October has been tremendously busy. With an estimated 20 or 30 potential posts in my brain queue, I've decided to do a quick post as an introduction to further reflections on everything that has taken place in October. Think of this post as an appetizer or perhaps as an usually large amuse-bouche.
So what have I been up to that is of interest to the Student Affairs and Technology community. Here's a snapshot:
- Two weeks ago, I gave a keynote on using social media to enhance communications, community and connections at the Canadian Campus Card Workshop. I know what you're thinking -- yes, that's a lot of Cs. The interesting aspect about campus card services is that they can be a decent source of revenue. A card program can funnel monies back into a campus auxiliary service or even into another area in student affairs that is in need of resources. Joel Weidner's presentation on the card program at Penn State University was impressive in its complexity and resourcefulness. If you are in campus auxiliary services, I would recommend checking out id+ at PSU.
- Last week's Physical Place on Campus: A Summit on Building Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was a fascinating event. More than 60 association leaders and institution representatives met up to discuss the state of place at our universities and colleges. The event was produced by ACUI in partnership with ACUHO-I, ACRL, ACPA, AIA, IIDA, APPA, NIRSA, SCUP, and NASPA. One of the primary underwriters was Herman Miller and the Union South at the UWM was fantastic! I think I scared a few people during my talk when I mentioned that fear of technology was a barrier to opportunity and that in 2011, leaders cannot be luddites. Special thanks to Terry Calhoun from SCUP for live-blogging #PPOC11.
- The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, as expected, was a hotbed of higher education and technology. I'll be posting several reflection posts about the conference. Kudos to the rest of the IHE crew for writing/blogging while at the event. With morning meetings, daytimes full of more meetings, and evening social events, I was bereft of blogging energies at the end of each day. I will say this, the new Toshiba ultrabook is a work of art. I spent the majority of my meeting with the Toshiba reps talking about how it was so similar to the MacBook Air...and that's saying something! Oh, one more thing...StartUp Alley lived up to the hype. The alley was full of great energy and enthusiasm.
Next up: A barrage of EDUCAUSE (#EDU11) blog posts and a note about the upcoming NASPA Technology Conference.
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