Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Putting the fun in college

Lisa Wade's brief history of the evolution of college culture. Food fight! From Time.

How American Colleges Became Bastions of Sex, Booze and Entitlement
When Animal House was released in 1978, the alcohol industry saw an opportunity and aggressively ramped up marketing on campus. They started advertising in school newspapers, erecting massive inflatable beer cans at sporting events, promoting drink specials at nearby bars and clubs, and hiring students as representatives of their brands to give beer away for free. They spent millions in the 1980s to convince students that “it’s naturally part of college life to drink.” 
Between the vision of college life promulgated by the alcohol industry and the founding of Kappa Alpha more than 150 years before, college life had steadily transformed. Nothing emerged to stop or slow the march toward more and more fun, until 1984. That year the U.S. government initiated an effort to reduce highway deaths, informing states that it would cut their transportation budget allocation if they didn’t raise the legal drinking age from eighteen to twenty-one. By 1987, all states had complied and campuses were held accountable for policing underage drinking in residence halls. 
Still, collegiate life was far too drenched in drink to be derailed by such a little thing. College drinking didn’t slow down during Prohibition, and it didn’t slow down in the 1980s. The new drinking age succeeded only in driving much of the drinking off-campus. Today, if students want to party—and they do—they’re probably going to do it in rented houses, bars and clubs, sorority functions at local businesses, stadium parking lots, or fraternities.

Monday, January 30, 2017

"But now we're stressed out..."

Here are two of the nine signs that indicated you need time off. There are few breaks between Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday and the next holiday. From Paste.

Stress Test: 9 Signs That You Need a Break
1. Persistent Headache
Your brain is incredibly powerful and controls almost everything in your body. It releases the stress hormones that tell your body how to react. It controls the nerves, muscles and ligaments that tense up and bear stress-related injury. It control the immune, heart and stomach reactions to stress as well. When your body tenses in any area for too long, it can lead to headache issues, whether that stems from tension at the back of the neck or sinus complications from a reduced immune system. 
2. Sore Muscles
Muscle tension is the body’s reflex reaction to stress, says the American Psychological Association. It’s a gut-reaction guard against injury and pain. Tense shoulders, neck and back can hurt daily — and lead to those migraine and tension headaches mentioned above.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I, for one, welcome our new

Robot overlords. How do you choose the right college major when everything is becoming automated? This piece claims health services is the answer. Liberal Arts, anyone? Anyone? From John Wasik, writing in CBS MoneyWatch.

How college students can make better career choices
For some solace, I always refer to the occupational outlook prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the government’s job-growth projections can be as compelling as oatmeal, they do reveal some basic truths. 
First, significant job growth will be seen in direct human services. As America ages, we’ll need millions of occupational and physical therapists, home health aides and nurse practitioners. 
The downside? These occupations may pay poorly at first. A physical therapy aide averages around $25,000 a year, although with more college and training you can ascend the pay scale. Median pay for a nurse practitioner or physician assistant is around $98,000 annually. Both are among the fastest-growing occupations, according to the BLS. 
Jobs least prone to automation are “high touch” positions that involve extensive human interaction. Although robotic surgery is gaining a small foothold, for example, the majority of professionals in health care will have to deal with people directly -- and they’ll be in greater demand. 
What’s true now will continue to fuel specialized employment as people get older because health and well-being issues get more complicated as you age. Health professionals are always on the run tracking the latest technology, research and procedures while ensuring better quality of life for their patients. That’s going to get easier with better information systems, but it will be difficult to manage without a broader base of skills. 
That’s why the health care industry in general will show the greatest job growth: The BLS expects it to create up to 4 million jobs between 2012 and 2022. That’s more than any other industry. In addition to positions in hospitals and clinics, demand for home health care, lab and “other ambulatory services” will also climb. 
Aside from health care, plenty of other jobs will integrate multiple skills: Statisticians will be needed to merge Big Data with human analysis, while research analysts and mapmakers are essential to give others the big picture. We’ll also need translators, genetic counselors and personal financial advisers to provide nuanced advice that often eludes machine logic. 
Ideally, picking the right courses and degree in college departs from the old method of matching jobs to a degree. Today you need to cross boundaries and think about merging language, communication, technical and people skills. No one degree is a sure meal ticket. Instead, the best payoff will come from a combination of in-demand skills and a willingness to keep learning new ones.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lifehacker's Five Questions to Ask

During your job interview. Here's number three:
3. Do Team Members Typically Go Out for Lunch, or Do They Eat at Their Desks? 
This isn’t a weird question, and you can ask it in a way that comes across as you trying to get a feel for how friendly and connected your team is (or isn’t), or how relaxed the environment is (or isn’t). But, assuming the interviewer is up front with his or her answer, here’s what else you’ll be able to ascertain: Are these people overworked to the point that they can’t keep up without working through lunch hours? (And, will your future manager expect you to follow suit?) 
Teams whose members never take breaks are typically tired, unhappy teams. Sleuth this one out, especially if you’re not one who enjoys being chained to your desk for several hours straight every day.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Save the date for the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association Annual Conference

The MPAEA 2017 Conference, hosted by UAACCE 

Attend the Mountain Plains Adults Education Association (MPAEA) 2017 Conference, hosted by Utah Association for Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (UAACCE). Join colleagues from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming in sharing research, successful strategies, and contributions to successful student achievement. The MPAEA mission is to support and promote lifelong learning in the Mountain Plains Region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and beyond).

