Travis said Wednesday that Jack Daniel's nixed a promotion deal with him because of two tweets criticizing Vanderbilt University's decision to remove the word "Confederate" from the face of a residence hall.  Travis wrote a blog post blasting the decision to officially rename Confederate Memorial Hall, which the university announced Monday. In tweetspromoting the post, he called the decision "unbelievable" and said "PC Bromanis & Middle Eastern terrorists have same response to history that upsets them, erase it all."  In a post published Wednesday, Travis said Jack Daniel's had terminated a $3,000 deal to promote the Tennessee whiskey maker's new Jack Fire brand on Travis' Twitter an…

Don't worry

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Be happy with the bronze. My take from this is that you should compare yourself with the losers, not the winners! From CNN.

The bizarre psychology of the bronze medal win
The researchers found that, following a competition, athletes who won bronze appeared to be significantly happier on average and that silver medalists tend to focus more than bronze medalists on what they failed to achieve.

"They compare themselves to the gold medalist and thereby think of what they didn't achieve; the bronze medalists also focus on what didn't happen: They didn't come in fourth and fail to get a medal," Gilovich said.  In other words, counterfactual thinking influences how satisfied each athlete feels.  What's another example of counterfactual thinking for those of us who are not Olympic athletes? "College admissions," McGraw said. "Do you get your first choice? Do you get your second choice? It took me three tries to get into graduate school, and I only got in…

Advice for college students

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Moving in. From NBC News.
Ready for College Move-In Day? Ten Tips to Help Parents and Teens Prepare
All summer long, that big milestone looms for incoming college freshmen and their parents: Move-in day.  College move-in day is typically hot, hectic, and an emotional whirlwind. But there's good news: While it's easy to feel utterly unprepared, there are many steps you can take to make the day easier.  For starters, parents need to remember that this generation doesn't need everything at school like your generation did. The risk for most parents is sending their teen to college with too much stuff — not too little. If your college student needs anything, many major national retailers sell dorm room furnishings, and many offer free shipping.  So rather than wasting money and time piling your car high with items that will never get used, pick and pack the basics, the items you are sure your teen will use, and then let them order online whatever they find they need later.

Our grand opening went well

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And classes start today. From Local 8 Now.
Sevier County opens first four year university
Sevier County has opened the county's first four year college degree school with East Tennessee State University.  Sevierville and Sevier County joined together to find a location and recruit new higher education options for students graduating high school. The end result means many could actually get a free four-year education.  "We think there's going to be a lot of opportunity for people to get their degree, that wouldn't be able to except for coming here and going through with a scholarship program," said County Mayor Larry Waters.  A scholarship program that was developed and when the criteria is met, will mean free college.  Spencer McCroskey is one of the first who won a scholarship. "Planned on going to UT and then when I heard this was jump started, I jumped on this very quickly and I'm very thankful for ETSU and Sevier County also," said McCroskey. &qu…

Infographic Friday

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Race weekend starts tonight at the Bristol Speedway

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Terminal sabbatical

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Sounds ominous. But it's really just an incentive to pull the trigger on retiring, figuratively speaking. From The Chronicle of Higher Education.
One Idea to Ease Faculty Into Retirement: the ‘Terminal Sabbatical’
Faculty members can work as long as they want, a right that began with the end of mandatory retirement in 1994. Many haven’t been shy about exercising that right, and the American professoriate is decidedly grayer than a generation ago.  This creates complications for colleges, including by limiting their flexibility in making decisions about budgets and about academic programming. It also exacerbates job-market pressures for some new Ph.D.s who see a glut of aging scholars contributing to the dearth of job openings. All this was on the minds of Widener University administrators when they conceived of a new option they’d like to begin offering soon: the terminal sabbatical.  The idea is to allow eligible faculty members — based on years of service — to take a one-year sab…

Promises, promises

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Just a few years ago UTC was the hot regional university in the state, just like Chattanooga was the hot city. Not so much, now, evidently. We've been a little more successful with dual admissions here at ETSU. Like six fold. From The Chattanooga Times Free Press.
UTC scrambles to attract students lured away by Tennessee Promise
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has launched several programs in an attempt to reverse a drop in enrollment tied to Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise scholarship.  Tennessee Promise offers two-year college scholarships to students who meet a forgiving set of minimum requirements, a policy that officials say has shifted college enrollees away from traditional four-year universities and toward two-year community colleges.  In response to a drop in enrollment in 2015, UTC officials moved to partner up with local two-year colleges in an effort to lure students back toward a four-year education.  UTC has established dual admission programs with…

Happy Left Hander's Day!

