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September 29, 2010 - 4:34am
I’ve been thinking about a different sort of gap year lately. Not the year full of promise, excitement and life experience that some graduating high school seniors plan before starting college (and mentioned in recent Mama PhD blogs), but instead the gap years in my life, where I’ve been a stay-at-home mom. These years are also filled with promise, excitement, life experiences, and learning how to parent my children.
September 28, 2010 - 9:30pm
New Haven, Connecticut, USA"Even if you're the whitest writer on the earth, you are writing about race, you just don't know it," - Junot Diaz
September 28, 2010 - 9:15pm
Are you a member of the "No TV Nation"? Have you given up cable and satellite TV? Do you get all your premium and network shows from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, or some P2P site? Do you miss it?
September 28, 2010 - 6:15am
I have 3 days left at Oregon State University (OSU). I've been an academic advisor for more than 3 years and have accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge about OSU's academic processes. Life as an academic advisor consists of a never-ending stream of academic regulations, registration functions, course planning, substitutions, petitions, overrides, mentoring, teaching, and questions. When I started at OSU in 2007, I knew very little about what it meant to be an academic advisor.
September 27, 2010 - 9:55pm
You major in criminal justice because you want to work in law enforcement. You major in Nursing because you want to be a nurse. You major in business because you think that’s how you get a job in business. You major in liberal arts because...?
September 27, 2010 - 9:00pm
Congratulations to the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) for putting on their amazing Online Fall Focus Session on 9/15 and 9/16 on "Blended Learning: The 21st-Century Learning Environment". This virtual conference came at an ideal time for my institution, as we are in the planning stages for our first fully blended degree program.
September 27, 2010 - 8:19pm
I feel compelled to add more to my blog post of last week about failure, in part because soon after I posted it I thought of some other failures from which I hadn’t learned quite so much. For example: at my most recent tae kwon do test (they come up about every three months), I was almost unable to break any boards, and I also had trouble remembering my patterns or forms, the sequences of moves that we learn at each belt level.
September 27, 2010 - 4:30pm
Because a lot of the work I do on campus focuses (or at least touches) on energy efficiency, I get a lot of communications from the Association of Energy Engineers. This week, I got a tabloid-format promotion for their annual conference. The lead story starts out "The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and record temperatures around the world have brought about the "Age of Energy Transformation."Really?
September 27, 2010 - 11:30am
 As reported by the newspaper Folha de São Paulo[1] a recent study from the State University of Rio de Janeiro found that 70% of public higher education institutions in Brazil have adopted some kind of affirmative action program. Legislation is being discussed in Congress to make these programs mandatory, but the institutions are doing it voluntarily, or according to state legislation.

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