Conference Theme: Everyone Counts: Keys to Education, Motivation, and Success 

Date: April 11-13, 2017

Where: Downtown Radisson, 215 S. Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Conference Cost: $300, Early Bird Special of $250 (due by March 1, 2017) There will be a $10 discount per person for groups of 5 or more.

Registration is open. Go to www.mpaea.org or www.uaacce.org.

Contact information: uaacce.info@gmail.com or Karen at 435-750-3165.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Save the date

ACHE South Annual Conference
Peabody Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee
April 11-13, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Networking 101

Advice on keeping connected no matter where you are in your career from Lifehacker. 
The People to Connect with At Each Stage in Your Career
Just Starting Out: When you’re looking for your first job, or first transition to a new job, reach out to your family and alumni. Both are groups that you already have a connection with, which helps when you haven’t been working long enough to build a strong network. 
Three to Five Years In: Look to a former manager for a mentor or solid referral as you make the jump up the career ladder to other opportunities. If you’re interested in taking on a junior-management role, a recruiter can help you find the right position. 
Mid-Career: Former coworkers who are now at other companies are a strong source of referrals when you want to move jobs, or even switch careers. 
Senior Level: If you want to find open senior level roles, keep in touch with people you’ve managed before and been a great boss to. They’re the ones who can vouch for you and let you know when senior positions open up at their companies.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Register now

2017 Regional Graduate Liberal Studies Conference
April 7th and 8th, 2017
East Tennessee State University

Friday, April 7th 
Opening Reception at Cranberries Restaurant - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday April 8th 
Conference - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Breakfast, Lunch and breaks provided.

Call for Proposals
Deadline for abstract submission is January 16, 2017
Click here to download the flyer

Sponsored by:
ETSU Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
ETSU Appalachian Studies Department
University of North Carolina Asheville Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences
North Carolina State Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

2017 Regional Graduate Liberal Studies Conference
April 7th and 8th, 2017
East Tennessee State University
Faculty - $65.00
Students with ID - $50.00
Guest - $40.00

Friday, April 7th - Cranberries Opening Reception - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
1904 Knob Creek Rd., #5, Johnson City,TN  37604

Saturday April 8th - Conference - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Breakfast, lunch and breaks provided.

Deadline for abstract submission is 
January 16, 2017
Rooms are blocked at the Carnegie Hotel for $119.00 plus tax per night. 
Please request the MALS rate
 1216 W. State of Franklin Rd. Johnson City, TN 3760
Toll-free reservations: 866.757.8277

For more information 
Call the Office of Professional Development at 800-222-3878

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tennessee comes in at number 10

In a list of the worst states for careless and reckless driving behavior. Number one, or the worst, is Montana. The best is Virginia, of all places. From the Auto Insurance Center.

2nd Annual Study of America's Fatal Crash Causes
Most of us probably consider ourselves to be safe drivers. Unfortunately, not everyone is. Some individuals can be reckless and downright dangerous on the road, putting everyone around them at risk. This type of driving behavior has only increased with the use of technology, which has led to higher rates of distracted drivers on the road. 
Regarding careless and reckless driving behavior, Montana had the greatest number of fatalities due to this type of driving – 108 fatalities per 100,000 residents. A common behavior cited in crash deaths in Montana was a lack of seat belt use, in addition to speeding and alcohol consumption. The next state to have the highest fatalities due to careless and reckless driving was Arkansas (86 fatalities). 
The states with the least number of deaths caused by dangerous driving were Virginia (1.42 fatalities), New York (2.01 fatalities), Indiana (2.14 fatalities) and California (2.84 fatalities).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

There's a new boss

At the Tennessee Board of Regents. Not the same as the old boss...and one who was pretty popular at Chattanooga State. From The Tennessean.

The next leader of Tennessee's largest college system officially got the job Tuesday, and her agenda could reshape the ways students across the state engage with community and technical colleges. 
Bolstered by Gov. Bill Haslam's recommendation, Flora Tydings was unanimously confirmed as the next chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents during a conference call of board members. She will start work Feb. 1 with an annual salary of $345,000 plus benefits. 
Tydings, who will be the first woman to lead a Tennessee college system, has been president of Chattanooga State Community College since July 2015 and previously served as president of a technical college in Georgia for more than a decade. After a year and a half in Tennessee, she has earned a reputation among other state leaders for tackling stubborn problems. 
Chattanooga leader tapped to head college system
Haslam touted her resume and praised her work at Chattanooga State to foster relationships with businesses, community members and other colleges. 
"It's been encouraging for me to see the way she has engaged herself in the entire community there," Haslam said during his recommendation to the board.
"It's one of the things that gives me great encouragement about her role going forward." 
Haslam's plan to overhaul the Board of Regents in 2017 will give Tydings the added responsibility of redefining her role in a more crowded higher education landscape