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Infographic Friday

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Men’s dress codes – made simple in an infographic [Infographic] by the team at Samuel Windsor


Tales of the non-traditional

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You have to wonder if a college like this could even exist in a Red State, since conservative legislatures focus on vocational programs. Still a breath of fresh air, and actually, this college has a lot in common with our own Bachelor of General Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies programs. In both of those, students work with advisors to determine an individualized program of study. From Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Unconventional Approach Propels Evergreen State College With a longstanding commitment to serving traditionally underserved populations, The Evergreen State College in Washington continues to explore innovative approaches to higher education.  Founded in 1967 with the mandate from then-Gov. Daniel J. Evans to “unshackle our educational thinking from traditional patterns,” The Evergreen State College in Olympia seeks to redefine liberal arts education and engage students in the learning process.  Without grades — instead using narrative evaluations — or tra…

I like the first one

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Establish a regular sleeping schedule. Wish I could do that even now. Sigh. From BuzzFeed.

11 Real-Life Tips We Wish We Had Gotten The Summer Before College

Infographic Friday

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Since UVA acts like Thomas Jefferson is still alive

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Maybe they asked him what to do with their slush fund? It's good to work at a flagship university. From The Washington Post.
U-Va. set aside $2.2 billion for ‘strategic investments.’ A former board member calls it a ‘slush fund.’
Few public universities boast the financial strength to establish a special multi-billion-dollar fund for strategic initiatives, separate from their endowment. Yet that is exactly what the University of Virginia has just done, a financial move that could spur debate about spending priorities at the elite flagship. One prominent critic — a former board member — has accused the school of creating a “slush fund.”  U-Va. announced this week that it has set aside $2.2 billion for “strategic investments,” a fund expected to generate up to $100 million a year for proposed projects to be vetted by faculty and advisory committees and subject to approval from the governing Board of Visitors. That could mean spending on technology, lab equipment, faculty recruiting o…

Happy National Watermelon Day!

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The importance of post-secondary education

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In the 21st Century. This is from the introduction of a new report from Georgetown University.
AMERICA'S DIVIDED RECOVERY: College Haves and Have-Nots 2016 The post-Great Recession economy has divided the country along a fault line demarcated by college education. For those with at least some college education, the job market is robust. The economy has added 11.6 million jobs since the recession bottomed out1 — 11.5 million, or 99 percent of them, have gone to workers with at least some college education.  By contrast, workers with a high school diploma or less hear about an economic recovery and wonder what people are talking about. Of the 7.2 million jobs lost in the recession, 5.6 million were jobs for workers with a high school diploma or less.  These workers have recovered only 1 percent of those job losses over the past six years. This group also saw no growth among well-paying jobs with benefits. These divergent trends did not begin with the Great Recession, but the recessio…

Consulting 101

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Know the jargon. And always reach for the low-hanging fruit. I've always thought the key to consulting is knowing what the person who hires you wants done and then see that you recommend that action. After a suitable period of time and study, of course. From The Atlantic.

The Management Myth
During the seven years that I worked as a management consultant, I spent a lot of time trying to look older than I was. I became pretty good at furrowing my brow and putting on somber expressions. Those who saw through my disguise assumed I made up for my youth with a fabulous education in management. They were wrong about that. I don’t have an M.B.A. I have a doctoral degree in philosophy—nineteenth-century German philosophy, to be precise. Before I took a job telling managers of large corporations things that they arguably should have known already, my work experience was limited to part-time gigs tutoring surly undergraduates in the ways of Hegel and Nietzsche and to a handful of summer jobs…